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Adsense has changed my life

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12:33 am on Feb 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It is the nature of a forum such as this that most people come here to solve problems. I just thought I would post how AdSense has changed my life in a positive way for people trying to decide if the program is right for them.

Four months after learning what <br> meant, my life has totally changed. I have practically tossed aside my roof contracting company that has been my focus for fifteen years now. With a little reading, a little guidance from my father, and 80+ hours a week working on my website, the income I generate from AdSense can now meet the bills without me having to lift a shingle!

Even in this short time span there have been ups and downs. My income dropped 40% two weeks ago and is just beginning to recover. But even with the problems I've had getting relevant ads, yada yada, my life has changed to where I can use my brain to make a living. One giant THANKS to google (and I even have clean fingernails now!).

Any similar experiences? I'd love to hear them

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Well, i'm not ready to retire yet, but if things keep going like they are I'll pay my second mortgage off in 2 years instead of 15 because of AdSense
12:48 am on Feb 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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wtg CaryissoVery... very nice :)
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Agreed. AdSense is a beautiful thing. It's about as "reliable" a revenue stream that a small publisher could possibly ask for, and absolutely painless to implement and administer.

The other thing I love about it is that it rewards you for increasing your traffic - some people may scoff at that, but not all of my revenue models work that way.

Thanks for the positive post.

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CaryissoVery,

Congratulations on the succes of your site. It's great to hear stories like this.

I currently don't earn enough to quit my daytime job, but I am earning about half of my yearly salary, so with a little more hard work I think that goal can be attained :-)

Like you, I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude towards Google for making this possible. I had spent 3+ years working on a site that produced no income until adsense came along. Now I feel like my time spent on the site is actually justified.

Google took a big chance by allowing small sites to function as publishers. None of the other CPC engines had been willing to take that chance. It would seem that gamble has paid off big for Google. I imagine they are doing very well with this program, and of course, they've made a lot of us very happy along the way ;-)

It will be interesting to see how adsense evolves over the years, hopefully Google has some more ideas brewing that will revolutionize the web even further.

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I don't usually do a me too post, but I just have to today ;) "Me too!" :D :D Love you Google :D I can't quit my day job, but to be honest I kinda enjoy my day job anyway. There's no dirty fingernails and no lifting for a start :P Actually I'm at work right now ;)
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Now that is a refreshing posting after all that whining about late payments, mistargeted ads etc. :-)

Thank you for sharing this, CaryissoVery.

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CaryissoVery - Congrats!

I knows how you feel like as I am running several sites on the side and generate enough to pay for extra vacation, a 25ft RV and some additional extra's.

A little risky for me to drop my day job as it is very well paid and the whole family life relies on it plus the future (retirement funds for my wife and me, kids schooling etc.) and life in Europe is way more expensive than in the US (I am entitled to judge after I returned from a five year assignment to the US back to Europe last year).

A word of cautioon though (although being able to put in all your time might limit the risks): be prepared for rainy days. Anyone can tell tales about the black weekdays or weekends or what not when you suddenly lose ground underneath your feet and need a long breath to recover.

There are so many variables beyond your control that leads me to say: Internet money is no safe money...

Diversify, create a couple of safe havens and you should be fine. What I have started to do is to document anything and everything in my professional and private life. Some day someone will be happy to have some advice about knobodyknowswhat ;-)))

If AdSense is still alive then, guess what kind of enrichment those articles will carry...

All the best, Jens

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CaryissoVery - Nice to hear Congrats!

Its worked very well for me as well so far, better than i imagined have to say.

However i would like to add to what adfree said about being cautious.

Right now things are going well, but having all your eggs in one basket is always a big danger, and working on the net things change everyday, some go unnoticed and some are as devastating as a tornado, and you back to the start in a flash.

Keep working at it, and like myself go looking for other alternatives to increase the income from the web, make other websites, look for other advertising programs, other products to market, so that one day you can give up that day job, but i think doing this fulltime and relying on it for your sole income is much harder than some think.

Good luck

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Hi, I am a newbie, and would like to add Adsense to my sites.

If my site is new and not found in google or other SE yet, what is the best way to drive traffic to my site, so that I can earn from Adsense click through?

Thanks

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Welcome to WebMasterWorld starry.

You are up for a wild and exciting ride!

One thing first though: it ain't gonna be easy.
But extremely rewarding if you exercise patience and recognize that you need to learn every day.

There are thousands of guys around here (me included) who have acquired a fair part of their expertise from this place.

In order to get you started you want to start learning some basics. The massive amount of information in this forum will look quite confusing to you. But hang in there.

Here is how I would tackle this:

- use the HOME link on top of the forum page and browse through the major categories
- for more specific information use the search feature (on top as well)
- here are some posts that I think might get you started just fine:

[webmasterworld.com...]
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Very important for being found by the Google spider is to have links from other web sites (at least one) pointing to yours. Talk to fellow webmasters and get someone to link to you (the site, page that links to you needs to be indexed by Google).

Have loads of fun and success, be interactive in this forum, this is what it's here for...

Jens

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CaryissoVery, congrats.

And, me too, both on the Adsense pays as much - or more than - a full time job... and on the caution that nothing is guaranteed to last forever.

Because of that element of risk I can't take the chance of kicking the day job.

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Also would like to say thanks to google. I'm now taking 6 months off work to work on my internet projects funded mainly by adsense.

