Monday, December 24, 2007


At last! The "PIP" line is showing on my adsense account! FINALLY!

Now here is an interesting predicament. Since the "payment in progress" line appears today (December 24, 2007) when will the earnings actually be "spendable"? Tommorrow is Christmas Day of course and unless the bank "overnighters" are working tonight I have no hopes of being able to spend my adsense money until at least Wednesday! I also noticed that the "PIP" appeared earlier in the day than it usually does. Someone posted that adsense usually waits until the banks close before the "PIP" process begine - not so this time.

I'll let you know.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Does Adsense Ever Issue A Payment On The Weekends?

Here's an interesting question!

Up until now I always thought that adsense didn't issue payments on the weekend but then I found this discussion forum where the question was asked and it turns out that the answer is


Apparently if they do issue a payment over the weekend it won't show up until Monday.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is the case now!

Google Offices Closed Until December 27th!

I have to credit oncameratalent for providing this information.

First of all I have found out that Adsense's payment process is automated - and seeing that they are such a big company and probably have a lot of publishers this is quite understandable.

I have also found out that their offices would be closed until December 27th.

Now how does this relate to those of us that haven't received a "payment in progress" line on our adsense account? The only thing that we can do is wait.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Can I Get My Adsense Payment via Paypal?

In a word "No". Adsense pays by check and EFT only. In some areas they are just starting to issue payments via Western Union but that option isn't available in the United States.

There are also some other opinions as to why adsense doesn't pay via paypal

"Google owns Google Checkout, a competitor to PayPal, so I wouldn't really see a reason why they would want to offer PayPal payments.

I've emailed them about this already and they said no, they are not and will be not offer paypal payments.

There are also some good arguments about not using paypal to receive your adsense payment:

not a good idea to use paypal, they take a percentage on YOUR hard earned clicks. PLUS ive noticed it takes 3 days to transfer your paypal balance to your bank.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Payment In Progress Line Showing In Some Areas!

Adsense Payment In Progress

For December 2007

(for November 2007 earnings)

(PIP for short)

Has this appeared in your adsense account yet?

The December 2007 "payment in progress" (for November 2007 adsense earnings) line is showing in some of the adsense accounts. One of the places that the "PIP" line is showing is in India. Also the same line is showing in Portugal, the Philippines and Egypt! There are even some people in Canada that have posted that they got their "payment in progress" line! But so far its not showing in my own adsense account (I'm located in the US). As someone else has pointed out

This sucks!

Why Does The United States

have to wait so long

for their adsense payment!

It is also not showing in the UK.

Like I posted before there was a discussion of the adsense payments being early this month because it seemed like each December the payments came early (or as some people have said - late)

But let us keep our fingers crossed that we can get our adsense payment BEFORE Christmas!

Update - December 21, 2007 - As of 7pm EST, there is still no "PIP" line. Again I'm on the East Coast of the US and there is still no "payment in progress" line that appears in my adsense account.

Meanwhile there are about a dozen other countries that have received their PIP - and actually they have received it as early as the 19th which could mean that some of them actually already have access to their Adsense earning to a point where they can spend it during the Christmas holideay.

Unfortunately I can't say the same thing for myself (and the rest of the adsense publishers in the US)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How Long Before You Got Your 1st Adsense Payment?

I was reading somewhere on the boards about how it took one person a whole year before they got their first adsense payment.

Personally it took me three months to get my first adsense payment - or is it two months? I'll let you decide.

I first started using adsense in October 2006. I believe I made around $16 that first month - so I was really, really bummed that I wouldn't be getting a payment the next month. Well somehow I got over that but it just made me more obsessive the next month! For the month of November 2006 I earned around $99! - Yippee! I would be getting an adsense payment the next month! (Actually now that I'm looking at these numbers I'm thinking about what a good accomplishment it was to go from $16 during the first month to around $99 the next month. That means that I more than


my adsense earnings during my first two months!

Now it's your turn to answer this question. I have added a new poll to the side of this blog title - "How Long Before You Got Your First Adsense Payment?"

Monday, December 17, 2007

Will We Get The Adsense Payment BEFORE Christmas?

Hot topic of debate going on about whether or not adsense will be sending the payments before Christmas.

Personally speaking in December of 2006, I received my "payment in progress" (PIP) line on December 20th. Now I have come to find out that in previous years adsense paid as early as the 16th of the month! But those who have been with adsense longer have posted that the "Christmas" adsense payments have been getting later and later with each coming year. The only problem that I have with that is that as I posted above I received my PIP line on December 20th, 2006 but I have seen other people posting that they got their December payments AFTER December 25th.

Of course there are a whole lot of different speculations as to whether or not the December 2007 adsense payment will be received before the 25th.

Some people have said that Adsense will want to get the payment out early because that will get the "paperwork" out of the way and they can go home and enjoy the rest of the holiday season. Others have said that they will wait til the last possible moment to send out the payments.

As a reminder it seems that the usual "payment in progress" line appears on the last Tuesday of the month - Guess what? - The last Tuesday of THIS month is Christmas Day!

Only time will tell. We still have a few "spending" days before Christmas.

I will keep an eye open for the next "Payment in Progress" discussion to see if anyone has gotten the "PIP" line yet.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Adsense Reports Not Sorting Properly

I have to give credit where credit is due!

It seems that the adsense reports are not sorting properly. Usually when you view your adsense numbers your numbers are sorted by earnings. But lately there really seems to be no kind or order to the numbers displayed.

Until the problem gets fixed, here is a temporary "fix" for the situation:

To view results sorted "properly" I must select:

view all AdSense for Content channels

then click "earnings" so it will sort that way...

Optimizing Your Blog To Get More Traffic

I'm currently working on increasing the traffic to a client's blog.

The first thing that has to be done is to monitor the amount of traffic that the blog has already gotten.

Actually Adsense is good for this because I can track the number of page impressions and use it as a standard tool for keeping track of the client's blog traffic.

Right now my current goal (for the client) is to double the amount of traffic that their blog gets per month.

I have had a chance to look at their adsense totals for the month so far and as of today they have already passed the total number of traffic / visitors that they got last month.

So I'm going to monitor for the rest of the month to see if their traffic number doubles that of last month.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Keeping Track Of My Adsense Earnings....

It is very important for me to keep track of my adsense earnings. Not just for my own personal information but as an Adsense Consultant I have to show that I am able to "practice what I preach" and one of the things that I do often "preach" is that one has the potential to optimize their blog for more adsense earnings.

As of today, December 11, 2007, I am well past the half-way mark towards earning the minimum $100 one needs to earn in order to get an adsense payment for the next month. I say this because so many people are complaining about how they are not making any adsense money at all. Now I don't have a lot of websites and I don't get a million visitors a day but so far I have managed to earn at least the minimum $100 needed to get an adsense payment for the next month.

For the month of November 2007 I did meet the minimum of $100 and I'm waiting for my adsense payment - which usually comes around the 25th of the month but THIS month the 25th is Christmas Day (and it also happens to be on a Tuesday which is the average day that the adsense payment in progress line appears). So its going to be real interesting to see when that "PIP" line shows up for the month of December 2007.

As a side note I have mentioned before that the earliest that I have received an adsense payment was on the 21st of December. I remember this very well because that gave me the opportunity to do some more Christmas shopping!

Update! 12/13/07 - I checked my adsense numbers today!

I met my goal!

