This is, in fact, the first programme every blogger joins especially the new bloggers. Anyways, You can find most of the information about Google Adsense Program on Googles Official Adsense Page.
But before you just sign up with Google Adsense, read why I joined this programme?
Believe me, it was not the monetization, that led me to join the programme. It was almost 5 months since we had launched our first project , self-hosted blog and we had not monetized even a single penny out of it. I know how frustrating it feels as a blogger when you can’t monetize your blog.
I really don’t think that it was a big blogging mistake to not join Google Adsense Program even after 5 months, given that Google Adsense is the easiest way to monetize your blog and we had a traffic of more than 1000 visitors per month on our blog.
I am not a big fan of Advertisements from my childhood days and always hated them when I watched my favourite TV shows or Movies. Same was true for my blogs.I just did not want to share my site space with Google or Advertisers for placing Ads on my blogs which would distract my readers.
The CPC(Cost Per Click) rates were quite good at that time compared to what they offer today,but even this factor kept me away from placing Ads on my blogs.
My friends tried to convince me that it is by far the easiest programme to join and I just had to place a small HTML Code on my site.
I knew that it was easy and more trustworthy than joining other Ad Marketing programmes.
It was a bit difficult for me to understand how that worked since I was new to blogging. Well its much easier to find that answer today. In fact, Google just crawls your web pages and read your content and understand your niche. Accordingly it would place Ads on your sites that your readers would see.
I could not deny the fact that Google Adsense programme does add value to your blogs and this was different from the TV advertisements. Googlebot would only place relevant ads and might help Users find their favourite product which I as a blogger may not be able to suggest.
I thought it was the time to join the programme.I was helping my friend with a Food Blog and thought that now our readers could possibly see Ads and latest products related to Food,Health , Diet, Food Products etc.
The first thing that was required was to check our Eligibility and we thought we were eligible since we fulfilled these criteria.
- Self-hosted blog with Quality Content (Original Content is a must).
- Were Adults & more than 18 Years old.
- Our site was almost 6 months old.
We signed up for the programme and waited for another 30 Days.
Unfortunately, our application was rejected by Google.Till Date, I am not sure what went wrong.
We applied again. The only difference being the email id. We used our domain mail id instead of Gmail id. Eureka, it worked !!
I decided to block some of the Ads , as these were not adding any Value for our readers and we placed Ads at places where we could have maximum Click Through Rate. After all, you get paid only when the Visitors click on their Ads.
Don’t ask your friends or relatives to click on Ads or please don’t try to manipulate and get your Ads clicked. Your Adsense account could be blocked, even without a warning. Don’t believe, read this article from Eric Gati. It’s worth reading Terms and Conditions of Google Adsense Program anytime during your membership with Google Adsense.
Also, if for any reason your account gets blocked, you can reach out to Google Support Team.
Thankfully, our Google Adsense account worked fine and the experience with Adsense was even better once we installed the Google Adsense PlugIn for WordPress.
Google pays really well and this was what I expected, But it could take a bit longer before you receive your first payment via Cheque or Direct Credit, because they have certain payment threshold.
Payment is not something that you should worry about while applying for Google Adsense Program.
You must have a Good amount of Traffic on your blog if you want some earning from this program.
If you don’t have enough traffic, then I suggest you on How to increase traffic on your blog.
Another thing that you can work upon is the Content as “Content is King”. Read my blog on How to Write SEO friendly Content, which will solve your dual purpose of Quality content as well as increasing your readership.
I am sure, there are definitely some takeaways from my past experiences which will help you set-up your Google Adsense account.
Also, share your experiences with Google Adsense and I am very much interested to know, How long it took to receive your first cheque?