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I Made 10 Cents On Adsense, Oh Boy!
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.