I passed the $100 adsense earnings mark today!

So I'm assured to get a payment next month!

And the month isn't even over with yet!

Monday, December 3, 2007

It Is Possible To Get $1 Per Click (and sometimes even more!)

I checked my adsense numbers today and was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of my sites generated more than $1 per click (Actually it generated over $2 per click!).

This has happened to me more than once and I'm sure that other adsense publishers have experienced the same thing.

The one thing that is hard is figuring out what word or term that adsense crawled for to get such a high-paying advertiser? Say for instance you saw that you were getting $1 or more per click and you would like to go to that site to see what content you had that generated such a high-paying click. It would be near-impossible to do because everytime you access your site the ads will change so you won't really know what high-paying ad that was so you wouldn't be able to tell what content generated that high-paying ad.

This is much different that targeting your site with high-paying keywords. When you do that you expect to see higher click rates anyway.

I'm working with a list of high-paying keywords just to see what kind of high-paying clicks they will generate.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Payment In Progress - November 2007!

Well it took a while (a long while!) but the infamous payment in progress (PIP for short) showed up! This happened on November 26th for this month. Since I'm located in the US on the east coast this should give you a good indicator to see if your PIP line showed up yet.

For some strange reason it seems that some people located outside the US get their PIP lines before those in the US do.

Well next month looks interesting in that the last full week in December is the week of the Christmas holiday. So if Christmas is going to be on a Tuesday its going to be real interesting to see when the PIP line will show.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Did You Get Your Adsense Payment For October 2007 Yet?

Everytime that I wonder about my adsense payment I go to the following discussion board:

Adsense Discussion Forum

Whenever someone receives their PIP (payment in progress) line on their adsense account they will post to this board so that others (like me) can compare the status of our own accounts.

So far it looks like the PIP line has shown for adsense publishers outside the US. Nobody in the US has gotten their adsense payment notification yet.

So the waiting continues..................................

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Think I Can Make $10 More Dollars Before The Week Is Over?

I'm currently $10 away from earning the $100 minimum that's needed to get an adsense payment next month. Think I will be able to get there by the end of the week?

Stay tuned and see.............................

Thursday, November 15, 2007*

I Did It!

It took me 2 days but I managed to earn at least the $100 minimum needed to get an adsense payment next month (and I still have the rest of the month to go!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Poll Results - so far....................

So far over 14 people have voted in the poll that appears on the side of this blog. (Just scroll down if you can't see the poll). The poll asks how much money have you made per month using adsense and the majority of votes seem to be that people have made $49 or less with their blog monthly. Now $49 isn't all that bad and you could get an adsense payment at least every 3 months if you made at least $49 dollars a month with the adsense program.

But I'm sure that people are interested in making much more than $49 a month with adsense!

The way to make more money with adsense is to optimize your blog (or website) for the adsense program. You can do that while still remaining "true" to your blog. You will just have to work a little bit harder on your blog. Things like working on the content of your blog so that your blog's content attracts higher paying advertisers and increasing the traffic to your blog so that you get more visitors to your blog and that means more potential clicks on the ads.

One of the very first things that you should do is find out where your traffic is coming from. When you find out where your traffic is coming from then you can work on increasing your traffic flow. I note several instances of how traffic comes to my blogs and sites on my SEO Consultant Blog.

I think the question that the majority of people ask is whether or not their blog can become an adsense moneymaker and of course the answer is yes. But you do have to work on your blog. I know a lot of people say to treat it as a business but you can do that but still remain true to your blog. It's sort of comparable to having your own magazine that has ads in it. The ads are there but so is the general content and objective of the magazine itself. You can do that same thing with your blog.

You have to take a good look at your blog to see how you can optimize it for earning more adsense money. The best way to do that is to make sure that your blog or website has a theme. It targets the advertisers more and it gives your blog a reputation (hopefully a good one) as a good blog to go to when one is looking for information that is related to the content that is on your blog.

You may think that its impossible or hard to make adsense money with your blog or website but really its not - You just have to work at it and keep working at it.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Why Does Adsense Ask Me For My Social Security Number?

Why Does Adsense Ask Me For My Social Security Number?

What Is A Taxpayer ID? / I Don't Have A Taxpayer ID

I Feel Uncomfortable Giving Adsense My Social Security Number

Adsense requires your social security number simply because when you start earning over a certain amount of money (I believe now its $400 - $600) you have to start paying taxes on it. Adsense is obligated to provide information on how much money they pay you (if its over a certain amount).

The Taxpayer ID is the number that businesses use as their tax identification number when they are filing their tax-related paperwork. If you operate as a business then you have to have a taxpayer ID number. However if you are working as an individual then your social security number acts as your taxpayer ID number.

Many people have said that they feel uncomfortable giving out their social security number but the bottom line is that you have to provide that information if you want to collect your adsense earnings.

If it makes you feel any better, rest assure that adsense publshers have to provide that information too. Adsense is not singling you out. It is required information.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Can I Add Other Ads To My Adsense Site?


"Can I Place Non-Google / Non Google Ads On My Website or Blog?"

In a word, yes you can have other types of ads on your adsense site BUT according to Adsense's terms of service agreement you have to make sure that your other ads do not look like your adsense ads.

Basically you can solve this problem by having your other ads in a different color scheme from your adsense ads color scheme - meaning make sure that they both don't have the same color scheme.

Other "ad" programs like Amazon and Ebay's Auction Ads can be placed on the same site or blog that you have your adsense ads on. Just make sure that they don't have the same color scheme as your adsense ads!

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Sad Truth Is...........................

The sad truth is if you are not making ANY adsense money on your blog then you are probably not doing it right!

Is it possible to have a blog and blog about something you love and STILL be able to make "adsense" money? Again the answer is


However one of the main things that people have to realize is that you can't just "slap" together a website or blog, add adsense to it and expect to make a lot of money! You have to continually work on your blog. Add new (and more) content. Increase the traffic to your blog. If visitors are not coming to your blog then you go to your potential visitors and get them to come to your blog! Monitor and analyze your visitor count! Add a tracking stats code to your blog so that you can see where your visitors are coming from - that way you will know what led them to your site and you can work on getting more of the same traffic.

If you have a blog and are not getting the results that you want (or even any results at all) then ask someone to view your blog objectively. They may see something that you may have missed.

Many people are making money with the simplest of blogs. Why them and not you? Find out why!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Is There A Fee To Join The Adsense Program?

There is no fee to join the adsense program. You can join it for free.

However before being able to put the ad codes on your site you will have to submit the url of your site so that adsense can review and approve it first.

Just What Are Affiliate Programs?

Affiliate programs are where a website has a product to sell and they offer you a commission when you display their product on your site and someone buys the product.

You can do an online search for affiliate programs and you will get a lot of links to different affiliate programs. However you also have to be careful. There are a lot of good and legitimate ones out there and of course that has spawn those that are not so good and not so legitimate.

Before you think about joining any of them you should do some research online and find out what others have said about the program - especially if its something bad about it.

When you join an affiliate program you are given a number and that is how your affiliate earnings are tracked and you can check your earnings by signing into the affiliate page with your account information.

With the exception of Adsense's program I don't like most of the other affiliate programs - but hey, that's just me.

Making "Good" Money With Adsense

Is it possible to make "good" money with adsense? Yes it is. I am assuming here that "good" money means making enough money with the adsense program to live on.

