The Endless Pursuit of Money

So I was looking at Google Adsense, everyone wants to make money from basically nothing, or a minimum amount of work. Adsense is no miracle program, it requires that you have already a LOT of traffic, and if you have a LOT of traffic, likely you are already running a money making business with a website or multiple websites.  I’m always looking for more money, how to make it, where it can be found. Luckily with my websites I’ve been able to generate REAL money by their design and hosting. Because they are relatively smaller, locally based websites, the click through rate is not good at all. Usually its return visitors with some connection to the organization or whatever. And with those, you can’t make money.

With things like Adsense, you make money on ‘click through’s for the most part, you can make it on views but I think ‘click through’s are the real money spot. So… I’ll never make much money off Adsense, I haven’t even really decided to start using it across my websites, you’ll see a little box at the bottom of this page, but again… I get maybe 1 visitor a day to my site? And most are friends, so thats not making any money.

What is my suggestion for making money? Create goods, products, services. I make real hard earned cash from creating websites, content, managing that content. Thats a tangible business, its steady and though I’m not getting anywhere near rich off it, its predictable and a great side job! Its enough to pay for its own hosting fees and other things.

Conclusion? .. stick with making real things for real people. Figure out what you love to do and do it. If you can paint, then paint pictures and sell them at flee markets or whatever. Making money is going to take work. No millionaires became that way from Google Adsense, they worked hard and long at whatever they were doing.

Micro Blog #2 – Popcans

Had a deal on at our local corner store, 3 12 can packs of pop for $9.99. Can’t pass that up 🙂 Especially when those same cans will make us money over the year heating! My current box has 12 cans in it. Its saving us (as calculated in this blog: Solar Heating Calculations) about $13 a year.  With 36 cans added to the group, that savings jumps up to $52 a year. Haven’t gotten my BIG panels up and running, I simply have no place to put them. Once we purchase a house, I’ll review that again. I’ll post more once I’ve created these. Can’t wait to see what I’m able to collect in Ajax as well over Christmas :). Popcan solar heaters are such a great little fun project and Do make an impact on heating bills.

Micro blog #1 – Fuel bills

Our oil tank is diminishing quickly, especially with the sub zero temps out these last few days. Methinks a tank will last only 2 months which is too bad! Cost $650 to fill it. The gauge isn’t quite reliable though, when full it only measures 3/4 … maybe the float is partially submerged, or maybe when the oil is that high, it just can’t go that far…  Likely we’ll fill up before we leave for Ontario and make sure the temps are turned down so as not to use much. I SO wish the landlord would allow us to have programmable thermostats! We could easily save so much oil that way. I’ll probably follow up with a ‘post-winter’ review on oil consumption. Should be interesting to see what we’re going through. Granted, from reading forums and such, our consumption doesn’t look TOO far out of whack.. still, would like to conserve more.

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