Sgt_Kickaxe - 4:01 pm on May 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
Lame_wolf: I think he meant that his weekly adsense would amount to 35% of the minimum wage paid on 40 hours. e.g. he stated the weekly total, not the hourly total.
The real key to AdSense is traffic, targeted traffic, traffic in a buying mood, and lots of it, from 1K-10K visitors a day for starters will usually generate some cash.
I agree with that 100%. example: 2500 visitors with a $15 RPM = $37.50 a day, or $1100+ a month. Some niches however may not be able to attain $15 RPM and much more traffic would be needed. Do some quick math with your RPM to see how many thousands of visitors you need to earn the living you want, and then be realistic about achieving that level of traffic.
In my experience it doesn't matter what you do to a website you will not see traffic grow by leaps and bounds, it will be a slow and steady rise over months and years, at best. More and more sites have no traffic growth but require daily maintenance and articles just to maintain current traffic. Other sites have glass ceilings in place because of already overly established 'big players' in the niche. In these cases there is probably more money to be had by offering non-contextual ads or single product affiliate links with review etc.