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I Made 10 Cents On Adsense, Oh Boy!

Updated on May 25, 2010

I'm sorry to disappoint you if you're reading this hoping to congratulate my accolade, but the sarcasm in my title was meant to be blatant. You see, what my title is referring to is the difficulty involved in actually making money online.

Since you're reading this, you're likely to have a few articles up here and there with a few affiliate links, a blog for backlinking and perhaps even your own website. These are all methods that could potentially earn you thousands, yet the majority of us return every day to check our Adsense, Clickbank or even Kontera accounts to find we've made 10 cents tops.

The emotion that occurs after you've swiftly tapped in your email address and password with a bead of anticipation running down your brow to see 'Today's estimated earnings: $0.10' is one of deflation. All those dreams of sitting in your palmtree-strung hammock alongside your shoreline property come crashing and burning as your imagination slams into reality. this is the point where you begin to consider how that job at Walmart/Tesco/your local supermarket would have made you 5,000% more.

But even so, we continue plugging at it in this online game. I say we, because I too never make anything worth writing home about. So why do we persist in a game that never seems to lead anywhere? It's absurd, if we put in hundreds to thousands of hours into any other job to end up with no wage at the end of the month, we'd feel violated and forgotten. The difference with a missed month's paycheck at a store on the other hand is that the mistake will be rectified immediately. Whereas your internet marketing cheque is still at about 5% completion of its payment sendout threshold and still floating around in the online ether.

Are we insane? I'd say no. I'd describe those that carry on trying as admirable, relentless idealists. I think, if you're willing to give up as much of your time as you do just to give other people a smile, a laugh here or there and most inmportantly to teach/inform, there must be a thick streak of your selfless personality shining through.

This is the giving of time and effort. Can you buy those on eBay?

Sure, there're goofs like me that will try their hardest to promote products in the most genuine of fashions to try and make that first pay cheque happen, but for most article writers they're doing it because they love it. There can't be any other reason. Even if you're the kind've writer that gets irritated by the lack of monetary progress, if you're willing to get back in the saddle and try again there must be some deep-rooted affinity within you for writing. For that reason I commend you.

In fact, I commend the whole Hubpages community. Especially those that come back time and time again to give more and more of themselves. I may be relatively new here, but I won't be leaving any time soon. Thanks.

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    • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      I was lured into writing online for this other purpose- make money, but as days, weeks, months go by, I learn many things I haven't known my life- things money can't buy and that is LOVE and good relationship with online readers I now call my friends. Isn't this great? I don't regret the time I spend here, it's making me complete especially as a retired senior. I know you, do, too! Thanks for sharing your mind.

    • Phil.S profile image

      Phil.S 7 years ago

      If you went for a job as an electrician with no training and amazingly got the job (very unlikely!), would you be surprised if you couln't fix things and get wires connected to work, so you got sacked and therefore not paid?? Why, why can't people realise that they have to learn? Then they moan when the money doesn't come in! It's not magic or rocket science but does involve some serious study and hard work to make money - hey but not years!

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      Ellen_C 7 years ago

      Think like a customer who would search for something and find a niche. Find something you know about or a topic that is not widely published. I also found people are more likely to click around on ads when they are seeking information for shopping purposes when you provide information on products they may be searching for. It takes time to find what people are searching for and what you can likely get on the first 1-5 listings on a search engine. Keep at it and do it because you enjoy it.. Also I read a lot of materials and hints use the tools available on google and hub pages.

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      theindianblues 7 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Good writing and I really enjoyed reading it.

    • EpicNoob profile image

      EpicNoob 7 years ago

      Cheers for the moral support pal, I know it'll take some time. We'll just have to keep on truckin'.

    • bytecoders profile image

      bytecoders 7 years ago from Spain

      It's a really hard job, I've tried it many times and sometimes abandoned some sites. I have been years trying to do something but the best think I could say: keep working on it, and work on subjects you like then you find that your well done job sometimes explodes in to a river of visits, maybe appearing on some social site and after hyperlinked by many other sites.

      I know it's not only about money, but try to do something you like.

      Always keep the fight! And improve, now I (or just trying to) write in English to reach more readers. For sure you can improve too!

      As some people said it's not only money also readers are a great reward for people writing and in long time your Adsense earnings will grow (but maybe just cent by cent).

      That's what I have learned from my blogging experience, and many more (but this one is related with Adsense).

      Just a noob on Hubpages, so I'm like you in Hubpages earnings terms.

    • EpicNoob profile image

      EpicNoob 7 years ago

      I'm liking the pearls of wisdom, that's a good analogy. Just hope my drips clump together soon. :)

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      caspar 7 years ago from UK

      I know how you feel but stick at it! The drips become a dribble, then a trickle, then a stream, then a river...

      They have for me anyway, but it's taken three years. My tip is never delete anything or give up on any site you've started to develop. It may only make pennies but one day it might take off.

    • EpicNoob profile image

      EpicNoob 7 years ago

      This community's definitely not about the money, you're right. Glad you enjoyed the read.


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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      At first I was disappointed at the rate of earnings here. But I am here not primarily for money but for reaching out and touching people's lives. If money is my primary goal here I have had already given up a long time ago. But there is much more here than money, winning friendships is other valuable thing here at Hubpages. I am happy I have gained friends here at Hubpages. Thank you for sharing this article. Best regards.

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      EpicNoob 7 years ago

      Haha, I appreciate the congrats anyway. ;)

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      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      I never check mine, I'm just here for the joy of writing.

      I was going to write Yahoo! for you.