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Taking the first steps to monetizing your new blog?
Then Google AdSense might be on your radar!
But are you ready to apply for AdSense right now? Or might your blog need a little bit of tweeking first?
No need to fear! Although, Google’s AdSense program is quite strict, meeting it’s qualifications is very doable.
New bloggers often ask the same basic questions:
How do I apply for Google AdSense?
Does my blog qualify for Google AdSense?
What are the requirements for applying to Google AdSense?
What do I do if my application for Google AdSense was rejected?
Why was my application for Google AdSense rejected?
We’ll go over all of these questions and more in this post! So, let’s get your blog ready to go by getting it Google AdSense ready!
How To Get Approved For Google AdSense The First Time You Apply
Common Reasons To Get Rejected For Google AdSense
1. Insufficient/No Content
This is probably the most common reason for rejection by Google AdSense!
Many new bloggers are often stunned to find that they’ve been rejected by an affiliate program or an ad network after launch.
But when you’ve only got a handful of articles, it can be tough for the specialists at Google or elsewhere to review your content.
Articles should be well written using proper grammar. Your posts should also be unique and provide value to your readers. Whether your are educating them or showing them something, keep your content fresh and use your own voice!
These three pages are a necessity before applying to Google AdSense!
Your About, Contact, and Privacy Pages are a professional reflection of you and the brand you are building with your blog.
Describe who you are along with what your brand stands for in your about page. If possible, use a contact form on your contact page to allow visitors of your site to easily write you with any rave reviews or concerns.
If you collect any and what type of personal information you obtain from them
How you obtain, use, and store your visitors’ personal information
The reason you are requesting this personal information
If you allow any other third parties to collect such information as well
3. Blog Design Or Layout
Some website layouts and pages are just not AdSense friendly!
Be sure to go through your site and add enough text to or simply remove any gallery style pages.
Your pages must have enough written content to be eligible for advertising on them!
When you are choosing a theme for your blog, make sure your opt for a professional theme that is AdSense friendly; think about where you’d like to see ads when you are a browsing themes.
Google is strict and like any professional company, wants the user experience to be positive when their product is involved. Messy sites that lack cohesion are a no-no.
Organize your blog posts using categories. Make sure to have a landing page and easy navigation for your users. Brand your site and brand using specific colours and fonts. And, always, be professional!
4. Your Site Does Not Comply With Google AdSense Policies
All sites that apply for Google AdSense must be compliant with their AdSense Program policies. This includes:
Being over 18 years old
Providing original content
Driving organic traffic
Not displaying prohibited content
Displaying ads in a supported language
How To Get Approved For Google AdSense
1. Write Enough Quality Content
Upon discussing this with other bloggers and in my own experience, the perfect number of articles to apply for Google AdSense in 20.
Be sure to edit your blog posts for proper grammar usage as well and make sure that your articles:
- are original
- provide a unique and informative visitor experience
- are formatted properly (use headings, bullet points, etc.)
- are long enough (generally, around 600+ words is a good guideline)
2. Create Your About Page
This is something I always thought of as more of a “fun” page until I realized how crucial it is for building your brand!
When I’ve visited new blogs myself, it’s actually always one of the first pages I check out to! As human beings, we’re naturally social and are naturally looking to learn more about other people we respect and admire.
Make your about me page great by trying the following suggestions:
- Write in first person
- Write two or three sentences about yourself
- Include a high-quality photo that is cohesive with your brand
- Use your blogging “voice”
- Open with your readers’ interests
- Write about your blog
- Include a “call to action” and invite readers to subscribe
3. Create Your Contact Page
Your contact page should be in an evident spot on your landing page and available through navigation from any page of your blog, including blog posts.
I personally love contact forms for their high visibility and ease of use!
The best contact forms:
- are easily reached and navigable
- are straightforward
- include options to leave an email and phone number
- include a short form
- link to social media accounts (including Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter)
- redirect to a thank you page or message!
I personally decided to place mine in one of my navigation menus at the top of my site. Like affiliate disclosures, this information is extremely important and should be made available to your audience at the start of their visit.
Your users should not have to going looking for disclaimers!
I personally always find myself peeved when, after reading a review or recommendation for a product, I find a disclaimer at the bottom of the article. In the instance that users do not finish reading the post in its entirety, they could easily miss this information, which I feel is a dishonest practice by the writer or affiliate.
Your audience will trust you more if you are always upfront with them about who is sponsoring your content! This is an essential practice in both social media and blogging and is the reason I: (1) always open my social media posts with #Ad or #Sponsored when I am being paid to promote or have been gifted a product and (2) open all affiliate blog posts with a disclosure.
5. Upgrade Your Blog Layout And Page
Image gallery style websites are fairly popular in the world of lifestyle influencers and bloggers!
If you are looking to create additional income using Google AdSense though, you need to choose a layout that is compatible with the block and banner style ads you’ve seen before on other websites.
There should also be a sufficient amount of text displayed on every page of your website! Pages must also be easily navigable and well-organized.
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6. Display Less Or Remove Other Ads
Are you already displaying ads from another ad network? How many ads are displayed per page on your blog? Maybe we need to cut back a notch!
Removing ads from other networks may help your get accepted into the Google AdSense program.
While it’s completely understandable that bloggers want to get paid for their time and efforts (writing content, designing and uploading themes, downloading plugins, administrative tasks, etc… and the list goes on, right?!), as mentioned earlier, the user experience should always come first.
Your site needs focus on what it is you are creating content for not ad space!
While everyone wants to monetize their site eventually, and it is possible to make money from day one, (if I’m being completely honest, the reason I switched to self-hosting too – have you made the switch yet? If not, check out The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Money-Making Blog to get yours up and running), content production and originality always needs to come first!
Review your blog and do a review of how you’re using your ad space and make the necessary changes before applying to Google AdSense.
7. Use A “.com” Domain
Registering for a “.com” domain is always a good idea if you want to make it in the world of blogging!
Give your website a professional and credible start with just this simple addition.
As mentioned again and again, Google seeks professionalism in all of its AdSense Program applicants. And a “.com” domain shows that you take your blog and business seriously.
Like I mentioned in The 5 Golden Rules of Blogging, there are certain investments in time and assets that you should make in your blog if you are looking to make it a full-time career! Your “.com” domain name should definitely be on this list!
8. Verify Your Name And Email Somewhere Within Your Blog
Try and include this information on your About and Contact pages if not at the end of each blog post!
Verifying that you are who you say you are when applying to Google AdSense is another essential step in your monetization journey!
As I’m sure you are also familiar with in the comments section of your blog posts (I know I certainly am), spammy bots are everywhere! Verify that you are who you say you are by including these two essential details in relevant sections of your site before you are asked to speed up the application process.
To get approved for Google AdSense, you should have:
- Written and published enough high-quality content before applying
- Created an About page
- Setup a Contact page
- Use an AdSense friendly theme
- Remove other ads or limit the number of other advertisements you show on your site
- Use a “.com” domain name
- Verify your name and email by having listed it somewhere on your blog
Which of the above tips was most beneficial to you? Did you get you’re congratulations letter from Google recently? Were you accepted on your first application? Would love to hear about your experience with Google AdSense in the comments below!
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