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So you worked really hard to ensure your blog complies with Google Adsense ToS and then after requesting for approval by submitting your blog, you are slammed with a rejection mail for lack of compliance with Google Adsense policies. You scream and you are forced to ask; how dare you reject my Google Adsense application?
That isn’t an over-the-top question; many people have asked similar questions so you are not alone friend. Google has carefully written how to comply with Adsense, but most times the bulky nature of the text becomes a scary movie and we just hit the agree button without reading a larger portion of it.
While Adsense looks exciting and a must have, a lot of bloggers do not reach their first threshold of $100 until after one year. Google uses a lot of parameters in calculating what you should earn and any attempt to cheat them will lead to your automatic ban. Yes, their system is very sophisticated and they are that smart to quickly discover fraudulent publishers and kick them out of their program. When you are kicked-out, you may never be accepted again. Your Adsense account is a life-time account. This should tell you how serious Google treats the Adsense advertising network.
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That said; if you were rejected and still wondering why, I will quickly guide you through some fixes that could make Google accept you. There is no guarantee that my tips will make your blog seductive to Google but it may help altogether.
Before You Apply For Google Adsense
1. Avoid Plagiarism
Google loves original and high quality articles. As a blogger aspiring to be accepted into the Adsense network, it is compulsory that you do not have plagiarized contents on your blog. You really need to push your creativity to the limits and write articles that would be beneficial to whoever comes across it.
If you have less than 70% original contents on your blog, you stand a very low chance of being an Adsense publisher.
2. Avoid Nulled Templates
If you really love a template, you would appreciate the author of the templates by purchasing it. If you decide to use a nulled template, you are at a greater risk not entirely about Adsense, but your blog’s health’s is placed on red alert. 99% of the time, cracked templates are manipulated by their vendors to have malicious links and are prone to hackers.
When the Adsense bot visits your blog and finds a single banned url on your blog, you will be left with 0% chance of getting approved.
No matter how tempting a template can be, if you can’t afford the original version by the verified author, take a break and when you have the capacity to make the acquisition, make a move.
Hint: Articles should be 350 words minimum.
3. Keep Your Blog Navigation Simple
Your blog should be very easy to navigate; it should not be off-putting to humans and to bots. If you are inter-linking your articles, it should be done professionally. There is no point wasting people time wondering how to walk their way through your blog.
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4. Credit Every Images Not Owned
The issue of plagiarism as raised in the first tip is not tied to articles alone. Images are kind-of tricky and lots of people think that because an image appears on Google’s image repository, it is free. The truth is that almost all the images available on Google search are copyrighted. So when you upload an image to your blog post without permission from the original owner, it is seen as copyright infringement. Google Adsense will not associate with copyright infringement, they are rich, but they hate litigation.
There are a couple of sites like Flickr where you can get free images but you can as well credit images not owned to the original author so even when he stumbles upon his image, he might take no further action or politely ask you to take it down.
5. Domain Age
In exception of India and Pakistan which requires a 6-months old domain name for Adsense consideration, every other country requires a minimum of 3-months. Within the few months, Google wants you to keep publishing great articles, optimizing your blog for search engines, increasing traffic and within that time frame also, Google believes you would have gotten at least 20-articles published.
There are been few reported cases of people getting Adsense approval immediately after the second month. If you are not that patient, you could submit a request at that same time frame and see if you are a genius.
6. Remove Other Advertising Network
Before confirming your first Adsense application or re-applying for Adsense. Ensure that no other Advertising network runs on your blog. Ad services like Infolinks, Media.net and Chikita should be temporally removed.
Once approved, you could add them back but be careful not to violate one Advertising network policy for the other and vice versa.
7. Avoid Google Stop Words
They are a lot of Google stop words that you may have unintentionally added to your blog posts, avoid them and find an alternative to them. Never publish unclad images on your blog, doing so might give you cheap traffic but you won’t get a pass into the Adsense network.
Hint: In your spare time, do a little research on what Google stop words are.
8. Organic Traffic
You need to submit your blog to Google and Bing, this ensures that your blog articles are indexed on search engine. If you are on Blogger platform, you can learn how to submit Blogger sitemap to Google, Bing and Yahoo. WordPress users can use Google XML sitemap plugin, don’t forget to register on Google Webmaster tools and verify your blog.
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Important Page Requirements
Before attempting to contact Google Adsense, ensure that you have the following pages on your blog;
2. About – This explains what your blog is all about.
3. Contact – This provides a communication pass between you and your visitors.
Tip: Place your Name and Email address in your About or Contact page, this makes your blog more human than a spammer.
Over To You
So much has been written already and I must thank you reading up to this point. It means you are really passionate about been a Google Adsense publisher. I believe I have made things simple and I wish to state again that I do not work for Adsense neither do I have sole knowledge of how things are done in Google’s HQ. These tips only represents months of research and most of it are equally available on Google Adsense program policies.
Now, I really love to hear from you, did you miss any of these tips and what have you done to improve your blog for Adsense approval? Kindly drop your comments and let keep the learning cycle in perfect shape.
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