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Make Money on the Internet (They said it would be easy)

Updated on April 24, 2012

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So far my attempts to make money on the internet have been less than stellar.

I had a website built that was graphically appealing but the guy who built it admitted he wasn’t an expert in this Search Engine Optimization stuff. I did the research and added the metawords (something my spell checker doesn’t recognize) and made other changes, set up the blog and developed the mailing lists by writing a newsletter and having people sign up for it. My site was in the top ten for search results for the area in several categories. In the end I made $300 on affiliate sales from an ad I put in as an afterthought. Only a few cents from Google or Amazon, but I still wasn't in the big leagues as far as hits.

Well, then I got a real job and I let the website slide and eventually pulled it – kind of short sighted, in retrospect, but it was a demanding job and I really didn't have the energy to maintain it so that it would at least break even with the hosting charges.

Any way I came back to it with a website and a couple of blogs and so far I’m looking at 30 cents profit. The Google Cash Machine is looking more like a penny arcade.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone with Adwords experience, What kind of businesses does it work well for? What should you have in place before you spend money to drive traffic to your website?

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      Douglas Reid 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Thanks for your comments. I've been away for a good part of the summer but am ready to get back into writing and blogging.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I received a discount and free Good Adwords selection last year, but I ended up loosing interest because I still have to pay them back.

      I am concentrating on my hub content, so that Google Adsense can pay me a meaty payout. Although, ads here in the Philippines are not expensive, so, even if I acquired many clicks from online users, still, it will not generate much remuneration.

      The good thing about Hubpages, the management is now paying for our published hubs separately.

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      zeke2100 5 years ago

      Doug,

      If you are not knowledgable about SEO, then Google Adwords will be the "penny arcade."

      Google Adwords can earn you money only if you know how to drive traffic to your site.

      Now if you are a freelance writer, you can earn money by writing for clients and content for websites.

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      Scott Biddulph 5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      It simply takes time to make money online. You have to do the work--no quick fixes here. You need to write about topics you are familiar with or an expert in. Write a lot of Hubs here that are content rich and interesting to the reader and you will see a reward. You need at least 50 good Hubs to break loose and begin to make some money. Good luck to you. PS--I loved the honesty in your Hub. WP