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Started Late trying to suppliment pension

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

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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?

10:25 am on Mar 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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hey camweh welcome to webmasterworld

congrats on getting your first cheque ;)

I dont know of any oldies with little education struggling to suppliment their pension but there are plenty of younger ones in the same boat just trying to earn a little extra money

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I can't even imagine what people do with all their time when they totally retire. I can't think of a better occupation/pastime/endeavor than doing and promoting websites.

Just because people retire or the numbers go up chronologically doesn't mean they have to get "old" and keeping up with sites, maintaining content and having to continue promoting or optimizing - and even hustling after some income - means staying on top of things in a dynamic, exciting environment.

Oh, and congratulations on the check! I think those have to be about the sweetest checks to get; somehow there's something very special about them.

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Well done Camweh! I am still in Scotland what area do you write about? I got into this business after losing my job through redundancy (in November 2001). Age discrimination is not against the law here and at my age there are few real job opportunities no matter what qualifications you may have.

Basically I had to make the decision to take a low paid, menial job, retire or go self employed. I chose the latter and I am now earning more than I did in my last job. The down (up?) side of this is that now I don't ever see myself retiring. I work from a home office and I am now the boss and I can make all my own decisions. This is great but I probably work double the hours I once did, albeit at home.

I can take holidays when I want (as long as there Internet access available)!

Keep up the good work and keep looking for "e" opportunities. There may not be as many as there once were but they are still around. Who knows you may become a grey millionaire.

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Welcome Camweh!

I imagine any number of folks could generate nice sized Adsense checks to supplement their pensions. We certainly talk about it in our house as we are pretty close to retirement age.

Congratulations on getting started.

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Hi Folks, Thanks for the encouragement. Can't ever see me making big bucks but it sure is nice to get something to supplement my hobby. Looking forward to learning more through these great forums.
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I'll be 60 in May and don't consider myself retired however I'm now covering about 70% of our AdWords spend for our main business with AdSense.

Our original idea, 18 years ago, was retirement but it's funny how things work out.

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We certainly talk about it in our house as we are pretty close to retirement age.

My wife and I are both in our 40's and I clocked out of the corporate world about 6 years ago into something called self-employment. Then my web site started making as much money as I was earning with custom programming work and the light went off "idiot, you're working to hard".

We're talking about both of us taking an early "web retirement" in the next 2-3 years, just mess with a few of our own web sites when we feel like it and run around doing whatever we want the rest of the time.

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camweh, welcome to the forum and congrats on taking your first steps to bringing in more money.

One of the great things about this industry is that it doesn't really matter what age you are, or what formal education you have, you can still make a go of it on an even footing. Indeed, the old saying 'There's no point getting older if you don't get any wiser' probably means that you have an advantage over some of the more youthful folk around here :)

Hang out on the forum a while and I suggest you'll find the average age is somewhat older than you'd initially suspect.

Good luck!

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Anybody game for posting their age?

I'm 40... ;-)

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I always thought I was one of the oldest members. I figured most members were in their 20's, like my kids.

"Anybody game for posting their age?"

Sure, 48

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59, and gleefully looking forward to getting old!
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A whopping 44.....

shoot me now, my butt has a wrinkle

2:19 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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welcome camweh and other senior members
i am 26 .

i would like to see
who would be the youngest and oldest person of this forum?

2:37 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Welcome Camweh!

Once you have experienced the rush of making your hobby into an income it becomes very addictive :)

I would love to get my parents into websites, but they believe they are too old...NOT! It is amazing how many of the barriers of regular employment vanish with this type of opportunity.

It is amazing to make your labor of love also provide more than food on the table!

Oh, Age 39

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51, and still waiting for the snow to melt and the weather to warm up so I can ride my 12-speed and play some hoops!

I live in upstate NY (I have family here, but I'm leaving by fall.) and I can't remember March beeing so consistenly teasing. Every day for the past two weeks has been almost exactly the same. Partly sunny (that alone is odd), but cold (30-38). This weeks looks like more of the same. I need 10 degrees more. Is that too much to ask?

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47 years young here.

and there's still snow on the ground in Ontario!

3:47 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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55 and snow again this weekend wisconsin

I must admit when i first started as a spring chicken at big 50 it was to get away from the corporation world and I couldnt wait to retire

now 55 and I wonder will I ever retire
not in the traditional sense I like what I do and work 70+ hours every week , but have just bought a boat so will semi retire this summer and work maximum of 20hrs per week to concentrate on fishing and relaxing

The great thing about the internet is it provides an equal opportunity to all ages / backgrounds / colors / religions / countries .

and you can decide how much you want to earn and go for it .
The only limits to what you can achieve is YOU

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4:31 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We've already had a UPS club. Do we want an AdSense 55 as in Freedom 55? The membership for UPS is around 10 to 20 on this forum. Does anyone guess how many members will be qualified for the Adsense 55? I would say the same as UPS.

I know three members qualified for the AdSense 55 club already.

Tropical Island
Steve40
Ken_b

[edited by: FromRocky at 4:54 am (utc) on Mar. 21, 2005]

4:32 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We got the AdSense AARP, that's for sure! ;-P
4:40 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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FromRocky
I suspect the UPS club is much higher than that on this forum more like 100 - 200 most just don't tell

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4:58 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Steve40,
So, 20-20 is the range of members qualified for both clubs, the UPS and AdSense 55. I changed my estimation.
5:09 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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welcome camweh.

I just turned 24 in last month. Webmasters in this forum are much older than I what I expected.

6:05 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wow...there really are alot of OLD people here :)

I was born in 1980 and hope to retire by 2010...my definition of retirement is being able to do what I want for work regardless of how much money I make. So far, I've almost managed to make the UPS club as a one man show out of my spare bedroom... I would say that for the most part I am doing what I want to do for work, but money is still an issue...

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No wonder this forum is valuable. I got most of my webmarketing skills from this forum, even though I do not participate much. Its thanks to all of you guys that I am seeing results.
8:33 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'd qualify for the AdSense 55, with a few years as a cushion.

I've never even thought of retirement, though. Writers don't retire; they just keep typing until the ribbon wears out. (And if you don't understand that metaphor, you're obviously not old enough for the AdSense 55!)

8:36 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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58 here. Wishing I was retired so that I could spend those 40+ extra hours each week working on my sites.
8:38 am on Mar 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am 21 and not in UPS club. I am making enough to pay for College and majoring in Comp Science. I am having a dilemma in choosing whether to get a CS related job after graduation or continue with this website business because I am currently making enough to live a decent life. I don't post often, but I do lurk often. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge and wisdom.
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30, but no UPS member (yet).
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