Site News: AdSense is trying to kill me

Site News: AdSense is trying to kill me


July 9, 2020

So this was already a wild week (if you only knew…), and then AdSense tried to put another nail in my coffin.

AdSense, which is Google’s ad program that puts most of the non-Amazon ads on the site, sent me an e-mail saying they were disabling ads on my site. Why? They said I posted pictures that broke their policies. This sort of happened previously, except then they told me it was okay if I posted those pictures, so I started posting them again last fall (after going through and deleting thousands of pictures off the server).

Then out of the blue, they canceled my ads again earlier this week.

At one time this site was making upward of $1,000 per month in AdSense revenue.

Recently it had trickled down to less than $2 a day.

Yesterday it was $0.06.

Today it is $0.00.

I submitted the site for AdSense review, but they rejected my appeal by saying the site was still breaking their policy. They sent me a link as an example of a violation, and the link said “Page Not Found.” So I have no idea.

I am now exploring other ad server programs.

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    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Extrajuice
    Jul 10, 2020 at 12:57 AM

    This sucks. I’m not techy at all so this bordering jibberish. What I’m curious of is the content value the ladies are? Were you only drawing the high numbers when they were posted or was the revenue also drawn from your football only posts?

    • Thunder
      Comments: 3849
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 10, 2020 at 1:38 PM

      The revenue was drawn from both. I would actually get pretty similar numbers between my regular posts and my “nightly roundup” type of posts, which were links to other sites, tweets I copied and pasted, Youtube videos, and pictures. Back in the early days, the pictures showed up in a lot of Google searches and drew people to the site, but that fell off several years ago.

      Let’s say, for example, that I was at one time making $1 for every 1,000 visits to my site. If I averaged 10,000 visits a day, that would be $10 per day. At one time the numbers were higher than that (I remember 14,000-27,000 visits daily for a stretch), and I remember times when I was making, say, $1.60 or so per 1,000 visits. If I had 27,000 visits daily at $1.60 per 1,000, that’s $69. (27,000 was on the upper end, not the norm). But there were days when I made $85 or so, usually around big shopping days or near something like Valentine’s Day.

      It wasn’t unusual for me to be making around $30 a day, which was when I was bringing in $800 to $1,000 a month. Then online ad revenue started dropping, Google changed their algorithms, traffic slowed down a little, etc., and I settled in at about $300-$500 a month.

      Obviously, things have continued a downward trend, hitting rock bottom here recently when it’s been less than $2 a day and now nada.

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    Joined: 5/24/2020
    SRVRIP
    Jul 10, 2020 at 8:14 AM

    I hope you can work it out. Your site is part of my daily routine and has been for many many years. Thank you for doing this.

    • Thunder
      Comments: 3849
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 10, 2020 at 1:40 PM

      Thanks, man! I’ll figure something out, even if I have to back to using Blogger as a free platform. Luckily, donors have mostly covered the server costs ($2,000 or so) the past couple years, so it hasn’t hurt me financially, per se. But with as much time as I put into it – and everything else going on – I need to make some financial gains with it or it’s just not worth the time.

      I have some irons in the fire, though.

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