AdSense first came to being in April of 2003 when Google acquired Applied Semantics. I signed up for AdSense in October of 2003 and have used it since to monetize my blogs and websites. I did try few other networks (CJ & LinkShare) but never had any major success. Primarily because they used the banner model whereas AdSense was text based and showed relevant ads.
Between October 2003 to December 2011, I made $7602.89 using AdSense. That’s little over $900/year. Not much by any standards but I don’t do this for living so I am not going to complain.
2007 was my best year because I was running number of websites that I ended up selling because of time constraints. Websites are akin to dividend paying stocks; more you have, more money you make.
I have never talked about my earnings in the past because I didn’t want to be seen as a blogger who is in it for money. I am talking about it now because I feel everyone should blog and most don’t because they don’t think it is rewarding. It can be as rewarding as you want it to be, just don’t quit your day job.