So my little experiment into putting ads on scottfeldstein.net has been fun. Here are a few things I learned:
- Google AdSense counts my traffic in a far more conservative way than my own (pretty stock) installation of webalizer. Webalizer says I’m getting over 3,000 page views per day; AdSense says I’m getting a five hundred “page impressions” on a good day. There are some reasonable explanations for the discrepancy, but it’s discouraging nonetheless.
- I only earn money when people click on ads; I get nothing “per thousand page impressions,” as I previously thought.
- On a positive note, it only takes a few clicks a day to be meaningful. Just three ad clicks can give me $0.50 revenue for the day.
- That’s not bad! At $0.50 per day, 27 days in a month… that’s $13.50 per month, which adds up to my first $100 check earned in about 8 months. That’s better than a kick in the teeth, I guess.
- I didn’t often get those 3 clicks. Many days I got none at all.
- I have had ads running for ten days. I have earned exactly $1.25. That’s a measly $0.12 a day.
- At that rate, putting aside increases in my traffic, I should collect my first $100 check in 2.5 years.
So I think I’ll take the ads down.
At least Tristan Lewis thinks my blog is worth something, though: