For awhile I had a block of Google Ads on the left side of this page. But I just took them out. Why?
- I really wasn’t making any money. (Google owes me $2.62)
- I didn’t put any effort into them
- They were taking valuable real estate
- They were kind of ugly
This isn’t meant as a complaint. I put the ads on my site as an experiment and learning experience. Basically I learned if I want to make any money off ads, I need to put some effort behind it. Match content and ads – even when it’s as automatic as Google AdSense. It is unrealistic to expect to wake up rich one morning because of all the ad revenue that came overnight.
This isn’t the end of my ads on my site. I have plans for a niche site that should work well with Google AdSense. It’s going to take some work on the content and ad management. It won’t make me rich. But I’m hoping for enough to cover hosting costs.