Steps to Successful AdSense Activation

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How To Activate Your Google AdSense Account


I'm going to show you every step I took to get my AdSense account activated, with actual screenshot images. Even though I started with AdSense in 2009, I have updated this tutorial to match the latest Google requirements [1].

I did not have a Google AdSense account when I started writing on HubPages, so I chose the option to let Hubpages apply for the account. You do that by going to your Affiliate Settings page by clicking the "Earnings" tab.

You will need to apply for AdSense by clicking the button on the left of "Google AdSense" under "External Affiliate Settings".

Then select one of two options...

Either you already have an AdSense account and you want to use that one, or you want HubPages to get one for you. If you already have one, select that option and you can skip a lot of these following steps. If you don't have one, as I didn't, then select the option to have Hubpages apply for you.



Getting a Google Affiliate Code Assigned


Hubpages immediately displays a Google Affiliate Code, but it is not active until Google approves you. You will get an email from Google similar to this one...


Initial email from Google after applying for AdSense.  Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.
Initial email from Google after applying for AdSense. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission. | Source



I clicked on the link in the email. (Note: For security I scratched out the link from the email above). It took me to the following page...


Form you need to fill out to complete your application.  Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.
Form you need to fill out to complete your application. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission. | Source



I made the appropriate selections as shown above. I already had a Google account. You have one too if you use Gmail or any other Google services. So just make the proper selection as it applied to you.

If you don't have a Google Account, you can chose to apply for AdSense without a Google Account. But I suggest you get it under a Google Account so you can use the other great services that Google offers, such as Google Analytics, which you can use to monitor your Hubpages' traffic in detail. But that is not the subject of this hub.


After making your selections, fill in the requested information.

  1. If you indicated that you have a Google Account and that you want to use your existing account for AdSense, then you will see a box (see above) used to log into your existing Google Account. Enter your email and password for your Google Account and click "Continue."
  2. If you chose to create a new Google Account, then you will see a different box at the bottom (not as shown in the above screen shot). Fill in your desired login info for that new account and click "Continue."




Possible Stumbling Block


Now, from this step our situations may be different. Since I had wanted to create my AdSense account under my existing Google Account, I ran into trouble, which I think is a bug in Google's programming.

Hopefully that may change by the time you follow along in this tutorial. But in reviewing the Hub Forums, I found at least one other Hubber who had the same problem I ran into, as shown in the next screen shot...

Example of a stumbling block in the application process.  Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.
Example of a stumbling block in the application process. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission. | Source



As you can see above, Google is complaining that a user with my email already exists. Of course, that's ME. But how can we get around that. I tried to do it again by selecting the correct option on that screen, as shown above. But I only got into a loop, repeating the same complaint.


Applying Directly with Google


So what to do? I decided to log into my Google Account directly, as I always do. Then I selected Google AdSense as shown below...


Selecting AdSense from my existing Google Account.
Selecting AdSense from my existing Google Account. | Source



Once again I was taken to a signup form, where I entered all my pertinent information. If you do that, you are probably requesting a duplicate account, since HubPages already started the account request. But I didn't know that at the time.

I filled out a new application without knowing it, and I specified www.hubpages.com as my primary URL. But that was wrong, as you'll soon see. Read on and I'll save you lost time in the application process.



The Proper Way to Confirm Ownership of Your Domain


Google needs to confirm your ownership of your website. Now we all know you and I don't own HubPages. But you need to show that you have control over your profile page. That will satisfy Google.


In less than 48 hours after submitting my application I received the following email...


Rejection notice because domain ownership of hubpages.com is not evident.
Rejection notice because domain ownership of hubpages.com is not evident. | Source



As you can see from that very last line in that email, I was rejected because Google could not confirm my ownership of hubpages.com. Now we all know we don't own hubpages.com, but this is what Google wants to see. That email continued with further detail as follows...

Requested methods to prove ownership of hubpages.
Requested methods to prove ownership of hubpages. | Source



Well, we can't modify the home page since we are not the webmaster of HubPages. But the second option in the above email is doable since we can indeed modify our own profile page on HubPages.

So I followed the instructions in step 2, placing the requested statement in my Hub Profile as follows. And I used bold font to make it stand out, as shown below in this screenshot of my HubPages profile....


