Regarding my earnings demise, I received an answer from AdSense, which was a pretty fast response (Fri. to Mon.). That's the good part.
What did they say? The boilerplate response, with some added obfuscation. Which, of course, is exactly as expected. With ZERO acknowledgment of my TOTAL WIPEOUT on April 1. Not only was there no guidance, they didn't even listen to what I had said.
Thank you for contacting us.
I took a look at your Performance Reports and it looks like your earnings have decreased over the last few months because of a decrease in your site's page views. I've attached a screenshot from your account that shows RPM (the amount you're earning per 1000 impressions) has stayed fairly flat over the past year, while page views have declined. If you have your account linked to Google Analytics, I recommend looking in to your Google Analytics for your site to see if you notice any changes in your referral traffic.
Additionally, here are a few more ideas on how to increase traffic to your site: Tips to increase traffic to your site - URL= [support.google.com
- Promote your site with other major websites that cover the same topic
- Promote your site through social media and create a group of interested people who regularly visit your site
- Use Webmaster Tools to ensure Google correctly crawls and indexes your site
- Update your site regularly (perhaps send an email or newsletter with updates) to encourage repeat visitors
I'd also recommend reviewing this Help Center article on Tips to increase traffic to your site.
Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns I can help address.
My response (if I were to respond) to their 4 suggestions would be "Just what do you think I do EVERY DAY?" Pushing the matter further with them would be totally futile, and just serve to piff them off. I'll pass. After all, I still get a few bucks a day.
No help here. An utterly useless response. Because of my lengthy excellent earnings record, and sudden MASSIVE earnings decline beginning April 1, I feel that they know EXACTLY what is going on. And have no intention of telling me.
Walks away slowly humming "Singing in the rain, just singing in the rain."
(Unabashed technique plagiarism of webcentric - thanks for the attitude adjustment.)
Things look pretty bleak for me, AdSense-wise.
I'm going to drink some fine Chardonnay now, to combat my depression.