First Google AdSense Check
Amazingly, I got a check the other day from Google. Way back in 2009, I decided to begin placing Google Adsense ads on the site. It’s still something that I feel a little weird about, even to this day. But ever since… I’ve gotten a few clicks here and there, a few pennies every day or so.
Google’s approach is to hold off payment until you reach a $100 threshold. And sometime last November, I passed that magical mark and an actual check came my way.
While this is a pretty big number, I feel like this ad revenue just sort of trickled along. I don’t think I get that much traffic, day to day, as it’s mostly friends and family who visit with any regularity (though I do get some interesting passers-by, who find my through keyword searches).
On average, based on Google Analytics, I get anywhere from 300 – 600 visitors daily. Taking November as an example, last month I had 12,687 visits and a total of 20,450 pageviews. Average pages per visit is 1.61, with users spending an average of 1:05 on the site. Additionally I have around 145 – 170 RSS subscribers, who may or may not actually visit the site.
It’s weird – but I don’t really have any other basis for comparison. These numbers seem ok, but they also seem pretty low to me. Every once in a while I think about trying to increase the readership here on the blog, but that usually is a fleeting thing. Most days, I’m pretty satisfied with the routine of posting things up daily, sharing photos or links that I think are interesting.
Even though it’s been a slow accrual, the fact that I got $100 from doing blog posts is kind of blowing my mind. As a test, I just saw that I can add Adsense to RSS feeds as well – so this is something I’m going to try out. Will be interesting to see if this causes a jump in impressions/clicks, or whether it’ll cause a drop in subscribers.
RSS or site, regardless of how you’re reading this – consider me grateful and thankful you’re willing to spend a little of your time and attention on this site. Hopefully, the ads aren’t too annoying (and if they are, please let me know).