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Don't Make The Same Mistake I Did When Signing Up For Google AdSense

Updated on March 14, 2012
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Getting Started

As a new Hubber, I was excited both to write and to get paid to write on HubPages.com. Since I hadn't written online before (aside from a blog that I never monetized), I needed to sign up for the Google AdSense program. I started by reading the Learning Center hub on signing up for Google AdSense.

I logged into my account on HubPages.com and went to the "My Account" page, then clicked on "Earnings". I joined the HubPages Ad Program, and then began the process of joining Google AdSense. I had all the criteria that the Learning Center described - I had written at least one hub (exactly one, at that time!), and had followed all the other steps. I was ready to go.


Denied!
Denied! | Source

Mistake #1: Denied!

On the Earnings page, I clicked the "Configure" button next to Google AdSense. I followed the steps to apply for an account.

Within two days, I had an email from the AdSense team, saying that my membership was denied! I was shocked. The reason given was "Insufficient Content". Apparently, I needed to have more than one hub (and my profile) set up before applying. I hadn't published any more hubs because I wanted to wait until I could earn from them. What I didn't know is that I needed to publish enough so that AdSense would take my application seriously.

Waiting and waiting and waiting...
Waiting and waiting and waiting... | Source

Mistake #2: Waiting and Waiting and Waiting

After my denial, I wrote several more hubs in the hopes of gaining enough content to reapply to Google AdSense. The email that contained my denial also explained how to reapply once I had resolved the issue.

So, after I published more hubs, I reapplied. I quickly received an email that said "Welcome to Google AdSense!" I was excited! Then I continued reading and saw that they had completed a "partial review" of my site. The rest of the review would be completed and I would hear from them within four business days. Okay, not bad given that I'd been denied the first time.

I waited and waited. I asked Questions on the HubPages forums about how long it took to hear back from Google AdSense. Still waiting, I published more hubs. Finally, after nearly two weeks, I contacted Google AdSense Support and inquired about the status of my account. I received a response within two days, and was shocked to find that I was the one causing the delay!

Apparently, once the initial review of your site is complete, Google AdSense waits until it starts seeing impressions of ads on your site before they will finalize your approval. So, I needed to do the following:

  1. Go back to the Earnings page of My Account on HubPages.com
  2. Click "Configure" next to Google AdSense.
  3. Answer "YES" to the question at the top, "Do you already have a Google AdSense account?"
  4. Enter the email address associated with the Google AdSense account (even though it's only conditionally approved).


TA-DA! Suddenly I was active in the ad programs on HubPages.com, and was able to apply for both eBay and Amazon accounts (which have now also been approved).

Lessons Learned

If you are conditionally approved to Google AdSense, make sure you go back into the Earnings tab and add your account, even if you've been denied before. You could be missing out on earnings like I was!

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      Kenn Li 2 years ago

      I published 13 hubs already,yet google adsense still denied my application. im getting tired of this s#*t.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Hi, thanks for what you have written here, I am struggling to get google adsense approval. To date I have written 8 hubs with a fair amount of content but keep getting the response that my content is insufficient. I have been a member for only 4 months so this could be a factor? Also I live in South Africa and I have heard that people who live in India take longer to get approval than those in the US. I keep resubmitting my application under 'earnings' but still no approval. I have read that one needs 10 hubs to get approval but some say this is not necessary.

      So must I just keep writing and keep applying for approval?

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This is a very useful hub for those who still haven't been approved to Google AdSense like me. People would do well to take note of the things you said in this hub. Thanks for the tips. By the way, when you re-applied to AdSsense, how exactly did you re-apply? Did you do it via HubPages again or by going into the AdSense website? I also recently got rejected for insufficient content and I'm thinking of re-applying soon when I have more hubs. But I'm just wondering about how to re-apply.

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      Jen 4 years ago

      I'll have to come back here after I have more hubs and I've been accepted into the program. Great info here! Thanks!

