When reading income report posts from bloggers you may notice that a lot of money is generated by running ads. Its not a big surprise when you think about it. After all running ads is one of the best passive ways to earn income. Today I am excited to share with you exactly how I earned my first payment from google adsense.
As of January 13, 2021 I have decided to stop using Google Adsense. The reason is that my account received a notice of “invalid traffic concerns” (again).
If you read my post to the bottom you will see that this happened to me at the end of December 2020 as well. My traffic has increased a lot in the past two months, and the main referral is Pinterest. I am not 100% sure if this is the reason, but from what I have been reading it seems that Google Adsense likes to see organic search engine traffic as the main source of traffic and not social media and/or Pinterest referrals.
Although I am saddened that hosting ads on my website for now has turned out to not be as successful as I had hoped I am very excited about the fact that my blog traffic is increasing. I am posting this here to be transparent.
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Money In The Bank
In December 2020 I am happy to say that I reached a milestone with this blog, when I received my first payment from Google Adsense! Opening up my bank account and seeing that payment of $104.75 gave me so much happiness.
It has been a dream of mine for this blog to be profitable through various streams of income, and to generate passive income from ads is something to celebrate.
I know that this is a small amount, but it is encouraging.
This took me about three and a half months to generate $104.75. The amount of traffic I receive per month is around 3500 on average.
I hope that those numbers give you an idea of how much money you could potentially earn if you have similar traffic as me.
If you are thinking of putting ads on your website…
I highly recommend working with Google Adsense. Google adsense is a great ad agency for those that have below 50,000 blog sessions per month. This is great news for beginner and mid-size bloggers, because you Google Adsense does not have any minimal session traffic requirements to get started.
Google Adsense is also very easy to incorporate into your blog.
One of the things I appreciate most is how easy Google Adsense ads are incorporated into blogs. To start you have the option of selecting an ad automation setting. By doing this you don’t need to fuss with making place holders on each page of your blog. Instead Google Adsense will place ads for you on your website as they see fit.
But what if you don’t want ads on certain pages?
Not a problem. If don’t want to run ads on certain pages you can opt to not show ads by simply clicking a button. For example if you don’t want your “about me” page to have ads on it, you can very easily opt out.
Easy Payment Method For Earnings
With lots of affiliates and ad agencies I have learned that best practices include payment thresholds of some sort, and Google Adsense is no different.
You must earn $100 before you will receive a payment for ads run on your website with Google Adsense. Once you meet that payment threshold money will then be transferred to your bank account within that same month.
If you have applied before and gotten denied…
Read my post about tips to getting approved after being denied. I embarrassingly got denied a total of 11 times before being approved. So don’t get discouraged. There is not a cap on how many times you can apply.
An Important Note About Google Adsense
A new rule that larger ad agencies such as Mediavine and Ad Thrive adhere to is that one must be in good standing with Google Adsense in order to apply.
I mention this because later down the line as your website traffic grows and you want to apply to a premium ad agency that pays out more than Google Adsense than you need to be in compliance.
It is very important to make sure you adhere to Google’s standards.
For example if you do a simple google search on “Mediavine ad requirements” you will see the top hit says this:
Notice the second bullet point, it clearly states the requirement to be in good standing with Google Adsense.
What does “being in good standing” with Google Adsense mean?
When you submit an application to apply to run ads on your blog with Google Adsense you will come across a list of eligibility requirements. See the full list here.
The top ones are:
- You must own your website. That means you pay for hosting via Siteground (affiliate), Wix or Bluehost, and not a free wordpress site.
- You must be at least 18 years old.
What happens if you fall out of compliance?
It depends what policy has been broken. But most of the time it is fixable. For me, in mid-November I received an email that I had broken a policy. The email read: The number of ads you can show has been limited. For details, go to the Policy center.Policy Center.
I was so upset when I got this email. Not so much because I cared about the loss of my ad revenue, but the fact that it had taken me so long to get accepted and now I was worried of being “out of compliance” with Google Adsense and getting kicked out and also ruining my future prospects of making ad revenue income with this blog.
Next, I logged into my account and saw that the reason said “invalid traffic concerns”. Suddenly it dawned on me that on more than one occasion when I would go to my website to make an edit or work on a new blog post, I was accidentally clicking on an add.
I knew this had to be the reason.
It is very bad to click on your own ads. I knew this before getting Google Adsense and was 100% not doing this intentionally. My next fear was how was I going to avoid the chance of accidentally clicking on an add in the future?
The solution I came up with was just to stop going directly to my website altogether. Instead, when I need to update a blog post, I will login the backend through my hosting platform Siteground.
Moral of the story is to be very careful when on your own website once your ads are active.
The good news is that as of late December my ads are back up and running! The pause on my account only lasted about three weeks. I tell you all my silly mistakes so that it doesn’t happen to you in the future.