New Blog? Do These 5 Things First To Get Easily Approved by Google Adsense When You Apply
It is a dream of every blogger to get their site approved by an ad network especially with the most ever popular Google Adsense and start earning money from it. We work very hard for every content that we make and getting an approval pushes us to do more. From my personal experience, it wasn’t easy especially the fact that I don’t know anything about it other than creating an account.
We know how strict Google Adsense is when it comes to approving new application and its policies are very intimidating. Whenever I read an article about how to get accepted before, I always felt like my blog isn’t qualified to run an ads from Adsense because they’re huge!
- 1. Get a self-hosted site and buy your own domain
- 2. Use an easy to navigate and user-friendly template
- 3. Have a clear navigation menu
- Create an ABOUT page
- Setup your CONTACT page
- Categorize your contents properly
- 4. Write some good number of high-quality contents with basic SEO
- 5. Always comply with Google Adsense policies
Don’t be like me! Stop getting your heart broken of the denied emails because of things that you haven’t done to get that approval. Yes, I got denied twice.
If you’re in doubt of getting your blog approved, I will share in this post about everything you need to do first that has probably caused me to get rejected, so you can also assess your site before applying for the Google Adsense program.
Why Google Adsense?
Well, Google Adsense is the most popular and the oldest ad network that provides a way for publishers to earn money from their online content and it works at Pay Per Click system.
Most Youtubers today are talking about Google Adsense. They create contents about how to get approved and how much they earn, so when it comes to legitimacy, those feedbacks pretty speak for itself. It has thousands and thousands of users that believe in them.
But even before the peak of Youtube, there are many bloggers who are making a complete living from their blogs and Google Adsense. And if we do our work the right way, we can reach our goal too.
Things To Do Before Applying For Google Adsense
1. Get a self-hosted site and buy your own domain
This is highly important because you can’t apply to Google Adsense if you have a free blog. You must need a self-hosted site or a premium upgrade blog as this is one of Adsense’s requirement. I have a more detailed post about free blogs, self-hosted site, and domains on my blogging resources series.
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2. Use an easy to navigate and user-friendly template
Blog sites that are poorly designed and hard for visitors to navigate and understand are most likely to get rejected by Google Adsense. Websites are created for the purpose of spreading an information to others. That is why it’s important to have a neat design blog and is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
But the question is, do you need to purchase a premium template for this? Definitely no. I don’t recommend buying a premium theme right away. If you’re a WordPress user, there are tons of amazing theme that you can choose from. They are free and upgradable!
Keep in mind that your blog design should not just reflect both you and your personality, but also what the blog is about. On top of that, it should be easy to navigate.
3. Have a clear navigation menu
Google gives importance to a site’s user experience. That is why you should have a clear and easy-to-navigate menu to help your readers find important pages and know where to access your contents. Work on adding all important content categories and pages that would identify your blog,
Remember that your application will be reviewed by humans and they can tell as an end user if you’re some kind of a spammy bot or something. So you need to impress them with your pages.
To start, here are some basic pages that you need to create and setup on your main navigation menu:
Create an ABOUT page
Even if you don’t apply with Google Adsense, an About page has a major role and importance to your site. It may simply describes you and your blog but with Adsense, it means establishing a relationship with your readers.
Setup your CONTACT page
As part of having a good user experience blog site, it’s important that you give your readers a better opportunity to speak up to you and tell them how they feel about your blog. By creating a Contact page, you’re telling Google that you care for your readers and that they can contact you anytime.
Make sure to include your active email address, business phone number (if any), other social media links– Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube to keep them updated about you. You should know that having a personal space online isn’t as personal as you thought it would be because this passion or hobby means really going out there.
PRO TIPS: There are contact form plugins where readers can easily input their email address, name, and message that will directly send to your email once submitted for a better user-experience. I use WP Forms for this.
This is the common reason why a blog site get rejected and I think this is also the reason behind my rejection when I applied for the first time.
Categorize your contents properly
Proper categorization helps readers to easily browse through your contents. This will add a good impression to your site when you apply on the Google Adsense program.
If you’re a multi-niche blogger like me who creates travel and lifestyle contents, make sure you have separated the travel from lifestyle then break each category to sub-categories to sort out your contents properly.
