I didn’t really believe it at first, but there it was, in my hands: a paycheck from Google. Yes, I said Google, the top ranked search engine website in the world! They are currently worth $190 billion, and I am now not only associated with them, but I am receiving paychecks from them. I have to say, it’s a feeling I never knew would be so special.
So, now the question is, “What was the check for and how much was it?!” I wish I could tell you that they bought me out for millions because I were a threat to their company’s profitability, but we all probably know that wasn’t the case. Maybe someday…. 🙂
The truth is simple. A few months after I started my site, I decided to monetize it with Google Adsense, where Google is basically the intermediary between advertisers and the host sites. The advertiser pays a predetermined amount per click, and the mighty search engine keeps roughly half of the profits and gives the host site (that’s me) the other half.
When I first signed up, I figured that I would be making $500 a month within the first 6 months (I even made an exponential chart of my projections….yes, I am slightly nerdy…). This was severely inaccurate. Since I began utilizing these ads, I have made $118.59 total in 9 months. The check is below to prove it.
Honestly though, this was probably some of the easiest money I ever made. I started the site in my spare time one day, I had fun writing the articles, and the Google Adsense was set up once and I never changed it again.
You Can Do It Too!
You should know that Google Adsense is not the only income for a website. There are tons of other ways to make an income. You can work directly with advertisers and have paid links/images on your site. There are also affiliate marketers that will pay you if someone buys their product through your site. Just these two avenues alone produce many income opportunities!
Have you been thinking about starting your own site? Pretty soon, you could be holding a check from Google just like mine (the pay gets better in time, trust me). Plus, you could be making more money online than you do at your full-time job. I’ve heard the story time and time again, and now I’m well on my way too!
How I Got Started
When I signed up, I researched the site that had the cheapest monthly expense and the best customer service. The result: iPage. It’s been great for me, and if you’re thinking about getting started, they are an excellent web-host for the money. Plus, they offer you a free domain name with your sign-up. The total package for the first year can cost as little as $44.
My cousin and my brother actually just started their own sites with iPage as well. My cousin started her site, “World of Finance“, and my brother just started his site, “Lessons of Leadership” (he just started it up a few days ago, so we still have to pretty it up). They are both loving it and I couldn’t be more proud of them.
If you are at all worried about starting your own site, don’t be. It’s a great experience where you’ll meet many friends and can potentially rake in some dough at the same time. Good luck! 🙂
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.