Google Adsense is one of the most popular advertising options for bloggers. It allows bloggers to make money passively. But, to get approved for Google adsense, it takes some special effort. Trust me, I was previously denied 11 times within a six month period before finally getting approved. I will explain how you can get approved for Google adsense the first time.
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Why It Is Important To Be In Good Standing With Google Adsense
If you are a blogger, chances are you are reading this because you want to advertise so you can start earning some passive income. Google adsense is a great way to do just that.
Google accepts bloggers with all types of traffic thresholds. This is awesome if you are just starting out, or if you don’t have enough traffic to qualify for premium ad agencies such as Mediavine or AdThrive.
But as your blog grows, it will likely be a goal of yours to eventually apply to one of the premium ad agencies mentioned above. The reason is that they pay out better than Google Adsense.
One of the commonalities of being accepted into both AdThrive and Mediavine is that you need to be in good standing with Google Adsense.
So, if you have hopes of one day applying to one of the premium ad agencies in the future it is required that you be in good standing with Google Adsense.
Since that is the case I think it is a good idea to apply to Google Adsense early on. This will teach you to work with ads. It will also put you in a good position to transition to premium ad agency in the future.
Traffic Goals To Aim For In The Future
Mediavine requires you to have 50,000 sessions a month per Google Analytics to be accepted. While AdThrive requires 100,000 page views to be accepted.
When you are first starting out blogging, or even a few years in like me, achieving that level of traffic is not an easy task. But it doesn’t mean you can’t get there. The key is not giving up.
This Spring 2020 My Blog Achieved Traffic Milestones
But it doesn’t have to take you over two years to achieve steady traffic. Take it from me. Just this Spring in March 2020, I had my highest traffic month ever with over 7000 page views.
Previously I my blog usually had about 500 per month. The only exception was two months (out of two years) went over 1000 viewers/month. So jumping to 7000 page views was a huge leap for me.
I attribute that success all to the leverage of the Pinterest platform for gaining traffic. If you are not utilizing Pinterest right now you then you should start. I pin five new pins per day and it has made a tremendous difference in my blog traffic growth.
What Are The Requirements For Being Accepted To Google Adsense?
According to Google Adsense’s website, the top requirements to being accepted are the following:
- You must own your website. If you are currently blogging on a free WordPress platform or something similar, you should look into self-hosting. I use Siteground for my website. I have a complete free step-by-step guide on how to help you sign up for hosting on Siteground.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must have high quality and original content.
- Having a Privacy Page, About Page and Terms & Conditions page. Having the privacy page is a requirement of Google Adsense. The other pages are also important in that it gives legitimacy to your website. I also talk about the importance of having these pages in my post on Blogging Legally.
- Having a professional website theme. For this website I paid for the ASHE theme. (affiliate) It works seamlessly with WordPress and after a one time fee you get upgrades for life. Not only is it important for your website to look professional, but it also helps with the ease for which google can integrate ads. When you use a compatible theme such as the ASHE theme like I use, it is perfectly designed for ad placement.
Once You Have Applied How Long Will It Take To Know If You Have Been Accepted?
Approval can a few days or a few weeks. Either way you will receive an email letting you know that you have either been accepted or that you have been denied. If denied Google Adsense will tell you the reason and give you resources on how to fix the issue.
When Will You Start Making Money?
Once approved you will start generating income right away. The more traffic you have the more money you will make.
Google will only pay you once you have reached a threshold of $100. At that point they will then prompt you to enter additional information so you can get money transferred to your bank account.
I Previously Got Denied 11 Times Before Being Accepted
As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, I got denied 11 times before I was able to get accepted into the Google Adsense program.
It is embarrassing that I got denied so many times prior. But I was determined to make this work.
The reason that Google Adsense denied me was the dreaded “Google Adsense application was denied due to scraped content.”
I was shocked when I got this denial because the phrase “scraped content” made me think that Google thought I was copying someone’s blog posts. Which is not the case. As all my content is 100% mine.
My next thought was that maybe someone was copying me?
When I Dug Deeper I Realized The True Issue
Google will give the denial for “scraped content” when they determine that your website does not provide enough original content ideas.
The fact that my website is a lifestyle blog that includes very popular topics such as how to start a blog and travel itineraries made Google distinguish it as a website with not enough original material.
Even though yes I was writing my original articles and not copying them, Google felt that there are so many similar websites out there.
What I Did To Fix This Issue
I created more long form blog posts that took deeper dives than some of my earlier surface level pieces.
Next, I used more of my own pictures that I took myself
I also started to generate a larger amount of traffic than when I first applied. Now, although low traffic was not a determining factor, I can’t help but wonder if it made a difference. The first three months when I was applying I had low traffic, at about 500 page views per month.
But by August 2020, I was getting 4000-7000 page views per month. That was a massive increase since March 2020 and it has been staying consistent since that time.
My Recommendations to Get Approved For Google Adsense The 1st Time
Before submitting your application to get approved for Google Adsense I recommend that you wait until your blog is at least six months old.
This will show that you are established. I would also recommend that you have posted a new blog post at least once a week for six months. That will also show consistency.
Be sure to have the required pages on your blog as I had mentioned above, contact page, about page, privacy page, and a terms & conditions page. I know these pages can seem kind of boring but they are important.
The about page is one of the most popular pages that visitors will go to once they land on your blog, so make sure that it is a good one. Be personal and authentic. That is what people like.
Good luck with your Google adsense application!