Can You Still Make Money With AdSense?

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88 Comments

  1. Eric Ogero says

    Hi Alex,

    Great article. Very detailed. I’m inspired.
    I’m thinking of starting a high quality food site and monetizing it with Adsense.
    Although adsense will be my primary source of income I also plan on using Chitika ads and getting affiliate commissions by promoting other people’s health and fitness products.

    According to Lisa Irby from 2createawebsite.com it takes a long time to build the traffic but once it comes,depending on your niche,you’re almost always guaranteed fat monthly payments from Google.

    Great blog by the way.

    Fantastic blog.

  2. Alex says

    Eric Hi and thank you for your comment and nice words.

    There is nothing wrong with starting a high quality blog with the purpose of running ads but besides the advice given in the article above, I wouldn’t use more than one advertising platform at the same time. I know that as you make traffic it is tempting to use AdSense, chitika, Yahoo Ads, affiliate links or any other platform but you run the risk of overdoing it and this will create the opposite results.

    What you can do is once your blog is 6+ months old, and has a steady number of visits (I would say above 300 per day), you can test AdSense for a month, then Chitika for a month, then affiliates for a month and decide which one performs better and stick with that. If you think that most probably you won’t be doing this because its time consuming then stay with AdSense as they are great for beginners as well.

    Also make sure that your ad placements do not violate any rules (avoid too many ads above the fold etc)

    Hope this helps a bit

    Alex.

    • Nirmal Goswami says

      it depends on your website contents . some website got approval with just 10 blog. some website did not get approval with 50 blog.

  3. Alex says

    Jean hi

    It depends on the origin of your account. As stated in the adsense help center (https://www.reliablesoft.net/can-you-still-make-money-with-adsense/) for some countries you need to have a 6 months+ old website in order to be accepted.

    If you already have an adsense account you can add to any website that is compliant with AdSense guidelines even if it is less than 6 months old.

    My point with the 6 months is that if a website is less than that most probably it won’t have too many visits so adsense will not perform very well.

    Hope this helps
    Alex.

    • Ikechukwu says

      Thanks a lot for your article.

      I have 400+ visitors a day in my website yet I get less than $1 a day from Google Adsense.

      Please, how can you help me?

      Thanks

      Ikechukwu

  4. Kyle Sloderbeck says

    This article makes so much sense. I originally started blogging just for fun and figure if I can make some money on the side it would be awesome. Right now it pays for hosting and that’s awesome to me. I’m glad that I never had a thought of depending solely on a website making me retire early, would be nice though!

  5. cedrict says

    First time reading your blog. These are some great tips. I agree a person can make a good amount of money with adsense, but to rely solely on them is a huge mistake. I think for beginners they need to ask themselves how can they build trust with a targeted audience in their niche instead of how they can make money online. If you figure out the first part the money will follow.

    • Alex says

      Cedrict

      Trust is what makes money online, that is true. As you said a targeted audience in your niche should be your primary objective and everything else will follow.

  6. Hernando Cadet says

    The thought of relying on one source of income for the rest of my life, is really not my way of saying good bey to a 9 – 5, I don’t really think I’ll be saying good bey to my job, even when I have a steady income from ad sense. It is a fact as the articles says you have to have more than one source of income, if not you can run into many troubles. Having control of your finances is not just making more money, but protecting what you already have, whether it is a job or your own business.

    • Alex says

      Hernando

      You are absolutely right, although you can make money with adsense it is very risky to rely on only one source of income. What works good for those who want to escape the 9 to 5 is to create a steady adsense income but also have other sources as well e.g selling books or mobile apps

      Thanks

  7. john says

    yes you are right about multiple revenue streams – another thing to do is have multiple websites with adsense on…this reduces the risk somewhat – if you have 100 websites all earning $2 / day then that is a very good income – of course it takes a couple of years to get to that kind of level and is easier to do with one website in a good niche…but also more dangerous. Of course adsense could change or disappear – or you could get banned for no reason.

  8. Craig T. says

    Great article. I think I’m going to try AdSense on my blog. I would be happy if I could just make enough money to cover the hosting fees. My question is, does anyone really click on these ads, though? I never pay any attention to them when I’m browsing.

  9. Amit says

    I am very much understood your point .I were to stupid of thinking that adsense will make me rich by displaying there ads on my website ..but after reading your post I have understand its not to easy to make money online with adsense..
    thank you very much sir

    • Alex says

      Amit Hi

      It’s not easy but it’s not impossible either. You can make money with adsense but it takes a lot of time and effort (as any other business) and my advice is to not to base your family income on adsense alone.