I hope it continues and perhaps I'll be able to carry on working on internet projects rather than returning to the day job.

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Thanks for all the good advice. I am in a fortunate positions because I still own and derive good income from the roofing company. I just don't have to be and active participant in that business anymore.

Well said about not putting all your eggs in one basket. That is a great trueism for any situation in life. We are all just one dreaded email away from being AdSenseless! As I mentioned in the original post, my adsense money dropped 40% two weeks ago with absolutely no explanation. Same impressions, ctr, etc., just way less money. So I see the potential rollercoaster ride I have signed up for. But a thrill ride beats a real job any day!

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Hey Carryvisso,

I envy your position with two businesses. I'm a full time self employed webmaster and I pound the keyboard all day long. And believe me there are days when pounding nails instead on a roof top sound awefully good!

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Yes, AdSense is great. I have been chasing advertisers in my niche, a B2B vertical since 1996. I also remember the days when I could get $80 per 1000 for running Cannon Copier banners that no one clicked on!. So things may...will change. Maybe better or maybe worse relative to AdSense. I'd like to here some feedback, ideas on how to spread the risk of the dreaded "letter" or changes in the program as a whole.
For example;
1. Are people applying for multiple accounts for multiple sites? If one is cut off does Google cut off all your site?
2. We are trying to band together with other industry sites to share non-adsense advertisers. For example selling a fixed fee position ad that will appear on our site and partner sites (and share revenue from that ad)
3. We are looking at starting our own PPC bid network with third party software (InClick.com) so we can show PPC ads in our industry search area (Not shown on pages with AdSense of course) because Google doesn't allow AdSense ads on pages with Search results
4. And some other ideas..
Can anyone add to this or shoot down any of these attempts to protect ourselves from our benevolent "Big Brother"?
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Personally, I've already submitted my AdSonar application, hoping that when they come on line with their program they will be a viable alternative to AdSense. I don't want to bite the hand that is feeding me, but options and competition make for a better world for everyone.
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Plus AdSonar ads are better then PSAs ;)

I'm glad to hear of your success, keep working hard at it :)

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I REALLY hate to be a wet blanket but..

.. whilst AdSense has been a great earner for me, I think that it would be wrong for anyone to "give up the day job" on the strength of it - or any other online income generator.

For security, everyone should have multiple income streams.

Remember, we are at the whim of..

* The advertisers
* Our page view traffic
* The CTR
* The EPC
* Google's policies and business strategies

All of these make us vulnerable. And this applies to any online - or offline - income source where we don't have strategy control.

Enjoy everything whilst it lasts.

But make NO assumptions about continuity.

End of "wet blanket" rave.

Sorry :-(

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I agree with you about the importance of having more than one revenue stream. I assume that you don't live in the United States, by the way--in the U.S., most people's day jobs aren't much more secure than revenue from AdSense ads!
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I too sing the praises of Adsense. I run a non-profit hobby site maintained 'for the love of it' but the income received - only around 25% of my full time salary - now makes it quite rewarding.

A strange new breed of websites is about to be unleashed as a result of Adsense - wesites built from the ground up - with Adsense income in mind!

I have just built 2 more genuine informative quality directories, just to catch Adsense income - and it seems that revenue income is now starting to trickle in.

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1. YAMT (Yet Another Me Too): installed Adsense on my site next day after it has been mentioned on WebmasterWorld and hoped it would pay for hosting. Now it can pay for 10 (really) xeon ded. servers. Oh happy me :)

2. Of course it makes no sense quiting full-time job only because of adsense, but adsense revenue can be wisely re-invested to make your business more stable in terms of other revenue streams (pay for content, create new sites, buy links (woops, did I say that? ;)))

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>but adsense revenue can be wisely re-invested to make your business more stable...

Second that! This is growth at its best.

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Like someone said about not having all your eggs in one basket. Those who did will suffer like those during the Great Depression.

Build assets. Get the cash flow going. That's how the rich become richer and the poor stay poor.

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Does playing on the world poker tour circuit count as income diversification? (One of the dreams I have now realized thanks to AdSense!)
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>>I agree with you about the importance of having more than one revenue stream. I assume that you don't live in the United States, by the way--in the U.S., most people's day jobs aren't much more secure than revenue from AdSense ads! <<

Have to agree with EFV on that.

It really is worth your time looking at additional revenue streams to Adsense on your sites.....otherwise you are very vulnerable to the ups and downs of the Adsense ride.

So if you want to avoid going back to the shingles then get searching for the other revenue streams

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Does playing on the world poker tour circuit count as income diversification?

<chortle> No wonder you thrive on the uncertainty and the ups and downs of AdSense!

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For security, everyone should have multiple income streams.

That's exactly what I like about Adsense. For me, AdSense is an additional revenue stream that reduces the pressure on my primary revenue streams. Although I would never bet my kids' education on AdSense, it's reassuring to know that I will probably have some cash coming in, 24/7, even if my other business activities flop.

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We have used adsense now for around 4 months and we are very happy as the site makes finally money. We do make money on affiliates commissions and as well on Amazon as we have the traffic but I am amazed about the size of the cheque's that are comming in. The affiliate payments we receive covers all bills and our house every month and Adsense is plain profit.

Thanks to Adsense and I finally believe after 9 years I am in the right business.

We are now looking for a nice house on a Greek Island for retirement.

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Adsense is cool. It has definitely changed my life.
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