Are you a blogger?
What was your first goal when you wanted to make some money off your blog? AdSense, right.
Getting Google AdSense account approval is the very first goal of every newbie blogger. Later on, they go with affiliate marketing, CPA and other popular ways to make money online.
You can read more about starting a money making AdSense blog on this post by Shafi Khan.
One of my blogger friend (let’s call him Joe) worked really hard and got his AdSense account Verified within 2 months of his blog launch.
He uses to write really great articles, never copied and used to follow all the basic things Google loves. No wonder, Google loved it and he got an approval for a 2-month-old domain.
He started to earn some bucks from his blog. But, he wasn’t happy with the earning and tried to use some quick ways to make money.
Result – His account was banned
AdSense banned his account and he lost all his earnings even before he could cash out his $100 paycheck.
Don’t be like Joe, strictly avoid these 21 Google AdSense Mistakes to save your blog from the attack of Google.
21 Common Google AdSense Mistakes to Avoid
Let’s get started.
Tip #1. Do Not Use AdSense on An Unsupported Language Blog.
Google doesn’t support all the language as of now and so you can’t show ads on a site written in different language.
If you’re someone who’s writing in a language which is not officially supported or using a bilingual blog then you may be at risk.
So, if you got Google AdSense approval from a site written in English and want to add ads to another local language website then you should first confirm if AdSense supports that language.
Tip #2. Do Not Alter Google’s Ad Code
Do not even think you can alter the code in such a way that you will start making huge money and Google will be unaware of that.
Google will surely catch you and your AdSense account will be banned. So, stop playing with AdSense ad code now.
Tip #3. Video and Small Content is A Big No
You should not display AdSense ads if your site curates videos from YouTube, Dailymotion or other video sites.
Your page should also contain 300+ words article if you want to share videos on your site.
Videos without any content or very few words (called thin content) have possibilities to get your account banned.
Tip #4. Do Not Ask for Clicks
One of the most common AdSense mistake repeated by noobs is to ask for clicks.
You simply can’t ask your friends, family members or colleagues to click on your ads. If it was that simple, everyone would have been a millionaire by now.
Google will eventually get to know about it if it observes ad clicks from a thesame set of people again and again.
Tip #5. Do Not Promote Click-Requests
Don’t use statements like “please click on below ads“, “Click on below advertisements to help us“, “click on ads to unlock content” or force users to do the same.
It’s strictly against Google’s TOC (Terms of Conditions).All the clicks made by this method will be counted as invalid and your account may be banned.
Tip #6. Avoid Showing Tons of Ads
Earlier there was a limit of 3 ads per page but Google recently scraped this limit (source). But it doesn’t mean you can display unlimited ads and fill your website with ads.
There should be a proper balance between your content length and advertisement blocks.
Do not clutter your page with so many ads as it will be annoying to users also.
At most4 ads (of any sizes) should be there on a single web page with medium length article.
Tip #7. Do Not Make AdSense Widget Sticky
I have seen many advertisers using this method without any problem but it is not in line with Google’s TOC.
You should avoid adding AdSense codes in floating widgets or add it to sidebar sticky widgets.
Doing it may work for you but there’s no guarantee that it’s safe. So better be safe than sorry.
Tip #8. Stay Away from Fake Clicks
There are certain service providers that promise to give real clicks to your AdSense codes. Do not give away your AdSense ad code to anyone (I mean this word) for fake clicks.
Google tracks each and every user’s activity and with its advanced algorithms, it’ll easily detect those fake clicks.
Tip #9. Do Not Show Ads in Drop Down Menu
Another important mistake to avoid does not put your AdSense ad code inside or near drop down menu.
It is against Google’s TOC and may get you banned pretty soon.
Tip #10. Do Not Put Ads on A Blank Page.
You might be making this AdSense Mistake without your knowledge.
Ads should only be displayed if there’s some useful content on that page. So, if you’re using a plugin that shows ads on every page and have some pages with little to no content then remove ads from such pages.
Tip #11. No Ads in Popup Windows
Similar to floating widget, any popup window should not have AdSense ad in it. You should minimize the use of popups as it will improve the readability of your blog and will not annoy visitors.
Also, in its latest update, Google has hinted to penalize sites with annoying pop-ups.
Tip #12. User should be Able to Identify between Ads and Media
Your blog’s content, images, and other media should be distinguishable from AdSense ads on the page. A user should not confuse between content and ads. An ad should look like an ad and not the part of an article.
Tip #13. Do not put AdSense codes on Important Blog Pages
As discussed earlier, pages such as –
- 404 Error Pages
- Attachment Pages
Should not contain ads.
However, you can put ads on pages you have created for other purposes with meaningful content. Example – About Me page.
Tip #14. Do Not Use Traffic Exchanger (TE) Bots/sites
Using bots will not only get you banned but it will decrease the domain authority and page authority as well.
Stay away from bot traffic and focus on SEO to increase your blog traffic.
Tip #15. Avoid Adult Content
Do not use Adult, Pharma, as well as Violent content on your site or blog.
Google strictly hates it and if you’re found guilty your account will be banned.
Tip #16. Do not Send/Show AdSense Ads on Emails
If you’re showing ads on your newsletter then you may be ready to see your account getting banned.
Showing AdSense ads on emails are again Google’s TOC and you may strictly follow it.
Tip #17. Careful Before Using Other Ad-Programs
Do not use contextual or other advertising programs which do not comply with Google AdSense.
However, there are many popular and good contextual advertising programs you can use on your blog along with Google AdSense. Here is the name of few of them –
Tip #18. Don’t Copy Articles
Goes without saying, copying from another (popular or non-popular) websites. Google is much smarter than you, so it will catch you even if you have rewritten the article.
Tip #19. Do not Link to Sites Hosting Illegal or Unauthorized Material
You should take special care of this one and make sure all the sites you’re linking in your blog post are quality sites with a good reputation.
Linking to adult sites, keygen, streaming, gambling and other unauthorized sites will get your AdSense account banned and will also negatively affect your Organic Traffic.
Tip #20. Don’t Click on Your Own AdSense ads
We often click on our own ads just to see if everything is working fine. But, doing this way more than necessary will land you in a problem.
Also, if you think you can fool Google by using Virtual Private Network (VPN) tools and click on your own ads, then you’re living in dreams.
Google analysis all the clicks made on your ads and from where they come. It’s of no use to use a VPN or multiple devices.
Tip #21. Avoid Click-for-Click Campaigns
There are users who still use silly strategies like this to earn quick money. You’ll find people on social media asking for clicks on their website ads and in turn, they will click yours.
Once again, I would like to clarify that Google keeps track of users who clicked your ads and if the same set of people click, again and again, it will ring a red alarm.
These were all the Google AdSense Tips you have to strictly follow to save your AdSense Account.
This list of Google AdSense Mistakes would keep growing as Google frequently updates their terms of conditions.
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