The first week of my experiment is done and dusted. How have I am doing? Am I rich yet? And what am I actually doing to make it happen? This week I look at Google Adsense and how it works on my site.
If you have been here for a while, you will have noticed the ads on the site. Just like this one-
These ads pop up in the middle of posts, in the sidebar of the site…anywhere that I put them. I try not to put too many on because I don’t want to ruin the experience for you. I don’t want you seeing all the ads and clicking away from the site, I want you to stay and read. And hopefully, spot something that you like and click on it because that is how it works.
What are Google Ads?
Google ads are a way for advertisers to reach people through different websites. For me, I have a code that I put on my site, or in a post, and this allows businesses to advertise to you via me. They pay for that space and any clicks that the ad receives. Google Ads are part of the Google service/experience, so they can be trusted. These ads should not be confused with the infamous pop-ups from the 90’s. Those ads would give your PC a dose of the clap and clear out your bank account. Google Ads are more like salespeople. They can be irritating if they are in your face all the time but won’t do you any harm and they might sell you something that you will like.
In order to host ads, you need to have a Google AdSense account. This account can also be used for YouTube earnings. It is really easy to set up an AdSense account. Your account can be used for a few different sites. I have a few different sites which serve different purposes, and they are all linked to my AdSense. This means that they are capable of earning money and it all goes into one handy AdSense account, instead of being spread over multiple accounts for multiple sites. All you need to do is fill in a form on Ad Sense and Google will get back to you about an account. You need to have your website for at least six months before they will approve you. This is because they advertise worldwide and different countries have different laws about online advertising.
So, what’s next?
Once you have the ads on your site, all you need is to leave them alone. It might be tempting to click on them, especially if you spot something really useful that you would buy. I’ve done previews on posts, seen an ad for something that I would love, but can’t click on it. It’s kinda frustrating. But if you get enough traffic, the impressions and clicks will come through naturally, and that’s when you get paid.
Week 1 total- £0.00
So, no money in the bank account yet but the likes of AdSense and affiliate schemes pay out after a set period of time and/or a earnings threshold has been met. The big question is, will I hit the target for January to get paid in February?