There are scores of people making over $5,000 a month with the adsense program and if you want to be one of them you have to realize that you have to work at it. You can't simply "slap" together a blog or website and put adsense ads on it and expect to make a lot of money without doing anything else.

Remember that the adsense ads that appear on your site are based on the content in your site and the more you update your site the more different ads you will have on your site - which provides different ads to your site visitors.

There is another thing too. It is generally advised to start a site on a subject simply because it is a subject that interests you or is a subject that you are passionate about. You would be amazed at what some subjects that other people will find interesting. If you find it interesting then someone else will find it interesting. Adding the adsense ads is almost an afterthought because the main objective (at least in the past) was for you to have a site of your own talking about a subject that you were interested in or passionate about.

Now comes the question of having a site solely for the purpose of making enough adsense money to live on. That is possible too. If you want to have a site purely for the reason of making as much adsense money as you can and not having a site on a subject that interests you or you feel passionate about then that is possible too. What you have to do is find a subject that has a lot of interest for others - the more popular the subject the more potential adsense money you can earn. Now there are people that are doing exactly this but there is a lot of work to be done because your adsense earnings will depend on your traffic and how many people are clicking on your ads. If your site is about a subject that interests high-paying keyword advertisers then you make MORE money with your adsense ads simply because advertisers will pay a higher amount to advertise on your site and you get more money.

Here is a link to a previous blog post that I made about just how much some people have already been making with the adsense program. As you will see a lot of people on this list have sites on subjects that they care about and they still manage to make "good" money using the adsense program.

So if you want to add adsense to your site but think that you can't earn money with it then - unfortunately - you are sadly mistaken.

As I always say - if you are not making any money with adsense then you are just not doing it right!

Friday, November 2, 2007

How Can I Track Invalid Clicks?

(More specific information about a tracking system to use was given to the person that asked this question)

Go online and do some searching for free tracking sites that only involve you copying and pasting some code to put on your site. Pick a stats tracker that will let you know where your visitors are coming from so that you can view that information.

I have such a code on my sites/blogs and when I get "invalid" clicks I check the logs and send the information to adsense.

The last time I did this I was able to get the date and time and location of the "invalid" clicks and I forwarded that information to adsense.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Adsense Story Contest

Adsense is having a new contest. Before I tell you more about their contest I should tell you that the deadline to enter the contest is November 14, 2007

There are a lot of success stories from people who have been using adsense so adsense has decided to ask others about their own success with adsense.

You can find out the details about the contest by visiting their blog

Adsense Video Units

Yes I know that a new feature that adsense has is that now adsense publishers can add video ads to their sites. Besides the fact that a lot of people are having trouble with adding them there is another thing about adding video ads to your site because not everyone has high-speed internet access. Some people are still using a dial-up modem to get to the internet and it would be difficult if not impossible for them to be able to view the video ads - much less click on them.

If you want to know more about Adsense's new video ads feature you can visit their blog to find out more.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I'm Hoping To Surpass My Highest Adsense Earnings This Month!

Once you start getting money from adsense it will feel so good that you will want to earn more! I know that is how it is for me! It took me two months to get my first adsense payment and boy were those two months going sloooooooooooowly! Since I had resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be getting an adsense payment after my first month I became quite fanatical about watching my adsense earnings accumulate so that I would make at least the $100 minimum needed to get an adsense payment the next month. As the 2nd month drew to a close I made enough (and then some) to get at least the minimum adsense payment of $100 (and then some!)

So far I have managed to earn at least the $100 minimum of earnings needed to get an adsense payment for every month this year!

Now comes the next goal which is surpassing what my highest earnings month which was July of this year! The one thing that I can truly say about my adsense earnings is that my earning totals "see-saw" all the time. My highest earnings month was July 2007 but August through September have come close.

Like I said I'm hoping to surpass my highest earnings month. I have about 4 days to go and I have already surpassed August and September's earnings.

I'm crossing my fingers (and biting my nails too!)

Update! - It's official! October 2007 will be my highest adsense earnings month! I checked my adsense numbers today and found that I have now surpassed my previous highest month which was July 2007! And I still have 24 more hours to go!

Friday, October 26, 2007

October 2007 - Payment In Progress?

Well there it is! The infamous "Payment In Progress" line (or PIP for short)! Just in case you're wondering, I'm on the East Coast and the PIP line is dated yesterday!

You can also view the current discussion thread about the current "payment in progress" line for this month.

For some reason this just seems to be an odd occurence of that "payment in progress" line showing up on a Thursday. If you have opted for EFT then usually it only takes one business day for your adsense payment to show up in your bank account. But like I said - for some odd reason - it is not showing up today which is Friday which means that you would have to wait until at least Monday to see if your adsense payment will show in your account.

I've been looking at the boards to see if anyone else has discussed this but so far I haven't seen anyone else talking about it - I think its weird!

Update - Well I got my adsense payment (and spent some of it (-: already!)

It seems like those adsense payments are coming later and later!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

How Can I Get My Adsense Account Back?

If Adsense cancels your adsense account they probably have a very good reason. However if you feel that a mistake has been made you can appeal adsense's decision.

Here is an excerpt from one of Adsense's pages regarding appealing to get your adsense account back:

As you know, Google treats instances of invalid clicks very seriously. By disabling your account, we feel that we have taken the necessary measures to ensure that invalid clicks will not continue to occur on your site. Due to the proprietary nature of our monitoring system, we're not able to disclose any specific details of these clicks.

Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in Google AdSense. However, if you can maintain in good faith that the invalid clicks we detected on your ads were not due to your actions or negligence, or the actions or negligence of others working for you, you may appeal the closing of your account.

Google reserves sole discretion in considering whether to take any action on an appeal.

In order to appeal the disabling of your account, please supply us with the details requested below. We're unable to consider appeals that do not contain all of this information:

You can go to their site directly using the link below to get to their form to "appeal" their decision

6/16/08 Update!

Here is the latest information about how you can appeal your adsense account being disabled:

Can my account be reinstated after being disabled for invalid click

We're always willing to work with you to resolve any issues you may
have. If you feel that this decision was made in error, and if you can
maintain in good faith that the invalid activity was not due to the
actions or negligence of you or those for whom you are responsible,
you may appeal the disabling of your account.

To do so, please contact us only through our online appeal form.

Once we receive your appeal, we'll do our best to inform you quickly
and will proceed with appropriate action as necessary. Please
understand, however, that there is no guarantee that your account will
be reinstated.

Please also bear in mind that once we've reached a decision on your
appeal, further appeals may not be considered, and you may not receive
any further communication from us.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What Are The Odds?

What are the odds of being able to get your adsense payment on the same date as a past month with a similar calendar?

Let me explain.

October 2007 has the same calendar day layout as January 2007. In January 2007 I got my adsense payment on the 23rd - so I was kind of hoping that the same thing would occur this month since the 2 months are exactly similar.

Well its October 24th and still no sign of that "payment in progress" line on my adsense account.

It just goes to show you that adsense's payment schedule has no rhyme or reason.

"I Can't Paste The Adsense Codes Into My Blog"

Here is a comment that was in my comment box. I posted it here because whoever wrote this comment left their email address and I didn't want to include it so that they could possibly get spammed!

