My First $100 AdSense Check

5 Oct

Amy with Google AdSense CheckMy 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.

First AdSense Check

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 online ROI is comparative to long term investing, except you have to keep working all the while you’re waiting.

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!



Amy Kastner is a Web-Designer who is passionate about design and helping others.
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  1. Ben October 7, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    Great article Amy! I started my blog back in July and have earned about $25 to this day with Adsense. I think it might be time for an overhaul, rethink my strategy. Check out my site if you like, any tips would be greatly appreciated. My site is

  2. Amy October 8, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. What I liked most about your comment is that you didn’t sound discouraged. You just recognize that you may have to take a different approach and test results with those other methods. Recognizing what doesn’t work, and then changing it up until it does is the key to making it all work.. and it’s different for everyone.

    I left a comment on your site as well. It’s a great site and you’ve done a very good job so far.

    Keep me updated on your progress!

  3. janwong October 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Congratulations, Amy on your first 100 bucks from adsense! I’m sure there will be more to come! Perhaps you may want to share your secret of your success? I’ll definitely want to read it Smile

    Oh, I’m also following you on Twitter now so that I won’t miss out on your updates!

    • Amy October 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi janwong. I don’t know if I have a particular “secret” but working on my site 25 hours a day seems to have helped. Smile Honestly, I have to force myself to step away from design and marketing and I think I’m spending equal amounts of time at both.

      All that said, my AdSense check can be deemed pretty measly by many bloggers, who are making thousands a month, such as John Chow (over $30,000 a month that I last heard) or Darren Rowse of However, I learned early on that what works for one may simply not work for another so each person has to find what works best for him/her. I target long tail keywords and that’s driving most of my traffic. Keyword research takes some time to learn but it is well worth it.

      By the way, I think you have a great site. It’s very professional looking with great content. One key element that you’re not hitting on is a subscriber’s list. Burn your feeds to feedburner and start collecting emails from your visitors. I was ready to subscribe, only to realize you didn’t provide that option. The average surfer doesn’t use RSS so alerting them by email when you create a new article should be a must for all bloggers. Outside of that, keep doing what you’re doing and I firmly believe that success will find you! Don’t be afraid to change things up and experiment though. It’s all about finding out what does and doesn’t work.

      • janwong October 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

        Hi Amy, glad to know that your tremendous effort worked for you! I’m pretty sure there are many of us out there in similar situations – spending too much time on blogging / design vs marketing.

        I have to agree that everyone has their own niche and it may not be ‘it’ for everyone. I think your success is an inspiration for many out there – a very good start. Hopefully you’ll be able to achieve a higher payout on the following month! Smile

        Thank you for the kind words and advice! It is only a couple of weeks ‘young’ but it is picking up by the day. Just in case you’re wondering, I’m @jwongjk on Twitter Smile

        Have an awesome day ahead!

  4. Amy October 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank you, Janwong.

    By the way.. I was updating my comment while you were leaving yours, so please be sure to see my addition regarding feedburner.
    Thank you! Have a wonderful day!

  5. janwong October 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Wow, you reply really quick! And great advice, I’ll do that right away! I’ve just put up an email subscription link and will proceed with tweaking it a little after posting this reply Smile
    Perhaps you can drop by again later to give it a shot?

    Thanks once again!

  6. nisha January 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I have got 5 checks from google so far and 6th become due just this month, but I have put sending checks on hold to get bigger check Smile It is sure working and I also hope to get a grand a month as views and clicks are increasing with number of posts between various sites.

    Lets goooo!!

  7. Greg March 17, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday. I enjoyed your tips on AdSense.

  8. Sandra May 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi Amy!
    Great article and congratulations for your first Adsense check 2 years back now.
    So how are you doing towards your goal today? How are your Adsense revenues looking like?
    Let us know. It will encourage us Smile

  9. Darlene Shelton September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I’m jealous. I want one. Smile