A$208.91 – My First Adsense Payment

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.


  1. Congratulation Stuart – that’s a nice graph!
    keep up that type of monthly growth and you’ll fit some nice money pretty quickly!
    btw – I got your email and it’s high on my list of replies to send shortly – sorry about the delay but it’s been a full on few weeks.
    Glad to hear thigns are going well for you!

  2. Congrats mate, I bet you’re glad you met Darren huh?.
    I hope it’s the first of many growing payments :)

  3. Congrats on the first check! It always feels good getting the first one. There are plenty of other good PPC and affiliate programs out there so be sure to check them out.

  4. Congrats Stuart!
    I just followed the link from Darren’s site, and discovered it’s your site he’s talking about!
    I already read your Gardening blog, and had spotted this one before, but forgot about it again, oops!
    I’ll add it to my link list of WA Blogs on my new blog!
    Oh, and too Bloglines too, because saving money is one of my hobbies!!
    Of to see what the third blog is about…. :)

  5. hi,
    Read about you at problogger and checked out on your blog.
    CONGRATULATIONS. I will be visiting again at your site to learn more.

  6. I’ve got you beat! My first month I did $1.91!
    Encouraging to know it can ramp up quickly from there. Congratulations.

  7. That’s pretty inspiring, Stuart. I’m new at this monetizing stuff, having run another blog for a couple of years. Your graph really shows just how much of a learning curve there is. ;)

  8. Congrats! Roby
    BTW Its an inspiring post for new adsense bees.

  9. Hey Stuart – First time visitor here, but I’m happy to make your acquaintance. Just wanted to say well done on your earnings! I’m at the $5.00 mark now, and I’m happy happy happy about it. I hope my graph will look like yours and Darren’s.
    Keep up the good work and I hope your graph goes straight on up!

  10. Hi guys and girls.
    Thanks for all dropping by and taking the time to look at my blog. I feel extremely honoured by your interest.
    Matt – There are times and people that cross your life’s path which can sometimes change the course of it. I’m thinking that meeting and hearing Darren may have been one of those moments.
    Simone – I’ve been to your blog as I’ve had a few people journey to my gardening one from yours. Love your work.
    Mike – cheers for the tip. I’m playing around with some on my other blogs.
    Trent – way to go dood. Just laugh on the inside when your mates mock your “HUGE” monthly earnings.

  11. Darren does tours? :P
    It’s great to see enthusiasm in this business Stuart, keep up the good work.

  12. Well done on your first payout!
    Sticking at it is the key, even when things sometimes trail backwards a little!
    I remember my first payment from Google and since then it has been up and up.
    Keep up the great work and I look forward to following more of the same from you :)

  13. Thanks for the compliment Stuart!
    Well, Money 2 Keep is now added as well, so hopefully you’ll get a bit more traffic (though I think you’ll do much better with Darren’s link, lol ;) )
    Enjoy your weekend away (good post!)
    p.s. apologies for the spelling mistakes in previous comment! Argh!

  14. Hey, great going mate! I certainly hope one day i’ll join your leaque.
    BTW, can I link you?

  15. Congrats. What nest. I think it will be sooner.

  16. i thought ur not suppose to reveal the total income from adsense?

  17. Congrats to you! As a new blogger/adsense user, you have given me hope that my work will pay off eventually ;) .

  18. One big tip: make that big image at the top of your page clickable – and link it to your main weblog page.
    Somewhat burried to the right are links to categories and archives, but I don’t think I’ve seen a single link to the main page.
    Well, back to editing the URL :-)

  19. Congrats! Looks like your hard work is starting to pay off!

  20. Ha! You’ve made it! The Rouseimator has you on the blog, what a cooo! Well done Stu, I hope you took your wife out for dinner on the earnings.

  21. Calvin – Google has no problem with you sharing the gross amounts you earn as stated in s7 para.(c) of the TOS. It states, “You may accurately disclose the amount of Google’s gross payments to You pursuant to the Program.”
    They just don’t like you sharing your CTR, eCPM or pageviews required to make that amount of money.

  22. Congarts,
    This is an inspiring story. Ultimately slow but steady wins. Keep it up Stuart.
    I have bookmarked this page and will recommend to my friends.

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