Hello Sister2brother

I am from India, i created blog and joind in adsense i got code but i am not able to past (post)in my blog plz tell me how to put into my blog i am very new to this bussines, i want make money through this i don,t no what to do.this is my mail id

I can only assume here but I'm assuming that you are using Blogger's new layout option, If you are then you have the option of letting blogger add the adsense codes for you. (The one caveat of this is if you choose to let Blogger add the adsense codes to your blog posts the ads will be aligned to the left and not centered) You will have to give them your adsense sign-on information but once you have done that once then you shouldn't have to do it again. When you use this option you also get the option of deciding the color layout that you want your adsense ads to have. This is much better than using the color schemes that adsense has because the color schemes that blogger chooses for you are related to the color scheme of your blog.

The other option that you have is to manually paste the adsense codes into the layout of your blog. Now where you paste the codes will depend on where you want your adsense ads to appear. If you choose to let blogger add the ad codes then they will appear in your blog posts. But in order to have your adsense ads appear on the side and/or bottom of your blog you will have to "add a new element" by clicking on that option. A screen will show up where you can give a title to your new element and then you can paste the adsense codes in the box that appears under the "Title" box.

After you finish pasting your adsense code be sure to click "save", give it time to implement and then you should be returned to your original layout template where you can view your blog so that you can see that you added your adsense codes correctly.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

How Does Adsense "Crawl" My Site?

I am using Google Analytics for tracking the sources of my page visits etc. Google Analytics is great. I think there is some number, like for this many words in an article this much number of keywords should be there. I have heard that some where. But not getting the exact stats for that. I mean, If there are 100 words in my article, then my article should have atleast 30 words which is main keyword. Can u let me know if u have any idea about this?


Unfortunately it's not as simple as that. A lot of things go into optimizing your site for the search engines. It's not how many times you use a keyword - its HOW you use your keywords in the content of your site.

That is why I constantly work on optimizing my blog so that it shows up at least on page 1-2 of google's search engine results. So far I have managed to do that for myself and for my clients.

You have to know how to work on incorporating the keywords into your site - NOT how many times the keywords appear on your site.

If you just do a little research you will see that other sites will get ranked higher than your site because of the way they incorporate your keywords

It's not the quantity of the keyword but the quality of the keywords that matter.

InBox Dollars? - Read What Others Have To Say First Before You Think Of Joining!

Inbox Dollars is supposed to be a site that pays you to take surveys, answer email, etc., I was thinking about joining it myself but one of the things that I found out is that they require you giving them a credit card number so that really turned me off to the program! But while I was online investigating the program I got a chance to read what some others had to say about the program.

Read What Others Had To Say About The Inbox Dollars Program

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Can I Get My Adsense Payment Via Western Union?

It will depend on your location because Adsense is only providing this option to Argentina, Chile, China (Mainland), Colombia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, and Romania.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Is My Site Eligible For Adsense?

The person who could best answer that question would be adsense themselves. Before being able to add the adsense coding to your site you have to first submit the url of your site to adsense so that they can review and approve it. There are some sites that adsense will not approve:

Sites displaying Google ads may not include:

  • Violent content, racial intolerance, or advocacy against any individual, group, or organization

  • Pornography, adult, or mature content

  • Hacking/cracking content

  • Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia

  • Excessive profanity

  • Gambling or casino-related content

  • Content regarding programs which compensate users for clicking on ads or offers, performing searches, surfing websites, or reading emails

  • Excessive, repetitive, or irrelevant keywords in the content or code of web pages

  • Deceptive or manipulative content or construction to improve your site's search engine ranking, e.g., your site's PageRank

  • Sales or promotion of weapons or ammunition (e.g., firearms, fighting knives, stun guns)

  • Sales or promotion of beer or hard alcohol

  • Sales or promotion of tobacco or tobacco-related products

  • Sales or promotion of prescription drugs

  • Sales or promotion of products that are replicas or imitations of designer goods

  • Sales or distribution of term papers or student essays

  • Any other content that is illegal, promotes illegal activity, or infringes on the legal rights of others

You can find out more by going to the adsense help files

Sunday, October 14, 2007

"When Will I Get Paid?"

First of all congratulations on making enough to get your adsense payment (I don't know if its your first adsense payment or not)

Here is the general rule regarding the payments

When you have reached $100 in earnings in a month you should expect to receive a payment. However the payment won't come to you until the next month and it will be AFTER the 15th of the next month at its soonest because the 15th of the month is the last date of the "holding" period - that is the period where people can change their account information and things like a change of address or if they want to change how they receive a payment.

If you're getting paid by EFT/bank transfer then the "average" date that you will see it show in your account would be the 25th of the month. Note I say "average" because you may get the payment sooner or you may get it later.

If you are getting paid by check then it will be a few days or even a week later then mentioned above.

Adsense's policy says that those who are getting paid by bank transfer can expect their payment by the 5th of the next, next month. If its not received by then, then you can contact them and find out why and possibly get a "replacement" payment.

If you are getting paid by check then you can expect your payment by the 25th of the next, next month and it you don't receive it by then you can contact adsense about getting a "replacement" check.

Now even though I mentioned adsense's "official" policy towards payment it has been my experience so far that the payments come a week or so before the "actual" stated policy date - which I'm sure adsense has to allow for "whatever" problems may come up.

How Can I Increase My Adsense Income?

There are 2 general rules for increasing your adsense income

  • increase the traffic to your site. More traffic means more potential clicks thus meaning more potential adsense earnings

  • put more higher-paying keyword content into your site.

    The internet abounds with sites that say they have a list of high-paying keywords - including my own (which I test on my and my clients sites all the time to see how successfully these high-paying keywords pay as far as rates). I have seen some rates as high as $1000! There are even some high-paying keywords that could earn you $15 per click!

The above are good rules to follow in general. But next comes specifics!

A lot will depend on what your site or blog is actually about. Knowing that will determine where you (and how you) can increase your adsense earnings.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

As Of Today, I Passed The $100 Minimum Amount Of Earnings Required To Get An Adsense Payment Next Month!

That's right! It's official! I just checked my adsense earnings today and today is the day that I earned passed the $100 mark. You need to earn at least $100 during the month before you will get an adsense payment during the later end of the next month.

Now I don't tell you this to brag or boast but to show you that you don't have to have a lot of websites, fancy-looking websites or websites that have a gigantic amount of traffic. People are always bemoaning the fact that they haven't made any adsense money with their blog or website and the truth of the matter is that if you have not been making any adsense money with your blog or website you will have to find out the reason why! It is just as simple as that!

Two different people could have a blog on the exact same topic but only one of them is making any adsense money and the other one is not - why is that?

If you don't know why your blog (or website) is not making any adsense money then ask someone to take a look at your site and maybe they will be able to see something that you don't.

The bottom line is this: If you want to make adsense money with your blog or website then you are going to have to do the kind of work that is necessary to make (or make more) money with adsense. Have you been increasing the traffic to your site? Where is your traffic coming from? Have you optimized your site for your adsense ads? Have you optimized your site for the search engines so that people will be able to find your site easily? Those are just a few of the things that you have to work on if you want to make more money with adsense.

I don't have a lot of blogs and I don't have a lot of websites but yet and still I made it to the minimum amount required to get an adsense payment next month and the month isn't even over with yet! Can you say the same thing about your website(s) or blog(s)?

Friday, October 12, 2007

How Come I Get Clicks But No Earnings?

If you are checking your adsense earnings and you see that you have gotten a number of clicks but you haven't earned any money from those clicks it could either one of two reasons:

  • the ads that are appearing on your site are public service ads and therefore you don't get any earnings if people click on them

  • the clicks (for whatever reason) are being counted as invalid clicks

Comments Received

mjhns2839 said...

