Tuesday night on the internet and I’m writing right up until my 9:30pm call from Shanghai comes in. I’ll take what time I can get.
In January of 2007 I decided to integrate some small Google ads into a couple of my more “highly-trafficked” websites, namely my blog and a now ridiculous-looking page I made back in highschool which I maintain partly because it’s got a decent pagerank, partly because it gets hits, and partly because it’s such a funny example of my 1995 webpagin’ skills. Despite my meager readership and small search traffic, I figured some unobtrusive Google ads wouldn’t hurt – and I might even make a little money over time.
Once upon a time I used to check my progress, but slowly forgot I even had ads on the pages. Last week I got a $100 payout from Google. It took me three and three-quarter years to earn that $100, which is something like 2¢ per day. (As an aside to that sentence, I always found it confusing that the dollars sign goes before a number and the cents sign goes after. Just seems needlessly confusing.) I guess that falls in line with my “might as well; might earn some money” attitude about the whole thing… but man that’s some sloooow earning.
I’m already looking forward to my next $100 (they only pay once you hit that mark) in July 2014.