How to make money with Google AdSense

These days, many people can afford to make a living just by earning money with Google AdSense. This article is a complete guide to AdSense: how to apply for it, how it works and how to make money with it. Read this beginners guide and learn how to monetize your website or blog.

Topics: Blogging, Money, Google AdSense

What is Google AdSense?

Even if you are new to the blogging world and you are not much of an online expert, you definitely came across Google AdSense. Maybe even on this website. This is what an AdSense ad looks like: 

How does a google adsense ad look like

Creators and other website owners use AdSense to monetize their online business. AdSense itself is owned by Google. The Service works with cost per click and earnings per click (CPC & EPC). That means website owners who insert ads on their website get paid and receive money per click on the corresponding ads. As a publisher, you basically provide space on your website, which Google fills with ads. 

How to apply for Google AdSense


First, you have to create an account. You can do so here. Like Gmail, YouTube and other Google services, AdSense makes use of your Google account.


Second, Google needs to investigate whether your website is suitable for placing ads. Therefore, you need to connect your website to your AdSense account. In order to accomplish this, you need to insert a piece of code into your website, so that Google algorithms can access your content. 


Third, once your application is approved, you can set up your payment details to receive the money you earn. Keep in mind that AdSense has very strict guidelines and rules. Before you start receiving money, Google will send a physical letter (including a confirmation code) to your postal address. With this code, you can verify your address.


Once these three steps are done, you can start placing ads!

How to make money with AdSense

Once you joined Google AdSense, you want to use it strategically to make as much money as possible, i.e. to optimize your profit. There are different guidelines on how to place ads most efficiently, but always keep in mind that it is key to stick to Google’s rules


One of the most important rules of thumb is to not overdo ads. Place ads in the sidebar or in-between your content, but make sure that your website is still enjoyable. The more people enjoy being on your website, the more likely it is that they will stay longer and in turn click an ad they might like.


A little side note: You can place up to 3 ads on one webpage.


NEVER ask friends or family members or other people to click on your ads! Google algorithms notice both violations of the guidelines and false clicks. By doing this, you will get banned from Google AdSense!

What kinds of ads will appear on your website?

There are different kinds of ads that can appear on your website. Basically, you have to distinguish between personalized and non-personalized ads. Personalized ads are tailored for the specific viewer of your website and will increase the chance of people clicking your ads. Non-personalized ads do not use cookies and show generic ads to your audience. You can also influence the types of ads that you want to appear on your website. You can e.g. deactivate ads for gambling or dating. 

Reasons for being rejected by Google AdSense

Some very common reasons for being rejected by Google AdSense are: 


Violation of guidelines, having a brand-new domain, not enough content. 


You can increase your chance of being accepted by offering unique content, offering content that is valuable and making sure that there is enough content on your website!

How much money do you make with Google AdSense? 

Many people have asked me if you can make a living with Google AdSense. First, it is important to notice that your AdSense revenue depends on the amount and type of traffic to your website, your content, the position of your ads and many other factors. This might make it difficult for smaller bloggers and website owner to earn enough money to make a living.


Nevertheless, there are many website owners that succeeded with AdSense and can follow their passion fulltime, just because of Google AdSense. 

Risks of using Google AdSense

Google AdSense itself is very safe and secure. However, the revenue you make might fluctuate. This is due to the fact that your revenue heavily depends on the traffic to your website. Once your traffic decreases dramatically, your AdSense revenue will do too. 


For bloggers and other publishers, Google AdSense is a great way of making money online. It is not only safe and secure but also easy to set up and use. AdSense gives small and big creators an opportunity to make a living by doing what they love. 


I hope that this guide can help you to start earning money with Google AdSense. Keep in mind all the tips of this guide and I am sure, you can monetize your online business. Feel free to contact me with any questions on Google AdSense.

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