I would appeciate someone checking to see if I am setup correctly. I am certain someone has visited the blog, but there is no payment 0.00 for the Ads.

My email is

As I have noted on this blog before - I do not review websites for free! If you are interested in hiring me to take a look at your blog then please go to the very first and top-most post on this blog as it explains what I do and what my services are as an Adsense Consultant. My basic packages start at $100.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

robots.txt file - What Is It?

Simply put the robots.txt file tells what parts of your website that you want the web "spiders" (including adsense's web "spiders") and search engines to access. You put this file on your server - which means that you place it in the same online server that hosts your website(s).

As you can see from the name of the file it is a .txt file which you can create using the simple notepad program.

You can find more specific information about robots.txt file on Wikipedia

(more specific information was given to the person that asked this question for an additional price)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

How Come The Adsense Ads That Appear On My Site Don't Have Anything To Do With The Content Of My Site?

If the adsense ads that are on your site are not related to the content of your site then you definitely are missing something because the adsense ads are drawing from the content of your site so it means that the adsense ads are working right - it's just the contents of your site that isn't working "right".

Now I know that you are probably saying "How could MY content not be right?". You have to remember that the adsense spiders are basically robots / machines and that they crawl your site's contents with machine (and not human) eyes! That means that they won't be able to distinguish that your "Sunshine's Flower Store" website has to do with flowers and not sunshine. Clearly if adsense's "spiders" were human then the human spiders would be able to see that your site has to do with flowers and not sunshine. But such is not the case!

Okay so how do you get the ads to relate to the content of your site?

You have 2 options here

  • Change the wording and the content of your site. Now you don't have to give your site a major overhaul - just change the wording of your site so that the adsense spiders will find the right kind of content for the right kind of ads that you want showing on your site. Now this is going to take a bit of work and a bit of practice but honestly speaking if you want the ads to relate to the content of your site then you have to do it. Now you can't tell from this blog but if you go to one of my client's blogs - Hamming It Up - you will see that the adsense ads that appear on this blog are related to the content of the blog. You will also see that the blog posts don't compromise the intent / true meaning of the blog just to get the "right" adsense ads to appear. You can do the same thing with your blog.

  • You can implement "section targeting" on your blog so you can target the content that the adsense spiders will crawl for when searching for keyword content on your site.

    What are the "section-targeting" codes?


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

High-Paying Keyword term - mesothelioma lawyers

What is mesothelioma? According to wikipedia it is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos.

Now why would this term - mesothelioma - bring in high-paying advertisers? Because apparently there are a lot of lawsuits going on regarding asbestos in the workplace and people contracting this form of cancer. And where there are lawsuits there are lawyers! And lawyers would be very interested in finding people who might have a case regarding mesothelioma, asbestos and them contracing this kind of form of cancer.

Previous mesothelioma-related lawsuits have resulted in multi-million dollar awards to the victims and of course the lawyers get some of that money so they would be very interested in finding people that might have a valid lawsuit against their workplace.

So that is a good reason why this term would be such a high-paying keyword because there is a lot of money involved with it!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Auction Ads - Why Is My Payment Taking So Long?

According to their website, auction ads say that they send out payments during the first of the month. It is now October 4th and I have yet to see any payment made to my account.

This is very frustrating and it reminds me of last month's wait for the adsense payment. In that case I wasn't the only persoon that was upset because the adsense payments were so late in coming!

However since this is my first auctionads payment I am very anxious to get receive my payment. I sent them an email asking about whether or not I would get a payment this month and they emailed me back later in the morning saying that I would receive a payment this month. So far I haven't received anything yet so I sent them another email yesterday but I still haven't heard back from them.

I'm very anxious to get my payment! However since this is a Thursday going on a Friday that means that if a payment is made to me on Friday then there is a 2 step process that has to be gone through which will take at least 2 business days! Now since Monday is Columbus Day I'll have to check and see if the banks will be operating on that day - if not then the process will take 3 days!

I don't understand why I am having so much problems with receiving my auctionads payment. I got an email saying that I would get a payment this month and since auctionads' site says that they issue payments on the first of the mont = then where is my payment?

*10/13/07 - I just got an email from them today saying that they are looking into the matter. When I find out more I will post here.

10/20/07 - Update! - I finally did receive my first Auction Ads payment! If I earn enough to get a payment next month I hope it doesn't take as long or be so complicated!

"I'm Not Making Any Money With Adsense!"

I see a lot of people posting about how they are not making any money with adsense. The first question that comes to my mind is "Are they making ANY money with adsense or are they make small amounts of money with adsense"? There is a difference between the two.

If you aren't making any money with adsense then that means that you have to "rethink" your site. Making no money with adsense means that while you have the adsense ads on your site nobody is clicking on them and that is where you have to put some effort in.

If you are making small amounts of money with adsense then that means that your site has low-paying keyword content in it and you will have to work on incorporating high-paying keyword content into your site.

It's an unfortunate thing to say but if your site isn't making any money with adsense then there is nobody to blame but yourself!

Here is a link to a blog post about just how much money people have made with Adsense.

How am I doing with Adsense? Well I started getting my adsense payment in my second month of joining the adsense program late last year. So far, ever since then I have managed to earn at least the minimum monthly amount (which is $100) to get an adsense payment each month so far!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Still Waiting For My Auction Ads Payment!

I could be just a little over-anxious because this is my first Auction Ads payment ever. According to their blog they say that they issue payments on the first of the month for last month's earnings.

Here is an excerpt from their blog:

"AuctionAds Publishers, we were excited to get our first set of payments out to you today! Please note that we sent out your month one earnings via PayPal today from “Shoe Money Media Group”. Moving forward payments will be from our AuctionAds PayPal account but please look for the “Shoe Money Media Group” payment for today.

One question we’ve gotten from a few publishers is why they weren’t paid for the 31st of the month. Due to our net-0 terms and the time it takes to reconcile, earnings from the last day of the month go onto the next month.

We are excited about the growth in publisher earnings we saw in our first month of business! Please note that it can take time to ramp up earnings but our publishers who have given the program time have seen great results. We have many new features and announcements coming soon so stay tuned!

So I am still anxiously waiting for my first Auction Ads payment!

Monday, October 1, 2007

How Could Someone Hack Into My Adsense?

There seem to be quite a few ways that someone can get their adsense site hacked!

One way involves whether or not you have downloaded or gotten some type of trojan program that installed itself in your computer's system.

Malicious threats can also come in the form of IM (that's "Instant Messenger") downloads and other downloads such as download links that you get in your email. So now this means that you have to be very careful of what you download!

In that case the only way to solve this would be for you to do a full system format and then re-install everything that you had on your computer again - Yes quite a hassle I know but its better than having your adsense site continue to be hacked!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Participating in Online Surveys? - The Jury Is Still Out On This One!

My opinion on those paid surveys online is not very good!

There is one paid survey program that I have here on the side of this blog but so far it is the only one that I have seen that I have felt is worth mentioning! So far all the others that I have seen are just not paying enough, they want you to do a whole lot or they want too much information from you. Another thing that irks me is their payment process. While they do pay you to participate in online surveys they seem to charge so much for their payment to you. Some of these paid survey sites want you to download their program and install it on your computer which I have grown to become very wary of because of all the spyware, adware, "anything"-ware that could be bundled with this download.

