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When is the Right Time to Apply For a Google AdSense Account?

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Google AdSense is undoubtedly the easiest way to make money online. Most of the times new bloggers/website owners are not sure as when is the right time to apply for an AdSense account. What is the minimum traffic requirement? How many articles should be there? Is there a six month ownership criteria for the website? Does PageRank play any role? Unfortunately, there’s more myth than fact circulating in public domain about Google AdSense account approval. I would like to share my experience for the benefit of website & blog owners who wish to apply for AdSense account. I am a technology blogger from India & received my AdSense approval in less than 3 months of owning my blog. No need to unnecessarily wait for 6 months if you own a good quality blog.

Why am I interested to share my AdSense account request approval experience? Cause, it may not be unique but it’s different & will motivate many of you to play fair. Also, it will help you in deciding one of the most important factors i.e. when is the right time to apply for AdSense. Following statements are widely circulated in forums & blogs:

  • Google doesn’t readily approve publishers from India, China and a few other countries
  • Your website/blog must be six months old to get AdSense account approval.

First thing first, you can’t fool the most innovative web company (read Google). So, forget about getting your AdSense account approved using 100s of paid/non-paid guaranteed black-magic ways mentioned in various forums & blogs. Even if you are successful in doing so, your account bears the risk of getting disabled. Bottom-line: No short-cuts, never pay anyone, never use someone else’s credentials or not so fair means to get your AdSense approved. I am not an authority on Google AdSense but from my experience I can confidently say that the above mentioned statements may not be fully correct. Though Google AdSense Support clearly mentions:

In some locations, including China and India, we also require publishers to have owned their sites for 6 months.

I think it’s a guideline to filter the scam sites and not necessarily a policy. I own a custom domain. Following is a sequence of events related to my AdSense approval:

  1. Registered my domain name (mentioned in the resource box) on 21 September 2009.
  2. Posted my first article on 1 October 2009.
  3. Applied for AdSense approximately after 2 and half months of activity.
  4. Received approval mail on 23 December 2009, after 3 working days from the date of application.

When is the right time to Apply for Google AdSense account? Following were my blog statistics when I applied for Google AdSense:

  • Number of articles: 14.
  • Google PageRank: 0. (Now it has a PR of 2 after 31 December 2009 PR update)
  • Total number of visits from October till December 20: approximately 2200.
  • Page Views: approximately 3850. Search Engine traffic source: approximately 45%.
  • Visitors came from 75 countries.
  • Majority of visitors from India followed by USA & UK.

From above I can safely draw a conclusion that, irrespective of location & country of origin, anyone who satisfies above criteria can apply for AdSense account & can get it approved. Before you apply to AdSense make sure that you have the following in your blog:

  • A good theme/design.
  • Completed About me, Contact, Disclaimer etc.
  • Unique articles.
  • Good quality articles.
  • Good posting frequency (at least 1 article per week)
  • Good search engine traffic (on an average at least 30 unique visitors per day

After my experience, I strongly feel that Google does not discriminate provided you have a good quality blog. So, no need to wait for 6 months for a blog which deserves it.

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How Do You Produce Original Articles?

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By now, you understand the importance of originality in article writing. As a student, you’ve probably been informed of the consequences of plagiarism and how it is wrong to copy off of others without giving credit to the original author. But original article writing is different where you should refrain from using material already present in another article. This is so that your viewpoints can come across as authentic and so that you can establish credibility as an author. But how can you develop original viewpoints and information?

#1: Look For Inspirations, Both From Your Personal Life And Professional Life

Often the best viewpoints are those that are inspired by your own life experiences, whether they be personal or professional. To give a good example, I wrote an article about how heart and soul are important in a business’s success. My inspiration for that article came from helping my sister put together candy lei’s for my nephew’s birthday party. As I was putting the lei’s together, I felt a fullness inside my soul. That became my inspiration for writing about why success is more than just about sales and production.

Inspirations come from many places. You might look at a current article and want to expand on a certain point that someone touched on earlier. Something may happen to you that gives you something to write about. Sometimes, it may just come to you in the middle of the night. What is important is that you find that inspiration because it will help you produce original articles.

#2: Even If You Use An Already Taken Viewpoint, Your Explanation Of It Can Be Original

Often times, it’s not the viewpoints, but the explanation itself that may be of intrigue to the reader. For example, if you are writing about different aspects of search engine optimization, and you are writing about not buying backlinks, you could do more than offer a simple explanation of why this practice doesn’t work. You could tell a story about someone you know who was caught doing this or take some time and talk about what has happened to those who were caught. Even if it well accepted among the SEO community that purchasing backlinks is bad practice, readers would be intrigued to hear your story since it is your personal story about someone who did this practice and/or was caught for it.

