So my wife and I ran Adsense since inception and we hit our peak last year this time. All in the finance niche and our peak was between $400-$500 a day. We were #1,2,3 for a lot of high traffic long tails.
Just when our over a decade of hard work and testing was coming to fruition, we lost all of our Adsense accounts. Of course Google never told us what it was and why - same old story.
At this point our private sites are still doing $2,500+ a month in slow season and $4500+ in the busy season. Thank god we started an SEO company last year which is the only reason I'm not out shoveling snow and digging ditches for a living. SEO company brings in $2200 a month now above the private sites. So bill still being paid.
So with the traffic we still get after the Google attack, we monetized our sites with some direct deals we still have going, and for the rest we use Media.net. Media.net makes us about 20% of what Adsense used to pay, so we thought of a better idea.
We asked some trustworthy family members and friends if they wanted to make a deal - I mean it's a deal no-one will refuse either; We build the sites, get their Adsense accounts approved, and run their Adsense. They pay us 50% of their Adsense income.
I know it sounds like they're getting a smokin' deal because they're not doing anything except cutting us a check each month, and dealing with the tax man etc., but without them we can't tap into Adsense income. Fair enough then.
The reason this works is because all paid-per-click alternatives to Adsense are quite lame. The best we've seen yet is Media.net, but it's still only 20% of what Adsense paid (on a good day). So 50% of Adsense is a lot more than Media.net.
Another good thing is you can pick choose good and decent people who deserve to be making an income from your labor. Just an idea there for people who have also lost their Adsense account(s).