A WebmasterWorld thread has Google AdSense publishers complaining about a decline in AdSense income starting yesterday. Some are blaming the decline in the government shutdown happening right now in the United States.
One publisher asked the question, is it possible?
My earnings for the past weeks are doing well but I'm concerned about the government shutdown in the US as most of my visitors are coming from there. Will it affect our revenue?
Well, if there are hundreds of thousands of people who are home, not at work, who normally would spend a lot of time visiting sites and clicking on ads, who are not doing that - then yes. But how much of an impact can that really be with this shutdown?
Of course, there can be other reasons.
Yes, if your site caters to government related content that a government worker who is currently not working would normally access, then you'd have a problem...
But one publisher said, it can be a budgets thing. Last week, companies could have been looking to use up their third-quarter budget.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
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