I have stood behind the eBay Partner Network a lot, even with it's recent policy on removing Hubpages users and those witha low click value.
over teh last three days however my click value has dropped from around £0.15 a click to £0.035 a click, during one of my highest traffic periods in teh year. Needless to say I am not happy, especially with the november bonus that's available. I have never dropped below 7 pence before, which makes this all the worse. Is it possible that this is abully boy tactic, maybe something to drop me in to the band of those that can be removed?
Maybe I have just sent them a lot of bad traffic over the last week, although I doubt it because sales per traffic sent seems to have increased. All in all I am not happy with ePN right now.
That's pants Oli. It def sounds a bit fishy. I can't help, but I hope you get it resolved quickly
Have you considered that their end-of-year contest and the potential bonuses might have made November a lot more competitive? As we really hit the holiday season buying push, could more participation result in click value dilution?
I haven't done any research in my own stats to see how my own click value is doing this week, but having just found this thread, that was the first thing that came to mind...
Oli, I have to say that my click value is staying pretty steady right now. So I think that it is premature to think it is bully tactics.
I have had weeks where my click rate goes way down, then jumps back up the next week.
Inconclusive, I think.
Mine has gone down too. If I was managing to maintain my usual click value, I'd be on the way to getting a bonus for November, but it's dropped like a stone. I came to the same conclusion as you, Relache. However reading Sunforged comment, maybe I should be more cynical...or maybe it's just that there are a lot more people browsing around before actually buying presents?
competition shouldnt effect click value in the ePn model - its quality based (supposedly) - so if your conversion and new user reg stats maintain the same and gross product sales are consistent then epc should stay consistent.
Looking at a year of stats - regardless of what my ePc may be, in the long run I see 9-10% of gross sales.
November has seemed fishy to me also.
On a day following 2k in gross sales/successful bids - the next day suddenly had 0 bids, "o" bids! that has never happened in the last 400 days and all other metrics stayed consistent - even increased.
I hate their stupid opaque system, but they pay well!
I haven't seen it. Maybe you're just hitting a streak of bad luck. I've had plenty of those, and sometimes they last for weeks where I'm not making much per click. When I take a closer look at my reports it usually makes sense, because I'll see that I haven't had many winning bids during that stretch, and I know eBay isn't going to pay me for drive-by visitors.
Thats what Ive been guessing also - even some of my normal regular day to day stuff has dropped a bit at the beginning of november, although traffic slowly increased.
In truth, I dont think there is cause for cynicism - I doubt im worth the time for ePn to intentionally cheat.
I assumed people were diligently doing their comparisons and possibly waiting for the big holiday sales.
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