      Thanks for commenting
      Alex.

  10. carlos says

    Great site and information you just summarized google adsense in one article. With this aritcle people will know what it´s adsense about. Very well written and easy to understand. Excelente

  11. Janette says

    Hi Alex, I just started my blog today I’m and going to try Adsense, I’m not expecting wealth, nor do I need them to be my main source of income, but I’m curious to see how I do. Thank you for the info.

  12. jasneet says

    wow a nice very nice post,
    i was just collecting some tips for ma blog,
    google adsense is a best add network but getting account approved is a very diificult task.

  13. hetty says

    I started a blog about a month ago, i like to write and just wanted to see if i could think up something to write everyday. I thought i do give it four months to see if i actually still manage to write after that and if i am able to write stuff worth reading and attract people to it, then will look to adsense….maybe wait the extra two months (six you suggested) Will keep all these in mind if my blog still exists then 😀 Thanx

  14. Mohit Farswan says

    hi bro ALEX. Happy to see this nice information.. I am gonna try this. I’ve been working on adsense for a year. but i couldnt get any trick to enhance the earning. I just google the post and i find this article.. thanks a lot.. 🙂

  15. Mario says

    I have high traffic and often high CTR, I can incur what appear like nice earnings one day and by the next day all previous earnings are reduced to pennies. I imagine they deem most invalid clicks, so I kinda don’t agree with some of the tips here, yes you can do layout tweaks to increase CTR but we have no control of what Google deems valid. I’m not running some shady website enticing people to click, it’s a legit news website for a regional newspaper.

  16. Edward Chung, PMP says

    Thanks for your detailed explanation on adsense. I am trying to raise my adsense revenue but without much success. Need to work harder 😛

  17. Osman says

    Yes you still can make money with it. I thought it would be impossible at first but 7 months later I am making $400 a month with Adsense. The thing about it is that i average like $14 a day with some days being even higher and that equals up to the 400 a month. You gotta be patient with adsense, that is the key to making money with it.

  18. Ryan A. says

    Excellent article. I have been making a lot of money using Adsense for the last few years now, and if anything, I have noticed that my revenue keeps climbing. In other words, Adsense for me has shown absolutely no sign of stopping. However, what I have been noticing with many is that they think Adsense is a get rich quick scheme. It is not. It takes a LOT of work to make good money with it. More work than many things.

    In fact, what I have noticed is that top earners treat blogging as a full time job. That means that they are working at least eight hour days and putting in nights and weekends sometimes. Some like to say that you don’t need to do this, but for many, the truth is it does take a lot of work. Nothing good is easy.

    Adsense is just one product for making money. Many people not only use Adsense on their blogs, but do consulting, write ebooks and use affiliate networks. Also, many people comment all over the internet to get views on their blog. Learning about SEO and trends and finding niches are yet other ways in which one must spend time. There is so much to learn about making money online.

    Good luck to all of you who are serious about making money with Adsense and blogging! It can be done, but it takes time – a concentrated daily effort.

    • Alex says

      Ryan Hi

      Very well said. Adsense income can grow over time and certainly is not a get rich quickly scheme. Treating blogging as a full time job can get you results faster but as you said it is a lot of work.

      Thanks for reading
      Alex

  19. Josh Racicot says

    I will be honest – I ditched ClickBank and AdSense altogether from my blog….reason being there are too many merchants who’s products and services either get banned or leave ClickBank and as for AdSense, it gives visitors to your website another route to click and leave your site. If you have affiliate programs and products already on your site, you are guaranteed to make more money with them than through AdSense, unless your are driving some serious traffic.

  20. Glenn M says

    I never recommend people use Adsense to make money. I know way too many people who have been kicked out of the program for “possible invalid clicks” as soon as they are ready to get their first check… Or they depend on the income to pay their bills, and all of a sudden they get kicked out of the program.

    And it is a LIFETIME ban, not just for you, but also your family.

    There is NOTHING you can do if you get kicked out either. I had adsense for 3 years before I hit the threshold to get paid, and on payment day, I got kicked out for possible invalid clicks. Now my situation is different from people placing ads on their website or blog. I was ONLY making youtube content, I never placed a single ad myself. And my content was drawing a lot of views (still is, as I average over 500,000 minutes watched per month to this day, with over 100,000 views a month) but I got the “possible invalid clicks” email, and appealed and got a computer generated rejection like so many others. Even though I couldn’t see who was viewing my ads, as it was all run by youtube and adsense.