Also, use generic name categories so that Google can easily crawl in to your site for better ranking. Here’s an example:
- Main Category: TRAVEL
Sub Categories: Travel Guide, Hotels & Accommodation, Beaches and Resorts, Adventures, Travel Stories
- Main Category: LIFESTYLE
Sub Categories: Beauty, Food and Drink, Fitness and Health, Events
Sub Categories under Beauty: Skincare, Makeup, Tips
4. Write some good number of high-quality contents with basic SEO
Having a high quality blog content is the most important thing which you can’t ignore. Think of this, you might be blogging for personal reasons– to share your experiences and interests online. But when it already involves monetization, you need to consider the user experience as well.
And that is writing a high-quality content!
Google loves blog sites that are not poorly-written. It has to have proper punctuation marks, paragraph spacing, long enough to read, less grammatical mistakes. It must also be unique, useful, informative, and provide value to the readers of your blog.
Learning Basic SEO
When we say SEO (Search Engine Optimization), it always sounds technical. Don’t get intimidated! You can do basic SEO with your contents and it’s completely ready to go. This is important because Google gives a lot of value and attention to the content of the blog before accepting it.
Basic optimization means…
- having a blog post title that speaks for what the entire content is all about
- good sub-heading hierarchy
- short and precise permalink
- proper content categories
- adding relevant tags
- has a featured image; and
- has a written excerpt in atleast 25 words
These optimization options can be found on your document when you create a blog post and it’s important that you don’t neglect these things. I don’t mind optimizing my posts and pages before, but when I get to learn more about Google ranking through SEO that could drive organic traffic to your site, I optimized all of my previous posts.
5. Always comply with Google Adsense policies
Again, the very thing that Google would look on your site is the user end experience as a whole. If you have pages with little to no original and meaningful content and has bad user experience interface for having a poorly designed blog and confusing navigational menu, then there’s a high chance for rejection.
Once you have set it all up, this will speed up the verification process and within no time, you’ll be able to enjoy fully approved Adsense account.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What should be the minimum number of posts?
There is no confirmed answer about this. I’ve read it’s 30 and other says it’s 50 plus. On my experience, I had around 25 posts when I launched my blog since I migrated my contents from a free blog to a self-hosted site and I luckily got approved 2 months later. I also know bloggers who have published a hundred and they’re telling me that Google Adsense has rejected their application.
When is the best time to apply to Google Adsense?
The best time to apply according to my experience is when you have atleast 20 good quality blog posts with at least 600+ words and are properly optimized. There is no guarantee for this though as blogs are unique and will be reviewed by Google individually.
- Create and setup everything that are needed as explained above
- Read the Google Adsense policies to keep you on track
- Assess your site thoroughly before applying
How old should your blog to get approved?
I’m not sure. But in my case, I have applied to Google Adsense a week after my blog was launched and I got rejected twice in the same month. And then accepted 2 months later.
How long does Google Adsense approval take?
There isn’t really a definite time of how long it will take but mine took 2 months to get approved and I have applied to them three times.
I hope with these 5 detailed things that I share with you, you’d finally get approved by Google Adsense.
Disclaimer: These tips and advises are honestly based on my experience when I applied, got rejected, and then eventually approved after setting up my site properly. So, I am not assuring you a hundred percent chance of getting accepted.
While it can somehow affect your Adsense approval, there’s no harm in giving it a try.
Share your experiences with me on the comment sections about your own process. I’ll try to help as much as I can if you got rejected. However, if you’re approved, let’s get pushing towards our goal and continue making high-quality content.
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MJ of Call Her Maria Blog
Thanks for the helpful tips, Misskhae! A friend blogger is having a hard time getting her Adsense approved. I will definitely send her this blog post to help her out.
I’ll be bookmarking this article. I have been meaning to apply my blogsite, too! Thank you so much for these tips!
The Little Binger
Yes to these especially to proper categorization of blog posts! Thanks for sharing these tips. 🙂
I will actually work on this, soon as I transferred my site to a self-hosted one. Bookmarked as well so I wouldn’t miss. Also, I might reach out to youuu soon as I encounter difficulties hihi TIA Misskhae <3
Yasss! Self-host na kasi sayang yung traffic din ng site mo. Sana may ROI na 🙂 I’m always open for questions and I’d be willing to help. Have you decided on what hosting provider?
