This post was recently requested by you guys, and although I have not actually monetized this blog or applied for Google Adsense yet, (I’m working on it…) I do have some tips on how to apply, what to expect, and common reasons why people get rejected. So keep reading to find out how you can apply today, and receive that acceptance notification.
2. About and Contact
Google Adsense does require your blog to have an About Page and a Contact Page that are easily visible and accessible to your readers. While it is okay to combine these two pages, I recommend keeping the separate and perhaps visible from the home page so that when Google evaluates your site, they have no trouble finding them. The purpose behind having these pages is to prove that their is an actual person attached to the site, and that you are the one creating the posts and media on your blog. You About Page should feature humanistic and reality based information, such as your name, facts about your career, or education, and personal qualities that convince readers you are real (I know this sounds weird, but there are several blogs and sites out there run strictly by automated posts or “robots,” and Google will not accept sites like these). Your About Page should also contain a good author’s or mission statement, letting readers and Google know what the message and purpose of your blog is. That way, Google can evaluate if you are actually fulfilling it based on the content of your site. Your Contact Page should feature an active email address and your name, and you should be responding to mail you receive from that address on a regular basis.
Google is very picky about the content you feature on your site because they only want to advertise on blogs that regularly feature original, high quality content. While reblogs and post shares are fun and good on occasion or after you have been accepted, try to post more original content up to the time you apply. Google looks for blogs that contain a lot of text as well, so post frequently so that they will have enough to evaluate. Always make sure that you are posting high quality content on your site that is free of spelling and grammatical errors, as well as posts that are aesthetically pleasing and captivating. Posts that are useful and add value to your reader’s knowledge are also something that Google is looking for, so try to write engaging posts that will inform your readers about something that they can use. Poorly written content will not look good to Google when they evaluate, so try to avoid meaningless, rushed posts whenever possible.
There are very few host sites that you can use their domain and get approved by Google Adsense (honestly the only one I know of is Blogspot…). Google wants your blog to be professional if they are going to use it for advertising, and a huge step towards that professionalism is buying your own domain. This not only will make your blog more efficient, easier to find, and less dependent on your site host, but it will give Google the impression that you are more serious about blogging than if you have a free domain (www.example.wordpress.com versus https://example.com). Domains can be purchased on some site hosts for as little as $10-$15 a month, and the benefits and chances of getting approves will increase the minute you make the purchase. Trust me, it’s worth the investment.
5. Optimize for search engines
One way to not only get approved by Google Adsense, but to also attract more traffic to your site is to make sure you are optimizing your posts for search engines (SEO). While this sounds really complicated, and does take a bit of researching to understand, the time investment is one hundred percent worth it, and will make your chances of getting approved by Google Adsense significantly higher. Focusing on one or two keywords, including key words in titles, intros, and urls, optimizing meta descriptions, and making sure your blog is mobile friendly are just a few ways to make your posts more easily accessible to search engines. Google Adsense will check how your blog responds on multiple levels and will take into account how easily accessible it is. Optimizing your posts for search engines is a great way to have more readers be able to find your blog, and to create a more concise and organized format.
***That’s it! I hope you guys found this post useful and informative. Feel free to share in the comments any advice you may have for those wanting to apply for Google Adsense or for other forms of advertising. Any feedback is appreciated!***