I am a newbie with GoogleAdsense - I submitted my application about 4 days ago and I am still waiting for them to connect my site. Please give me some guidance in my first steps in using google AdSense. In my accounts page it does show "activated "
Mine did that too for a few days and I'm new so I think its normal for that to happen.
If you have an Adsense account already, you can use it here. If you don't, then you'll need to apply, BUT wait until you have at least 10 Featured Hubs AND the oldest one is at least one month old before you apply.
Thank you everyone! So I will write more articles.
What type of website do your recommend I build? Just a WordPress blog?
I wouldn't use the word "just" to describe Wordpress, it's possibly the most powerful and easily accessible method of building either a blog or a website.
I always recommend new bloggers start at Wordpress.com, because you can start for free and it gives you a chance to learn the software in baby steps - then if you decide to launch into self-hosting, or upgrade to a business plan, the learning curve isn't nearly so steep.
However it depends what your goal is in creating a blog.
The old way of monetizing a blog was to slap Adsense and affiliate advertising on it, sit back and wait for people to click on the ads. If that's what you want to do, then you are just as well sticking with HubPages because it manages the ads better than you can do it yourself. However with so many people using adblocker and advertisers paying less and less, it's a pocket money solution not a way to make a decent income. If you prefer a blog, you can't place advertisements on a Wordpress.com blog so you'll have to settle for Blogger.
The new way to monetize a blog is to use the blog to sell your services as an online consultant. You can also build an email list - you then send your subscribers a regular newsletter in which you can market products and ebooks. Eventually, you can use your readership numbers and subscriber list to do deals with suppliers. You ARE allowed to do all that on a Wordpress.com blog - and frankly if you are hoping to build your profile in your field, that approach looks more professional than slapping ads on your site. Plus you are building a network, something that's impossible to do on HubPages.
If you use Wordpress.com and Mailchimp.com, you'll find there's a sign-up widget built-in to Wordpress to let visitors sign up to your mailing list.
We have two Hubbers who are good examples, in a small way, of how the "sell your services" approach can work.
One is Jean Bakula - her Wordpress site is here: https://jeanbakula.wordpress.com/
She offers tarot readings through her site.
The other is OldRoses - http://advicefromtheherblady.com/
She gets public speaking engagements through her blog.
The big advantage of this approach is that the pay rate per hour works out much higher than blogging for advertising revenue.
Hi, yes, even I recommend Wordpress if you intend to build a blog of your own.
And in case you need a theme, I recommend Alizee because it is user friendly and ideally suited for blogs of all kinds. This theme is easy to navigate too, meaning you can easily post updates and blogs yourself without relying on anyone else.
Actually I'm talking about Wordpress.COM to get started, not buying a hosting service and using the Wordpress software. I'm not sure if Alizee is available on Wordpress.com but actually, themes are neither easy nor hard to navigate - whether navigation is good or bad depends on what menus you choose and where you choose to put them.
No, I don't think it is available on wordpress.com - it is an independent theme. Some themes are more user friendly than others and I regard this one as being very good for setting up blogs.
That said, wordpress.com is also a good idea if you wish to save on hosting, at least initially. And there are numerous options, so you are bound to find something that suits you.
I don't suggest Wordpress.com because it saves money. I suggest it because it's much easier to use.
When I started out creating websites for people, I used to put them straight on a self-hosted package with Wordpress software. I sound found that newbies were overwhelmed with it all, and bamboozled by plugins etc. When I start them on Wordpress.COM, they don't need to understand any of that, they can just write.
At some point they may feel they need some extra functionality, and at that point I can transfer them to a self-hosted package with Wordpress software and it takes about five minutes. Wordpress.com even takes care of all the 301 redirects. And because the person is already familiar with the Wordpress software, they're ready to learn the extra stuff they need to know.
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