Adsense. It’s everywhere. It’s almost like the ultimate Superstar. There’s a new rave online – well, I wouldn’t call it new, but for some reason it’s now catching on like some widely spread STD. (Pardon my french) But you get my point. Every one now wants to make money online from blogging whether they are bonafide bloggers or not.
For the curious, let’s get straight to the point. One of the coolest and most popular ways to make money via your blog is by Google Adsense.
What is Google Adsense?
Google AdSense is a program run by Google that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media advertisements, that are targeted to site content and audience.
Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites.
How do I get an Adsense account?
First, sign up for Google AdSense. If you already have a Gmail account, then you are good to go.
After signing up, you will receive an email within a few hours telling you if you passed the review. Then you can proceed to sign in again and get what they call ad codes. These are the codes that will be implemented on your blog to start generating money.
Adding the Adsense codes to your Blog
Adding the codes gotten from your Adsense portal all depends on the layout of your blog. You need to determine where you want to show the ad. Ads can be placed in posts, on pages, sidebars, header, and the footer. They can be above or below the content, in-between the content, or you can set the content to wrap around the ads. The ad blocks can be placed by hand-coding, plugins, themes, shortcodes, and more. It’s all about preference.
That’s all! Once you’ve placed the codes, you are set! As soon as someone clicks on the ads now showing on your website, you get paid, based on the settings you filled in when you first signed up to Adsense.
A few Adsense Rules though…
Google is strict. If you mess around, they won’t hesitate to ban your account and cancel all payments. To avoid that, follow the rules below like they are from a respected oracle 🙂 —
- Don’t click on your own ads.
- Google has a list of languages they support. Don’t run your ads on a blog where the language isn’t supported. See list of supported languages here
- You can only have 3 ad units on one page.
- Don’t send ads using email.
- Make sure you don’t use any other contextual advertisement program. Let Google Adsense by your ONLY advertisement program.
- Don’t tamper with Adsense code! Changing your Adsense code in anyway is not permitted by Google.
- If you place Adsense on a site that distribute copyright content like Movies, songs or any other files, you will get an instant ban.
- Don’t buy traffic for your Adsense enabled sites.
Of course I can’t list all rules here based on space and time, but on this one, google is your best friend.
In another post, I’ll be showing you how to optimize your blog for more traffic, in the process making your blog more visible and allowing more people click on those Adsense ads.
Now go get started!