Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.198.164.83

Forum Moderators: incrediBILL & martinibuster

Message Too Old, No Replies

Started Late trying to suppliment pension

Older people getting on the bandwagon

     
10:18 am on Mar 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 16, 2005
posts:118
votes: 0


I've had my site up for over five years now. It's a site to bring together folks from the place of my birth - truly a labour of love. I was very happy to discover Google's Adserve recently and I'm on my way to my first cheque.

Any other oldies out there in retirement with little education struggling to suppliment the pension?

runaweb

7:08 pm on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Inactive Member
Account Expired

 
 


Greetings everyone. This as good a thread as any to introduce myself. I have lurked for about 6 months now and have enjoyed it greatly. 38 years old.

Have run a pretty successful company for 10 years. Had a knack for the web and then got completely addicted to web design and promotion about 4 years ago. I love the game of it all.

12:48 am on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 17, 2004
posts:9
votes: 0


46 here, started a local directory as a hobby in 1999, did not make a dime off it until joining adsense last April. Yes it is addicting trying to make a little more each month. I have a long way to go to meet my goals for my site. Upstate NY here also.
6:16 pm on Mar 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jetteroheller is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Jan 22, 2005
posts:3052
votes: 6


[ I was talking about investments for the next economic depression: gold, silver, real estate, tangibles and paying off debts (which they are now). ]

In a depression, this are the first items loosing strong in value.

Imagine the crude oil price doubles to $110.
In this situation is best to have a complete solar energy house with aircondition for warm and solar energy based heating system for cold areas.

2:59 am on Mar 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member annej is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 17, 2002
posts:3318
votes: 0



What a fun thread. It's great to see so many people of different ages all sharing ideas on this site.

I'm 62 and remember hauling around boxes of punch cards to the big computer on campus. I've been online ever since there was such a thing as online beyond just for scientists. (DH is the scientist in this family) Remember Compuserve when it just got started? It cost a fortune to look up just one little thing.

I started with a hobby site in 1996 that now brings in some nice AdSense and Amazon retirement spending money.

I think it's a bit of a myth that retired people are just sitting around. I guess there are some like that but for most of us we finally have time to do all those things we love doing.

6:53 am on Mar 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 18, 2004
posts:232
votes: 0


I'll be 60 this year; left my job about 6 years ago and started my website. There's been no turning back since, moreso now that Adsense has provided me with a very sizeable retirement income that I could never had earned even with my management job. Now, a couple more years of Adsense and I could start scouting for my own island to retire to :o)
7:08 am on Mar 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 11, 2004
posts:1062
votes: 0


In a depression, this are the first items loosing strong in value.

No, paper money and stocks are the first to lose their value.

Gold was valuable 5,000 years ago and it will be valuable for the next millenium, more so when the depression comes.

Heck, look at the price of gold rising over the last 2 years since the dollar has been tanking from record breaking twin deficits.

While looking for alternative energy resources is wise too, energy is not the only aspect of a depression to consider.

MikeNoLastName, - while that may be true, I'd rather not even have the concern. It's a gamble I don't even want to get involved in.

12:10 pm on Mar 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

10+ Year Member

joined:July 14, 2004
posts:134
votes: 0


I never give my age online, but suffice it to say I'm not the youngest, not the oldest. Somewhere middlish. ;-)

I first started making web sites a long time ago. When I first got on the Internet I immediately was drawn to making web sites because they were productive—I was doing something—I wasn't just noodling around the Internet, waiting to be entertained (not that I am knocking that—we all do that sometimes!).

Back then, I'd make crummy little Geocities sites just about whatever interested me, just for the fun of it. Never expected much to come of them. Then a few of my simple Geocities (about favorite interests and hobbies) started to get some kind of encouraging responses, and one day I figured, "Hey. I think I will make a whole domain site about these subjects. It's something to do." That seems to be my justification for a lot of things. It's something to do. Better than staring at the walls.

So I made these "big" sites, and added and added to them. Learned a lot along the way. It was a blast.

One day, about two years ago, I was talking to a family member about the Next Big Computer Thing I wanted to buy, and she said (paraphrasing), "This is too expensive. You are wasting too much money on this hobby. You need to stop doing this." I was hurt by what she said, but I had no intention of giving up on the sites. But I understood why she said what she did. I was spending a lot of money just to "have something to do." (But then again, isn't that what most hobbies are? Spending money to kill time with something you enjoy?)

