You probably have a blog. But would you like to earn more money for all your hard work?
Selling books and earning royalties is what all authors want. But in the process of promoting your books, you may be missing out. You have an opportunity to earn more money that is relatively easy to do.
If you have built a reasonable following on social media and have regular daily traffic to your blog, why not earn a few extra dollars a day by adding Google Adsense ads on your site.
Once it is set up on your blog, there is nothing else to do. Other than check on your pay-per-click revenue from Google from time to time.
Adsense is everywhere
While some website owners shy away from advertising on their blogs, Adsense has become an everyday reality of the Internet.
Almost all Internet sites, including newspapers, use Adsense to earn more money and increase profitability.
If you are new to adding Google advertising to your blog, it will involve a little reading, learning, and work to install the Adsense code on your blog.
Learning how to make more money with Google Adsense is not difficult.
Once you have it working on your site, you can sit back, relax and forget about it.
You will have opened the door to make a small side income. It will add to your book royalties and reward your work in writing all those posts for your blog.
I have been using Adsense for years now. It doesn’t earn enough each month to pay for champagne lunches.
But I earn enough Adsense revenue to cover my web hosting and blog expenses, and there’s always more than a little income left over for me.
Revenue generated from Adsense depends on the number of search engine results and blog traffic your blog generates. But even modest traffic can still bring in a regular if small income.
However, paying attention to your ad placement, ad sizes, and the number of ads you have on each page can increase your earnings.
Sometimes less is more when it comes to displaying ads.
One thing I have noticed about Adsense is that ad revenues are also dependent upon the quality of ads displayed that Google has in its ad network queue.
Also, daily income is often at its best during the last seven days of each month.
Making money from Adsense sounds easy
It all sounds like an easy way to earn money and in a sense it is.
But there is a little work to do before you can get started. There are also a couple of minor drawbacks to Google Adsense.
Firstly, is that you can expect to wait for a while before Google Adsense approves your site. Be patient until Adsense approves your account.
Secondly, if you are using a self-hosted blog, expect Adsense to slow down your site just a little bit.
It’s not enough to be of any concern. But if you have worked hard to set up a super-fast website for mobile devices, this may cause you to think carefully.
Lastly, you can control the general categories of ad types that will appear on your blog. You might want to block sensitive categories such as dating, drugs, religion, and ads with sexual references.
You can also control ads individually if you find one or two that you would prefer didn’t appear on your site.
When you see certain ads appearing on your site that you would prefer not to show, you can block them one by one.
This is useful if you have affiliate marketing links and want to stop ads for your affiliate link provider from competing with your links.
Before you decide to participate in Adsense, it pays to understand how Adsense streams ads by reading its program policies before you apply.
I have had no problems or conflicts with the range of ad categories that I allow on my blogs.
You can block sensitive and even some not-so-sensitive ad categories. But it reduces your potential to earn with Adsense.
But I prefer to be on the safe side.
Making extra money with Adsense is not for every blogger.
But for authors who would like to supplement their income and cover the costs of blogging, it is well worth considering.
Additional reading: Core Web Vitals and Adsense