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High Paying Jobs With No College Degree

and they are “recession proof” to boot.

I started out, while I was in high school, helping a neighbor get names and address out of a database an printed out on pieces of direct mail, like a mail merge in a word processor. By doing this, I also had to grunt my way through learning some basic Xenix commands (a Unix variant, and Linux hadn’t been created yet), connecting computers to printers, networking commands, hardware upgrades, etc. The mid to late 1980’s was the Wild West of Personal Computing.

His kids were all off to college and couldn’t be bothered to help their Dad anymore.

This guy thought I was a complete hack. Dumb kid from across the street. Cheap labor.Whatever, I was making some decent spending money for a high school kid.

This was awesome experience.

It planted the seed that sprouted into a multi-million dollar career.

There was a time in the 2004-2010 range where having a college degree was critical to getting hired as a programmer, specifically in the Washington, D.C. area where I live. Any number of reasons for this, but in this area the primary one is that to work for the Government, or as a contractor, they want you to have a degree.

I eventually went to college because I got tired of swimming upstream in the local market. I’m not saying college isn’t valuable (it’s a ticket that prevents anyone from denying you a job based on not having one), I’m saying that you don’t need a college degree to get a killer job in the IT field.

The “2020 HackerRank Developer Skills Report” (found at https://research.hackerrank.com/developer-skills/2020) has some great information on this topic. You can get a killer job in the field without a college degree.

Cloud computing, DevOps engineering, cyber security, web development, network management, and data center operations. They are all wide open fields with huge labor shortages.

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Use Google AdSense To Make Money Online

Google bought a company called Applied Semantics in April of 2003 and AdSense was effectively born.

Google AdSense is an advertising platform that content publishers can use to generate revenue off of their websites. If you have used the web, you have seen, and probably clicked on, ads that were served by AdSense.

Every time a visitor to a website clicks on an ad, the site owner gets a portion of what the advertiser pays Google to put the ad on the network.

AdSense is a great way for sites of any size to generate revenue. The amount you will earn off a site is based on quite a few factors, the two primary of which are: traffic to your site, and the relevance of the content to your traffic.

How to optimize for AdSense is way beyond the topic of this post, but believe me when I tell you that you can make money by placing AdSense (just some JavaScript you put in page headers) on your website.

I personally know people that were having $60k months in the “early days” of Google. The early 2000’s was literally the “Wild Fucking West” in terms of getting ranked on Google and AdSense revenue.

Spamming search engines and directory sites was a no brainer. Plus, there weren’t the number of absolute shit sites on the web that there are today. Click fraud was a rampant problem. Most of that has changed, at least the rules have changed, but people still try to game the system. Google has improved their algorithms (and everything else) over the years and is now a pretty challenging beast to tame.

But there is still one killer way to rank in Google (which is undisputed King of search engines) and make money with AdSense (and affiliate programs, information products, services, consulting, etc.) and that is to provide quality content on a very specific topic.

I have been crating niche content sites since 2004. I’m not going to bullshit you and say this is easy, but it is consistent. Building websites is a great way to learn skills that are directly transferable to paying jobs. In fact, I have learned more about software and web development on my own that I ever learned in a classroom.