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      Hi shabushaj - I believe I had three hubs published when I was approved. However, it's also about how long they are and the content, I think. My first hub was pretty tiny, so I understand why they didn't think I was worth their time! Good luck, and try not to be intimidated. They will approve you!

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      shabushaj 4 years ago from india

      relieved after reading your hub. I'm troubled with the same problem. Also denial from them made me disappointed and i'm hesitated to write more hubs. I would like to know that how long it took you to get approved and how many hubs were published by that time?

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      collegeman2 4 years ago from long island NY

      ahhh Thanks so much for the pro tip! I have been waiting about 2 weeks for the same reason. Greatly apprechiated.

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      Ann 4 years ago from Round Rock, TX

      Thanks for the information. I would be waiting just like you were if you had not shared this info!

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Hi Amy:

      Ad sense wants me to continue writing, which is a plan (Denied again). Your article encouraged me to look into Amazon products. I found out that Illinois residents are not accepted into the program. In the meantime, I will keep up my writing goals. Thanks again.

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      Missy Mac - I'm glad this hub was helpful! I suspect Google has a username and password lookup on their site. My username is my Gmail email address, if that helps!

      As for Amazon, I haven't experienced any issues with them, but I haven't done much with them either. I hope you get a reply from them soon. Good luck!

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      well, I attempted to sign up for Amazon and the application mentioned that person's from Illinois are not eligible for the program. Also, I found out that my unique email address if being used. Any suggestions? I did send Amazon an email. Waiting for a reply. In addition, I did resubmit my application to Google Adsense

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for this information. I was initially denied for the reason mentioned in this article. I will try the steps mentioned, but I can't remember the username/password. I only use one and wonder why it's not taking. Thanks again!

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      Jamie - thanks so much for reading and commenting! I'm glad to hear that this hub can help others. I wrote it completely from my own experience.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This is a really informative hub.. thank you for sharing this! I've had others ask me how long it takes, etc.. and I think your hub here would have been quite helpful to them. I applied a couple years ago, I guess before they started the "conditional approval" thing. In fact, I'm just now learning about that here. Great hub, voted UP and extremely useful :)

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      LiteTec - Google approved me after only a couple of hubs, so I'm guessing they would do the same for you. They want to make sure you are going to have some content before the invest their ads in your work. However, if you feel that you would get more revenue out of a one time publication, then go for it! You can try writing on other topics here if you want. The options are endless. Good luck!

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      devisree - that's great news! I'm so happy that this hub helped you out. This is a really great site, and I'm so glad you are here!

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      Hoa Xuan Nguyen Thi 4 years ago from Hanoi, Vietnam

      It is a bit of a catch 22 situation for me. I had intended to write a series of technical articles and get money for them from the advertising programs. However that material has worth if I take it to a magazine for publication. Do I write like 20 hubs and hope that somehow Google Ad(Non)Sense will approve my application?

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      devisree 4 years ago from India

      Hi Amy Gillie , Thank you very much for this informative hub.I have started writing in hub pages for three months.Because google adsense is not approving me i got frustrated.I asked about this to the hubbers in the question page . Within two days I got many answers . Through one answer' banks cottage' guide me to your Hub . I read it carefully and did as you advised. Soon I got approved by Google ad sense.

      I want to point out my mistake.in the Earning section, To the question at the top, "Do you already have a Google AdSense account?", i answered "No". I thought because i didn't get approval i can't write" yes".

      After reading your hub, I want to try again by writing 'Yes' instead of' No'.That worked. At the same moment I got approved.

      Again thanks a lot for this useful hub narrating in simple way.Now I am also in the earning Program because of you Amy Gillie

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      StandingJaguar, I was denied at first for the same thing. If you write a couple more hubs you should get approved. Good luck!

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      Amy 4 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks! I am a new hubber and was denied for "insufficient content", (I have two hubs) I guess I need to write more posts first. But now I will know what to do if I get the "partial" email!

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      Jean-Francois Joanisse 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow! That explains a lot! Thank you very much!

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      Music-and-Art-45 4 years ago

      THANK YOU! - This was just what I needed. Voted up.

