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What are your favorite inspirational threads/articles?
I'm thinking of stories of people quitting their day job, how they did it, how long it took, what they did... etc
What do you recommend she should do to get started?
Everyone likes the idea of a residual income popping into the bank account each month. Not one of them has actually succeeded in producing a functioning site.
Inspiration is not what is needed. Perspiration and determination is.
You just do it. Or not.
...inspirational stories for a friend who's curious about making money online...
If it's only about the money then honestly, it's easier to just go to work at a regular job. Your friend will make alot more money, alot easier with a 9-to-5 than with AdSense.
You could point out that it's a fun hobby. If your friend gets into it, then that's great.
Adsense per se is not fun; making money from Adsense per se is not fun (spending it is, though).
But it is fun to create the content, to write your pages, to get honest positive feedback, to see your site grow. The financial aspects are nice, but if you intend to make money with an Adsense site then your friend might end up as MFA site. Which is definietly not fun.
For the noobs - $20 a day is possible [webmasterworld.com]
My story of success. [webmasterworld.com]
You too can make $5.35/hour with AdSense? [webmasterworld.com]
My adsense Story - 9 months [webmasterworld.com]
If anyone hear finds good threads, please do post them here.
The answers you got were also intended to be helpful. Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Inspiration is a dream, the impetus to start doing something.
But until you get down to doing something you can be as inspired as you want. I know of people here who have been inspired for years and still have not managed to get very much done with what they have been inspired about. (And, to be honest, that was me a few years ago as well...)
Inspiration is also tempered by reality. And the reality is that if you don't get out and get something done, then the "making money with Adsense" won't happen.
And if you take the inspirational stories, without taking the time and effort to "read-read-read" (as one person above put it), then you may end up like one of the original posters of a thread that you quoted.
Their last contribution to WebmasterWorld was "Banned from Adsense for click Fraud".
I just completed my first motion picture screenplay - 90 pages of handcrafted descriptions and dialogue. When I started I was "just" inspired and wanted to write that thing, get it off my head. After all, it could not be that difficult. Others have done it before. I could not have been more wrong, because soon I learned all the nitty-gritty details of actually writing a screenplay.
It took me four years to finally reach THE END. Phases of writers block. Phases of re-writing.
Today, I think that the process of writing a screenplay is very very similar to the process of developing a web page. All the inspiration will not bring your friend there. All the "I wish I would" thinking will not bring your friend anywhere. Especially if MONEY is the core motivation.
It just takes hard work and some skills to develop a web site and bring traffic to it. Unless, of course, your friend "just" wants to earn money. Then I suggest to proceed down the MFA path, with all the inevitable consequences (e.g. posting a "I've been banned" thread here).
- 9to5 will make you more money
- don't do adsense starting with 'how much money I will make', i promise you, 99% of the time that won't work
- don't even think about picking topics that pay most
The inspiration should come from a topic you love to write about.. not like, LOVE. it has to be your passion, and adsense, in turn, will help you monetize a well-written site. For example, I started my site in 2000, i built and worked on it day and night, all my spare time, and finally moved to my own domain in '05 and added adsense about 9 months later, when it was fully established on it's own. Now site is 2 years with adsense and I'm making a nice bonus in addition to my 9-5 job.
Last thing - I too tried to get others inspired, but it never worked for me either. People are lazy! They don't want to commit, they don't want to put in the time required, they don't want to educate themselves, they just want to see money come their way with minimal effort.
[edited by: FrostyMug at 5:52 am (utc) on July 30, 2007]
I used to think doing this was relatively easy. Trying to actually explain it to people made me realize how complex good web publishing really is. There is a HUGE learning curve and you need to really love doing this and put a lot of time and effort into reading boards and guides to get going. You also need a lot of patience and to be prepared to work hard and make nothing for months, if not years, while you learn.
I have to say though, I was never a fan of "write about what you love". I think the love here should be for the game of web publishing, not necessarily for the topic you're writing about. I feel it's perfectly legitimate to write about bank loans if you want to try that niche in adsense. You don't have to have a passion about bank loans, but you do still need to have a passion about your site. Hope that makes sense :)
The true secret to AdSense, or anything else in life, is to work SMART. not hard!
I know many sit around cranking out articles all day while I crank out naps.
Vacation for a week or two? No problemo.
Sitting around in a vegatative state of inebriation for days? No problemo.
Others create my content for me, I'm the SEO dude that makes the content rank, and I rake in the loot and spend days over leisurely lunches with lots of beer :)
Yes, I do have to do some work now and then, reply to a few emails, to keep the site successful but nothing of the scale I read others do with all the writing and such, crazy talk!
The concept is THINK before you do.
Make a plan, hopefully one with as little work in it as possible, then execute that plan and make it work.
But what I'm looking for are your favorite inspirational threads from this forum.
Is there any threads that has inspired you lately?
Here are some I like:
Did Adsense change your life? (I really love that one. )
Is life funded by Adsense fun for you?
My First $1 Day!
just quit my job [webmasterworld.com...]
Have you quit your job yet?