Monday, May 8, 2017

My Adsense Fiasco: Why I'm not going to use Google Adsense to Monetize my Blog

Clearly, I will not be able to monetize my blog through Adsense, considering they straight up rejected me and I can't seem to figure out what the problem is exactly.... The more I researched over (what little, dejected research I did), the more I realized it was probably best if I didn't jump in to waters too shallow for my taste.


You interested? Well then. Let's get started.

I applied for Adsense sometime in March. The months are important because throughout February, I had not been posting much and there had not been much traffic either. I'm ASSUMING that's why Google sent me this rejection letter:

Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after reviewing your application, we're unable to accept you into AdSense at this time. We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below.
Site does not comply with Google policies: [...]Here are some recommendations to help you improve the user experience on your site and comply with AdSense criteria: 
  • It’s important for sites displaying Google ads to offer significant value to the user. As a publisher, you must provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.  I have a lot of content? Two years worth of it?
  • Don’t place ads on auto-generated pages or pages with little to no original content. I HAVE NO ADS
  • Your site should also provide a good user experience through clear navigation and organization. Users should be able to easily click through your pages and find the information they’re seeking. 
Insufficient content: [...]To resolve this issue, please work through the following suggestions:
  • Make sure that your pages have sufficient text - websites that contain mostly images, videos or Flash animations will not be approved. ?????????????
  • Your content should contain complete sentences and paragraphs, not only headlines.
  • Ensure that your website is fully built and launched before you apply for AdSense - do not apply while your site’s still in a beta or “under construction” phase or only consists of a website template.
  • Place the ad code on a live page of your website. It does not have to be the main page, but test pages that are empty except for the AdSense ad code will not be approved. I DONT HAVE ADSSSSSSSSSSS.
  • Provide a clear navigation system for your visitors so that they can easily find all of the sections and pages of your website. I GIVE UP.
So I decided to spend all of March fixing up my blog so so that I could re-apply for Adsense and hopefully get accepted this time. You can tell I went through a lot of trouble fixing up my blog with my post about Reddit and my post about SEO. Once I was fairly certain that my blog looked good enough to be Google worthy, I tried again.

I'm really sorry to say this, but Google is absolutely unhelpful and difficult to navigate once you're in deep water. They will send emails with a bunch of words and reasons and explanations but all of them are invalid when it comes to my situation.

Please take note of the following:
  1. When filing the Invalid activity appeal form, you may have supplied an email address that isn't associated with a disabled AdSense or AdMob account. If you entered the wrong email address, please re-submit the Invalid activity appeal form with the correct email address. 
  1. If your YouTube account was disabled by YouTube for community guidelines or copyright violations, please visit our YouTube Account termination article for additional information and the correct appeal form.
  1. If your account has been suspended, please note that there is no appeal form for suspended accounts. Please visit our AdSensesuspended account or AdMob suspended account articles for additional information.
  1. If your AdSense application was disapproved, please see the disapproval email we sent you and review common application disapproval reasons for additional information. (IE, the email I shared before this one).
  1. If your account is active, and you've received a notification about invalid clicks or impressions on your ads, please visit our Help Center to learn more about preventing invalid activity.
Regarding policy violations:
  1. If your account is disabled for policy reasons, please review the AdSense account disabled for policy reasons article and appeal via the Policy violation appeal form.
  1. If your site is disabled for policy reasons, please review the Ad serving was disabled to your website article and appeal via the Policy violation appeal form.
  1. If your app is disabled for policy reasons, please review the AdMob policy violations article and appeal via the AdMob policy appeal form for apps. If you have multiple apps in which ad serving was disabled, fill out one form per app.
If none of the above apply, and you're certain you submitted the appeal form with the correct email address and your account has been disabled for invalid traffic (not policy reasons), please provide us your publisher ID (e.g., ca-pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) for us to investigate further. Partners working with us though one of our API programs (Blogger, YouTube, etc.) should submit their own publisher ID and not that of the API partner.

I decided to give up on Google Adsense. It's too much work, not enough pay back and I don't think I even want to try fighting something as big and mindless as Google. I mean, how do I even know if someone real is looking at my application and not an algorithm? I replied to the email above with my publisher ID on 14th April and still haven't got a reply. This is a great moment to quote Harry Potter though: Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain. (Let's be honest, where's the lie?).

Since I'm no longer able or eligible to earn via Adsense, I had to figure out some other possible way to monetize my blog: SPOILER ALERT: I have no idea how to monetize blog. Cue browsing on Pinterest for relevant articles and brand new board.

(It's a small board, I know, but soon it will fill up). I don't read every article, I'm just saving them to read on a weekend where I can sort out which ones I can do and which ones I can't do. For example, a lot of these articles have a common theme of signing up for affiliate linking. Affiliate linking is basically a thing where you share things that a shop is selling and if someone buys something from that shop through you, you get a percentage of the sales at no cost to the person buying the item in question.

I'm not sure what I should do with affiliate linking though. What kind of company would affiliate with me? I could sign up for a Pakistani affiliate partnership (Daraz has a thing going on), but most of my audience isn't even from Pakistan, so why would they go purchase something from Daraz? Seriously, monetizing sounds really hard and I was about to retry my luck on Adsense when I found a link to a really well written and interesting article about all the reasons why you shouldn't have Google Adsense on your blog.

It's a great article with tons of reasons why Google Adsense shouldn't be used on your blog and to be very honest, I'm not that mad about having my application rejected anymore, although I'm still kind of sad I can't earn from my blog just yet. What do you think about Google Adsense?

Have a nice day!

1 comment:

  1. AH, sorry about your crappy experience with Adsense. Don't let it dis-hearten you from monetizing your blog. There are so many other ways to go about it.

    Keep browsing around on Pinterest. There are some helpful people over there!

    Keep going!

    Steph
    www.socialspying.com

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