How a 17 Year Old Girl Earns $70K Monthly From Her Website

Posted on 10th September, 2007

I came across an interesting story from Connected Internet about a 17 years old Ashley Qualls who earns as much as $70,000 a month from a website that gives away free layout for MySpace.

Most of this income comes from Google AdSense.

So far she has made more than $1 million from her site at Whateverlife.com. Her first AdSense paycheck was $2,790 and she had rejected $1.5 million buyout offer.

Whateverlife attracts more than 7 million unique visitors and 60 million page views a month. That’s a larger audience than the circulations of Seventeen, Teen Vogue, and CosmoGirl! magazines combined.

In contrast, TechCrunch.com gets 4 million page views per month, 15 times less pageviews.


Quantcast, a popular source among advertisers, ranked Whateverlife.com a staggering No. 349 in mid-July out of more than 20 million sites. Among the sites in its rearview mirror: Britannica.com, AmericanIdol.com, FDA .gov, and CBS.com.

What’s interesting is that, she started the business without the support of financial backing from anyone or professional mentors to guide her along the way.

But Ashley had no connections. No business professionals in the family. No rich aunt or uncle. In the working-class community of downriver Detroit, south of downtown and the sprawling Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan, she bounced back and forth between her divorced parents, neither of whom attended college. Her father is a machinist, her mother, until recently, a retail data collector for ACNielsen. “My mom still doesn’t understand how I do it,” Ashley says. To be fair, she did go to her mother for the initial investment: $8 to register the domain name. Ashley still hasn’t spent a dime on advertising.

It all started as a hobby. She began dabbling in Web-site design eight years ago, when she was 9, hogging the family’s Gateway computer in the kitchen all day. When she wasn’t playing games, she was teaching herself the basics of Web design. To which her mother, Linda LaBrecque, responded, “Get off that computer. Now!” For Ashley’s 12th birthday, her mother splurged on an above-ground swimming pool–“just so she’d go outside,” LaBrecque says.

One thing that struck me when I first visited her site was the unconventional navigation scheme. I suppose it’s well suited for the demographic its targeting.

The design has an added advantage in that the ads look as though they are part of the content, which I am sure improves the page click through rates tremendously.

She has dropped out of high school to concentrate on her online business. If you were in her position would you consider dropping out of school (and perhaps forget about going to college/university alltogether) to concentrate on your business?

Read the full story: Girl Power

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An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

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  • Fash says:

    It’s just amazing how much she can win a month, but I think she worked very hard to create such a website.

  • satu kata says:

    waow it’s a great

    nice post

  • Are a lot of money there.
    I don’t know if really is true, but you never know…
    She has this passion and just follow and along the way money are coming… I’m happy for her and hope to hear such stories also in our country.

  • dave says:

    I would easily drop out of high school if i was making 700,000 a year. you even have to ask? this is one site that flys under all the techie’s radar.

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  • yoseph says:

    heyy very good storyy kk very good job she millionare oo thats cool

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  • Cat says:

    For her site whateverlife.com being so popular i never see whateverlife layouts on myspace profiles. I seem to see pimp my profile or headrush layouts. Wouldn’t her layouts be on like everyones myspace page if shes getting that much traffic. and she only has a small ammount of “friends” on her myspace profile even though her “add me” link is on her front page and index2 page. hhmmm… curious.

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  • dicky says:

    this kind of thing normally wont happen in Malaysia! Our education dont focus on creativity!

    She did 1 website then can rest for her whole life! Wow!

  • Jali-jeni says:

    I wish i could be like her. I am so new in this blogging thing. Oh men….

    So many thing to learn….

    Nice website you have here.

  • iter says:

    eh.. i also had start to blogging a few months .. so far i just earn $ 5.87 🙁 . other gets aver $1K for a month… ehehhe.. it might i still didn’t have domain and hosting.

    • Mr. Rajawang says:

      domain and hosting will be needed later in your blogging ‘career’. 🙂 If your blog got quality and good content it won’t matter whether it is blogspot or paid domain.

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  • Tim says:

    Millionaire is NOT equal to HAPPY Life ! 🙂

    –blog for dream–

  • David says:

    One great inspirational story there!

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  • Kay Kastum says:

    Now that’s what I call another internet success! See? She can do it? Why not us huh?
    If it was me, I would see if studies were in the way. Or else I’ll just hire a tutor.

  • keeyit says:

    The title is so attractive ! 70k… !

  • Wahlau.NET says:

    whoooooeee…..that is good money

  • TextAdSearch says:

    How many times have I seen this story! How many times have I seen that cat (the cat does all the work by the way).

  • eshark says:

    Err.. 2005 I still collecting money to get married!!

  • eshark says:

    Wahh! $70,000 a month.. some more she was only 17, aiya! good for her! this is the power of internet!

  • DerekBeau says:

    Her success is amazing. I wish I would have gotten into the MySpace niche when it was young.

  • pinolobu says:

    Q: If I were in her position would I choose to drop out of school (and perhaps forget about going to college/university all together) to concentrate on my business?

    A: definitely. Successful ppl have gone on the same path, incl Dell and Gates. At my alma mater, a budding comedian dropped out of uni, then years later the same uni gave him an honorary doctorate.

  • Mr. Rajawang says:

    wow, if the story is true, That’s is unbelievable!! A millionaire!

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