Google Adsense – still going strong in 2012. I know it isn’t everyone’s favorite way to earn money, but it is a pretty simple way for someone with a site to start earning some extra cash.
If you want to use Adsense to monetize your website or blog, there are a couple tips you should keep in mind:
Make sure you have some decent content on your site before you apply. If you are using a blog – then I like to aim at 7-10 posts before I even apply. Just ends up being quicker, rather than having your site denied.
If you do get denied, adjust your site accordingly and reapply with another Google account.
Once you are approved for one site you can use Adsense on any site you also own. remember though the terms of service still apply.
Learn the terms of service and don’t break any of the rules – you will be caught and you will be shut down.
Never click your own ads, or get friends/family too. They will know.
Use a blogger.com website to apply – seems to work faster.
Feel free to use non-contextual ads alongside Adsense – you can use both affiliate offers and adsense with no problem.
You can have 3 different page blocks per page.
Make sure your ads fit on your site. Don’t have ads that stick out of the sidebar and appear cut off.
You have to create new ads on the Google Adsense page to change the size.
Blend your links into the site. Choose your own custom colors for ads. Match them with your website color scheme.
Add lots of content to your site – more content that people can find and share – which leads to ad views/clicks.
Don’t add images with arrows etc… pointing at your ads.
Adding Adsense search to your site is a good way to increase your ad revenue. WordPress has a number of plugins that can help with that.
Don’t have any illegal stuff on your website – porn, illegal downloads, drug or etc…
If you keep these tips in mind, you are off to a great start. I hope your 2012 is your most successful year yet!