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Easy Introductions to Start Google Adsense

Applying for a Google Adsense account is quick and easy for any interested webmaster. Just point your browser to and click on apply.  

How to Apply for the Program and Important Info on Paying Taxes

Click on the drop-down arrow under account type and select whether you’re an individual or business. If you’re not sure which one to choose, click on the question mark to the left. Next, select your country or territory.  

Under website information, it asks for your primary URL. If you have your website, list it here. If you are using a blogging site such as or, that URL goes here.  

Select your website’s primary language. Google AdSense supports Chinese (simplified), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

Select the product you want on your pages. Adsense for Content means you will have advertising targeted to the Content on your pages. For instance, if you write about flooring, you might have carpet ads on your page. Adsense for Search is for you to add a Google search box to your pages. To maximize your Google Adsense earnings, you will want to have both.

After that, it’s just the regular contact information, and you’re all set. You should receive an email in 2 or 3 days letting you know if your application is approved.

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Google Adsense Earnings?

Google Adsense is required to collect tax information from those who participate in the program. If you’re a business, you’ll need to put your EIN on your application. If you’re an individual, all you’ll need is your social security number. If you don’t have that information when you initially sign up, you can still apply for the Google Adsense program. But be advised that Google Adsense will withhold payments to you until they receive your tax information.

While Google does not withhold taxes or provide any tax advice, they will send you 1099 once your earnings reach a certain amount. Of course, if you are a Non-US business and have no activity in the United States, you will not need to provide this information.  

For more tax information regarding the Google Adsense program, visit the Google Adsense Support site. For other tax-related questions or concerns, you can log onto

How Does Google Adsense Program Work For Webmasters Wanting to Earn Income?

Advertisers pay Google when someone clicks on their ads which are placed on pages that contain text. For example, if you write content about lawn mowers, you will probably see ads from lawn mower manufacturers and retailers on that page.

When someone clicks on those ads, the advertiser pays Google, and Google pays you. Of course, the advertiser hopes the person who clicked on the ad will purchase the lawnmower or whatever they’re offering.

Google is very strict about the integrity of this process. You are forbidden to click on your ads. If you do, your Adsense account will be ended, and you might never get it back. You are also prohibited from asking others to click on “your ads.” It makes sense. Why would advertisers want to pay just so your friends and family could click on your ads when no one is interested in purchasing the lawn mower or subject of the ad.

The good news is that it’s unnecessary to “cheat.” Google Adsense is so easy you’ll make more money just going by the rules. Have or write interesting content that will turn up in search engines, and you have “targeted” the right people to read those ads. Just think, somebody in Indiana buys a lawnmower, and you get a commission!

What Not to Tell Others About the Google Adsense Program

The Most Important Rule

Sympathy only goes so far. Not only is it against the Google Adsense Program Policies, but if you rely on friends and family members to click on your ads instead of plying the program, you’re cheating yourself and the Google Adsense Program.

The “help me out” wail may work when your kid is selling outrageously expensive candles for the end-of-the-year school party, but it has no place in the Google Adsense Program.

Besides, if you’re asking people to click on your ads, that means you’re not optimizing your site for the right clicks and referrals. Use that same energy to polish your content and your site. When family and friends ask what you’ve been up to, you can proudly show them your hard work. When they see how excited you are, you’ll see your referral revenue go up.

Google Adsense: Rules Surrounding Invalid Clicks and Being in Control

More than anything, an invalid click is a big no-no, and it will get your account ended faster than anything else. An invalid click is when a publisher clicks on their ads to add to their earning potential. It’s also when a publisher asks others to click on their ads to raise their revenue.

It also raises the advertiser’s costs, and Google won’t tolerate this. Google Adsense has state-of-the-art technology, and they know what’s going on.

Invalid clicks also happen when someone uses robots to click on ads or automated software. It is any deceptive practice used to click on ads.

Invalid clicks are also unnecessary as there are plenty of money-making opportunities with right clicks. With an optimized website, useful content, and attractive ads, there’s no reason for anybody even to entertain the idea of using invalid clicks. 

Having Control Over Your Adsense Account

You, the publisher, have complete control over the advertisement that runs on your site. You can choose to run only image ads, only text ads, or a combination of both. Google recommends you choose both to maximize your earning potential, but the decision is yours.

When making your ad decision, you also have the freedom to choose which type of ads run across your entire account (image or text), or you can narrow that decision to what type of ad might run on a particular page.  

As of right now, you cannot differentiate your image ad click rate from your text ad click rate. You can, of course, differentiate your click rate from one site as opposed to another site. Say, for example, you run only image ads on one site and only text ads on another site.  

By setting up channels to track both sites, you can see which site has the better click rate. Of course, consider there would be more factors than whether you were running text or image ads. The content, placing the ads even the color could make a difference.

Refer to the Google Adsense Support Site for specific instructions on how to enable or disable image ads. Remember, it’s all up to you!

Easy Introductions to Start Google Adsense

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