Friday, September 27, 2013

What Google AdSense doesn't tell you before you sign up...

Don't laugh, but when Greg and I were talking about beginning this new blog, we talked about possibly putting ads on it. I've always wanted to run as far away from blog ads as I possibly could! Yet, Greg pointed out that since I love blogging anyway, I might as well see if I could possibly receive payment for doing it—no matter how minuscule the amount might be. I thought, "Well...I am taking my time to write blog posts, so if anyone wants to read my blog and happens to see the ads, then I guess that's okay..."

So, I signed up with AdSense! :) I thought I read their terms and conditions thoroughly before I signed up. You must know that about me—I don't sign up for anything willy-nilly. When it comes to finances and my personal information, I don't just do things randomly. For me to sign-up with Google AdSense, I had to be very certain of what I was getting myself into! It was a huge step for me to actually click the button that made my AdSense actions concrete!

Thus, the very next day, I was stunned to get the email that stated,
Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after reviewing your application, we're unable to accept you into AdSense at this time. 
We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below. 
Insufficient content"
It then continued on to basically explain that I needed more content/writing on my page, i.e., more blog posts. HI! I found myself frustrated at that point. That frustration falls under the category of, "Things that could have been brought to my attention yesterday!" Movie quote! Does anyone know what movie that quote is from?! :)

Anyway...Google's AdSense email made me feel silly and not-so-smart. Then I became annoyed. It could have been so easy for Google AdSense to clearly state that it would not be wise for you to sign up your new blog if you haven't composed any posts yet! Yet, on their "How it works" page, it says nothing, nada, zilch, about needing to have many blog posts composed before signing up! And I'm sure there are many out there who would say I'm just a dumb blonde for not realizing that I need blog content for their machine to scan. Of course that makes sense. But, again, they should have clarified their point that you need to have multiple blog posts up and running before you apply!

The email told me I could reapply, but I am not going to do that for a while—especially since when I logged-in to my account and looked on their AdSense page, it wasn't very nice to me. It generically stated that the reason my account was shut down was because of clicking on my own ads. Yeah, their reprimand doesn't apply to me, since I didn't have any ads to begin with! Hello!

Whew! I feel much better having shared this information. Maybe someone else can learn from my mistake and save themselves from receiving an AdSense email that causes annoyance. :)

P.S. I'm just venting. I like Google. I really do! :) They help me find answers to so many of my queries, and I truly appreciate that about them. I just really dislike doing something I think is right (that I've researched!), that ends up being wrong.

P.P.S. I fully acknowledge that I could have missed the "insufficient content" information somewhere (but I doubt it! ha ha). I'll have to log-out of my account and go back and re-read the AdSense information pages...

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