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October 2019 AdSense Earnings & Observations

Still early in the day.. first of the month, first of the new quarter, but still.

     
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As for the new rules, I'll just keep the one which says that, if a page of a site is "accidentally" flagged as containing sexually content, at least the site and account will not be blocked / banned, and the only risk is that this page displays less ads. I mention this because, like a lot of you, I had , in the past "warnings" for hosting sexually explicit material (photos) , which were absolutely not related to sexuality, or not even nudity. So, this is one less "risk" , also, for those who are really providing adult oriented content, it might be a new way to monetize their pages, since they'll be able to display adsense ads now, and for advertisers, new opportunities, for those targeting this kind of niche.

Now, as for adsense today, the month starts badly, first time ever. It's still early in the day, and first of the month, first of the new quarter, but still. The coverage is killing me. 15% ! And with the fact it's no longer possible to use backup ads, it makes plenty of nearly empty spots all over my sites...
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So it doesn’t really have anything to with Adsense.
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Yeah, 16 years and now they flag pages for adult content. Never before in 16 years. But now they flag 40 of my best pages.

@fearlessrick, same here but it started about 2 years ago. I had a page flag because of a pretty girl with big boobs in a sleeveless shirt... she was a local girl that I know personally, and there was nothing inappropriate about it at all! I guess it was just the size that Google didn't like.

I had another page flag because a user had posted a link to a page on another site, and that page had a GIF that showed the top of a man's butt crack with a Photoshopped tattoo... I forget what it said, but it was a joke of some sort. That page on the other site had Google ads on it, but for whatever reason, my page that linked to their page was flagged.

Later, I realized that that butt-crack picture was actually a screenshot from a G-rated Disney movie!

I went 12 or 13 years without ever having anything flag, but after that first one I started getting at least 1 warning each week. It's like, I hit a certain value and suddenly got their attention.

As for the recent change to their policy, I created new ad units to go on the pages that had previously not been allowed. Even though they were some of my highest traffic pages, the ads there now makes about $0.10 /day (based on traffic I used to get closer to $30). So I don't know if this is going to improve for us, or if it's just that they got tired of dealing with it on their end.

First day of October and new down record for CTR/ Page RPM - 2x than normal.. Anyone getting similar bad results?

@ivok, mine dropped HARD on September 30. Comparing Sept 29 to Sept 30, Pageviews went up by 19.6%, but Page RPM went down by 55.26%! That was the lowest Page RPM I've ever had... 26% lower than my previous record-low.

It has improved slightly over the last week, but it's still lower than any other time.
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Even big publishers can be banned
[amp.theguardian.com...]

Advertiser, not publisher, and considering the legal issues about how this site / company is doing business, I am not sorry for them.
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Viagogo is not a publisher, it's a site that resells concert and event tickets, often at grossly inflated prices.

It's interesting to note that Google has been happily taking Viagogo's money and advertising its service for several years, despite its questionable conduct and regular reports of customers being fleeced. It's only since a recent rush of bad publicity that Google has decided that Viagogo ads are Via-gone-gone.

Shorter Google: hypocrites.
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Adsense revenue currently down 35% over the same period in October of last year.
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Oh wow, just received a mail with changes for Adsense. If I'm right I read that even when you don't activated automatic ads they will be placed at your website. Something with middle finger to publishers who care about user experience...

We can exclude pages for automatic ads and G will place an amount depending on the length of a page. If I'm right I already noticed publishers complaining about it, no influence of positions or the amount.

I'm not sure G will help us more money but probably scare our visitors.
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Pretty much given up with my website now.

October terrible again and since these Google changes my views and revenue down (despite still holding same Google rank positions as in all of 2019).
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A few here said the lower earnings could be because of much more new websites but that's not the case, it seems impossible. When earnings compared to same month last year drop for about 20 to 30 percent it's not because of 20 to 30 percent more websites. I still believe that the economic downturn is causing less spending by advertisers. Strange thing is that G isn't earning less like we do...
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@Runfun advertising is the first to go before a recession. It’s not just Adsense, my other service Exponential is starting off very slow this month too. It’s the industry.
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Hello-

Oh wow, just received a mail with changes for Adsense. If I'm right I read that even when you don't activated automatic ads they will be placed at your website.

Can you post this email ? I am curious to read it...
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I’d like to see that email, too.
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We’ve developed a new version of Auto ads that gives you greater ability to customize the Auto ads experience for your users.
Depending on how you use Auto ads, we'll try to closely match your current Auto ads settings. If we can’t do this, you'll see a notification in your AdSense home page. If there’s no notification, you don’t need to take any action.

What’s changing?

Auto ads now work through any ad code If you’ve turned on Auto ads for a site or a portion of your site, even pages that only contain regular ad units will start showing Auto ads on that page automatically.
If there are specific pages you don't want Auto ads on, you can add those URLs to your Page exclusions. For example, you can turn off Auto ads on your home page or entire sections of your site.

Ads > Overview shows you a summary of your Auto ads settings for each of your sites.

Ad settings preview shows you how Auto ads will look on your site before they go live. When you make changes to your Auto ads settings, it can take up to an hour to apply on your site.
Placement exclusions allow you to delete specific ad placements inside the preview using the “delete” icon. Auto ads will immediately generate a placement in a new location for you to review.

Ad formats help you specify the types of ads that Auto ads places on your site.

Matched content allows content recommendations from your site combined with ads to be shown to your users.

