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Hi, this month when I checked my Feb 2020 payments, it shows about 47% of my total revenue deducted as Invalid Traffic. Most the traffic comes from search engines then why this happened. From last 2 years there were on 5 to 10 $ were deducted as Invalid. Is somebody facing the same?
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Seeing a massive spike in invalid traffic here too. In November and December, invalid traffic was about 3~4%, which is fairly normal. In January, it was 7%.

And in February 2020 it's 19%. I don't think I've ever seen it that high, ever.

I can't really think of any reason why this would happen, and especially would happen to someone else as well, except for something on Google's side...
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There was a *brutal* clawback of about 85% of our earnings for February. I have difficulty believing it was anywhere close to that.... we have changed NOTHING on our end. But of course, Google does not have to explain....
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Yeah, I'm seeing the same thing. It started rising in November, after generally being negligible for more years than I can count. Then December was about 10-15% of earnings, then January was 40% of earnings, and now February is 60% of earnings.

Mind you, this isn't a small site. We're talking millions of page views per month, so this is many thousands of dollars lost per month that can't be explained. We've triple-checked everything against the rules/etc, and nothing makes sense. This isn't a case of 5 random users clicking an advert on accident or something. We've got upwards of 100,000+ people a day coming through.

I don't think this is an issue on our end, but if it is - I'd love for Google to be able to tell us with more detail what it is that we can fix or change.
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I think many people would be VERY interested.We are a million PV site ourselves so not the smallest of small potatoes...please consider posting back  if you get info/a fix....thanks
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We've been having huge issues since February 2020 too. Suddenly 60-85% of our monthly earnings are being taken, despite CTR still being a solid 3-4% with no hugely suspicious increases. Even with our monitoring Analytics and Adsense reports, we can't figure out what to do about this since from our eyes, there is nothing wrong. 

Slowly making the switch to media.net. It's ridiculous how little resources there are and how there are zero ways to get in contact with anyone for even the slightest bit of support.
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