Can Google AdSense Help My Blog Make Money?
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to monetize your blog is by adding Google AdSense. This type of advertising will work with almost any type of blog, and depending on the traffic your website receives this can be quite lucrative. One key thing is that you can not tell your readers to click on the ads.
Can you add HTML to your blog?
AdSense is also rather easy to use as long as you are able to modify the HTML code of your website. Most blogs that are self-hosted (meaning you installed or had someone install your blog) allow code modifications. After you sign up with Google AdSense all you do is insert a few lines of HTML code into your blog.
Is your blog content related?
If your blog has good content, then the ads will pick up keywords needed to ad related text ads. AdSense will then run ads relevant to the keywords on your website. Yet if your Fitness blog has a couple posts about your new kitten, the ads will not be related to your topic. This is another reason you want to make certain most of your posts are related to your actual topic.
How does AdSense work?
When visitors click on an advertisement you get paid. Since you are using keywords related to your niche, your ads are related. Thus the ads are interesting to your readers giving them a reason to click. Once you have signed up you can tract your earnings, daily, weekly, monthly or however you like. How do I sign up?
How do I sign up?
Go to http://adsense.com and fill out the forms. If you already use Google, then you can use it to get started. AdSense is free to use, but they do require tax information and report your earnings. It is easy to sign up and easy to get started, after you sign up, you can choose your ads.
What types of ads can I choose?
There are lots of choices for your ads. Skyscraper ads are the tall skinny ones. The banner ads are the standard wide and short ones. If you do not like those sizes, there others, smaller versions, square and such. You can also make the ads match the color of your blog.
Is there a reason not to use AdSense?
You can not tell your readers to click on the ads, nor can you. If Google suspects you of committing click fraud then you may be suspended from using AdSense. They may even tell you that your website can never have AdSense on it. You may be able to sell that ad space directly to an advertiser for more money, while other advertisers avoid sites that have it. Some bloggers find it hard to reach the minimum payment of $100.
Is AdSense for me?
You are the only one that can decide that. It is easy to get started, requiring very little work to get started, then copy and paste some code. By adding content you keep readers coming and give the ads more material to use to make relevant ads. Then again readers and advertiser may decide it cheapens your website. AdSense makes sense if your readers will accept it. For most bloggers it is a slow way to make money. Thus the final decision is yours.