Keep in mind that this is only my opinion and you may have found a survey program that you like. If that is the case then you should tell everyone you know that you have found a good one because there are a LOT of bad ones out there!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Auction Ads

People are always asking if there are any other programs like adsense and here is one that I like - it's called AuctionAds!

It operates in ways that are similar to adsense. You join up for AuctionAds and you are given coding to add the ads to your site. However unlike adsense the AuctionAd's ads are not based on the content of your site. When are going through the process of deciding the ads that you want to place on your site you enter in keywords that relate to your site and AuctionAd will give you ad codes based on the keywords that you fill in.

Another difference between this program and Adsense is that you don't get paid per click. You earn money when someone clicks on the products that are being auctioned on Ebay and they either make the winning bid or they press the "buy it now" option to buy the Ebay item immediately.

There is also an affiliate program where you also get paid when someone signs up for the AuctionAd's program.

You get paid a percentage of what the person pays for the Ebay item.

Another thing - unlike the adsense program, AuctionAd's minimum payout amout is $50! (while adsense minimum payout is $100).

I have been using this program for a few months now and so far it has taken me those few months to earn the $50 minimum payout.

AuctionAd site says that they pay at the beginning of the month for last month's earnings and you can get your payment via PayPal.

So if this sounds good to you you can look at AuctionAd's site to find out more about the program

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Adsense Publishers Are Upset (to say the least!) - Where is the September 2007 Payment!

* Update! - As of 6:30pm EST, the payment in progress line appears for my area - East Coast/Philadelphia area.

Others have reported that the PIP line also appears for those in Ireland and Sweden

Adsense publishers are getting very upset because they have not received their adsense payment for this month (September 2007). What they have to say is not favorable

  • that's what happens when you become a big company you get to screw anybody you want............

  • it's a good thing that I don't depend my life on my adsense payments

  • my payments used to be around the 23rd of the month why is adsense making the payments later and later?

  • I'm very upset with adsense

It may be hard to believe but I have seen people post that they depend on their adsense payments for food! One person wrote that they were starving to death waiting for their adsense payment.

I noticed on Adsense's blog that they made a new entry for September 25th but there was no mention about why the adsense payments are so late this month.

If you want to be kept updated on the latest discussions concerning the payments for September 2007 here are a couple of links:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Payment In Progress? The 25th Of The Month

Every month around this time there is the high anticipation of seeing that all-important "Payment In Progress" line (PIP for short) which means that your adsense payment is being processed

Adsense publishers are waiting with anticipation! But I found a particularly interesting comment on one message board that talked about the PIP line for this month. Someone that posted to this board said that they had given up hope of receiving their adsense payment earlier than the last week of the month. Usually and on average the adsense payment date is usually on the 25th of the month which happens to be today.

Now I was hoping to see the PIP line on my account yesterday but no such luck! So now today I'm waiting again. But I know from past experience (and also from what other people have written and posted) that from my own past records and posts I posted that if there was going to be a PIP line on my account it would occur after 7pm - the last time I noted this the PIP line was on my account at 7:15pm. Now I'm on eastern standard time and the adsense site is operating 3 hours behind me. Someone posted that adsense always waits until after 4 o'clock (which is after the banks close) to post the payments (for those that get their adsense payment by EFT). That kind of means that the earliest one could actually spend their payment would be the next business day.

* I should also mention that for some reason (hopefully its because they are positng the PIPS!) the adsense site seems to be not coming up in any of my browsers. This started at around 5:20pm and at 5:45pm it is still happening.

As of this moment there are a LOT of people that are upset at both Google and Adsense for taking so long to process the payments for this month!

Why Is It

Taking Them So Long

To Process Payments

This Month?????????

Monday, September 24, 2007

About Your Adsense Payment?

Here is a link to my earlier posts that have to do with the adsense payment progress every month.

I am reminded of this because today is the 24th of the month and I (as I am sure that many others also)am waiting for that "payment in progress" line to show up on my account ('cause I'm ready to order my celebratory pizza now!)

So I'm still waiting!

Adsense Referrals - Are They Worth It?

The jury seems to be "out" on this issue.

When asked the question of whether or not putting the adsense referral ads on one's site would increase their adsense earnings even more, the replies were not all that favorable. There was even some grumbling about how placing referral ads on one's site would benefit everyone BUT the website publisher!

A few people have said that when they first put the referral ads on their site(s) they did get more income from them but that didn't last for more than the first month that the ads were put on the site.

Personally I have just started to add the adsense referral ads to some of my sites and its just too early to tell of any results yet.

My best piece of advice would be for you to experiment with the adsense refferal ads. Make sure you pick ads that are related to the content of your site.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Adsense Consultant - Is It Possible To Earn $1 Per Click?

Is it possible to earn $1 per click? I would say that it is most definitely possible! In fact I achieved this very thing today when I checked my adsense numbers earlier. Make no mistake - getting a rate that allows you to earn $1 per click is no easy thing to do.

You have to incorporate high-paying keyword content within your site!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Just How Much Money Can I Make With Adsense?

Well, you have the potential to be able to make a LOT of money with adsense - but note that I said "potential"!

A lot depends on a lot of different things! Here is a link to a blog post that I made about just how much money are people making with adsense.

The basic way to earn money with adsense is for you to get the visitors to your site to click on the adsense ads. The more people that click the ads the more you will earn with adsense. Getting the visitors to your site to click on the ads is an "art" form in and of itself. You'll have to constantly monitor the results you are getting and find ways to increase the number of visitors that click on the ads on your site.

An additional way is to include high-paying keyword content into your site. The higher the advertisers pay to put ads on your site the more money you will make. What are high-paying keywords? You can find a lot of websites online that have lists of high-paying keywords. I also have a high-paying keyword list that you can buy via the paypal button on the side of this blog.

You don't have to have a big number of websites in order to make money with adsense. You also don't have to have an enormous amount of visitors to your site either.

What you do need is to constantly monitor the progress of your sites that have the adsense ads on them and see how you can do better to optimize your sites to make more adsense money.

For example on my sites I don't have an enormous amount of traffic and I also don't have an enormous number of websites. However I have made enough in adsense earnings this month to assure that I will get a payment next month. In other words I have already earned the minimum amount of $100 that is necessary to get an adsense payment next month and the month isn't even over with yet!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Is It Difficult To Use Adsense?

Actually I don't think that its too difficult at all! I think the problem comes in when people get frustrated because they are trying too hard to get the adsense codes on their site.

Ust think about it. You hear about all this money that people are making using adsense and you are 'rarin to get started!

The basic process of adding the adsense codes involves you first deciding on some options about the ads that you want to appear - like size and color. Once you have made your decisions you are given the adsense code that your are supposed to copy and then paste on your website on blog.

Now there will be problems if you paste the adsense code in the wrong place! If you do that then you may end up messing up the coding of your entire site!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A New Poll Has Been Added! - How Much Adsense Money Do You Make Per Month?

I have added a new poll to this blog and it is about getting a general idea of how much money a person earns on the average with adsense.

Every month I will add a specific blog entry about the poll results.

Since this poll was just added today, I going to give it a month before I make a general blog entry about it.

So many people are saying that they are earning so little with adsense that it would be a good idea to get a general idea at what some people are making with adsense.

