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No ad - "Waiting for Google Analytics blah-blah"

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8:40 pm on May 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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One of my top pages is showing a lower than usual CTR.
So, I went to the page and there was no ad served - just a blank spot.
In my status bar, it said "Waiting for www.google-analytics etc." For 5 minutes.

So, I finally hit refresh, and there was an ad.
The status bar then said "Read www.gstatic.com" - once again, forever.

Anyone else seeing this? No wonder my CTR stinks.
Anyone have a suggestion about what might be wrong?
Thanks.

Why should I have to hit refresh to see an ad? This page is long established and gets over 1,000 visits per day, with EPC over $1 when clicked.
11:36 am on May 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've seen it a few times in the past. I moved a large site in the last few days and have been running speed tests. The new server is working well and serving pages in a second or less but some lag seems to occur with Google's Adsense servers and with G+ according to the waterfall charts. It could be an issue with ISPs or, perhaps more likely, with Google's content delivery network as the number of ad networks increases.

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12:54 pm on May 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I see it occasionally and refreshing the page always produces an ad. Stuff Happens.
4:46 pm on May 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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How many people refresh just to produce an ad? Not me (except for testing my own site).

It would be interesting to know the percentage of time that this occurs. I try it once, and it happens. Not very reassuring. 5% revenue hit? Seems to me that G would be all over this. A fix here could mean tens of millions of dollars to them.
6:29 pm on June 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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For me, using Chrome or Safari, time to time the page just stops executing javascript. The last file loaded when it happens is a .js file, served from gstatic.com and its first line reads

/* Anti-spam. Want to say hello? Contact (base64) Ym90Z3VhcmQtY29udGFjdEBnb29nbGUuY29tCg== */


(decodes to botguard-contact at google.com)

I can't find any errors/hangs whatsoever, page loading/javascript just randomly stops..
6:43 pm on June 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I have noticed this a few times the last couple of days as well' happening more than is normal.
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I have noticed this a few times the last couple of days as well' happening more than is normal.


Thank You! Seriously, this is driving me nuts, but at least I'm not alone.
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You are definitely not alone, I even have this problem whist trying to log-in to AdSense!
9:44 pm on June 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've been wondering if G is having problems serving so many requests and I'm finding info that support my guess
9:53 pm on June 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I can think of quite a lot of servers holding up page loads. Analytics, Facebook, Doubleclick, 1,001 other ad servers. It's reaching plague proportions.

None of whom have the remotest connection to actual page content.
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I don't think it hangs, it just stops the page from loading. All of my internal/external scripts are loaded asynchronously (well, except Adsense) and even they stop loading/or executing. I'm not exactly sure what the hell is going on.
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Saw it today (no ad), after reloading the page the ad appeared. gstatic lag?
1:40 am on June 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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The Google Publisher Toolbar seems to cause ads not to load every time. I deleted it, not disabled it and the problem went away. Another reason not to use it.
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Nope, happens with Safari too. I'm almost sure that Adsense or some other security measure calls window.stop()