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Good News: The second $103 that has been generated by the Google Adsense has been donated to Compassion International, and it will be used for helping African drought victims. For more details, please read, About the Ads. Thank you all who come here to learn Korean! You're part of making a difference in many lives in the world by visiting this blog! :-)
Hi everyone who comes to visit this blog to learn Korean!
Thanks to you and all who come here to learn Korean,
the Google Adsense has generated another $103 in 8 months!
The second $103 has been donated to Compassion International for helping African drought victims.
The children in East Africa, especially Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Kenya, will benefit from the donation that has been made this time. The Compassion centres in these areas will help the children and their families with food and other necessities to assist them in this crisis.
A quote from the Compassion Internation website regarding the Africa Drought:
"Right now, in East Africa, an estimated 12 million people are suffering from malnutrition and a lack of food, affecting 35 to 40 percent of children under age 5.
As East Africa faces its worst drought in 60 years, high food prices and failed crops have left millions of people at risk."
For more information on how to assist the children and their families in this crisis,
please visit Compassion International and/or more specifically Africa Drought.
At the Compassion's website, you can sponsor a child in poverty-striken areas with $38 a month.
The Child Sponsorship Programme provides children with clean water, medical care, educational opportunities and various other life skills to help them grow and succeed in areas where they could not have access to without the help of Compassion.
A great chance to extend your generosity to a child, making a difference in his/her life! Compassion: sponsoring a child
Hello to you all!
This page is about the information regarding the Google Ads on this blog.
Here is a bit of history:
At this point, I'm not entirely sure when I first started this blog. The very first post I have shows the date, 4th Nov 2006, but it might be a revision of one of the previous posts I had, as I can see my first 6 posts show the same date and those first six posts contain a huge amount of writing which I believe I couldn't have done in a single day.
However, it seems that I put up Google Adsense back then in Nov 2006, and kept it on till Aug 2008. I'm not quite sure why I put it on the blog since it was a very low traffic site, averaging probably 30 people or less a day. It may have been out of curiosity or as a kind of hoping for possible small pocket money. But I can assure you that I did not start the blog out of necessity or scarcity for money as I was not in need, and believe it or not, money is such a poor motivating factor for me.
My Google Adsense account shows that it made a total of $18.55 from Nov 2006 to Aug 2008. That's 22 months, and $0.84 per month on average. 84 cents/month! It was certainly not lucrative!
Moreover, the Google Adsense pays only when the amount of money has reached $100 so the blog still had to generate $81.45 to get the first cheque! In my estimation, that was approximately 88 months or more (7 years or more) on that current rate of generating income.
Therefore, I thought the Google Adsense is very ineffective for the blog with low-traffic. I've also come to find that the ads were distracting for the viewers and take an unnecessary amount of space in the blog. So I took them down.
Fast forward, however, on the 12th Jan 2010, I encountered the news about the catastrophic historic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti, estimated to affect 3 million people. It had been estimated that 220,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1.5 to 1.8 million people made homeless.
It was such unexpected, surreal, devastating news that the most of the world paid major attention to this small, poverty-stricken island nation of Haiti. Even though I wasn't physically present there to witness the catastrophe, I found more information, videos and media footage regarding the destruction. It certainly called many to action, and there arrived disaster relief teams from many nations and medical supplies, and volunteer workers poured into the nation to help save lives, bury the dead and secure preventative measures to stop the further disaster.
I had participated in a few campaigns on the internet to help advance the cause and effort but then I thought, 'Is there more I can do?' This Korean grammar blog was one of them. By Jan, 2010, the traffic had been steadily increasing and reached well over 100 per day, and it was looking to reach 200/day mark.
I thought, maybe, the Adsense could generate a total amount of $100 faster now. I put them back up but I had not worked on the blog at all in the whole year of 2010 as I was in Japan then.
Amazingly, it finally reached $100 (US dollars) and received the money at the end of last month. As I promised before, as of today, 3 Feb 2011 (in NZ time), I was finally able to donate the money, the amount of $100 to Compassion for Disaster Relief.
With $100, Compassion can help provide basic medical supplies to treat up to 50 patients.
Haiti still needs a lot of help and support. Recently, Haiti has been hit by Hurricane Tomas and the spread of cholera.
"Strong winds and heavy rains from the hurricane have left more than 6,500 people homeless. Over 48,000 people have been evacuated."
"Cholera is spreading rapidly throughout Haiti. More than 20,000 people have been hospitalized due to cholera."
The Google Adsense generates about $14 per month now. Therefore, it is estimated that another $100 would be generated in the next 7 months. (Google Adsense pays only when the amount exceeds $100.)
At the present moment, I hope to make that donation to the most needed people and place at that time, although there are a plenty of needs already around the world.
Thank you all who come here to learn Korean grammar!
I hope you all enjoy this year and be fruitful!
P.S. The screenshot at the top of this page shows the confirmation e-mail that I received from Compassion International for the donation of $100, which I sent for 'Disaster Relief' in Haiti and other nations.
 2010 Haiti earthquake, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake#cite_note-8, retrieved 3 Feb 2011.
 Compassion: Disaster Relief, https://www.compassion.com/contribution/giving/disaster-relief.htm, accessed 3 Feb 2011.