It's been 6 months since I activated AdSense on my account and I've finally received the first payment from Google AdSense which requires a 100 dollar threshold to be met. The standing balance in my account was $105 when Google made the payment.
10 Things Learned:
1. Earning Online is Hard
I think this is the biggest learning. Do you often see bloggers or influencers sharing their monthly earnings and claiming that the journey is smooth? Let me tell you - it's not the case until you hit a certain benchmark (what I call the legitimacy point). You've got to work really hard to earn online.
2. It Requires Consistency
Cannot emphasize this enough. Want to get better at anything? Work hard but more importantly - consistently work hard! If you publish one post today and another a month later, your blog is not reaching anywhere. You must maintain a frequency rate - and it could be anything but once a month!
3. Knowing Thyself
Before you start blogging, you must understand yourself better. In my opinion, that constitutes introspecting what do you want to blog about. If you don't select a topic that:
You know a lot about
Can be elaborately discussed
chances are you'll quit soon. You either need to love the topic or you need to be determined enough to learn and share more about it.
4. Really Want To Earn?
Most people get demotivated in the blogging journey because they are not sure why they started blogging in the first place. Your reason to blog could be anything - to learn, to earn, to share, to become popular - I'll leave that up to you to decide. But, I'd advice to stick with one goal, whatever it may be.
5. Trying New Things
“Albert Einstein once said that insanity is 'Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to achieve different results'.
If you want the result to be different - be it more earnings, more traffic, you got to experiment a lot with your blog or anything you do online to earn. You need to try different ad formats, different affiliate programs, even change your strategy of traffic acquisition to find the optimum mix for your platform.
6. Being Responsible
When you start earning online, you'll realise how many lives you have the ability to have an impact on - through your words and knowledge. A blog is just a medium to share it. You ought to assume responsibility along with earning. There are choices that can make or break what you have and what you get in the future.
7. Building Credibility
Your readers trust your opinions and the information you share over the blog. Never trade your credibility for a few extra bucks that you might get from an affiliate program or by sponsoring a product you don't believe in. Keep communicating with your audience to build more trust.
8. Low Traffic Is An Excuse
So many bloggers quit in between because they believe "traffic comes first" and only then earning follows. This is not true, both go hand in hand but you can earn without traffic too. The quality of content is of supreme importance and if you have great content, Google will notice you sooner or later.
9. Diversity Is Important
Don't keep writing similar kind of posts. Do a mix and match to invite a variety of viewers to your website. It doesn't mean digressing from the main topic of your website. But, branching out into updates, notifications and applying for feeds like Google News can surely help.
10. Being Grateful
Whatever you earn online is a result of your efforts but not entirely. Other factors like your audience, the medium bringing you the most traffic also have a role to play. Make sure to be grateful towards them and pay attention to them. I owe my channel's viewership to Google Discover and the visibility it brought me.
So, if you're also on the road to earning online, I wish you the best and hope you experience it soon!