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AdSense 101: What you need to know

Author: InsideAdSense
30.03.2017
 AdSense 101: What you need to know

From all around the world, over 2,000,000 small and large publishers use AdSense to earn money through advertising. Before you take that step for your own website and apply for a Google AdSense account, there’s plenty to consider: from where to place ads, to the type of products those ads sell, we realize the importance of keeping the content on your site relevant to your audience and keeping your audience happy.

Over the next five weeks, our blog we’ll be covering everything you need to set up and manage your account to the highest standard. So if you think joining AdSense is right for you, then keep an eye on our social channels. 
In this post we’re going to cover the fundamentals of AdSense, and give you clear steps on how you can earn extra income from your content without disrupting the flow of your website.
AdSense is a free, simple way to make money by placing ads on your website.
AdSense is Google’s ad network that does the hard work of bringing together the parties that participate in online advertising, making it simpler for everyone involved to succeed. It builds relationships with businesses looking to advertise, and websites like yours looking to make money by selling ads. Through an ad network, AdWords advertisers can get access to a wide variety of different online inventory at scale. And, they also help publishers find advertisers quickly. By working with an ad network like AdSense, you can spend less time marketing and selling your advertising space and more time focused on creating the best content for your users.
After you sign up for an account with a policy compliant website and are approved by AdSense, AdSense works behind the scenes to manage advertiser bids, inventory, and placements while focusing on increasing your earnings. It’s important to know that in order to maintain ad serving on your website and keep an AdSense account active, it’s the responsibility of the publisher to keep up to date with, and adhere to, the policies posted here
It’s like an automatic car — it removes most of the manual adjustments, allowing you to cruise along with less effort. You still need regular “tune ups” to get optimal performance, but you won’t need to shift gears to get from point A to point B.
Put AdSense to work for you.
To make money from AdSense, you’ll need a steady stream of website traffic. It’s a best practices to consistently post high-quality content, as it can attract more loyal visitors with fresh, relevant content. 
If you have a website that you update regularly, then why not sign up and see if AdSense works for you? The process is completely free and easy to add to your site. See the steps below or visit our help center to learn more.
 AdSense 101: What you need to know

With AdSense, you’re in complete control of the type of ads that appear on your site.

AdSense is packed full of features designed to help you quickly and easily display content that fits naturally within your website.

You call the shots on the ads that appear on your website.
  • Choose the ad formats you’d prefer (text, display, rich media etc.), then highlight where on your website you’d like them to display. 
  • Block specific categories of ads that you don’t want to display, so only products or businesses relevant to your content can bid on your inventory.
  • Adapt the look and feel of text ads to match the style of your website.


Measure and optimize performance.
  • Performance reports provide key insights into how users engage with your content by measuring both your earnings and your performance across key engagement metrics. 
  • Leverage these insights with the Optimization page within your AdSense account. It’s a one-stop shop for improving your account performance, providing you with tailored recommendations and A/B experiments to help you make more informed decisions. 
Mobile friendly for you and your users.
  • For you, the AdSense mobile app provides you with an account overview, as well as access to detailed performance reports on all key metrics. 
  • For your users, AdSense has mobile-friendly ad formats like responsive ad units that automatically adapt to different screen sizes or page-level ads that are displayed at optimal times when they’re likely to perform well for you and provide a good experience for your users. 
AdSense is time efficient. Publishers that use our QuickStart feature only need to place a snippet of code in the <head> tag of their policy compliant web pages, then we’ll will take care of the rest. 
Here’s how you can get started.

Before you can start earning money from your content, you’ll have to submit your website for approval. Follow these best-practice steps before the application to increase your chances of a quick and easy approval:
  • Make sure you include an ‘About’ page, ‘Contact’ page, and a ‘Privacy’ page on your site. 
  • Include as much original content as possible; websites that post duplicate content will not be considered. 
  • Make sure you have full ownership of the website you’re submitting, or permission from the owner. 
  • Ensure that your site adheres to the AdSense program policies.
If you think AdSense is a fit for your website, then sign up now. After you’ve signed up you can submit your site to begin the approval process. To begin the approval process, log into your new AdSense account, click on Settings in your account page, then click My Sites and then Add. 
Once approved, your final step is to add the a provided snippet of code to your website (find detailed instructions here).  
If your site averages more than 300,000 monthly views, then contact an AdSense specialist for help that’s specific to your business. And if you’d like additional support with your account you can join an #AskAdSense support session on Twitter every Thursday 9:30am PT for our specialized guidance, tips and account support. 
Once you start earning money with AdSense, you can finally turn your #PassionIntoProfit.
Stay tuned for more insights on getting started with AdSense and optimizing your account right here on our blog and on our social channels. 
Posted by: Jay Castro @jayciro, from the AdSense team 
 AdSense 101: What you need to know

