Where To Start
The first step to start using AdSense on your website is applying for an account, but before you do there are a few milestones you need to have passed in your website construction.
- Have the domain name & hosting set up
- The websites structure completed
- Have the majority of your content live on your site
In other words, creating your first AdSense account has to be one of the final steps in completing your site. If you have created a useful site, with a decent amount of original content then getting accepted should be rather painless. There is a two set process to getting accepted, the first is the preliminary check to make sure your site has enough content on it to qualify, once you’ve passed that step you’re asked to install the ad code where you want the ads to appear on your site and there is a review period during which the AdSense team will check and make sure your site is compliant with AdSense content policies.
Note: in some countries, such as India, there is a six month waiting period on all AdSense applications, so be patient.
It’s very important to read the AdSense Terms of Service & Content Policies to keep your account in good standing & make the most out of it. The general rule of thumb with AdSense content is, if you wouldn’t do it in church or with your grandma watching, it’s probably against the rules. The types of content that will get your application rejected are as follows:
- Pornography, adult or mature content
- Violent content
- Content related to racial intolerance or advocacy against any individual, group or organization
- Excessive profanity
- Hacking/cracking content
- Gambling or casino-related content
- Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia content
- Sales of beer or hard alcohol
- Sales of tobacco or tobacco-related products
- Sales of prescription drugs
- Sales of weapons or ammunition (e.g. firearms, firearm components, fighting knives, stun guns)
- Sales of products that are replicas or imitations of designer or other goods
- Sales or distribution of coursework or student essays
- Content regarding programs which compensate users for clicking ads or offers, performing searches, surfing websites or reading emails
- Any other content that is illegal, promotes illegal activity or infringes on the legal rights of others.
It is important that your website isn’t comprised solely of links to other sites either, such as links to download programs or apps from other sites, it has to have a solid foundation of original written content or you’ll run into problems with your application or could have your AdSense account banned down the line.
In short, if you plan on using adsense on your site, be sure to only apply for AdSense once your account is complete or at least very nearly complete, and be patient, it can take up a while to hear back from them about the status of your application, but it’s worth the wait as AdSense is easily one of the most profitable ways to monetize a website