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HOW TO MAKE MORE MONEY WITH GOOGLE ADSENSE

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Google Adsense is a wonderful tool and is much easier than selling ad space on your blog. You simply earn money as people click the ads, google then matches these ads to the individual readers search preferences making the ads more relevant and therefore more likely to be clicked on.
I love that I can be out all day with the kids and come home and see that I've earned £5 in ad sales that day, or waking up in the morning and discovering that I earned a couple of quid over night! It's such an easy source of income which has little requirements once it's all set up properly.

Back in December 2012 when I first set up my Adsense I was barely making 20p a day. However by December 2013 I was making £1-2 minimum a day simply by making a few tweaks to my Adsense strategy. Here are a few of my tips on how to make an income through Adsense, whether you're a blogger looking to start earning through Adsense, looking to increase your current earnings or just genuinely interested in hearing how Adsense works.

1. Select the best ad placement for your blog.

Depending on your blog layout and theme this may differ however I have found the most clicked ads to be the top banner (above the fold - ABF) and the highest sidebar banner. This may seem obvious but the higher up on your page the more they'll be viewed and clicked on meaning you earn more.

2. Use the standard recommended sized ads.



Whilst there are a number of difference sized ads to take advantage of I would highly suggest choosing the recommended ad sizes that Google recommend which include 300x250 and 728x90. This will give Adsense a deeper range of advertisers to choose from as these sized ads are most common with advertisers. I decided to go with a Leaderboard ad at the top and then two Medium sized ads which fit in with my layout in the sidebar. You may wish to use a Skyscraper 300x600 ad but have a play around and see what works best for your blog.

3. Max out Ads.

Adsense lets you have up to three standard ad units on one page, so you'd be silly not to take advantage of this wouldn't you? Make sure you have all three in use to ensure that you're using all sources of income.


4. Allow text and images 



Adsense either lets you have an ad unit displaying "Image only" or allows both image and text to show ads. By permitting text ads to show as well as images it gives Adsense a bigger range of ads to use and will almost certainly increase your earning and click rate!

5. Set up custom channels 

This is something I've only started using this past year but have noticed a huge difference from. I only happened to notice it whilst playing around with my ad placements and clicked on it. I had no idea what it was but decided to set it up anyways and ever since I have been seeing an increase in my Adsense income. By setting up custom channels it will allow you to get a better insight into what's working and what isn't and you're also making your ads more targetable to advertisers.

6. View your blog from your phone/tablet

How does your blog look from your phone or tablet? Can you see all of the ads in the same place as on your desktop? Everything should look exactly the same as it does when you look at it on your desktop.

Left - Web viewing mode // Right - Mobile viewing mode 

More than 50% of my page views and ad clicks come from a mobile device of tablet, however up until a year or so ago none of my readers who read my blog through their mobile or tablet were able to see any of the ads due to the layout, for some reason the mobile-friendly version moved all of the ads right down to the bottom as you can see in the second image above. They weren't visible and I hadn't noticed until I happened to browse my blog on my phone one day.

You could remove the mobile-friendly setting from your blog dashboard or site coding however that may affect your blog being found in google searches via mobile. However I've found by simply changing my blog theme to a mobile-friendly version where the ads now show helped and it will make a huge difference in your earnings! I'd recommend checking your mobile-friendly layout and seeing if your ads are visible, and playing around to see which layout works best for you in terms of clicks and traffic to your blog. 

7. Get familiar with Analytics

Knowing how your readers are visiting your blog can make a huge impact on your earnings. Do they like to visit your blog from their laptops or mobile-devices? Is that ad on your sidebar not getting as many clicks as you had hoped? Move it up slightly or change the size of the ad to see what works best.

8. Don't over do it.

There's nothing worse than landing on a page full of ads that you're unable to even read the blog content and are distracted by dozens of ad banners everywhere. It's easy to get carried away when wanting to earn through Adsense but you may be loosing readers in the long run as they'll no longer wish to return to your blog.

I hope you found these Adsense tips helpful! It all requires a bit of trial and error to begin with to see what works for you but it's definitely worth it in the long run to see a change in your income. 

Do you use Google Adsense? Do you already follow most of the tips above or are there some things that you'll now take into practice? Let me know below!

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  1. I use Adsense but I don't really know what I'm doing, so this is super helpful! Ironically, I was just messing with it today!! So thanks! :)
    www.sweetlytattered.com

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    1. Hi Alyssa, glad you find it helfpull. It can be a little mind bobbling before you get the hang on how it works. x

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  2. Your point about the mobile design is correct - but there is a chance you'll be damaging your stats because of this thanks to the change in Google's algorithm in April! If your site isn't mobile friendly it won't come up near top in mobile searches now apparently... x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

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    1. You're totally right, there is that chance. I haven't really noticed a difference myself but for a newer blog who isn't higher up in the google rankings it may affect. I hadn't thought about that. Thank you for pointing that out. I guess it's all trial and error, see what performs best for you :) x

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  3. Great post! I have never been able to figure out how to start these up! So I guess that's on todays list. Thanks Kerry x

