Even though April is not quite finished, I have no doubt that this will be the worst month for AdSense revenue in 2011 so far. It very well may end up being worse than 2010 for that matter. I started writing online at the end of May 2009 so by April of 2010, I had been at it for almost one full year. I was actually quite surprised with the results at the time and suspected it had something to do with the fact that I wasn't very active during the early part of 2010.
Now I recognize that there can be seasonal variations in online revenue and traffic. I suspect I am seeing some of that seasonal variation in addition to the changes at Google. At least I hope that is what I am seeing. It would make sense to me. With the majority of my traffic coming from the United States, it would make some sense.
April is the beginning of warmer weather in the Northern parts of the U.S. and people (including myself) are anxious to get outside. Yard work, walking the dog, jogging, and golf are all activities that haven't been enjoyed for many months so at the first signs of spring, everyone gets away from the computer to head outdoors. It seems logical and is what I am telling myself.
The next few months should really tell me a lot about what the future might hold for online income. It has been a struggle to stay motivated with so little revenue coming in. It seems like an entire year's worth of work has been for naught. Of course, it doesn't help that I have been incredibly busy or that the weather is nicer. Oh well, I will keep on working on my new site as I am able and add content. If I can get it to pay for itself, then I might take the plunge and do another one.
I am just a neophyte learning to make money online. I am excited about the opportunities and hope to share what I am learning.
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