Hi all, we are aware that there's an issue with AdSense earnings right now and our engineers are looking into the details. It's not clear if the issue is on HP's end or if this is a problem with Google, but we should know more by Monday. Thank you to everyone who has reported the problem, and we will let you know when we know more.
Question: Will Adsense give us all of the earnings that did not get reported between now and the time you get this glitch fixed, or are we going to lose all that would have been? If it is the second issue, shouldn't we all switch back to the HP program until this issue gets remedied?
I would suggest you switch over. It's hard for the team to say anything about it if they don't know the problem yet.
Say it's a problem on HP's end and the ads didn't show or for some other reason they were not detected, there's no way to get your money from this. The same story if it's on Googles end. If it's just a reporting issue though, things should be fine. But that's just one possibility, which is not very likely as reporting from my other sites is fine on Adsense.
My site has been an earnings corpse this month, so I don't know what to think. Finally got fed up and turned the ads off. Decided to see if ad-free websites get higher rankings or not, nothing to lose.
Meanwhile, not losing any sleep over it; especially with HP Ad Program performing so well.
That's what I decided to do earlier today, but will keep checking to see if things go back to normal so that when they do, I can switch back. What's weird is that I had some low Adsense earnings again today, but when I look at the views page, they still show "no data".
So maybe the portion of the program that works alongside the HP earnings is working but the portion that works for those of us just using Adsense is the one that has the problem. I sure hope they get this problem fixed because it has already cost me quite a bit of money!
Christy, I don't have any answers regarding adsense but this is another problem regarding Amazon links? - I am seeing a number of Amazon links in my hubs showing as 'broken' returning a 503 error. However, the products are there and the links should be good. I have done a screenshot of one of the articles in question on Dengarden. This shows that the page is reporting the link as broken - as I was hovering over the link when I took the screenshot, at the bottom of the page, is what the page says the link is going to - however, when I am asked if I want to click on the link anyway, I am taken to the product page. Here is the screenshot and my article is the one on how to get rid of fruit flies
When I turned the ads back on at my website, I noticed they all reset themselves; type, size, format, colors, the whole nine yards.
Now unless you feel really, really, really lucky; I wouldn't go messing with the HP earnings configuration page. But if you feel adventuresome, maybe do an off-on reset with a single hub? Only you can decide.
I did notice that. It hadn't occurred to me that it could be anything other than the common booms and busts we always see. On the upside, the HP ad program is totally kickin' butt like never before. So I'm not worried.
Good theory. Even if Google denied it, I would still strongly suspect the search algo code and the AdSense code are so thoroughly intertwined that not even NASA could sort it out. Mistyping one variable name is all it would take; good luck finding it.
Mighty technical but kind of fascinating. I dip into the bowels of Adsense occasionally but am way out of my depth so I surface rapido. Don't think I've seen Adsense plummet quite like this before? I guess the HP staff know what they're doing. Of course they do.
For the last three days, Adsense ads impressions have drastically reduced whilst the page views have remained almost constant. This is as shown in the above graph. Can we really have a situation where the impressions are less than page views? As Paradigmsearch have suggested the Google AdSense Ad Balance Tool maybe here with us.
I just checked my Google Adsense account and under the performance report I clicked the common report and I found that my page views are up but impressions are massively down. Before impressions are usually up and page views lower (like 40% of the impressions).
Same here. In fact, the AdSense mess actually did me a favor. It caused me to discover how the HP Ad Program is doing these days. To make a long story short, I'm staying with HP Ads even after AdSense is fixed.
Axleaddict, at least my portion, is NOT doing OK. Adsense seems to have an ongoing problem and while I'm earning on HP, I'm not earning nearly as much as with Adsense, even though the CPMs here have increased dramatically since I've been away.
I am wondering exactly how Adsense is going to inform people that it's back up and running. I keep doing brief switches to see if anything is happening, but so far cannot tell.
