Phew! Thought it was just me! I was just going to report this myself, and then noticed this! I can go out now without having palpitations! perhaps its because we have all earned so much over the last couple of days that Hubpages have gone into a swoon and need lots smelling salts under their noses!
One day was bad enough...NOW going on 2 DAYS and I'm starting to get a little ANXIOUS! This is the one thing I don't like about HP Ads..takes forever to see what you've made...adsense is practically realtime. It's very hard on my obsessive compulsive personality!
EmpressFelicity, you may be absolutely right. However, it's not actually a percentage of the impressions that we get, is it? Unless something has changed (and it may well have), what we get is all of the impressions during the 60% of the time that our code is showing; HP gets all of the impressions during the 40% of the time that their code is showing. I know that I have read that somewhere. Unfortunately, if their code is showing during high traffic times, that means fewer impressions for us. But I'm pretty sure that I have also read that they rotate the times when the various codes are showing, so that over time it should be fair to everyone.
All I can say is, they must have shown my code solidly for the entire time when the US and Canada are asleep in bed. I would have thought that they'd chop it around a bit more so that it's more equal - say, my code shows for half an hour, then theirs, then mine... I mean, I can understand a slight swing from day to day, but not a complete reversal so that HP gets 60% of the impressions and I get 40%. Which, unless my stats are a shortly-to-be-corrected glitch, is what was happening yesterday.
Jason, does that mean that what I was sure I had read about 40% and 60% of time is incorrect? I don't want to mislead anyone, and I definitely want to get the matter straightened out, if I am doing so.
Basically what wilderness states above in the first 2 paragraphs is correct. We actually use an algorithm that determines if an impression belongs to the author or us. 60% of the time - randomly chosen - it goes to the author, and 40% of the time to us.
With a small number of impressions, it could be 59%/41%, but that's just as likely as 61%/39% to happen. With the law of large numbers, the share approaches 60/40.
Actually, this statement is an example of what I meant. This says, 60% of the time the impression goes to the author. I still don't know whether you are saying that it is based on the number of impressions or on the clock. But the statement in the Learning Center said very clearly that it is 60% of the total impressions, so I'll go with that.
Thanks, Jason! It may well be that it was a similar use of words all those months ago that triggered my original misunderstanding. I really don't know where it was that I read it, but I'm glad to finally get it straightened out.
EF: I noticed a similar discrepancy as you in my account. So I asked Jason (the other one) and he said the impressions/revenue figures are not correct, which is why the number is not yet certified (that's why it has an asterisk next to it in the line items).
Yeah, I know. - What I meant by saying "over time" was like over weeks or months, not over the course of one day. But even so, it would be terrible if their 40% of the time turned out to be during the highest traffic times, when traffic finally has picked up! I'm guessing that in a purely random situation that actually would happen sometimes - but even so! (Thumbs down, thumbs DOWN.)
I truly hope that your stats are a glitch of some kind, but I don't know of a way to check.
Each visitor is assigned according to an algorithm that basically assigns it randomly. There is no time factor involved.
This can give rise to larger or small percentages when the # of views is small but gives a very equal average over time and large numbers of views.
I have to wonder if the lower impressions are due to the changing layout and additional adsense click type ads - this will result in a high cpm for few views if HP still reports impressions for HPads alone.
Well my results came in, with the higher CPM that others have mentioned. But unfortunately as my traffic has just completely ground to a halt today the timing could not have been worse if this is a sign of things to come.
I mean how unlucky can you get? Maybe for a week or so HP has a record high CPM and my traffic goes walkabout.
All this time in the plunge I was getting some traffic but no earnings. Now I'm going to get neither.
I have been spending the last bit of time trying to track down where I had read that about 60% vs. 40% time. I haven't found it yet, but I did find in the learning center the statement that HP gives the author "60% of total impressions from your Hubs," which is very clearly what Empress Felicity said at first.
My misinformation may have come from some throwaway comment in a forum - something that was not worded very precisely; but it is a mistake that I picked up very early-on in my time here at HP. I have shared that (mis)understanding in forums before now, and I don't recall any correction to my statement. If there was one, I missed it.
I'm so sorry that I misinformed people. I hope whoever has read my previous post(s) will come back and read Jason's and wilderness's posts!
Update: OK, so my impressions figures for Thursday 13th Oct have been adjusted to the proper level which is great, but what I'm curious to know is why my CPM for that day has gone down by around $1.80!
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