This is a very delayed summation of my earnings in August. It is really difficult to gather much enthusiasm for the task, last month was rather dispiriting. It is frequently said that it is a particularly bad month of online earnings, but now I am in the middle of September, and I am still waiting for the fall bounce. Continue reading
Another monthly summation of my attempts to earn money online. It will soon be six months since I started this attempt to free myself from the necessity of finding another job, and the risk of having my mental health destroyed by despotic bosses and Orwellian HR procedures. My mental health since I’ve stopped working has improved considerably. Unfortunately my income shows no signs of reaching the minimum wage. Continue reading
The road to earn money online doesn’t seem to be strewn with much cash. However, money is not the only thing in life (although it is quite important if I plan to keep eating when the redundancy payout runs out). I thought now, four months after I signed up for an Adsense account, might be a good time to list the Great Achievements and Other Milestones achieved so far. I will start with a little inspirational picture:
Another month has flown by, the second since I’ve lost my job and is traditional for us, deluded people who think they can earn money online, it is time to examine the microscopic progress I have made. The vast majority of the earnings come from WebAnswers and HubPages. The positive observation is that I have actually earned more than last month, the negative is that the amount of money is laughable. Anyway in June my online endeavours have earned me: Continue reading
I was looking today at a question I had answered on WebAnswers, about having truly passive income from online websites. The person was asking about whether it was possible to just put something online, slap some Adsense on it and then leave it there. Now, traditionally writing articles, static websites etc. were considered to fit that bill, however I pointed out that articles aren’t really such completely passive ways of earning money. Various people on HubPages forum have been pointing out that, unless they keep publishing new hubs, their traffic dies. Continue reading
So May, my first month of being redundant is over. Time to have a look at the paltry earnings from my online activities for the month, panic, and start looking for a real job. Continue reading
While typing away answers on WebAnswers, sometimes I come across discussions about how the site works. Usually these are discussions about which questions it is best to answer and why are so many of the questions so stupid; “Am I pregnant”, “Who’s the Daddy” seem to be particularly popular. I have been avoiding them with disgust, but apparently they are the really good payers. There are people on WebAnswers who specialise in determining the parentage of various babies of promiscuous mothers. Perhaps I should look into this.
Anyway some of the discussion made me think whether the best way to make money online isn’t just to generate random content, perhaps with a primary keyword being repeated throughout the page.
The way WebAnswers earns money, is not through the people who use it, since we don’t click on the Adsense, but through normal internet punters who type a question into google (who’s the Daddy?) and come up with a WebAnswers page on it. Apparently you never know what question is going to rank in google, so although all the stuff that we type in might not be very useful, if there is a big enough volume of it, there is always a chance somebody will click, increasing the earnings. Which makes me wonder whether a random word generator wouldn’t be best for google.
The problem of course would be that you don’t just need to bring people to a site, you need them to stay there and click ads. But I think my idea would work quite well, the only text that would make any sense, on the page, would be the advertisements, almost forcing people to click on them. It is very fortunate that there are nobody is reading this blog. My brilliant idea will remain secret until implementation.
If you are still interested in WebAnswers, here’s a link to a question I enjoyed, the task was to write a short poem about WebAnswers.
Two more weeks of my wonderful career as postdoc left. I feel quite a lot like these frogs. Spent last week procrastinating like crazy about writing the results for the Yet Another Mediocre Paper, there was as deadline for Wednesday, which didn’t turn out to be a real deadline anyway. Can’t really imagine it happening but must keep pretending, at least until I am officially not working.