Can't get approved by AdSense. What am I doing wrong?

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  1. Jeff Porter profile image59
    Jeff Porterposted 10 years ago

    Can't get approved  by AdSense.   What am I doing wrong?

    I have six Hubs, and I've  been on HubPages for a couple of weeks.  I've applied twice and been turned down, citing "Insufficient Content".  I've tried asking on Google AdSense, but have only gotten a couple of rude comments.  For those who are using AdSense, what do you think I'm doing wrong?
      It looks like Google is already placing adsense ads on my hubs.   Is that possible?   My hubs tend to be 1600+ words, with polls and/or quizes, and images.  I've used images gathered from search engines and listed as not licensed, yet the replies from the Google forum says I can't do that.  Help?

  2. blueheron profile image92
    blueheronposted 10 years ago

    It took me a month and about 30 featured hubs to get Adsense approval. I think I was rejected four times. I'm guessing you are being rejected for "insufficient content." The answer is to put up more content.

    According to websites giving tips on Adsense approval, you should make sure your profile is complete and sign up for things like Pintrest, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Makes you sound like you get around, I guess.

    Be patient. You'll get there.

    1. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the reply.    Reading around, it seems that many people seem to want to leave HubPages for greener pastures.  I'm brand new to all of this, so I don't even  know what they mean.   Ha!

  3. profile image0
    Ben Blackwellposted 10 years ago

    You'll need at least 20 hubs to get into Google adsense.  I'm not sure what you mean about your images, but you should stick to either public domain images, purchase images, or use images that are free as long as you link back to the owner.  I like to use  Your hubs are long enough, but you need more of them.

    1. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Ben.    I'll keep writing!     About my images: what I mean is I search Bing and type in my search: such as "Phil Robertson".    A bunch of pictures will appear, and I click on 'license', and select 'free to share and use'.   Then....

  4. Jeff Porter profile image59
    Jeff Porterposted 10 years ago

    Ben Blackwell, if you're reading this, this is the rest of my reply to your comment.    I hope you don't mind me asking for information about this topic, and I thank you for replying.

       So, after I full up images on Bing that are "free to use and share", I click on one I like.   Then I save it to the desktop.    Then, within my hub, i will upload it and place it.
        If the image is free to use, do I need to do anything about attributing where I got it?     If so, I do not know how to do that.      Thanks again!!

    1. Georgie Lowery profile image91
      Georgie Loweryposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Unfortunately, most of the images you find through regular search engines are not free use - even if they say they are. Your Duck Dynasty photos are publicity stills and def not free use.

    2. profile image0
      Ben Blackwellposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      He's right.  I don't know 100% about the image attribution, so I like to play it same by making them myself, using images from websites like, and by using public domain pictures.

    3. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, then how is anyone to know what is and what isn't?    Shouldn't the search engine fix that?

    4. profile image0
      Ben Blackwellposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      The only way to know is if the owner of the image expressly states that it is public domain or that you can use it with certain requirements.  You can also email people and ask.  I would also try to use my own images when possible.

    5. Georgie Lowery profile image91
      Georgie Loweryposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You can use rgbstock or morguefile for free images, also the commons at wikipedia. If you are free to use, the photo will tell you. Don't find them by Google search.  I'm a girl, by the way. tongue

    6. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, I will certainly check those sites out!

  5. johnsonrallen profile image91
    johnsonrallenposted 10 years ago

    I was approved after 12 hubs. I think it's time/content based. They're not going to approve you with such little content in a short amount of time. Just write some more and keep resubmitting your application- they don't limit how many times you can apply.

    1. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks.    I'm just anxious to get it going.  Just curious as to how it works.  One person on the AdSense forum said my content was unoriginal, so they'd never approve me for an account.

    2. johnsonrallen profile image91
      johnsonrallenposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      No, that's not true. Your content is good, don't worry about that. For me, I applied on a Friday, was not approved, and decided to apply again on Monday- and was approved. I think much is robot checked and looks at time on HubPages as well.

  6. JamesAng12 profile image69
    JamesAng12posted 10 years ago

    From my understanding when I first started off, your chances of being approved would be much higher if you had at least 10 hubs, although you can still apply with less than that. My advice would be to publish more hubs before you attempt to re-submit your application again. Otherwise, you can also apply for AdSense for your blog or website, and if approved, you can use the same account for your HP account.

    Regarding the images, if you are using images that are not licensed for use according to Creative Commons, you are using them at your own risk. From my experience, HP is unlikely to take down your hubs just for that, but if the owner of those images lodges a copyright complaint or takes legal action, then chances are that they will take it down. Otherwise, the only effect using such images will have is that your articles cannot be featured as Hubs of the Day.

    1. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the advice.    It is appreciated.   Being new here, I am sort of stumbling round and learning as I go from trial and error.

  7. bestcattree profile image70
    bestcattreeposted 10 years ago

    Hello Jeff,
    I too have had my share of non approvals by Adsense. However I was also told to keep writing and I would get approved. It seems for me 19-20 hubs with at least 1300+ words was what was needed. Regarding the pictures, any picture found in a search engine typically are not ok to use. I will take my own photos so I'm lucky in that regard. However a good place to look for is a public site that has free to use images. They will state this somewhere on the site. Otherwise its best not to use the images unless you have gotten permission from the owner.

  8. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 10 years ago

    You're on the way and that's what counts. Now you've got to be patient and start to build up your stock of hubs, keep writing quality content and keep applying. You will succeed if no technicalities are holding you back.

    If you want to earn quick money then HP is not your place unless you intend to write 'hot' hubs for the big events or news items. HP tends to attract those who are in it for the long haul, who write evergreen hubs so called which can earn a steady income for months and years to come. I'm no big earner but I enjoy the writing and the trickle down.
    I wish you well in that venture.

    As for images - I use my own if I can but do use a lot from Wikimedia Commons  and other public domain image sites.
    You can also type in your subject and add public domain images and you should get many option, all free to use. Don't forget you should still write in where you got the image from - better not to leave an image without attribution.

    Best of luck.

  9. MSGolden51 profile image78
    MSGolden51posted 10 years ago

    I went through that too not enough content, at the time I had 4 hubs, so I waited until I had 12 hubs, then I applied again after about 4 to 6 weeks, then they approved, but be patient it will happen. God bless

    1. Jeff Porter profile image59
      Jeff Porterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!

  10. Ashfaq Ahammed profile image55
    Ashfaq Ahammedposted 9 years ago

    Getting adsense approval it quite easy fallow the policies … -keywords/


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