Well, good news is I got my first Google Adsense check in the mail today, bad news is it took me several years to earn up to the minimum $100 payout. 🙁 Looking to my little chart on the right of how my income compares to how much time I have invested in this project and how little money I have made, it really is quite depressing. I have some news for anyone who whats to make easy money off of the internet – “Don’t quit your day job”. I don’t know what I am doing so wrong, but every one of my projects has an initially burst of visits and then gradually tapers off. I have spent a lot of time this past month updating my Asteroids Inc game to be submitted to a HTML5 contest where the first prize pays out $30,000. I have my hopes up, but realistically it is unlikely that will pay out. I still have an HTML5 portal I am about 75% done with that should be released here in a few weeks which I am hopeful for as well, but I guess in truth I am feeling a little defeated.
Moving forward, I guess I need to seriously look into other various forms of monetization. I bet that might help my overall income from this project. Finishing the new HTML5 portal also just may be a good priority which could add a lot of traffic and give me a place to promote my game.
Things are definitely looking down income wise (and morale wise), but this is my dream, and I am going to see this one through to the end.