I have a network of sites, two already authority in the region. Everything is 100% original, research, text, even the pictures. Been doing great until end of 2012, then March went to the trashcan and has been there, April and May? it went UNDER the trashcan (I mean even lower than inside the trashcan). I'm having more traffic each year, I'm back to updating more often and the content is well received, I'm even getting more of those annoying requests asking permission to use my content but that's another story.
Don't misunderstand me, it's not a rant those are solid facts, I'm happy and proud about my sites but yes I'm confused. This is not about "Why Google likes ugly websites and not mine?" nope, it's not that: I'm seeing webmasterworld forum members that I'm very familiar with due to their high knowledge and abilities now making almost nothing out of their well ranked and visited websites.
Something it's wrong...
Do you visit other forums talking about Adsense?
I know Adsense is like FightClub because we can't discuss details
Most of us have deep knowledge only about our own cases
But do you research in other forums?
I've been taking a look at some discussions outside WebmasterWorld where many things are allowed as including their sites links, asking for reviews, etc. What I've been seeing surprises me, there are lots of really ugly quality sites reporting decent earnings. Some users even post their stats. I can't grasp the concept of ugly, amateur, not original content sites making US$200 per month with as low as 300 unique visitors per day. It's not just one case, there are more like these, the forum is in Spanish. Other users report higher earnings as US$500 per month and more. And yes there is an elite of members reporting really high numbers.
1. No, I don't believe everything I read.
2. Yes, 70%-80% of the discussions inside their Adsense forum are about banned accounts.
But I remain surprised. It's been discussed around here (but just a bit) how other sites are not even banned and still making good money or even premium publishers braking the rules. I don't get it. Something wrong with the algos?
I'm clueless here, so it's not a matter of "I'm not making enough money", it's about sites with low quality of content and low amounts of it and low traffic doing better than respectable WebmasterWorld members.