Well, I'll tell you that when I applied, exactly one year ago, I had just a brand new blog with few or none visits and a few posts and I got approved. It took them almost 3 weeks to approve me because of the holidays but they didn't care about the impressions or visits. Needless to say that I earned nothing the first weeks until I published lots of content and got visitors. I dont know if they are more strict now that there are a lot of MFA's or poor quality sites trying to apply and get that "bucket of money" that adsense is giving away.
You dont have to choose between CPM or CPC ads, everything is automatic, if an advertiser targets your site he can pay for every 1000 impresions or for every click made on his ad.
It is safe to give them your SSN, it is a serious business. But you should know that this is not a get-rich quick scheme and requires a lot of hard work to earn a decent amount of money, however it's fun to see how your sites grow.
Google is pretty safe, been with em from the start, no identity thieft issues.
If you have a decent site, they don't really care how much traffic it gets they will take you.
Go for it.
I suspect it would be difficult to find many people who though they had started using AdSense too early.
Welcome to the roller coaster ride of your life!
A few tiny recommendations.
#1. Click your ads and you will be kicked out for life (possibly).
#2. Study the adsense TOS
#3. see #1 & #2
Yes, get going with AS; every page visit gets you a little closer to your first $100 and payout...
You may also want to use the Google Analytics to get some very nice free tools to examine your user behaviour, etc, in detail. It stays free while your traffic is small, and continues to be free after that if you happen to have the boot on the other foot and use AdWords to help bring different traffic to your site to get noticed, etc...
open up a website that has virtually no content on it, then it cant be breaking any rules! i figured thats how i got in! mine had a couple of lines of text on it when i applied and i got a reply in one day being accepted!
|open up a website that has virtually no content on it, then it cant be breaking any rules! |
I think you got lucky there... G will accept you, but having virtually no content at all, walks the borderline of rejection IMO.
If you're worried about giving out your SSN, an alternative is to incorporate (LLC being one easy route) and get an EIN [irs.gov].
I've given my SSN, though. It's required by Google (or any similar program) for tax filing purposes. The IRS requires them to report payouts of greater than $500/year, IIRC.
My approval was virtually by return e-mail. At the time I had a home page a couple of topic index pages and about 4 pages of content.
Are there any problems with sites not being approved? I've always steered clear of "adult" material, pharmaceutical and gambling. I guess politics and religion could be issues.
The Terms and Conditions are there to say what is and isn't acceptable.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. I will build my site up a bit more and then apply.
approval will be very easy now, if that is not true already. Given the number of players in this market, google is feeling the heat.