Msg#: 4377678 posted 3:32 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
I made my first website in high school. Put Adsense on a site my sophomore year of college. During college I must have put 3,000 hours of work into that site. It felt almost like a masters thesis that made an income.
It has been a good six years since then. On average my website has provided $1X,#*$! every year, nothing crazy, but enough for rent and food. Adsense money has allowed me to focus on getting my undergrad, masters, now finishing up my PhD. But not anymore.
On October 13th I earned upper $XX. On October 14th I earned very low $XX. Yesterday I earned $X. Luckily I have enough savings for a couple months, but after that I'll be working at Starbucks (or somewhere similar) until I graduate and get a real job.
Adsense has been good to us for six year, but now the game is over for me.
Msg#: 4377678 posted 9:29 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm glad you had a nice run, even though it seems to have hit a wall. I'm envious! My method for supporting my way through college was a lot more arduous and also quite boring. I'll bet you can do better than being a barista, though ;)
Well done keeping your Adsense income stable for such an extended period. You're right to recognize that the future is unlikely to be that stable again.
Msg#: 4377678 posted 5:38 am on Oct 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
I can bet that even if emodo wouldn't touch the site, the traffic/incomes return to the normal levels. One day sooner or later the wheel will turn around and make a move backward. It is just an algorithm made by very clever people.
Msg#: 4377678 posted 6:32 am on Oct 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
It is just an algorithm made by very clever people.
Not quite, while smart they report to Wall St which is inherently greedy. In the end it's about the money and if it's not there anymore you're right to walk away to other alternatives, in fact you're unwise not to.
If Google can't make the site pay someone else can.