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I found it tremendously increase my income as what I got in USD will be multiplied with 3.8
Roughly, it's 4 times.
Living in a low currency country compare to US Dollar is advantageous.
And I'll made an assumption that Britain will definitely get the lowest.
What do you think?
Yeah, I love to stay in Southeast Asia and with the monthly Adsense cheques I get a lot of Baht, Dongs, Rupiah, Ringgits and Pesos.
Now my final wish would be, that I could just increase my CTR and EPC a little bit more so that I could settle down on the Maldives, Seychelles or possible Barbados.
Unfortunately, the higher exchange benefits are eroded with the higher price of goods other than the basic neccessities, isn't it?
But if you have the almightly dollar that you receive on a monthly basis, even with the high inflation, life can be good. In the Philippines for example, the average ANNUAL income is around $2,762 (give or take a few). Imagine if you earn $3,000 per month from Adsense -- you earn in one month what an average Filipino earns in a year! You'd be living large with the Adsense money.
Ok, this thread is making me think of packing my bags and living in Southeast Asia :o)
But it's a warm feeling knowing that all my contributions aren't in vain and that some of it goes towards giving reprobate women free state sponsored plastic surgery, covering the police for sitting in laybys with speed traps, paying MEP generously for all that First Class travel they do to Brussels, subsidising London commuters by propping up the rail network, paying for 16 year old pregant girls to get free accomodation - and then paying for their b*stard kids to be educated, footing the salaries for Health and Safety officers to sue me when someone slips on an empty crisp packet that's blown into my car park, and for distributing free condoms to kids in schools.
Is Malasia taking immigrants? I'll bring my Adsense cheques with me. ;)
Malaysia is a really nice place .... at least Michelle Yeoh said so in the TV ads to promote the country tourism.
But is it really hot down there? B/c I can't stand heat.
Back to topic, I don't think living in a low currency country compare to US Dollar is advantageous. It really depends on the inflation and cost of living... just look at Japan and HK... maybe not HK, as they are experiencing a slugglish economy. It used to be that $7000 USD salary is not a lot in HK. Now, you are lucky to even get a job.
If you think about it for things like search engine marketing my ROI can be lower simply because my cost of living is lower.
Oh Irock, if you donít like the heat live in the mountains. I have frozen my butt off near the equator.
The living standard is very high and the cost of living is even lower then Thailand on many aspects such as housing etc.
Several years ago I was based in Singapore but the cost of living was so high that we decided to relocate our family business and earn the money off-shore.
Does your post relate to Geo-Tracking & displaying of advts by Adsense?
Or is your question related to currency conversion?
In the former case, you could host your website in an USA based datacenter, so you would get comparitively more hits from USA residents. (but that depends on the nature of your website)
For example, not all USA based advertisers select "All countries" option for displaying their Adwords.
So, if you drive more USA based traffic for USA advertisers your commissions on AdSense would be higher.
For the second case, everyone here has already posted the currency conversion advantage.
Don't worry, they're self financing...
It should be but I don't feel that the speed cameras/traps are fully self-financing because in addition to the revenues they get from speeding I still do find that a big chunk of my council tax and business rates go to the police. Considering they don't do much else around here I can only conclude that the speeding fines are pocket money and my taxes go to paying their salaries.
Banking the money is not troublesome, it's tax free as mentioned and my bank charges $15 to cash it. So the cheques need to be a bit sizeable to make it worth it. I'm always wary of joining indie aff. programs or using Linkshare because of this. Initially my bank were very suspicious of the Adsense cheque, never heard of Google, but fine after the first time.
On the whole though, in my case anyway, I'd say I gain, and probably will eventually be able to move family to Australia with a good stash.
For a friend of my in Dubai I purchased 200 Samsung L870 Camcorders today that he sells to his users on an Arabic auction site.
A Singapore company gave me a price of USD 269 per unit, Hong Kong USD 239.50 and I bought the units for USD 179 in Bangkok and they are shipped from Hong Kong.
I would chase the Dragons in Hong Kong if I had to decide between Singapore and Hong Kong.
I think it is more important to be in a place you like and feel comfortable. But there are large advantages to living outside the so called first world.