Making Money Online With Google AdSense, My Journey To 500 Dollars A Month

When I started out with Google AdSense in November 2007, I could never have anticipated that I'd be earning $500 per month with it. Now that I am, it is satisfying to know that even if I don't do a thing going forward, that I can expect to earn around that much or more, consistently, month after month. The journey to 500 dollars per month hasn't been an easy one. There was a major setback along the way (which I'd discuss later in this article) - along with other minor difficulties. However, the fact that I persevered through all of those difficulties has ensured that I can now write this hub and share my success. Another reason for writing this hub is to encourage those of you out there who wish to make money online, yet are unsure if they have what it takes. Well, I can tell you this much - you most definitely can make money online with Google AdSense and I am a testament to that fact. Bear in mind also that I am not an expert in search engine optimization (SEO) or keyword research, so there is hope for those of you who are not experts but just ordinary individuals (like me).

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The Beginning - Stumbling Upon Google AdSense - First Steps

I started with AdSense in November 2007. Not sure how I got to know about it. Certainly wasn't through HubPages, which I joined in January 2008. I guess I was just lucky to have gotten around to learning about what GA was and how one can make money using it. I did not have a website up and running for years. I created my website about 1 or 2 months before joining AdSense and so I did not have any head start in terms of existing traffic to my website that I could capitalize on. It was hard work initially to get word out on my website. I read up on articles on how to get traffic to my website and implemented a few of the basic strategies. I kept away from any paid programs or traffic exchange programs to drive traffic artificially. My goal was to get organic (search engine) traffic and I figured the best way to get that is to write quality content that people would be interested in and would find useful.

AdSense Earnings - The Initial Few Months - Slow Yet Steady

My AdSense earnings the first month (November 2007) was approx $8. Not much you'd think, but I thought it was a good start. Not bad for the first month, is it? My earnings for the next couple of months hovered about that range. February 2008 was a milestone month for me - For the first time ever, I crossed $50 in earnings for a single month.

Reaching Payout - My first 100 Dollars

At the end of my fifth month, my earnings had crossed the $100 payout threshold. Those of you who have reached the payout figure would know what I felt. It was a fantastic feeling to know that you'd be getting your first check from AdSense. And so it was - I received my first check from GA the following month for approx $110. It seemed everything was going along fine and I was looking forward to reaching my next payout. I reached the payout threshold earlier this time around - in just 3 months. I had about $150 plus due for payment. I was eagerly awaiting my next check when it happened.......

The Dreaded Message - AdSense Account Disabled - What? How?

I surely didn't expect this to happen!! Here I was working hard towards getting the word out on my website, adding content, tweaking my website layouts, reading up on optimization tips on the AdSense Blog and implementing it, basically devoting a significant amount of time towards making the most of AdSense, and then I am told that my account is disabled!! I had done nothing to warrant this. I had been above board and been 100% honest.  Nothing could have been more disheartening and heartbreaking. It was a sinking feeling. I thought all was lost. I had done nothing wrong - followed the rules - so why??  Lots of questions, but no answers!!

Picking Myself Up and Appealing for Reinstatement!!

As disheartened and down as I was, I knew I had done nothing wrong, and hence, I decided to appeal. People say the chances of reinstatement are slim and so I was anxious about being reinstated - even though I knew I had done nothing to deserve being banned. It was an anxious wait. Days turned into weeks and I was losing hope of being reinstated; however, truth finally prevailed and I received the good news of being reinstated back. It took approximately 5 weeks to hear back from GA, but I wasn't complaining. I had done nothing wrong and so justice was done, finally. The following month, I got approx $235 in earnings that were held due to my account being disabled. My perseverance had succeeded and I could now concentrate on the job at hand - optimizing my websites and writing useful content once again.

Back To Work Again - Tweaking, Optimizing, Experimenting

I was now receiving my AdSense checks once in 2 months, which was better than getting it in 3 months or 5 months, but obviously, the best thing would have been to get it monthly. So, that was my next goal. Getting traffic was the key and also optimizing AdSense ads on my website (non-HubPages obviously), and most importantly adding useful content that my audience would be interested in. I did all of the above and promoted my website some more - without automation, this was hard but I was determined to not take any shortcuts. Looking back, am glad I kept it clean and above board. Honestly, I don't know any other way - so it was a given in a sense that I would not use any dishonest methods at getting traffic.