 AdSense 101: What you need to know

We’re back with another AdSense Global Spotlight to help you succeed as a publisher in Vietnam. The big takeaway here is that building content that takes advantage of seasonal and viral events is key to engaging with Vietnamese audiences.

Get into the minds, and hearts, of your target audience. What do they want and need in terms of relevant information, ideas, inspiration and entertainment? Remember, content that carries emotion is more likely to resonate with your audience and evoke a response.

 Global Spotlight: Event driven engagement strategies for Vietnam

Seasonal Content
Seasonal content can be based on events taking place locally, regionally, or even globally. In Vietnam, the Tet holiday season, Reunification Day, Mua Vu Lan, Independence Day and the wedding season are just a few of the feature dates that can generate timely content. While timely articles are great for generating instant buzz, having content that maintains its importance over time may yield higher traffic rates overall. Evergreen content is information that stays relevant no matter when it is consumed. Make sure to interlace trendier content with evergreen pieces every so often. For instance, evergreen topics for the upcoming wedding season could focus on key cultural wedding traditions, or the most unique wedding locations, or even the top ten destinations for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon.

Use the events listed above as a starting point for creating a content calendar, an essential tool for any publisher looking to harness online buzz precipitated by big events.

Alongside the traditional calendar, have a look at Google Trends to find which upcoming events can lend the most buzz and relevance to your site’s content. Big events that generate global interest – especially sporting events – can create huge surges in web traffic. Look closely and you can anticipate when the spikes are coming, then create the right content to capture that crowd. Squall Le, Head of Web at YAN, suggests focusing on images for the maximum effect.

 Global Spotlight: Event driven engagement strategies for Vietnam
Providing a great example of a viral moment, Haynhucnhoi’s mascots Ms Nhuc and Mr Nhoi appeared in a cartoon showing how children behave when visitors visit during Tet. During the visit the kids, mind their own business. But as the visit draws to its end, they approach guests with puppy-dog eyes in the hope of receiving hong bao money. Inspired by this commonly shared experience, they created their own videos on the brand’s YouTube channel. 

Viral Content
By being unique and noteworthy, viral content creates a sensation and compels users to share it. The conventional way for a website to improve its search ranking is to publish content over time that attracts attention and interest. Viral content accelerates that process, by helping a site rack up inbound links in a hurry.

Knowing what will make a piece of content go viral is a whole science in itself. Successful viral content often features a few key characteristics, tending towards topics that are newsworthy, surprising, positive, and simple to share and understand. Not surprisingly, broad areas of interest typically have broader appeal than anything too niche.

Of course, some of the most successful viral news comes from sporadic incidents that can’t be predicted. There are ways you can keep abreast of these trends though. Take for example the use of the phrase Tha Thu by Vietnamese singer Son Tung MT-P. Depending on pronunciation, it can mean both “tattoo” and “tolerate.” An online social movement quickly sprang up around this phase through viral clips, photos and memes. Simply paying attention to what’s making a sensation can lend inspiration to your viral content creation efforts. Follow the topic as it develops from the convenience of your inbox with Google Alerts, and consider establishing your own unique hashtag to propel the conversation.

According to the team at Haynhucnhoi, a rising Vietnamese social site, spending time on social media is a vital way to source potentially viral stories and understand how to capitalize on them. For example, when Euro 2016 was a trending topic, they created memes based on the hottest football clips. If a musical artist is making headlines, they’ll mine music for fans to listen to. If something funny has happened in the news, they’ll produce funny videos that tie in with the event or situation.

They’ve gone even further by creating their own characters and using them to illustrate seasonal sentiment. Even conventional dates – such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or the traditional Vietnamese calendar – provide inspiration for sharable cartoons. With this approach, Haynhucnhoi is able to produce new content every 15 to 20 minutes!

