AdSense is a fantastic way to monetize your websites and make some money online, sometimes a lot of money. However there are some big no-no’s when it comes to AdSense. Set yourself up for success and not failure by NOT doing any of these five things:
- Do not give fake or misleading information to Google when you first open an AdSense account. Needless to say, Google will cut off your account, leaving you stranded money wise. Why risk the long term health of your wealth. And we haven’t even begun to talk about the IRS or any other tax authority where ever you are.
- Don’t attempt to hack or change Google’s AdSense code other than to change the settings you’re allowed to change. Actually if in doubt just go to AdSense and set up a new ad. Google’s AdSense system is a propriety system and of course they have every legal right to vigorously defend their patents to an inch of the law.
- Remember that your ‘Thank You’, registration and confirmation pages are AdSense no go zones. I’m not going to go into the reason why (actually only Google know why) it’s not allowed but it’s quite clear in their Terms of Service and it’s always best to comply with anyone’s terms of service rules if you sign up to their program.
- Keep any competitors adds such as Overture away from Google AdSense Ads and that means not on the same page. This doesn’t mean you can’t display affiliate ads or banners but it does make sense not to clutter up your page with competitor offerings.
- Beware of appearing to promote clicking of any kind towards your ads. Making your ads appear prominent is quite different to saying ‘Click on This’. People get violated for this rule often all the time. So I repeat don’t ‘beg for clicks’ and just as badly don’t appear to be confusing AdSense ads with your web site’s promotions. Meaning don’t have a header saying ‘today’s best deals’ and have the AdSense Ads underneath. It’s just inviting trouble.
It may seem like there a lot of rules (there are) but instead of seeing them as a constraint see it as doing everything that Google loves to see. And what Google loves to see is great content. With great content you will be rewarded with a steady stream of traffic. And perhaps when they come along, they might click on an ad or two.
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