Last updated on July 24th, 2018 at 10:08 am
If you’re like me, you’re blogging with the intent of helping others. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to sign up for Google Adsense, plus my results with this ad network.
I know what you’re thinking, this blog is going to be plastered with tons of ads.
My blog won’t be plastered with a bunch of ads. My goal still remains the same. I want to provide you with valuable information that you can use to start, grow and monetize your blog.
However, I’ve decided to test out the Google Adsense monetization method on my blog.
I went back and forth about whether or not to put ads on my blog. However, after really thinking about it, I figured why not test it out for a few months and see how it goes.
That wasn’t my plan when I first started my blog. In fact, I was totally against using ads to monetize my blog.
However, things change. As you know, my goal is to walk away from freelancing. I can’t walk away from my freelancing gig until this blog is able to support me.
So why not see if this monetization method can help me increase my blog earnings?
Testing Out Adsense On My Blog
Since I started this blog, I wasn’t sure if I would sign up for Google Adsense. The main reason I was hesitant to add Google Adsense was that I didn’t want to take the focus away from the content.
My goal is to provide you the best possible content that I know how.
However, after spending time on other blogs. I realized that just because they have ads on their blogs, doesn’t take away the value of the content.
Just because I add ads, doesn’t mean I can’t keep writing helpful content for you.
Sure some people may not like them, that’s okay. It’s my blog and I get to monetize it any way that I choose. That’s the beauty of having a self-hosted blog.
I am not sure how long I’ll leave them on the blog, but I figured why not test out this monetization method to see if it works for my blog.
After all, my goal is to turn this blog into a full-time income money maker.
Which I am sure that’s the purpose of your blog as well 🙂
In this tutorial, I thought I would share my experience of signing up with Google Adsense.
My Previous Experience With Adsense
I’ve used Google Adsense on some of my blogs in the past. However, it’s been years since I’ve used it.
I actually signed up for a brand new account. I couldn’t even remember what email or my password from my last account was.
In the past, I was able to make some money from Adsense.
It wasn’t a lot, but every little penny that adds up. This is especially important when you’re not really making a lot of money at first.
Learning How to Use Adsense Again
It’s been years since I’ve worked with Adsense. I’ve noticed that the whole dashboard and ads you can create are totally different than I am familiar with.
I won’t be spending a ton of time learning the ins and outs of Adsense, as it isn’t the main method that I plan on monetizing my blog.
However, I will have to get familiar with the types of ads that I can create and where to place them on my blog.
If I learn anything that I believe will help you out, I’ll be sure to share it with you.
Why I’m Putting It On My Blog
Like I said, my goal with this blog is to eventually earn a full-time income. My goal is to do it through ads, affiliate marketing, and my own digital products.
At the time of this writing, I currently have over 82 published posts.
So why not add some Adsense ads and see if I can monetize my posts.
Of course, only time will tell how long I’ll leave them on my blog. The only thing that I can do is test them out to see if they increase my income.
How to Sign Up For Google Adsense
Okay, enough about why I’ve decided to add Google Adsense to my site. If you’ve been contemplating adding them to your blog, this tutorial will walk you through the process.
Sign Up For An Account
If you already have a Gmail account, you can link it with that account. Go here to sign up for your Google Adsense account.
You’ll be prompted to fill out the necessary information.
Fill out all the necessary information.
Enter Payment Address Details
On this screen, you’ll be prompted to enter your payment address details.
This is where you’ll want them to send your check once your account reaches the $100 payout threshold.
If I remember right, I think you can have them direct deposit your check once you reach your threshold. I’m not really sure about this, I’ll have to check.
Add Code to Your Blog
You’ll be prompted to add the Google Adsense code to your blog.
It specifically says to paste the code in the head section of your blog. If you’re using Genesis, it’s extremely easy to do.
All you’ll have to do is go to
Genesis >> Theme Settings and then scroll to the very bottom. You’ll see the header code section box.
Just paste the code in that box.
Reviewing Your Site
Once you’ve followed those steps, now it’s time to wait.
As it states it can take up to 3 days or longer to review and approve your blog.
I’ve read stories online how it sometimes it took a lot longer to get approved.
If you want to read more about the Adsense approval process, read this.
Should You Put Adsense On Your Blog?
No one can tell you whether you should monetize your blog with ads. It’s totally up to you. If you’re getting some traffic to your blog there’s absolutely no reason to create an Adsense account and test it out to see if it does good on your blog.
That’s one of the great things about having a self-hosted blog. You can choose to monetize it any way you want. Just remember that just because something works for someone doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to work for you.
I know that many people hate ads. I personally don’t mind them as long as the blogger doesn’t plaster their site with them.
That’s why I won’t be plastering my site with a bunch of ads.
If you’re providing valuable content for people. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t monetize your blog.
The best advice I can give you is to test it out on your blog.
It doesn’t take long to create a new Google Adsense account. You can add some ads to your blog and if it works great.
Then continue with that monetization method. If not then, remove the ads and focus on other monetization methods.
How Long Does It Take to Get Approved?
When I started the Google Adsense application this morning at 7:30 a.m. I had no clue how long it would take to get approved.
However, at 11:35 a.m the same day. I received an email from Google saying that my site is now connected to Google Adsense.
When I clicked on the link to get started, this is what I saw.
Basically, it took my blog about 4 hours to get approved to start using Google Adsense.
Like I said, I can’t tell you for sure how long it will take you to get your site approved.
The only thing that I can say is just to fill out the application and then continue working on your daily blogging tasks.
You’ll get an email from them once your site is approved. If you don’t get approved, it won’t be the end of the world.
There are literally tons of different methods you can use to monetize your blog.
Things You Should Know Before Applying
I admit that I am NOT an Adsense expert, but I am always tweaking things to see what works best for my blog. If you’re serious about testing out the Adsense program on your blog, before you apply, you want to make sure that you read their program policies.
You’ll also want to make sure that you have original content on your blog. When I applied for the program, I had several live posts and didn’t have any issues getting approved.
Test Out Other Monetization Methods
Adsense makes it so quick and easy to monetize a blog. But it’s so easy to think that you’re going to make a lot of money if you add some ads to your blog. The truth is that unless you get tons of pageviews, chances are you’re only making pennies.
This usually means that when a visitor lands on your blog they might click one of the ads on your blog and then you earn a penny or two. Are you really willing to lose a visitor to make a quick penny?
I wasn’t that was one of the reasons that I’ve removed the ads from my blog. I do plan on using ads as a way to monetize my blog, but I won’t be putting any back on until I reach the 25,000 pageview threshold where I can apply to some better networks.
If your plan is to sign up with a better network later, you want to make sure that you keep your account in good standings. I’ve heard that in order to sign up with other ad networks, you need to have a Google account in good standings.
I’d rather make money through affiliate marketing and focus on growing my email list right now.
Final Take Away
As bloggers, we all have to figure out what the best ways to make money from our blogs are.
Unfortunately, it’s all just about testing things out. You’ll notice that Google Adsense works better for some bloggers than others.
You won’t know if it works for your blog unless you test it out. I know that many bloggers will say that it’s bad to have ads on blogs.
Don’t listen to them. As long as you don’t plaster your blog with a bunch of ads, there’s nothing wrong with using them.
Just make sure that you continue to focus on providing the best content as possible for your readers.
I know that you want to monetize your blog and make money. Just don’t do it at the expense of your readers.
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Let me know, have you ever used ads on your blog? If so, are you still using them or have you moved on to other monetization methods?
I’d love to hear your experience with monetizing your blog with ads.
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