Problogger, Darren Rowse, has written a really good post on generating an income using Google AdSense. It isn’t all about simply adding the AdSense ads and waiting for the money to roll in. As he puts it –
Making the income that I’ve earned with Adsense (I’ve been using it for 18 months now) is not a walk in the park – this is not ‘easy money’. As I’ve written numerous times before – I work long hours (its 12.36am as I write this) and I’ve taken a long term view
of it (in the early days I was earning less than I did when I was 7 and
getting pocket money). I post 20-30 posts per day and work hard on
networking and ethical SEO. Blogging is my full time job. You get out what you put in.
I don’t just run a single general blog – my approach is multiple blogs
(I currently run 17) on niche topics which I aim to post daily on. My
traffic levels are not massive but they are reasonably substantial with
around 16,000 unique visitors to my site each day.
<p>Check out the rest of the post. Worth the read!
There has been quite a few posts lately about the feasibility of using Google’s AdSense program to generate an income off a blog or other website. As you may have noticed, I have AdSense bars on my blog and while I am yet to receive a cheque from Google (this is my fault, I used the wrong settings and, for a while, the AdSense bar wasn’t even visible) I believe it is worth it. Besides, if your intention is just to make money and nothing else, why even bother? I think that if you are going to blog then enjoy doing it. It is a labour of love and really requires creativity and effort.
Anyway, to read posts on this issue, start with ProBlogger’s comments on "Why Adsense doesn’t work … for everyone". That post links to a post on BlogKits titled "Google Adsense For Bloggers: Why It Doesn’t Work…For Everyone". To balance out that latter, slightly pessimistic view, have a look at feedbuzzard’s post titled "You CAN earn money with Adsense on your blog". Lastly, take a look at The Newest Industry’s brief post titled "How AdSense works (or doesn’t) for you".