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R2 700 Google Adsense Cheque in South Africa

Updated on April 15, 2012

My Google Adsense cheque for more than R2 700

Slotted my latest Adsense cheque into the stem of a palm tree just 3 metres from the door of my little home office, for this photo. It is exactly as I received it in the mail, other than me taking the photo to PhotoShop to edit out my address.
Slotted my latest Adsense cheque into the stem of a palm tree just 3 metres from the door of my little home office, for this photo. It is exactly as I received it in the mail, other than me taking the photo to PhotoShop to edit out my address. | Source

I took a photo of my 18th Google Adsense cheque I received in the mail in South Africa. I haven’t taken a photo of my Google Adsense cheque since I received my 3rd Adsense cheque and my 6th one. If you view those two cheques you’ll see how my passive income from Adsense has grown over time, as a result of not giving up, and continuing to put effort in.

R2 700 is currently (April 2012) about $340

If I’d had more time to spend on trying to increase my Google Adsense earnings, I would have made considerably more than R2 762 in one month, by now, but I continue to put in effort whenever I get the chance to, to further increase my monthly Adsense earnings. Even though I’d like to earn more, I’m pleased that I receive an Adsense cheque of over R2 000 each month for the relatively little work I’ve put in so far – it’s a helpful extra income.

Please note: thanks to diogenes for bringing it to my attention (see comments section below) I feel I should point out the earnings for this Adsense cheque came mostly from my own sites. My Adsense earnings from this site, HubPages, merely contributed towards the total.

Why have I taken photos of my Google Adsense cheques that I receive in South Africa?

Besides being proud that my hard work at trying to improve my passive income from Google Adsense is starting to pay off, I know that others like to see proof that people really do receive Google Adsense cheques in South Africa (or proof that trying to make money from Google Adsense works for some people.)

Many people are struggling to find work or need extra income, not just in South Africa but all over the world. If using online writing sites that share their Adsense ad revenue with you, or if using a Blogger blog, trying to make money from Google Adsense doesn’t have to cost you a thing other than time and effort. Although I would recommend that further down the line you get your own site (register a domain and get hosting) you can still certainly start out making money from Google Adsense without it costing you a cent to do so.

Once you’ve gotten past the basics of preparing to apply for a Google Adsense publisher account, applying for the account and being accepted as a Google Adsense publisher, and learning how to either use your Adsense publisher ID or learning how to insert Adsense ads into the pages of your own sites, making money from Google Adsense can be quite easy – as long as you work hard at getting lots of people to visit your pages that the ads appear on.

The great thing about making money with Google Adsense is that it’s passive income. You certainly have to work hard to get the income you earn each month up to an amount you’re happy with, but after that, you can even sleep while earning an income from Google Adsense.

Some tips about the basics of getting and using Google Adsense

Preparing to apply for a Google Adsense publisher account

First make sure you have a few pages of content on your site, or that the articles on your site (or articles on a writing site that shares its Adsense revenue with you) are getting quite a few visitors each day – perhaps 50 visitors a day.

Applying for the Google Adsense account

Make sure you don’t make any mistakes with the application. Be sure of the URL you need to fill in, and use an email address that you use regularly. Be honest when filling in all fields of your application.

Next step if not already done

Do not be in such a hurry to get started using Google Adsense ads on your site (or on an online writing site) that you fail to first read and understand and abide by the Google Adsense program policies and rules. Google is strict. You risk having your account shut down and experiencing difficulty in trying to get it back if you make errors (that you are warned against making in their Adsense program policies.)

Conclusion

Making money from Google Adsense could be considered a business – especially if you are able to earn a healthy income from it. So treat it like a business: be professional, follow the rules, and work hard. Hard work pays off.

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      Congratulations,

      so happy for you, and a tad jealous but that´s just me. voted up and shared everywhere, hopefully make some more dosh. :-)

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

      @ tapasrecipe - thanks, and don't be jealous - I also used to be jealous of those earning more than me with Adsense, and also still am a bit, I have to admit, of those earning much more more than I am now - but just hang in there, keep working at it, and your earnings will increase over time.

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      Sally Hayes 5 years ago

      Wow! Congratulations! I am totally motivated and inspired by your success! Cheers! - Sarah

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Teresa Many congrats. I have many more hubs than yu, but make nowhere near that amount. It just show you need to target your market and then work at it.

      Bob

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

      @ SMD2012 - thanks, and I'm pleased it inspired you!

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

      @ diogenes - thanks - this Adsense cheque of over R2 700 included very little earnings from HubPages - most of my Adsense earnings come from my own sites. I think I should perhaps edit this hub so that this is clear - thanks for bringing this to my attention!

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      Paul Goodman 5 years ago from Florida USA

      Hi Terry, I have struggled with Adsense but have done a bit better with other affiliates, as you know. Great to hear that you are doing so well!

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

      @ Paul - thanks - it took me a while. Your efforts at making money from affiliate programs is certainly inspiring - and I myself would like to look into earning more from affiliate programs too - just that "lack-of-time" thing - as you know :)

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Congrats on your 18th check and thanks for the great advice!

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      Hypersapien 5 years ago

      Congrats! It's great to hear that someone is doing so well with AdSense!

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

      Thank you Jlava73 and Hypersapien

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      Gonza 5 years ago

      That was motivating. I'm from kenya and am just starting out with blogging for money. Is there a way I can get adsense to display products tailored for high traffic regions like the US and western Europe while still based in Kenya?

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

      Hi Gonza - thanks for the comment and I'm pleased you found this article motivating. Gonza, when I visit websites (even if they are websites of Americans who do business in America) that have Adsense ads on them, I see ads that mostly lead to South African sites. I would assume it is the same for Americans visiting South African sites - they would see mostly American ads.

      If you're setting up your own site, getting a .com domain may also help somewhat. If I'm targetting mostly Americans in any of my sites, I get a .com domain rather than a .co.za (South Africa) domain. However, I do also get many Americans visiting my .co.za sites (finding my site through Google.com natural search results.)

      Write about things that happen in America, perhaps, if your target market is America. Use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool to see what keywords and keyphrases have good search volume - and include those words in your titles, articles, image alt tags, and link title tags - just remember that good search volume phrases often have the most competition too, so it's also a good idea to target the smaller search volume phrases which may have less competiton.

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      Gonza 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I find inspiration in your progress. I'll follow u to learn more from your posts. Thanks

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