I found the Adsense interface completely unresponsive several times today. I'm wondering if there's some very delayed reporting waiting out there due to some rollout or another. Traffic today was great but clicks stopped dead in their tracks prior to noon here on the East Coast. Fishy to say the least. Otherwise having a decent month for a January (as in 4 times the revenue for all of last January in just the first nine days) (knock on wood). Traffic levels are virtually the same as last year too. Something stinks about today though.
Other than the mobile site than can't figure out the difference between "yesterday" and "day before yesterday" at 7am, I don't know if it's their interface. All I know is that I'm 34% down from last month despite more traffic (all clickfraudsters, no doubt) and losing 50% of my clicks plus a reduction in CPC seems to be routine. And we're barely 30% into the first month of the year.
This has got to be some new program. I'm calling it "Fukushima".
Things stank today. I checked the stats this evening, and then a couple hours later, and the revenue and stats were less than earlier. From what I am seeing, there are some things going on with the Google SERP's today, but this is the second time in a couple weeks where stats went ghost on me.
I'm wondering if there's some very delayed reporting waiting out there due to some rollout or another.
Something's going on for sure, that's two consecutive days of very delayed reports for me and, like you, mine stopped completely for awhile but the earnings have returned to pre 20th Dec average.
I have no idea of how to increase my earnings though, the SERPs in my sector are an absolute and utter mess and as for image results, well, they're simply outrageously incorrect for the most part.
I know for a fact that the only way many widget trade sites are getting traffic is having to pay for AdWords. I can neither justify nor afford to do that, I may as well just go to the pub and poor it down the urinal since I would end up with a load of enquiries and the inability to supply.
Methinks 2014 will be the year I shall need to diversify my sites to other subjects however which I haven't a clue.
Reporting issues may be tied to something going on regarding a change or "rollout". But it's been consistently inconsistent (delayed reporting) for the last 2 months in my opinion. I said earlier that I cannot imagine reporting going back to consistency we were accustomed to. In fact, I predict it could get worse. It's not good business for Google to show clicks/revenue only to have publishers see it disappear later in the day. There will always been some of that, but the less "real time" data AdSense shares with us the better for them. Now on the Adwords side that will never fly because Adwords pays the Google bills and advertisers have actual power and need to be kept happy.
avalon: true, been seing more and more the reports to show "whatever" during the day, finding the next day numbers to be the actual thing. From where I'm standing, ADS reports are already moving to that arena of "finalized earnings".
I actually saw Real Time reporting go down for about 15 minutes the other day. Freaked me out because it was a gradual drop off in active visitors and usually when that happens something is wrong on my server but everything was fine.
As for the AdSense website the Owned Sites (Beta) section stopped working several days ago fr me.
My monthly earnings totals are pretty close, but when I compare month day by day things frequently don't add up. Meaning one day Analytics said I earned more than looking up earnings in AdSense and the next day just the opposite. Personally, I feel the best reason to use the analytics data is to get a better understanding of clicks on specific pages, but since I tag ads very specifically, I don't need analytics to tell me what page generated clicks.
For me January is just about exactly like January 2013, which on the one hand is okay, but it's not exactly growth, so I'm not happy about that. But I did have to take ads of one of my popular sites due to bot attacks.