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How many of you started using Adsense to "cover webhosting

.. and then figured out you can make a living off of it

     
8:15 pm on Jul 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I am sure there are a lot of people out there, and a lot of people just starting who first used Adsense to maybe cover your web hosting costs and not really worrying about ad placement, blending, and such.

When I first started using Adsense, I just wanted to make a couple cents a day to cover my $10 a month web hosting. I really never thought about the possibilities at that point. I was ecstatic when I reached my first .50 cent day, then my first $1 day.

Suddenly I started making $10+ per day, then realized that Adsense would be great for gas and lunch money. Then all of a sudden my monthly earnings were the same as my monthly work pay. I thought it couldnt have been real so i waited for a couple checks to clear.

At this time I wanted to move to California, start my own life. I figure this would be a great time to do it since I had cashflow from my website, which would give me enough time and money to find a place and work. The job hunt wasnt very successful so I decided to concentrate more on my website, and in about a month my earning from g doubled what I used to make at my old job.

Here I am two years later, doing what I love to do all because I "wanted to cover webhosting". I just wanted to share this to all the Adsense beginners and show that If you pay attention to your site, and the TOS, anything is possible.

Feel free to share your own start-up stories

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I am sure there are a lot of people out there, and a lot of people just starting who first used Adsense to maybe cover your web hosting costs and not really worrying about ad placement, blending, and such.

This was my original plan - but not just with Adsense - I have affiliate relationships that I make money with also. But yes, Adsense has become an important part of my web sites (even my hobby sites) and I just completed a major redesign of many sites during June to capitalize on Adsense (ad sizes, blending, etc.). Am seeing quite nice results in July.

At this time I wanted to move to California, start my own life.

California is the absolute LAST place I would move to! The state tax burden is horrendous - they even want to tax your retirement earnings. If you move out of state after you retire the state government will try to chase you down to get your last nickel.

I escaped from the Peoples Republic of New Jersey in 1997 (terrible tax burden there too) and moved to Florida. Life is much easier here. Except for the damn hurricanes. Oh well.

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Yeah well I moved from Hawaii, where the Cost of Living is insane, and job opportunities arent easy to come by. The main reason I chose California was to find a job in the tech-industry.. and not to mention, my girlfriend goes to school here.
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My original goals were pretty modest. Hosting, phone, isp, etc. That was snap.

Then about the time I got Adsense loaded sitewide I went to Pubcon in Orlando (2004). I flew down there coach hoping to pick up some tips.

I flew home first class and haven't looked back yet.
(there's a hint in there for anyone who hasn't gone to at least one Pubcon)

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"California is the absolute LAST place I would move to!"

Best state in the Nation. Ski to surf in a couple of hours. Frankly I wish everyone felt as you do. It would be better with a few less "foreigners".

As for covering my hosting with AdSense I do but that's about it. My niche is tiny and my readers are ad blind.

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California is about a 25 mile drive from here but I won't set foot in that state unless I have no other choice. I was born & raised there too.

Covering hosting costs was my intent when I started using AdSense. It covers a bit more than that but not enough to make a living... yet.

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Actually, I went the other way. I already owned (and still own) a hosting company, so I figured with that latitude (copyright, DELL, from what I'm told), I could create all kinds of experiments without having to lay out any cash. I created my main site as #1 a hobby site born out of my frustration at not being able to find a site already existant on the topic, and #2 as an exercise in PHP and MySQL programming. I've had the site up since 2000, last year it mysteriously climbed out of a Google Sandbox effect after three years, and traffic really took off so I added AdSense. The good news is it took off much bigger than I expected. The bad news is that it's pretty much seasonal, and the primary season ended this past Wednesday. So now I gotta come up with some more. I have lots of sites, just nothing else lucrative.
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Yep, I started Adsense to cover the hosting bills. Let's say I managed to do so;-)
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My plan was to make enough to cover my hosting costs for the first year (about $0.28/day), then start to make some "real" money after the first year..

Welp- after 5 months (that was 2 months ago) I made about 50% of what i make at my 'day' job (per month).. this last month that was down to only 25% of my day job, but still FARRRR above anything i could have imagined..
At this rate, by next year i might just be able to quit that job!

BTW, I work in the tech-sector, and I live in California.. Although i'd quite my job in a heartbeat, i would not leave California for anything..

