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11:54 pm on Jan 17, 2016 (gmt 0)

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For some reason, which I cannot recollect as to why, I checked back on my AdSense Reports for my first full month with AdSense. In my case it was 1st July to 31st July, 2003.

Try it!

I wish I hadn't...
12:16 am on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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The RPMs! That's crazy!
4:07 am on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I don't have to look at it now. I know. My first month was the same as yours (July 2003).

Around 2005 I was making about five times more per month than now, with a fraction of the impressions... I attribute this to a shift into a more local audience (from 80% US back then to 80% NZ now) and a surge in the number of publishers (same pie, more slices).

Every few months I read reports saying "online advertising growing to a [xx] billion business worldwide" but really someone is eating my pie.
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It doesn't do one's health much good to do that!
12:09 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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The really depressing thing is not that we earned it... it's sitting here wondering where it all went
3:01 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Just a different time for online advertising back then. Everything was new and the sky was the limit.
3:43 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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You have nothing compare to mine. Back then, my earning pays off my mortgage, car, groceries, and more. Now, it can only manage to cover my groceries. That's how bad it is for me.

The only consolation about this is the collapse happened last year when my car and mortgage had just been paid off.
4:00 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Now, it can only manage to cover my groceries.


Mine do not even pay for them, last month's were 1.82% of peak earnings, this month will probably be about 1.36%.

I am not joking with the above figures, this is down from USD 10+K per month to probably USD ~135 this month.

Today so far 55 cents! I used to do that almost every 2 minutes.
4:22 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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The advertising business has changed enormously since 2003. More publishers, more pages, more low-quality content farms and other MFA sites (necessitating "smart pricing"), and the advent of programmatic or automated media buying.

Today, publishers (and ad networks) are more accountable than they were in 2003. Slapping up a zillion keyword-driven pages, inserting some AdSense code, and waiting for ad revenue to pour in won't cut it in 2016.
7:13 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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My best year with AdSense was 2014; last year was just under it (but I removed some AdSense impressions and added a couple more networks plus some more direct ads, so overall I was slightly up) My forecast (based on the past few months) is that my AdSense will likely continue to drop, which is why I'm mapping out alternative ways to monetize right now.

I'm not upset about it; everything has a shelf life.
11:20 pm on Jan 18, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I bet this thread would read a lot better if Julie London's "Cry Me A River" was on repeat on the background. :)
1:39 am on Jan 19, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Late 2012 and 2013 was my best year. Making 1/2 what I was then currently.
12:27 am on Jan 20, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I had a 2% increase YoY in AdSense. But I had a huge increase in my other networks, so overall experienced a nice bump in revenue. Not complaining in the least. :)
1:58 am on Jan 21, 2016 (gmt 0)

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avalon37, same here, 2012 to 2014 were my best, now earnings are half that, back to my 2008-2011 average, when I finally started to make decent online income. Competition for traffic is fierce and the pay gets cheaper. And every now and then you have keep up with new technology or deal with major Google Search or Google Adsense updates that never seem to be in the average webmaster's favor. If I didn't love this industry, I would have thrown the towel.
4:24 pm on Jan 21, 2016 (gmt 0)

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What's really unbelievable is the US dollar is much higher than Canadian dollar now. I'm being paid in Canadian dollars which means I'm earning much much worse than I have thought.
5:11 pm on Jan 21, 2016 (gmt 0)

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jbayabas, yeah to think the Canadian dollar might actually be saving my butt from complete meltdown is unnerving.
5:45 pm on Jan 21, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Over the last couple of months I've watched Sterling go from 1.60 to 1.42 against the US Dollar, more than a 10% depreciation, wtf?
9:07 pm on Jan 21, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Want a further pointless distraction?

In my version of "Classic" anyway - last 28 days. Click on the periods [date range] link then:

Click on "All Time"
3:08 pm on Jan 23, 2016 (gmt 0)

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My total AdSense earnings and RPM have gone up every year since 2008. This last year RPM was only up by single digit % increase. 2016 might be the year I finally see a decrease because like others have done I've diversified my ad network offerings so there's more to click on besides an AdSense ad.
 

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