Sunday, September 20, 2009
These are some of the questions we see over on the AdSense Help Forum on a pretty regular basis. In most cases, the answers are mostly simple and can be found in the AdSense Help Center pages by doing a search - a topic which we'll cover in another post.
1. How long does it take to get an Adsense account?
Although the AdSense sign up pages say that you should receive a notice from them in about 48 hours, over the past year that has changed. While some applications might actually get reviewed as quickly as that, most do not. Currently it can take anywhere from a week to a couple of months.
1(a) - Why is it taking so long?
This is because the influx of applications has grown tremendously over the last year. The growth of "get rich quick" sites and scam sites using AdSense and Google to further their scam earnings has created an enormous backlog and constant increase in applications for AdSense accounts.
Along with this, the fact that the economy all over the world has taken a nosedive over the last year and half means that individuals who would not have thought about using AdSense previously are all trying to get in on "the money", which many websites tell you is "hundreds" or "thousands" of dollars a week. Which is a very large misrepresentation.
Because of the thousands of applications every week (perhaps even every day), it now can take anywhere from a few days or a weeks, to longer than two months. The wait time is long, and you'll need to have patience.
2. How old do you have to be to have an AdSense account?
3. How many times can we click per day?
Yes, we do get questions like that.
The answer is NONE. Publishers are not allowed to click on ads on their own websites. Ever.
If you are visiting another publisher's website you should only click on an ad if the ad is something that you are looking for or interested in. One click is enough. If you see more than one ad you are interested in, visit the site a little bit later and view the ad then.
4. Can I use AdSense ads in my e-mails?
The answer is NO. AdSense policy does not allow AdSense code to be place in an email.
You can, however, place a simple link to your website in your email signature. You mustn't use this for sending unsolicited mass emails; that would be considered email spam and sending email spam can get your email account disabled.
5. Can we ask visitors to click ads?
Again, the answer is NO. AdSense publishers must not draw undue attention to their ads in any way.
You may not write "please support us and visit the advertisers", "please click the ads to help me" or anything similar.
You also may not write things like "please don't click the ads" because that draws as much attention to the ads as asking someone to click them.
6. Is there a phone number for AdSense?
I'm sure there must be one, but it's not one that we get to know about.
A simple search for a telephone number for Google or AdSense will get you a phone number, but the phone call would be very short as it's highly unlikely you'd get past the answering receptionist.
There really is no telephone support for AdSense publishers. Many have tried, and many have failed.
7. What is the email address for AdSense?
The email address to contact AdSense can be found throughout the help pages on the AdSense website. Unfortunately, the only reply you will probably get is one directing you to their help forum, so you might as well start there and save yourself the aggravation of waiting for an email reply.
8. Can I use other advertisers on my pages with AdSense ads?
Yes, AdSense allows it's publishers to use other advertising and affiliate programs. They do have rules for other ads - these other ads must not be formatted to look like or be confused with Google AdSense ads.
You can find out the details about AdSense requirements for using other advertisers on this page.