Photo of me and my third Google Adsense check

My third Google Adsense cheque arrived in the post today!

(and I've already been to the bank to deposit it as it takes about two weeks for the cheque to clear.) 

I wanted my boyfriend Tony to take a photo of me holding my Adsense cheque the first two times too, but clean forgot.  Even today, we were about to leave home to go deposit the Adsense cheque at my bank, when I remembered to ask him to take a photo. 

Me and my third Google Adsense check, received in South Africa in July 2010

Me in South Africa, holding my 3rd Google Adsense cheque.
Me in South Africa, holding my 3rd Google Adsense cheque.

Check or Cheque?

When a part of getting Adsense checks (or cheques?) includes using some SEO techniques to draw traffic to blogs and websites, or articles on the pages of other sites, I have to now wonder if I am to refer to that piece of paper from Google Adsense as a check, or cheque.

I'm going to be using cheque hereafter, as I'm South African, and have lived in South Africa all my life. I have never travelled outside of South Africa, and, even though I'm already 41, have also never travelled anywhere in an aeroplane. I believe UK and SA residents spell the word "cheque."

South Africans need to earn R1 000 before an Adsense cheque is mailed to them

South Africans and Google Adsense payments

In South Africa, we have to earn R1000 with Adsense before being posted a cheque. This is about $166. After bank charges, I get out about R800 on a R1000 Adsense cheque, which is about $133.

My Adsense earnings so far has not included HubPages, as I joined HubPages less than a week ago. I'm enjoying HubPages and it's community, am pleased I joined, enjoy writing, and thought why not add my Adsense publisher ID on HubPages too, and see what happens?

Once a South African's Google Adsense account reaches R1000 in any given month, they must wait until the end of that month, plus another month, before the cheque is posted by Google Adsense. Then, it can take up to a further three weeks to arrive in your postbox - as my first one did. In the meantime, though, one can continue earning, and start building up to the next R1000.

My second and third cheques arrived within the first ten days of a month, instead of taking as long as 21 days like the first one did.


How long did it take me to get my 3 Google Adsense cheques?

It took me a year to get my first R1000 cheque from Google Adsense.

Then it was three months before I received the second one, and a further three months before I received the third one today! (9 July 2010.)

The most Adsense earnings in any one month so far, was R500 (about $83.)

How did I earn my Adsense cheques?

I had just one website, at first, but then added a WordPress blog to that website, on the same server. This seemed to make a huge difference. That website and blog still seem to bring in the most money from Adsense, but another Wordpress blog I added to the same website is catching up fairly quickly too. I have since added two more Wordpress blogs to the same server, and also have another website, another 3 Wordpress blogs on their own servers, and two Blogger blogs. My boyfriend Tony also has his own Blogger blog, and I allow him to use my Adsense code on his blog.

The Blogger blogs bring in very little compared to the other sites, and it is also hard work constantly trying to find the time to add new content to all my sites. I sometimes wonder if I should have stuck with just one website and one blog, but as they were on a variety of topics, I wanted to create a few niche sites too.

I spent a lot of time reading about Adsense, and learning more, but, even so, I know I still have so much more to learn. Just off the top of my head, I do remember that a video by Lisa Irby inspired me quite a bit, and more recenly, reading and learning about how John Chow makes money from blogging about making money blogging :)

Lisa Irby's video about how to make money with Google Adsense

Video about how John Chow makes money blogging

Why am I so proud of my Adsense cheques?

R1000 for each of my 3 Google Adsense cheques and that it took one and a half years before I had all 3, may not seem like a great achievement to some people, so why am I so proud that I managed to earn a little bit of extra income online?

I left my now ex husband three years ago, and, along with my two sons, moved in with my parents, where Tony, myself and my boys are still living.

I had not worked for an employer for about ten years, and wanted to stay home for my boys, even though I needed to earn an income somewhere!

Tony joined the household about two months later, and was also looking for work, having moved to East London (in South Africa) from Bloemfontein, also in South Africa. Work was scarce and it was frustrating not finding any.