Then about a week later, I got the shock of my life when an ad agency working for HUGE company (you see their ads on TV all the time) wanted to use a picture from one of my sites for an ad campaign. Lots of money (well, lots to me) was involved. All of a sudden my passion for making web sites changed from "money pit" to "helping pay the bills."

Ever since then, little by little, my sites have been earning me more and more. I decided to sign up with Amazon.com as an affiliate. (I was linking to a lot of their books anyway, so why not?) Then I signed up with Adsense. Now I can honestly call this one of my "jobs." I won't go so far to say that I think this is how I will earn all my income from now on, but it's gotten to the point where I can no longer say that it's just "something to do." I earn real money from this. There's a potential for more.

My personal formula is to write about what I am interested in, what I love, and keep doing it. If I am interested in one particular thing and a web search on the subject leaves me feeling unsatisfied, that's the next subject for me to write about. I've had some really amazing results from doing this, over and over again. It's the coolest thing. And the best thing of all is, nobody knows what your "qualifications" are, or how old (or young) you are—if you do your research, are passionate about your subject, you will get a good response from your efforts.

9:20 pm on Mar 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:May 10, 2003
posts:929
votes: 13


>>...ad agency working for HUGE company (you see their ads on TV all the time) wanted to use a picture from one of my sites for an ad campaign. Lots of money (well, lots to me) was involved...

Gee. We get requests at least once a month, from major magazines, books (text, history) even marketing agencies, to use our photos and even after we said "sure" just for the price of a mention in a byline, THEN they still wanted US to jump through hoops providing them with their preferred formats, copies of negatives, etc. We had to get to the point of just saying, 'NO' because it wasn't worth our time.

Freedom: Sounds like you're already mostly on the right track to preparing for either scenario. I'm holding off on additional real estate until the major foreclosures start in a few years. ;) As far as other commodities, my grandfather always told me... 'you can eat a chicken, but you can't eat gold, but you don't have to constantly feed gold either.'

1:32 am on Mar 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

10+ Year Member

joined:July 14, 2004
posts:134
votes: 0


We get requests at least once a month, from major magazines, books (text, history) even marketing agencies, to use our photos and even after we said "sure" just for the price of a mention in a byline, THEN they still wanted US to jump through hoops providing them with their preferred formats ...
My goodness. How obnoxious of them.

I don't get these sorts of requests as frequently as you do (I suspect my site is not as high-profile as yours), but when a person is not sounding like they are willing to talk payment, I usually ignore them. I mean, it's okay to let them use your picture for the byline (I've done that), but if they make it too much of a hassle and act like they're doing you a favor--you're right, it's not worth it.

11:39 am on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Nov 28, 2003
posts:1175
votes: 0


85% adsense, and the rest AM. Loving it. I'm in my mid-late 20's and was fed up already with working 50 hours/week and having as a prospect only more work and more hours. Found out a niche that's been giving me a nice income. Quit my job last September. Went to the UK for a month, with expenses paid by the site while I was travelling. (if travelling was ever a money pit with the double hit where you dont earn and you spend, well not anymore:)). Came back to the US,and now I'm off to Europe again for 8 months. All I need is a laptop and internet , and pick a place to live on the map :)

Someone tell me of a job where I can do that!.. I'm spoiled! Never going back to being a working stiff, even if I go down I'll fight my way up.

12:33 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member trillianjedi is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 15, 2003
posts:7254
votes: 0


Welcome to WebmasterWorld camweh.

I think there's a few people on here that'll be retiring early as a result of what they've learned here, be it through AdSense or other forms of monetising their sites.

Congrats on your cheque, I hope it's the first of many.

TJ

12:49 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 29, 2004
posts:7
votes: 0


I'm 62 and have so far managed to successfully supplement a meagre pension with website income. I can't see myself ever retiring though. It takes a lot of work to keep the income coming in.

There are plenty of ups and downs and sometimes I only just make enough each month to meet the bills. But, I'm having a great time :-) This whole internet business has transformed my life.

1:16 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 27, 2005
posts:2
votes: 0


I'm 60 and unemployable...or so it seems. I've been making ends meet doing handyman jobs and at the same time trying to get my adsense website up and running.

I tried a affiliate site a few years ago...but never did any good with it. Hopefully, adsense will make the difference.

Over the years, I have written many DIY articles and am in the process of converting to webpages.

Site will go live in the next two months barring any unseen catastrophes.

Good luck to all...jimmymc

7:10 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Oct 21, 2002
posts:1051
votes: 0


So how many of us are there who are 60 or over? How many from the UK?

HarryM (68 from UK)

This 74 message thread spans 3 pages: 74