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June 2019 AdSense Earnings & Observations

"...clawback has been outrageous"

     
1:41 pm on Jun 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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New month, nothing new with AdSense, though. Thank god the clawback is just 10 EUR for me this month. Turns out almost none of my traffic is invalid.
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The last two or three months while clawback has been outrageous. May's clawback is 0.96% so my finalised earnings were down by just over 1
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Typical 3.7% clawback for me this month. I thought with the lost revenue and all of the May problems that that month would be different. It wasn't for me.
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I took my site down to just two adsense units. (Previously had three text/display units and one link unit.) Link units were removed altogether two months ago. I had read that maybe they were the issue. I still had an 11% clawback for May. I do not understand what the issue is. At this rate, I might as well throw link units back on the site.
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If my hourly clawback (calculated every few minutes) was put on hold for a month and my monthly clawback was 80%, I'd still earn much more than I earn now.
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My clawback increased further to an outrageous 6.5%.

No matter because I'm done. My trial month with Adthrive was a great success. I'm taking a couple of days off this week to strip Adsense from my main sites and replace it with AT. I'll keep Adsense on a couple of lower-traffic domains I own, where it will hopefully make enough to pay for my server costs.

I'm grateful to Adsense for the opportunities it has given me in the past. The whole thing has gradually slid down the toilet in the past 3-4 years, however, so parting will be more sweet than sorrow.
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Personally, I never experienced significant clawback. Mine is less than 0.5% . I have no idea why, some, have so huge removed from their finalized earning. At a time, I was thinking it might come from currency exchange rate variations. Also, I don't know why it happens at the end of the month, whereas, there is already adjustments on a day per day basis.
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Clawback zero !
revenues may vs april + 5%
June is starting on high summer mood.
Replaced links units let s see
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Also, I don't know why it happens at the end of the month, whereas, there is already adjustments on a day per day basis

I'm not certain but I suspect real-time click-shearing deals with user behaviour, such as accidentals and immediate back-clicks, while the end-of-month clawback deals with traffic quality.
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Surprised.

May 2019 is one of the smallest clawbacks that I can remember (after the largest in my history, December 2018) - and I didn't change a thing : /
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Clawback is 0.7% for me, so minimal.

I do try to keep ads well away from any clickable links.
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I do try to keep ads well away from any clickable links.

This. As well as not trying to mislead visitors, by letting them think this is part of the navigation. Blocking server farm IPs helps too.

Beside what @trebuchet said, it's possible that, at the end of the month, Adsense is removing all clicks from "bad" IP which were not "yet" known at the beginning of the month. I mean, Adsense certainly maintains a list of "bad" IP , for which it is not counting clicks, or not even displaying ads. But this list changes all the time. So at the end of the month, new IP are added to this list and Adsense goes throw all the transactions to remove actions initiated from these IP. Just a guess.
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That might explain my December clawback. There was a spike in earnings from Italy, with the IPs originating in France.
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If it's not yet the case, I recommend to all "serious" webmaters to read the different topics there : [webmasterworld.com...] most of them initiated by @keyplyr
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The clawback was low here but earnings also. Almost the lowest earnings in 3 years and it's not because of traffic. I can't believe Google shows us the middle finger and don't give any reasonable explanation for a revenue drop. Not even talking about the problems at their Ad networks in May.
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Worst Sunday in history....
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The same, this Saturday and seems Sunday are worst in 3 years and it's not because of traffic. Possible a huge real-time recalculations? We are on the way to remove all AdSense ads from one of our websites, because clawback just a huge.
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Probably reporting problems.
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We are on the way to remove all AdSense ads from one of our websites, because clawback just a huge.

In all events, one should always use several ad networks / affiliate programs, and see what works best. If something out performs Adsense, you should use it in priority.
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I expected a low first few days of June. After all, it IS the start of a new month and it happens to fall on a weekend. Mon-Thu will be a better indicator of what the new month will hold.
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There is also a lot of holidays in May and June, sometimes combined with week-ends, etc... Someone said it once, if you think about it, you can always find "good" reasons to "low" earnings :) (holidays, week-ends, beginning of quarter, end of quarter, weather, sports events...)
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June has been surprisingly strong so far.
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My Adsense number have been frozen for the past 2 hours. Anyone else having this problem? Google Analytics too...
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Yes for the last 6 hours
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Google Cloud is down. Most Google services including Analytics, GCP, Youtube, etc. are down.

AdSense reporting has been frozen since the outage began about 3 hours ago.

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Yep, frozen.
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Google has been on and off for months now. What the heck is going on over at G HQ?
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Sabotage? Attacks from hackers?
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Unfrozen now and looking good.
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It is either that the Big G is not disclosing that the outage was due to their changes (even after saying that it won't affect anything). Or they've been attacked by a certain country from the East... :)
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