If you are a beginning blogger that uses Google AdSense as a source of revenue, you probably check your earnings every few days to see if you are getting closer to that $100 payment threshold. I started earning with AdSense in 2010 (on websites and YouTube) and just received my first payment in October 2012. The check (seen above) was for $115.75 and I was very excited that I finally reached the $100 payout limit, but when I received the check in the mail, I needed to think long and hard about what I wanted to do with the money. I ended up spending the money on the Genesis WordPress framework and the Dynamik child theme (I will be doing reviews on both soon) which was a good investment because Omega Web needed a redesign. If you are interested, I am now running a completely custom theme that I created myself using Dynamik.

Invest The Money Back Into Your Blog

When most bloggers get their first payment, they blow it on something completely unrelated such as a new pair of shoes. If you truly treat your blog like a business, then you will not want to buy that new pair of shoes and you will want to improve your site in order to make more money. This can be done by buying a new framework to redesign your site, buying new plugins such as CommentLuv Premium which will help make you more successful, or paying off those web hosting bills that have accumulated over the months. Whatever the case, it’s always a smart idea to invest this first check back into your blog in order to make more money. Whenever you are making $500 a month, then you can choose to buy the shoes, upgrade to some new plugins, and use the rest for a car payment. Until you’re earning that kind of income, make sure you’re investing!

Join a Paid Members Blogging Group

One of the most popular paid blogging networks out there is Blog Engage. At $20 a month for the cheapest membership, Blog Engage is not cheap (in my opinion, at least). Joining this paid community will allow you to get maximum exposure for your blog posts and ultimately make more money in the long run. If you are relying on AdSesne to pay for your Blog Engage membership, $100 will last 5 months.

Start Up a New Project

One thing I am always doing is starting up new website projects. Although some fail, I have had some very successful ones. One of my niche sites was How To Make Lumpia and I actually make more money from that site monthly than I do Omega Web even though I get three times as many viewers on this blog. Depending on the project you are looking to start up, you could have costs anywhere from $15 to $100 or even $200. When I started How To Make Lumpia in March 2012, the domain name was available so I registered it for about $12. I then created the website in Adobe Dreamweaver without purchasing any kind of premium templates, so the startup cost was only $12 for the domain. A few months later I switched the website from a static HTML site maintained with Dreamweaver over to a WordPress-powered site (for easier maintenance) and now I make about $10 per month from this one niche project.

Starting niche websites or other blogs with your AdSense revenue is a great way to improve upon your earning potential. I currently have this blog, Aquarium Watch, and How To Make Lumpia earning me AdSense revenue. I also have the domain names MyDr.co (for a medical-related blog) and DIYCO2.net (for an aquarium CO2 niche site) which I plan to start whenever I have the time.

Any Other Suggestions?

I know I have many bloggers who read Omega Web who receive payments from Google AdSense all the time. Please share with us what you use that money for and how it has helped your blog… See you in the comments!


18 Responses to What To Do With Your First AdSense Payout

  • Can I know Which the plugin you are using to show related post thumbs ?

  • Congrats! Congrats and Congrats Ian for receiving your first Adsense check after 2 years lol. Well, I spent on my own blog my first online earning and tried to grow it.

    BTW, the new design of your blog is rocking!

    • Thank you! I just redesigned it yesterday using Genesis and the Dynamik child theme. If you go to my site on a mobile device, you will see that it’s a responsive theme.

  • Congratulations on your first payout 🙂 When and if that day comes, I would probably spend my money on plugins and other tools that will boost my productivity so I can continue making more money! Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Ian,
    Wow, I envy those who are newbies and managed to get their first adsense check that their blog has earned. I must say, that you spending your first adsense payout on getting a Dynamik Child Theme and redesigning your website is a great move. Blogging requires investments if you aim to earn a significant amount in this venture.

    I am very curious as to how you are able to earn from your one niche site “How to make lumpia” each month? Is the $10 a month of earnings there constant? Or are there months that you get none at all? I’m very curious to know! I haven’t much luck on my own site’s adsense earnings. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • Surprisingly enough, the revenue from How To Make Lumpia is extremely constant and growing. I only have one AdSense banner on each page and they still convert remarkably well. I have made about $3 from that website so far this month and it’s only the 8th, so I’m looking at $10-15 once again. One reason I believe this website has success is due to the lack of competition. There aren’t many websites out there that give a detailed explanation on making lumpia, so that’s definitely an advantage. Also, my domain name for the site is one of the reasons I was able to rank well in Google almost immediately. I have been holding the #1 position for the terms “how to make lumpia” since March 2012.

  • We always use the first lump to reinvest back into Google Adwords – take a look at what has been giving you the most hits and returns then adapt your campaign to suit this. Very quick and easy to do – give Google a ring and they’ll even help you out for free! People moan about paying on Google but ultimately, if used correctly, you can get an awful lot back from it.

  • Congratulations on your Adsense Payment, Ian..

    I have to admit that in my early days of Blogging I did not think too much about the “reinvest back into your website” idea…

    I think in the early days after working quite hard on a site, we may be more concerned with getting a little something back…

    Much later, I see investing and / or reinvesting back into our site(s) as being something we should do, and also continually reinvesting into our sites as they become more established…..

  • Hi there, can I ask if after you receive your first payment from Google , ur balance will start from zero on the next month ? Or you carry on from the first hundred u make

    I just need to know if revenue from Google ad sense is one off or monthly. E

    • When Google sends you a payment, it starts back over at $0. So you build up $100, Google sends you the money, and then you have to start over. Is that confusing?

  • I had started using adsense about as long ago as you did, and never really got anywhere except in cluttering up my websites with advertising. Maybe I should go back and see exactly how close I even got to the payout minimum and think about putting adsense back on some of my sites.

  • Writing a blog is easy but make it your passion you will enjoy it, and you can earn some handsome money out of it. 2ndly blog’s template and arrangement is one of the most powerful tools that determine the success of aBLOG
    For beginners i would like to prefer to get start with BLOGGER.COM . Because of it’s ease and simplicity, after learning the basic techniques you can switch to another platform like WordPress or still you can stick with BLOGGER.

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