We decided to try doing something ourselves, from home.

We started a little freelance work from home web designing business, as Tony knew how to handcode html. We started this little business about two and a half years ago now, in February 2008.

The first year was absolutely awful, but we stuck to it, even though we owed my parents some money for helping to look after us.

The last three months have also been awful, but February 2010 was great! Leading up to February 2010, we saw much improvement in our little business, had paid off my debt to my parents, and were learning so much on the Internet, for free!

About 4 years ago, I did not even know what a blog was. I could not distinguish between a file and a folder on a computer, and could not send an email.

I've come a long way, and am proud I never gave up learning. I still learn something new every day. Tony has taught me to do some web designing too, but what we're really proud of, is the fact that we never gave up, and that we are keen to learn all the time.

The amazing thing about the Internet is that there is so much one can do, to earn a little extra income, or even a fulltime income, if one just READS. The information is there, and it's free.

We get a little upset, or sad is a better word, perhaps, when we tell other people who are struggling to make ends meet, that they should just read the free information on the Internet about how to do it - and sometimes even give them links to follow to where that information is, but then they don't, and are still struggling.

We ourselves are once again struggling, but we continue to try, learn, and improve, and we know that somehow we will soon be okay again.

Update (early March 2011)

 I was really pleased to write about receiving my third Adsense cheque, and am now even more pleased to announce that I've now received 5 Adsense cheques, the 6th one is due to arrive this month, and I just just missed making payout (by just under $3/Aaargh!) for my 7th Adsense cheque at the end of February 2011 - I would have received that 7th cheque next month (but it will now only be received in May) and it would have been the first time I would have gotten a cheque the very next month after receiving the previous one.  Adsense earnings continue to grow, though, the more effort I put in, and I suspect/hope that after I receive my 7th one in May, that I'll be receiving them every month thereafter.

I encourage everyone who is trying to make some extra income from Adsense to be patient, not give up, and to keep working at it.

Further Update (13 months later, April 2012)

I'm still hanging in there, working at increasing my passive income from Adsense whenever I get a chance to, and I'm proud to say that the work is paying off. I've taken a photo of my 18th Google Adsense cheque received in South Africa!

Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket!

Adsense earnings can go up and down, or up and up, or down and down.
Adsense earnings can go up and down, or up and up, or down and down. | Source

Another Update - 13 months later, May 2013

After having experienced that my Adsense earnings seemed to slightly increase each month, I'm sad to say that I now have to report otherwise:

After various Panda or Penguin Google algorithm updates, my Adsense earnings took a severe knock, and instead of getting an Adsense cheque in the mail every month, as I was getting, and instead of my earnings often increasing each month, I now make the payout amount only every 3 months, if I'm lucky.

My older sites are getting less traffic through their natural search results than they used to, and I need to go through them all looking for broken links and reducing the number of external links on them. This will take ages. I will get to it all in time, inbetween having started a few new sites, that I don't link out much on, and am more wary of which places I link to - but this, too, has its own issues - for the new sites to do well, I need to write and add a lot more SEO content to them too.

I have also started to think of, and sometimes use, other forms of monetizing my sites, so that I do not have all my eggs in one basket, as I used to when mostly using only Adsense, so that I don't get into this situation again in the future.

I do believe that with hard work I'll get my Adsense earnings up again, but I cannot work on only that if I wish to continue making a living working from home and from working and writing online.