    I spend tons of money on my video gear and countless hours making content, and will never make a dime from all that work thanks to Google adsense.

    So don’t waste your time, if it looks too good to be true… It probably is. Sure they trot out big name youtubers making money off of the system, but it sure looks like they live off the small guys who sign up and advertise for YEARS with adsense, and then when they finally hit the payment threshold they kick them out…

    For life.

    • Alex says

      Glenn Hi

      Thank you for your comment and I am sorry to hear about your problems.

      I have nothing to say other than what I mentioned in the article which is to be very careful not to violate any of the guidelines because it will be very difficult to reverse a situation once they make a decision. I don’t know the details so I won’t say that you are correct or wrong but the best practice is to try to avoid this situation by taking measures to protect your account and content from fraud.

      Thanks again
      Alex

  21. scott masse says

    I have recently started a case study to “rehab” some older sites that have potential to yield some adsense income.

    The idea of looking for action words is a great tip. The key for me has been to target long tail keywords or the low hanging fruit to drive traffic.

    When I first started blogging this is something I was very bad at…….

    Thank God, the days of low quality, spammy adense sites are gone.

  22. Sebastian says

    Hello, this is a very well writen and informative article. I have been using adsense for a couple of months on my site but and earn enough to buy one maybee two cups of coffe a month. I have come to understand that it is the placement that is the key. As you say in your article, in-article placement is the way to go. It also, as I have come to understand, makes difference from where you get the traffic. The majority of my traffic is from stumbleupon and facebook, non-targeted and that is probably the reason that about 5000 uni. visitors a day only results in a couple of cups of coffe for me.

    • Alex says

      Hi

      There is no use of adding adsense to a website that has zero or very low traffic. I think is better to wait until you have enough traffic (at least 100 unique visits per day) and then try to add adsense.

      Thanks
      Alex

  23. kehar says

    Hi,

    Really a great post. Keep posting great posts, because i really need that’s kind of help in the future.

    Thanks

  24. Rajni Rastogi says

    Thank you alex for such a wonderful article to help newbies like me who just started blogging and looking to earn some extra money via adsense with some simple tweaks… thank you for such a wonderful piece of writing.. keep the good work up.. Cheers..

  25. Leslie Oriza says

    Thank you, Alex for an easy to understand article. Would you be kind enough to answer a couple of questions? We own and run a boutique winery and want to sell our wines online. I also want to blog about farm life on our website. I am considering using AdSense to hopefully generate some extra income but only want it to run on my blog page. Can I do all of the above on one website? Thank you very much.

  26. Rakesh says

    Great tips, I’m also working in adsense from 2 years but my earning is low.
    I hope it will sure increase in the future!

  27. Ashwani Jain says

    Hello Alex,
    I just like your this article a lot while i was learning a lot on earn money online, i just think only one name which is adsense. I found this very useful name for new bie bloggers too for making a start earning in less time too.
    Thank you bro that you teach something very informative about this program of google.

  28. Yosheena says

    I fully agree that you cannot make a living with Adsense and this can prove to be a passive income. Your earnings depends on traffic and content as well. So if you want to earn big, then I assume you have to make a good website offering something to your visitors. Also, the ads must be well place so that your visitors view them clearly and will automatically click on them if they are relevant to your topic.

  29. Suzie B says

    I’ve recently quit my job to take a break from corporate word and started using my free time to blog. And since I’m doing so I thought why not I earn some money out of blogging. Only to realize it is not easy. Been doing some research and found your article. This is really helpful. I understand now i really need to boost my traffic in order to monotize from ads. Using the right keyword and action keyword is really a big tip for me so I’m gonna work on that. I just got google adwords account so that I can use keyword planner for research purpose.

    Not sure if I will be blogging forever but I finally found something I really like to do so I will keep finding ways to improve.

    Thanks for the article. I will look around for more great tips from your website.

  30. Adil Shah says

    The information you have provided is soo much helpful, i am a new blogger and just started adsense. i have read your article throughly and get to know you just written it perfectly. the situations you provided in using adsense are so true. thanks a lot for such a great info

  31. Mike says

    Nice article, and as you wrote, don´t quit your day job to live on Adsense. Even if you make good money you should never trust a single company, when you least expect it, they change their algorithm and you might loose almost all your traffic.

  32. Amnon Jakony says

    I experimented running adsense ads on ten different websites in ten different counties, all aggregating local news content targeting the local audience. Average earnings per website amount to $5. Total : $50 Per Month. Not bad as the amount is enough to keep these websites running. I also find $50 decent in the part of the world I reside in. I suppose one should not expect too much from the program.

