I've deliberately not looked at my stats since Friday since it was my birthday weekend and I didn't want G spoiling it:-)
Anyway, I logged-in this morning and saw something I've never experienced before in 10 years...last Wednesday, one of my halved earnings' days, had its clicks doubled and I ended-up with precisely the same earnings as Tuesday. It's not happened yet with Thursday but you never know, miracles may happen.
For me both Saturday and Sunday had normal click volume but much lower than average EPC with much fewer than normal clicks from the US/UK, fingers crossed they've got over their recent "problems".
I am not entirely sure the problems are over with; perhaps the problems we just went through but I expect that there will be more. There's always something.
What I hope we have learned is that if we cooperate and share information we can solve these problems together and move on.
My weekend was normal other than having a couple xlhost bots slip by and execute a few invalid clicks on Saturday. Yesterday was entirely normal and stable. And this morning, first thing, I saw a click; for 13 cents. Dare to dream. :)
my biggest problems are not the invalid clicks, but highly irrelevant ads!... I am in not so competitive niche, but had never seen such ads so out of scope compared with the content ... I always check my site using different country range proxies and always clearing the cache... and what I see that for US/UK the problem is not so big, but for all other English speaking countries - it is a disaster! This explains why I don't collect any cash from them...
and what I see that for US/UK the problem is not so big, but for all other English speaking countries - it is a disaster!
I can never get a true reflection of what's happening by using proxies since even they still seem to keep displaying the same ads over and over but when I get people to send me screen shots the ads are completely different.
Obviously this depends on how clean a person's machine is etc but, in all honesty, Joe Public doesn't work like us, they have machines full of all sorts of tracking garbage, local stuff and cookies therefore I feel it is extremely difficult to know precisely what anyone else is seeing.
You'll beat your head into a pulp trying to figure that one out.
The only consolation I can give you is that whilst I am travelling globally I do check my sites to see what they are displaying. Usually they are not too bad, sometimes awful just as I see here in the UK, but in general not as bad as proxies would have us believe...YMMV!
RedBar, I completely agree that using proxies is not even close to what really the users in these countries are seeing as ads, but is the only way to easily filter out the worst garbage ads!
I am also traveling a lot and always check my sites from various locations. I am also doing it through VPSes that I use but if you do it on a daily basis (I spend 5-10 minutes) then the only working approach is using a clean from G-sh*t PC and using proxies...
WDR - Is there any specific reason you don't clear cache and cookies on closing your browser(s)?
Monday was interesting, click volume at 136% and second highest of the month however EPC was way down at 78% therefore earnings only just made my current average. UK PVs were noticeably down with EPC at their lowest for the month at 76%.
I am not sure, but have my eyes on Analytics, Adsense & webmaster tools to check my site health... My sites are 95% dependent on Adsense income and I noticed something interesting...
In Google Webmaster Tools display an update notice in the Search Queries table 31/12/2013. Since then our total daily visitors & Adsense Pageviews show a nice increase. CTR is on a stable 2% but CPC went down the drain... Was wondering if this indicated "Update" has anything todo with it...
What a strange Thursday. I'm guessing at data loss since my clicks were frozen for most of my afternoon/evening and I ended up with a pitiful day but not only that I had some strange reporting as well.
Since about 1995 I have never, ever used the www version of any domain but yesterday I had six domains listed:
www.example1.com - Has been 301'd for 2 years now www.example2.com - Sold this 3-4 years ago, not on my allowed list www.example3.com - Has been 301'd for 20 years www.example4.com - Has been 301'd for 14 years www.example5.com - Has been 301'd for 15 years www.example6.com - Has been 301'd for 16 years
example7.com - Has been 301'd for 16 years and had 4 PVs!
@RedBar I'm seeing stats in WMT related to sites that have been dead for at least a year. Wonder if G is rolling in some historical data across reporting systems and failing to catch a few flags in the process.
Absolutely fubard for me today, at this level I would need to wait two months minimum for a payment, well that ain't going to happen...10 days and counting down to removal, not that G will be worried now they've finally shafted me!
I could almost take it personally if it weren't for the fact that it's someone's utterly screwed-up algo that's doing it and the best bit is that they don't even know nor understand just how flawed it is!
I still get occasional click dumps that disappear, but most of the problem has gone away since I've blocked so many of the bots.
And overall, I'm already at 120% of last March, so depending on what gets chopped off at the end of the month, I'm good. There's still an extra $600 or so in my account this month from that on clickbomb day, but I know that'll be taken out and already accounted for that.
Well this isn't good. No PIP today. I knew something was up. Something NOT good.
Did your "estimated earnings" make you think you'd get paid? What do they show when you click on "payments"? Last month my payments were substantially lower than the estimated earnings for the same period.
Current balance, payable earnings are all consistent. They always remove a buck or two at the beginning of the new month, so that happened three weeks ago. They haven't removed anything since. They almost never do. Youtube earnings were as expected. Maybe PIP is late. Hope tomorrow, but I'm not sure it ever goes on Sat.
That said, it lists "Feb 25" as my last payment, so that's four days from now. I guess there's still plenty of time.