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February 2014 AdSense Earnings and Observations

     
10:48 am on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'll kick it off then!
7:03 am on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I have heard that there are bots running rampant throughout the network, but that doesn't explain why it's all the high paying clicks are being removed.

I cannot see how a bot can generate high value clicks each time. EVERY day, I am seeing clicks for 2 to 5.77 come, then go again.

I used to receive valid clicks like that in the past, and they stayed (or very rarely removed) so why now?

Even if these clicks stayed, I still wouldn't be near my original earnings, so this is just another kick in the teeth.

Bots? Possible.
Bots continuingly generating high paying clicks? Nah, I don't buy it.
7:52 am on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Saturday has now finished, and it was the worst day ever for me. I've never known it so bad, and the removal of clicks only rubbed salt into the wound.
1:24 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)



Friday is always my worst day, but it was BAD. Saturday off, too. Something's fishy. CPC is down. CTR down.

I'm not seeing those enhanced text ads they had running, I thought they looked great, they had a little photo inside of them.

Trying some A/B testing, also put borders and background colors on a few ads and added "Sponsored Links" above the ads for one site -- I want to cut down on any possible accidental clicks, because I've seen a lot of them being taken off the past few days. I think people were getting confused, clicking, then hitting the back button.
1:58 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I don't think they're really high paying clicks, LW. I think it's a reporting issue.
2:09 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I don't think they're really high paying clicks, LW. I think it's a reporting issue.
I used to get 13 clicks, so 2-5.77 isn't unusual - but it is those ones that are disappearing. I don't mean reduced/adjusted - they go completely. Sorry, I am not convinced.
2:37 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Saturday turned out to be a very profitable day, well happy :-)
3:17 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I've already beaten yesterday's earnings. That shows how bad it was. :/
4:20 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Just checked mine, it's registering 18 for two clicks :-) I just know that that will disappear very soon
5:02 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday was stellar! Best of the month.
1:42 am on Feb 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Nothing uglier than 6 tiny ads crammed into a 728 x 90 Leaderboard. And here I thought those days were over. Bleck!
6:09 pm on Feb 24, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Another garbage day yesterday...
7:33 pm on Feb 24, 2014 (gmt 0)



Mine are pathetic. Used to get $20-30 everyday. Now getting $2-$8 on a good day.
2:20 am on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Wow, huge traffic, less income

I'm having low days all Feb2014 while reaching my highest traffic numbers ever. Seeing the stats is boring (adsense stats)
3:02 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Strange again...3 out of the last 5 days have been my best days since the third week of January and another day was above average. Click volume is the same however my EPC is back to what I would describe as normal.

Question - Is there any way to turn that annoying Google-coloured ball off?

Stuck spinning donuts are bad enough, this is plain stupid.
3:59 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Question - Is there any way to turn that annoying Google-coloured ball off?


I suggest placing a sticky note over the offending portion of your screen. Works as an Ad blocker too. ;)
5:12 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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This is a total mess. Last 3 days had been very good; now I haven't seen a click show up in reporting since yesterday afternoon. Fix this already Google.
6:43 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)



Worst CTR and CPC EVER today. EVER!
9:42 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Rofl...Canada's way out-clicking the USA for me today meanwhile the UK seems to have had all of its digits chopped off...zero so far, never seen that before!
11:42 pm on Feb 25, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Good day yesterday, although I was a little annoyed when yesterday's finalised earnings dropped by 3 today.Not doing too badly at the moment, although I've lost about six clicks in the last hour, but luckily not an enormous amount of money. Hopefully today will be a good one by the time. Everybody in the US has gone to bed
4:44 am on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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For the first time this year we are approaching a $25 7-day period. I'm still afraid to refresh the reports page after so many days of G taking back clicks but I am now cautiously optimistic.
5:58 am on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed some decent results on sites that haven't seen a lot of good results. In a way I'm hoping that this is an indicator of better and more relevant ads on those sites. Something seems up, but much to soon to say. I'm optimistic. When things have been flat lining, a blip is startling and exciting at the same time. I haven't checked stats to see if it's been an increase of traffic, but to me I'm suggesting it's the ads improving. My experience has always shown me that relevance to my content results in bills (not coins) falling from the sky. Oh, those days!
11:54 am on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Tuesday was my best day of February and 7th highest of 2014 however it all pales into insignificance compared to only a couple of years ago or so.

Still, it's better than it was and going in the right direction at the moment which leaves me with the dilemma of what to do next when adding content? So much of my work involves images therefore I need to consider just how I can increase traffic without losing it all to Google images.

This seems to be Catch 22 right now, any suggestions?
3:15 pm on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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So much of my work involves images therefore I need to consider just how I can increase traffic without losing it all to Google images.


I guess either control access to your images or people can enjoy them on Google. But you know that. I don't know how one goes about building a successful site based on images these days but National Geographic seems to be doing OK. Of course, they've been known for great imagery and articles since before I was born which was somewhat before the birth of the Internet. You know, the one Al Gore invented.

Makes me wonder if NG has this problem e.g. Google using their images to fill its own pages and thus co-opting huge chunks of their traffic. The articles are just as much a draw for NG though as are the images so that may be part of the equation. Either way you slice it, NG is a major brand that relies heavily on images and they're sure to have both techies and lawyers working on issues like this. Might be an interesting case study for you to look at if you haven't already.
3:32 pm on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Good point about NG webcentric, I'm busy crawling through their site as I write, they don't even appear to be watermarking anything.
4:56 pm on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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HUGE traffic spike yesterday!
pity earnings, it looked good at midday
but in the afternoon they "adjusted it"
6:59 pm on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Wow. 1/3 of my earnings for today were just shaved off. Never seen that before. Pageviews are 1/2 of what statcounter is saying. Something is really off today.
7:32 am on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Maybe someone can explain how this works. I can understand how an accidental click can be taken back. We've all done it. But bots on a forum? The only person who would benefit from a bot clicking ads on my site would be me. The advertiser loses and Google loses. But I am pretty careful not to click. In fact it ticks me off because sometimes an ad appears for a product I really like but I have to go find it another way.

And with only 300 to 400 unique visitors a day, how many accidental clicks can there be? I only have a top banner and a bottom banner. Nothing between responses.

Today I had up to 8 clicks on there for hours then suddenly only six and a 25% decrease in estimated earnings.

I am beginning to think that Netmeg is right... that the reports are completely out of synch with the real world. And probably money in the bank is, too.
8:53 pm on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I'm curious how many of you are doing better this February than February of a year ago and how many are doing worse. For me, I'm only slightly ahead of a year ago even though my traffic is up about 30 percent.
9:04 pm on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)



It's been a gradual decline for me, starting in early 2011. I went from making $11,000+ a month to $6000+ a month over night and then down to $4000+ a month by September 2012. By December 2013 I was making $1100 a month and January 2014 got worse.

I've pretty much removed it off my site but a few link units - those are earning me maybe $10 or less a day.
9:07 pm on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I think I'm *probably* doing better I did last February, but I don't know for sure yet because my reports are whack.

Here's an example screenshot for daily stats on ONE ad placement channel on ONE site that is way off peak season. Note that these stats (and the related earnings) are still in my account three weeks later. One of these entries is not like all the others. And this is only one representative placement. I'm sure they'll be removed at the end of the month - probably.

[imgur.com...]

This is why I don't believe my reports. And I sure hope those advertisers aren't missing parts of their budgets.
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