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March 2016 AdSense Earnings and Observations

     
9:48 am on Mar 1, 2016 (gmt 0)

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January and February [webmasterworld.com] have been a disaster for most of us.
I believe that we expect a "Spring miracle" for this month.
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Adsense must be at the bottom of the barrel now!

1. Ads for Youtube Channels are booming!
2. Thai sexual ads? They must be giving free Adwords vouchers in Asia!

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@Mentat, I ran an experiment with sensitive categories enabled vs. disabled and found that the RPM is actually *dropping* with sensitive categories ON. Better user experience and higher payouts. You should give it a shot.
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@LuckyD - all my sensitive categories are blocked, except Political and Video Games.

I doubt that someone monitor each ad, to be put on a strict category.
It seems to be small advertisers and affiliates.
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Adsense must be at the bottom of the barrel now!


Yay, I get those on several of my sites for specialised construction products especially my .asia, .cn and .in sites which is even more annoying when one knows there are perfectly applicable ads in those regions.
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Friday to Monday sucked. Today was much better.

Unfortunately can only see more troubles ahead. Google's spammy SERP layout, more ad blocking, mobile networks cracking down on ads etc.

Relying on AdSense and Google traffic = Minefield.
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Again, very high number of fake PVs and impressions on Tuesday.

Mobile CPCs are extremely low, even from US. Are others also getting similar results on mobile or is it just me? I am talking mobile CPC which is just 20% of desktop CPC.
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First day of March doesnt give me a lot of confidence for this month. Low RPM and 'ghost' traffic showing again.
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I thought they had the inflated PVs under control, evidently not, I had them as well.

The 1st was looking a promising day however the last 10 hours provided hardly anything, strange.

Are others also getting similar results on mobile or is it just me?


So far in 2016:

Mobile EPC v Desktop EPC 98.34%
Tablet EPC v Desktop EPC 98.71%

Overal 2016 EPC so far about -13% v 2015
11:43 am on Mar 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Not a bad start to March, I am about where I should be at the moment.

I was a little bit annoyed that my finalised earnings were 15 down on my estimated earnings, it's not normally this much. Anyway, still wasn't a bad result for February so I'll be happy with what I've got. Coupled along with a half decent payment from media.net, it's certainly a nice bit of pocket money for this month.
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At this very moment AdSense doesn't seem to be working. I managed to log-in however it's unbelievably slow or stuck.
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WTF? If there's no red bar then today is going to be the worst ever for me.
7:51 pm on Mar 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Is this the red bar that you all are talking about?

"We're sorry, some data in this report is delayed, please try again later. There's no impact to ad serving or payments." on a red bar across the top of the page.
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That's the one, it appeared a couple of hours ago for me. My PVs have been steadily rising all day however my clicks haven't budged in 8 hours ... looks like another fruitless day with MAdSense.
9:59 pm on Mar 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Horrible numbers today. I hope this is just a delay in reporting. It's unbelievable.
10:35 pm on Mar 2, 2016 (gmt 0)

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RedBar, thank you. Today is the first time that I ever saw that red bar. Things are dismal. Two GA ads and one media.net ad, and media.net beats GA! Go figure.
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Red bar here too...Earnings almost 20% lower today (end of Wednesday). Hope this recovers when red bar goes away.
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I'm well on my way to believing the the 50%+ drop in daily earnings is just how this works now. The hammer on clicks must be so sensitive right now, that's my other explanation. Yes, trash ads with zero relevance in culprit number one, but that's been like that for a while. I've spread my revenue to other sources which helps soften this, for now. Aside from that, this is nothing short of a kick to the balls, daily.
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What I see is a big drop in US payments! It's lower each week.
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Over inflated PVs and my second lowest-ever day ... on a normal working Wednesday?

US EPC was 57.7% of 2016 average.

It's utter horlicks, that's the polite way of saying it:-)
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Inflated PVs out of control this morning, all USA all the one site with supposed Matched Content which I have not claimed!
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only getting 0.31 $ RPM today. Too low constantly these days.
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Just getting a visitor to your site is getting more difficult these days.
Google four ads on top
Bing five ads on top
Yahoo five ads on top
Number one position can end up below the fold

THEN after running the gauntlet to get to your site, visitors are sent away with a 10 cent cheapo Adsense AD click.

Big publishers are now going after the crumbs that were usually left for the small publishers to fight over. :)

Welcome to 2016
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10 cents? I wish, today I'm on UK 6 cents with nothing from the USA however clicks won't happen when G replaces the arrow with a telephone receiver!

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March so far I'm seeing RPM down almost 10% from February, which itself was quite low compared to the numbers I used to see.
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Managed just 2 average days and now it's back in the rabbit hole (even though traffic is good).

If I have a problem with an affiliate program I can get support on to it straight away.

You receive zero support from Google and they can't even be bothered to send a rep on this forum.

AdSense in 2016 is that bad that it's either complete incompetence or a snide ploy to get everyone on AdWords. No thanks.
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I really hope to see a red bar...
All figures are way down :(
6:25 pm on Mar 3, 2016 (gmt 0)

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RPM went down again compared to the average of last month.
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when G replaces the arrow with a telephone receiver!


The arrow I was seeing yesterday on Adsense ads looked like the hammer and sickle on the old Soviet Union flag
7:48 pm on Mar 3, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I really hope to see a red bar..


I have one if that's of any consequence!
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