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Good News Thread
Please Post Your Good News, Many Of Us Could Use Some Inspiration...
humblebeginnings




msg:1418534
 9:45 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

There has been much negative energy in the forum for the past few months. I have seen many threads about falling earnings, made for adsense sites, bad quality advertisers, (fear of) being banned, etcetera. And now there is the Little Devil (algo) update and we don't know what that will bring upon us.

Although all these problems are real, and should be discussed in order to deal with them, we also need good news to inspire us. Therefore I ask you folks to bring in some good stuff to inspire the rest of us. Did your earnings climb for the past few months? Did you start a new website that generates good cash? Did you use your Adsense money to buy something great lately? Were you able to help out someone else with your Adsense money? Please bring in the good news!

My good news is that my earnings have recovered after a complete downfall starting in january. After the Christmas season, nobody was interested in my winter widgets anymore. To anticipate on the seasons I started building a site about summer widgets in february. After going online in may my earnings went up again!

I am now working on 2 new websites:

- one about blue widgets that are very popular among the filthy rich;

- the other about how to make these blue widgets yourself when you are on a low budget.

The idea is to make two entirely different websites, targeting 2 different audiences, while writing about the same blue widgets.
Since I love these blue widgets myself it is so much fun to write about them, take pictures of them and interview people about them...

Even if this idea inspired you for one second you made my day;-)

 

jetteroheller




msg:1418535
 10:05 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Good news?

Some people had been running behind me on a fair.

2 people running after me pulled me to their booth on a fair pleasing me to write further articles about their widgets.

I visited the same fair last year and wrote about them already last year.

Eazygoin




msg:1418536
 10:45 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

My good news is that I treat AdSense as a bonus. If I make some money from it, all well and good. If not, then I move on to something else.

Pushing panic buttons when AS is not available, or seeing CTR or eCPM rise or drop, and then having heart failure, is not a solution to well being :-)

Apart from running websites, I have two other businesses, and AS is such a minor part of total income that I treat it with respect, but it doesn't rule my life!

ann




msg:1418537
 11:10 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

My good news is: I have stopped worrying as I have more than adequate income (for me), I am much too old to really care and what I plan to do....not build websites now but wait for the delivery van to bring my shiny new 3 wheel trike and start peddeling around the neighborhood to get some much needed exercise. :)

Ann

sailorjwd




msg:1418538
 11:12 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

The good news is...

My grass is turning green again with all this east cost rain.

And, I don't have to go out and work because adsense allows me to lay in bed, warm and cozy.

Time for a cup of coffee.

OptiRex




msg:1418539
 11:50 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Did you use your Adsense money to buy something great lately?

Not great but essential.

My financial accounts were SO FAR behind I hired someone to bring them all up-to-date, reclaim a load of VAT (purchase tax) and get my self-assessment (personal taxation) completed (nothing to pay!).

Actually, this is GREAT:-)

billcale




msg:1418540
 11:52 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

AdSense earnings so far this year have increased over last year YTD. For the second year in a row I have a good surplus of cash and am currently shopping for a significant asset in order to expand the depth and breadth of my on line business. This should not only increase revenues but make facets of my "work" much more enjoyable. I am 6 years from retirement wishing it was 16 or 60 away. I love my "job"...

Skier




msg:1418541
 11:52 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have picked up a few new clients for my SEO business and reached a comfortable volume of daily work. Word of mouth from some of my existing site owners brought them in. It is nice to work for clients who have sought me out and asked me to help them. It makes for a very pleasant working relationship. Life is good.

Hobbs




msg:1418542
 12:49 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Good news:

In June 2006 I managed to drop AdSense's share of my earnings to only 50% with direct advertisers, sort of peace of mind investment. Crossing my fingers for the next 6 months to continue the same.

Also -said earlier- I bought meself a motorbike :-)

(ann wanna race?)

Hobbs




msg:1418543
 1:13 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

blue widgets that are very popular among the filthy rich

HB,
Are they the kind of widgets that a mouse loves, has holes in some kinds, and goes well with wine?
;-)

jeepers




msg:1418544
 1:20 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

My June earnings are 5% above May. Still small, but going in the right direction.

humblebeginnings




msg:1418545
 1:24 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

HB loves Cheese I guess ;-)

LOL Hobbs!

Off topic: I once saw this french guy on tv and he was completely idolized by cheese. He made it, he ate it, he studied it and every conversation he started about any subject allways ended up with cheese. The guy seriously thought that if all people would eat more cheese, there would be no more war! There you got your good news!

Haha, now I See you edited your post and I am still quoting the old one...

[edited by: humblebeginnings at 1:35 pm (utc) on June 25, 2006]

Hobbs




msg:1418546
 1:33 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

just wanted to save you in case I was right, that's all :-)

ashii




msg:1418547
 2:17 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

2 Banks denied me Home Loan because I am not doing a job(It does not matter to them that I may be earning 10-20 times now what if I was doing a job for some one else)...
I also don't have any company registered in my name so they just consider me much like a unemployed person!

so Good news is that I Now target to earn double to my last year turn over so I don't need these cheap banks people finance my Home.

frakilk




msg:1418548
 2:22 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just graphed my AdSense CSV data for all time this morning and at the current rate of growth I will be very happy this time next year :D

fredw




msg:1418549
 3:01 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I originally thought that I would just do adsense to make enough money to pay for my professionally hosted server.

