Steps to Successful AdSense Activation
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 .
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...
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...
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.
- 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."
- 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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
...Then I also had to grant access to Hubpages...
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."
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.
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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