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    1. Thanks Debohrah, glad you found it helpful. Sorry I couldn't help with the wordpress side of things x

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  4. I hate ads like this, it really puts me off visiting a blog, especially the banner across the top... I want to see your header first when I visit, but hey ho that's just me. If you are happy and making money then thats just fine and dandy ;)

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    1. I really don't mind seeing ads on blogs as long as theres not loads. Not seeing the header first doesn't bother me as its right below the ad anyways i barely notice the ads most of the time unless they stand out x

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  5. Right, this is now on my to-do list, thanks Kerry xx

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  6. This is a great post. Adsense is something I'm always playing around with and will be reading this more thoroughly when I next attempt it! x

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    1. Thank you Donna, there is a lot of trial and error and what works for one person may not work for another but it's worth having a play around with it x

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  7. I have used adsense, but recently switched to an ad network, well 2 ad networks. One for my mobile traffic and one for my desktop traffic and seen a massive jump in my earnings. They back fill with google ads, so it doesn't really look much different.

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    1. See, I used an ad network previously and didn't notice any difference, infact I was earning less. Google Adsense has always seemed to work well with my blog. What ad network are you with if you don't mind me asking? x

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  8. I haven't got to grips with Adsense, but this is a really handy guide. I hadn't realised reasonable money could be made that way.

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    1. There is definitely a lot to be made with Adsense, especially if you have good traffic and have the right ads in the right places. You should definitely look into it if you're wanting to earn a bit extra from it. It's such easy money x

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  9. Excellent advice. It sounds like you've really worked out the best ways to do this.

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  10. Great advice thanks! Annoyingly, although my theme is responsive it shoves the sidebar down to the very bottom when looking via mobile. Is it difficult to change theme? E.g. Will it involve a lot of changes etc to get it looking the way I want?

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  11. Great tips Kerry. I could do with trying to utilise Adsense a little more. x

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  12. I get a few pennies a day so am definitely doing something wrong. Going to have a play! :)

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  13. Such a great post!! I haven't yet put adsense on my blog, but it's something I want to do so I'm glad I know a bit more about it now! xx

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  14. Hey Kerry this is a great post. Really helpful for me, because my ad placement was actually not something i had thought about especially because I can't actually find out how to put an ad above my header :/ !! I am sure I will figure it out though, This is a great post and I found it most helpful xx Thank you

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  15. I tried adsense on my blog but never made a penny so gave up. Tempted to try again

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  16. Great tips for Adsense. I've been using it for a while but I've not really thought about how I'm using it, I will go and check I have everything optimized now.

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  17. Thanks for the tips hunnie, it is something I use but have never changed things around to see if there is a difference x

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  18. This is really useful, thank you. I've just got the 1 ad at the moment and it is generating little so I should add another two and follow these guidelines. Thanks xx

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  19. Some great advice :) I sort of just put them up and hope for the best. x

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  20. Funny how i do all of thes tips and stil earning cents.. i get readers but no clickers nd that sucks 😞 anyways thanks

    Www.2nbeauty.blogspot.com

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  21. Adds on my blog aren't for he.
    But I'm glad it fits in with your content .

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  22. This is really helpful Kerry, I need to have a look at mine. It's like a foreign language to me!

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  23. Thanks so much for this, I have Adsense but really don't have a clue what I'm doing - this is a big help! xxx

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  24. Great tips here, I have adsense but sadly it is linked to a different blog and I have no idea on how to change it! crazy!

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  25. Brilliant tips - I really like the idea of sorting out Adsense so thank you...adding it to the to-do list!

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  26. Thanks for sharing these tips Amelia. Sometimes we don't see the most obvious things until someone points them out to us.

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  27. Fantastic tips! I would so love to make more money from GA! Pinned x

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  28. Thanks for the tips, I will try it out properly xx

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  29. i must be the only person who doesnt like ads or put them on my blog , great post though x

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  30. Moving my ads up and tweaking the colors so they fit my blog made a big difference.

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  31. Another really interesting and informative post, thank you so much for sharing!
    I haven't signed up to adsense yet but I have been thinking about it- I just worry they would say no and I wouldn't be able to reapply. Not really sure how 'big' my blog needs to get (in terms of posts and traffic) before I should apply?

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  32. Thank you Kerry. I am in the process of starting with AdSense. I have yet to earn from my blog but have also just been offered my first sponsored post. Sarah

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  33. This was so helpful!
    I have adsense but have never really understood how to work it.
    Thank you so much for this post :)
    Alice x

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  34. Really helpful, thank you. I need to look into the custom channels a bit more as that looks a bit confusing but I have now set it up and waiting for approval :)

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  35. Really useful info thanks SO much Kerry xx

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  36. Great post, I will be putting your tips into practice!

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  38. Helpful post! I tend to earn more from affiliate marketing these days but the extra money from adsense is still a nice bonus each month. There are times when I wonder if I'm killing potentially higher earning affiliate sales by having them up, though.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I love reading them all and will try my best to answer all of your questions. If you would like to contact me for a quicker response please feel free to tweet me at (@ohsoamelia_blog) or email me. Kerry