Who doesn’t like to automatically have money come streaming in every day right? While this is NOT a get rich topic, the topic I’m going to teach you about today is how to create an automated stream of income in your life using the power of Google’s advertising program called “Adsense”.
So what is Google adsense you say? Basically Google is going to pay you money every time someone comes to your website and clicks on an advertisement there. That’s all there is to the idea! Now there a lot more to the details of implementing this strategy of course and I’ll walk you through step by step. Read on…
Getting Started with Google Adsense:
The first step in creating an automated income using Google adsense is to have your own website. We’re not going to review the steps of setting up a website on this article, but the main thing is you should have a website using WordPress, blogger, or any other website system that you have 100% control over. Websites that are hosted on 3rdparty sites normally do not give you control over the website. So it’s critical you have complete control over your website so you can make the necessary changes to it. My best recommendation is to use WordPress for your website. Another great advantage of using WordPress for adsense generation is it makes is super easy for you to have as many websites as you want at no additional cost!
The second step it to go to http://Google.com/adsense and click on the “Sign Up Now” button located at the top right of the page. Once you apply it can take up to 1-2 weeks sometimes for your account to be review to see if you’re accepted into the program. If you’re accepted then you’ll be able to login to your account and move forward!
Implementing the Adsense Code:
Once you login to your google adsense account simply click on the “My ads” link at the top and then click on the “New ad unit” button. From there you’ll be able to create your ad unit of choice. There are many ad sizes to create but for now select the “120 x 600 Skyscraper” size as an example. Now choose the ad type of “Text & display ads”. There are more advanced steps we’ll go over in future trainings on this phase, but for now move forward and create a customer channel. A custom channel allows you to easily organize your ads and assign them to a website you own or are managing. Next you can choose the style of your ad block such as colors of the border, title, background and so forth. Once you’re done click on the button below that says “Save and get code”
From here you’ll see a pop up box with the ad code to highlight and copy with your mouse. Now you’re ready to paste this code into your website to the desired location. Some common locations include the sidebar of the website for this particular ad code size because it’s 120 pixels wide and 600 pixels high. This size would not fit too well in a horizontal area so just remember where you’re placing the code so it looks nice.
Google Adsense Rules to be Aware of and Follow:
Two major rules to follow to remain in the google adsense program are:
- Never click on your own ads.
- Avoid placing ad code in deceptive locations. Examples: making ad code look like your website navigation, forcing people to click on it to enter your site, or other incentive menthods should are not allowed.
- Read more about the terms and conditions here: http://www.google.com/
Follow the rules and you’ll do great!
The Money Making Formula:
- Create optimized articles/blog posts for the search engines on one or multiple niche websites.
- Strategically place your ad code on your site
- Prominent location within content
- At the end of blog posts
- Drive traffic to your site
- Social media
- Paid advertising sources (ppv, ppc, etc.)
Common Google Adsense FAQ’s:
Q: How Much Can I Make?
A: There are website and blogs that make hundrends to thousands of dollars each month just from adsense alone as they follow the money making formula above.
Q: When will I get paid?
A: At the time of this article once you reach a $100 threshhold Google sends you a check!
Most profitable adsense code block sizes. After testing this on my own and researching results of other people the best ad block sizes that generate the best clicks are the skyscraper size ads along with the medium rectangle ad. At the time of this article that’s the recent research. This may change the more popular mobile ads get and other strategies that are implemented.
WordPress Adsense Plugin:
The easiest wordpress adsense plugin that I’ve used to date is called “wp-insert”. When you install and activate this plugin navigate to the ad block areas and paste the adsense code inside of the desired location and activate the block area. You can place the adsense code to automatically show above, in the middle, or below any blog post or page. This plugin also gives you control over choosing what pages/posts the adsense code is presented.
Example Adsense Websites: