Things have been pretty quiet on the writing front over here. I’ve been spending my time on other projects, but imagine my surprise when I logged into my AdSense account and saw this HUGE warning plastered on the center of my screen:
The actual wording is:
“Your earnings on June 23 were 69% below forecast. This may indicate an issue with your site that you should investigate. We detected the earnings drop by comparing the money you earned to a forecast for your account.”
The funny thing is June 23rd was a Sunday and I do precious little online on Sundays. So, if my earnings dropped by 69% it had nothing to do with anything I did. It had more to do with what Google was doing.
Don’t you just love it? Google gets to play around with the traffic, slam my income and then give a warning advising me to launch an investigation on my site. Fortunately, the precipitous drop lasted only one day. The following days seemed to have made up for the June23rd spanking.
Google does a good job of reminding me to place my eggs in other baskets. The old model of building sites to earn AdSense income is long gone for me. While I still enjoy residual income from sites I built a few years ago, I choose not to follow that model going forward.
Speaking of Google, I’m sure you all know they have decided to discontinue their Google Reader for RSS feeds effective July 1, 2013. To replace Google Reader, I signed up for an account with Feedly. Feedly is free and they make it easy to import RSS subscriptions from Google Reader.
There are other RSS readers out there, but I chose Feedly because it is easy to use. I tried using Yahoo’s reader, but I found the interface to be cluttered and distracting. Feedly is simple and minimalistic. So, if you signed up for the NJFM RSS feed (which has been ridiculously quiet lately) and use Google Reader, you’ll have to switch to a different reader.