Are you trying hard to please Google right now? You want to have Google AdSense in your website but realize that you have to pass their standards or else you won’t get in. You don’t want to face the disapproval message (as shown in the screenshot) and are doing all you can to fit for their program.
Worry not, because this article will help get your very own AdSense account. I will give you 10 tips on how to have a better chance of getting onboard, as well as share my alternative if you want to pass on this opportunity.
Use the Following Tips to Get Your Site Approved
What does it take to convince Google to approve your AdSense account? Listed below are the tips that you must take note in order to get accepted into the program.
1. Have All the Important Pages in Your Website
2. Read and Follow the Guidelines and Terms of Service
Google is very strict in imposing policies and you must follow them at ALL times. There are times that big G deactivates accounts of innocent website owners, never realizing why it happened. Most likely, they haven’t noticed that they were already violating some rules.
So before you step into this program, understand that Google is a billion dollar company, and they take matters very seriously. But don’t freak out, the rules are easy to follow. You can check them by visiting this page for the terms and this page for their policies.
3. Have a Clean and Professional-Looking Website
You want to have the best first impression for your readers when they first hop into your website. Don’t design it in a way that it degrades the readability of your content. Make sure your layout is fit for placing ads and that people can smoothly navigate your website.
Another suggestion is to invest in Premium themes such as Elegant, Thrive, or Genesis Themes as they provide a better, overall quality for your website. It might cost you some money, but it’s worth the upgrade for the added functionalities. This is totally optional and is not required to qualify for AdSense. Just consider this as an option.
4. Make Sure Your Content and Images are Authentic
Your blog content should always be original and not some duplicate that has been spun to reproduce many pages. Google will see this upon checking your website and the penalty for getting caught is nasty. Not only will you get ranking penalties, you will also fail to get an AdSense account.
For images, make sure you are not violating copyright laws or you might get sued. Use stock photo sites such as Pixabay(free), Pexels(free) or Big Stock(paid) for royalty-free images. Another alternative for pictures are screenshots especially when you want to show something to your readers (such as testimonials or data).
5. Remove All Other Ads and Third-Party Programs
If you have some other ads or programs outside of Google placed within your site, please remove them while you apply for AdSense. This is to ensure that your site looks clean while in the approval process. You can place them back later if you want and Google won’t mind that.
Much better, keep your loyalty to Google when advertising in your site. They pay nicely when you’ve focused all your efforts in optimizing their ads.
6. Have a Consistent Name Across All Your Properties
7. Verify Your Google Analytics and Search Console
Regardless of whether you apply for AdSense or not, you need to track your performance to better understand your users. Having an idea of how much visits you are getting to your website will allow you as a webmaster to determine whether placing ads will be worth it for monetizing your blog.
Add the tracking code for Analytics and submit your sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools (now Search Console) and start monitoring your website. Doing this is proof to Google that you really own your website and are serious in becoming successful.
8. Have a Top-Level Domain with an Email Account
It’s harder to get approved by Google if you host your website on a free domain. Although it’s possible to do that, you’d be better off in the long-term if you invest a little bit of money to purchase one or two years’ worth of domain. I always recommend going for the .com domain, then .net or .org if the .com version is taken.
After purchasing and moving to that domain, the next thing you want is a domain-specific email account. For example, if John has a website named qwerty.com, then the domain email should look like firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Create Lots of Quality Content First
Google will look at your content to see if it’s original and of high quality. I can’t say a magic number of posts to attain, but in my opinion, aim for at least 50 pages to make sure you get approved by AdSense. Some websites qualify below that amount, and it’s all up to you when to submit it to Google.
Also, avoid content and niches that are prohibited such as alcohol, drugs, hacking, porn, and violence. I hope that you’re not involved in those industries.
10. Have a Consistent Stream of Traffic
How will you earn money in the first place if people are not even coming to your website? No one will see your ads and therefore, no one will click on them. You’d be in better shape if you first focus on growing your blog and build authority in the search engines.
Remember, $100 is the minimum threshold to reach in order to get paid, and it’s not easy to achieve when you’re just starting out. In order to make money from it, an article from Daily Blog Money said that you need around 20,000 visitors from search engines to get $100. Seems daunting, right? That’s just the way it works.
Still Disapproved? Try This Instead
Don’t fret if Google rejected your application. You can always apply again once your website is in better shape and design. Just follow the tips above to show that you’re a genuine site that deserves approval.
What if you’re still disapproved? You know what, forget advertising for a measly penny! Instead, pursue affiliate marketing in order to get paid better. It’s the equivalent of becoming a salesperson in the real world as you are going to get commissions simply based on your performance.
Affiliate marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry, so you can be sure to make money from it, regardless of your niche. But to be successful, you need the right tools, training and support when growing your online business. Yes, blogging is a business, and what you need to succeed is more content to make people see that you’re the authority in your chosen niche.
If you’re willing to invest time (and money) to grow your expertise online, try joining Wealthy Affiliate for free and see if the platform can help you in your online business. It will teach you the principles of creating content and most importantly, bringing traffic to your website.
Did you find these tips helpful? What are your thoughts about Google AdSense? Let me know by sharing your insights in the comments. Thanks for reading and I hope you will finally get approved!