Google AdSense is a contextual advertising program that allows you to run ads on your website or blog, or YouTube videos, and get paid when when visitors click on them. The Google AdSense program has several great advantages including:
There are a few drawbacks to AdSense as well:
AdSense is not a get-rich-quick or make-money-doing-nothing option. And also Google has a lot of rules. As a result, many website owners found out the hard way that they’d violated a Google policy, and have lost their account forever.
Types of AdSense Ads
Google offers a variety of ad types to run on your website:
Google AdSense Payments
Google pays monthly through direct deposit or check, but will not issue an AdSense payment until your earnings reach or exceed $100. If you don’t earn it in one month, your earnings roll over and are added to the next month. Each time you reach the $100 threshold, Google will issue a payment on the next payment period. Through your AdSense account, you can see your current earnings, what ads are generating the most clicks, and more.
Making Money with AdSense
Here are tips for maximizing AdSense revenue:
Dealing with Competitors
If you offer products or services on your website, you may find that some ads Google delivers come from your competitors. Another issue that can occur is ads that may not be completely legitimate or they might offend your market. To prevent these offers from showing up on your site, Google AdSense allows you to specify up to 200 URLs you want to bar from appearing on your site.
Other Programs Besides AdSense
There are many ad network programs similar to AdSense, such as Media.net and InfoLinks. Most have similar rules to Google, such as a limit to the number of the network’s ads per page and termination for clicking your own ads. In most cases, you can run different ad networks on your site without violating terms of service, but you should read the rules of each network before doing it.