#*$! just happened with google. I have many websites, but this happened to my biggest one. I had just about 15k unique visits/daily to this particular website. Since yesterday i get 30k/day visits ( yes double). This is an authority website with 2k articles targeting over 2k keywords.
My first guess was : additional traffic comes from one or another kw (this happens sometimes, then people temporarily searches more for some stuff.), but NO!, traffic comes proportionally from all kws like it should. Everything just double.
Second guess : BOTS, but no. I am programmer myself, so i inspect everything, frond end and back end of my server and website. No bots, real human beings. Real visits.
Anyone else experiences same stuff?
Checked all biggest IM forums to see if any google update or other abnormal google activity is happening - yet no!.
WTF? I logged-in this morning to a completely "normal" April day's metrics, nothing fantastic but at least palatable, however where did this all come from when for the first 9 hours I had absolutely nothing which is bizarre enough in itself?
Sunday ended up as dire as I expected it to be with my US PVs at 45% of the last two month's average and my lowest-ever earning's day however I did get clicks, not my lowest-ever clicks day, simply my lowest-ever EPC day since September 2012...yuk!
not my lowest-ever clicks day, simply my lowest-ever EPC day since September 2012
CPC was very low yesterday and my site has nearly 100% US traffic. Traffic levels were about average for a Sunday but CTR was also in the toilet. Had a great day out with my favorite mother so consider the day a great success but for reasons other than Adsense. Now, it's back to the grindstone.
It's the EPC that's killing me now, 77.8% v April 1-13, the one bit of good news is that the last couple of days' PVs have come back to average, all those blooming early May holidays and whatevers seem to have destroyed all semblance of normality.
Low EPC was a problem for me earlier this month but it's bounced back the last few days a bit. I'm seeing some decent sized clicks as of late. Mother's Day was terrible (even with fairly normal traffic for a Sunday) but I've not seen so many 6 cent clicks in a long time than I was seeing earlier this month. Targeting was hogwash but not too back these last few days.
Mobile, which had tanked badly is also back to normal levels. This is probably due to changes on my end but more on that another time.
Given the turmoil, I'm happy with earnings today. First day this week I can say that.
As an aside I noticed a real lull in the adsense stuck thread. Is this because like me, things are just bad, not stuck? As in, stuck means it should pull out of the tailspin during the day. Am I reading too much into it? Meh.
Can't speak to every ad size and format but right now but...
Display Only is kicking Text Only's proverbial butt. Not even close. Of course, Text Only is doing so poorly, it's no surprise but still, this is a slaughter.
My historically best unit (a 250 x 250 Text Only) got so bad, I finally went all display and who knows, maybe I'm getting some magazine ads in the mix, but Display clicks are blowing away anything I've seen with that unit in weeks. YRMV