How to Qualify for Google Adsense Contextual Advertising
How to Qualify for Google Adsense Contextual
Recently I wrote an article about Google Adsense
contextual advertising innovation that was introduced by the popular
search engine to allow "Content" web sites to profit from
advertising. Suddenly it has become possible for those who have
an intense interest in nearly any focused subject to gather information,
resources and commentary to publish a profitable web site.
How? Well, that's the new buzz. Just what is
content and what will Google approve for the Adsense program? I
can't speak for Google, but after my recent article on the popular
new Adsense program ran in several high traffic web venues, I've
received a string of notes from webmasters who have been turned
down by Google for pariticipation in contextual advertising programs.
I'm curious, what constitutes unacceptable content
for Adsense? So I visited dozens of domains owned by those that
had sent me those emails to see if I could tell, A) Why Google turned
away a site that believed they qualified and, B) Whether I agreed
with Google's assessment.
Without fail I found that those sites that had
been turned down by Google for participation in Adsense simply had
no content! Since the key to contextual advertising is having content
within which to place advertising in context, what constitutes content?
http://www.Dictionary.com definition of "Content"
"Subject matter of a written work, as a book or magazine."
That definition puts web site content in context
for me. If you see your web site as an online written work that's
like a print magazine or book, then you have a content web site.
Emphasis on the first syllable. CONtent.
Again and again I looked at those sites that
Google had turned down for Adsense and see either sites entirely
self focused and promoting their own products, services and subscriptions,
or sites that were entirely outwardly focused and promoting and
linking to other sites without writing anything or having anything
to say about those sites.
First a word about self focused sites. Those
sites that exist for sales of their own product or service absolutely
SHOULD NOT participate in Adsense contextual advertising because
their site content will always show Adsense advertising for competitors!
While Google has a filtering method that allows
those showing Adsense ads to keep direct competitors advertisements
from appearing on their site, that method would filter most of those
advertisements and leave those sites with no ads at all! When all
of your content is about what you sell, you should probably keep
your attention focused on those sales and off of contextual ads.
Who should participate in Google Adsense then?
Content sites - that is those that see themselves as sort of online
magazine that discusses, analyzes, comments, reviews or editorializes.
Those who have extensive CONtent, not those who are conTENT.
A client contacted me recently after hearing
of the Google Adsense program. He has about three articles on his
web site that discuss and analyze issues of interest to those who
might buy his products. He'd done his homework by reviewing his
site visitor statistics and had discovered that those articles were
responsible for the majority of referrals to his site from the search
engines. I basked in the warm glow of his praise as he excitedly
told me how these pages (that I had recommended he add to his site)
were drawing fully a third of his web site traffic!
It always pleases me when clients see the positive
results of implementing strategies that I've recommended to them.
These pages increased traffic and sales of his products.
This client then leapt to the conclusion that
if those articles were drawing most of his search engine traffic,
then we should place the Google Adsense code on those pages and
capitalize on that traffic with contextual advertising!
I had to let him down easily, explaining that
three articles don't constitute significant content. When he asked
me what WOULD constitute substantial enough content to qualify for
the Adsense program, it made me stop and think.
My answer to him is likely to dismay many web
site owners who believe their site might qualify for contextual
advertising. After a brief pause, I responded that I thought it
would take about fifty articles of 500 words or more to qualify
for Adsense advertising.
As he silently digested that admittedly daunting
number, it was suddenly crystal clear to me why so many web site
owners that don't write, don't qualify for Google Adsense. Web site
owners that do write their own articles, opinions and analysis on
subject matter that is important to them will have that much content
on their site already. My client had struggled for weeks to research,
distill and edit his thoughts into those three articles on his site.
During that pregnant pause, I digested the ramifications
of my own words, my client gave up immediately and said simply,
"I can never write that many articles, so I'll never qualify
for contextual advertising on my web site.
Oh, you may not write, but you are wrong about
qualifying for contextual advertising-if you really want to. And,
by the way, your search engine ranking will go through the roof
if you reproduce 50 articles on that topic on your web site. On
top of that, your web site traffic will increase dramatically, your
sales will go up and you will qualify easily for Google Adsense.
He paused as if I had spoken to him in a foreign
language and said, "If I don't write those articles to put
on my site, who will?"
I immediately responded with my favorite
sources for free web content, one of which I've operated myself
for nearly four years.
There are also literally hundreds of web sites
that collect and distribute articles. Their policies and practices
vary widely so I'll leave it to you to find those appropriate to
your site subject matter, but here a few that immediately come to
Web publishers and authors regularly join these
lists to exchange content on popular topics. Writers make their
articles available to ezine, newsletter and web site publishers
in exchange for that publisher running a small bio at the end of
their article with a link to the authors web site. This exchange
offers value to both parties. The publisher gains content, the writer
gains a web link and that link increases her visibility and her
web site search engine ranking goes up due to link popularity.
The content is out there, you simply need to
gather it, publish it and then apply to Google Adsense for contextual
advertising. You are benefitting those authors by linking to them,
your search engine ranking by increasing your own site content and
relevance, and finally your bankbook by qualifying for contextual
advertising and making all of that content pay.
be conTENT, have CONtent! Then apply for Google Adsense.
About the Author
Banks Valentine is a Search Engine Optimizer specializing in ethical
small business SEO