Enjoy the Sun on Your Face and Remain Positive

The author, 40-something Teresa Schultz, remaining positive, and enjoying the sun at a beach in East London, South Africa, in March 2013.
The author, 40-something Teresa Schultz, remaining positive, and enjoying the sun at a beach in East London, South Africa, in March 2013. | Source

Comments 73 comments

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

The two videos were interesting and thanks again for sharing your experience Teresa. Have a great weekend. :)


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, Money Glitch, you too!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Thanks for all this info,I have my own site and my husband has been working on it but so far I have not tried for any money, couldn't hurt and was nice to see your check, lol, kind of makes me want to do the Adsense,but I really like keeping my identity hidden because I get an enemy now and then on things I like to scream about, lol, can I do that and not give my real name here? Probably so huh? Cause come to think of it there are some really odd names here that couldn't be real!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Pollyannalana

Lol, yes, certainly some very odd names on HubPages. Good luck with that site!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Thanks,even when I get it going I will come back here to vent, lol.


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Angelique Loux 6 years ago from Ohio

Your situation is almost the same as mine. I haven't worked in about 7 years now. I haven't got my 1st check yet, but I'm working on it. Great hub I would be happy to follow you.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks for the comment, Angelique, and thanks for following Tony and myself. Good luck getting that first cheque, and just DO NOT GIVE UP!


Good luck123 6 years ago

Good Shot :-). Keep working


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thank you, Good luck123


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Angelique Loux 6 years ago from Ohio

I'm not going t give up. I have put alot of time into my hubs. I'm learning different thing everyday just like you have done. I want to be able to be a stay at home mom also.


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evolveasite 6 years ago from United States

love lisa irbys videos and i really enjoyed the second one

imma follow you


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Theresa, congrats on your cheque. You are an inspiration to others. Your sons hopefully appreciate you for choosing a long and slow road, just so you could be able to be with them. I wish to you a payment like that and more on a more regular basis. How about weekly!

Good luck.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks equealla - lol, Adsense doesn't send cheques weekly, only once a month, but if I was earning R1000 a week via Adsense, I'd be really thrilled to get a monthly R4000 cheque! Maybe I'll get there one day, if I keep working at it!


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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA

Keep working at it and you just may get that check every month. I do at most months, but they mainly come from my website. I'm struggling trying to get Hubpages to make more income so I can earn that much from it too.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Barbara - thanks for the encouragement, and if you keep at it, your income from Adsense will surely just continue to grow. Good luck!


Tutoring Online 6 years ago

Hi Teresa,

I'm hoping you can help me out with this question. I use adsense on my sites; will receive my first cheque soon. (We spell it this way in Canada too!)

There is one adsense unit that I wanted to take off my site as it wasn't being clicked on and I want the space for something else. However I have discovered that you cannot cancel an adsense unit - you can only hide it. I have clicked on "hide" on my adsense account, and I have disabled the adsense widget for that location on my site, and still the adsense remains there, but it cannot be clicked on. As soon as you roll your mouse over it, the space goes blank and just says "Ad Unit".

What can I do?

Thanks,

Peggy


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Peggy - I'm not sure Tony or I can help - do you mean the Tutoring Online site? We design our own sites (or use Wordpress or Blogger for some sites) and we simply take out the Adsense coding if we don't want an ad to display any more. With Wordpress, we simply delete the widget. We think you may be using a Wordpress Adsense plugin which we don't know too much about - other than if you deactivate and delete the plugin it will solve the problem and your ad will no longer appear - but then neither will any others, I guess. We prefer to use text widgets in our sidebars (for Adsense or other ads) and then can move the ads around as we please (or delete them.) We also sometimes put the html Adsense coding directly beneath or below our posts. Sorry we can't be of more help.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Nice work! thanks for sharing your experience. I have yet to achieve that magical payment! Working on it.

Love and peace

Tony (the other one!)


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi "other one" Tony :)

Thanks for the comment. You WILL achieve that magical payment. Just keep working at it.


hemaya 6 years ago

hi Teresa Schultz,

i want to ask you about google adsense i have one website and daily about 70 visitors, one year ago.. what i earn is 9.80$ !!! so i need to have 1000 site to depend on adsense as an additional income !!!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi hemaya and welcome to HubPages.

You don't need to have 1000 sites to earn a decent extra income from Adsense. Even one site can earn you a decent income from Adsense. You need to have a lot of content, and have links from other sites pointing to your site's pages to get more traffic. There are lots of articles right here on HubPages that can offer you great advice about getting more traffic, what to write about, and more. You also need to have patience and not give up trying! Good luck!


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

Hey Teresa Congrats on your cheques. I'm super stoked for you :) I just need R100 until my first payment woo hoo!


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

That's awesome, Lis - getting that first one is a fantastic feeling. It's frustrating waiting for it though, lol. I do hope you get that R100 before the end of the month. Then, it will be issued at the end of September and you should receive it in the mail 10 to 21 days into October. Enjoy it!


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soneblom 6 years ago from South Africa

Teresa hi :-)! just wana say thanku for inspiring me to use adsense on my website agapesingles.co.za im so proud to know u as a fellow south african i have known the pain of a failed marriage.I pray God bless u! lovies. JOY MAY


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Soneblom

Thanks for the comment - I do advise that you go through the program policies of Google Adsense carefully as not all sites are considered acceptable, and Google Adsense has very strict rules. Although your site is NOT an Internet dating site, and is Christian based, please be careful with using Adsense on it - go through every word of the Adsense program policy and Adsense TOS first.

Good luck with the site!


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soneblom 6 years ago from South Africa

hi teresa, Why do u think i should not use adsense? its been aproved, and iv got my code pasted.


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Teresa Schultz 6 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Soneblom - sorry, no, I didn't mean don't use Adsense at all - and, hey, congrats on the Adsense account approval - I meant always go through every last detail of the program policies and TOS, to avoid being banned from Adsense. I've heard it's extremely difficult to get unbanned, and to be allowed to start using Adsense again. For example, I don't see a privacy policy on your site. I didn't have one at first either, and it didn't seem to be a problem, but as I started to get more traffic to my sites, I decided to thoroughly check out the TOS and program policies (perhaps Adsense would be doing some more checks on my sites now that I was getting more traffic)- and saw I needed to have a privacy policy. I'd hate to have gone to all this trouble with my sites, then get banned from Adsense for something I wasn't even aware of - so I try to read and abide by all their rules etc. so, apologies if it sounded like I said not to use Adsense - I just meant take the time to read through all the rules, so that everything works out fine. Good luck with the site :)


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mieketownsend 5 years ago from Washington State

Ok. I'm extremely new to all of this. I have a question about SEO. What is it? I have seen it mentioned many time on different hubs but have no idea what it is. Help?


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi mieketownsend and welcome to HubPages :)

SEO is search engine optimization and can be quite involved. I learnt as I went along, and am still learning something new everyday.

Just to get started, it helps to understand that search engine optimization basically just means making a website's content, or your articles on a writing site contain words that people are searching for regularly on the Internet. Using the Google Adwords Keyword Tool can give you a good idea of how many people are searching for certain words or phrases on the Internet each month.

Then you include those words in your articles.

It gets tricky if everyone is writing about the same topics though - there's only place on page one of Google search results for ten results.

So then you start learning about getting links to your content from other sites, and not just getting links but where the links to your site or articles come from - are those sites related to your topics? Do those sites have a good page rank? Do those sites allow "do follow" links.

Or, you learn to include synonyms of main keywords in your articles, keeping groups of words quite close together.

Writing about something that people never search for is not the end of the world though. You can develop a following just because your stories or articles are interesting, and people like your style of writing and what you have to say. Or you stick to a certain topic and sub topics of it, there will still be words in your articles that people search for on a search engine.

It's a learning process, as you go along, but try not to worry about it too much, or else you risk losing the love to write. Just write and enjoy it, and the rest sometimes just follows :)

Good luck.


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mieketownsend 5 years ago from Washington State

Thanks, Teresa!


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MissDoolittle 5 years ago from Sussex, UK

Well done on the cheque. I have only started focusing my attention on Hubpages recently, but i write for other writing sites. It takes time to start earning by Adsense, but its worth it.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, MissDoolittle - yes, it does take time, but it's nice to know that its a passive income that grows the more effort is put in.


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA

Great article, Teresa, I really enjoyed reading it! The John Chow video was good too!


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Paul - thanks for popping in (at one of my blogs too) and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the John Chow video - I think the Lisa Irby one is my favourite(UK/SA)/favorite(U.S. now that you're in Florida) though. Not sure why, perhaps because she's female ha ha. Both John Chow and Lisa Irby inspire me regards blogging and Adsense earnings though. Miles to go, still, or course!


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gitrdun4444 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you for the encouraging words, very much needed by me. There's so much I don't know about how all this works! Thanks for the inspiration.

Debbie


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Thank you for your useful information. I hope i will start earning something good out of HP

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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Patkay - I hope you do too - good luck - I received my 7th Adsense cheque today, but my Adsense earnings mostly come from my own sites where I have quite a few more articles than I do here on HubPages.


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Jade89 5 years ago from Johannesburg - South Africa

Hi Theresa!

Thanks once again for yet another enlightening article. Do you have one on maximizing SEO especially with regards to Google?

PS Congrats on another cheque!


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Jade, thanks, and thanks for the comment. I included some SEO tips in the email I sent you on the 25th of May, but yes, a good idea to include something along those lines as an article on HubPages, that many can make use of, and I'll try get to that soon!


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shoaibgmail 5 years ago

Hey lucky girl....I didn't any check yet but I am trying hard and thanks for sharing this videos..!


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, shoaibgmail - keep working at it - that first cheque does take a while, but you learn more along the way, and use what you learn to get to that next cheque more quickly - good luck!


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Mark - I photographed my 6th one too, lol! It's published on one of my own sites with another article. I think quite a few people photograph their first Google Adsense cheques :)


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JasonPLittleton 5 years ago

Glad to found this hub. Very useful.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Jason - I'm pleased you found the hub useful and thanks for popping in to read it.


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mr-burns 5 years ago

Wow thats alot of information. Thank you.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ mr-burns - thank you for the comment, and welcome to HubPages - yes, it is quite a bit of information, but I hope many people find it useful in their own quest to make money with Adsense :)


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Richard Walker 5 years ago from Stafford, Texas

That is a great review, but I am wondering why Google doesn't make a direct deposit to your back account rather than issuing an check?


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Richard - thanks - I can't remember if direct deposit was available as a payment option when I first started using Adsense - but I think it is now (electronic transfer - to some countries). I prefer getting a check in the mail, though, for now - I still find it exciting - maybe I'll change my payment method later, though, not sure.


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Very interesting and I'm glad to see that your earning money from google adsense. I've been on hub pages and adsense now for two years and still haven't received anything, however as I'm starting to wrote more articles I see my amount of money rising daily so hopefulle here real soon it will payout. I'm glas to see your doing very well with adsense and I hope you make alot more. Thanks for sharing.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Glstng - thanks, and just keep on writing - adding more articles here or to your own sites really helps increase your Adsense earnings. My own sites earn me the most, but adding HubPages into the picture cerainly helps, not only for the bit of Adsense earnings I make on HubPages, but also for sending some traffic to my own sites. And besides the earnings on HubPages (and the opportunity to send some traffic to my own sites from HubPages,) the HubPages community is great and one can learn plenty from the articles of other writers on HubPages.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Congrats! Me, too, my first check arrived after a year of making it to the Google AdSense.

Here in the Philippines, Western Union Service is my best option in receiving my payout.

Now as it reaches $100 or more as my threshold agreement, it will come every fourth month as I only accumulate more than $30 monthly.

So, I usually receive more or less Php 5,000.00 here in the Philippines. Not bad for a passive income while enjoying some hubbing and blogging.

You can also associate AdSense with Blogger.com and YouTube. Just try it. :D


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks TravelMan1971 - it was some time ago that I received my 3rd Google Adsense check. I've now received 16 Adsense checks in total :) (the 16th one arriving in the post mid February 2012) In South Africa we have to reach R1 000 not $100 to get an Adsense payout (R1 000 is currently about $130) - I've been receiving an Adsense check every month since May 2011.

