To participate in the AdSense Program, you need to meet Google eligibility requirements. Here are some things to check before you sign up for an AdSense account:
Do you have your own content created from scratch?
This can include your site, blog, or other original content.
Note: It’s important that you can access the HTML source code of the site you submit for AdSense.
Does your content comply with the AdSense Program policies?
Make sure that your site complies with Google Adsense Program policies before you sign up. Keep in mind that Google may change Google Adsense policies at any time, and per Google Terms and Conditions, it’s your responsibility to keep up-to-date with them.
Are you at least 18 years old?
As noted in Google Adsense Terms and Conditions, Google can only accept applications from applicants who are over 18.
Note: If you’re under 18, you may have a parent or guardian sign up for AdSense using their own Google Account. If their AdSense account is approved, all payments will be made to the adult responsible for the site.
If you use Blogger, YouTube or another host partner
If you use a product like Blogger or YouTube (or another AdSense host partner), you can sign up for a hosted AdSense account.
Note that to be eligible, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. When your blog or channel becomes eligible for monetization via AdSense, you can set up your AdSense account and link these products.
Make sure your site’s pages are ready for AdSense
To be successful with AdSense, you need pages with unique content that’s relevant to your visitors and provides a great user experience. Before you apply to AdSense, check out Google Adsense tips below to make sure your pages are in good shape:
What’s special about your pages?
There are lots of sites out there already, so think about what it is that makes your pages unique. Your aim is to create original and relevant content that keeps users engaged and encourages them to read more.
Consider how you arrange the elements (text, images, etc.) on your pages. Make sure your layout looks inviting and make sure visitors can easily find what they’re looking for.
It’s also a good practice to provide a comment section for your visitors. Feedback from users who’ve used your site and read your content can really help you to improve your site as it grows.
Note that you’ll need to moderate your comment section to ensure it stays compliant with the AdSense program policies and free from inappropriate content.
Do your pages have clear, easy-to-use navigation?
The navigation bar (or menu bar) is one of the most important components of your site. Having an accessible, easy-to-use navigation bar is a key part of providing a good user experience and encourages users to engage effectively with your content.
When building your navigation bar make sure you consider:
- Alignment – are all the elements lined up correctly?
- Readability – is the text easy to read?
- Functionality – do your drop-down lists work correctly?
For a travel site, your navigation bar might look like this:
-> Homepage <> Destinations <> Gallery <> Reviews <> About us
For a computer programming site, your navigation bar might look like this:
Whatever your site, your navigation bar should help users to quickly understand how to interact with the content of your site.
Do your pages have unique and interesting content?
Delivering valuable and original content is paramount to building a strong and loyal user base. When users enjoy your content, they share the experience with others, and this in turn helps you to grow your site.
You should take care when using external resources such as articles on other sites or embedded videos. It’s really important that you contribute your own original content, whether it’s specialist knowledge, improvement ideas, reviews or your personal thoughts.
Note: Google ads may not be placed on sites with scraped or copyrighted content. This is a serious policy violation and could lead to you having your ads disabled or your account closed.
The next step – signing up for AdSense
When you’re happy with your answers to these questions, you can submit your application to Google AdSense.