Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I can't believe I didn't think of this before

I've been using "google adsense" on the side of this blog since sometime late last summer.  Basically google just puts ads there that it thinks are appropriate, then pays me based on how much traffic the page gets, and how many people click on the ads.  For a long time I thought it was completely useless.  Then I did a little research, moved some things around, and started to have a very small amount of success with it.  As of two days ago I had made a grand total of $14.54.  And then I had the idea to ask people to click on the ads.

I'm not sure I really believe what google is telling me, or if the current numbers would actually translate to the same degree if there was more traffic.  But according to my stats, 2 days ago 10 people clicked on ads, and I made $9.13.  Yesterday and so far today I've had 12 clicks, and made $10.46.  I can't imagine it's really that easy, but according to google I am making almost $1 every time someone views one of the ads.

In the past 24 hours, 141 people have viewed this page.  According to my current numbers, if every one of them clicked on an ad, that would be enough for me to actually do this for a living.  So please please keep doing it.  And if you haven't yet, do it now.  It's SO easy and takes no time at all.  Just close the window or hit the back button as soon as it comes up, you don't even have to look at it.  Thanks for your support.

2/1 UPDATE:  I'm hearing rumors that google catches on when the same people click too frequently.  So if you really really love this blog and have been clicking on every ad several times, A: thanks for that, and B: one per day is good enough.  My friend today told me that she had a site shut down because the same people clicked on ads too often.

2/2 UPDATE:  Nevermind.  I guess I'm not allowed to ask people to click on the ads.

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