Most people seem to apply directly for an Adsense Account for their personal site. I went a different route to getting Google Adsense on this site, however, and I found it wonderfully painless.
Now, I can’t say for sure what other people’s experience is getting Google Adsense on their website, but from what I can tell it can be rough.
Considering this, I thought I’d share something of what I did to get to the stage where The Aspiring Digital Nomad Blog has Google Adsense ads on it, finally – and fuss-free.
From what I can tell, the biggest distinction my journey took from those I read about online is that I had a Hosted Account for a fair amount of time before I got a regular Unhosted Google Adsense Account.
I can best describe this as having access to Google Adsense earning through content you create on a site that isn’t owned by you.
There may be more to it than that, but that is how it played out in practice in my situation.
For a few years now I have been writing random articles for Hubpages once in a blue moon. It’s a good place to write when, if you are like me, you have random thoughts that don’t really belong on your blog or on other websites that you own – but which you still want to get out ‘on paper’.
I write about some pretty random stuff:
I didn’t spend a lot of time dedicated to the site, though, and to date I have only 26 posts on Hubpages. But I like writing on there occasionally – and it’s also a good supplemental way to send traffic to your own website – every bit helps!
What Does Hubpages Have To Do With It?
So when joining Hubpages, after you reach a certain number of posts, you are allowed to apply to earn through the Earnings Programs they offer.
During this process you are instructed to apply for a Google Adsense Account and – to cut a long story short – the difference to a standard application is that you quote Hubpages as the website you will be posting ads on in the application process.
Hubpages happens to be one of a number of partner websites.
So for a while I have ‘had Google Adsense’, painlessly earning a small amount money through my Hubpages articles, but with a percentage being taken by Hubpages as per their agreement with their writers.
So it was kind of like a Google Adsense limbo..not a ‘full’ account – yet still able to earn through it…
But Hubpages wasn’t the only partner site that I had the Hosted Account linked up to.
As many of you might also, I have had my YouTube channel connected to the Google Adsense Account over this time as well, but there were very few videos on there up to that point.
So How Do You Get Adsense Approved For A Full Account?
I’m not writing this post to suggest that there is any way to ‘game’ the system by doing things this way. But I am sharing this to reveal my own experience – that there is a different way.
Come on – applying straight-up for a Google Adsense Account on your own website is pretty intimidating these days with the number of horror stories you hear.
In saying that, I did make an effort to create a site that had – to the best of my ability – all the right signs when it comes to what a site should look like to get approved for Google Adsense.
I’d like to at least give you some insight into the state of my site and what I had in place when I applied to upgrade from a Hosted Account to a Non-Hosted Account.
Things I Had In Place When I Applied To Upgrade To A Non-Hosted Account
I have heard about the place that having other ads on your site when you apply for Google Adsense is not ideal.
Maybe that’s true, but in my case I had two banners located on the sidebar ABOVE and more prominent than where I placed my Google Adsense blank ad while awaiting approval, but it didn’t seem to get in the way of the approval.
One was a widget ad for Freelancer.com and the other an ad for GPSmycity.
I addition, I had Amazon Affiliate links scattered throughout the site in review posts and on my Packing List Page.
I’ll not say that I write great posts, I still haven’t gotten there yet.
But I did make an effort to write posts with a word count of around 800 – 1000 words or so. I wanted the content to provide adequate value both for my readers as well as for Google’s requirements.
I also have tried to create a few posts that contain more variety of ‘media’. All have lots of photos in them, some have my YouTube videos embedded in them, or Google Maps embedded in others – some have all these.
Most posts also have a few links in them as well, and as I created more content I began interlinking posts within the site.
When I applied for the upgrade I had 21 decent media-rich published posts on the site. They were published gradually over 11 months.
Not a lot of posts, I know, but it did demonstrate some consistency in releasing content. I think that helps.
I have never guest posted in the true sense of the word. Nor am I interested in accepting guest posts – yet. But I did do something that I have found to be a very happy medium that I really love. I started working with other bloggers on collaboration posts:
These have usually been list posts where a number of bloggers provide a snippet of content to make up a larger post. The above image was my contribution – along with some written content – to a post written by Girl Out of Bounds.
Collaboration posts are great ways to get links to your site from other blogs in the same niche as you.
Still uncertain? Check out my post on How to Work With Other Bloggers on Collaboration Posts.
I read on another blog somewhere that Google doesn’t like lots of draft posts and pages in your website when you apply. Dunno. I had about 5 draft posts when I applied, so it wasn’t too critical in my circumstance.
Other Google Services
I linked this website with a lot of other free Google Services as well, including Google Analytics and Google Webmasters.
Submit a site map to Google. Shout Me Loud has a great guide that shows you how to do this, so check out: How To Submit Your Blog’s Sitemap To Google Console.
As of the date of this post, you can see this is not a professionally designed website – but I think it looks presentable. There is a consistent colour scheme, it is responsive on mobiles and the site has simple navigation and doesn’t have unnecessary buttons and things out of place. At the time of applying it was fairly tidy.
At the time of application, my traffic sources were purely organic as well as those gained from Social Media and links back to the site located in my Free eBook.
I had a page dedicated to giving away a free ebook that I wrote to help readers. I’m not saying that this assisted my application, but such things do work together to show that the site is adding value and unique content.
In order for readers to get the free book, they needed – and still need – to sign up, which comes to my next point:
At the time of my application I had my mailing list set up with Mail Chimp.
After my experience I guess I’m just hopeful that I can give a little insight into the state of my site at the time of approval – to perhaps give hope, or direction to those still trying to get their Google Adsense accounts approved.
Sometimes it seems like there are so many things you should or shouldn’t do when it comes to applying. But, there is a way through all the confusion.
I also feel that the essence of getting approved is indeed based on what we hear most – Content is King.
Follow the basic guidelines that Google mentions to get approved, and then give it your best shot creating unique, valuable, user-friendly, media-rich content on a consistent basis, and you will get there.
Are you still trying to get Google Adsense? Are you struggling with creating enough content or getting approval? Or did you also have a fairly easy go of it?
Whatever your experience let us know in the comments below!