$2,158.76 In July from (Just) Ad Revenue - Yes It Works!

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Another post that's not to brag, but to share what's possible here at Wealthy Affiliate.

For the longest time I did not want ads on my website. I thought they would look tacky and I wanted a clean, uncluttered site. I also thought they'd be a distraction and hurt conversions.

None of those things turned out to be true, at least not in my experience. For the most part, it's been the opposite.

My best guess is that working with a good ad network gives your site credibility because you're now associated with recognizable brands. But that's just a theory. For whatever reason though, my conversion rates increased when I put ads on my site.

Of course, the other benefit to having ads on your site is that they generate revenue, and in July, my income from ads alone (not including affiliate and CPA income) was $2,158.76.

This is just crazy to me.

Update: Here's the July advanced reporting (screenshot) to answer some of the questions regarding number of sessions and RPM. Also for those who have asked, the ad network I use is Mediavine.

If you've been here awhile, you'll know there's a honeymoon phase when you first join WA.

You know it's going to take time and everyone's telling you it's going to take time... but for many I think (or maybe it was just me)... there's a secret hope you can do it faster.

And then of course you hit a wall. Some hit it at 3 months, others hit it earlier. Whenever it happens though, there's a sobering realization it's going to take longer than you first thought.

At some point the honymoon phase is over and that's when you start wondering if it works. Or maybe you know it works, but you're not sure it'll work for you.

Is it worth it?

The point I wanted to make with this post is that, yes... it's absolutely worth it.

I haven't added up my total income for July yet but when I include other affiliate programs, CPA's and sponsored posts... it should be in the ballpark of $6.5K (give or take).

So what you're doing here is worth it.

It probably won't happen as fast as you'd like but regardless of how long it takes, that time is going to pass anyway.

Now, $6.5K is not the kind of income many of our superaffliates here are earning and I have a long way to go, but these are US Dollars we're talking about... in Canadian Dollars that's like what...?

$100K or something. 😃

I can't help thinking what it would feel like (knowing what I know now) if I had quit because of the doubt, frustrations and failures. And I know many of you are going through those emotions.

Don't underestimate the time and effort you are putting in now.

Probably 80% or more of my traffic comes from posts I wrote in 2018. Some of them in 2017. And I remember wondering when I was writing those posts if I was just wasting my time. Countless hours compiling keywords, researching, writing, editing...

Will this ever amount to anything?

But if I'm being honest, it's extremely unlikely I would have spent that time on anything else productive (if I wasn't researching and writing those posts).

A little more Netflix maybe?

Not only would I not have an online income today, I wouldn't know what I know now or have the ability to do what I do now.

If I had quit and wanted back in the game, I'd have all that work still ahead of me.

It's so crazy (and a little scary) to think how easily I could have squandered all of that time. How easily I could have made a different choice, a simple decision to quit because of what...?


Of course, if I had quit... I could have spent more time with my family, and that's definitely not squandered time...

But now I have A LOT more time with my family.

Tons of time.

Because of WA and so many who have helped me here, I spend every day with my family (instead of working out of town nearly 3 weeks a month like I was before WA).

So if you can't tell... I'm trying to give you a (not so subtle) PUSH here 😃

Because I know (like Kyle and Carson know, and so many others here at WA know) that all of your time and effort is absolutely worth it.

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Recent Comments


Thank you for sharing this post... It was insightful and inspiring for sure. There will prob be days that I will want to hang it up - this is normal thoughts and feelings.
However, I will push thru whatever the issue is and move on because I am going to make this work!

Hi Colleen, I agree, it's normal to have those days. I've had them too. But as I mentioned in my post, it came down to what I'd do with the extra time I had if I were to quit. Aside from a little more time with my family, I couldn't honestly come up with anything else productive that would get me where I wanted to be in life.

Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you found it inspiring :-)


Now that is certainly a gig worth hustling for! :-P

Well done mate!.

2 Grand in ad revenue and not a single sale to be made to get that is just fantastic - completely passive!.

Just incredible!.

The power of building sites be it affiliate marketing, ad revenue or a mix of the two.

Hey Derek, you're absolutely right... it's definitely a gig worth hustling for :-D

I was hoping to average just $20 day when I first put ads on my site but 2K... as you say, without having to make sale, is a welcome surprise.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment :-)


thjat was a great copy man. i did to read more like this to encourage me to hang on in there. sure, its not easy but nothing i have ever tackled in my years on this earth have ever been. if i can go to vietnam, returned with ten toes and fingers and a right mind, i can conquer anything. notes like yours can help. so keep on nudging!!!!!!

Hi Harold, yes I'm 100% certain Vietnam would have been far more challenging than doing this. Glad you returned :-)

Real life challenges are a good comparison though. I've sat down at my computer more than once thinking things like, "if Elon Musk can build Tesla and Space X and against all odds challenge the entire oil and gas industry, the entire automotive industry, and the entire space industry"... certainly I can get a site ranked on Google, lol.

Thanks for your kind words Harold,

Hi Jay and congratulations on this effort and income.
I have continued from day to add 1 post each day to my site and I know over time the fruit will ripen and will continue to grow and develop a site filled with helpful information and of course ads
This is inspirational thank you and all the best as the $'s continue to grow

Hi Vicki, thanks for your kind words and for reading. One post per day is definitely a great goal (and I'm in awe of you being able to maintain that). Depending on your niche, your keywords and your competition though... try to make sure you're not sacrificing quality for quantity (not saying you are of course :-)

I really appreciate you taking time to comment,


It is so good to hear success stories like that!

Hi John, thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you found it helpful :-)


You've given us good motivational information. I hope your success continues to build.

Hi Fran, thanks for your kind words and glad you found it helpful :-)


A great post. I am ready to take my business to a new level. I PM you to get a better understanding of this process.

Thank you so much.


Hi Laura,

Thanks for reading and commenting :-) I'm hoping to get to my PM's a little later today so I'll touch base then and hopefully be able to provide some insight.


*** Beautiful blog post! ... so well expressed and with heart! ... that's great progress and outcomes ...

Congratulations, too!

Celebrate it all and with some bubblie if you like!

. ... 🥂🍾 ! .... and sure some cake, too => 🍰 !

All the best to you going forward & upward to Big Success, Mega-Success! .... cheerio ... :) ***

HI Keisha,

Thanks so much for your kind words. Mmmm... cake :-D

All the best to you as well,


... wonderful! ... more cake? => 🍰🍰 ... enjoy as much as you'd like! ... it's virtual = zero calories ... lol ... ... 😊 ....

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing!!!

Best wishes,
Karin 😁

... And thank you for reading and commenting :-)

Best wishes to you as well Karin,


You're welcome, Jay! Keep up the outstanding work!

Best wishes,

Massively motivating post!! Thank you

Hey Dave, thanks for your kind words and glad you found it helpful :-)


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