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Monetisation, Website

Note 174 – How writers can earn money using Google AdSense

When I first signed up to Technorati, they suggested that it was a good idea to have a Google AdSense account.  I wasn’t sure about this as adverts can put people off; however, after researching it and also noticing it on other reputable sites, I realised that this is an option that a lot of companies choose to boost their revenue.  I decided to give it a go.

What is Google AdSense and how does it work?

Google AdSense is a free programme which enables you to earn money from displaying relevant ads online.  There are a few ways you can do this but the one I am going is to “Display ads on your website that are suited to your audience’s interests, and earn from valid clicks or impressions”.  Other methods are adding search boxes, connected mobile users with relevant ads and more. 

After being accepted by Google AdSense they gave me an account and I had to create some ad links and paste the code onto my site.  This isn’t as difficult as it sounds and they offer a lot of information to help with this.  Today they have checked what I have done and fully approved my application – my first live ad is on my website.  Horray!

I’ve only set up a small ad link space for now and advert displayed is dependent on what the user is looking for.  I may need to tweak this a bit as I need more ‘writing’ adverts on there rather than ‘hotels in Madeira’ which is what is showing at the moment (having a surname of Madeira might cause a bit of problem here – unless of coures anyone chooses to click on it!).

Some words of warning though you cannot click on it yourself as it isn’t permitted according to their policies.  They also monitor your account and can suspend it if you breach anything in the agreement.

It’s only day one, but over time I will let you know how successful this turns out to be.


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Until tomorrow…

Freelance writer
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About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer



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