Most Significant Milestones in My Google AdSense Journey

Month & Year
Milestone Reached
March 2008
Reached payout (got my first check)
January 2009
Reached $100 per month
September 2009
Reached $200 per month
May 2010
Reached $300 per month
August 2010
Reached $400 per month
September 2010
Reached $500 per month
October 2012
Reached $600 per month

A Thank You to AdSense - Been a Lovely Journey Thus Far!!

I've tried other similar programs and affiliate programs, but nothing has come close to the performance of GA. It has worked the best for me. I've benefited immensely from their video tutorials and resource articles at their blogs and forums. Also, programs such as "Webmaster Tools," which is a wonderful resource that provides detailed reports about your website and helps improve your site's visibility in search results. I'd also recommend that you visit the GA blog for useful tips on optimization and updates on new features, case studies, etc.

Advice to other AdSense Users in Closing

In general, do everything that is recommended by GA on its official blogs/forums. Use due caution with advice offered by other users on various websites/forums. When possible, cross-check with GA help forums or write to GA and get your question directly answered from them, before implementing anything that seems suspicious.

Being patient pays!! If you start looking at shortcuts, you might not have a GA account in the long term. So, value your GA account and work towards optimizing your website and implementing above-board optimization tips to generate traffic and revenue.

Remember, there are no shortcuts to success with AdSense. As they rightly say, "Content is king," so concentrate on giving your readers/visitors useful, original content and the income would follow.

Take the Poll !!

How Much Do You Earn With Google AdSense Monthly?

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  • $400-600
  • $600-800
  • $800-1000
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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for sharing your experience with GA. This hub is very encouraging. I hope you will be earning even more the next time you write us about GA.


hubpageswriter 5 years ago

Congratulations Shil. $500 per month through Hubapges is a sure achievement. You deserve it for all the hard work you've done. Here's to more success to you.=)


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Shil1978 5 years ago Author

Thanks HPwriter. Need to clarify that I earn primarily through my websites, though HP contributes towards it as well.


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customtech 4 years ago from Guyana

in the poll, majority of people voted for less than a hundred dollars a month. wow


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Trsmd 4 years ago from India

@custom tech -that means that those who are earning less than 100 $ per month are interested to read this article and increase their earning capacity..


movado 4 years ago

Interesting article! When I first started with adsense I started a blog that grew so ever slowly and made just a few cents a day. I started to learn some interesting things to increase my earnings. I now clear a hundred dollars or better a month. Because of the slow progression in earning money I did lose steam in producing more. However, even though growth may be slow it is so very powerful. Even if you increased your earnings by 20 cents a day per month this would equal 2.40 a day per year thus giving you 71 dollars per month. In 5 years this would be 350 dollars per month. That could be a car payment of a car in the 20 thousand dollar range and literally pay that car off. Do you think you can increase your earnings 20 cents a day per month? That should be real easy! If I was to get very serious about building and adsense business and mad e a plan I could probably retire in Five years rather than buy a car, Now that is serious business!


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Shil1978 4 years ago Author

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience, movado. Most folks give up frustrated at earning a few cents in the initial months, thinking that is how things are going to be forever.

Well, it need not be. In fact, chances are that you'd do quite well in the long term. You just have to be patient and keep working at it, learning, implementing what you learn, and so on.

You've obviously done the right things, movado, and kept chugging along. No wonder you are seeing hundreds of dollars a month now! Well done!!


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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

Excellent post, Movado. I just was accepted in November, and I've made over 20 dollars so far, so I'm hoping it increases monthly.


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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

This is a very useful article for new adsense earners! It motivates one to persevere. I laugh when I read hubs here where people are ranting that Google Adsense is a scam. Especially when they say no one makes money using them. I actually laugh all the way to the bank. LOL!

