Last year, bloggers have a very good income from blogging. They earn from several ways like Google Adsense, TextLinkAds, doing paid reviews and also selling banner ads.
However, Google put its foot down and almost every blogger’s income was affected. My own income drop from USD5K per month to an all time low of USD1,500.
Well, I didn’t depend on my blog income as survival and hence, it wasn’t that scary to me. That’s why I have the calmness to take stock, make amends with Google, find new revenues and re-invent my blogging strategies.
It also cause me to work harder, improve my blogs, spend more time analysing and basically, plod on with the hope of going back to the glory of making a five digit income (in RM) again.
I did turn to God when things were crashing down. PR disappeared. Traffic dropped. Getting de-indexed. Rankings on the search results folded to nowhere. I fixate my focus that the Lord will provide as and when I need them. True enough, the faith I profess, “Give us our daily bread” stands firm.
So, yes, my blog income has picked up since the Google smackdown. It is not yet at its peak but I am seeing brighter days now.
What about you? Have you recovered from the last Google smackdown? Or do you totally dropped all your blogs and leave them to get mouldy and rotten? I have seen many a good bloggers who made the mistake of giving up too fast. They threw away their blog persona to eke out a few bucks. They lost faith. They lost direction. It is very sad to see people giving up hope so fast.
Remember my advice – Tend to your blog like your garden. It will bloom again.
For me, I am now focussed on ‘If I can earn another few more dollars, I can add them up to my four son’s college and university education. The more I earn, the better college we can afford.’ That gives me the motivation to actually work and not just treat the dollars and cents I made as mere numbers.
Jo(April 23, 2008 - 9:26 am)
I like your website seems very interesting and you have a good sense of humor. I am sure it won’t be long and you will be back up to the 5k mark in no time at all once google straightens itself out. Good Luck!
Claudia(April 23, 2008 - 11:03 am)
Great post. I am a victim of Google as well. I was able to make a good money before everything began to go wrong.
pablopabla(April 23, 2008 - 12:10 pm)
The money is surely trickling in :D
philin(April 23, 2008 - 12:44 pm)
It is a priviledge to work and earn a living from home.
Andrew Ooi(April 23, 2008 - 2:28 pm)
I am suffering!! Nothing like the pre 2007 times. Still things are beginning to look a little better. I can almost stand on my two feet with online income.
lilian(April 23, 2008 - 9:01 pm)
Andrew – It is a big smack for us but I guess it makes us much more aware. Cheers to better days ahead.
philin – Yes, so blessed.
pablopabla – One door closed, another one opens, right?
claudia – We have to change strategy and what works previously, no longer work now. But I am sure there are bright prospect if we keep plodding on and not drop out of the game.
Jo – Thanks a lot!
knupnet(April 23, 2008 - 9:07 pm)
Yeah… The income seems to be on the rise a bit I guess. I had some sites hit by Google as well – but such is life in this industry!
Anil Gupta(April 23, 2008 - 9:10 pm)
I think 2007 was the best year for me. In 2008, as well I’m trying hard to make money from blogging. I have been working in blogging & money making niche right now
The Unforgiven(April 26, 2008 - 5:51 pm)
I think it’s better to get a better job, because with even more visitors than you, Lilian, I find monetizing traffic is getting harder and harder….because you know what? Many of the visitors are actually trying to “spy” on my sites…more and more people are trying to “make money online,” which to me, has not really a bright future – for anyone earning less than 10k.
Simple logic – If everyone was trying to “make money online,” WHO will click Adsense? NO ONE. Who will buy? NO ONE. But EVERYONE will be selling something…or trying to sell something.
So, most of the money will go to the big dogs once again, you know what I mean? Big companies, etc. Because people trust them and will only buy from them. All the little guys will get squashed, and this I forsee will increase in the next 2 years. Am I optimistic? Not really. The Internet is NOT a really good way to make money. If I could, I’d be a pro footballer in the English Premier League. Know how much they make? Phew!