Did you know that online blogging is one of the easiest and fastest ways to earn money these days, so much that we often hear people quitting their full-time day jobs to become full-time bloggers. You also might have heard about Google Adsense, the advertising portal that integrates with your website and helps you earn passive income with every click or payment on the ad. All these sound great, but what type of content will help you maximize your viewership and earnings? What do you need to do in order to get Adsense to start working for you?
In this article, we explore various ideas and tips about starting a blog to make Adsense money.
What should you blog about?
This is, by far, the most important question you should ask yourself before starting a blog. The answer to this question is not straight-forward, but can be formulated by answering a series of sub-questions:
- What are you most passionate about?
- What skills/knowledge do you have that will make the world a better place?
- How will the blog help in your current line of work/business?
- How many people might be interested in the contents of my blog?
The brief answer, however, is loud and clear–start a blog with content that you are absolutely great at. In our case, we are here to provide our readers with the best responsive themes for their WordPress websites. We are good market analysts and are aware of technological advances in the domain of responsive themes, and our articles provide guidelines to many aspiring website owners like yourself. You may be a terrific dog breeder or a fashion analyst–and that’s precisely what you should blog about.
It might be worth noting that Google Adsense is not supported on websites with adult/pornographic content, or even websites with illegitimate/explicit content; therefore it is best to steer clear of these, in case you are looking to earn money through Adsense.
Setting up your blog
You’ve decided the core purpose of your blog. Now, think about its structure: categories, sub-categories, pages, posts, keywords, tags, etc.; what widgets would you like to have on your blog; and whether you are considering additional source of earning through advertising and/or affiliate marketing. Once you are able to visualize what your website might look like, it is time to investigate a suitable WordPress theme that fits all your requirements.
We have written about excellent premium and/or free themes and plugins in the past. Do give these articles a read:
- Best Adsense ready WordPress News themes
- Best Adsense ready Multipurpose WordPress themes
- High CTR WordPress themes
- 10 must-have plugins for your WordPress site
Check out this handy video tutorial to set up your blog.
Setting up Google Adsense
After you’ve set up your blog theme, plugins, widgets and content, and waited for a while for the website to pick up, it’s time to boost your earnings by setting up Google Adsense and integrating it with your website. You want to use keywords that will allow you to earn from Adsense without impact to the core business of your site.
Here are some tips to set up an Adsense account:
Monetizing Google Adsense – what works and what doesn’t?
Adsense is the easiest way to monetize your blog, but only when you know how to attract and retain consistent traffic onto your blog. You want to earn money off advertising, but without giving away your own business to competitors, who might pop up on your blog, thanks to Adsense. As per this website, one can earn $100 to $9999 per month on blogs, and additional income via Adsense.
Imagine that you own a little store for office stationary supplies. You stock pens, notebooks, envelops and handmade paper, but not handmade greeting cards. Therefore, a store selling office stationary is your direct competitor, but a gift shop selling greeting cards has no negative impact on your business. Now, how would you feel about earning 10 bucks from Google for having directed the customer to the gift shop they enquired about while they were making a payment for office supplies?
On the other hand, how would you feel about losing 10 customers because the silliness in you mentioned to them about a better and bigger store down the street that sells both stationary items and greeting cards? This is what Adsense might end up doing, if you aren’t cautious enough. The best way to tackle this is by ensuring that core keywords for your website/business aren’t the same as core keywords for your Adsense account.
These articles will ensure that you understand the domain of your competitors, and also a thing or two about losing or gaining traffic on your website.