Well, we received our first payment from Google Adsense!
I'm showing a deposit today from Google Adsense for the amount of $137.88. That's our payment for December and January. So we're not going to get rich, but it's a lot better than paying another site to host our travel stories. I'm hoping that when we start travelling daily (March 1st!) people will check in more regularly and visit the advertisers more often. Our statistics show that we are getting approximately 100 unique visitors every day.
That Adsense income includes what we make from the ads on my hobby site http://www.lastminutefromcanada.com/. I have also made a grand total of $110 in donations that people have given me for helping them find a great price for their holiday. Again, not going to get rich, but I enjoy doing it.
You can read our post about Google Adsense here.
And another bit of good news, the solar panel we bought from eBay has been shipped. Remember on Tuesday I said that I hadn't heard from the seller despite the several emails I had sent. Well the payment showed on paypal as being cleared yesterday, and he sent me an email last night saying it had been shipped. He supplied me with the UPS tracking number, and sure enough, it's on it's way to the UPS store in Myrtle Beach where we will pick it up next week. He offered no explanation as to why he didn't answer my emails. Very strange, but at least it's all working out. Now we just have to hope that it arrives without any damage.
Only 3 more sleeps until we hit the road!