My good news is I do that, but I also now have enough money saved up in my site advertising account to be able to pay for the moving expenses to move to someplace nicer, and also make a very nice downpayment on a new vehicle.

jk3210




msg:1418550
 3:24 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

The Good news: Regardless of the horrific whining you may read in certain forums, I have absolute and incontrovertible proof(1) that Google still rewards good content and clean SEO produced by a single individual(2) even though the largest companies on the internet may be doing everything they can to out-rank you. As of today, 6/25/06, the net is STILL a level playing field.

(1) in the form of five-figure monthly checks.
(2) in bedroom #2, wearing a bath robe, sunglasses and sipping gin & tonic.

[edited by: jk3210 at 3:33 pm (utc) on June 25, 2006]

dcheney




msg:1418551
 3:28 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Like fredw, my goal when I started using AdSense was just to make enough to cover my hosting costs.

At this point, I'm making enough to fund several expansions to the site, begun the work on two new sites, and well on my way to funding an extensive research trip (will also be quite fun) that will lead to yet another site.

loganz




msg:1418552
 7:07 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

i switched to geico.. and ever since that, ecpm, ctr, earnings have all doubled. thanks talking gecko!

rkhare




msg:1418553
 7:14 pm on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

And, I don't have to go out and work because adsense allows me to lay in bed, warm and cozy.

and my good news is that i am happily dreaming all the time having such life

ann




msg:1418554
 1:46 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah, Hobbs, lets race!

I get a head start as you have a motor and I have to pedal and go "vroom, vrooom". :)

Ann

annej




msg:1418555
 3:19 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

It rained, really rained, this evening after no rain since last summers monsoons.

Somehow epc seems minor just now.

Sweet Cognac




msg:1418556
 3:34 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

After working 16 hr days solid for the past 3 years, the hubby and I just returned from a 2 week vacation, that adsense paid for. Thanks Google. :)

guru5571




msg:1418557
 4:06 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

After the first half of the year being flat with Adsense, June has shown a nice increase.

...and I stayed in a Holiday Inn last night!

WolfLover




msg:1418558
 6:18 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

My good news is: I tried AdSense for the second time. First time my main site was a few months old and I made pennies. Now that my site is 3 years old. I decided in April to give it a try again.

With very little work on my part, I placed ads (tried several different formats and colors), and in May I earned enough to buy us a beautiful new refrigerator. AdSense is not my only income, so I think of it as a bonus. Of course it is a bonus I hope continues and grows and yes, it worries me when it declines for awhile, but overall, it's been very helpful and like frosting on my cake!

Thanks Google!

Hobbs




msg:1418559
 6:37 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks HB for this thread,

We should have one of those once a month to counter the doom and gloom MFA & smartpricing discussions?

How about turning the PIP threads into "PIP what are you spending it on?"

Am I the only one observing that the AdWords forum has over-spilled here with all of them discussing how they won't use our sites anymore?

andrewshim




msg:1418560
 7:32 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

My wife and I started a home catering biz a couple of years ago when the company I worked for went bust. It was really tough at first, but I had the presence of mind to build a couple of websites and joined the Adsense program...

Most of you in the U.S or Europe will not fully appreciate the impact that Adsense income has on a family's budget in other parts of the world. One U.S Dollar equals RM4 where I am and on what I earn with adsense monthly, I can cover my credit card bills and car and loan repayments!

What good has Adsense done for me?

- gave me a supplemental source of income when we first started our catering biz
- gave me the option of working at home and being with my kids.
- IS giving me hope that I give my family nice things and a good future.
- I am so very hopeful because I have only just begun and already Adsense is very lucrative for me.

I hope Adsense lasts for a long time...at least until I get my Ferrari... ; )

Thanks

jema




msg:1418561
 7:38 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well barring a bizzare collapse in the figures over the next few days I have my first $3000 month, just a few months after the first $100 day and a little over a year since starting.
Costs for me are high (but constant) so actual returns so far are still not fantastic but a growth has been as near to a straight line as you can get, i'm more that happy with where things are going :)

designaweb




msg:1418562
 10:13 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks to a relatively stable Adsense income over the last 1,5 years I have been able to diversify my business to an extend where I can treat Adsense as a bonus (still 40% of my income though). I have always treated Adsense as a temporary thing. It simply kept me from taking loans from the sharks at the bank...

jetteroheller




msg:1418563
 11:47 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

...at least until I get my Ferrari... ; )

What do You want with such a lame car?

2 big share holders from Google and one from Ebay invested in a new car company
introducing next month a new electric car.

Here [youtube.com] a video from a concept study about the performance

In the video, it looks like the Ferrari driver has forgotten to insert the first gear.

[edited by: jatar_k at 5:29 pm (utc) on June 28, 2006]
[edit reason] fixed sidescroll [/edit]

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