Google AdSense has always been the go-to for beginners who want to monetize a blog. Unfortunately, getting approved can be a headache. So in this Google AdSense tutorial, I’ll make it easier for you.
You get to learn the basics of sign up and setup. Plus, I’ll teach you some tricks so you never have to wait that long for AdSense approval.
What is Google AdSense?
AdSense is an advertising program run by Google. It allows you to display ads on your blog so you can make money out of it. Now if you don’t know Google, they’re the king of adverts. Big companies like Amazon and Pepsi pay them top money (and I’m talking millions) for advertising.
You can get a slice of that by putting ads on your blog.
Why is Google AdSense Perfect for Beginners?
Take it from me. I know how stressful it is to run a blog all by yourself. When you’re still new to blogging, it can be overwhelming in the first couple of weeks.
You need traffic, so you have to write consistently since that’s how blogs work. And if you’re serious about monetizing your blog, you have to do research and social media on top of everything!
AdSense is one of those worry free ways to make money online. All you have to do is sign up for a Google AdSense account. Once you get approval, your blog will start showing CPC or “cost per click” ads. Whenever someone clicks on these ads, you earn money straight up.
With AdSense, you don’t need to find advertisers or manage ads. Google takes care of everything – that’s why it’s perfect for newbie bloggers.
How do I know if Google AdSense is the right choice?
Google AdSense is a good fit for people whose main focus is blogging. It brings in extra income while you spend time on planning and producing content for your audiences.
Blog ads don’t earn as much as they used to. So if you want to make more money, you have to consider other ways to monetize a blog. But if you’re perfectly fine with earning a small sum, then it’s a good option.
Google Adsense Tutorial for Sign Up
First things first. You need a blog or a website to get AdSense up and running. Secondly, you have to be 18 years and older. Otherwise, you need the permission of a parent or guardian and use their name for Google AdSense sign up. Finally, your blog needs to be at least 6 months old. While this isn’t true for everyone, it’s better to stick with the domain age restrictions set by Google for some countries.
Can I create an AdSense account without a website or blog?
YES and NO. You can create an AdSense account without a website, but you need a YouTube channel with 10k views, or a mobile application (which you developed) that qualifies for AdMob. Both will get AdSense on your YouTube channel or mobile app.
However, if you want to get ads for content, you need a blog. Once you’ve met this basic requirement, you can continue with my Google AdSense tutorial.
How to Sign Up for a Google AdSense Account
Step 1: Go to the Google AdSense sign up page.
Start by providing the website and email address you want to use for AdSense. Remember to include “www” on your website if applicable. Select “Yes” or “No” to get an email subscription. Then click “Save and Continue”.
Step 2: Verify your information.
- First, check that you have the correct name and email address.
- Then make sure that your website is spelled correctly. Click “Use a Different Account” if you want to change these details.
- Change your subscription settings by clicking “Change This Info”.
- Next, select your country or territory.
- Finally, read the Terms and Conditions, then select “Yes, I have read and accept the agreement”.
Click “Create Account” to continue.
Step 3: Proceed with the sign up process.
- Click the arrow if you want a quick Google AdSense tutorial.
- Or click “Get Started” to continue signing up.
Step 4: Check your email.
It should include the following information:
Your unique publisher ID
Your personalized AdSense code. This allows Google to track your website for ad clicks. You can learn how to add this later in my Google AdSense tutorial.
The link to complete your activation
Step 5: Click “Get activated” on the email from Step 4.
Then fill in your payment details. Choose between “Individual” and “Business” account. Your payment details should match the name you provided Google on Steps 1 and 2. Click “Submit” when you’re done.
Wasn’t that easy? After completing these steps, Google will review your application and send an email to confirm whether you’ve been approved or rejected.
How to Get Google AdSense on Your Blog
Now that you’ve signed up, the next step is to add the Google AdSense code to your blog. The process is different for everyone. AdSense Help provides a Google AdSense tutorial for adding the code to your blog. If you have WordPress, follow these steps to get AdSense on your WordPress blog.
I recommend WordPress for beginners who want to monetize a blog with ads. The platform makes it so much easier to integrate AdSense to your blog. And it’s all thanks to this free WordPress AdSense plugin.
Google AdSense Approval Tricks
Before we continue with this Google AdSense tutorial, I have to make one thing clear. You can’t get Google AdSense approval instantly if that’s what you want.
Instead, what you can do is…
- Build an ad-friendly blog
- Pull a few AdSense approval tricks
- and speed up your AdSense approval time
Let me show you how.
1. Double check your niche.
See whether your niche is accepted by Google AdSense. Certain content (i.e. such as piracy, hacking tutorials) will automatically get you rejected. Google AdSense has also stopped approving blogs for saturated niches like making money blogging. So don’t make the mistake of blogging about them. You can learn more about it here.
2. Sign up for Google AdSense with a custom domain and email address.
When you sign up, make sure to have both because they can increase your chances for getting Google AdSense approval. For example, www.websitebuoy.com is my custom domain. A domain email address would look something like firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Get a top level domain.
If you don’t want to pay for a custom domain, you can set up a blog under a top level domain such as Blogspot. In which case, your domain will be http://yourblog.blogspot.com. This should get you immediate Google AdSense approval.
4. Set up web pages for your blog.
You need an About Page, Contact Page, and these must-have web pages for your blog. Don’t forget to include the same details you used during Steps 1 and 2 of my Google AdSense tutorial. Your name and email address should be visible on related web pages.
5. Have a great website design.
A blog can have as little as 3 posts and still get Google AdSense approval. The trick is to have a well-designed website with good navigation. Be sure to check out my Top 21 Qualities of a Good Website Design so you can up the ante!
6. Publish a few posts.
There is no magic number for this AdSense approval trick. But having at least 10 to 20 posts on your blog is a good start. Each post should be published and spaced at regular intervals.
7. Bring traffic to your blog.
Getting Google AdSense approval is impossible if you opt for paid traffic. What Google loves is a blog with organic traffic from search engines and social media.
8. Have quality content.
Your blog must have original and high-quality content if you want to speed up your AdSense approval time.
Good quality content has…
- Readable format (i.e. use headings and bullet lists)
- Zero errors on grammar and spelling
- Good length of at least 500 words
- Helpful information for your target audience
9. Remove other ads on your blog.
If you’ve signed up for other ad networks as alternatives to Google ads, you should remove them before applying for AdSense.
What if I don’t get approved for Google AdSense?
It’s not the end! You can always re-apply and get Google AdSense approval on a second or third try, or until you finally get approved. If you do get rejected, cover your grounds and address the issues in the rejection email sent by Google. You should also go over my Google AdSense tutorial to see that you’ve followed everything before re-applying. Lastly, make sure to comply with Google’s policies.
Alternatively, you can sign up for the top ad networks and explore other ways to monetize a blog.
Monetizing Your Blog with Google AdSense
Google AdSense is a great way to monetize a blog if you’re still starting out and want to earn extra money. My Google AdSense tutorial should help you get past the initial hurdles of sign up, setup, and getting approved.
To further maximize your AdSense income…
- Choose a profitable niche
- Blog frequently – at least 3 times a week
- Use keywords on your blog posts
- Promote your blog on social media
If you want to make more money with a blog, check out my post on 28 Most Effective Ways to Monetize a Blog.
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