Yes I know that in your case pure AdSense works better, due to the RV niche that you have. I remember you taking about that in another forum thread once. It’s strange that you’re noticing a change with AxleAddict since my report shows impressions.
I didn’t compare how many impressions I’m getting though, as compared to a week ago, so it’s possible that it dropped somewhat. I was just using a binary comparison—zero means there is a problem and anything greater means it’s okay. I don’t have much to go on since it’s only one ad at the bottom, so I realize my analysis is not very useful.
I had tried full AdSense a few months ago for a couple of weeks, but quickly switched back to the HubPages Ad Program when I saw the results.
The problem is with Adsense, and they are being very slow to fix it. It would affect all other sites, not just ours, but for some reason is not affecting the HP program. If you scroll up to one of my earlier posts you'll see the notice I found earlier to day from Google that explains the problem.
This site, checkadsban . com, is an apparently legitimate site handing out completely false information. It says every HP site is banned from AdSense. It also informs me that google, blogspot, and wordpress are also banned from AdSense. In other words (unless website glitch), their google information source has been scrambled (for lack of a better word).
My point? Is that same google source somehow also interfering with HubPages and apparently other sites?
We are working with the AdSense folks to resolve the issue. We believe the issue is that AdSense is filtering out queries when the pub id isn't in our ads.txt file.
We have a LOT of pub ids (one for each author) and it's likely to be problematic to add all of them to our file. We are working on the options, but we are on our third level of support with AdSense so I'm unsure how quickly this will be resolved.
' Google is not stupid. They knew exactly what they were doing when they initiated this procedure. I guess Google's feelings towards "content farms" hasn't changed. I will be very surprised if this ever gets "fixed". I so hope I am wrong. If Google does favorably resolve this; it means that Google has indeed become a kinder, gentler entity. In fact, it would tell me the "war" is over and that Google acknowledges that HubPages is a positive contributor to society.
Meanwhile and worst case scenario, looks like your EBDA enhancement to the HP Ads Program came along just in time. Gotta love that.
What is the EBDA enhancement to the HP Ads Program? I've noticed that HubPages ads do better this time of the year going into the Holidays. I think it's because holiday traffic and ad rates are up this time of the year.
Can HubPages ditch AdSense and just offer HubPages ads? I choose HubPages ads as my primary ad source because it always paid better than AdSense. Not sure why I have to have one AdSense ad on my Hubs. I guess there's a reason though.
What I am wondering is why this suddenly happened now? What has changed? I am also wondering whether, assuming this problem does get fixed, whether all of those ads that were not being "seen" by Adsense will then show up again so that those of us who use Adsense only will recoup our earnings.
Something must have changed with in HP to make this problem happen. So, what changed???
We heard from support that AdSense changed the rate at which they use the ads.txt file. It was recently dialed up.
There needs to be a solution for api hosts that share domains.
Because AdSense isn’t displaying ads, there won’t be a retroactive revenue credit.
Rock_nj, We require a good standing AdSense account for abuse issues. In the past, AdSense could assess authors based on the single ad displayed and if they violated rules their AdSense account would be closed and we removed them from HP Ads.
The problem is that some of us do much better with the Adsense plan than with the HP plan and would hate to lose those extra dollars. All was working beautifully until a few days ago, and I see no reason why it cannot do so again. However, if Adsense is going to "go down" temporarily, it would be helpful if they would warn us so that we can temporarily switch back to the HP plan.
It's not really that Google helps them. What Paul means is that Adsense acts like a kind of watchdog. If Adsense detects that a user is doing the wrong thing, then that's a red flag to HubPages that there's a problem. HubPages doesn't have the staff to do the same level of monitoring.
I don't think we changed those things. I'll have to look into it.
We are testing a fix on letterpile.com to see if it works, but we aren't 100% sure yet and neither is support! We will keep working on it and really sorry folks aren't getting much credit for AdSense right now.
