Many people, when they start a blog, start it with an idea to eventually make extra money blogging. A simple way to boost blogging for money formula, is to add Google Adsense to your blog. Surely, this is not going to make you a millionaire, but you can definitely make extra money with Google Adsense and that feat alone may be an excellent incentive to keep plugging along.
What Is Google Adsense
Wikipedia defines Google Adsense as:
Google AdSense is a program run by Google Inc. that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, or interactive media adverts that are targeted to site content and audience (en.wikipedia.org)
According to Google:
Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites. AdSense also lets you provide Google search to your site users, while earning money by displaying Google ads on the search results pages support.google.com
The video below, from the same Google source, very simply explains the Adsense program.
How To Get Google Adsense Started On Your Money Blog
Getting a Google Adsene account is free. To sign up for it, simply visit the following link and fill out the application: https://www.google.com/adsense/signup.
Before you apply to get your Adsense account make sure that you have a site with unique, well written, value content on it and that you are receiving some targeted traffic already. In some countries, the site may have to be in existence for at least 6 months. This policy was implemented by Google to protect its advertisers.
Google is quite strict when it comes to approving new Adsense accounts. There are couple of crucial steps you will need to follow to ensure that your application is processed favorably.
1. Create a well designed and value information site. Google wants your site to be a valuable resource for the readers. The general consensus among internet marketers is that you should have at least 10 original and well written articles on your money blog before you apply.
Once you will get approved you will receive your approval and your account information via email. At first, your account will only be temporary. This is to ensure that you will follow the guidelines and not do something ridiculous as clicking on the ads on your site, flood your site with Adsense ads, buying clicks on Fiverr or anything else that looks suspicious to Google.
As soon as your site is approved, you can place adsense ads on other sites that you own as well. You do not have to apply for each site separately. After a few weeks, if you do not commit any “suspicious activities” in the eyes of Google, you will get verified and you will be permanently (unless you screw up) approved. You will be able to make extra money blogging with Google Adsense, from all your sites for as long as you keep in line with Google terms.
How Does One Make Extra Money Blogging With Adsense
After you get approved, you will have to create the ad units you want to place on your money blog. You will need to sign in to your Adsense account using the link you received in your email. Enter the “My Ads” tab in your dashboard, click on “New Content” and then click on “New ad unit”. For more information and a clear view of all steps visit the following help page.
Upon completing the set up of the ad units you will receive a code from Google. You can place this code anywhere on your site. You can place the codes directly into the posts or pages, in the sidebar, under the header, in the header and so on.
You can place the ad units manually on your site or you can choose from a variety of adsense plugins that will place the units on your site automatically in the manner you specify. The one adsense plugin I used in the past was the Easy Adsense WordPress plugin. I used the free, lite version and it worked very well for me. If you want to have a plugin to control the placement of ads, I recommend it (The Lite free version is all I used and it is sufficient).
How Blogging Spree Blog Is Monetized With Adsense
A few days ago I monetized Blogging Spree blog with Google Adsense. I placed the ads manually in 3 spots . As at this point I want the ads to appear across the board on most of my pages and posts. I have added a set of links under the header and also I have added a banner ad in the sidebar.
To add Google Adsense to your sidebar use a text widget in your widget’s dashboard and add the code directly into the text widget (you can read more about adding text widgets here…)
What I love about Google Adsense is that the types of displayed ads adjust to the topic of the post or a page on the blog unlike the static ads we place in, for example sidebars, of our sites . Below I am going to show the example of how it works and how the ads displayed correlate to the topic of the posts. I’ll show you 2 examples of posts with completely different topics:
1. Ad displayed on the post “Easy Way To Change Admin Username…”
Notice that the Adsense ads were place under the header advertisement as a link unit and in the side bar as an image unit. Both the, the link unit (hard to see in the image) and the image in the sidebar were adjusted to the message of the post.
The correlation or the relatedness of the image to the post was quite significant. You can see the example of the image on the right, I copied the image from the ad. Clearly, the blog post talks about blog security and I guess Network Security was as close as Google could come up with related content. And, that is pretty darn good.
2. The other example is from a completely different topic post, namely “How To Start Bogging…”
Notice the ad in the sidebar. It is quite a bit different than the one related to security discussed above. You can very clearly see that this particular ad offers the reader a possibility to create free websites. To tell you the truth, I spotted these images on other websites and I believe I even clicked on some of them before. Obviously, the ads work.
Just before I will conclude the post I wanted to mention that when you are setting these ads on your site for the first time you may want to go crazy placing them all over the site, labeling them with enticing phrases, etc. Don’t do this!
Always remember, that Google distributes the ads on behalf of many marketers just like you and I. Make sure to treat the ads the same way you would want someone else treat your ads on their website.
This concludes, todays post. Hopefully you gained some insight on how to make extra money blogging with Google Adsense. Once you are approved, Adsense is really simple to implement on your site. Providing that you will continue to churn valuable content and will not misuse this wonderful blog monetizing tool, you will be able to make a modest passive income from your site for years to come. I look forward to your feedback.