September 24, 2007 - So far the "numbers aren't looking good! So far the majority of people that have voted in this poll have voted that they have made less than $100 a month.

So far as of this date I have at least made the minimum $100 that is needed in order to get a payment next month. (And I still have the rest of the month to go to earn more adsense earnings!)

The New York Times Is Going For The BIG Money!

There is a discussion going on about the latest news about the New York Times and adsense.

It seems that the online version of the NYT didn't quite meet its goal of online subscribers. (They only made $10 Million!) While the number of online subscribers that they do have is nothing to laugh about, it seems that online advertising is bringing in far more dollars. (If you're paying attention that means that "far more dollars" means that they are maiking more than $10 Million Dollars per year!)

The online version of the New York Times has both adsense ads and direct advertising.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Just How Much Money Have People Been Making With Adsense?

This has by far gotten to be one of my most popular blog posts!

Just How Much MOney Have People Been Making With Adsense?

It just goes to show you that you should never give up on your blog. This list will also show you that there are a lot of different types of sites and blogs that are making good adsense money!

Monday, September 17, 2007

What Is Agloco?

What is Agloco?

I have been hearing so much about this program! People are posting about it everywhere and claim it is the greatest thing!

I was somewhat skeptical about it since I heard that while this program seemed to be touted by a lot of people nobody was getting paid anything! and now my suspicions were right!

Here is a site that explains it better!

It seems that the Agloco program is still in its infancy and current members are accumulating surfing "credits" but to date haven't been paid any money yet due to the program still being new. Members are being promised a percentage of the advertising profits but no payments have been made yet.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I Am Under The Age Of 18. Can I Still Join Adsense?

Here is an excerpt from Adsense's own help site

Does AdSense have a minimum age requirement for participation?

As stated in the AdSense Terms and Conditions, publishers must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the AdSense program.

If you are not yet 18, you may have a parent or guardian submit an application using their name as the payee name. Please note that, should the application be approved, all payments will be made to the adult responsible for the site.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

90% Of Adsense Publishers Earning Little To No Money?

Here is an interesting article about how a lot of adsense publishers are earning little to no adsense money.

I find that surprising and quite an ironic twist to my blog post about just how much money are people making with adsense blog post.

Currently I am about $2 away from earning at least the minimum $100 that is required to get an adsense payment in the next month.

So far July 2007 has been my best adsense earning month and August 2007 is my 2nd best and my adsense earnings are increasing every month! For the past 4 months I have always taken a little bit out of my adsense earning to buy myself a celabratory pizza for a job well done! But my adsense earnings have also allowed me to pay some of my bills and you can not beat that!

Don't get me wrong though. I don't just build websites and let them stay still. I have to constantly work on my sites - updating them and adding new content, etc.....

It's a shame that more people aren't earning more from their adsense ads and fortunately I can say that I am not one of them!

  • As of Sunday, September 16, 2007 I have earned the minimum $100 needed to get an adsense payment next month!

  • As of Saturday, September 15th 2007 - I am 40 cents away from earning the minimum $100 needed to get an adsense payment for next month - think I'll make it?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Can I Click On My Own Adsense Ads?

The answer is "No" - of course. Now it is understandable if you click on your own ad by accident - even adsense acknowledges that they can understand the occassional click by mistake HOWEVER if you continully click on your own ads not only will they be counted as invalid clicks you also risk having your entire Adsense account cancelled!

Here is an excerpt from Adsense's own site:

Invalid Clicks and Impressions

Clicks on Google ads must result from genuine user interest. Any method that artificially generates clicks or impressions on your Google ads is strictly prohibited. These prohibited methods include but are not limited to repeated manual clicks or impressions, using robots, automated click and impression generating tools, third-party services that generate clicks or impressions such as paid-to-click, paid-to-surf, autosurf, and click-exchange programs, or any deceptive software. Please note that clicking on your own ads for any reason is prohibited. Failure to comply with this policy may lead to your account being disabled.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Is Everyone Approved For Adsense?

No not everyone is approved for adsense. There are a number of adsense-related newsgroups with posts from people who post lamenting about how they weren't approved for adsense.

When you sign up for adsense you have to submit the url of your site so that adsense can review and approve it.

You don't have to have a "high" traffic site but your site (or blog) has to have some content on it.

"Where Do I Find High-Paying Keywords Without Having To Pay For It?"

"Hello Ms. sister2brother,

Thanks for responding to my question in the AdSense blog. I have a couple more questions if you don't mind.

Here is what you wrote:

You may want to concentrate more on the content of your site. The reason why you are getting such low cpm is because the content of your site is only appealing to low-paying advertisers.

Work on incorporating higher-paying keywords into the content of your site.

There have been times when my cpm rate has reached $1000! Too bad I didn't know what keyword(s) triggered that becuae I would be using it all the time.

How do i find out which Keywords that pay more, and are somewhat associated with my subject matter without buying some "so callled" keyword list?


The most simplest answer to your question is that you have to do the work and find the high-paying keywords.

I have gathered a number of lists that claim to have high-paying keywords and I'm going to experiment using these "high-paying" keywords on both my and my clients sites.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Do You Have To Have A Business In Order To Use Google's Adsense Program?

No you do not need to have a business to use adsense.

What you WILL need is either a website or a blog and it has to be approved by adsense first before you can add the ads to your site.

You will have to give them your social security number because since they are paying you they have to report and YOU have to report it. (Of course having to report your adsense income as income will depend on how much income you earn from adsense)

Here is a link to what some people (and I stress - people) are earning using adsense:

Just How Much Money Are People Making Using Adsense?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Where Is The Best Place To Place My Adsense Ads?

Here is the infamous "heatmap" showing where the best places are to place your adsense ads!

The darker the block, the better position for your adsense ads.

As you can see the most best place on the map is to place your adsense ads at the top of your content. There is also a term called "above the fold" which means that you should place your adsense ads at the top of your site so that it is the first thing that your visitors will see when they view your site.

You can use the above "heat map" as a good reference when you are deciding where to place your adsense ads.

One thing that you should know is that what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another and that you should still continue with trying your adsense ads in different places on your site until you get the placement that optimizes your adsense earnings.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

I Found Another Adsense Consultant!

I was reading a blog post from someone who was considering becoming an adsense consultant. His post was a year old so I don't know yet whether or not he decided to pursue becoming an adsense consultant. Like me he noticed that a lot of people were (and still are) having problems with their adsense ads - things like not knowing where to put their adsense codes and a good deal of them are just lamenting about how little adsense money they are making with their sites.

His tactics for charging for his Adsense consulting services are a bit different than mine though. He mentioned something about putting his own adsense ads on his clients sites so that he could also earn from their sites as well. This isn't very appealing to me though and I just charge a straight fee. Not counting the fact that a number of things could go wrong I would much rather prefer charging a straight fee for my adsense consulting services.

Why make something more complicated?

Saturday, September 8, 2007

High Paying Keywords?

I have seen a lot of people posting and asking about what the high paying keywords are. The truth of the matter is that the list of high-paying keywords changes often. Usually keywords that have to do with things of a financial nature rate highly as high-paying keywords.

Here is a list that I will start mentioning about high-paying keywords

  • I recently read that keywords relating to terms about class-action lawsuits are high-paying keywords. I'm guessing that this is because when there is a big class-action suit going on people want to know if they will be able to be a part of the class-action suit.

The Adsense Site Is Temporarily Down!

Just in case you're wondering, The Adsense site is down temporarily.

