Google Adsense Account Approval
I’ve received so many emails about Adsense-Account since I started this blog, I’ve decided to finally just write a post about it.
The I never wrote about it in the past is because I got my own Adsense account around 5 years ago, and it was kind of different back then.
It was easier…. much easier, from what I’ve been hearing today.
My own website had only 8 or 10 pages on it when I applied. They were high quality pages with a lot of research, but still… it was just 5 pages slapped onto a free WP theme.
And I got approved right away.
The Google Adsense Account Approval
Although this not quite as easy to just get an instant approval today as it was in the past, the process hasn’t changed.
There are already a bunch of articles post online that list guidelines and rules you need to follow, so I’m not going to repeat what they say.
Instead, I’m going to talk about passing the quality standard of the Adsense reviewer who’s going to look at your website.
From what I’ve seen, most people who get rejected aren’t rejected because they were missing something.
It’s because the site didn’t meet the quality standards of the reviewer. It just wasn’t seen as a high website that provided value to the internet.
But what exactly is a high-quality website that provides value
A lot of the points in this article post are my own opinions and not official stated guidelines
You can disagree and that’s fine, but I think they’re common sense tips since…..
#1. It’s a manually review, not an algorithmic review.
The most import thing you to realize is that an actual Google employee is going to visit your site, click around, and read your content.
It’s not a robot that just crawls around your site to check if you have everything outlined in their requirements list.
That mean some ridiculously smart human being who work for Google is going to visit your site, click around, read your articles, analyze your source code, and then….
Decide that it’s a good, high-quality site that provides value to readers.
Following the guidelines is just part of the equation.
To pass the manual review process, your website and blog has to be high Google’s Adsense policies..
So how do you make sure you have a quality website and blog
2. Make sure you have enough pages
There are a lot of reasons a website and blog can get rejected. But when you do everything right, and still aren’t accepted… this is usually the reason.
From my conversations with others, some people have been rejected with 50+ pages, and some people have been accepted with 10.
These things aren’t set in stone here.
It’s more about the overall quality of the site than it is about the number of pages.
Really… all it takes is just some common sense.
Don’t just order 8-15 articles at $12 each and then submit for approval.
Even with 100 pages… those types of articles seem to be the most common thing amongst sites that were rejected from what I’ve seen.
………..Low-quality, generic 500 word articles full of fluff.
They don’t add value to the internet.
If it were me, I wouldn’t apply until I had at least 5 really in-depth, well researched posts above 2000 words.
These 6 long form content combined with around 15-25 normal 500-2000 word articles should be enough to please any manual reviewer.
A lot of people buy articles for their site, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But if you’re going to apply for Adsense with a site that’s full of articles that you paid for, make sure you paid a good amount of money.
If your site is full of $5-$10 articles, don’t bother applying.
It won’t get accepted.
Spend at least $30-$50 per article.
It may sound like a lot of money, but it’s the price of a quality article.
3. Make your site about one topic
If you are submitting a website with less than 100 pages, stick to one topic, and provide value for one specific audience.
A lot of rejected websites I’ve seen are magazine type sites that talk about anything and everything.
6 posts about childcare, 6 posts about sports, 6 posts about design, and 6 posts about SEO.
Unless you have 100’s of pages on your site, don’t do that.
Make your topic narrow. Make it about one thing only.
4. Build traffic BEFORE applying
Traffic is not a factor that determines whether your site is accepted or not.
But why apply before you have any traffic? You need traffic to make money.
This is probably one of the biggest mistakes that I see: Applying too early.
Honestly, though…. I really don’t understand this from a logical point of view because everyone seems to do it.
What’s the rush? You’re not getting much traffic at this point. Why not waiting until you do before applying, and grow out the site in the meantime?
Build out the site first.
Put out some great content.
Build some backlinks.
Rank for something.
Get some engagement on your site from readers.
There’s no need to rush.
If it were I wouldn’t apply until I grew the website to at least 40-120 visitors per day.
5. Wait at least a month
I would prefer you wait until your site is at least 3 months old before you apply, but it really shouldn’t be less than a month old.
You can try it sooner, but it takes time to build and grow some traffic, too right?
Remember, a human being reviews your site.
Quality article is one thing, but if you have a site on a domain that was registered last week, with 20 posts slapped onto it, all published on the same day……
I think it a Brett obvious that you just threw something up to get your account approved.
6. Stick to a publishing schedule (at least in the beginning)
Show the reviewer that your site is a REAL site that’s here to stay.
A domain registered a 5 days ago with 25 posts bulk published on the same day, and then none after that, doesn’t show that you have a real site that’s being grown into a quality site.
Show that it’s being grown out consistently.
Stick to a consistent publishing schedule.
have to be everyday, but if you can show that a new post is being add on every X number of days, it shows that the website is providing more and more value to readers as time goes on.
7. Get a premium WordPress theme and a custom logo
Getting a premium WP theme isn’t absolutely necessary, but I recommend it for 2 reasons:
1. Some free themes have spammy links or malicious code written in them.
I’ve tried a few free WP themes where I would see a bunch of links coded into the footer. Usually, they’re links to the theme creator’s own niche sites.
You don’t want anything like that showing up in the review process without you even knowing it.
2. Most free themes don’t have a nice design
It’s tough to find a great looking WordPress theme you can download for free.
It’s easier to find a theme with a design you like and install that instead.
A shiny, custom design website isn’t necessary to get Adsense approval. But once again… it’s a manual review from a human being and it helps you get a good first impression.
Even I find myself discrediting a lot of sites as soon as I land on them if they don’t have a good, clean design.
If you don’t have a WordPress theme already, I recommendLogo
Get a custom-made logo for your website isn’t absolutely necessary either.
But again, it helps.
Logos don’t cost that much money these days anyways. You can get one for $5+ at fiverr or just make one yourself using Photoshop or is a free online browser that’s pretty robust, and is also what I used to design the RankXL logo.
8. Ditch categories
If you don’t have over 25 posts in every category, ditch categories in your navigation.
I come a lot of sites that were rejected from google Adsense, and this is a common feature that everyone has on their site.Having categories are a bad user experience if every you click only has a few pages in them.
I’m assuming people do this to make their site look more vibrant and “full” but it actually has the opposite effect.
9. Link out to other helpful sites
Don’t be a dead end on the internet. Link out to helpful resources and sites.
But don’t just blindly links to random Wikipedia page
Link to actual helpful resources that support what you state in your articles.
10. Remove any ads from other ad networksAny more than that… and it usually makes your site really spammy-looking.
Your website is there to provide value first, and earn money second.
Your website essentially make money by providing value to readers.
Plastering your web page with ad from several networks makes for a bad user experience.
Even if you want to mix in other ad networks in the future, remove them when you submit your site for approval.
11. Build backlinks, but don’t buy backlink packages
Having some good quality link pointed at your site from established sites is a good thing to have before you submit your site.
This should be common sense, but don’t order any link packages to your site, and don’t submit sites where you have spammy links built on them.
ok, SEO and google Adsense are not related to each other, but no manual reviewer who sees 20,000 comment links built last week is going to take your site seriously.
Just image how many spammy websites the Adsense reviewer has to go through in a day.
Remember that for every site that gets rejected, a person had to sit there and go through it.
It’s been said that only 3 out of 1000 sites are accepted.
That means… these reviewers are going through about 997 sites before finding one that meets their standards.
Following the policies and guidelines of what Google wants is important.
But it’s also important to review your website for quality in the shoes of the Adsense reviewer.