I feel like it’s about time that I Darbi paid back to the community for all of the knowledge and helped that I received along the way. Hopefully, this post will help you get started in the AdSense business, even if you have little or no money to spare but desperately want to try your hand at it. Normally Google won’t approve AdSense applications for free websites, but there is one exception. So if you’re short on cash for hosting and are eager to get started, you might give this a try. Not long after Google bought Blogger.com
They made AdSense available to Blogger blog owners. Blogger is great because it has an easy interface, Google and Yahoo crawl the blogs quickly, and best of all, if you’re broke–they’re free, and Google loves to give out AdSense accounts to Blogger owners. 🙂 So, if you’re looking to get started with AdSense and not spend much money, Blogger is a great way to get started. Before I talk about setting up a Blogger blog for AdSense, though, let me tell you what an RSS feed is and how it works. If you already know this, you can skip ahead. I refer to this in the setup instructions, so it’s important to understand.
An RSS feed (as it applies to a blog) is basically a list of all recent posts made to your blog. People can use “RSS Aggregators” (software that continually checks up on your RSS feed to see if there’s anything new) to keep up with new posts on your blog. Websites will also want to publish your RSS feed on their sites if your content is good, giving them fresh content for their visitors. And we all know that content is king in the world of website building. Blogger blogs come with an RSS feed built-in, and you can use this to your advantage to generate traffic to your blog. I’ll discuss that in a bit, but first, let’s get into building the blog.
Create Your Blogger.com Account
Determine Your Blog Topic First
Before you create the blog, you need to figure out what topic the blog will focus on. Think about your skills or hobbies that you’re really good at. You might not be a mechanic, but if you’re really good at working on cars on the weekend, and you love to do it, that would make a great blog topic.
Brainstorm your skills and interests to determine what you would enjoy writing about. It’s important that you like to write about it since you will have to build up the blog! I will say this: If you know a commercial or industrial topic, this will usually get higher-paying AdSense ads. But a hobby blog can do very well also (I know this from experience!).
Create the Blog
Once you have a topic chosen, it only takes about 5 minutes to set up a blog. Click the “Create Your Blog Now” link from the Blogger homepage and follow the blog wizard instructions. I won’t get into detail about them because it’s pretty straightforward, but there are a few points I want to make.
First of all, when you choose your blog URL, make sure that the URL contains the keywords for your topic. For example, if you’re creating a blog about health insurance, it is ideal, or “health insurance” or even “health-insurance-blog” or “health-insurance-12345”. Just make sure that your keywords are in the URL; that will help you be found when people search for your keywords in the search engines.
Also, be sure to pick one of the professional-looking templates. I suggest you just pick the plain white one in the list of templates when you’re creating the blog. Once the blog is created, click on the “Templates” tab and select one of the nicer ones shown there. I’m not sure why Blogger doesn’t show you all of the available templates in the blog setup wizard, but they don’t.
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