AdSense, Two Cents, Quit Blogging

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After three months of blogging and completing the Yakezie Challenge, guess what I have to show for it? Two cents! That’s right ladies and gentlemen. I have two, big, fat, copper Abraham Lincolns to my name. This startling fact made me reassess my latest side project, Buck Inspire. Should I quit blogging?

Outmanned and Outgunned

Wake up and look around you! Look at all the firepower! You have CPA’s, lawyers, real estate experts, stock market traders, MBA’s, and PhD’s! Who do you think you are and what do you think you are doing? You can’t even hold a candle to them! Who would want to read a blog from you?!?!

Life Happens

You have a job. You have bills to pay. You have a wife to take care of. You have to think about a future house. You have to think about future dependents. You have to worry about aging parental units. You have to worry about retirement. I can barely keep everything together now, what happens when life happens? What now Sherlock?!?!

Addicted to Blog

Lately, everything I do is blog related. Wake up, check blog emails, forums, any comments? If so, comment back, read and post on forums, read other blogs, comment, prepare for my next post. Go to work. Do some work. Sneak off and check blog, comments, emails, forums, and throw in some social media. Break for lunch.

Read and comment on other blogs. Read about SEO. Tweak my site with new plugins. Ride an elevator, check mobile apps for visitor stats and new comments. Go home for dinner and repeat above processes at home. Take a break to chat with wife, squeeze in a movie or a sporting event, and then back to the blogosphere. Eyes heavy, maybe I better sleep… Need to catch up on one more blog, one more comment, one more forum topic. Nearly pass out on my laptop before I drag myself to bed to repeat the process the next day. What am I doing with myself?!?!

Six Figure Pipe Dream

You’ve heard all about the superstars, John Chow, Shoemoney, Problogger, Copyblogger, Yaro, Steve Pavlina and their six figure dreams come true. Well guess what, at this rate (two cents in three months), I’m gonna have to string together several lifetimes to even make a tiny sliver of that. Pipe dream? Delusions of grandeur? Am I on crack? I know, I know, don’t quit my day job, right?!?!

WRONG!

If you are fortunate enough to find something you are passionate about, it practically occupies your every moment, and you don’t even care if it brings you an extra two pennies, count your lucky stars because you are truly blessed. If this isn’t you, keep the faith, work smart, be aware, and hopefully one day, your dream will come true, too.

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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43 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    I’m glad you are passionate about blogging! Three months is very little in the blogging world. It takes at least a year to even assess if you really want to do this!

    I don’t think I even had adsense for the first 6 months or so.

  2. Nice one Buck! I was obsessed with blogging for about 3 months and then it calmed down a bit. Now I can go through an evening without fooling around with the blog occasionally. I know you have more than 2 cents now. πŸ˜‰
    I just signed up with payperpost through your ad.

  3. Clay Burt says:

    Nice post – really glad you aren’t stopping because I like your style.

    Here’s a few tips that might help a LOT…
    You have a nice theme, but when you use the default adsense settings the ads are too invasive and most people won’t click them especially with this theme… You’ve got the top ad in the right place, but change the bg to black or whatever color this is and the text to white… basically make it blend as much as possible.
    Also, experiment with your secondary ad placement – many blogs will see higher clickthrough if you put it at the end of your posts (same color tips as above.) Another slight thing you might want to experiment with is the top ad doesn’t look like it is 300×250 – if it isn’t play around with a couple different sizes because that is the best converting ad I’ve found. Plus there are a lot of advertisers that put the most effort into that size.
    Another issue is the Amazon ad you have doesn’t have content for my page view… get rid of it or get a better match.
    Also, your bottom right bigger ad needs to be up near the top, not at the bottom.
    One other suggestion is John Chow has an inline link ad program he is referring and since you have so much inline text that might work for you… worth a shot anyway.
    Good luck, Buck! BTW, these are just suggestions – no sweat if you try them or just delete this comment. I’m just getting started blogging as well so trying to pay it forward.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Delete this comment? Are you crazy? Thanks for the kind words and your very detailed and thoughtful comment. I implemented some of your suggestions. We’ll see how it goes. I like your pay it forward attitude. Let me know if you need anything on this end. Also, check out Gravatar. You can select your favorite pic and have it show up when you comment on blogs. Check it out! πŸ™‚

  4. Aloysa says:

    Blogging can get addictive! Tell me about that. And then work and family and… you feel pressure building up. I did calmed down for a while and… pulled the plug. LOL Oh well… Loved the article, made me smile. So true!

