Google AdSense is one of the numerous ways to monetize your website traffic in Nigeria. If you are new to blogging and to the different ways of making money online, you may have heard about Google AdSense or seen an AdSense ad on one of the websites you’ve visited recently.
What is Google AdSense?
Google AdSense (AdSense) is an advertising placement service by Google. The program is designed for website publishers who want to display targeted text, video or image advertisements on website pages and earn money when site visitors view or click the ads.
The advertisements are controlled and managed by Google and Web publishers simply need to create a free AdSense account and copy and paste provided code to display the ads. Revenue using AdSense is generated on a per-click or per-impression basis. It is free to become a verified website publisher in the Google AdSense program.
How does Google AdSense work?
Google Adsense is one of the easiest ways to make money on the internet; it works on a cost-per-click (CPC) and revenue sharing basis. It charges advertisers per ad click and publishers get roughly 68% of the amount an advertiser has set to pay for each click.
Google will display targeted ads on your page that’s relevant to the content on the webpages that the code has been inserted, and when your website visitors start clicking on those ads, you will be paid for it.
How to get your Google AdSense account approved
First of all, you have to be approved for Google AdSense, To be approved for Google AdSense you have to submit an application form and when your application gets reviewed and if you would be approved for the AdSense program, then you can earn money with Google Adsense.
In a nutshell, there are 4 basic steps to applying and getting approved to the Adsense affiliate program.
1. Setup a website with valuable contents
Google wants to know that you have a valuable resource. So, in order to increase your chances of approval, you need to create original, articulate, and useful content. Best advice is to have at least 10 well-written articles of 500 words or more each on your site before applying.
2. Setup a well-designed website theme or layout
2) Create 25 – 35 Posts
Number two goes back to high-quality content. Before you even apply to Google AdSense, you should have 10-15 high-quality posts on your website to make sure Google knows you’re taking it seriously, and that your website has some articles that can be monetized.
Generally speaking, you want to have 10,000-15,000 words on your website. If you have about 1000-1500 words per article, that’s a pretty good number. This will help you get approved because it shows the voice of your website and helps Google understand the quality of your content, which is very important.
3) Create About and Contact Pages
Number three is something that I think a lot of people miss out on. When you create a website, you have to have an About and Contact page before you apply to Google AdSense.
It’s pretty simple why; when Google is reviewing your website, they want to make sure it’s legitimate, so they want to know who’s behind the site. You can include the different staff involved on the About page as well.
It is also important to have a Contact page so all of your website visitors can reach out to you if they need to.
By having those two pages, you’re going to further validate the fact that you are a legitimate business. That is really important to Google when they’re looking at you from an AdSense perspective.
5) Confirm Website Content Isn’t on the Restricted List
Number five is one that I think some people probably don’t really think about before they create a website. That is, you need to make sure your content isn’t on the restricted list.
Yes, Google AdSense does have a restricted list. If you have a website and your content is restricted, then goodbye to AdSense. That’s just the reality of the situation.
There are a lot of different rules, so here is a link telling you exactly what the publisher restrictions are.
Generally speaking, you can’t have anything sexual, and you can’t have shocking, like killing, terrorism, explosives, guns, tobacco, recreational drugs, the sale of alcohol, online gambling, prescription drugs, and unapproved pharmaceuticals or supplements.
The unapproved pharmaceuticals or supplements is something that I think was added pretty recently. If you have a health-based website and it includes different supplements that maybe aren’t proven or could be kind of sketchy, Google AdSense might deny you for that.
Again, if you want to see the full list, just click here
6) Don’t Use Images with Copyright
Do not use copyrighted images. I can’t stress this enough. If you have taken an image directly from Google and put it on your website, never do that again.
There are usage rights that protect photographers who work hard to put up those images. They need to be compensated for their work.
If you just go into Google and grab an image and put it up, there’s a good chance Google AdSense will come there, see what you’ve done, and say, “No, we’re not going to approve you because these aren’t even your images.”
It’s not a legitimate way of doing things, so make sure you don’t do that.
If you’re sitting there saying, “Well, I don’t have a ton of money for images,” or “I don’t really know where to get images,” I personally use two different sources. The first is completely free and it is called pixabay.
The second does cost money but has a lot of different images that you can get at a pretty reasonable price if you do a monthly plan. It is shutterstock. If you’re interested in that, you can go ahead and click on that link and go directly there to see what they have.
7) Know That (Sometimes) Website Age Matters
This doesn’t apply everywhere, but I had to include it here; sometimes your website age will matter.
This isn’t as big of a deal in the U.S. and many other countries, but Google has specifically made a call out to those who are in China and India saying that you have to have your websites for at least six months before you apply to Google AdSense.
I believe they’ve done this because there were a lot of fraud websites that were created and pushed into the ecosystem of their Google search results.
They didn’t like how people were trying to play the system. I don’t know all the specifics, but I know that they’ve made mention of those two countries.
So if you’re in one of those two countries, then wait six months. If you’re not, that’s probably not the issue if you’re getting denied, so you don’t really have to worry about it.
8) Submit your application to Google Adsense
Click here to submit your Google AdSense application. You will be asked to provide your website URL, individual or business name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and perhaps one other basic bit of information. You are not required to submit your TIN or bank account information at this stage yet. This will happen after you get approved.
9) Get approved
It usually takes within 24 to 48 hours for Google to review and approve your application. If you follow the steps highlighted above, you should have no issues getting approved quickly. Once your account has been approved, you can start serving ads on your website. If it happens that your application was rejected, make recommended improvements and re-apply after 3 to 4 weeks.