This is how I included the required statement of ownership in my HubPages Profile when I first started on HubPages.
This is how I included the required statement of ownership in my HubPages Profile when I first started on HubPages. | Source



I later logged back into my Google Account and discovered that they did not accept my request because the URL I submitted was not correct. I used "hubpages.com" and that just goes to their home page. But I needed to show the URL of my own profile.

I resubmitted my application with the change to the "Website URL" per Step 3 in the prior email from Google.

The correct URL you should provide to Google is "name.hubpages.com" where "name" is whatever user name you have created for your HubPages subdomain.

After I resubmitted my application with the proper URL of my profile page, I was notified that my application will be reviewed again and I will be notified in 1 to 2 days.

Since Google was able to clearly see that my profile on Hubpages had that statement they requested, it was a no-brainer. They approved my application in less than 24 hours and sent me an approval email.

Don't forget to include that statement that confirms your ownership in your profile.



Preliminary Assignment of Account with Blank Ads


Google now has a simpler two-step process that should make your life easier than mine when I did this. They will assign you an AdSense code quicker, before actual approval. But they will place blank ads in your Hubs that don't pay any revenue for clicks.


After a waiting period of a few days they will approve you if the quality of your Hubs is good. This new policy is to avoid placing ads on pages that have no value to the reader.

Advertisers who pay Google want their ads to be placed on quality pages here they will get the greatest bang for their buck.



Confirm You Are Using the Correct AdSense Affiliate Code


I quickly logged into my Google Account and clicked my way to my new AdSense account. I compared the assigned Google AdSense Affiliate Code to that which was automatically assigned from HubPages. It did not match.

I had this discrepancy because I was not able to log in by following the link from the email that was sent when I first requested a new AdSense via HubPages.


Since I started a new application direct with Google, they issued me a new Affiliate Code. The one that HubPages assigned will forever be in limbo. But that no longer matters. I just needed to enter the correct Affiliate Code so I get credit for clicks.

You can confirm you have the correct code on your "Earnings" page. Click the "Earnings" tab. Then click "settings" on the left if you are not already on that page. You can enter your correct AdSense code under the "External Affiliate Settings" subheading in the "Google AdSense" field by clicking the "Configure" button next to it.

Once you have the correct code in HubPages, you still need to approve the Terms of Service. My status was still pending. I had to go back to my Google AdSense account again and read and approve the Terms and Conditions...


Google AdSense Terms and Conditions.  Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.
Google AdSense Terms and Conditions. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission. | Source



...Then I also had to grant access to Hubpages...


Grant access to Hubpages
Grant access to Hubpages | Source


When I went back to my HubPages Affiliate Page, I saw that the status had changed to "active." How pleasing that was!!!

I then removed that extra statement from my profile. The blurb that Google needed to confirm that the profile belonged to me. There is no need for that after approval.

We're basically done at this point. Now the big job begins, bringing in those hits. There are a lot of well-written hubs by other Hubbers where you can learn more about that process. Use the search field in the top right corner of any page on Hubpages.



Linking Google Analytics with AdSense


I logged into my active AdSense Account and clicked to the Earnings Page. Of course it was zero as I expected. Give it time. But I noticed an interesting link stating "Integrate your AdSense account with Google Analytics."

Link Google Analytics with AdSense
Link Google Analytics with AdSense

I recommend you do that. It will help track every little detail about the visitors who read your hubs. Click that link and then select one of the options as shown at the right.

Then select hubpages.com, as in the following screen shot, to link Google Analytics with AdSense.

Don't forget to go back to your Hubpages' Affiliate Page and enter your Google Analytics code. Hubpages will automatically insert the code in all your Hubs.



Complete Linking Google Analytics with AdSense for HubPages. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission.
Complete Linking Google Analytics with AdSense for HubPages. Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission. | Source


That's it !!!

I leave you with wishes that your Google AdSense Earnings will grow nicely to reward you for all your great efforts writing and publishing your Hubs on HubPages.


© 2009 Glenn Stok

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SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

Well I went ahead and applied even though I only have 5 hubs. I followed all your steps, including putting the bold sentence of my profile about confirming ownership of the site. It worked! My account was approved overnight! Thanks


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Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

SmartAndFun, thanks for your comments. Now that you are approved for Adsense you are off to a great start. Remember to review all the rules and guidelines in your Google account and you should do fine.


