What's going on with Adsense?

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  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 9 days ago

    When I go onto my adsense page, it shows all zeros, but I have more than $18 in the que.  What's going on?

    1. Engelta profile image79
      Engeltaposted 9 days agoin reply to this

      I have witnessed the same problem going on for a couple of weeks now. I wish someone do knows what’s happening.

  2. Beth Eaglescliffe profile image98
    Beth Eaglescliffeposted 9 days ago

    https://hubpages.com/community/forum/34 … rms-of-use
    This thread has the official announcement from Robin and how the recent change in HP terms of use affects your AdSense.

    1. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 6 days agoin reply to this

      Wow, I didn't know any of this. Thanks!

  3. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 8 days ago

    HP doesn't use adsense anymore, only hubads

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 8 days agoin reply to this

      I'm not happy with the in-house programs at all. A waste of time for the pennies earned. Doesn't compare at all with the private affiliates, IMO!

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 8 days agoin reply to this

      When I read Robin's post it stated that nothing would change, but obviously a lot has changed.  I've got money sitting in Adsense that I'll never get, right?  And I can never earn any more, right?  Can somebody explain to me how this is somehow better than when I was earning on Adsense?  I've always just used the HP adsense program.  One year I earned so much that they sent me a 1099!

  4. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 8 days ago

    It is still adsense, just through a custom program

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 8 days agoin reply to this

      Yep, which doesn't update very often, and neither does the Amazon program here. Too much opportunity for HP to meddle with the results IMO. I dislike having to wait several days only to discover pennies instead of dollars in the in-house programs.

      If this continues into my usual top earning seasons, I'll simply stop answering questions on my hubs and via email as it's not worth the time for such low returns.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image97
        DrMark1961posted 8 days agoin reply to this

        Randy, I am not trying to be argumentative here, but it sounds like you already need a break from this place. Just stop answering and replying to emails for awhile. (I did this myself for about 6 months back in 2017. It does not affect your income, unless you also decide not to write any new articles.)

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 8 days agoin reply to this

          Well Doc, all of a sudden my earnings are from a program I have no reason to trust and are down drastically since the announcement of no private Amazon and Adsense allowed.

          I've always earned well on these programs and could check every morning what my earnings are on Amazon, and by the minute on Adsense if I so chose. Not several days later when HP gets around to figuring my share.

          Sorry, but this isn't first time in the rodeo of internet writing, Doc. This place is far different than when I first joined over 10 years ago. I've experienced some bad times on the net writing gig. I hope it's not happening here.

      2. OldRoses profile image96
        OldRosesposted 8 days agoin reply to this

        Randy, I'm sorry that your earnings are so low.  Perhaps if you wrote more articles that could be moved to the niche sites, your income would increase.  How much authors earn on HP depends a lot on which niche they choose to write for.  My gardening articles do very well on Dengarden.  My articles on Holidappy earn very little, not even during the holidays for which they were written.  I'm considering asking the editors to move them.  They were originally written for Dengarden but the editors decided that they were a better fit for Holidappy.

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 8 days agoin reply to this

          They just became low, Caren. About the time of the new rules. I always made the $100 payout at a minimum and during the spring, summer, fall, seasons earn at least 500 to over a $1000 in earnings per month.

          This two dollars a day BS just don't make it worth my while.
          I thought writing children's 500 word mystery stories  for 50 bucks wasn't worth the time when I was doing that.

          1. OldRoses profile image96
            OldRosesposted 7 days agoin reply to this

            Randy, how is your traffic?  You haven't updated any of your articles in years.  Google wants articles to be updated every year.  I just finished updating all of my articles.  It took 6 weeks of intensive work, but now all of my articles on the niche sites show a 2020 updated date.  Google sends traffic to recent articles rather than older articles.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image93
              Randy Godwinposted 7 days agoin reply to this

              Caren, every time I answer a question on my hubs it's considered adding to the article content. And all of my hubs have been edited by the HP team, some on more than one occasion.

              1. OldRoses profile image96
                OldRosesposted 7 days agoin reply to this

                That's not what Google is looking at.  What Google is looking for is updated content within the article, not answers to questions.  If you look at my profile page, underneath the title of each article is the date that I last edited the content.  The articles on the niche sites all have 2020 dates on them.  Now look at your own profile page.   None of the articles on the niche sites show that they were updated this year.  You have to go into the Edit function and add or change something in each article.  When you are finished editing, the update date will be this year and the Google gods will be more likely to send them traffic and increase your earnings.

