I know which way I would like to head however the problem is that the Google algo is so screwed-up it no longer loves me.
I posted earlier today in the search forum, it's not live yet, about how a July 2012 Indian Blogspot has just blown away a 12 year old site of mine for all its images.
Every single image has been copied from me and mine are now all gone...Has Google given this Indian site the assignment of original simply because blog posts have a date on them?
I have no idea other than none of the blog images I have posted in the past four years on my sites have been duplicated in the image SERPs yet several entire custom hand-made sites have been decimated by flagrant scraping and G does nothing.
My conundrum is now whether to construct all new sites in WordPress or Blogger...I don't want to since I don't think I can do what I achieve now however why should I even NEED to contemplate this IF G were working correctly?
Great eh...6 month old site blows out authority site, so much for their farcical recommendations.
Man, my alias is getting out of date. Where does the time go? Haven't posted for some time, mainly because my Adsense account all went to hell with the last algo update, and I lost 50% of my traffic, and 50% of my earnings with it.
Whilst that hasn't recovered, the past month has seen an interesting change, and I pretty much consistently get a doubling of my usual CTR, and CPC has doubled too. I'm only about 20-30% down on usual earnings.
I didn't make any knee-jerk reactions, so my site has not been touched. I'm guessing the New Year/Christmas along with decent ads has helped. I can only hope it continues, or that my site recovers back to how it once was.
December was wonderful, 140% compared to last year - best since 2005.
Even the first two days of the new year continued the trend but then, as of today... all those lovely CTR, CPC and RPM numbers completely disappeared and I'm left lots of page views and not much to support them.
The first three days of January have been better, but what is odd it that I use to generate more income in the evening hours. Now It seems to stop in the evening and never recover. I see this when checking the stats for the days before. This is happening thus far for all three days! Looks good, then nothing as if the income is "capped" around a certain amount (30% lower than it used to be).
Interesting observations, I'm inclined to agree with your analysis. Yesterday, my numbers were good until mid-afternoon and then began to evaporate.
I got very little in the way of clicks or revenue for the rest of the evening and into the night BUT... my early morning (6:30 AM) revenue today was almost half of a typical completed day! Never saw that before.
The day continued with amazing CTR and EPC until about two hours ago and then it was a repeat of yesterday.
Like you, my most active visitor periods are in the afternoon and evening as my sites cater to educators, children and their parents so this makes almost no sense at all.
FWIW - I handle some of the email campaigns for some clients, and all the "out of office" messages come to me. We sent out like 25k emails earlier this week, and I got a TON of messages back that people will be out till 1/7/2013. Many more than usual; it really stood out. I'm thinking a lot of people may be taking some extra time.
If that's true, that might be true for some advertisers too. Cause I'm not seeing some of my old local favorite ads yet.
@netmeg thx for the heads up. Most schools in my area will also open on Monday, that probably explains my not so usual above average earning on Thursday. Oddly enough, Friday is looking good again here.