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      Amy Gillie 4 years ago from Indiana

      Pcabral - I believe you can ignore that for HubPages. Just activate it in your HP account and you should be all set.

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      Pedro Alexandre Furtado Cabral 5 years ago from Azores

      This same thing happened to me. Only moments ago I could finally have my AdSense approved.

      Unfortunately I can't seem to get my account fully approved. It still asks me to implement my code on my website.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      He was Luck-y, actually he had a very good game against traditionally a tough defense. At least the Steelers won a meaningless game:-)))

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Bankscottage - I'm so glad this helped! Thanks for the votes and sharing (and I'll thanks Horatio Plot too).

      And as for that team from the midwest...I'm feeling "Lucky"! :-)

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hi jkaur1988 - Have you contacted their support team? they may be able to tell you why it has been denied.

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      bankscottage 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Amy, thank you so much. You solved my problem (and sounds like you did it for many others)! Horatio Plot sent me to this Hub and it was the answer. I agree Horatio that your Hub should become part of the Learning Center and FAQ.

      If you reply, I am going to be away from the computer for awhile. I'm going to watch the Steelers play some team from the midwest. I think a Manning (Eli's brother) used to play for them;-)

      Thanks again for your help.

      Voted up, and across the board. Shared and bookmarked. (I may even print and frame it).

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      Jasmeet kaur 5 years ago from India

      Hi. I have signed up for google adsense account many times but it was denied. They replied me that your program is not meet our criteria .please help me on this................

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Karine - I believe Google AdSense has a pretty good support page. I used that and finally got a response. Good luck!

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      e-five 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Thank you for this hub. Only after I read your post did I figure out I needed to click Yes to "Do you already have a Google AdSense account?" Why isn't that information included in the standard message from HubPages? Seems like it might be a common problem.

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      Susannah Birch 5 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Just a note - you don't need Adsense approval to apply for Amazon.

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      Karine Gordineer 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Amy - this is a great hub. I'm having this exact problem! But the bigger issue is that I never received an email saying why I was Disapproved. I just looked this afternoon and saw the status on my hub pages account. Do you know if there is a reliable contact email for google support where they actually respond? Thanks!

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Thank you! Very useful!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      BeautyAndTheRest - I hope you were able to get yours straightened out!

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      BeautyAndTheRest 5 years ago

      The exact same thing happened to me ! I think it happens to a lot of people . Useful hub Amy :)

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Lyn! I'm so glad it didn't happen to you. Happy hubbing!

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      Lyn.Stewart 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Brilliant hub for those who are new to hubpages ... I am glad this didn't happen to me. I do hope lots of people find this hub.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Crystal - I'm so happy you were approved! Google has actually changed its procedure, according to the email response I FINALLY got from their support folks. So I think it's the HP learning center that is outdated a bit. I'm excited that it worked for you! Precisely why I wrote this!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      A follow-up to my previous comment: Amy, I hope you are not offended by this, but I could absolutely kiss you right now! I did what you said and even though it says my account is still under review, it appears that I have been approved, because I earned 7 cents overnight! I've never been so happy to make 7 cents in my life! I also am now approved for Amazon and have already added some of those links to my hubs. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this hub. I agree that the HugPages tutorial does not thoroughly explain how to sign up and I think your hub should be added to the tutorial. Nicely done!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      I have had the exact same experience, only I've been waiting two months versus two weeks! I've posed this question numerous times on hub pages, and everyone says to just keep writing. I've tried to contact Google, but can't find anyone to respond. I did what you suggested and now it says I am active, but when I click on my account, it still says it is under review, so I'm scratching my head. If you've got any advice, I'd be grateful. Thanks for this hub - you told me more than I knew before!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      I'm glad this helped, mamakatz! I wrote this after I figured it out, hoping it would save others some of the hassle. HP is a great place to write, so I'm glad you didn't give up!

