What is Google AdSense and 12 Things to do before applying for it?

There are generally two kinds of people, ones for whom money is the solution to everything and seconds, for whom money is just a matter of time and is not a permanent solution.

 

Whatever category may you be in, you required money for one or the other thing since you were born and will need it until the last day of your life.

 

So, let’s get practical and agree on a fact that if you are reading this post, have a blog and want to learn about what google AdSense is, you want to earn money from your blog.So, let’s just get to it.

What is Google AdSense?

Google being the giant, let me define AdSense in words of Google : “Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites.”

 

“Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites.”

 

If you are a blogger,it means you are a website publisher and Google AdSense program lets you earn money by showing highly targeted contextual advertisements to your readers in places allocated for them by none other than YOU.

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How do you earn money from ads?

As I wrote, AdSense is a program that allows bloggers and website owners to make money by displaying Google ads. You’ve probably seen the ads all over the place, including in Google search results. Basically, Google gets the largest cut and you get a small percentage but even the smaller cut is more than what other programs provide.

 

There are two ways to make money from AdSense:

  1. Impressions – this is based on the number of page-views of pages or posts with ads.
  2. Clicks – this is based on how many people click on the ads.

 

To make it as basic as possible, you sign up for an AdSense account and add the code to your blog or website. You can choose how your ads look, where they show up, and even what kind of ads you’ll accept. Once you get to a minimum threshold of $100, Google will either send you a paper check or make a direct deposit into your bank account.

 

Now as you are aware of how you can make money from AdSense, let us move ahead on what to do before applying for AdSense.

12 THINGS TO DO BEFORE APPLYING FOR ADSENSE

1. Write High-Quality Content

The #1 thing you need to do before applying for Google AdSense is to write high-quality content.

 

Google loves the blog who are providing high-quality content and their visitors are enjoying it. Keep in mind that your application will be reviewed by humans and you have to impress them to get approved by AdSense.

 

A high-quality content…

  • is unique and original
  • with proper headings and bullet lists
  • free from grammar and spelling mistakes
  • is long enough
  • useful and informative

2. Create Privacy Policy Page for Your Blog

It is one of the requirements of Google AdSense and secondly, privacy policy means you are not a scam and gives the sense of a serious business. Google will check the rest of the conditions only if you have this policy.

 

A privacy actually describes to your readers about what they will get on your blog , what they should do and what they should not. So obviously there is nothing bad in having a privacy policy. While it can affect somehow on your AdSense approval, you must give it a try.

3. Create an About Page

Like privacy policy, you must have an about page so that you can get approved. This also shows that there is a real person behind the blog.

 

An About page has a major role and importance even if you don’t want to apply for AdSense. But when it comes to AdSense, they are about zero chances of getting approved if you are not showing this page.

 

About page simply describe you and your blog . This will not only help you establish a relationship with readers but it will also make them trust you.

4. Setup A Contact Us Page

It is your responsibility to give your readers an opportunity to speak up to you and tell how they feel about your blog, what they want to be edited , what they liked or hated.

 

Create a contact page, if possible add your email that you are going to apply for Google AdSense.

 

By creating this you are telling Google that we care for our customers, visitors and we are ready to help them. They can contact us anytime.

 

It will also show the Google AdSense Team that is viewing your site that you actually care about your readers and not only the money and AdSense.

5. Verify Your Name and Email

When you apply for AdSense don’t forget to put your name and email address in some easily visible area like about and contact pages. It will confirm to Google AdSense team that it is the same person who applied for AdSense and is not any bot.

 

This will speed up the verification process and within no time, you’ll be able to enjoy fully approved AdSense account.

6. Have Some Good Number Of Posts

What should be the minimum number of posts before applying for Google AdSense? There is no confirmed answer.

 

Not even one.

 

According to my experience, the best time to apply for AdSense account is when you have at least 20 good quality posts. Your blog posts length should be at least 600+ words with quality content.

 

Generally, things that actually matter to get your AdSense approved are:

  • Simple and clean design
  • Easy to navigate blog
  • Unique niche
  • Detail content
  • No “unwanted” widgets

7. Make Sure You’re 18+

This is the mistake that new bloggers are making who are less than 18. They write incorrect age and get into trouble.

 

Use your correct date of birth and age while applying for Google AdSense account.

 

Because Google AdSense is not for people who are under 18. Some people realize this problem after being disproved a few times without any legitimate reason.

 

So I advise you to be accurate while typing your age.

8. Improve Your Blog Design

When you visit a website what’s the first thing you look for? It’s blog design.

 

Your blog design matters a lot.

 

You’ve to build a good first impression on your blog readers to engage them.

 

It should be professional and not like a messy photo gallery.

 

A clean, professional and fast-loading design is appreciated by Google.

 

Your blog design is the biggest thing after content. This represents your expertise, experience, and professionalism.

 

It should have following features:

  • Simple and professional
  • Easy to navigate
  • Proper menus
  • No useless items in sidebar or footer
  • Search engine friendly
  • Fast loading

9. Check Your Content Type

Be careful with what type of content you are publishing. Because it is something that truly matters.

 

Here are some common content types that are not accepted by AdSense.

  • Pornography/Adult materials
  • Pirated Content
  • Hacking or Cracking Tutorials
  • Illegal Drugs/Paraphernalia
  • Any Other Illegal Stuff
  • There are few languages that are supported by AdSense so make sure your blog language is in the list of these.

 

If you already have written about these content types that AdSense doesn’t support, you can either stop dreaming about AdSense or get rid of these content types.

10. Use Top Level Domain

Google has made changes to their policies. If you have a blog with BlogSpot and the domain is yourblog.blogspot.com then chances are you will get approved quickly.

 

As for today, you must have your own unique domain that specifies your blog. If you don’t have one yet, stop dreaming about getting approved with sub domains and go buy a Top Level Domain.

 

The best domain is the one with .com extension.

 

Choose a short, unique and easy to remember domain that is related to your blog niche.

11. Remove Other Ad Networks

If you have any other ads placed like Chitika, Infolinks, Clicksor or anything, it’s time to drop them off.

 

Make your blog free from ads.

 

Even Google AdSense allows you to use other ad networks along with them, it’s better to remove the ads before applying and don’t put them back until you get a reply from AdSense team which usually takes anywhere from few days to weeks.

 

So, before submitting your application for Google AdSense make sure to remove all the ads on your blog from any other network.

12. Check Your Traffic Sources

Google hates the sites that are getting paid traffic and mostly penalizes them so there is not a damn chance of getting approved by AdSense for a site that is getting paid traffic. You can bring traffic from search engines or any other way you want but if you want to earn via Google AdSense the right way, paid traffic is not a solution.

 

Also, note,that Google does not accept site which gets traffic from illegal sources. So focus on getting traffic from legal sources like social media, search engines, and related blogs.

 

If you follow all the steps mentioned above, there is a fair chance of you getting approved and that too quickly as I told you your application will be reviewed by humans and not by any computer algorithm. So, be careful because Google AdSense can be used as a recurring income or even as a full-time income generator in the long run.

 

If you have another thing to be checked that matters, leave us a comment and help in serving the whole blogging community.

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