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Why Won't Google Adsense Approve Me?

Updated on March 1, 2013

Why???

Being denied by Ad Sense can be frustrating
Being denied by Ad Sense can be frustrating | Source

Have you asked that question lately? When I was searching for reasons as to why I was being disapproved, I couldn't find one definitive answer. I want to tell you about my long road to approval and what I think Google Ad Sense is looking for and how hopefully you can get approved, too.


Please note that this advice is for the United States only. I have no knowledge of Google's procedures for other countries.


An Excerpt From Ad Sense's Email

Hello xxxxxx,

Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. After reviewing your
application, our specialists have found that it does not meet our program
criteria. Therefore, we are unable to accept you into our program...

I Applied and Kept Getting Rejected

I joined Hubpages on November 1, 2012. When I joined, I signed up for Amazon, the Ad Program, Ebay, and Ad Sense. I had no idea you couldn't just go ahead and sign up for everything. I thought it was something one had to do when you joined.

Well, it wasn't very long until I figured out that you needed Ad Sense for almost everything if you were going to make money on Hubpages.

The next day I got a nice email from Google Ad Sense telling me that I had been denied. I looked over my application and found a few mistakes, corrected them, and resubmitted it again. Did I get approved? Nope. All in all, I applied four times and was rejected each time. I was very disappointed.

Around the middle of November one of my hubs, How To Be a Court Reporter, won through the Rigorous Review Contest. My prize was $25, but I couldn't receive it if I didn't have Ad Sense. The kind people at Hubpages told me I had until December 14 to hopefully get Ad Sense worked out so I could claim my prize. Now I was really motivated to get approved by Ad Sense!


My Plan To Get Approved By Google Ad Sense

I decided to really revamp my articles on Hubpages. I sat down and wrote out a list of what I thought might help.

  1. Remove any photographs that were not taken by myself
  2. Research and begin to implement SEO to gain more traffic
  3. Link my hubs to each other or other hubber's hubs
  4. Continue to write quality hubs

Reasons I Was Told I Was Rejected

I posted several questions in thie forum for guidance. People were truly helpful, but I think misguided. Here are a few reasons I received:

  1. Your account is too new, reapply when you've been here longer.
  2. You need at least 10 hubs. Write 10 hubs and then reapply
  3. You're not an expert in your field. Google only wants people who know what they're talking about.

I don't blame anyone who gave me this advice. They just didn't know. Ultimately, I think who does and does not get approved by Google Ad Sense is a mystery. But I think I learned some insight into their thinking through this ordeal.

Now I want to share with you what I think Ad Sense is looking for when they are considering accounts to approve and what led to my approval.


An Excerpt From My First Approval Email

Welcome to AdSense!

We've completed a partial review of your application...Once we've completed our review, your application will be fully approved or disapproved. If approved, you’ll begin to see live ads...

Traffic versus Quantity

I don't think it is the number of hubs that you have written that Google Ad Sense looks at, I think it is the amount of traffic your hubs are getting on a daily basis.

Here's my reasoning:

Around the first of December I wrote a hub that turned out to be very popular right from the beginning. I began receiving over 100 views a day. My December 14th deadline was a week away, so I decided to give it another go and reapply.

What do you know, I got approved! Well, partially. I applied for Ad Sense around 4:00 in the afternoon. I received this email about an hour and a half later.

I immediately set my account up through Hubpages and signed up for Ebay and the Ad Program. I made .17 cents the first night!

By the next evening I received my final email telling me I had been approved. What was unique about this email is that it didn't list my profile URL, it had listed the URL for my hub that had been receiving the most traffic.


What Can I Do To Get Approved?

In the end, I don't think it is about the number of hubs you've written, it's about how much traffic you receive. I think this is what Google means when it says it tells you you don't meet program criteria. Which makes sense, why would Google monetize a site that nobody was visiting?

I have made a list of do's and don't's when applying for Google Ad Sense. I think if you are having trouble getting approved by Google and are not sure why you're being turned down, this is good advice to follow.

Do's and Don't's When Applying For Google Ad Sense

Do keep writing quality content
Don't apply until you are receiving at least 100 views a day
Do use SEO
Don't keep reapplying. You have been rejected for a reason. Fix it.
Do use your own photos
Don't use any photos you found from the web
Interlink as many of your hubs that you can
Don't use more than 2 outside links
I hope that this helps you in your pursuit of Google Ad Sense approval. Good luck!

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      I know this was written some time ago, but I see ads on your article, so you must have an active adsense account, right?

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Sorry. Disregard the first comment. :P Great article, though! Keep up the great work! They keep on denying me, too, but I have ads showing all over my article of my second hub. Why are they saying that I am denied if I have ads showing? I must have an active account. On my account earnings page, it shows that my adsense account is inactive, though. Maybe it's because originally my first hub was denied, due to sensitive material. Could that be it? It just doesn't make any sense, because ads are showing on my second hub.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      I think that they put ads there regardless, you just aren't getting paid for them. Keep trying though. Eventually you'll get approved!

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      What's an adsense code, and where do I find it? I keep on hearing people talk about pasting an adsense code somewhere on my hub, and I don't understand at all what they're talking about! I'm a computer idiot, so you'll have to go step by step with me and tell me what it is.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      When you sign up and are approved by Adsense they'll give you a code. That's what you'll then put in your earnings profile

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      They keep on telling me that I need a code now. What do they mean? Why? In part of my rejection email, it says to make sure that I have the code implemented on my hub. Why are they telling me to do this now? It just doesn't make any sense to me.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      It sounds like you are already approved then.

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      No, they said that I was rejected on that email. They give certain guidelines to help a person be accepted, and that was one of them. I though to myself...maybe I'm missing something. I don't feel so bad, because I know it took you a long time before you were approved. I'm sorry that you had to go through that. It's very, very frustrating! I will try resubmitting my application once I get more hubs on my account.

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      This is what it says: - Place the ad code on a live page of your website. It does not have to be the

      main page, but test pages that are empty except for the AdSense ad code will not

      be approved.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      I've never heard that before. That is probably something you need to ask Hubpages Admin.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      It is very frustrating, especially when you start to get traffic. All you can think of is the money that's passing you by! lol You'll get approved soon.

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Thank you for your support. That statement within my rejection email is found under the heading: 'To resolve this issue, please work through the following suggestions:' then it gives a list of suggestions to check for insufficient content. So, it may just be part of the canned response for that general issue. However, if the adsense application has been rejected, then why would they even have this as one of the steps under this topic. Oh, well! Yes, I have been very stressed and frustrated over this. I just can't understand what I'm doing wrong. But, if the approval code is only something I need after I get a welcome email from them, then I will just not worry about it until I get a welcome email. I am writing my next article on tarantulas. Lol! I was going to write it on something else, but I decided to write on this topic instead. My field of study is in biology, and I used to own several tarantulas. I hope that doesn't make you cringe too much. Lol!

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      No. It's really better to write something you like. It keeps your mind off things and you'll enjoy yourself

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      Dana Stamps 4 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      :) I agree! Even if adsense says that my topic material is too sensitive, I'm not changing something that I have written from my heart just so it can be approved by adsense. That's what happened on my first hub. I wrote it on 'Judgment and Lawlessness', and they said it was too sensitive, but I've seen other hubs with ads on them, and the content is VERY sensitive, much more than mine, but they refuse to place their ads on my hub. Oh, well. There's not a lot of common sense in this world anymore. Lol!

      Yes, tarantulas are very docile for the most part. They have gotten a bad rap, especially by the mass media. They are creatures that may look scary, but they're really quite benign.

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      Abbyfitz 4 years ago from Florida

      Good Luck!

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