8 Essential Things You Should Do Before Applying For Adsense

Google AdSense is a network put in place by Google for website owners to earn money by displaying google ads on their blogs or website.

Google Adsense is no doubt the best ad network. Their paying rate is better than all other networks. No wonder every blogger wants to use AdSense.

Getting your blog approved for adsense these days is very tough. Gone are the days when Google gives Adsense to everyone on blogger blogs. It was more easier then. Now because every blogger is running after Adsense, Google has made the approval process a little strict. Even after approval, the slightest mistake can still get you disapproved.

To be sincere, I won’t really say Google is strict. Most bloggers are only after quick money, they don’t really care if they give valuable contents to their readers. They just start a blog and after one week, they are already applying for Adsense. How the hell do you expect to be approved?

If you want to apply for Adsense and actually get approved, here are my recommendations for you:

8 things you must do before applying for Google Adsense.

1. Privacy Policy Statement

Privacy policy statement for your blog or website is important, and Google takes it seriously.

Privacy policy is a statement that declares your site’s policy on collecting and releasing information about your visitors. It Usually declares what specific information is collected and whether it is kept it is kept confidential or shared with or sold to other firms, researchers or sellers (Source).

Having a privacy policy statement means you’re not a scam and that you actually care about your visitors.

If you can’t write it yourself, search online for Privacy Policy Generator to generate one for you.

2. Contact Us Page

This page is a must for every blog whether you are applying for Adsense or not. And when creating this page, it shouldn’t only contain a contact form. Your contact information should be present, such as your, email, phone numbers, your social media links, etc. This will make your readers know that you’re actually human and not some kind of bots and to Google that you care about your visitors and not only the money. Making your email visible is also a confirmation to Google Adsense team that you’re the same person that applied for Adsense

3. About Us Page

In this page, you tell your readers a little about yourself and your business or blog. It builds your trust and make your readers confide more in you. And most importantly, it will be difficult to get approved if you don’t have this page

4. Number Of Posts

Actually, nobody knows the minimum number of posts one can have on a blog before it can be approved. It is snot stated anywhere in Google Terms. I’ve seen a blog that was approved at only 8 posts and yet there are blogs with more than 200 posts that still gets disapproved. But to be on a safer side, I’ll advice that you have not less than 20 posts before applying for Google Adsense.

Note: Each of your posts must also be more than 500

5. Top Level Domain

Before now, Google easily approves blogs on free sub domain, but not anymore. Don’t get me wrong, Google still approves sub domain blogs, that’s only if you’re lucky and uses blogspot.com. Sub domain like co.cc, co.nr, wordpress.com, etc your blog will never be approved.

So get a top-level-domain and link it to your  blog, if you use blogspot.

6. Blog Age

How old is your blog? Is it up to 6 months? If not, you might have to wait for 6 months before applying for Google AdSense. Here’s what Google said on their website:

In some locations, including China and India, we require your site to have been active for at least six months before it will be considered.

Though, Nigeria was not mentioned, but to be on a safer side, you should only apply after 6 months of creating your blog.

7. Design and Navigation

Even if you have good content on your blog, Google may not Approve you of Adsense if your design is awful and got no easy navigation. This is actually one of the major reasons some blogs don’t get approved.

You shouldn’t have much problem with design and navigation if you use WordPress for your blog. There are tons of free responsive theme to easy your stress and give your blog the perfect feel.

8. Content Uniqueness

It doesn’t matter whether you have hundreds of posts on your blog, if you’re a “copy and past” blogger, your blog will NOT be approved for Adsense. Always try to publish unique and quality contents, contents that are well researched, that creates values to your readers.

Note: Adult contents, Copyrighted contents, Hacking or Cracking related content, Gambling and all illegal contents are not accepted by Google Adsense.

It is also very important that you read Adsense Programme Policies, before you apply.

You should check Francis Duru’s Post on 10 Google Adsense Alternatives

Do you have any questions concerning Adsense that has not been answered in the post, feel free to ask in the comment section.


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About the author: Julius Yamah

Hi! My name is Julius Yamah and I am the founder, writer, and designer behind Blogging Plan. I'm a graduate of Mass Communication. I love blogging and I've learnt a few things about blogging over the years. That's the main reason I set up this blog to teach new bloggers the basics of blogging. You can always contact me here

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    1. Adsense is not a do or die affair, and most newbies think they can never succeed without it. It’s a lie. There are other ways to monetize a blog apart from Adsense.

      I won’t advise a new blogger to use Adsense and I don’t plan on using it either. A friend wrote a comprehensive article on why you shouldn’t use Adsense http://www.oksprout.com/2015/09/why-you-should-not-use-google-adsense-on-your-blog/

      And I see your blog is barely 4months old. You can give it a little time and reapply

  1. Great post Julius. In addition I don’t no which to say if Nigerian’s are addicted to AdSense. I no Google AdSense @times pay well than some ads network. The truth is some ads network pay high ROI than AdSense. The two thing I like about google ads
    *it’s contextual ads that you don’t find on most ads network.
    *Good pay.
    *Long in the business
    But come to think of it what will you do when AdSense keep rejecting your application?

    Keep waiting or move on with no ads? Nah I disagree with you. If yes is your answer have it in mind that AdSense is stressful plus frustrating.
    You can try out exoclick, infolinks and the rest they will help put $$$ in your pocket. Am using both.

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8 Essential Things You Should Do Before Applying For Adsense

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