$70,000 a month with MySpace site : Story of a 17 year old girl
As I was watching CNN on Weekend edition of special report about the 17-year old Ashley Qualls. I went online and found more information written about her in http://www.thomasdemaesschalck.com blog with an article referenced published from Fast Company. The story about this young girl who started a MySpace layout and graphics site called Whateverlife.
I never heard about this site before but she seems to be doing amazingly well, according to the news the three-year old site receives 7 million unique visitors and 60 million page views a month and this amount of traffic help earns her up to $70,000 in advertsing revenue per month. Most of this online revenue generated seems to come through Google AdSense and ValueClick.
At 17 going on 37 (at least), Ashley is very much an Internet professional. In the less than two years since Whateverlife took off, she has dropped out of high school, bought a house, helped launch artists such as Lily Allen, and rejected offers to buy her young company. Although Ashley was flattered to be offered $1.5 million and a car of her choiceâ€“as long as the price tag wasnâ€™t more than $100,000â€“she responded, in effect, Whatever. â€œI donâ€™t even have my license yet,â€ she says.
Ashley is evidence of the meritocracy on the Internet that allows even companies run by neophyte entrepreneurs to compete, regardless of funding, location, size, or experienceâ€“and sheâ€™s a reminder that ingenuity is ageless. She has taken in more than $1 million, thanks to a now-familiar Web-friendly business model. Her MySpace page layouts are available for the bargain price ofâ€¦nothing. Theyâ€™re free for the taking. Her only significant source of revenue so far is advertising.
MySpace related sites can bring in a lot of money but this story really amazed me, the kind of revenuing sheâ€™s brings in from this site is stunning. Looks like I have been doing something wrong and developing in the wrong niche.
If you like to read the full store, you can find the report from Fash Money over here. One of the interesting point on the article is that a court ruled in January that neither Ashley nor her parents are allowed to manage her finances:
Until she turns 18, next June, a court-appointed conservator is controlling Whateverlifeâ€™s assets; Ashley must request funds for any expense outside the agreed-upon monthly budget.
The arrangement, she says, affects her ability to react in a volatile industry. â€œItâ€™s not like Iâ€™m selling lemonade,â€ she says. Besides, itâ€™s her company. If she wants to contract developers or employ her mother, Ashley says, why shouldnâ€™t she be able to do it without the conservatorâ€™s approval?
So the teenager has hired a lawyer. She wants to emancipate herself and be declared an adult. Now. At 17. Why not just sit tight until June? The girl trying to grow up fast canâ€™t wait that long.