Creating a web and displaying ads is the most usual monetization method since internet creation, youtube, facebook and a lot of social media are modern platforms where you can earn money from, to monetize your website, you have to choose an ad network, I recommend starting with Google AdSense, as sometimes, to go further on premium ad networks, you had to be previously accepted in adsense, when submitting your first website to AdSense, it will be analyzed by a google employee, I will list some requisites you have to accomplish to get accepted and tell you my strategy to avoid getting rejected by “low-value content” or “valuable inventory no content”, so keep reading.
Sometimes, when submitting your first website to Adsense for a revision, you may be rejected, and you can get the “low- value content” message in your adsense board, this may be or may be not true, as most of the times revisions are not explained, so, in order to start our low value content fix, we need to start a full analysis of our website, and check every page or post with thin content, as this is the main reason we are getting this response from google.
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Requisites to apply Adsense
In order to apply to Google Adsense, your website has to meet these requirements:
- Write quality content: You have to create great content in order to grow your website, engage an audience and gain domain authority, doing this, AdSense is going to accept your website easy, you only have to create good content, match search intention to keep growing and you will do it.
- Avoid plagiarism: create your own content, be original and avoid copy/paste from another sites, this is pretty common, but google lower your ranks and you can loose all your traffic.
- Age: You need to be 18 years old in order to be accepted.
- Content policy: Adsense is going to refuse your website if your niche is about: adult content, tobacco, alcohol or drugs, insulting content, strong violence, piracy, false content, weapons, illegal content, so stay away from doing this.
- Using a domain: Using a domain is recommended, but nowadays you can monetize blogger websites, so you can start for free, I don’t recommend this though, as sometimes blogger sites can be seen by google as spam sites, a good domain will help you wonders with SEO and if you create a youtube channel, you can’t monetize both, a youtube channel and your blog in blogger.
- Traffic source: You need organic traffic, of course promoting on social media will give you a lot of traffic, but, I recommend having at least 60% of your website traffic as organic, this is not too hard, but it’s going to take some time, so if you have not reached this already, wait a couple of months.
- Pageviews/ sessions: this is not an AdSense rule, but if you want to display ads, wait to have at least 20 pageviews daily, even if you will not earn too much, you will see how your Adsense account is growing.
Rejected due to low-value content and how to fix it
Case study to fix low-value content
My first website was on the gaming niche, and when I started, as a total newbie, I made a lot of mistakes, the first one, was filling my website with amazon affiliate links, now, the gaming niche is very competitive, RPM and CPC from google are the lowest, so when i started writing real content for the website, it was 3 month old, so I started, and by the 5th month I had 50 posts, and I was getting from 20 to 30 page views daily so I applied to Adsense.
I was very disappointed to see my website rejected by low-value content three times in a row ,so, I had my legal pages made, 50 posts with 1000 to 1500 words length, and still getting rejected and I didn’t know why, so, after 4 years of experience and other successful websites online here’s some advice.
Steps to get the low-value content fix to get accepted in Adsense
1. Search for no indexed URLs
First, I analyzed every URL on the google search console and discovered that only 15 posts were actually indexed, even when I started indexing manually after I finished writing each one, then as time passed I was getting no posts indexed, I kept reading posts and searching, and then I analyzed each post, some of them were using the same keyword, this is called keyword cannibalization and it will affect your SEO as 2 or more posts wil be competing with each other to rank on first position, and ultimately can lead google to lower your rank.
Some of your website pages have to be labeled as no-index, this means that google and another search engines will not crawl these pages, so, label as no-index your legal pages, tag pages and category pages, as wordpress create a page for every tag and category you make, so if you write 20 articles and use 10 differente tags on each post, you will have 20 new posts but 200 new tag pages, so you will spend your index budget fast, plus, this can be seen as thin content by search engines, who will lower your ranks or labeling your site as spam.
2. Write at least 1000 words on each page and post
Some days later almost every post was indexed, so I applied again, can you guess right? “low-value content” again, this time I was really feeling like a total failure, but then I remembered, that real people is analyzing my website, maybe they are taking actions based in my front page analysis only, of course, you are submitting your domain name, so they start by the front page, and then maybe, legal pages, and some random posts, my frontpage was filled with images and almost no text added, so I added 1000 or more words of text to my front page and legal pages.
3. Write more posts
There are a few cases where people write 10 or 15 posts and get accepted instantly, but if you have 30 or more posts and still get rejected, don’t lose hope and keep writing, you will get there, maybe 40 or 50 posts, blog competition nowadays is harder, you have to write at least 150 posts to start earning traffic to earn a decent amount of money, but to really start earning as a full time blogger, some people write up to 600 blog posts, so, you will need patience and persistence.
4. Check your categories
I always recommend having at least 5 posts for each category you create, sometimes, having a category is like having a sub niche, so, try to write more than 5 posts for every category, having these categories in your front page main menu is good idea, but as a google employee, clicking on the category and having only one or two posts on this page will be considered thin content, and you will get rejected again for the same reason.
5. Label your Tags has No Index
Tags will help you and google to understand whats yout website all about, but again, you may pick 5 to 8 tags, every tag is clickable and will show a new page with the posts having that tag, so, better have more than five posts showing that tag, recently, with the new google core updates being more frequent, I recommend having your tags as no index, as it can negatively impact your website, you can do this with plugins like Yoast or Rankmath.
How to fix “Valuable inventory: no content”
This is a common beginner’s mistake, affiliate programs help webmasters to have another source of income, this may be one of the most important sources of income for them, there are a lot of people earning thousand dollars monthly with affiliate programs so, is not a surprise that you will get rejected with the “Valuable inventory: no content” statement , if their websites are filled with affiliate links and products.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not bad or illegal, but, AdSense will refuse your site if it’s filled with affiliate links and no content, you will still earn money with a website like this if you create a good amount of posts, just keep in mind that, to earn money, real people have to buy that product, and you have to engage your audience with value information, earn those clicks, so to pass this issue and get accepted in google AdSense, create enough content to have just 20% of your content with affiliate links, and don’t fill pages or posts with affiliate links, create a post with at least 1000 words, then use your affiliate links there.
Getting accepted on google Adsense is the first step to start earning money with your website, once you start getting good traffic, you will see an increase in revenue, getting rejected for low-value content or whatever reason you got, is tough, and you will feel you are going nowhere, but believe me, your website will be accepted if you work and set your goals, I hope this short guide was helpful to you and soon you get accepted.
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