I make this much in, like, months.
There’s some kids posting about Forex scams and link exchange and all this spammy bullshit. If the collapse taught us anything is that quick money off intangibles is just that. Quick, and dead. I still think the best way to ‘make money’ in the long run is to make good content, updated frequently. I see a lot of blogs devoted entirely to ‘making money’ which are essentially preaching to each other and peddling penis pills and useless eBooks. Yet the people I see online making careers tend to write about something of actual human interest and value. Like Kottke, or Andrew Sullivan, or Trent or Dooce. And if there’s anything I’ve learned recently, it’s that producing real tangible things of human value is far more important (and stable) than making a quick buck. Cause a quick buck is just that. It’s gone.
This is more in reference to an article I read about YouTube entrepreneurs than anything else. My own napkin calculations are that it would take about 10,000 to make anything that even approximates a living in Sri Lanka, from Google Ads. Seeing that we have like 430,000 Internet users, say 500,000 cause I suck at math. I think I could get like 1,000 a day if I sat and did it. I don’t and I don’t. But saying, there’s still a ceiling I hit, and have hit on everything I’ve done post-tsunami. And then you get bored and bail. I think it’s important to improve content or whatever, but in Sri Lanka we have to actually improve the infrastructure. In the main, that means getting more money and people online.
Google AdWords isn’t enough, and there simply aren’t enough people online. I’ve been feeling out technology (and organizations) to support some kinda local cash to bloggers, but it’s damn slow and complicated. I’m also really excited by HSPA (mobile broadband) and mobile internet. The growth is slow, but I think it’ll surprise us. That is, I think I have a shot at being able to quit my day-job someday, but I need about a million other people to come up first.