In light of inspiring examples like these, it seems there’s never been a better time for publishers to serve user demand for great content in Vietnam. With 68 million native Vietnamese speakers in the world,(1) offering localized content provides a great way to extend your user numbers. And don’t forget that monetizing that content is straightforward when you sign up with AdSense.

 Global Spotlight: Event driven engagement strategies for Vietnam

Get started today and sign up for AdSense, let’s turn your #PassionIntoProfit.


Posted by: Jay Castro, @jayciro

(1) Simons, Gary F. and Charles D. Fennig (eds.). 2017. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Twentieth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version: www.ethnologue.com

 Global Spotlight: Event driven engagement strategies for Vietnam

 Global Spotlight: Event driven engagement strategies for Vietnam

27.03.2017

As a publisher, you can drive discussion and increase reader engagement by using user comments. At their best, comments enable your readers to share their perspectives and learn from each others’ experiences. By creating a community of conversation around your articles, your readers become more engaged and find your site more relevant and beneficial.

Alas, not every commenter is well-intentioned or well-informed. Consequently, comment sections can devolve into a place where social norms are tossed aside to further an agenda or to air a grievance. These negative, rude, or abusive comments take away from the article and ultimately harm your brand. Comments that violate Google policies can also cause your site to no longer be eligible to show Google ads.

So, as a publisher, how can you keep comments — or, more generally, user-generated content (UGC) — policy compliant so that your site can continue to monetize with Google??

First, understand that as a publisher, you are responsible for ensuring that all comments on your site or app comply with all of our applicable program policies on all of the pages where Google ad code appears. This includes comments that are added to your pages by users, which can sometimes contain hate speech or explicit text.

Knowing this, please read Strategies for managing user-generated content. Make sure you understand how to mitigate risk before you enable comments or other forms of user-generated content. Managing comments on your site pages is your responsibility, so make sure you know what you’re getting into. For example, you’ll need to ensure you review and moderate comments consistently so as to ensure policy compliance so that Google ads can run.. We published an infographic in 2016 which offers a quick all-in-one glance at policy compliance.

Another option:
If you are unable to put into place strong and responsive controls over your comments, we strongly encourage you to make a simple design change: put comments on their own page, and don’t run ads on that page. Otherwise, unreviewed and unmoderated offensive or inappropriate user comments can show right next to your publisher content. This can damage your brand, offend your users, and cause you to violate Google policies.

 Manage the risks associated with user comments

Here’s one way to separate comments and content:
At the end of your content, place a call to action, such as: “User Comments” or “View Comments” which lets users open the comments in a new page. On that new page, make sure not to place any Google ad tags, so that no ads serve next to those comments…

 Manage the risks associated with user comments

At Google, we believe in fostering an environment where users, advertisers, and publishers can all thrive in a healthy digital advertising ecosystem. By valuing each party equally, we help ensure the sustainability of our industry. We publish Help Center materials, write blog posts, speak at industry events, provide publisher forums and host events at our offices to help our publishers succeed in an ever changing environment. 

  
Posted by: John Brown, Head of Publisher Policy Communications
 Manage the risks associated with user comments

 Manage the risks associated with user comments

This week the AdSense Global Spotlight shifts its focus to Vietnam, home to nearly 90 million people and one of southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economies. The country offers an unmissable opportunity for AdSense publishers interested in global audience growth.

 Global Spotlight: Capitalizing on Vietnam’s digital opportunity

First let’s look at the bigger picture: there’s no denying that the world becomes more digital each and every day. While global advertising expenditure is expected to reach $573 billion in 2017,(1) the key growth drivers are strong demand for digital advertising, specifically mobile campaigns.
 Global Spotlight: Capitalizing on Vietnam’s digital opportunity

Drilling down on Vietnam, the smartphone continues to pick up pace in this country, where many are mobile-first or mobile-only users. While Asia-Pacific made up 34% of all smartphone users in 2008, it’s expected to leap to 55% in 2017. Some Vietnam-based publishers have already seen mobile account for as much as 90% of their traffic.(2) 


