Forget Babysitting and Paper Routes, Teen Turns to SEO from Stephan Spencer at News.com highlights one teen who earns on average between $20 and $30 a day on her blog through Google AdSense.
Stephan knows 16-year-old Chloe well — she’s his daughter! Chloe she was invited to present at the BlogHer 2007 Conference. She has a very popular site named Neopets Fanatic, which she started as a hobby and then began earning money through AdSense.
Here is a video of some of her presentation at the conference:
She tells the audience how she got into doing the blog and using SEO, with some help from her dad, to generate traffic. Stephan points out in his write-up:
By spending just a few hours per month, Chloe earns through Google AdSense between $20 and $30 per day — and it’s sometimes even as much $40. If you do the math, that’s somewhere around $700 to $900 a month for very little work. If Chloe wanted to earn a similar amount of money through a part-time job — at her age, this typically means flipping burgers, babysitting or operating a paper route — she’d have to work somewhere around 25 to 30 hours per week (assuming minimum wage). And best of all, because Chloe has an income generating asset (versus working dollars-for-hours for “The Man”), Chloe can take a paid vacation whenever she wants and still earn the same amount of money.
To be honest, I am not amazed or surprised by this news. I see it every day when I track the AdSense forums for discussions. Probably a quarter of those members are teenagers trying to earn money blogging or making resource sites and monetizing them with AdSense.