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I started out to pay for my webhosting too. I made over $100 on month 1 to my surprise, and it steadily increased from there. I don't make a living at it, but it has meant that my wife doesn't have to work, and we've taken the kids on a couple of holidays abroad they wouldn't otherwise have had.
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Being in the UK is hard in one sense, a dollar earned from adsense is worth only about 60 pence. An American can make a living off adsense with only about $2000 a month but a UK resident has to earn about $4000 to factor in cost of living and the relative value of the currencies (of course some people might be able to make a living on slightly less).
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Feel free to share your own start-up stories

Guilty as charged!

My first month's cheque was for nearly USD 250.00 which I was pretty impressed with considering:

not really worrying about ad placement, blending, and such.

The funny thing is that my placements etc were spot on ages before the Google heat map came out however it was probably because they were the obvious positions on my sites.

Obviously I was also thinking, wow, this could be three grand a year, more than enough to cover all those hosting and domain names costs!

It wasn't until a full 10 months later that I actually found the time to go site wide with Adsense and was suddenly in the USD thousands+ per month league.

Was I miffed...to put it politely?

All I could see was how much I'd lost by not having gone site wide before...arghhhhhh.

So for anyone considering how and when to do it...now, do it now, don't wait!

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Along the same lines.

I was spending money to market my product through adwords. I figured I wanted to recover some of the expense so I threw an adblock on a free trial page I had and made $8 the first day.

I brought my girfriend into my office at the house from watching TV and said, "look honey $8"!

She looked at me like I was loco.

What if I take my product cut it into 24 parts on 12 pages and give it away? Do the math. Now I have doubled the traffic over the last 6 months, that's more than the product ever made.

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but a UK resident has to earn about $4000 to factor in cost of living

Ah! One must assume that crick lives in the part of the UK that is in a completely different cost zone, the south east? :-)

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An American can make a living off adsense with only about $2000 a month

Of course, well, unless you live in New York. That's the only exception, besides Los Angeles and Chicago, those are expensive cities too.Oh, and Houston, Dallas and Austin, also very expensive. But that's really it I suppose. Besides Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, high cost of living there. But that covers about all of them.Oh, I forgot to mention Boston, Washington DC, New Orleans, St. Louis and Miami, not very cheap either. But other than that, you can easly live from $2000 a month in about any place in the USA.

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An American can make a living off adsense with only about $2000 a month but a UK resident has to earn about $4000 to factor in cost of living and the relative value of the currencies (of course some people might be able to make a living on slightly less).

don't want to start an argument with a fellow brit but i think there are some huge assumptions there that are not correct mate ;)

1) you are assuming that one dollar to an american has the same economic value as one pound to us (that is not true) i doubt many americans could live on $ 2000 a month, especially as they pay direct taxes for google income
2) $ 4000 in the UK ( 2162 pounds a month) = 25,994 pounds annually, well in excess of the average UK income.

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Being in the UK is hard in one sense, a dollar earned from adsense is worth only about 60 pence. An American can make a living off adsense with only about $2000 a month but a UK resident has to earn about $4000 to factor in cost of living and the relative value of the currencies (of course some people might be able to make a living on slightly less).

Well this must be why we broke away from King George back in 1776.
;)

I have no idea of what cost of living is in Britain, however, in the USA there is a vast difference in cost-of-living depending on WHERE one lives.

Perhaps cost of living in London GB = cost of living in New York City US?

I moved from a medium-size city in New Jersey to a medium-size city in Florida back in 1997. My "cost of living" was reduced by about half. Your mileage may vary.

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humble you forgot Phoenix #4not too bad here I can live on 2K but I would be totally stuck home full time petting my 6 cats nope need an extra 2K-3K for bank and the party fund
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I too started using AdSense as an experiment in hopes of covering my web hosting and other costs. I'm not yet to the point of replacing my day job, but I'm certainly doing much better than I ever thought possible.
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I started out to pay for my webhosting too... fortunatly, service of my website was handy for many people (visitors), and now they allow me to live (just from adsense) in one of the most expensive countries in europe - Denmark:)
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An American can make a living off adsense with only about $2000 a month

Joke of the day!

Letís count:

Mortgage: $3000
Property Tax: $1000
TV: $200
Internet: $50
Gas & Electricity: $300
Water: $100
Car Payments: $700
Car Insurance: $300
Car Gas: $500
Health insurance: $500
Food: $2000
Kids Lessons & Schools, Toys etc: $2000
WEB HOSTING: $200 (2 servers)

TOTAL: $9,850.00

I live in Southern California, 2 kids. I guess I forgot many payments but it is clear for me that I need 10K/month just to make living. I have adsense on about 5% of my pages. Revenue from AS about 1K/month.