Voted useful! ;)


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Shil1978 4 years ago Author

Thank you, 'supermom' for stopping by and commenting. Glad you found this article useful. Had a quick look at your profile and visited your site [ nice job with that :) ] - you've done pretty well yourself by diversifying across sites! I don't know why people say all of those things about AdSense - for me (as you), AdSense has been just great!!


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carlarmes 4 years ago from Bournemouth, England

I enjoyed reading your article, interesting to see what people actually earn from GA.

I use the money from AdSense to pay for my AdWords campaigns.

Are you using Blogs to put your content on or static websites?


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Shil1978,

These are great tips and surely with AdSense the only way to earn and maintain the account is doing it the honest way. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up, useful and shared too.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

After reading about your journey, I am encouraged to continue with Google Adsense. It's good to know that there is a chance for me to be more successful - that if I put the right amount of time and effort in, Google Adsense could work out wonderfully for me. I like your caution about making sure people receive their answers directly from Google. Their blogs and videos are really quite helpful.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is fine advice Shil and your hub holds out much promise for all those who choose to not only stick around writing valuable content but honestly trying to build up traffic.

Greatly useful hub which I will share for benefit of others. Voted up/useful too.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for sharing, and reminding us to be patient!


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Shil1978 3 years ago Author

Thank you, all, for stopping by and commenting. I haven't been around that much here, so sorry for the late replies to some of you.

To respond to some of your comments, yes - it is possible to earn a good amount with AdSense. I can never stress enough the importance of patience though. Never ever be tempted to cheat Google by clicking on your own ads - believe me, you would regret it later and regretting won't help you get back your account, so just DON'T do it.

Secondly, there is no magic button to boost your revenue. It can be a long and uphill, gradual process, but you should know that's okay and normal. Also, of late, due to Google tweaking their algorithms quite often, you will see swings, ups and downs - nothing you can do about it, so don't try too much; worse still, don't unpublish at the drop of a hat and try out multiple sites without any plan, just for the sake of it.

Just write good content and write some more, without thinking about the profits. I've always taken that approach. I don't have that much time on my hands now and so have been inactive, but when I've written, I have always written without money being my primary motive. I've written with the intention of sharing my thoughts and because I love to write.

Happy to share an update with all of you - I've updated this hub with this new milestone as well. I crossed the $600 threshold in October 2012. This one took a long time coming compared to my previous milestones, but it was primarily due to the upheaval resulting from Google's algorithm updates.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Thanks for the information. It's all good to know stuff.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Wow - congrats! I've been on HP for a year now and, while I've seen steady improvements in my HP earnings, my Adsense earnings are less than impressive. I'm still trying, though, and haven't given up hope. It's heartening to read accounts like these


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btulloh098 3 years ago from NC

Glad to hear of your success Shil1978. I'm getting there too. ;)


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enzo7 3 years ago from Philippines

Do you have any updates, in terms of earnings?

I am very motivated to start trying GA. I will read up on it and take action as soon as possible.

Thanks for the inspiration!


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Shil1978 3 years ago Author

Well, enzo7, there have been ups and downs of late due to the Panda and Penguin updates, so from a high of 600, earnings have dropped to 2010 levels.


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

That's amazing! I still can't figure AdSense out completely, but maybe I will revisit and try.


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Shil1978 2 years ago Author

Hi 'Torrs13,' I am sure you'd figure AdSense out before too long - it's not complicated at all. You just need to read up on it. There are numerous resources that explain how it works, including the AdSense forum and Adsense Blog and numerous videos on YouTube. Best of luck :)


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub. I've been making a little over a dollar in my hubs at HP since November of last year with social media and other hubbers alone. Any tips? I wish I can say the same for ebay, in which I've just gotten approved and started, and with Amazon somehow.


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Shil1978 19 months ago Author

Thanks, Kristen, for stopping by and commenting. Probably, the most important tip I can give you is to work towards having your own site with a domain that you own and a niche that you are familiar with and probably an expert on.

Build up a site like that and it should generate more targeted traffic that will convert well for you, especially if you want to make money with Amazon or eBay. These two work best with product review kind of websites or articles.

HubPages has worked well for me, but not all my earnings come from HubPages. I guess you have to diversify to optimize your earnings - at least that's been my experience!

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