Auto ads dynamically adjusts the number of ads in proportion to the length of each page. Ad load helps you control the number of ads you'd like to show on your pages.

We’ve updated reporting so that you can see Auto ads and manual ad unit performance side by side for each of your sites.

[services.google.com...]
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Hello-

Thank you @Wader, ... so auto-ads can still be turned on or off.
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Received Sept. 30 -

"Review your settings"
"Get ready for the new and improved Auto ads"
Link - "Visit Auto ads"

"We’ve developed a new version of Auto ads that gives you greater ability to customize the Auto ads experience for your users.
Depending on how you use Auto ads, we'll try to closely match your current Auto ads settings. If we can’t do this, you'll see a notification in your AdSense home page. If there’s no notification, you don’t need to take any action."

"What’s changing?

Auto ads
Auto ads now work through any ad code If you’ve turned on Auto ads for a site or a portion of your site, even pages that only contain regular ad units will start showing Auto ads on that page automatically. (emphasis added)
If there are specific pages you don't want Auto ads on, you can add those URLs to your Page exclusions. For example, you can turn off Auto ads on your home page or entire sections of your site.

Ads > Overview
Ads > Overview shows you a summary of your Auto ads settings for each of your sites.

Ad settings preview
Ad settings preview shows you how Auto ads will look on your site before they go live. When you make changes to your Auto ads settings, it can take up to an hour to apply on your site.
Placement exclusions allow you to delete specific ad placements inside the preview using the “delete” icon. Auto ads will immediately generate a placement in a new location for you to review.

Ad formats
Ad formats help you specify the types of ads that Auto ads places on your site.
Matched content allows content recommendations from your site combined with ads to be shown to your users.
Auto ads dynamically

Auto ads dynamically adjusts the number of ads in proportion to the length of each page. Ad load helps you control the number of ads you'd like to show on your pages.
Reporting

We’ve updated reporting so that you can see Auto ads and manual ad unit performance side by side for each of your sites.
(large graphic)
(Auto ads settings
See how Auto ads can boost your revenue-?)

Please note that you had the "See how Auto ads can boost your revenue" lab enabled in your account. This lab has now been graduated, and we've applied the appropriate settings to Auto ads for all your traffic."

"To tell us what you think of these changes, please Send Feedback using the link on the Ads > Overview page. We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts."

(Large link - "Visit Auto Ads")
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Very soon they will place all ads for us
After one year Adsense will do the design
And after 2 years they will write the content....
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I guess we'll wait and see how much this changes the landscape - and challenges services like Ezoic.

Google obviously has a ton of user data behind this so it may work out well for publishers (or it may not).

I DO like that they finally added an "Ad Load" setting to set a ratio of how many ads you'd actually prefer to see. That has been a long time coming.
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I have a new site and am testing auto ads on it. So far, I see ads in places I would not put them. Too early to tell about revenue. Now Google has enabled an auto ads lab that "automatically puts Auto ads on all your pages that currently don't have the Auto ad code at the top of the page." So who needs ad code anymore! I'm hesitant to try this new lab. All this automation makes me nervous.

Yeah, I think Ezoic's days might be numbered.

[edited by: ember at 8:20 pm (utc) on Oct 8, 2019]

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If the tons of information at Google doesn't make us more money what is going wrong? I've a community with 3 types of visitors:

Paid accounts: no ads
Registered accounts: less ads
Guests: all ads I've placed

I've no idea how this will work out because I can't choose where ads will be placed.
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I've got Auto Ads turned off, and Google is putting the ads wherever they please anyway.
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Hello again-

I don't know what you are all doing, but, I do have auto ads turned off too, and ads are only showing where I placed them. I tried from different IPs, and asked friends from different continents to check, in case. But all is normal at all of my sites (so far).
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In the ads section, I have auto ads turned on but have only put the code on the one new site, which is showing ads in weird places. All my other sites are still just showing ads where I put them. In the lab section, where it says it will show ads whether the code is on a site or not, I have auto ads off. So it's working as it should, so far, showing auto ads on just one site. If I turn on auto ads in the labs section, then that's when it will start showing ads on pages with or without the code. At least I think that's how it works.

azlinda, is your revenue improving with google choosing the placements?
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My bad, my account was not yet "switched" to the "new" auto-ad.
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I'm curious if my ads are going to be placed at other places because I'm using Ad Manager and serving Adsense with the tags from Ad Manager. Those ads have specific positions.

I'll make a big switch at my Ad Manager account. I was showing affiliate ads rotating 3 impressions a week but due to the poor performance I'm going to switch it to 3 impressions a day. It doesn't matter much if I'm earning 20 euros a day with Adsense or 10 with about 3K-4K unique visitors a day, if the affiliates perform a bit better it's compensated a lot (30 till 60 euro each lead).
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@ember No, my income hasn't improved with auto placements.
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Anyone seeing 'Not authorized' error when viewing AdSense data in the official Android app?
8:20 pm on Oct 10, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Yes. Same error.
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There was an announcement recently that they were sunsetting the mobile App - could be related.
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Same here. "Not Authorized" when using the official Adsense app. Tested on multiple mobile devices.
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Adsense app not working for me here. No message. Just not loading. My profile icon is black.

I hope this isn’t the end of the app - as I hate checking my adsense balance in safari - as I don’t have that google account logged in
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No data showing in iPhone app. Annoying if this is the end.
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