                1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
                  TIMETRAVELER2posted 7 days agoin reply to this

                  For people with hundreds of articles, that's a lot of updating.  I don't think it's necessary to do that much.  I do think it's necessary to update articles that are dropping in views.

                  1. OldRoses profile image96
                    OldRosesposted 7 days agoin reply to this

                    Conventional wisdom is that at the very least you should update your most popular articles so that they don't lose their ranking.  Last year, HP updated all of the articles on the niche sites.  This year I chose to update all of my articles to keep them current.    I have over 200 articles plus I updated all of the articles on my own website.  It was 6 weeks of pure h*ll but traffic is increasing rapidly on both sites.

  5. Kenna McHugh profile image90
    Kenna McHughposted 8 days ago

    You can close your Adsense account and recoup your earnings because you are over the $10 threshold. But, you have to close your Adsense account, so if you don't have any other websites on the program, you can close it.

  6. EricDockett profile image96
    EricDockettposted 8 days ago

    I used to hit adsense payout fairly often, even using the HP ad program. I guess that money is now rolled into the ad program but I have no way of knowing if that's really happening or not. It does feel like I will lose money somehow, especially since clicks could sometimes be worth a day of impressions. I just hope the reasoning behind the change is worth it in the long run.

    I do wish HP would post earnings quicker. Adsense and Amazon report in a day. Why does it take three, four, five days for our earnings to be posted? It is frustrating and somewhat suspicious when it takes so long. I have always trusted HP to be on the up-and-up but we have almost no way of knowing what is happening with our earnings anymore.

  7. Randy Godwin profile image93
    Randy Godwinposted 7 days ago

    The editors are constantly updating mine because I'm in some sort of program where they contact me with any new updates or edits.

    1. Glenn Stok profile image96
      Glenn Stokposted 7 days agoin reply to this

      What do you mean Randy? You only have one article that was edited recently, and that was 3 months ago. Most others were edited 12 or more months ago. I'm just wondering if you might be confusing something else the editors are contacting you about. Maybe they are asking you to update things.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 7 days agoin reply to this

        Are you in the Premium Editing program, Glenn?  I know at one time there were only some hubbers on it. I assumed it was still in effect, but I may be mistaken.

        Many of my hubs are how-to and can't really be updated in any meaningful manner. I do get many questions on my hubs during the peak seasons and this adds to the content a lot.

        1. Glenn Stok profile image96
          Glenn Stokposted 7 days agoin reply to this

          I presently have a hub pending in the HubPro Premium that the editors didn't get to yet. I guess that's what you were referring to then. Is that right? 

          Nevertheless, you don't need to wait for them. Google reacts well when you keep your articles fresh. Not just a few changes, but adding additional content to old articles helps.

          As for the questions you get in comments, you might want to try something I'm doing. I take the best, most useful questions, along with my answers, from older comments, and I include them in the content of the hub itself.

          I subtitle it, "Questions People Ask." Then I delete them from the comments.

          I got that idea from somewhere. I think it was from HubPages' weekly newsletter we get every Wednesday.

          We know that Google pays attention to the comments, because it helps ranking to delete  comments with poor grammar and misspellings. So with that method, you can improve the wording of the questions while at it.

          1. Randy Godwin profile image93
            Randy Godwinposted 7 days agoin reply to this

            But is it any better than answering 100's of questions, Glenn? Or do you know?

            1. Glenn Stok profile image96
              Glenn Stokposted 7 days agoin reply to this

              Are you asking about questions in the comments or questions in the Q&A?

              The Q&A gets a few extra views in the stand-alone pages, but I never saw how (of if) we get revenue for those views. Once they do well, they are moved into the hub, and that automatically adds extra content, which can't hurt.

              The crucial thing is to make it worth answering. I do that by improving the original question with SEO in mind (you can edit that), and I give a full answer that will attract Google search. 

              The effort may not directly be worth the trouble, but the process always enlightens me to improvements I can make, and for that it's worth it.

              1. Randy Godwin profile image93
                Randy Godwinposted 7 days agoin reply to this

                Do you get many questions daily, Glenn? I'm speaking of as many as a dozen or more a day on the hubs and even more by email.

                I'll always remember when we were in Whistler BC and you went off the ski jump platform and shattered the Olympic record, Glenn. That was you, right? tongue

                1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                  Glenn Stokposted 7 days agoin reply to this

                  I don't allow email from readers because responding would give them our email address. One never knows what they do with it, and you end up getting spam. You can shut that off in your Account Settings. As for Q&A and comments, I get just a few a day, if any at all. 

