I finally hit the $100 threshold from Google to receive a payout. While the temptation to go out and have fun is strong, you need to be smarter when it comes to securing a financial future. Besides, if you make blog money while maintaining a full-time job, it’s as good as finding it on the street. What is the best way to use money from your website?
Wouldn’t it be nice to get paid to write your own content? To wake up in the morning, crack out a post and then relax is a goal for many. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work like that. In reality, blogging is often just as grueling as any other job. So, how do you build a blog that will pay the bills?
A lot of people take to blogging in the hopes of making a few extra dollars from Adsense each month. You might see ads about how so-and-so makes thousands of dollars through ad revenue and how you could as well if you buy his or her “money making secrets” for blogging. In reality, making a significant amount of money blogging with Adsense is a bit more difficult. It could take a fairly long time to generate any real revenue.
The purpose of any website is to engage a target audience. Otherwise, you wouldn’t care if it was online or not. But if a website isn’t being productive for your needs, is it worth the time and money you’re investing? Should you keep the site going or move that time and money into a different project? In reality, that all depends on what you’re getting out of the experience.
I know a lot of people who use their websites to try and generate a cash flow. There isn’t anything wrong with this idea. In fact, I’ve seen many sites that have become cash cows. Unfortunately, many will assume too much from their sites and become frustrated when it’s not making money. Before you keep buying different domains because they “sound” good, take a look at your current site. There may be more going on preventing your success.