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How Do You Leverage Customer Service?

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Excellent customer service is a fundamental aspect of the daily operations of any company that wants to grow. Today, dissatisfied customers can use social media to vent their frustrations about a poor customer service experience.

A satisfied client will return and they’ll refer your business to family, friends and strangers alike. So it’s the duty of customer support agents to offer a positive customer experience.

An effective customer service system provides multiple channels for consumers to contact your business and get their needs met. Understanding your client base will help you know which of the following customer service channels you can leverage to create customer loyalty and grow your business.

1. Self-Service Knowledge Base

Some clients are comfortable getting their queries answered by searching through a self-service knowledge base. These clients want to have easy access to information and a quick answer to their questions. Having a well-organized knowledge base with rich descriptions, images, videos, and instructions makes sure they get their answers immediately. This channel is good for your company because it doesn’t need a lot of investment.

A knowledge base helps customers to access general information, but it may lack information that addresses unique situations. Keep information up to date as the business policies and procedures evolve. Regardless of these concerns, a well-conceived knowledge base makes sure your customer support staff have time to address customer concerns which the knowledge base can’t handle.

2. Social Media Support

Today, most businesses have a social media presence. And customers nowadays use a business’s social media account to get the product- and service-related information, to ask questions, and to complain. These accounts need a committed social media manager to address your customer’s concerns.

Customers use social media to complain about poor experiences they’ve had with a product or service. But you can turn this into a positive for both your business and your customers by addressing their issues with diplomacy and honesty. This will help them see you care about them and you’re willing to resolve their issues.

3. Live Chat Support

Live chat is the best choice for customers who want to speak to a person to resolve their issues; this is good for those clients who don’t want to use email. Based on your live chat hours of operation, a client can get immediate support even while they’re in the middle of making a purchase.

Research shows that 73% of clients who use live chat are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the experience. So this is an effective way to increase your sales.

For this system to work well, your live chat agents must have excellent communication skills and they should be able to handle multiple inquiries during peak periods. Also, you must provide your customers with an alternative channel when live chat isn’t available.

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How Do You Know If You’re Doing The RIGHT Thing?

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Each of us, at some – point, wonders, if/ what, we are doing, and seek, is, actually, the RIGHT thing! This, usually, requires, a willingness, to give oneself, a check – up, from the neck – up, and examine, our motives/ motivations, and reasoning/ rationale, in an objective, introspective manner, and a truly, open – mind! Most people want to believe, they are doing so, but, it is normal, to, at – times, question our motives, and actions/ behavior! If/ when, we feel, confident, in our perspectives, etc. we become, more comfortable, and ready, willing, and able, to expand those, self – imposed, limitations, of our personal comfort zone! With, that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and why it matters!

1. Truthful; timely; time – tested: It never pays, or benefits you, to lie, to yourself! We benefit, when/ if, we proceed, in a truthful, realistic way, and are willing to recognize, both, our personal strengths, and weaknesses! One must learn to use areas of strength, while being ready, and willing, to address, every area of weakness, and/ or, potential weaknesses! Procrastination, is, almost, always, our enemy, so it is important to proceed, using, well – considered, timely actions, etc! The best scenario is, when, this approach, aligns, with taking advantage of time – tested, knowledge, experience, and expertise, to be, both, ready, and able, to gain the necessary degree of wisdom and judgment!

2. Humane; head/ heart; healing; honest: We benefit, when we are honest, with ourselves! We must, consistently, pursue, humane treatment, of ourselves, as we would consider, the way, we should treat others! It takes using the finest aspects of, both, our emotional, and logical components, to proceed, in a head/ heart balance! When, our priority, is, to maximize, our personal healing, and health, we benefit, significantly!

3. Integrity; insights; implications; ideas; imagination; innovate: Try, not to, lie – to – yourself, and maintain absolute integrity, even, when, another path, may be simpler! The insights, you gain, have significant implications, in, how, you proceed! It takes quality, relevant ideas, combined with a meaningful, well – considered, imagination, to make us feel, confident, when we innovate, as needed!

4. Needs; nerve: Know your needs, goals, perceptions, priorities, and personal reasons/ rationale, and, then, have the nerve, to take the actions, which provide you, with the finest options, and opportunities!

5. Good/ great; generate goodwill; growth: The better, you develop, your personal growth, and seek better – than good (but, demand, great/ excellence), the more, you will feel, good, about your decision – making abilities, and talents, and proceed, with finer, personal, goodwill!

If, you know, and feel comfortable, you will do the RIGHT thing, your life, will, generally, be less stressful, etc! Are you up to the tasks?

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