Full Member from US
joined:July 17, 2003
I haven't posted for years here. I come I read and leave. But, now, it's time to post again.
We have found from one site to another we own, we only get paid for maximum 10-50% of the ad clicks, depending on traffic level. We have changed the design over and over, it's mobile friendly, active view is good. But, some days 120 clicks will only tally up to less than a dozen. A dozen clicks will produce one or none paid clicks for days on end, depending on the website. Typically, we got paid for 90%-100% of the clicks, every year for ten years. You expect some clicks in error, always had been. But they were the exception not the rule. It's doesn't make sense that 90+% are not counted, where the traffic is active surfing humans.
I have been lurking here for nine months, seeing other long time WW members saying the same thing and read, hoping somebody here would have a solution. I haven't seen one given as a real possibility, given our logs and history with Adsense. Adsense advisers gave us reasons that didn't test out as viable. They were excuses without foundation, science couldn't back them up.
Our traffic is all organic, high quality traffic. We do over two million page views a year across our network of websites. I have been with Adsense for over eleven years. The change in clicks not counted increased some in 2014, but since April has been getting worse by the month. We are down to 10% of previous years' revenue.
Nothing left to lose, we tried another ad provider in Nov. We have tested three of 60 sites we own. So far, the revenue change has been tremendous. Site #1 was making pennies a week is now making dollars per week. Site #2, the larger test website which is still not one of our top 10 websites was making pennies a day, now making dollars a day. We didn't test our biggest sites, not wanting to risk too much. At least they were making money. The first two test websites, we had nothing to lose. They hit rock bottom. The third site we just added today, had been making $400-600 a month in 2014 and early 2015 with no change in traffic levels (8,000-14,000 views monthly) and was down to single digit earnings. It's already doing better than a full week of Adsense, with a change for only a few hours today. We have quit counting pennies and begun counting dollars again.
We are moving all 60 websites, which are a diverse range of niches, over 90% inbound traffic from U.S. UK, CA and AU, out of the Adsense program in Q1, one by one. Thought it was us and tried everything we could for nine months. It's not us. Something is broken in Adsense (at least for some of us), otherwise only changing ad servers wouldn't make this tremendous difference. Adsense promises of big changes coming in 2016 are too little too late.