My first Google AdSense check came in the mail this last weekend. For those that might not have read my profile, AdSense and I go back a few years, but those memories revolve around the company website that I spent time building and monetizing.
I was fortunate enough to have stumbled into AdSense, at the request of an employer who requested that I focus on increasing traffic to the company website. That led me down the long road of learning all about AdSense and creating online income.
The unfortunate part of this story is that I didn’t take advantage of creating a personal website of my own at the time. I was green to the web and just learning marketing aspects that were unique to the website experience. The AdSense earnings accrued so slowly that it never seemed an important priority to start my own website.
On top of all that, I had created a self-fulfilling prophecy for myself that I didn’t have anything to offer and could never be successful in creating online income for myself.
Fast forward a few years to today. Having just spent the first year of my adult life not working for someone else (as a stay at home Mom), I began several different online ventures with the immediate goal of creating income and the ultimate goal of creating $4000 a month within 5 years.
I created web-design101 to diary my experiences and share the process of creating income with others.
Web Design 101 was born of the many requests I receive from friends and clients in my local area, asking for help to design and monetize websites.
I want to help anyone who has an interest in creating passive online income that it really can be accomplished. I’m talking about an ongoing income that is large enough to live on and is an “auto-pilot” income, in such that you have to do very little to maintain, or even grow your earnings.
The keys are nothing more than knowledge, experience and committment. It’s eye opening to be a part of something that allows you to witness this first-hand. It first requires a complete belief in self that you can do this. It’s simply the only way that a person will have the drive necessary to keep moving forward even when doubt creeps in.
I’ve worked with dozens of others in creating online income and I’m now hoping to work with others online, who share in this desire.
Pictured below is my first AdSense check and it shows the profit I received for the month of August 2010.
The beauty of working online is that the more you learn, the more it increases your dollar. With the unfortunate system of employment that exists in most work environments today, the advantage of learning more and more usually contributes to the company’s dollar. Granted, it makes doing a particular job easier to perform, but that’s little incentive for many. At most, you hope to put yourself in a position to be noticed for a promotion. The reality for most though, is that a promotion will never come and the extra work put in might earn an extra grand a year, on top of the 3% cost of living increase labeled as a raise.
If you’re looking for a way out of “per hour income” and making money online is of interest to you, I recommend you start using AdSense first and looking to other popular affiliate programs as time goes on. If you don’t yet know how to create a website or blog, start learning now.
I’ve created this blog portion of the site to discuss monetizing a website. If you’re still needing to build one, visit the web-design101 home page, start there and come back when you’re up and running.
The most important piece of advice I can give to anyone just starting out is to be patient and stay focused. Success is waiting for anyone who has the patience to wait and the drive to keep going, despite occasional setbacks and failures.
The AdSense check above shows a small profit. It’s not meant to be boastful or proclaim a huge earnings from AdSense. After all, there are countless stories of internet professionals making thousands a month with AdSense. Instead, it’s a picture of a milestone achieved and a reminder to myself of the success that is to come.
The small amount here is the first reward of 40 hour work weeks over the course of the last two months. That’s hardly a fair return for the hours invested, but as any experienced online professional will tell you, the online ROI (return on investment) is comparative to long term investing, except you have to keep working all the while you’re waiting. It’s enough to scare the majority of new website owners off every time. If you understand and accept the sacrifice involved right from the start, you’re well ahead of the game and you are already on your way to success.
Hopefully, my story and the small AdSense check featured here can also serve to motivate someone else who might be considering a future in making money online. Google AdSense works. It’s not a scam and it’s not an easy way to get rich. It’s a very exciting and very real way to make money from your couch. It requires hard work and commitment but brings with it the freedom to be your own boss and the option of naming your own income. It all starts with simply registering a new domain name.
Check back in for my AdSense updates over the months or subscribe and receive an email when I publish new results. I’m looking forward to sharing positive results with many others!
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