I do have Adsense on my Blogger blogspot.com blogs and on my YouTube videos too - but I definitely earn the most from my own sites, one site in particular, which I thus obviously like to add most of my articles to. When I find the time to write and add more articles to my other sites (that currently do not have too many articles on them,) I expect to see a further increase in my Adsense earnings.

Yes, $30 per month is not a bad passive income to earn and enjoy while you enjoy Hubbing and blogging :) - just keep writing and those earnings are very likely to increase a lot more.


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Christo Crous 4 years ago from Boksburg, Gauteng

Waiting for my first secure cheque.. what a mission to get the initial adsense pin.. first issued one didn't arrive (wonderful South African Postal Service) ..second one got thrown away by our domestic worker. Luckily I received it on the third try. My earnings wasn't bad at all for my first go @ adsense.. posted one video and earned ZAR9,689.10 from end of Sept 2011 to end of Jan 2012. Some extra income all of us need for sure..


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Hi Christo - what bad luck with your Adsense pin! Luckily you eventually got it sorted out. So was that R9 689.10 for just ONE video in 4 months on YouTube? (no own sites with Adsense as well?) Well done! ps Welcome to HubPages and I look forward to reading your first few hubs.


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Christo Crous 4 years ago from Boksburg, Gauteng

Hi Teresa.. thanks for the welcome.. Yes, the revenue came from just one video I posted on YouTube. Sadly my revenue stopped, as it was suddenly rated as "age restricted". I still don't know why, because no one was injured in the accident footage. So yeah.. YouTube policy enforcement is really flawed. Got about 1,7 Million views for the four month period...not too shabby hey? I've got a couple of ideas for new clips, so we'll see how it goes in the future. We are moving to Mauritius in a couple of months time, so hopefully I can continue making and "marketing" my clips on that side as well.. by the way..the clip I posted is easy to find.. just type "head on crash youtube" in Google..mine is the first one right at the top.. lol


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

I'll have a look - you chose good keywords for the title of it. A pity the revenue from it stopped. Good luck with the move to Mauritius and with new video clips.

ps, just had a look at the video - pretty good. I see that in the description below it you ask people to click on ads to support the video - that's a big no-no with Adsense; you're not allowed to ask people to click on ads, and can have your Adsense account disabled because of it. Hopefully that's not what happened and you'll be able to affiliate your Adsense publisher id with the new clips you upload - just remember to not risk having your Adsense account disabled.


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Dr Kavita Shaikh 4 years ago from MUSCAT

Wish you good luck with Adsense Teresa and hope that you keep getting cheques of greater denomination each month.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

I hope so too; thanks for the good luck wishes Dr Kavita Shaikh.


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Hey Teresa, it's great to see that you're adsense income has increased over the past 2 years. Like you say there's no substitute for time and effort. Glad to see you didn't give up and kept at it.

I also love the Lisa Irby video. She's awesome and is a great free tool or resource for people who are really trying to make an income online. A lot of websites that try and teach new people how to make money online are complicated and make it seem harder than it really is. 2createawebsite breaks it down into components and makes it so easy to follow.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@Lauryallan - thanks, yes, I'm so glad I stuck to working at making a passive income from Adsense - the earnings just grow the more effort I put in, but it doesn't happen overnight. I would like to encourage everyone who is trying to make money from Adsense to just keep trying and not to ever give up - although I do also recommend trying to make income online in a few other ways too - a message to myself too, I think - I believe it's best not to put all ones eggs in one basket, in case anything goes wrong with that one basket.

Lisa Irby is a fantastic inspiration, and yes, she certainly does break everything down into easier-to-understand bits.


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Yeah I agree 100% with everything you said. Diversification is so important.

You never know when Hubpages or other writing platforms may change the rules and you suddenly find yourself on the outside looking in.