  5. Aloysa says:

    One more thing… since I am still one of your top commenters (Thank you!)can you change my faceless icon back to my gravatar? I want my face back! πŸ™‚

  6. Squirrelers says:

    Yeah, it can be addicting to blog. Just be sure to get sleep, and take care of the important things in life first – family, health, income, etc.

    But if you spend free time doing this and are having fun, learning, and motivated – I suspect that you’ll make good things happen. It takes time. In the meantime, enjoy it.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Funny, because of your advice and previous posts, I remind myself to get sleep and stay healthy. Thanks for being a positive influence! πŸ™‚ Trying to enjoy the ride as best I can.

  7. Great post. I can find myself addicted to my blog. Sometimes I need to just set my timer to remember to get away from reading, commenting and blogging. Found you today. Will be back to read more.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Great advice about the timer. Yeah I am forcing myself to take breaks and step away a bit. Very, very addicting! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to corresponding with you in the future. Will visit ya, too!

  8. Buck, if you’re enjoying blogging, that is what counts. I hope to see your blog around for a long time as I always have a smile on after watching your video clips!

  9. Blogging is very addicting, and you seem to earn more over time as you build your following and get noticed by the search engines! You will make more soon!

  10. Money Smarts says:

    Stick with it, the profits will come in time!

    One thing to keep in mind, if you’re not making any money at all like this it may be time to re-evaluate why you aren’t making any money. Is it because the ads aren’t blending with your content very well? (maybe) could it be that you’re not writing about topics that convert well for adsense? (maybe). Could it be the placement of your ads, or your site’s SEO? Maybe. There could be a lot of reasons why it isn’t doing well for you yet, and you may need to do some research and see if you can figure out why it isn’t clicking quite yet. Best of luck!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks for the encouragement. Excellent points about why I am not seeing more on the monetary side. Will dig deeper. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Do you remember at what point it started clicking for you?

      • Money Smarts says:

        Since Smart On Money was my second site and I already had a reasonably successful first site, I kind of knew how to monetize to a degree already. Because I had that knowledge I had cashed out of my adsense ($100) in my second month with Smart On Money. My first site took me a bit longer to cash out that first time – 3-4 months. I think for most people it’s gonna take a bit longer though, 6 or more months? In any event, my best advice – check out the sites of bloggers who you have a good idea that they’re doing well – and see what they’re writing about – what kind of topics. See if you can write about similar topics and see how it affects your adsense.

  11. Evan says:

    Stick with it buddy. It took me 18 LONG months before I hit the google threshold, but once I deposited that first check I have made it 3 or 4fold month in and month out.

  12. Amen!!! I hear you. I literally LOL through this entire post because I feel your…dedication. Ha! Keep up the good work. It definitely shows. I like the new look too. That’s just my 2 cents! Hav a good 1!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      What’s up Divas! Thanks for the encouragement. πŸ™‚ It can get rough at times. Yeah, everyone is enjoying the new look. Man, feel kind of bad for making everyone suffer so long… Better late than never! How’s things going on your end?

  13. Love the Arnold/Commando video clip! One of my favorites!

  14. Well, looks like it has been a few months since the last comment on this thread. I would really like to have an update however. Did you ever make more than those 2 cents? I notice that your Alexa ranking is pretty awesome. Has that helped? I am a new blogger and extremely interested in any advice you might have.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks! My AdSense is up 1000 percent. But that is only about 20 bucks. Ask yourself why are you blogging? If it’s about the money, blogging isn’t a get rich scheme. If you blog because you have a passion to write, keep doing what you love. One day, hopefully your hard work pays off. Your gravatar rocks!

  15. Shilpan says:

    Buck, this is refreshing as my blog just finished 3 months. I have now around 11K pageviews and Alexa rank of 114K, but I haven’t made a single cent yet. πŸ™‚ It’s certainly addictive hobby for sure.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Keep up the great work Shilpan! Love your work and glad you’re not discouraged by the money side of it. You have great blog stats you should be proud of it!

  16. Buck, I’d love to hear your reflections at this point in time about your progress compared to when you first wrote this post.

  17. Arlee Bird says:

    Came back to check out this oldie but definitely goody. This was very similar to my own experience early on. What the heck–who needs to be rich when they can have fun. Well, let me think on that one.

    Lee

  18. Glad I’m not the only one! I have not tried Ad Sense yet, but I get a few bucks a year from the Amazon Affiliates program

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