It took 5 months to finally earn it but I received my first payment from Google Adsense yesterday. I hit the magical US$100 mark in early April and continued to grow from there until the payment owing was more than half that again.
I’m not telling you this to brag but to let you know that my experiment of an online home based business is on track.
I started blogging for profit after I met Darren Rowse on a youth pastor’s tour of Melbourne. He was in the process of setting up his own church while supplementing his income from blogging. I couldn’t understand how anyone could ever make money from blogging (I thought they were online rants from people with serious issues) but after checking it out I started to think that maybe this was possible.
My first month I earned a whopping US$1.51 but while it may have been miniscule versus the investment of time, it certainly was an optimistic peek into the realms of possibility. I did this with a blogger.com blog but soon realised that if I was going to start making any decent money I would have to set myself up a little more professionally.
I now run three blogs on different topics and average about an hour and a half of posting and stat checking time per day. I don’t turn my computer on at all on Sunday so it’s only a 6 day per week affair. While I could push myself further and achieve even better returns at the moment, I choose to operate within these time limitations because I have other priorities which also require time from me.
Here’s my monthly earnings from just Google.
If you want more info on how to monetize your blogs I would refer you to Darren’s blog.