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How much money can you make with Adsense 2016?

Updated on November 1, 2015

Adsense is Google’s advertising program. You basically let them use space on your site for advertising and when someone clicks on an ad, you get paid.

The first thing about making money with Adsense or any method online is that it isn’t easy. You can make money online, even large amounts of money, but it takes hard work and dedication.

So how much money can you make with Adsense?
There have been a number of poles about this topic, over the last couple of years.

It seems that a large percentage 40% of Adsense users make less than $50 per month.
25% make more than $500
10% make more than $1,000
A very small percentage 1% make more than $10,000 a month.

What this says to me is that only a very small percentage of online publishers have both the determination and skill to be successful with Adsense advertising. So the question you need to ask yourself is: "Do I have what it takes to make big money with Adsense?"

I would love to give you my exact Adsense stats and discuss them, but doing that is against Adsense’s Terms and Conditions, so I will have to keep things fairly general.

How do I get started?
The 3 options for starting online is: a free blog, a paid blog or a revenue sharing website. If you are just starting out I would recommend Hubpages, which a revenue sharing site. They let you create web pages on their site and you get 60% of the income from those pages.

Benefits of using Hubpages:

  • The search engines trust them, so your pages will rank better on the search engines.
  • There is a lot of help and advice available on the forum and in the hubs that other users created. As a beginner you have a lot to learn and this is the place to do it.
  • The site has a lot of internal traffic, some of which will come your way.
  • It’s free.

Register for Hubpages here

Some tips on creating successful Hubs

The site loves content rich pages. The better your page the better they will do. Putting the following into a page is recommended:

  • 1,500 words of high quality unique content spread over 4 or so text modules.(I don’t always get to this number, but I always write more than 500 words. You can copy your text into Microsoft Word and use that to count the number of words, that you have used.)
  • 5 pictures, you can get free pictures from
  • 3 video clips, you can get these from just copy and paste the Youtube web address of the videos)
  • 1 Ebay or Amazon module

This page is on Hubpages, so I am recommending a service which I use.

Don’t write one hub and then complain that you aren’t making any money. Your income will only really take off once you have 100 pages.

If you find that one of your pages is doing particularly well, write a few that are in the same Niche.

If you want to go with a free blog, I would recommend They are owned by Google, so it supports Adsense ads pretty well. The benefit of using a free blog is that it is free and you keep all the Adsense income.

If you think you want to start a blog which you own, you should read how to make your own blog. The main benefit of this approach is that you have the option to sell your web site.

Some important concepts

CTR - Click through rate: This is the percentage of your visitors who click on your Adsense ads. Higher CTR is better. The niche of a site, the ad placement as well as the format (for instance blogs have a higher CTR than forums) can affect the CTR. It pays to experiment with Adsense ad placement.
EPC - Earnings per click: The amount of money that you get from a click can vary quite a bit, normally between $0.01 and $5. The value of the clicks is determined by the text content of a page. For instance a web page about ‘travel insurance’ will make a lot more, per click, than a web page about ‘clouds’. The problem is that a lot of people have spotted this and the competition for high value traffic is high. What I like to do is to target clicks that pay around $1, so not much competition but good EPC.
Impressions: This is the number of your web pages viewed over a given time.
Residual income: Web pages get most of their traffic from the search engines. This means you tend to get a steady stream of traffic to your web pages and a steady income from them. So say you have a 125 web pages which makes you a $100 dollars a month from Adsense, you should keep making that, whether you spend more time on them or not. You can of course scale things up and add another 125 pages doubling your income.

Increasing your Adsense earnings:
The formula is Earnings in $= CTR x 100 x Impressions x EPC
The 100 is because CTR is a percentage.
So to increase your earning you need more traffic, higher EPC or a higher CTR.

There are many great was to make a lot of money online. Adsense is a great way to start.

This is what a check from Adsense looks like
This is what a check from Adsense looks like
How much money can you make with Adsense?
How much money can you make with Adsense?


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    • umar.shehzad profile image

      umar.shehzad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      nice hub, hope I'll make some money too oneday

    • chaoui profile image

      chaoui 7 years ago from Louisiana

      Very good post. You answered several of my questions. All I have to do now is get motivated to write 96 more hubs. :)


    • papalopp profile image

      papalopp 7 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Informative and insightful are great adjectives but actually relevant. You built a few paragraphs leading to the earnings formula. That was worth the read and spells out work is required. Liked it.

    • kevin1877uk profile image

      kevin1877uk 8 years ago

      thank you for your hub, very nice, good info, will use it, thanks again

    • kelvinblogger profile image

      kelvinblogger 8 years ago

      my aim is $1000/month but when i don't still working hard to gain that target

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks for this jgaunt. This is definitely useful, especially for those of us who are new to hubpages or Adsense overall. Great job.

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 8 years ago from Canada

      Very informative and great basics for everyone to follow, experienced or not. This is one of the better hubs about adsense I've come across. Nothing grandiose, and nothing "mind" blowing, great hub.