Got my site up last week, spent a few days making some changes to minor details such as positioning and such and added adsense on each page. I submitted my first article last week and got it approved yesterday. 37 people viewed my article in the first day and 15 followed my link to my site, many of them clicked on my ad's and I made $4.89!
I know 5 bucks isnt much but I was dancing around the room just happy in the knowledge that this IM stuff actually works. If a complete newb like me can make 5 bucks on his first day then anyone can do this.
If you dont have a site up yet, stop reading the forums and get on it. Come join my newb celebration!!!