Here's another update on how well AdSense is working for me. (You can read the first three parts here: 1, 2, 3.)
After three months of AdSense being active, I'm happy to report that I'm still under $2.00 total. Yeah! I'm up to four clicks. Also, after the first month, I started seeing occasional 1 cent revenues, which I believe is just from people seeing the ads, but not clicking on them.
So far, it doesn't seem worth it. It's almost as if I'm providing nearly free advertising. I'll keep it going for a while, though. I need to at least get my first $10. Then I may request my payment and turn off the service.
It's been a fun experiment, though.
Today I'm expanding the experiment to my YouTube videos. I turned on monetization over there. Though, I was a little disappointed at the seemingly lack of clear explanations as to how it works.
Also, I don't want to monetize very many of my videos ... just the more popular ones, and not ones where I'm borrowing any free material. In fact, those specific videos are not eligible for monetization.
So, I turned on monetization, and you'll never guess what. YouTube/Google turned on Monetization on ALL my videos. And there's no mass edit to turn off the ones I want to turn off. I have to go into every single video and turn them off one by one. Plus, YouTube/Google may now investigate ALL my videos and may punish me for asking to monetize ineligible videos. But ...
I NEVER AGREED TO TURN ON ALL MY VIDEOS. I ONLY UNDERSTOOD THAT I WOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO MONETIZE ... NOT THAT YOUTUBE/GOOGLE WOULD TURN ON ALL THE VIDEOS FOR MY "CONVENIENCE"!!
Sorry, I'm just a little angry. Here I go ... turning off monetizations one by one, saying, "Stupid Google" with each click. It's actually kind of fun.