WordAds Update – Getting Better

Macy M9 comments3525 views

So I am not complaining about WordAds anymore, based on the first few months I figured out it would take about four and a half years before I got my first check from WordAds.  It took me six months before I got my first check in reality.   They don’t pay out until you reach $100.00 but then, because of you wonderful people who seem to like the things I post about, I will be getting another check this month.  As far as I can tell WordAds doesn’t have any rules about posting earnings, I want to be transparent about how it pays because I had a hard time finding any information about it.  So for those of you who want to know, these are the stats I have with WordAds:

Through April 2013:


Views through April 2013:Stats

The math still doesn’t work out, you can see the last reviews I did HERE and HERE about the actual math, there is still no pattern to it… But I am getting a check now so that’s good. 🙂

As of May 2013:


Views as of May 2013:Untitled-2I will still be switching my website soon-ish, I have some other plans in the works now that my actual tiny house project is winding down.  More updates on that soon.

What methods of monetizing your sites have you guys heard work well or have you tried and to what result?

As always, thank you very much for all of your kindness and support!

Macy M
I am an artist, a steward, a minimalist at heart... I love being out in the sunshine... I love animals of nearly every kind, at least the furry ones, I am trying to be a gardener... I believe people are good at the core but are also capable of very bad things when they aren't intentional about their actions... I love my family, my passions and my life... I am just me :)


  1. As you mention; “Less is More.” Why worry with monetizing your website. Eventually this approach just dilutes any message you have.

    1. I’m not so much ‘worried’, It’s just something I want to try, this entire website is about learning for me and this type of information is pretty difficult to provide concrete stats to. I am about transparency and so I feel it’s important info to convey. I don’t plan on diluting any messages either, my projects are just projects, I’m not even real sure I have a message per-say to convey. Just hobbies and adventures and information sharing.

      The ‘why’ specifically of monetizing for me is that if I were to make a couple hundred bucks a month off of this site I could actually quit my day job and focus more on my hobbies, that would be pretty cool, I don’t think it will happen really but I am curious, so I’m trying :).

      Thank you for the comment!

  2. Hi Macy,

    I have so much to say, so I don’t know where to start.

    First of, I’ve been reading your blog for the last 20 minutes and I love how you organized it all and how “Start here” is simply a guide to how to read through hundreds of your posts. It tells me a lot of good things about you but mostly, it shows how smooth and organized you are in your thought process.

    Thank you for your transparency about your earnings, :), you are right, this would help other bloggers too in learning what to expect from WordAds.

    I am new to WordAds, I have been accepted to the program only 17 days ago and I am expecting my first earning report in 2 to 3 weeks and I will update my blog as soon as I have more info about it.

    Small Advice: I noticed that you have linked your newer post about WordAds (this one) to your older posts about WordAds. By doing this, you have made your older posts rank higher on Google than this one and anyone trying to find info about Wordads is likely to reach your older post before reaching this one (just like I did). It is wise to link in the opposite direction too 🙂 for your users to find the newer update easily and for Google to rank it higher.

    You have done an amazing job by getting a monthly traffic of 100,000 up from 10,000 almost a year before… you even got featured in, Dwell Magazine, Inhabitat, My Modern Met, TIME Magazine, NPR, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Viral Nova. Your story is very inspiring.

    You mentioned that “I will still be switching my website soon-ish”. Are you moving away from why? ( I think you already did)

    Finally, I have used your statistics in my Wordads review on my blog too, so I hope you are alright with that. I linked back to this Page as well.

    Goodluck to you in your TinyHouses projects and in your blog too and in your awesome and very interesting bucket list 😀

    1. YOU have to wait! 🙂 If its your first comment I have it set that it has to be approved prior to showing up, you posted these at 2am, I was sleeping! 😉 Thank you for the feedback, I’m glad you found the info helpful and sound suggestions to back link… now I just need the time to do it. It’s odd, this started as just a personal blog… now I get too many comments to keep up with! (I generally only check them once a week so sometimes you have longer wait times!)It’s not very good business but then it isn’t really my business! 🙂 I do have a whole new update though for word ads, one day I will get to it! Short version though, I did switch to a site, self hosted, because I ran out of room on the free version (I could have bouht more space but I didn’t realize that until I already migrated it!) and now use Control Ads, its the same thing but WP released it for self hosted sites. Before I switched I was up to a few+ hundred bucks a month and after I switched it shot down considerably but is back up to a few hundred a month. Hopefully that is helpful!

      1. Thank you for your reply and sorry for my second message ( I feel embarrassed now)

        I haven’t heard of Control Ads before and I couldn’t find much about it on the web. I have another self hosted site with WP (which gets very little traffic), I can see that I have the option to apply to WordAds after I installed JetPack ( not sure if it will work though). I am not sure if it is the same thing because Wordpess still publicly declare that you cannot use WordAds or similar programs on self hosted sites.

        It is normal to have a drop in the number of visitors number once you switch your hosting plan and On the bright side, now you are free to experiment with any advertising program you like such as Adsense.

        I will hopefully drop by regularly to check your news, goodluck and take care 🙂

        1. No worries at all! 😉 As I understand they are in the testing phase on the ControlAds but it is the exact same thing as WordAds through the Jetpack. I got a personal invite to participate in their testing so it must still be in testing phase (I’ve been using it about 8 months so far). From what I can tell it pays out 2-3 times as much as adsense, but im not an expert at adsense by any means, there is a lot more variability to it and it’s probably more user error than anything!

  3. Congratulations! I’m glad it all starts to work out. I just recently got accepted for wordads too, but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have to wait a few months though.
    Thanks for this informative article, and good luck!

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