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CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Thank you Mr. Stok for writing the only hub that answers this frustrating question. I had even been thru the Google help site and tutorials. You are the only person who has been able to answer my question, fairly and honestly. Thank you so much!!!


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

CJames, I really appreciate your feedback. It's good to know that the work I've done saving all my screenshots while I went through this has paid off for helping you.


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Glenn, I was just about to give up in disgust because I could not complete the application for an AdSense account. I have never before experienced this level of frustration and despair. When I finally found your Hub, I couldn't believe it. I'm saying all this before going beyond the stage of letting HubPages do it for me. So I will be back in touch if I need more help. I have bookmarked your hub. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Maralexa, glad you found this helpful. Another, and quicker, way to start earning money here is to activate your HubPages Ad Program under the Earnings tab of your account. Good luck with it.


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Hi again Glenn,

The HubPages Ad Program doesn't work until AdSense is set-up. I'm sure you know that. I just wanted to tell you that I went to my account page where I clicked on have HubPages order the AdSense account for me. It came back that I could not because I had already applied with ID#..........

Then, for the first time, I received an email from Google AS saying to complete the form for www.hubpages.com AdSense account. The application form that came up from AdSense was different than the form I had attempted to complete before. But it seemed to go through and said I would probably have to wait a week to hear their decision. Hurray!!!

So I will be back to talk to you in a weak, or so. Thanks again!!


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Maralexa, Looks like you're on your way. Let me know if they still require you to post a blurb in your profile as I mentioned in this Hub. You are the first I know of who is registering for AdSense since HP split us all up into our own subdomains. So I wonder if that will still work when you have HP start the process for you. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for reporting back.


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Maralexa 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Hi Glenn

Just received conditional approval from Adsense! They say they will take 4 days to 'review' my site and get back to me. I could not have reached this point without your help and your hub.

I don't know if I should include include your blurb in my profile or not. Surely it wouldn't hurt. So now I'm focusing on improving my profile and writing my summaries.

If you can think of anything else, I look forward to hearing from you.

Your hub Steps to Successful AdSense Activation for HubPages, has been enormously helpful. Thank You.

And, I will stay in touch.


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Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Maralexa, Congratulations. That's wonderful! They used to require a statement of ownership in your profile (as I show in the example image in this Hub). Did they request that? It's possible that they dropped that requirement when HP started using subdomains. If you did get a request from them, place that in your profile. You can remove it after they check.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

Glenn: I am trying to add the "code" for subdomain tracking to my HP account and do not know how to do it. I have linked the adsense with my subdomain account but am unable to figure out where to put the code that is required. Will appreciate your help on this one.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Timetraveler2 - Go to your account page. Click the "Earnings" tab. Click to the "settings" page. Enter your AdSense code under the "External Affiliate Settings" in the "Google AdSense" field.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

I re read the section you mention and when I followed the directions a page came up stating I already had an Adsense account linked to HP. Since I can see from my Adsense account that I am getting credit for my clicks (or think I am), should I leave it alone or try to add a different code. However, should it be linked to HP or linked to my own subdomain, and if so, can I fix this or should I just walk away from it.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Timetraveler2 - You can only have one active AdSense account. So just make sure you have THAT code in HP. If you are already seeing credits accumulating then you probably have the correct code in HP. Unless you have it somewhere else too, and making money from there. So make sure the code you have in HP matches your active code, as I mentioned in this hub. Then you should be good to go.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

I have been with AdSense almost from the beginning. This all came from some information I misunderstood recently from someone here on the forums. I am in both programs, but now I have a new question for you. If I drop the AdSense will HP pay more, or will it be the same as always? I never have understood about payments...any info you can share will be great to have.


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY Author

Timetraveler2 - An active AdSense account is a requirement to be in the HP Earnings Program. If you drop your AdSense account you will lose you right to be in HP 's Earnings program. I suggest you read the rules in the Learning Center. Especially before you make drastic mistakes. You are so far along that it would be a shame to go backwards and lose your status. Click the "help" link on any page. Then click the Learning Center link. Review all sections under "How to make money on HubPages" to catch up with what you need to know.

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