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January 2013 AdSense Earnings and Observations

     
1:08 pm on Jan 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Happy New Year AdSensers - Make or break year for me I reckon!
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I thought you had it turned around HP? Not so much sign of doom and gloom.

Now if only Google would de-Panda things.
8:21 pm on Jan 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Well finally someone at G turned the lights on!
8:31 pm on Jan 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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.
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I'm cool. Looking forward to a good 2013.
11:38 am on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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New Year's Day 127.7% v 2012 and entirely due to higher EPC.
2:08 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If the 1st Day of 2013 is any indication of how the year is going to go then I'm cool as well...and really looking forward to the other 364 days.
3:38 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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One day down. So far, so good.
6:14 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Our pet sites surpassed last New Years day numbers.
8:41 pm on Jan 2, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Very good CTR today. Lots of people got tablets for Christmas it seems. I'm about dead even on traffic from tablets and desk top. Gray arrows look sweet on tablet, not so sweet on desktop.
2:36 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm nowhere back in full swing with traffic numbers still way down however this is usual for me, if it doesn't recover next week then I'm in trouble!
2:47 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Great CTR and earnings thus far!
6:26 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Much better so far, but not as well as things were months ago. Still trying to recover.
6:32 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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.
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I didn't make any knee-jerk reactions


I often that find the best thing to do is to do nothing and just wait. It's hard to do, but sometime things just fix themselves.
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Why is CTR up so sharply the last few days?
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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.

Hope its an anomaly!

Happy New Year guys... it's been a long time!
11:14 pm on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Today traffic is way up but Google Ads revenue is down. Reports may be lagging behind.
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Bad Thursday. Very low EPC. Earnings is average. Are workers and studenrs still on holiday?
11:48 am on Jan 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Traffic still below normal, the UK is evidently still on holiday in many places, however earnings only just below par helped especially by top EPC country at 470% of its average...India!
1:12 pm on Jan 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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CTR up 100%, CPC down 50%. Page RPM same. Have seen this happen several times over the years and never figured it out. Seems like it lasts for 3-4 weeks then returns to "normal" for me.
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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).
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JC-

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.
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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.
12:47 am on Jan 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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@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.
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Things will get back to normal on Monday. This is still a holiday week in the U.S.
11:30 am on Jan 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'm thinking a lot of people may be taking some extra time.


I haven't been to the US at Xmas since the mid 90s and many there (Phoenix) were surprised at just how much time Europeans had off at Xmas and New Year.

Has it changed that much?

FWIW in Europe many only took a week and went back on the 2nd with the others on the 7th unless one's a nutty webmaster, that's me, and didn't stop at all:-)
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Yup, Friday was above average again. Woot! Woot!
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Friday was just as dead as today seems to be. The three days of ALMOST normalcy have vanished. I hope things do pick up come Monday. Fingers crossed.
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2:30pm here (SF Bay Area). Dead.
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