If you have a blog and if you are also willing to earn a fortune from it then there is no doubt that you will opt for AdSense as the primary mode for generating revenue.
However, the problem is, many of you don’t know about AdSense or how to create an AdSense account. Or maybe you know about AdSense, but you still need to know the exact procedure to follow to apply for an AdSense account.
Well, if that is the case, then you need to go through this blog in full as this blog details all the necessary steps and the hygiene measures that you need to religiously follow when you apply for AdSense.
In this article, you will understand about AdSense and its application process. Moreover, you will get hold of the key terms used in AdSense.
So let’s get started…
What is AdSense?
AdSense is a subsidiary of Google, and an Ad Network comprising of an ad server through which the advertisers serve their ads on publisher’s blogs/websites.
Google provides complete real-time analytics through a dashboard to both advertisers and publishers about the ads served. All of these ads are either impression based or click based.
Why Google AdSense?
If you are displaying ads on your blog/website you generate revenue either for the impressions being served on the site or if a user/visitor click on these ads. If you run a blog or run a website with significant traffic, you can make millions. We repeat millions.
There are several other Ad Networks; however, AdSense is the most preferred because it pays more than any other Ad network. For instance, if other Ad networks pay $0.01 – $0.10 for a single click, then Adsense pays about $0.01 – $10, $20 even $100.
And, this is entirely dependent on the type of ads displayed, the advertiser’s bid and budget for the ad and also is also a factor of the nature and volume of traffic the blog/website generates.
The advertisers fund Google for displaying ads on several sites (Publishers’ website/s) and in turn, Google compensates the Publishers displaying these ads.
So who are Advertisers and Publishers –
Advertisers: They are companies who pay Google for displaying ads on several sites. Google runs scripts on these sites that display ads.
Publishers: They are digital media houses, companies/individuals that own, run or manage publications who display ads on their site/s via AdSense. If you have a site/blog and you are displaying an ad, then you are a Publisher.
Google’s script serves and rotates ads of various advertisers who have either opted for your site or for the audience available on the site.
In short, Advertisers pay, Publishers, get paid via the Google AdSense program.
You might now wonder, whether publishers receive the entire amount paid by the advertisers or some specific amount.
Publishers get 68% of the money provided by Advertisers to Google for displaying ads. For instance, if an advertiser pays $10 to Google for a single ad click, then a publisher will get $6.8 which is 68% of $10. And the remaining $3.2 is kept by Google as a service charge.
Must know Metrics of AdSense
Impressions: This is the number of times the ad is served on the site.
CPM: Cost per Mille, it is the cost that an advertiser pays per 1000 impressions.
CPC: Acronym for Cost per Click. It is the amount which an advertiser pays for a single ad click. It is the amount which gets deducted from the advertiser’s account when a click is made on the ad.
CTR: CTR is short for Click Through Rate.
How do you calculate CTR?
You divide the number of unique clicks by the number of ad impressions to calculate the CTR for your online ad/s. For example, if we generate 20 clicks on an ad for 1000 impressions served, we divide 20 by 1,000 to get 0.02. Multiply this result by 100 to calculate the CTR as a percentage.
The industry average CTR is 0.3. Higher the CTR, the better the ad is performing. However, these clicks should be genuine otherwise Google will penalize you and your AdSense account will be at stake.
Estimated Earnings: When you open AdSense, you come across the term ‘Estimated Earnings’. Most of you don’t have clarity on this term.
Estimated Earnings are the earnings estimated by AdSense which you have earned by serving Google AdSense ads. The amount you see here is kept under surveillance to verify if you have by any means tricked AdSense to earn this revenue.
If you have not engaged in click fraud or have not done anything wrong pertaining to the ad/s or the site/s, you will receive (almost) the same amount as is shown in Estimated Earnings.
Finalized Earnings: As the name suggests, it is the final amount which you receive at the end of the month /after a specified tenure.
eCPM: eCPM stands for effective cost per thousand impressions. eCPM is calculated by dividing total earnings by a total number of impressions in thousands. It is a great performance measure for your various ad units, so you can use eCPM to compare your results.
eCPM helps compare media with different pricing methods by converting everything to a common metric. This can be helpful when you have a mix of ad buys denominated in cost per impression, cost per click, cost per lead, cost per action, fixed-price sponsorship, or other pricing methods.
Sometimes, eCPM is used to refer to revenue per thousand impressions on the publisher’s side.
