A lot starts blogging and web publishing with ultimate goal of having a Google Adsense account, to earn from content. Why Adsense? It is hassle free to implement once you are accepted into this global advertising program. Payments too when you hit threshold is easy to claim using Western Union or wire transfer straight to your local bank account.
But the real struggles of bloggers and web publishers is getting the approval of Google Adsense review officers. Some people applied 3, 4, 5, more time before getting accepted into the program. Others, those who gets discourage easily, gives up. Claiming that it is hard to be approved by Adsense, ‘near impossible’ some will say.
My experience however, belies that statement. I got approved in Adsense after two and a half months of writing and publishing content on this blog iSensey, on my second try. Yep, my first attempt was ‘disapproved’. 🙂
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My first application last week of January was declined, disapproved. I hoped for approval, but I was also ready for a ‘declined’ notification. Why I was ready? Because I really just attempted to submit my blog for Adsense Review to know where my website stands and how to improve it to make it Adsense-compliant. But of course it I was approve on first time it would have been a blast! 😀
When I first applied, iSensey was just 2 weeks old with only 4 posts. You can browse through the posts to read my early writings.
February, March, and early April I made the following changes on this website iSensey. I don’t know which adjustment was instrumental in getting this site approved for Adsense but I will just list the changes I have implemented on this site, one or all of them may have contributed to iSensey switching from Adsense Disapproved to Adsense Approved status.
2. Improved the navigation menu and hierarchy. Previously I listed lots of categories on the primary navigation bar. Before I reapplied to Adsense, I moved some category under a Parent Category. So now if you hover on “Money”, you will see that “Paypal” category is under it. This streamline the site’s navigation better I think.
3. Posted more content with majority on the same topic. I applied again to Adsense when my post count was 15 (last post then was the NBI Manhunt news story, and previous articles to that were focus on banking tutorials and guides).
4. I write using a ‘personal voice’. Again, if you check post #5 to #15, you will notice that I am mostly writing in the first person, so you can read more “I” references. I also shared my actual experiences. This I think give this site a personality, which Adsense Team member may have look kindly on.
5. Aligned the Contact page. On first try applying for Adsense, the Contact page only has the default WordPress Contact Form. I made some changes to this page by adding the Gmail account I use to apply for Adsense, this way I show to the evaluator that the Google account applying to adsense is really connected to this blog. Not sure if this was relevant, but still I did this.
6. Add plugin for Cookie Consent. Google encourages publishers to add the Cookie Consent option to comply with European cookie regulation. This is automatic for sites on blogspot, but since iSensey is on WordPress, I had to add and activate a Cookie Consent plugin before I applied again to Adsense.
If you notice there is a ‘cookie use notification’ at the footer of this site when you first visited iSensey, that’s the plugin at work.
Those were the changes I made to this site before I again attempted to apply for a Google Adsense account, and subsequently got approved. Yeyyy!
If you have applied but was declined, the best thing to do is to check the reasons outlined by the GA Team why your site was disapproved. Then work to make your site compliant, implement the changes needed. And moving forward, always follow the program policies so your approved Google Adsense account will not be penalized, or worst, banned.
Ultimately, I think aside from quality useful content, Adsense wants that your site looks well made with a reader friendly layout so it is easy to navigate no matter if one uses desktop, mobile, or tablet.
iSensey uses the premium Genesis Framework + Modern Studio child theme. Since I don’t really know coding or web design, I just used my theme’s default feature options. I don’t even have a site logo, because I don’t know photosohop and am also poor in graphics. :/
This is my first day earnings in Adsense and it’s “0” haha. But that is okay, I am not in a hurry. I know that with diligence in writing quality posts that will interest target readers, web traffic well come over time, and hopefully, I may start to earn, and earn BIG. That’s a dream I intend to make a reality! *wink
Cheers to the future! 😀
If you want to know more about iSensey blogging tips especially on starting a new blog, the initial set-ups, and other tips. Check this category – Blogging.
How many times did you apply for an Adsense account before you get approved? Or are you still waiting for GA approval?
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