Recently, Adsense has changed its policies, making it harder for people to create an Adsense account – especially people who don't own the websites where they post content, like users of InfoBarrel or Blogger. This article will explain what's changed, and go over the the new sign-up procedure.
It also includes some extra information for people who are signing up for an Adsense account so they can get paid on InfoBarrel.
So what's actually changed?
In the past, as long as you had a webpage somewhere on the internet, you could sign up for Adsense. Now, you need a top-level domain.
A top-level domain is a URL with no path or sub-domain. So http://www.infobarrel.com would be ok, but http://www.infobarrel.com/Users/GabePollock would not. It also means that Blogspot sites that use a sub-domain, like http://www.myamazingblog.blogspot.com, are also not valid.
This makes signing up for an Adsense account more complicated and a little more costly – but by no means is it impossible.
Getting an Adsense Account
1. Get a top-level domain.
In order to get an Adsense account, you're going to need your own website, which means buying a domain and hosting content.
This isn't as expensive as you might think. Yahoo sells domains for $9.99/month, and 000webhost offers domains for as little as $4.84/month! Look around, and find an option that works for you.
2. Create content.
It's not only important that you have a top-level domain website, but you need to show Google it's a real site with actual content. This means actually getting down and writing! Normally, it's recommended you put up at least 5-10 posts worth of content.
In some countries with higher rates of Adsense fraud, it can be a bit more difficult. If you're coming from India or China, you'll normally have to post at least 6 months worth of content – but it still is possible.
Also: be aware of Google's rules about content. Your website can only contain original content - meaning nothing that's already published anywhere else on the internet. Google also won't display ads on sites that contain offensive content (racial slurs, etc), illegal content (torrents, content related to illegal drugs, etc), or porn - so keep it clean!
3. Create an Adsense account.
Now that you have a top-level domain website to show off to Google, you're ready to sign up for an Adsense account!
From the Google Adsense website, click Sign up now. You will need an account with Google (be it for Gmail, Google+, or any other Google service). If you don't have one, this next page gives you the option to create one. It's free, and pretty quick and easy.
Then, sign in with your Google account and follow the instructions to create an Adsense account, entering your website's top-level domain under the option I will show ads on:.
After confirming your email address, fill in your account information, including your banking and tax information.
4. Create an ad.
The next step is to prove to Google that the site you own is real, and that you do own it. To do this, you're required to create an ad and put it on your site. Google's actually got their own explanation of how to do this, so I'll let them take this one:
Once you've made your first ad, get the code and find a page on your site to implement it. It's important that the ad is placed on a page that has actual content on it, and that gets actual page views. If you hide the ad away on an old page that never gets any hits, your account won't get approved. It also won't work to put your ad on a 'dummy page,' that only has the ad and no real content.
And now, sit back and relax, because this next part is up to Google. Google will verify your website. This process generally takes 2-3 days – but Google is quick to let us know it might take longer, if there's a high volume of applications. You'll get an email once this review is complete.
If it's been more than a week with no response, double-check the ad is implemented properly on the site. Check the webpage where you've put the ad, to be sure it's there. It should appear as a white or yellow box. Also, be sure you've put the ad on a page that has real content on it, and that gets actual page views.
6. You're approved!
You're ready to start earning money! You can publish your ad on other pages, create more ads (maybe experiment a bit with shape and design?), or do whatever else you want. You can also remove the ad entirely from your site, if you don't want it there. Google doesn't actually require you to keep an ad on your top-level domain site, if you don't want to.
If you're using Adsense for an InfoBarrel account, this is the point when you can start earning Adsense dollars. To do so, first find out your Publisher ID by signing into your Adsense account. Your ID is listed on the top-right of the page. It'll look like this: pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
Head over to InfoBarrel, and on your Account Settings page, click the tab Advertising Profile. Under Google AdSense Publisher ID, click change, and input your ID, including the 'pub-' prefix.
A note on Blogger/Hubpages
Now, those 'affiliate accounts' can only earn money on those affiliate sites. If you want to earn money outside Blogger/Hubpages, it is possible – but the procedure is pretty much like you're starting from square one. You still need a top level domain, you still need to put in a temporary ad, etc.
The procedure is the exact same as above, except for Step 3 - Create an Adsense account - since you already have one. After completing steps 1 and 2, follow this procedure to modify your Adsense account to work for external sites:
From your Adsense account page, click the Home tab and go to Account settings.
Look at the Access and authorization option, which should say “Only host sites are allowed to show ads for your account.”
Click edit, which will take you to a form where you can input your top-level domain. Then, complete the rest of the application process, including banking information, tax information, etc.
- Follow steps 4 through 6, outlined above.