Avoid This Google AdSense Mistake

Avoid This Google AdSense Mistake

Don’t make the same Google AdSense mistake that I did!  When I first started this blog I told you I was going to share with you my successes and my failures… after all, it is better to learn from someone else’s mistakes… right?

This mistake is major, so listen up.  A little over a year ago I first started using Google AdSense.  Seems simple enough – put the Google code on my website and the ads will show… people click, and I make money.  Simple.  Problem is, I never made any money – not one cent.  I figured that my websites were not getting enough traffic, after all, I am new to this.  I have dozens of websites, and I monitor them regularly.  Traffic has been increasing steadily, but still no revenue from AdSense.  Ok, just because my traffic has been increasing, does not mean that I have enough traffic – at least that is what I thought.

A couple of weeks ago I started playing around with AdSense for domains, and I decided to spend some time with AdSense to get to know it better.  What I discovered amazed me and angered me at the same time.

Google AdSense was displaying my ads, but was not paying me for the clicks because the websites my ads were on were not authorized!

Authorized by who you ask?  …and this is the part that hurts… the websites need to be authorized by me… not Google!

I realized that I needed to specify which websites are authorized to display my ads.  Why?  I don’t know, and I am not going to go deep into that.  It really does not matter… maybe Google is trying to trick us out of (some of) our revenue, or maybe they legitimately want to ensure that the website conforms with their TOS (terms of service).  Whatever.  All I know is that once I authorized my websites, I have been making money every day with Google AdSense.  And yes, that means I lost over a year of AdSense revenue.  And that is frustrating and it makes me angry.  Don’t you make this same mistake!

The Good News
Google makes it easy (once you know you need to do it) to authorize all websites.  There are two choices, you can individually specify the website(s) you want to authorize, or you can choose all sites.

Log in to your AdSense account and go to “Account Settings” to make your adjustment.  The help screen says that choosing individual sites is an option, but mine defaulted to there probably because I supplied the name of my website when asked while setting up my AdSense account.  I suspect others will do the same, so be careful.


Tell me if you have had similar situations.

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Written by Scott Gilbert on May 3rd, 2011 with no comments.
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