With all that in mind, there are seven key opportunities not to be missed in Vietnam this year:
  1. Fast mobile experiences: The most successful publishers in the region are devoting development resources to boost load speeds of mobile sites and ads and to improve the user’s experience. Recent research from DoubleClick indicates that over 50% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load. Invest in increasing your mobile page speed to influence increases in time on site, engagement, and re-engagement.
  2. Native advertising: These ads fit into the look and feel of your website, making it a better and more effective ad experience for your visitors. Native formats include custom sponsored content, content recommendations, and in-feed ad units.
  3. Programmatic ad transactions: Programmatic advertising uses software and algorithms to match publishers’ inventory with buyers in search of ad space. An auction system ensures the ad of the buyer with the highest bid fills each space, which can add up to revenue gains for you and your site. Consider beginning with this short quiz to help you decide if the correct next step for your business is programmatic advertising.
  4. Better ad experiences: Because marketers want to buy ads with a high chance of actually being seen by users, there’s a shift towards valuing viewable impressions over served impressions. Page level ads is an AdSense family of ads that you can use that is optimized to show when ads are likely to perform well and be seen. 
  5. Digital ad serving: As you grow as a publisher, you might find you need more control to sell, schedule, deliver and measure advertising deals across multiple digital properties. DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) Small Business is an industry-leading platform to consider given its easy to use interface and built-in yield management technology
  6. Video: According to Buffer, visual content is more than 40 times more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content. Furthermore, YouTube recently announced that over one billion hours of video content is watched on YouTube every day. If you don’t already create, embed, and monetize original video content on your site, now’s the time to incorporate video into your content strategy. 
  7. Messaging: Throughout Asia, the commercialization of social media has helped messaging platforms to evolve into central areas of ecommerce. For AdSense publishers, messaging platforms could provide an opportunity to drive mobile users to your content as a channel for content discovery. 

Remember, there are 68 million native Vietnamese speakers in the world today who are going online in growing numbers. If you’re a publisher in Vietnam, signing up for AdSense is an easy way to turn your in-demand content into profit. And for publishers already using AdSense, Vietnam presents an exceptional opportunity to grow your site visitors.  


 Global Spotlight: Capitalizing on Vietnam’s digital opportunity

To explore the possibilities for your business and site, don’t miss our live stream on 24th March where we’ll share even more recommendations for the Vietnamese market. You can sign up for AdSense here, and start turning your #PassionIntoProfit today.


Posted by: Jay Castro from the AdSense team

(1) eMarketer Worldwide Ad Spend Report 2016 

(2) eMarketer Vietnam Online 2016 Report

 Global Spotlight: Capitalizing on Vietnam’s digital opportunity

 Global Spotlight: Capitalizing on Vietnam’s digital opportunity

Help our team help you

Author: InsideAdSense
22.03.2017

We always hear from publishers that you’re looking for actionable tips and best practices for growing your site. Our team of product, monetization and website optimization experts are constantly building new resources and insights to help publishers like you grow your business. We share personalized suggestions for your website via email in addition to news on the latest product features and invitations. Additionally, we send periodic invitations to live video sessions and events offering personalized tips for your region.

To ensure you’re getting this information from us, we need to have up-to-date contact details and communication preferences for you. Here are a few quick and simple steps you should take when you log in to your AdSense account, to make sure we can get in touch:

Step 1:
Make sure that the email address you’ve listed in your account to receive communications from us is correct and is one that you’re regularly checking. You can check which email address we’re using to reach you by logging in to your AdSense account and going to your Personal settings under the Account section on the left menu bar.

Step 2:
Opt in to receive emails from us. We categorize the emails we send based on the content they include. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Customized help and performance suggestions – Includes personalized revenue and optimization tips customized specific for your website. 
  • Periodic newsletters with tips and best practices – Includes general AdSense tips, best practices and product updates.
  • Occasional surveys to help Google improve your AdSense experience- Gives you a regular opportunity to share your feedback on AdSense.
  • Special Offers – Includes invitations to events in your country and live YouTube events..
  • Information about other Google products and services which may be of interest to you – Occasional updates on other Google products like Google Analytics or DoubleClick for Publishers.

You can update your email preferences by checking the boxes in your Personal settings section.

Step 3:
Choose your language preference. Did you know that AdSense emails are available in 38 different languages? We’ve recently added Hindi, Malay and Filipino. You can choose the language that suits you best by using the Display language drop-down menu directly under the email preferences checkboxes.
 Help our team help you
Get the most from the AdSense team and ensure you can hear from us. Log in to your account now and check your contact details and communication preferences. It takes no more than two minutes. 

Posted by Suzy Headon – Inside AdSense Team
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