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      mamakatz 5 years ago

      After a lot of searching, this answers my question! I am a brand new hubber, published my first hub yesterday, applied and got rejected from Adsense today. Very discouraging, especially when the only information I could find about how to remedy this indicated that I need to set up a whole separate hub pages account! Not what I wanted to hear. I'm so glad I can reapply later; that is what wasn't clear to me. Thank you so much for these tips. Looks like it is a common mistake! Very helpful information!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks molometer! Trying to save others the hassles I had!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Horatio Plot - love your comment! Sorry this happened to you too!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      This is useful for new people signing up to adsense.

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      Horatio Plot 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

      Ha-ha! This is exactly what happened to me. Exactly, step for step.

      I set up the AdSense account before I’d published a Hub and got disapproved because of “insufficient content”. Where do either HubPages or AdSense explain this to you?

      I then re-applied and waited. Google told me, “We will continue reviewing your site and you will be fully approved or disapproved within four (4) business days.”

      4 days, nothing.

      12 days, nothing.

      I solved it in the end by trial and error. But because you’ve already applied and believe you’ve configured the thing and are just waiting for the approval, it makes no sense to press the “configure” button again. And so you don’t for fear of ending up with two accounts and having someone from Google bang on your door, wag their finger at you in a condescending manner and confiscate your laptop.

      What you think your waiting for is Google to contact you and say you’re brilliant and you’re approved. But they don’t. It’s you, Hubpages and Adsense in a Mexican Standoff.

      I think HubPages could make a better job of explaining this. Your Hub should be required reading and part of the learning centre.

      Thank you in advance from all the future Hubbers whose lives you have saved from the sheer misery of having Google think you aren’t good enough!

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Marci! I'm sorry you had a similar experience. Hopefully we can help others avoid it.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I had a similar experience - to me, it seemed that the instructions on our site implied we weren't fully done with our profiles until we signed up. Of course, with no content (or very little), we don't get approved. This is a very helpful hub for newbies - thanks for publishing this information! Voted up and useful.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the read and comment, surveyequipment! I hope you'll share if you know others who can benefit.

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      Rich Sale 5 years ago from Sandy

      Really useful info. I was not aware of the problem as I already had an Adsense account when I started writing hubs.

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      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      thank you amy for sharing this valuable information.it is helpful for new hubies,like me.thanks again.

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      Bethany Lynn 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hi Bethany Lynn! I think I had five published before I was conditionally approved. Then after I reactivated my account through HubPages.com, it took another few days to get the official approval email. Keep writing - you'll get approved!

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      Bethany Lynn 5 years ago

      This helped me alot! I also was denied after writing one hub, so I have now just started concentrating on writing:) How many hubs did you publish before you were "conditionally" approved?

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the read, Hunbbel Meer! I appreciate the vote.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      A very good and informative hub for beginners, and it is well-presented too!

      I experienced the same situation, when I took off. I wish that I would have read your hubs then :)

      Voted up!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Ruchira! I finally got approved and hope I can help others get approved.

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Dilipchandra12 - I agree! I hope I can keep others from making the same mistake I did. Thanks for the read!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I agree...to get approved...gotta have material to show your potential.

      Voted up and given 2 thumbs up :)

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Apply for adsense after you write some quality hubs, make sure you at least have above 20 hubs in your account :)

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the read, vote and share, ThePracticalMommy! As a new hubber myself, I want to help others as much as I can.

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      This is excellent advice for new hubbers, especially those who are frustrated with the sign-up process of Adsense. Voted up and sharing!

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks strictlydating!

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      Great advice for new Hubbers!

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      IZ7LJM 5 years ago from Galatone ( Lecce) Italia

      Many thanks for info Amy Gillie..

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      Amy Gillie 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hi IZ7LJM! I do hope you will try to contact AdSense support before you give up on writing here. If I had done that sooner, I would have saved a lot of hassle!

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      IZ7LJM 5 years ago from Galatone ( Lecce) Italia

      Also I am passing this ugly experience to activate Google Adsense. I believe that I will leave' to lose and I will dedicate me' only to write here comments in Hubpages.