Google doesn't offer its AdSense program to any old website. It sets some criteria that must be met before your site can be eligible for AdSense. You can check out the details at https://www.google.com/adsense/policies.

Specifically sites in the AdSense program may not include: (taken from Google's policies page)
Excessive profanity
Hate, violence, racial intolerance, or advocate against any individual, group, or organization
Hacking/cracking content
Illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia
Pornography, adult, or mature content
Gambling or casino-related content
Excessive advertising

Pop-ups, pop-unders or exit windows that interfere with site navigation, obscure AdWords ads, change user preferences, or are for downloads. Other types of pop-ups, pop-unders, or exit windows may be allowed, provided that they do not exceed a combined total of 2 per site

Over and above these restrictions there are also minimum standards for style and content. This makes sense because whilst Google does not endorse any particular websites included in its AdSense program, there is a tacit reputational risk for Google each time its ads run on a third-party website.

Google sets out most of its criteria for acceptance with admirable clarity, but there are certain areas that are left hazy (probably deliberately). For example, there are no hard and fast rules as to how content-rich a site must be before it qualifies. (Sites that don't provide much informational value are unlikely to qualify for AdSense.)

So how do you know if your site is sufficiently rich in content to qualify for the AdSense program?

The short but potentially dangerous answer is: submit your site to AdSense and see what happens. This will give you the information you need quickly, but it may not be the information you want to hear. The reason this approach may be dangerous is that there is anecdotal evidence on the internet that suggests submitting a site that fails the acceptance hurdle may adversely impact where the site appears on Google's search results page in the future.


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Well I have done some research on the subject and found out what exactly this Google adsense thing is that everyone seems to be talking about. It is a scheme set up by Google that allows you too put a small amount of code in your websites HTML which lets Google produce and place adverts on your website that are contextually relevant. Then when someone clicks on the advert that Google has placed on your website you get a percentage of the money that the advertiser paid Google for placing the advert.

The money I will make off the scheme won’t be great but it will be something, maybe a few dollars a month, but it would make me feel happier about spending so much time writing articles for this blog.

However, part of me feels like making money of a free service in blogger is wrong for I have not paid anything for this blog so why should I make money off it. Also, part of me feels like I will be ‘selling out’ by allowing an advert on my blog for is there anywhere in our capitalist society where we don’t have adverts shoved in our faces. You can’t watch TV, listen to radio even walk down the street without an advert showing you how ‘amazing’ a product is, and if I use this program my blog will no longer be a safe haven from these annoying adverts.

So, I would love your input should I use this program and try and make a few bucks which is the option I am currently favouring or would it annoy you so much that my blog had adverts on it you would prefer me to carry on without the small income it would generate. Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.


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WHAT IS ADSENSE?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket AdSense is an ad serving program run by Google. Website owners can enroll in this program to enable text, image and, more recently, video advertisements on their sites. These ads are administered by Google and generate revenue on either a per-click or per-thousand-impressions basis. Google is also currently beta-testing a cost-per-action based service. Google utilizes its search technology to serve ads based on website content, the user's geographical location, and other factors. Those wanting to advertise with Google's targeted ad system may sign up through AdWords. AdSense has become a popular method of placing advertising on a website because the ads are less intrusive than most banners, and the content of the ads is often relevant to the website. It currently uses JavaScript code to incorporate the advertisements into a participating site. If it is included on a site which has not yet been crawled by the Mediabot, it will temporarily display advertisements for charitable causes known as public service announcements (PSAs). (Note that the Mediabot is a separate crawler from the Googlebot that maintains Google's search index.) Many sites use AdSense to monetize their content and some webmasters work hard to maximize their own AdSense income. They do this in three ways: They use a wide range of traffic generating techniques including but not limited to online advertising. They build valuable content on their sites; content which attracts AdSense ads and which pay out the most when they get clicked. They use copy on their websites that encourage clicks on ads. Note that Google prohibits people from using phrases like "Click on my AdSense ads" to increase click rates. Phrases accepted are "Sponsored Links" and "Advertisements".
 
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