I've received a $100 gift card from Google adwords. So if one signs up, does anyone know if one hsa to provide them with a credit card number so that if forgets about it, it goes on to debit one's account...
I believe that you do need a debit or credit card, yes, at least you need to use one to start using your account. In order to own an AdWords account you need to pay a small one off fee, which I believe is $5, to be debited from your initial credit. I am not sure whether this would be deducted from your $100 free code or whether you will need to invest $10 of your own money.
Either way, it is well worth it. Be careful how you use it though, you aren't intending to use it for Hubpages are you? Because that could get your AdSense account banned.
Oh. They sent it to me for Hub Pages. I don't have any other websites at the moment. So, I guess I can't use it then.
Why would HP ban one?
It is a Google rule, not a Hubpages one.
You can't pay to send traffic to a page which displays AdSense units, its called arbitrage.
You can use it to send traffic to landing pages on your own sites (pages which do not have AdSense ads on them), or sites which do not use PPC advertising income such as AdSense at all.
That doesn't make sense. There are billions of pages on the internet. And they're all filled with google ads.
Everybody is using ads to send traffic to their own websites. And why would google send someone who was using Adsense freebies if they weren't intending one to use them?
Where does it say this on Google?
It does make sense, Google AdSense is not as prevalant as you may think, there are only $15bn per annum in AdSense revenues to fight over, the internet is worth $1 trillion in trade each year in the UK alone.
https://adwords.google.com/support/aw/b … swer=66238
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/A … &hl=en
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/A … &hl=en
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/A … &hl=en
I would be happy to provide a few more if you wish, that is just a quick search for the word 'Arbitrage' on the Google help pages.
A site which uses AdSense can send AdWords traffic to its site, but on a landing page, which has to meet the landing page requirements outlined in the first link that I gave you.
Hubpages, as an example, uses AdSense. Here is a Hubpages Landing Page http://hubpages.com/help/landing_e2
Note that there are no ads on that page. There are also no ads on the Hubpages home page, which could also be used as a landing page.
Thank you. Your helpful advice helped me clarify about those adword ads appearing on my hubs. I was actually going to check it out today.
I think it's sent to anyone with a google adsense account.
you have to have an adwords account to use it for separate sites. HP already pays for advertising here.
at least this is my understanding.
If it doesn't get you banned, it will at very least get you smartpriced. Google don't like it, thats all that needs to be said.
Look, I wouldn't particularly know how to use it, and I certainly don't think that a measly $100 will send any traffic of any significance to any site.
I'm asking because I find it extremely strange. I'm going to email them and ask them what they want me to do with it.
It's not strange, Sophia. You have an Adsense account. Google has an automated system that sends these offers to Adsense account holders. The automated system can't check to see what sites you're using your Adsense account on. That's it.
The way I see this, HubPages is not suited for creating landing pages - this is even against the rules concerning "overly promotional." Therefore, Google will presume that the reason of using AdWords for HubPages is to purchase low-cost clicks in the hope of generating higher-value clicks. That is why AdWords isn't suited for HubPages.
it may make sense, but it wont make you cents on adsense
as stated, thats a presumption, one I would disagree with on both counts.
It would be smarter to use your own completely controlled site as a landing page - but it would not be against either of the TOS to do otherwise.
Using paid traffic (even with a voucher) to a revshare site is unwise only because your cutting 40% off the top before you even start.. thats a hard margin to make up.
oh cool, 5k posts, I think ill retire now also and go live virtually on an industry centered forum instead.
You know, every one of your questions was answered in the link I provided you, including alternate ways to make the $5 deposit - that same link is also a first page return for a couple likely searches.
Whats funny , is that you are throwing away $100 , which is probably more than you will make on adsense in the next 3 months. learn, read, experiment ..or dont..note.. Adwords has daily budget settings
Sunforged, I'm a complete idiot of this. I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
I do know that I won't sign up for anything that is supposedly free but wants my debit card (don't use credit cards) details.
In any event, I don't have another site, so I'll just chuck it! I was going to chuck it anyway because I normally tend to chuck freebies (there's always a hook attached somewhere). However, someone suggested I use it. obviously, I can't.
because many writers on HP and similar sites have businesses or separate sites where they will pay for sponsored links or ad placement.
Ah, I see Thanks for clearing that bit up.
Sophia, I had the same question when I first received mine. I'm sure many do. My son uses them for the business he works for and explained how they work. They can be used very successfully and are everyday.
this hub isn't specifically on the subject, but explains the difference between sponsored links(which cost advertisers $) and organic links. http://hubpages.com/hub/What-is-a-Sponsored-Link
Rebekah, thanks. I did know those things. i didn't know the terminology but I've been on the web since December 1994. I was working for a publishing house at the time (they had an entire stable of magazines) and they were on the net.
It's more that I don't have knowledge of making money on the net. That's what I'm trying to learn... And it's a big job!!!!
So what are basically doing when you use the google adwords coupon is buying a position, briefly, at the top of the SERPS?
as far as the coupon, I'm sure SF and others can explain it better, but for someone on HP and only HP, it would serve no purpose.
Adwords is expensive for businesses because they have so much to consider, what markets they want to reach, what locations, for how long, etc. For example, BP bought all the key words that were bringing in searches for the Gulf Oil Spill, so their links could rank at the top.
I wondered why my Hubs on that subject did so well!
I earnt over $100 in a few weeks from 4 hubs about Oil or that particular Oil spill, and then felt bad for capitalising on a catastrophe... so I donated that first $100 to Greenpeace. Think they still earn me a little bit, sporadically, but it would be too awkward for me to tot up a dollar here and there indefinitely, so I suppose I have still inadvertedly profited. At least my intentions were good, hey
I can remember at the time being surprised by the value of the clicks on one particular Hubpage, but that makes sense now.
Thats not strictly how it works, you can choose to target search specifically, in which case your ads will show in the AdSense ads above or besides search results. Effectively you are just purchasing AdSense ads, just like the ones which show on Hubpages. There isn't an ability to purchase a SERPS ranking from Google, which is why it is so well respected and is also why everyday people like us can make money. Although, of course, you can still 'buy' your way to the top of Google in other ways; backlink packages etc.
how to use adwords voucher
can you use adwords to direct traffic to a site with adsense?
those who use arbitrage follow a certain layout and model, a hubpage by its nature will not fall under that model.ryan is correct that intentional arbitrage is frowned upon. but using adwords and adsense together is not arbitrage.
legitimate content sites that use adwords to gain traffic and also have adsense are very common.
read, the adsense/adwords tos and blogs. keep in mind - two google services, double the possible scrutiny.
Wow! Thanks for all of the information. I have received those cards too. I have never used one before and I am glad that I haven't, too many rules! lol!!!
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