I noticed this about 1:30 PM EST and as of now Adsense's site is still down temporarily!

As of 4:30pm EST, the Adsense site is back up!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Do You Have A Click Bomber?

It may be too soon to tell but I think Adsense has gotten wise to one of the click bombers! I checked my adsense stats a few minutes ago and saw that I was visited by a certain click-bomber. Although this person visited a number of my pages none of his clicks were counted as valid and I am hoping this is because of the log information that I sent to adsense.

Just in case you don't know what "click-bombing" is it is when someone bombards your adsense site with clicks - a whole lot of clicks! It looks as suspicious activity to adsense and it may be grounds to cancel your adsense account. Why would someone do this? It could be someone who is just being malicious, someone who has had their adsense account cancelled and they want to take it out on the people that still do have an adsense account or it could be a comptetitor that is trying to get your adsense account cancelled.

When my site is clickbombed I report all the suspicious activity to adsense and I have now started to include a copy of the click-bomber's information that I got from one of my log reports.

So when you check your adsense statistics and you see some suspicious activity such as a very large number of clicks report it to adsense right away!

*Added 9/22/07

Here is a list of sites that have been discussing clickbombing and who they think the clickbomber might be:

added 6/18/08 - Adsense FAQ - Invalid Clicks

Some Tips And Advice For Optimizing Your Adsense Earnings!

Here are some things that you can do to help optimize your adsense earnings:

  • Blend in your adsense ads with the layout of your site. Take a look at my Blog Consultant Blog and notice how the ads blend in with the colors of the blog itself! This is an often advised piece of advice when it comes to optimizing one's adsense ads to increase their earnings but a lot of people don't seem to follow this good piece of advice! When you are picking the colors for your adsense ads you are given the option of either choosing adsense's already premade palettes or you can create color palettes of your own.

    Now of course there are some sites that purposely make their ads look different than the colors used on their site and it seems to work for them - so they say. So my best piece of advice here would be for you to experiment to see what works best and brings in the most adsense earning for your site

  • "Above the fold" - This simply means that you should place at least some of your adsense ads at the top of your site so that it is the first thing that your site visitors will see - making it more likely that they would click on the ads!

I will be adding more tips as time goes by

Client The Computer Brother - Increasing Blog Traffic

One of my clients is The Computer Brother. His blog is about computers and computer repair(s) because that is what he is into.

Now that his blog has been created and the adsense ads added, he now has to work on bringing more traffic to his blog. I just sent him a quick email note with one such suggestion so that he can increase the number of visitors to his blog.

This is one of the main important things that you have to remember when you have a blog with adsense ads on it. You want to increase the amount of traffic that you have so that you can increase your adsense earnings.

Now since The Computer Brother is a client, I have started keeping records of the amount of traffic that he is getting so that I can see how his traffic numbers are and what needs to be done to increase the number of people that visit his blog.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Reason I Can Call Myself An Adsense Consultant Is Because.....

The reason that I can call myself an Adsense Consultant is because

  • For every month so far this year I have been able to make at least the $100 minimum amount that adsense requires in order to issue a payment. I have had adsense since late last year and it took me two months to get my first adsense payment. I think my first month with adsense I made something like $22. The 2nd month I managed to make $99 so I was able to earn at least the minimum $100 the 2nd month to get my very first adsense payment.

  • I have a few clients "under my belt" now.

  • I have worked a lot with building up my and my client's adsense accounts.

  • I have done a lot of technical programming that has to do with the adsense coding.

  • I have had my "ups and downs" with adsense too

Now in case you're wondering why you don't see any adsense ads in this blog it is because it is against adsense's terms of service to have the name "adsense" in one's url - so that is why you don't see any adsense ads here.

It is a good lesson to learn because one of the most important things about keeping one's adsense account is that you follow the rules of adsense's terms of service.

You can see the adsense ads on my Blog Consultant Blog.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What Should I Do If I (Accidently) Click On My Own Ads?

Adsense's own page says that "they understand the occasionally click
by the publisher" - those won't be counted as valid clicks but like
their site says they understand the occassional "ooops".

But going to their site and sending them an email telling them that
you accidently clicked on your own ads will be in your best interestes
- and will make you look good by reporting it.

Just click here to find out what adsense has to say about "invalid" clicks. Here is a link to their blog post Accidents Happen which also talks about what you should do if you accidently click on your own adsense ads.

Just make sure that you don't do it again

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

What Does CPM Mean?

From Adsense's own site:

"From a publisher's perspective, the effective cost-per-thousand impressions (eCPM) is a useful way to compare revenue across different channels and advertising programs. It is calculated by dividing total earnings by the number of impressions in thousands. For example, if a publisher earned $180 from 45,000 impressions, the eCPM would equal $180/45, or $4.00. However, please keep in mind that eCPM is a reporting feature that does not represent the actual amount paid to a publisher."

Personally I use it as a way to judge what kind of rate I'm getting from advertisers - in other words - are my sites drawing high-paying advertisers

Monday, September 3, 2007

How Many Adsense Ads Am I Allowed Per Site?

For each site, adsense allows you:

  • 3 context ads
  • 3 link units
  • 3 refferal bars
  • 2 search boxes

Sunday, September 2, 2007

New To Adsense? Want To Know More About It?

First of all in order to join the adsense program you have to have a blog or website AND you have to make sure that the blog or website that you have allows you to have adsense ads on it. Some sites like MySpace and others don't allow you to have adsense ads on them. That's why a lot of people start with and start a blog at a site that ENCOURAGES having adsense ads.

When you start your blog or website make sure that you have some content on it. As far as blogs are concerned adsense doesn't accept blogs of a "general" nature which means you should pick a topic for your blog (and/or site)

Once you have done that you can apply for adsense. You have to provide the url of your site or blog so that adsense can approve it. Once your site is approved then you can go through the process of picking the layout of the ads that you want - such as color and size. You do not get to pick the specific ads because they will depend on the content of your site. (One thing I should stress here is that you read adsense's terms of service because they list the kind of sites that won't get approved). When you have picked everything out you will be given some coding that you will have to paste on your site - that is the coding for the ads.

Now the more visitors to your site that click on the ads the more money you will earn. You have to earn at least $100 during the month before adsense will issue you a payment either in check form or by bank transfer. If you don't make $100 during the month your earnings will be rolled over into the next month and so on until you reach $100 and then you will be paid. (So far as of today I'm past the halfway mark-$50)

The basic stragedy of this is that the more people that click on your ads the more money you will earn:

Here is a link to one of my previous blog posts about a list that talks about how much some people have already made with Adsense:

Just How Much Money Are People Making With Adsense?

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Do NOT Delete Your Blog!

I was going to go through the process of deleting my Adsense Consulting blog. But afterwards I read an interesting post about why one should NOT delete their blog.

It seems that there are lots of spammers out there that love to get a hold of recently deleted blogs and claim them so that they can put their spam content on it. Now you may think that since you are going to delete your blog then it shouldn't matter to you but you would be wrong! You see even though you deleted your blog it is still being indexed in the search engines so when people see a link to your "recently deleted" blog they may click on the link to the blog and they will be welcomed with a lot of spam messages.

This same thing holds true for those of you that are re-naming your blog as well.

The advice is to keep the blog that you want to delete for a while. Erase all the posts that you have made to the blog and then hold on to that blog until it doesn't show in the search engines anymore.

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