I don't think it's stuck any more, they are just sucking all they can until some of us cry "no more" and start removing their code. Here's one for you:
January and February I averaged the same volume of daily clicks.
March and April averaged the same but were 83.1% of Jan/Feb
May so far 79.2% of March/April meaning 66.67% of Jan/Feb therefor I've lost 33.33% of my average click volume in just 41/2 months.
Now if you want a real shocker v the 4 months prior to Panda 2.01 my click volume is now just 27.3%.
This isn't stuck, this is manipulation on a grand scale, take that from tens of thousands of websites and no wonder their numbers looks so good.
There's no point in me removing the code this month however I'm envisaging not only removing AdSense within the next couple of months but also stopping them from spidering my sites altogether except for a specific few pages.
few years ago i could predict monthly earnings just looking at the stats for a few days at the beginning of the month, now with the same traffic each day, same countries (+-5% difference) i cannot predict &#&%; let's say average is 100$, one day earnings are 40$, next day 200$, that's 5x difference in earning with the same traffic; ctr is also wild 1%, 0.2%, 0.5%... wtf is going on, up down /\/\/\/\/\
also you'll think that you'll earn more if you have more traffic - FALSE, my highest earning days this year are lowest traffic days with terrible ctr
CTR is at 1.97%, which is high for me, yet CPC is very low, and NOTHING has moved for hours. Not even impressions, yet on G analytics (realtime) visitors are all over my sites like ants on honey. Hmmmm.
These past two days have been weird. Lowest number of clicks ever, with no click dumps which have inevitably always followed in the past. This morning seems to be following the same pattern, with next to know clicks registered. I've double checked everything, including my Adsense code to make sure there's no issues from my side, but definitely seems to be Adsense turning against me (I don't think I'm the only one to have had a bad 18th/19th May). I hope it's just a temporary blip.
> (I don't think I'm the only one to have had a bad 18th/19th May).
May 18th was my best day since Sept 2012, May 19th about half that. So in my case, no. I'm based in the San Francisco Bay Area and most of my traffic is USA. Judging from the disparate reports here, perhaps regional server discrepancies might explain why we're not always in sync as AdSense publishers?
I can see your point HP re the scrapers, along the lines of "Well, two can play this game!" On the other hand, Google is so slow to rank new sites (let alone new AdSense publishers), that I wonder just how rewarding such a move would work. Then again, you've seen your earnings plummet so dramatically that I can empathize a "What do you I have to lose?" outlook. Good luck in any case!
Following these two terrible days, today is again very, very low on the click front, but EPC has just hit a new record high, and if it continues, today will possibly make up for the two bad days. Perhaps the two crap days were in reality, average days, and the stats simply aren't to be trusted.
HuskyPup, Wonder if a DMCA on Google for replicating so much of your scraped content might actually bring them to their senses? :) Are you just running Google Analytics and relying on Adsense for the stats?