  33. Devendra Patel says

    Thanks for sharing about Google AdSense & how it can make money. Your blog very Inspirational and one of the best place for learning I have already Subscribed all post services for your blog. And I am every day learning one or two trick how to do SEO and how to run blog. Thanks.

  34. Faraz says

    Your work is amazing and your advices are great and now i am going apply them on my website. Sharing it to my audience.

    Thanks Alex 🙂

  35. Rajkumar says

    Really, it’s very true, we can not depends on single source of income!!

    Thanks Alex, nice tips and good analysis of those mentioned websites.

  36. Rakesh says

    is it still easy to make huge amount ftom AdSense ?
    The answer is yes, because its totally depend on quality of content & traffic source.
    if target European countries then AdSense revenue may be double or triple.

  37. Kratos Max says

    I’ve recently started a web site, the info you provide on this web site has
    helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  38. Abu Zafor says

    I’m using adsense and received my first payment from Google Adsense. Now I’m more interested in increasing keyword targeted traffic to make more from Adsense. Anyway, Great write-up and thanks for your suggestion “AdSense is great but you should have other income sources as well.”

  39. Somenath Sen says

    Hi Alex, thanks for this very detail guide about adsense, it really helpful, but now days adsense earning is surprisingly low. and it very herd for a mid level blogger to earn some decent earning from adsense. do you have any good reliable alternative ?

  40. Diamond Dewan says

    I thought it will be easy to earn some money from Adsense, but every day I’m facing a lot amount of challenges. Perhaps this article gives me a lot of information and a lot challenges also.
    Thanks for your precious direction.

  41. Mr. KingsHOK says

    Adsense is good for making money online (atleast for beginner bloggers), but you need a substantial amount of traffic first of all before adsense can pay you handsomely.

    Everything depends on the targeted keyword per page and the niche itself entirely.

    Traffic source is what you have to know if the advertisers are really paying high for the niche and its keywords from the region you’re targeting.

    Once again, thanks to Alex for putting together this content anyways. It helped to make me feel refreshed on the process i am currently following on my own blog to make money through adsense and some couple of affiliate programs

  42. sheal says

    Hello sir,
    I enjoyed reading your article.
    Yes, AdSense is the best way to earn money from a website.
    The high-quality traffic (As you’ve said) is the key to get a decent amount of money.
    Thanks for sharing this informative article.

  43. Swati Ohri says

    Hi Alex,

    I have a fairly new website 2-3 months old. I have placed google ads on my blog but from last 1 month I haven’t made any earnings from my blog . My visitors are also very less 10-15 per day. Can you suggest me how I can increase my visitors as well as what are the other options available to earn from the early stage of the blog.

  44. Bobby says

    Hello Alex, thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog post with us about the money making platform for publishers out there. Google adsense is one of the most used monetization tools for those who are looking for the best way to make money online. Keep up the great work bro!

  45. Dan says

    I receive about 1000 daily visitors, about 5 pageviews each one of them. However the website is a LMS, so you require to login to view the website itself… Can I add Adsense on it? There are several plugins for Moodle that are made for Google Adsense. But I’m not sure,

    Regards

  46. khustar noorani says

    Thanks for sharing great information about AdSense its really great source to earn money online thanks sir

    • Alex Chris says

      Hi Khustar

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, Adsense is a great way to make money online. Just follow the rules, be patient, publish great content, and sooner or later you’ll start making good money with AdSense.

      Thanks
      Alex

  47. Melodia says

    Thank you very much for this information. My website is fairly new, so this information is very valuable to me. Thanks a million.

  48. Aatif says

    After reading your article, I got few tips, which blog content, blog mobile friendly response, responsive ads, and type of audience. Great post dear you covered great topic, thanks for sharing valuable knowledge with us.

  49. Anjum says

    Hello,
    Excellent article! I recently got approved by Adsense, I am getting around $1 per day. I have noticed that the number of clicks have gone down since the start of February 2021. Do you have any tips to improve the click through ratio? Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards,

  50. MAXINE A GEORGES says

    Hey Alex,

    This is an amazing action-packed Adsense article. Thank you for the helpful information.
    Instead of running auto ads, I am going to try doing some experiments with other ads a month at a time. Hopefully things will improve.

    Best regards,
    Maxine

  51. Maira Sheikh says

    HI. This is just an amazing piece of content. I have been struggling with my blog, and sadly don’t find myself successful yet. I don’t really know where I am lacking 🙁 May all your tips help me achieve my goal:(

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