OmarNYC, I'm not entirely sure as it's difficult to gauge. At the end of each month when the earnings are reported for delivery, it's around a 1% difference.
For each specific day, I'm not sure. I've only noticed it a few times and Google might be automatically discounting them ,because it only shows on one of the reports and not the others, and disappears quickly (as I said, within 30 minutes). So it's difficult to gauge how many or how often it happens. It doesn't every time I check (not nearly, only a small percentage, like today), just every so often.
I simply find it incredibly weird. We are talking about a 30% difference in that 30 minute time span.
So yesterday ended up being even worse than the black days of summer. Traffic normal (most comes directly from Google searches) but EPC way down over multiple sectors.
Looks like I've been SnafuPriced but I can't think of anything I've changed to cause that. And of course the Adsense black box gives no indication of what's really happening, so there's nothing I can do to fix it.
If it wasn't for the recession attacking my other income streams I'd have ditched Adsense by now.
netmeg, most of the traffic is search related from the US. So it doesn't make sense to me.
As well, yesterday was a very weird occurance. At around 7pm Pacific time, it said I earned XX.XX. Four hours later, I checked it again, it said XA.XX (less than four hours before). Today, total earnings from yesterday is *exactly* XX.XX from 7pm the day before.
Could be a coincidence, but that's incredibly odd to me. And now that I think about it, the same thing has happened before. As if it's a display issue and Google already knows how much it's going to pay out at the end of the day.
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My earnings vary *wildly* specially this time of year, so I don't think there's any set amount by Google on how much they're going to pay out.
Traffic quality is more than just where it's from and how they get there. It's also a question of who it is.
A friend of mine with a game forum really started seeing his earnings tank when his forum started attracting a much younger crowd. Google (and the advertisers) probably don't think those users are as likely to convert.
@netmeg, that makes sense, especially with all the information they are getting from visitors these days. But why would they even bother reporting the earnings only to take it away? They should evaluate the click/user first before displaying it.
Still though, it's a large coincidence to be exactly the same amount at the end of the day. I'm not thinking of some theory about it, just that it's incredibly odd.
November is comparably down on October by a good margin.
I was wondering if you guys use recommended text/image ad or just go with the text ad. I was wondering what I should do in the 336 by 280. I am thinking text ads will probably see a higher CTR but may show at least one or two low paying ads out of the usually 4 text ads that are usually shown in an ad this size compared to an image which is likely to be higher paying, but may be result in lower CTR because it doesn't always match the content as well (in most cases)/.
It varies for me because my sites are mostly seasonal, and it depends on what image ads are available when.
Instead of setting an ad unit to do both text and image, I make ads for text only and image only, and rotate them evenly so I can measure them (they each have their own channels) During my peak season, my image ads do really well, but the rest of year, meh.
The stats seem to have unstuck for me now after about 4 hours of being stuck. Earnings from the previous week have changed. Basically still the same amount of money overall, just different numbers for each day.
The numbers for today still aren't completely updated, but I'm sure they will be over the next couple of hours.
During the latter part of October the earnings from one site had exploded. It was around 40% to 70% higher daily. I thought it was going to stay like that all the time. If anything, the first half of November is down on normal.