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I am looking into using adsense for the first time.
1) Can I apply just after I've put my site online - when I will have little traffic - or do I need to wait for a bit?
2) Can I put google ads in a box titles 'Other Links' or 'Useful Links'? Or would this be seen as trying to get people to click on links? I only ask because my site will be set into tables. Each table has a heading and I wasn't sure what to title to table with ads in.
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Headings can also be "ads by gooooogle" etc.
Really? Insofar as I am aware the policy has not changed from this:
Publishers may not label the ads with text other than "sponsored links" or "advertisements." This includes any text directly above our ads that could be confused with, or attempt to be associated with Google ads.
I also just wondered whether the application process to get adsense means they look at your site traffic first... or can I apply now, a couple of weeks before site launch?
And just to correct any misconseptions - this site is info based not just for adsense :)
The bottom line is that the whole Internet space is about free traffic. Having an ad-free site will generate more goodwill when people visit it. That means more bookmarking, more return visits, more inbound links. More inbound links means higher Google rankings, more visitors, more goodwill, etc. It's a positive feedback cycle. Having ads won't prevent that from happening, but it will create a little extra friction at each point.
Trying to "monetize" a handful of visitors a day looks more than a little desperate. My philosophy is that it's better to have patience, because someday you'll be serving hundreds or thousands of people a day.
The bottom line is ... ... thousands of people a day.
That's what I was getting at, but had to run out the office and couldn't leave you answer-less. Go read the TOS. Thanks jomaxx, I want one of you sitting next to me at all times ready to answer questions.
IMO there should be no need for people to ask such questions, It implies that they have no read the TOS.
Exception being if they do not understand anything and in that case its better to Email Google and get advice from the horse.