Well I guess before I start updating people on how Im doing in my attempts to become a Working Nomad, I should give you a rundown on where I am now my starting point.
Adsense is my main focus at the moment and Ive been registered with them since November 2004. In my first month I earned about $20, then $40, then $90 for a couple months and after that it all turned to crap.
Strangely, things went way downhill right after I discovered Digital Point and started tweaking some SEO type things. My traffic nosedived because Google seemed to have dropped me and I still dont know why this happened. I dont think I did anything naughty but it goes to show how relying on a single source for traffic can have devastating effects!
So for the next 6 months I clawed out of the gutter during one particularly bad run it took me 4 months to reach $100. But thinks have been looking up since then and Ive been coming painfully close to earning $100/month over the last couple months.
The only affiliate program I actively promote is http://www.hostelworld.com and Im lucky lately if I get a single booking a month for a couple dollars. After about 4 years I think Ive earned about $550 in total not the best.
Im sort of stuck with them for now because their booking engine is integrated into each page of my site but this is why I like them. When a visitor ends up clicking to book a hostel they go onto a page hosted by Hostelworld but it doesnt actually look like theyve left my site which I think is key.
So thats where my income is coming from at the moment. I think affiliate programs are the way forward so will start implementing a few and let you know how I go.