Adsense always shows the earnings you get when you are using the HP plan because they have one ad at the bottom of each post. Those "cents" you see do not mean the problem has been fixed. Paul will probably announce the repair once it happens, but there is no telling how soon this will be.
Hello Paul I just received this notice, Do I ignore it?
Here's a list of all your sites. We recommend you keep it up to date. Verify sites you know are yours, and add new ones manually. Learn more Sites with ads.txt issues error_outline Publisher ID missing from ads.txt files You need to add your publisher ID to the following ads.txt files: delishably.com/ads.txt This will prevent a potentially severe impact on your earnings. Copy and paste the following code snippet into each ads.txt file: google.com, pub-9672211082060688, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 If you've already done this, please allow our systems up to 24 hours to reflect the changes.
For anyone with a wordpress site, you should get the WP-Insert plug-in, makes it easier to add ads.txt file. Also makes it easier to generally organize your ads on your site. I also found this helpful in general https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_4uK2HnOy0
I'm not sure if it's related, but I have seen a tremendous drop in my HP Ad Program earnings over the past four days. Previously my earnings had been steadily climbing, and I've seen a drop in earnings of two dollars over the past four days. As with others, my views have remained constant.
Is this connected? I know everyone has been suggesting switching to the HP Ad Program (which has been working well for me until the last week), but I thought it was worthwhile to ask!
I got a similar message too . . . “Sites with ads.txt issues error_outline Publisher ID missing from ads.txt files You need to add your publisher ID to the following ads.txt files: owlcation.com/ads.txt spinditty.com/ads.txt This will prevent a potentially severe impact on your earnings. Copy and paste the following code snippet into each ads.txt file:...”
I received a warning today that my publisher id doesn't show at delishably. Something is wrong on the Hubpage side of things then. Just so our publisher ids get back in the acccounts that aren't working.
I check my AdSense report everyday. I saw the red band on my AdSense report for the first time today (Tuesday 11/21).. It said: "You need to add your publisher ID to the following ads.txt files: holidappy.com/ads.txt"
Previously I saw page rpm as 0 and impressions as 0 over a period of a couple of weeks.
I assume there is nothing I can do. These kind of tech issues really freak me out.
I went through HELL trying to get Adsense and now I'm reading that there's a problem with the it. LOL Jokes on me! I wish that I would've read this thread prior to even bothering. Luckily for me, I always had Hubpages Ad program on. I just emailed Hubpages about it.
Have you considered the possibility that the reason you’re not making money on Adsense is because you’re simply not making money on Adsense? It takes time and effort, a whole lot of time and effort. I checked your profile and think you’re off to a good start. Keep writing quality articles and don’t give up.
There was a time I was making pennies a day, and grateful for it. Today, I’m easily making payout every month..something I thought I would never achieve. It’s important to mitigate your expectations, so when you exceed them, it will be that much sweeter! Good luck.
If you have the HP ad program on, then Adsense earnings will be next to nothing unless you have a lot of hubs. I get £1 or £2 from Adsense per day, if I'm lucky. Of course when I turn HP ads off, Adsense increases.
When HP ads are on, only one small Adsense advert appears at the very bottom of your hub.
Dabby: Are you just using Adsense or are you using the HP program with it. If you're using the HP program, you'll never get much from Adsense. However, if you use ONLY the Adsense program, in time you'll start earning IF you write on articles that attract advertisers. I've been using Adsense only since last April and have done extremely well with it, but my niche is one for which many types of products can be available if advertised.
You have to keep Adsense, in order to have the HP ads program. Think of it as a two-tier system. One underpins the other and boosts the earnings. However, the base system (Adsense) doesn't earn (much) unless the top one (HP ads) is turned off. As a general rule, writers do better with HP ads. Some, who write in certain niches, do better with Adsense only.
You can experiment, if you like? Just turn HP ads off for a week and see if you start earning via Adsense. Don't forget, though, you need $100 in Adsense to get paid.