Your post cleared up many things for me! I don’t think I’ve ever considered putting Adsense on my blog (I mainly earn via sponsorships) mostly because I didn’t really understand it. Glad I read the post! The third point hit the nail for me – didn’t realize there were requirements. THANKS!
I got rejected once for adsense, but approved on the second time. I had to really research about it and i did most of the things you mentioned here. I think I got approved 6 months after I started blogging and written about 40 quality blogs by then. That was for my old blog, though. Now, I’m starting again with wordpress, but they only allow wordads and it’s tougher to get approved there. You need 15K monthly visitor like guuuuuurl.
May De Jesus-Palacpac
Ooh, I will try to add a private policy page. Been rejected twice already by google ad sense. maybe that’s what I need.
Omgosh i didn’t know it’s hard to get in! I tried it and on my 1st try i got accepted. I can’t remember how long before I got accepted – but parang hindi umabot ng ganun katagal. I’m glad you got accepted finally! ??? Congrats dear!!! Next na aim ko yung Mediavine cos they pay higher daw! ?
The SEO tip is very helpful. Pages with a good serp ranking usually gets approve easily. This is why I am also improving my backlinks with SEO lol
I am still actually confused because I haven’t receive and email that my blog is approved for google ads. However, I am able to display ads and earn from clicks. What is happening? 🙁
Week after din ma-launch yung blog ko nung nag-apply ako sa Google Adsense at na-approve naman siya 3 weeks after. Pero yung problema ko ngayon na limit ads naman siya.
sobrang gusto ko magka adsense. naka personal upgrade lang ako sa wordpress ngayon.. hindi pwede dun right? pag nag premium ba ako? or meron bang ibang way?
New blogs needs to aged first for few months with regular content in order to get approval from Google Adsense. It is still the best way to earn extra from your blog.
Hello Khae, I how you’re well!
One of my biggest mistakes is getting a domain/host with WP, I should have gone self-hosted. It was late when I realized that I couldn’t setup Adsense – I heard so many good things about it pa naman. I’m currently stuck with WordAds na super bagal. ???
why what was your mistake? kasi the thing about upgrading with WP sakin is i didnt have to lose my views that heads back from 2012. nasasayangan kasi ako.
I’ve been blogging for years now but haven’t been approved with Google Adsense. I was rejected years back due to “difficult navigation” and I just gave up on applying. Hahah. But this year, due to the quarantine, it’s like my comeback. I’m becoming more intentional with my site and considering buying a paid blogger template. Hopefully, maapprove na ako after that.
You made simple and easy to understand this process. Been blogging for four years now, and still on free domain, since, I am afraid to apply for Google Ad sense.This made think twice now in getting my own domain.
Yes get a domain na ☺️ upgrade your plan on wordpress if you don’t have any plans on migrating to a self-hosted site yet para maka monetize nadin ikaw. Sayang rin kase yung traffic ng blog mo since you’re pretty active ☺️
This is a good guide for new content creators. I had my Adsense approved waaay back so I can’t recall how I did it ?
Nicole San Miguel
This is helpful specially for newbies who are planning to monetize their blog. I thought free blogs that are 6 months old can also apply for Adsense as long as they have quality content. Some friends who uses blogspot kasi are using adsense. Even sa old blog ko under blogspot na approved din ako. Or maybe bago lang sa policy nila na dapat self-hosted?
I used to have a free blog with WordPressdotcom for more than 6mos and has around 20 quality contents naman din but I can’t apply for Google Adsense kasi it didn’t reach the requirements for monetization not unless I’ll upgrade to a premium plan and must have a domain. Although it’s not the reason that I migrated to a self-hosted site, mas mahal kasi for me kung uupgrade ako for premium. Wala naman policy na kelangan self-hosted pero for free blogs, I think kelangan naka upgrade lang talaga yung blog and must not using the sub-domain. Pero sa blogspot, may naka apply and na approved na yung blog is completely free?
So, I searched about it and it’s possible pala talaga with blogspot to get Adsense with free blogs. But a free blog from WordPress lang ang hindi pwede ☺️ Thank you for this additional information, Nicole.
Wow! I love all your pointers and how you take time explaining it! Im kind of a new in blogging industry who needs to learn most of this. Really helpful thanks!