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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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The Adsense API is broken at the moment, it returns 401 Not Authorized event the request is correctly authorized.

Edit: It's fixed.
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Google Ad manager has problemes since Wednesday see dashboard
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How is everyone's CPC doing? Mine has been going down slowly this month.
1:09 pm on Oct 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Adsense App appears to be working for me today. Yay!
2:19 pm on Oct 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@gatormark, I still can't get the reports to work, but right now it looks like I'm 31% lower than last month. And last month was lower than the month before :'-(
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@gatormark - One word for CPC - pathetic!
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Adsense is on the way to improve for me.
Probably through content update.
Far better than even June.
Quality of content is certainly becoming a main criteria for ads coverage rate
In other words start from scratch.
Listen to your intuition and ihnore some of the „expert tips“ .
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Just to confirm that ads in links format are still very well perfoming and this on a Saturday (Europe)
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My new site with the auto ads is showing in reports with pageviews but 0 impressions even though it says coverage is 50%, which is about half the coverage on my other sites, and I see ads on the site. So something is not working. Not impressed with auto ads so far.
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September was better than October. CPC is down.
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Extremely low income in weekends. It's like a nightmare.
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I removed Auto Ads from my website but Google is adding a native ad in my articles links section. Im scared google is trying to sabotage me because you are not supposed to ad an advert in between links

I cant remove it, this is BS, someone help is there a way to remove those ads and why is Google adding them in there I have 10 links on my front page with news stories its just the titles and you can click and Google decided to put ads in between those links, is that okay? I hope they dont punish me for something they are doing, I read they punished several users as well one of them had an overlapping ad and google punished them and disabled their account wow

The person said it was an auto ad that they didnt insert and google never answered. So google is trying to get rid of people by purposely setting them up to violate code policy with an auto inserted advert.
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Look in the labs section to see if one is set up for auto ads. If so, turn it off. If it is on, Google will apparently show auto ads on pages even where auto ads code is not inserted.
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Wow - Monday was 2nd worst day in 2019 and Tuesday looks like it will beat the previous record.
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Are reports messed up for anyone else?
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Seems like a bad day on my end :( .
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Are ads over images allowed? Like this? [i.imgur.com...]

This site has over 320K followers on Twitter. Wondering whether this is actually allowed, as I recall Google saying ads over content is a complete no-no.

If it's not allowed, how do we report this? I've closed the ad and clicked report previously, but no action has been taken.
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@nmbrsk - I think if you're a big enough player, rules are relaxed.

October has looked good so far. Maybe its the recent algo update bringing in more traffic, the Auto Ads changes, or new ad campaigns for the xmas season kicking in...but so far so good (just so people know its not all doom-and-gloom around here).

(buries head back in foxhole).
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Are ads over images allowed?


This type of ad has been around for ages, well, for some of the sites I go to ... Premium Publisher allowances
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They have a ton of Twitter followers, but I'm certain their traffic is actually not massively impressive, not to be a "Premium" publisher, anyway.
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They are not directly using Adsense, it's another adtech company probably using Google AdX to fill slots.
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Whoa, I see auto ads is going berserk on my site...adding a huge ad at the top of every page. Any way to remove that? My Ad inserter plugin specifies only 'after content'. In Adsense, it says "Let Google show the right ads in all the best places for you and your audience". They really are money hungry!
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I am having a poor month with Adsense. At least I've had pages restored. To those who are not aware, do not use any words that might be suggestive of sex. The word "sex" itself will get your page banned. Anything even remotely related to sex (which I thought was a taboo we had conquered in he 60s) might get your pages knocked.

