Getting ads on your blog is a great way to earn a passive income with your blog. Google Adsense places ads on your site, you can pick the location, and they will pay you. You’ll earn money either from clicks or impressions.
TIP: Don’t click your own ads!
What is Google AdSense?
Google AdSense is an ad company provides ads for website owners, bloggers, and even YouTubers.
Once approved, they will give you code that you’ll add to your site to start displaying ads.
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How to Get Google AdSense on Your Site:
Have a Website or Blog
Before you can even begin to apply for ads, you will need a website or blog. One that you own. This means that your blog or website cannot be hosted on a free blogging platform. You can get your own for as little as $3.95 a month with Bluehost.
Without content, your blog will most likely not be approved for Adsense. I had applied with 6 posts and I was denied due to “insufficient content.”
The average amount of posts seems to be 10-20 posts. Try to aim for over 600-word posts.
While the amount of content seems to be important, what your content is about is just as important. Google has a full list of content where they don’t want their ads to be. These include adult themes, hacking, malware, etc. There’s more on the list here.
No Copyrighted Content
You’re content must be yours. Copyrighted material may only be used if you have legal rights to show it.
Copyrighted content includes both the articles and images.
I’ve read that you need to have over 100 viewers per day to qualify for AdSense. This is not true. Because I definitely did NOT have 100 viewers per day when I was approved.
Now, will you make money with less than 100 viewers per day? Yes. Can you quit your day job? No. You would be lucky if you could afford a coffee.
The About page is used to tell the reader about the site. Many blogs include both an About the Blog & an About The Writer on the About Page.
Contact pages are used for visitors to contact the site. They can list email and phone numbers or a contact form.
I, personally, prefer a contact form unless you have a physical business.
A simple contact form is very simple to make with plugins like WPForms or Contact Form 7.
Before getting approved with AdSense, I had other ads on my site. These were from programs that I’m affiliated with. I removed all of them – just to be safe.
They also have rules on where you are getting your traffic from. Your traffic cannot be paid to click or generate impressions. They also can be from unsolicited or spam emails. Google has more rules here if you want to check them out.
How to Create an Account
- Head over to Google Adsense
- Click the “Sign up Now” button
- Enter your website, email address, and whether you want to sign up for their mailing list.
- Next is choose your country then review and accept their Terms and Conditions.
- Click “Create Account”
Keep it up
Even if you do get approved, the rules will still apply. If you choose not to follow the rules, they can shut down your account.
And NEVER click your own ads.
Make sure that you are familiar with the AdSense policy, found here, to avoid your account being closed.
- Get a website of your own
- At least 10-20 posts with 600+ words
- Content is yours (or you’re allowed to use the content.)
- Content is AdSense appropriate
- About Page
- Contact Page
- Remove Other Ads
- Have Real Traffic
- Don’t click your ads
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