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November 2012 AdSense Earnings and Observations

     
2:25 pm on Nov 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The month of Thanksgiving and my usual downward slide to Xmas!
11:28 pm on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Do you guys think having a banner in the header is wasteful if the site has a very low bounce rate (according to Google Analytics) and more than 2 minutes user time spent on the site?

My assumption would be that many of the users are reading the content and therefore the banner ad will likely be overlooked by most people. I guess the sure way to find out is to track individual ads. But I also read about people testifying on forums that too many ad blocks will reduce cost per click because you will get a bunch of low paying ads on top of the higher paying ones showing on the site at the same time. But it is Google themselves who keep sending me messages in my dashboard to show a third block.
11:38 pm on Nov 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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All you can do is try it. I have a 728x90 at the top on most pages, and it is often the best performing block.
5:07 am on Nov 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It appears that Google earning is back to the way it was 5 years ago. I've never seen this high ctr for my niche. Still above average here.

If you haven't implemented w3 total cache yet, I suggest you do. My page load time is so fast, my visitors enjoy browsing my sites.
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Good for you jbayabas, wish I was having similar results. I know it's the start of US Thanksgiving week but yesterday was truly the pits. EPC has plummeted still further, looks like a lot of my advertisers are turning off their campaigns for the whole week.
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Stats way behind today with very low counts across the board. Only fifteen minutes left in the AdSense day here so doubtful anything is going to change in such a short time. Looks like just another disappointing day for the books.
12:07 pm on Nov 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@edinburgher Thanks. The secret to Adsense success is to update your site regularly. For some reason google gives higher value to frequently updated sites. Plus having a very strong command in English help. I have very poor English grammar but I befriended an American that corrects my articles. I get so jealous with people who have really good English writing skills. You could really make a lot of money from Adsense. If you've been around in the business for more than 5 years and have a strong fluency in English, there's no excuse for you not to be making more than $100 a day. If you're not, either your niche is bad or you're just lazy and treat Adsense as a hobby. Though my sites started as a hobby, it's now become a big business. I am grateful to Google. I find they're the most generous company out there.
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jbayabas - I suggest you don your protective armour now, if AdSense were THAT easy you wouldn't read so many complaints.

At the moment you just so happen to be in a profitable niche, save it whilst you can since one day you may end up like many others earning less than 5-10% of what they did just a few years ago.
2:34 pm on Nov 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The secret to Adsense success is to update your site regularly.
Is not April the 1st already, is it?
3:45 pm on Nov 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The secret to Adsense success is to update your site regularly.


That is not the secret. There is no secret. Success with adsense is a combination of many factors. Fresh, well written content is one part of the equation, but I have a small site from 1999 that I never update, and it does fine with adsense.
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I have 7 sites. 6 are updated regularly and earning quite well. Only one site is updated once a month and earn a measly $20 a day. That's not real money. Instead I focus on sites that generate at least $100 a day. That's just me. I'm aggressive and always think ahead of the game.

The reason for my success could be networking and marketing. When big sites link to your sites and companies want to have their work featured on your site then you have come a long way.

@huskypup Thanks for the sound advice. I did just that 5 years ago. I saved a lot and bought a $250k house which was very affordable back then and now my property value has more than doubled in my area in Montreal. It has become the greatest investment I've ever made. When my business was hit really bad 2 years ago, I borrowed from my equity and continued to rebuild my site and create many more.

I think most left Adsense and go back to their 9/5 jobs is because they didnt have savings. Its different in my case, my home equity saved my business. Though I'm now almost mortgage free, I'm still careful, I still save the extra money.

Perhaps most happy high earning publishers don't spend that much time in this forum so u don't read their positive experience. I refuse to believe that there are only a few of us out there.

I owe my great life - house, car, lots of family time - to Google. And I will continue to post my positive experience here to balance out the negative.
11:54 pm on Nov 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The secret to Adsense success is to update your site regularly.


Maybe for you but once again you're making a statement that sounds definitive but as ember said there is no secret. I have a site that I hardly ever update and it consistently outperforms my other site with similar content based on RPM...not overall earnings because traffic is less.

I'm glad you've had a good experience, as I have as well. However, I really would like to see you understand that you can't take what has worked for you and make a blanket statement that would apply to everyone else's sites..it just doesn't work that way. Suggestions are good and helpful...making statements like you have all the answers is a turn off...at least for me.
12:09 am on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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making statements like you have all the answers is a turn off...at least for me.
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Let me rephrase my statements. Updating your site regularly help improve your search ranking, thus boosting your page views and earnings as well. I agree that It does depends in many factors like well written content, site load, site design, niche, networking and marketing.
8:02 am on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday just ended here. Best AdSense day in about a month. Yay.
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Sunday was my worst day since September 30th but ONLY because my EPC was also my worst since September 4th at 57.1% .!.!.!

For me every country's EPC was slashed but for what reason?
1:51 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@ Play_Bach - nice, but for us it seems that US is gone hunting for Turkeys

eCPM is doing down every day.
4:30 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@Mentat

I'm as surprised as anyone to see something even remotely resembling my old AdSense earnings. Hope it lasts!
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I am seeing really poor targeting this month. Also, I don't know if they are experimenting, but I am seeing those huge single text ads which is lowering CTR.
7:24 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I always get those, but they're less relevant at the moment. I don't see my normal advertisers; some of them are off season too. CTR is pretty lousy, but EPC is still way high for me.
9:33 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Dead here.
9:58 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Dead here.
Sorry to hear that. For me, it's a great day... possibly the best day of the month.
10:31 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Good day here, especially considering that it is a holiday week in the U.S.
11:33 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Extremely high cpc since Friday. Wow.
6:53 am on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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> Dead here.

Ditto. :-(
11:18 am on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The hamsters are dead on their a$$e$ with all 4 paws in the air! What little incentive I did have remaining has completely gone ... triple dip here we come.
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Kinda low here since Friday, not sure what happened.

I decided to drop the 3rd party ads go back to just text only like the good old days, heck it couldn't hurt at this point.
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Nowhere near summer numbers, but 350% of last November, so I guess I can't complain.
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The last 3 months have been record highs for me - until whatever google changed on Nov 17, and since then earnings have dropped back to 2008 recission levels..
2:12 am on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Still high here 3 months and counting. I see a bright future in my sites. Very high cpc. Hard work is paying off...
2:40 pm on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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dropped back to 2008 recission levels..


You mean to say you've been out of recession for 4 years?

Don't move to Europe, it's semi-fubard and the EU wants even more taxpayers' money when none of us have any!
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