4.17.2008

Top 10 Google AdSense Mistakes

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Things you should not do with your Google adsense.

There is no question that you can make some good money with Google AdSense, but you are setting yourself up for disaster if you make any of these Top 10 mistakes!


1. Do not use fake information when opening your Google AdSense account.

Google says that is a no-no and they will cut your account off and keep all the money you may have earned. Besides, trying to hide your identity can cause serious problems with the I.R.S. or whoever your tax authority is.

2. Do not hack or modify Google AdSense code other than to change the parameters that Google authorizes you to change.

Any attempt to bypass Google's built-in algorithms not only poses a danger to the integrity of the network, but it threatens the financial model under which Google operates You are not dealing with some Mom-and-Pop company here, and Google has the legal muscle and deep enough pockets to drag you through every court in the land if you damage their business with your hacking antics.

3. Keep AdSense ads off your registration, confirmation, and all "thank you" pages.

Do not ask me why you cannot put your ads there. It makes sense to me that those would be wonderful locations. Google thinks otherwise, however, and doing so is a hanging offense according to their Terms of Service.

4. Do not display AdSense ads and a competitor's ads (like Overture's) on the same page at the same time.

That just makes plain good sense. Google does not demand 100% SITE loyalty from you, but they do insist that their own ads not be cluttered up by offerings from their competitors.



5. Don't "beg for clicks" or provide any incentive for clicking on your Google AdSense ads.

This is a biggie and you see this rule violated all the time. Any of the "get paid to do stuff" sites that put Google ads in the member's control panels are walking the plank and they do not even realize it. Even those sites with the polite little messages asking you to "help keep my site running by clicking on our sponsor's ads" are asking to be cut off if those happen to be Google ads.

6. Never click on the ads running on your own site, even if you are genuinely interested in the product or service and are thinking of buying it!

Nothing screams FRAUD louder than a webmaster running up his or her own click counts by happily clicking on ads from their own site. The Google Gods can track this activity and it will not be long until you find yourself getting a goodbye note from their fraud team.

7. No misleading labeling

Google is very specific about what text can be placed around their ads. Their Terms of Service state: "Publishers may not label the ads with text other than 'sponsored links' or 'advertisements.' This includes any text directly above our ads that could be confused with, or attempt to be associated with Google ads."

This is to keep visitors from becoming confused and barking up Google's tree, when they clicked on an ad that led to a porn site instead of the recipe site they were expecting to visit.

8. Avoid keyword spamming and other divisive tricks

You may be tempted to buy one of those "generates thousands of key-word rich pages in seconds" programs that are so popular these days but I will tell you this: Their days are numbered. Google is wise to such shenanigans and they will be hot on your trail. Other prohibited gimmicks include:

- "Sneaky" page redirects that send a visitor off to a different site then they were expecting to visit.

- Multiple sites, domains, pages, etc., which have duplicate content.

- Hidden text or links of any type.

- Excessive outbound links on any page. Google recommends no more than 100. I would keep it way below that.

- And here is a nugget of wisdom straight from Google's mouth: "Do not participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web as your website may be affected adversely by those links.

9. Don't advertise anything on Google's prohibited items list.

It's a lot shorter lists than PayPal's or eBay's, but it includes a lot of the same stuff like hacking/cracking content, porn, illegal drugs, gambling sites, beer or hard alcohol (I guess wine is OK), weapons, and the other usual stuff.

10. And the 10th dumbest thing NOT to do with Google AdSense is to let the other nine things stop you from running an honest site that's designed to make the most out of this very profitable opportunity that Google offers!

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    Comments

    3 comments to "Top 10 Google AdSense Mistakes"

    Aurelius Tjin said...
    April 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Wow, that was very helpful and insightful.

    That may have explained why I am not getting a lot off my adsense account lately.

    Thanks! :)

    DJYano said...
    April 28, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Thanks Aurelius Tjin, i am glad that i helped you a bit.

    Anonymous said...
    May 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Once you start getting some real traffic, forget about Google Adwords and start running your own. You'll make about 10x the amount of money by running your own ads.

    Google Adsense brings in nickels and dimes. At 1,000,000 page views, you might make about $200 a day, or $6k a month. Not bad, but with those kinds of page views, you can make $40k a month.

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