Most people say the solution is to have your own blog or blogs, but you also have to make sure you diversify that portfolio and make sure they are in different niches. If your aim is to get free traffic from Google, then you do tend to be at their mercy too.

There's pitfall everywhere and the only way to limit that potential risk is by having a number of different revenue streams in different niches.

And like you say, that takes time and effort, but it can be worth it.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

And I agree with everything you say in this comment too, Lauryallan! The risk of pitfall everywhere is indeed a worry, and the work hard, but it's worth it to try different income streams and niches - I already have a few different niche websites, but to find the time to make them all do for me is often an issue. Every little thing one does helps, though - wish we could all sleep just two hours a night!


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

lol Teresa, I gotta say I love my sleep and I wouldn't give it up for the world!

I would much prefer if the work side was simpler and faster, but if it was everybody would be doing it and all the niches would be gone.

Yeah I agree that it can be a struggle to find the time to do it all. When you run your own website empire/business there are so many hats you have to wear and learn how to do well; SEO, website creation and design, backlinking, keyword research, creating high quality content, social media and creating a following and the list goes on. Yes you can outsource some of this stuff, but in the beginning it's a good idea to learn this stuff so you know your out-sourcers are doing a decent job.

I used to really struggle trying to find the time because my niche sites drove me. I was in niches where I would have to scramble to put posts together as fast as possible because a new release had come out or some new news etc. Now I am changing my whole business and opening sites where I get to be more in the driving seat. I am finding this easier to do in niches I have a lot of personal experience in and can share through video and pictures etc.

This is helping me move away from the mini site template you see everywhere as I want to try and concentrate on a handful of authority sites. These sites are all in completely different niches so allows me to diversify. Since they are going to be authority sites with over 100 pages then even if Google decides it doesn't like one page, I will still get traffic to the other pages. And with a maximum of 5 sites I think it will be easier to manage than having 100 sites for example. And the best thing is I am only going to create evergreen sites from now on. And that's the biggest lesson I have learnt from Hubpages that I can apply to my sites.

Sorry if this is long and rambling. For some reason this all just came pouring out.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Lauryallan - well, I loved your pouring out, so no apologies necessary - and long and rambling is good - search engines love lots of content :) Those sites of yours sound interesting and I wish you the best of luck with them.


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Lauryallan 4 years ago

Thx Teresa.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

You've given me a lot to think about, thank you!! Great article.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Melchi - thanks, am glad you found the article helpful.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow, cheers to you Teresa.. Started Adsense 4 years ago but havent earned so far. I dont know why. Every month, there's an error with "invalid clicks.."


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

Thanks, unknownspy - this hub was written some time ago; I've now received about 20 Adsense cheques. What a pity about those invalid clicks problems you're having - Adsense is a great form of passive income and I wish everyone could have the benefit of using it.


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KawikaChann 3 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

Great job Teresa!! Awesome story, keep plugging away and heres to hoping for continued and increasing success. Upvoted/awesome/follow. Peace. Kawi.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ Kawi - I will certainly keep plugging away - thanks for your votes and comment. My Adsense earnings have taken a knock (I updated the hub today too) but one has to remain positive, doesn't one?


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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

I have heard often in the Internet writing and monetization world, not to put all your eggs in one basket; I'm pretty new, so I'm going to have to figure out where all the baskets are. But I imagine that philosophy of eggs and baskets is a good one for any endeavor.


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Teresa Schultz 3 years ago from East London, in South Africa Author

@ NateB11 - yep, certainly good to always remember to avoid putting all one's eggs in one basket - but at the same time, dare I say, spreading oneself thinly regards too many different projects can also havoc - like nothing ends up working out, because one can't give enough attention to ALL of many projects one may be involved with. Can't win sometimes :) but if one remains positive, and one continues to work hard, one of those many projects may show signs of growth, and then one can run with that one for a while, get it more established or hire others to help, and then return to trying to do the same with the second-best project, etc etc

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