Words like pictorial, provocative, sensual, erotic, love, kissing, legs, skimpy, revealing, etc., you get my drift, may get your pages nicked. It's insane, it's puritanical even beyond standards of puritans. I've seen their videos on the topic of "adult content," with the presenter some smug 20s-something doofus, who probably hasn't even had sex more than twice. It's ridiculous in a world, especially in Europe and Latin America, where sensuality and sexuality is acceptable and flaunted openly. In the US, sexuality has been employed by Hollywood and the ad industry for decades. There used to be three things which would sell: sex, pets, babies. Well, Google has cut us down to cute puppies and chubby, cherubic little people, but make sure nothing naughty is showing on those babies... or dogs.

What irritates me about this is the abject hypocrisy of Google. They promote video games featuring female "warriors" with body parts hanging out of everywhere. I see them on my sites. Those ads are 10X more provocative than my content. Google promotes Hollywood, replete with violence and yes, sex, a lot of it. They also promote various TV programs, like "Two and a Half Men," or "Two Broke Girls" on which the sexual innuendos are nearly explicit.

The kicker is Google's overriding statement about adult content, which is, "if you would feel uncomfortable viewing content with your 8-year-old daughter, then it probably violates our policies." That is so subjective, besides being just plain stupid. I don't have an 8-year-old daughter, but, if I did, I certainly wouldn't want her looking over my shoulder when I'm online. Eight-year-olds have no concept of what would be considered acceptable by a 30, 40, 50, or even like me, a 65-year old. Besides, they probably wouldn't be interested.

Google is also anti-gambling, but, now that the US government has lifted their stupid ban on internet gambling - overriding the objections from the NFL and NBA because governments need new revenue all the time - that policy will likely change. It's not that Google was ever morally opposed to lotteries or sports betting, they were just being good lap dogs of the government.

Google is a spineless company run by an idocracy made up of millennial brats. Nothing against millennials, as I have many friends of that age, but the ones who rise to positions of authority seem to be rather... shall I say, vacuous when it comes to societal standards.

Sorry to ramble on, but as independent publishers, we deserve better than having some Orwellian Ministry of truth overseeing our businesses. I've said it since day 1, Google has far too much power, and they used small publishers to get it. Without the content of millions of sites, blogs, videos, there would be no Google. I'm in favor of competition to them, but everybody is afraid to step up.

I'm still thinking of ways to escape this nightmare. On the bright side, I've just moved from NY to Tennessee. Big change for the positive. With a more open mind and maybe, some day, some free time, I'll find a way out, and I promise to take those of you at WebmasterWorld who want to go, along.

All the best,
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@fearlessrick welcome to the Volunteer State!

I agree.

To add to that, any mention of guns/firearms or tactical gear will get your pages restricted, this despite the fact that Adsense's own system delivers - you guessed it! - ads covering the NRA, concealed-carry, firearms, gun cases, tactical gear, FPS / military conquest games, etc...

Dear, sweet - and clueless - Millennials.
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It's no mystery that Google have different standards for Advertisers, who are their real customers and finance the whole system, and Publishers, who are just partners. But yeah, as the Simpsons taught us, some old men like to yell at clouds.
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Dude, seriously, if you're getting your philosophy from the Simpsons, there's a real problem.
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I was a "privileged" partner until a few years ago when a Google Update removed 90% of my traffic.
Since then, I'm in misery.

I can tell you, that you can experiment, but you must have their approval for implementation.

The problem is if you do something wrong, you get penalised like anybody else, also You can get penalised by Adsense Aglo for custom implementations.

A few years ago was bat crazy, as Adsense Team was pushing for more ads/page and SERPS algo was punishing you.

Anyway, in the last days, the revenue is very low, again :(
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Today is worst day in at least three years, lowest CPC and RPM. Some person from Google say us that the profits at the lowest level and many new young workers are incompetent and struggling with each other, the work atmosphere has become much worse when Google has started to recruit only on the basis of gender and was recruited many young women despite their competence - this has has already had an impact on profits and the company's increasing negative policies towards partners, developers, users...It is not clear why the management of the company does not see these problems and the situation is getting worse and worse.
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Adsense revenue currently about 40% down over the same period in October of last year.
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Terrible month indeed.
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