As long as you have information for cost and impressions, you can calculate eCPM.
eCPM = —————– * 1,000
eCPM = Total Cost / (Impressions / 1,000)
eCPM = (CPC * Clicks) / (Impressions / 1,000)
eCPM = (CPL * Leads) / (Impressions / 1,000)
RPM: RPM is the page revenue per thousand impressions and is calculated by dividing the (estimated) earnings by the number of page views received, then multiplying by 1000.
RPM calculates the collective CPMs for all ad zones on a publisher’s page, while CPM refers to the cost an advertiser is willing to pay for a singular ad zone.
How to Apply for AdSense?
If you want an Adsense approval, then you must either have a Blog or a Website or a YouTube channel.
To get an Adsense account, you have to apply for it. To apply for AdSense, you must first have a Gmail account.
AdSense and Gmail are products of Google and Gmail ID is a must. If you have a Gmail account then you can now follow the below steps –
- Go to Adsense, and click on Sign Up Now.
- It will ask you to log in, you now need to log in with your Gmail account.
- Once you are logged in, you will see a form, you need to just fill it with proper and real information; your name, your e-mail id, etc. Click on ‘SAVE AND CONTINUE’.
- Thereafter you will see the next window asking if you want to make any modification in the details that you have submitted, cross-check all details and click on ‘SAVE AND CONTINUE’.
- You will then get a code by Adsense, which you need to paste between <head> and </head> tags. Just copy the whole code and paste it.
- For 7 days Adsense will serve test ads and if it finds that the serving is as per its norms then it will start serving real ads for you to generate revenue.
- If AdSense approves your application, Congratulations! It’s party time!!
Points to keep in mind when you Apply for AdSense
- You should not hurry and take due time before you apply for an AdSense account. If you are new in blogging, you should have patience and tie all your loose ends first before requesting Adsense approval. To get Adsense approved with ease, your blog must have at least 25-30 posts, because this will create an impact on Google that you are taking your site seriously and will, therefore, take care of your visitors too.
- The length of the articles or posts should be 500+ words. Although 300+ words are enough, for better results and even from an SEO perspective, it should be 500+ words. You have studied that Google weighs favorably articles of more than 500 words. Hence, if you have posts with 500+ words, it will definitely be beneficial for you.
- Do not Copy-Paste articles. Avoid plagiarism at all costs. Google detests plagiarism and will soon penalize for this. Therefore never act smart with Google. Google is intelligent and will disapprove your application.
- Proper navigation, i.e. the site should be well structured and visitors must know how they are moving through the site. It is advised not to include any redirection to any unauthorized or pirated site; it should not have any download links or malware, even better avoid pop-ups and pop-below as far as possible.
- Your website must not have any content that is related to Gambling, although you can contact Google for further acceptance as a special case as some Gambling websites are allowed to show ads by following some additional set of rules.
- If your blog has an adult, violent or racial content; be certain that the Adsense application will be rejected. Further, if you add adult content to any Adsense approved site, then your account will be permanently banned.
- If you are using any copyrighted content such as Images, Videos or any other pirated material; you will be soon left with a suspended account.
- If you are trying to play tricks with Adsense ads, such as customizing it, then you can be certain to get a mail from Adsense regarding your account being suspended or banned. Customizing ads are against Google Adsense policies.
- Further never try to generate clicks through tricks such as placing ads that cover content and asking visitors to click on the ad to see the underlying content. This will be a reason to have a suspended Adsense account.
- It is advisable not to encourage visitors to click on ads. Refrain asking for clicks on the displayed ads. If you do so, it will be taken as an invalid activity and as a result, your account will be suspended or banned. It is wise not to ask your family members, siblings, friends, etc. to click on ads because IPs are recorded and may result in a suspension.
- Did you accidentally click on your Ads? Google is very friendly; it understands that sometimes you click on your ads accidentally and so Google will not penalize you for this. You should genuinely take care of this, if you click on an ad by mistake, you should close it as soon and as fast as possible.
- What if someone else is bombarding clicks on your Ads? Sometimes it so happens that you properly follow all the Adsense policies, but your account still gets suspended. The cause behind this could be that someone is advertently clicking on your ads; he/she might be your competition, enemy, etc. However good for you, there exists an Adsense appeal form with the help of which you can appeal to Adsense that yo did not indulge in any invalid activity. Then Adsense will verify a few details and will take care of the rest. The link to the appeal form – https://support.google.com/adsense/troubleshooter/2707037?hl=en
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