| 4:35 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Oh, you just don't even understand how mad I was when this happened.... and out to prove a point!
My family was just shocked that I had closed down a successful business. One of my sisters had worked for me. Customers were angry too, until I told them that they could soon get the same information and patterns, for free, online.
Making money by giving things away... Google must be part of my dillusion, and the lady at the bank who cashes my checks, she must be in on it too!
| 4:47 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
wow spacey, sounds like you are making a lot of mullas just by teaching people how to sew online.
| 6:52 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
The same can be done with any niche you are enthusiastic about. As long as you have good info to post... if you build it, they will come!
It's a great concept, I teach them how to sew then Google sells them the supplies they need. Simple, logical, not crazy at all...
In response to whether or not my "helpful" family member is computer savvy, not at all. Before they had me committed, they literally came to my home and took my computer away from me, unplugged it and took it! I got put away after getting the police involved. I just wanted my computer back. I was thinking, I'll sleep next week, right now I have Google ads to tweak!
| 10:35 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
But the fact of the matter is that you dont need to be interested in anything in particular to make money from AdSense. All you need to be interested in as making as much money as possible with as little effort as possible. Should do $3000 today... that pays a few bills. Also agreed that it's not clever to rely on one income stream. AdSense is about top of the pile for us at the moment but we've engineered things that way. I could very quickly redistribute that income so the lion's share was being made elsewhere. The beauty of AdSense is vast commercial match and the ease with which you can start playing the game.
| 1:16 am on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
| 2:48 am on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Wow. Committed? Just -- wow.
I remember some of my friends telling me that I was "wasting my time" giving away the content on my site for free. I was told that I should charge for it. But I had seen other sites which charged for the same sort of content, (just giving away a *little* bit and trying to sell the rest) and I knew that would not work for me.
So I wrote a totally free site, with ads and affiliate programs supporting it. I am pretty sure I make more money from my site's ads than others do by showing a *little* and trying to sell the rest. It is what has worked best for me.
| 10:25 am on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Good luck, I quit my 9-5 in November and don't regret it one bit. Nothing better than having finacial freedom from a website eh ;-)
I don't know how long you've been doing adsense but just be prepared for some months that may flucuate. And make sure to keep some money on the side (of course) -- also depending upon your site topic be carefull around Christmas. My site every year takes a pretty big dive around the holidays, but don't get discouraged it should always bounce back.
Personally I miss the old days when I had the job and the website, both of those checks were very nice and between the two I had over $12,000/month (of course I can't tell ya how much just adsense is ;)) but my revenue has climbed more than it would have if I still had my day job. The extra time I have focused on the website has really paid off... once anyone is making enough money to quit their job they should in my opinion.... you will only better your website with the added time, and in the end profit much more. Mine has grown so much since november that I now have to host it off two Dual XEON servers, haha. Hope your site takes the same path.
Again, Good luck... and GOOD MOVE!
| 11:20 am on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Yes, good luck, and good luck to anyone else who has quit their 9-5. I really feel that the future is with the Internet. I'm putting my eggs in the basket, all of them. Most of them in the Adsense basket, but affiliate programs are great too. Ebay is the best, for me. I've also managed to accumulate some private advertisers. I call it "sponsoring a page". I charge slightly over what I would make if Google ads were on the page instead.
I especially applaud the person who convinced their other half to quit their job as well. You can always get another job! Tell them you've been working as a web publisher for Google, it has a nice ring to it.
About taxes, bank account... I'm still using my other business bank account(for the "real" business I had) and when I filed my taxes, on April 14th, the woman at H&R Block told me that it didn't much matter about the bank account, as long as mine is the only name on it. I could use a personal or business account, is what I've been told. I filed as a "web developer". In Florida, US, I don't need any type of business license for this. This is what H&R Block told me. I filed my Google income as a new business, along with the 1099 I got from commission junction. If you are wondering, I ended up paying about $800, after claiming expenses, and that was just for a few months of income. Better set some mullas aside!
| 12:31 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
dual xeon 2x to host your site? that must be lot of traffic. i wish my site's performance is like that.
but i will never quit my job for adsense. i just find it a little big intriguing to slave for google.
but hey, whatever turns you. if i slave more, i won't be wishing my site's performance to be better.
hey spacey, your adsense history, computer hijacking, police involvement are gonna be highlight of some sort! hahaha, maybe get involved in stand-up comedy.
| 1:17 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Well, I don't think that Google would want to use me as a case study. Although, I have told the "Google Team" that I plan on becoming one of their top publishers.
I've expanded my Internet presence into other areas of arts and crafts over time. And I'm actually teaching and helping real people... that's the part of the "job" that keeps me going. The Adsense program just makes it possible, I will be taking full advantage of this new oppurtunity.
| 4:10 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
spaceylacie, did you find it to be a problem at all for your former, good customers, who had paid for your instructions, when you started giving the same info away?
I have a similar situation, and have always given away a fair number of 'samples' that resulted in a large number of inbound links from the beginning & a lot of good will, but I have recently considered giving away all the info--BUT--there are customers who have, over the years, paid me up to a couple hundred dollars for the goods and I'd hate to make them feel cheated.
