Ooops, not sure if the edit feature is still on here, but the forum doesn't allow the posting of URLs. You're a rule breaking renegade on a running streak today. ;)
I found google search doesn't do much for me, and a banner near the top of your homepage helps. It's a double-edged sword, because it will undoubtedly bring more Adsense earnings, but at the same time, can make your site look a bit spammy. On the content pages, have you experimented with different colours? I tend to use blue as it looks like the old fashioned hyperlinks, but some sites do well with red or something else that catches the eye. 336x280's do well for me. Perhaps you can add a few of those in the content somewhere? You seem to have scope to add just a few more ads.
apologies to the admin/moderators for posting the URL, I didn't realise that was not allowed on this forum, normally forruns don't have a problem with it. We are fairly laid back on our own forum. The edit feature is actually located just under your username, however I've just gone to edit my post but it has now expired so if a moderator could please remove the URL, I will remember this for the future.
I have got a search box at the top of all pages to the right of the menu. People seem to use it, but I don't earn much money from it. I have designed it so that it fits in with the website and doesn't look out of place.
I tend not to put too many ad units on pages that doesn't have a lot of content. Either one or two units look okay, any more and it just looks too much like an advertising page. I have tried rectangular and skyscraper units merge them with content before but it hasn't really brought much revenue. My way of thinking is that if my content is interesting enough, it should keep people on the page. Why would they suddenly decide the click on an ad unit halfway down the page? If they do click on it, then that tells me that they are not interested in what is on my website. So I purposely put ad unit at the beginning, and the very end. The skyscraper above the fold brings in good money. However, the ad unit at the very end of the content also does extremely well, contrary to what a lot of information states on the Internet. I'm hoping that anyone who does put their ads into my channels will realise that people often get the end of the content and therefore will see their advertisements.
The text ad links aren't fantastic, they do bring in some money but not much. The fact that they fit in fairly well and don't look out of place means I will leave them where they are. I have just created a couple of 300 rectangles and put them on a couple of articles that get quite a lot of traffic, so we will monitor those. I don't know what other people do, but I always use channels. Sometimes I create a channel for one ad unit, other times the channels are for a selection of ad units, normally the ones that are on the article pages. Anyway, let's see what happens in the next week. Thanks for taking the time to have a look, much appreciated. I really think that we can all help each other. Sometimes you think you've got there and there's no more you can do, however I really think there is room for improvement after a while.
As for the colours, I like to match the colour of my navigation on the website. I also try and get the font is close to the website font as I can. Whereas we shouldn't try and deceive people, anything that looks too out of place does look messy in my opinion.
Yesterday was shaping up to be brilliant until things got stuck, and then never really recovered. Very disappointing. Mine's not stuck today, but not moving particularly well either. Click reports are very low indeed, but EPC high.
Might have to slaughter one of my chickens for Christmas this year.
I am having an absolute blast of a month.I last checked my earnings in the early hours of the morning, probably 2 AM,, it was holding its own, nothing special. Anyway, this morning there was half as much again, well above average. I don't know about having turkey again this Christmas, I think we may be having the goose that laid the golden egg.
I'm new to webmaster world so I'll do my best to not step on any toes with my first post but anything is possible. I've been following this thread (month by month) for some time now and can confirm the stuckness of adsense at the moment and I'll also make an observation that a few minutes ago, adsense rolled out my finalized earnings for July (actually added a penny to the total). The point is, I've seen others report finalized earnings over the last few hours and I'm wondering if the process of finalizing people's earnings has anything to do with the delay in adsense reporting (in this case, clicks and impressions are both stuck). Seems like a logical leap.
I find this thread useful in the fact that I can see if other are having a similar experience at a given point in time which actually tends to have a relaxing effect when I'm not the only one stuck on 724 page impressions for hours.
I believe there is a difference between a slow period and a stuck period and tend to react to them differently. If things really are stuck and others are confirming it, then the solution is to wait it out, but, if things are slow, like no one's clicking, then I start looking for advertisers who are dominating my ad slots but not producing. How do I know they're not producing? Well, if there's no money coming in, then no advertiser is producing so they're all ineffective. Often, all it takes is a couple of well-placed blocks on dominant advertiser URLs (often just temporarily) to get the clicks moving again. Anyway, just wanted to confirm the latest period of stuckness, introduce myself and share some insights I've gained by watching this post and others.
And I'll share one more check I've started using recently, namely the Adsense section under the Content Section in Analytics. Despite the fact that Adsense reporting is currently stuck, I can see that clicks are being recorded via this Analytics report. If you're using Analytics and have it linked up with Adsense, this can have a calming influence on your day.
Actually webcentric, I was thinking the same thing - that the finalization of the earnings was causing the stuckness; my stats started moving pretty soon after the final number appeared. Google will never admit it, but there may be something to that.
And now my earnings/clicks/etc. have normalized in Adsense to match what was showing all along in the Analytics report. I'm guessing it takes a lot of processing power to roll over a month's earnings and get a new month set up in the system but it just may be just be a matter of having to lock some data while wholesale updates are taking place. From a DBA perspective it's probably as simple as
1. There's one bucket for the current month, and you can't put two months in a one-month bucket, 2. So make another temporary buck for the new current month while finalizing the last month (which is still in the current month bucket) 2. Finalize last month and dump it into the finalized bucket and then, 3. Dump the current month stats from the temporary bucket into the now empty current month bucket and get caught up with reporting.
It'll be interesting to watch this next month but I'm guessing this cycle will repeat itself and then maybe someone can start a list of known sticking points in the Adsense reporting cycle and add this to it. We'll see.