When Google first started their Google Adsense program it was fairly easy to sign up for an account and get your website approved to place Google ads on it. The program has since become extremely popular and Google has become much stricter on who it allows into the program.

When you apply for Google Adsense, you need to have at least one functional website. This website is approved by a Google employee to see if it meets their policy. In general you cannot place ads on adult websites or gambling sites for example. Just think that your site should be 'family friendly' and you shouldn't have a problem in this regard.

Once you have one site approved, you can basically then put the Adsense code on any website, as long as it meets Google's content guidelines, including Infobarrel and Hubpages. Your additional websites aren't manually approved, although someone from Google might review your website if any complaints are made about your content or they automatically detect suspicious behavior.

If you are just starting out and you don't have your website fully functioning yet, the easiest way to get approval is by signing up for an account on Google's free blogging service at blogger.com. If you already have a Gmail account, you can just use that to log into blogger.com. If you don't have a Gmail account, you should sign up for one, even if you don't want to use it for your regular email. A Gmail account can then be used on all of Google's web properties, like Adsense and Google Analytics.

Once you have your Google account, you can log into blogger and start blogging. It is important before you start blogging to think of a specific topic to blog about. It could be something related to your job, industry or hobby. Don't just make some blog about your pet cat.

Some people might confuse a blog with an online diary. Blogs started out this way but now they are just a way to organize content on a website. A quality blog with articles on a specific topic like holiday destinations or iPhone accessories should have a higher chance of getting approved by Google.

Once you have your topic decided on, you then need to write some good quality articles on the topic of your blog. Make them fairly lengthy, say around 400-500 words long. Create one entry a day, over a period of two weeks or so. There is no strict rule, but you should be just doing what you can to show Google that you are serious about creating quality content for your website.

Also, make sure you write the articles yourself and don't just copy and paste them from somewhere else. You can outsource your articles to a site like elance, but you still need to make sure the articles are 100 per cent original.

When you are ready to apply for your Adsense account, click on the settings link from the Blogger.com dashboard. Then click 'template', then click 'add page element'. On the third row down on the right you will see an element for Adsense. Check your email account which you used to sign up to Blogger. Your account should be approved in around a week.

Google Adsense is an easy and lucrative way to make money online. You need to make sure that you follow the Google guidelines carefully, otherwise your account could be banned. Pay strict attention to Google's terms of service for Adsense. The rules are fairly straight forward. Just don't click on your own ads or ask anyone else to click on your ads. Create useful content on your websites that people want to read and you will be on your way to earning a passive income from Google Adsense.