Any thoughts on that appreciated.
| 4:35 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Oh, I got tons of slack from former customers after I made the switch from selling to giving things away. You'll have to be prepared to handle this, if you have an established business with loyal customers.
I handled it one customer at a time. I thanked them for their monetary support over the years and let them know, that with their help, I was able to start the Internet business and offer the information for free. I told them how much I appreciated their business and how they helped make my dreams a reality. Just make them feel special, they will eventually forgive you for taking their money!
| 4:42 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
the key is how are you going to forgive a person for taking your money.
haha, that sounds really odd with the sentence stand alone, but i guess it worked for spacey.
| 4:49 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
LOL, I didn't say that line to my customers! "Forgive me for taking your money"!
If I did, you are right, I could probably get away with it. I've been to the luny bin!
| 7:10 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Good luck! Affiliate marketing is also a good choice, why only choose adsense?
| 7:48 pm on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)|
One thought--I could make a password area for former customers only, and when they write, give then access to some free stuff that no one else can easily get to. That might also help me thank them for their support.
I do also include some affiliate things,some Amazon, some paid advertising, but nothing does as well as Adsense on my sites. Also, I am somewhat limited , no , make that very limited, in programming skills, so I don't know how to do the elaborate affiliate things---just simple text and photo or banner links.
Of course, I could always go back to chargeing for things on my site, if Adsense had a reversal or something. Nice thing about the web, el quick-o instant changes are possible.
| 12:18 pm on May 6, 2005 (gmt 0)|
You could do something like that, anything to make them feel special!
I really like not having the hassle of dealing with customers. When everything is free, you don't get complaints. Just tons of compliments! My head swells every morning when I check my email. Here are a couple I got today:
"I was just shown this by a friend of mine for the first time today. I am really impressed and would like to begin learning how to do this. Thank you for your website."
"I just found you and I love your patterns. Thanks for the inspiration"
"Just discovered your site after searching on Google. Wonderful ideas!"
I get emails like this every day. I encourage people to email their comments or questions and also have several different mailing lists they can sign up for.
I started a new site on April 6th and already have over 200 subscribers for the newsletter, a free pattern of the month club. According to my stats, 21% of visitors are bookmarking the site. That site almost immediately started making $3.00 a day from Adsense, it's up to $5.00 a day now. One of my other, more established, sites makes up to $50.00 a day. I have about 7 different sites going currently and plan to expand!
I'm actually teaching people how to do things, and it's so much fun! Teachers have emailed to say they've used the instructions for class room projects, and my favorite part, people are learning the new techniques then hosting work shops in their area, at senior centers, church groups, one woman hosted a class for her co-workers, using one of my sites as a reference.
Listen, listen, listen to your visitors, that's what I do. Ask them what they want to see and make it easy for them to contact you with their suggestions. Do this, and you'll never be at a loss trying to figure out what to post next.
| 3:20 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)|
As you all can see I am brand new here. I would love to walk out of the office in the morning and never go back, but the thing is, I can't afford such a move unless I am kinda 50% sure that I am on the right track.
thanks a million.
| 3:45 pm on May 8, 2005 (gmt 0)|
A good place to start would be here:
| 3:46 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks. Any websites I can see or is it Top Secret?
just a few to see the difference between the good and bad. if allowed by the forum of course.
| 4:24 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Some people post their site addresses in their profile. Read what they are saying, then look to see if they are giving out a site addy.
I posted the URL for one of my sites, it's a pretty good one, but not in a very high paying niche. I serve about 1/2 to one million ad views a month, but don't get much for a click.
| 7:37 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks a lot for the tip :)
I think this form is spot on.
Congratulations to whoever is running it.
| 7:39 pm on May 9, 2005 (gmt 0)|
PS: Thanks to all these good users who are keeping going as well.
| 12:53 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Spaceylacie can you show us your URL or if you wish you can PM me. Would love to see it. Thanks.
| 12:59 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
It's in my profile. That's my main site and the only one that's a directory. My other content sites are linked thoughout that site. I've had the site in my profile since 1999, but just started Adsense on it late last year. I started making the content sites after I joined the program as a way to expand.
| 2:12 pm on May 10, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Their is a wealth of knowledge on your site. Thanks for the info and wish you much continued success.
| 4:10 pm on May 12, 2005 (gmt 0)|
thanks for all guys.
aha,i find another online job.
just sell the "Bluetooth headset" for my another income.
It's almost 1 month @ home.
busy days,and nice days.
why not join SOHO....
Good luck everyone.
| 8:02 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)|
did you take off your site addy?
| 8:10 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Yeah, a couple people sticky-ed me and said it was a bad idea. I also asked a post about it and everyone said it was a bad idea. ;-(
I don't want to be hijacked!
| 8:17 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)|
P.S. Funny thing is, when I first quit my job for Adsense, and ended up getting locked up for 10 days, I was so afraid that someone would come along, see my site, find out how much money I was making from it, then somehow steal my site and my ideas... doctor said I was paranoid. Then, I come here and people give me a whole list of reasons to be paranoid!
| 8:20 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)|
P.S.S. One more! They also said I was babbling about numbers... CTRs, EPCs, CPMs, ECPMs...
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