                  It's possible that your type of content inspires people to ask questions. Now you have to ask yourself...

                  • Is it because I'm not providing the information in the content?
                  • Is it because I'm not being clear with the way I express my thoughts in my article?
                  • Is it because I attract people who are clueless and need to ask silly questions?
                  • Is it because of something else that I can improve on?

                  You see what I'm up to? This exercise can help us become better writers.  Take advantage of the questions from your readers. You don't need to answer all of them, especially if they are silly or if you already covered the question in your article.

                  1. Glenn Stok profile image96
                    Glenn Stokposted 7 days agoin reply to this

                    When we were in Whistler, I remember you shattering the record for lost luggage by the airline.sad  I felt bad for you that you had that experience.

                    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
                      Randy Godwinposted 7 days agoin reply to this

                      Yep, ruptured a disc in my back getting there, Glenn. Hate I couldn't be more social, but I was in extreme pain. I lived on a big chocolate chip cookie while I was there. Still enjoyed meeting you and the other hubbers, though. smile

    2. Diaspora profile image80
      Diasporaposted 6 days ago

      Earnings dropped to zero. What have they done!

      1. AliciaC profile image97
        AliciaCposted 6 days agoin reply to this

        Are you looking at your personal Google AdSense account? If you have no other sites contributing to the account, it would show zero earnings. HubPages has changed some details of its earnings program and no longer uses our personal AdSense account. If you haven't already done so, you should follow the link that Beth includes earlier on in this thread. It provides information about the new program.

      2. theraggededge profile image97
        theraggededgeposted 6 days agoin reply to this

        You've got five articles and only three of those are featured. Unless you have another account, I wouldn't expect you to earn more than pennies.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image97
          DrMark1961posted 6 days agoin reply to this

          The "snake dream symbolism" hub on exemplore is on the front page of Google search. The writer gets lots of comments and has over a million page views. I have no idea if she is making more than a few dollars a day, but I think it is more than pennies.
          I think this person is a good example of someone who could earn well here if she took this more seriously and wrote more. She may not do as well as you, but could be earning a decent supplementary income if she worked at this.

          1. theraggededge profile image97
            theraggededgeposted 6 days agoin reply to this

            Hmm... okay, I stand corrected smile

            1. DrMark1961 profile image97
              DrMark1961posted 6 days agoin reply to this

              That post from last night was not meant to be personal. It is so hard to comment on things here sometimes without seeming angry. (I think this is less of a problem in our personal lives because of the use of tone of voice.)
              If I am really angry and want to make a nasty post I go over to the dark side, the topical forums. I think everyone there is always personally offensive, and they are that way on purpose!

              https://hubstatic.com/14879549_f1024.jpg

              These guys were just hatched this morning. (I put them in my bathroom to keep the snakes and Tegus from getting them.)  Good way to start of the day.

              1. theraggededge profile image97
                theraggededgeposted 5 days agoin reply to this

                I know, Mark. I didn't think for one second you were angry. I probably used the wrong phrase myself. I meant that I didn't realise the OP had one really successful article. And I have one that's like that - always keeping a high number of views even when all my other articles tank. And over a million total reads. So perhaps I should have known better.

                Thank you for the ducklings. xx

              2. Solaras profile image96
                Solarasposted 5 days agoin reply to this

                Are these call ducks?

                1. DrMark1961 profile image97
                  DrMark1961posted 5 days agoin reply to this

                  No, they are Muscovies. They are so cute at this point that I do not have the heart to break it to them that they will grow up as ugly as their mom and dad.


                  https://hubstatic.com/14879957_f1024.jpg

                  This is one of my baby geese. He is terribly jealous of the ducks since they are so cute, and has no idea at this point that he is going to grow up tall, with a long white neck and strong wings.
                  Someone should write a story like that!

                  1. Solaras profile image96
                    Solarasposted 5 days agoin reply to this

                    Haha poor babies!!  We have Khaki Campbells here, they look like standard mallards.Two weeks after each herding trial, they have a massive die off.  I don't know if it is stress, internal  injuries or what. But two weeks seems like a long time to wait die from events at the herding trial.  It has happened like that 3 trials in a row.

                    1. DrMark1961 profile image97
                      DrMark1961posted 5 days agoin reply to this

                      My Muscovies attack my Pitbulls when they are audacious enough to try and share their food. I can only imagine how they would do if a BC tried to herd them!

     
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