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TV: $200
Internet: $50
Gas & Electricity: $300
Water: $100
Car Payments: $700
Car Insurance: $300
Car Gas: $500

wow are you serious? where do you live? those numbers are extremely high

mines are:
TV: $50
Internet: $50
Gas & Electricity: $80
Water: $15
Car Payments: $450
Car Insurance: $230
Car Gas: $100

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wow are you serious? where do you live? those numbers are extremely high

I have two kids and a house about 2600 sqf. I live in Southern California where property tax is 1.8% and average home over $600K.

TV is about $200 including some sport packages
Insurance for two cars about $300/month
Gas & Electricity about $300 when air conditioning is on (now almost always)
Car payment about $700/month (it is only one car, other two we have are paid off)
Watering the lawn is about $100/month + $50 for the gardener

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Wow! Thread drift can be great, but I wonder how on earth this thread managed to jump into an argument about cost of living, and what states are good/bad to live in! :)
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Januuski,

Your living the American Dream baby, how much life insurance you got? Bet you have 2 mortgages, drive a Hummer and have a fist full of pretty maxed credit cards.

mortgage $1,000 (w/taxes)
other house bills $300
car payment and insurance $400 (one)
food, beer, wine & liquor $600
gas $150
health insurance $300 (both, her job picks up most of hers)
No credit card debt!

My girfriend works 4 blocks from the house and I work mostly at home, so we share the car.

I clear presently $5K with adsense and will go back to work and clear $5K more in Sept and the AS will go up $1K because of fall traffic. That dosent count the 2 new publishing sites and new software product line I'm launching by the fall.

She makes 2K as a vet tech and our healthcare for the 6 cats is free. Actually I just started a college fund for the two youngest.

Net after living expenses in Sept not counting the new ventures, about $10K (and I work freelance averaging 3 days a week 8 months a year Dec, June, July & Aug off) about 100 days and off 265.

Phoenix, AZ the new 1,800 sq ft house with 1/3 acre was $180K and the taxes are squat.

And all you Californians, can you just stay away from here just 2 more years before you dump your million dollar houses so I can leave. There is enough of you here already messing up the freeways.

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Mortgage: $3000
Property Tax: $1000
TV: $200
Internet: $50
Gas & Electricity: $300
Water: $100
Car Payments: $700
Car Insurance: $300
Car Gas: $500
Health insurance: $500
Food: $2000
Kids Lessons & Schools, Toys etc: $2000
WEB HOSTING: $200 (2 servers)

TOTAL: $9,850.00

Ohh please.. i live in So. Cal, and it aint cheap, but it's sure not all that!

Mortgage: $3300 (3200 sq feet)
Property Tax: $300
TV: $79
Internet: $50
Gas & Electricity: $180
Water: $100
Car Payments: $500 (1 car, others are paid)
Car Insurance: $150 (3 cars - Jag, Infinity, & Toyoter)
Car Gas: $200
Health insurance: $300
Food: $600
Kids Lessons & Schools, Toys etc: $500 (1 kid)
WEB HOSTING: $7 (virtual host)

Maybe i should start a new website on how to live in So.California and not blow all your money..

I think this thread is about done.. what was it about, anyway?

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I think this thread is about done.. what was it about, anyway?

People who started adsense as a means to paying for webhosting and ended up earning a lot more than they expected. :)

Actually it would have been good to hear a few more on-topic cases. I'm not exactly sure where this California place is anway. It's not on my map of the UK, so I don't care about living expenses there (wherever it is). Sorry! Just so as I don't show my ignorance, it's somewhere near Belgium right?

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I started off hoping to cover server expenses ( whch were $ 80 at the time), then when i got a cheque for $ 4000 three months later i started to see how incredibly easy this was to make money and live on it.
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I'm not exactly sure where this California place is anway. It's not on my map of the UK, so I don't care about living expenses there (wherever it is). Sorry! Just so as I don't show my ignorance, it's somewhere near Belgium right?

Nearly right! It's actually in Norfolk, which is sort of on the way to Belgium I suppose.

[maps.google.co.uk...]

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Then it should be by tradition "New California"!
Let me call Arnold, I am sure he would be for maintaining staunch European tradition.

I am originally from New Jersey or as Tony Soprano sez, "Jerzee".

The moral of the story is Adsense is a "happy accident" for some people. Even the manic obsessive type willing to pay 3K for a mortgage and live in a totally overrated place. I lived in San Diego for 2 years and was appalled by the cost and lifestyle habbits of people who just HAD to be there. Sorry, I don't pay $8 for a glass of wine at a restaurant and they don't even fill the glass half way up!

[edited by: Khensu at 1:15 pm (utc) on July 8, 2006]

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