2013 Was a Great Year for This Site!!

My 2013 was generally bad on a personal level, seeing that I had a car accident and some other crappy stuff, but 2014 is looking up!! I’d like to thank each and every one of my readers (all ten of them!) for making ‘An American View’ have a solid year already! Last summer the site hit 100,000 page views, followed by two of my best months EVER in November and December. That was amazing considering the entire first year of this site’s existence raked in a whopping 1,000 views and very little attention. I’ve slowly been making a few bucks with Word Ads, and have had time to *attempt* a sister site and dabble in podcasting a bit. Hopefully I’ll have some surprises up my sleeve this year, and you guys will keep motivating me to keep writing bad reviews of stuff nobody cares about 😛

anyhow, the reason why I called you here is that I just checked my stats to find out that ….

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My Experience With WordPress’s Word Ads Service

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I signed up for WordPress.com‘s relatively new advertising service, Word Ads, quite a while ago and it has finally paid off. When I checked my Paypal balance today, I had over $100 waiting for me, paid out by WordPress themselves. This made me punch the air in happiness, as I’m a one guy operation, and have a full-time job, so it’s not like this blog is something I can devote my life to. For those that do not know, Word Ads only pays after you hit a threshold of over $100, so this was for one year of having these ads sponsored by them. One would assume it’s not worth your time, if it took me that long, but that’s not really the case. The truth is that it was my fault that I wasn’t getting great payouts at first. 

For like six months, I was stubborn and did not optimize my blog with a theme that really utilized the service. In fact, this led to me getting measly $2.00 per month payouts. I’d occasionally check my ad placement, and discovered a terrible ad that was like “get your Missouri Driver’s license” was my main sponsor. After I spent a “crapload” of time making my site look better and switched themes, I got better ads and as a result have been getting around $20 a month for the last few months. I’ve seen big stuff like World of Warcraft and even Walmart pop up. If I can maintain this trajectory, I might be able to really make some cash for my blog. I’m not expecting anything huge, but if I can make my bills less of an issue and make overtime a non-issue at work, I’d be so happy. And me being happy = more blog posts!

I’m writing this because a quick Google search for “tips for Word Ads” results in many cranky users that expected to become overnight millionaires with the service. So far, persistence has paid off for me, and I’m enjoying the ride. This is an unsolicited Word Ads minor success story, if you have any questions, or concerns feel free to consult WordPress.com’s Word Ads page here, or drop me comment, my experience might be helpful I suppose.