Top 5 Adsense rules for free hosting providers


In the how to make money from your free hosting service post, I told you there are many ways to generate revenue to offset your cost. Google Adsense is the first choice of many free hosting providers

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As long as you follow the rules, it is safe!

Adsense usually can  generate reasonable revenues for your free hosting service. As Google does not require minimum traffic, and international traffic is also accepted, you can use Adsense from the beginning. As mentioned in the checklist for free hosting providers, it is unlikely to get profit for the first a few months. So, set an reasonable expectation from Adsesne.

It is important to go through the guidelines of Adsense before you place ads on your site. Most free hosting providers may just skip the reading. If you do not follow the rules set by Google, the consequence can be severe: your account is terminated and you are banned from Adsense.

It does not need a rocket scientist to understand the Adsense guidelines, but sometimes some webmasters may get confused, and interpret them wrongly.

So, I summarize the common mistakes made by free hosting providers on Google Adsense placement. You need follow these five rules to keep your Adsesen account safe.

  1. Do not placed Adsense on customer’s website. You can only place Adsense units on pages in which you know the contents. Because you do not know what contents your users may put on their websites, it is too risky if you put your Adsense on these sites. For example, your user may upload a few unacceptable photos, and if Google notices your Adsense ad in that page, then you are in trouble.  Usually Adsense units on public forum is ok, but you need keep eyes on threads and remove offensive contents before Google finds them. For web proxy providers, you should NEVER put your Adsense ads on proxified pages. You simply can not know what sites you users may visit.
  2. Do not solicit click. New free hosting providers often put some words like this on their pages “please click ads to support our free services” bla bla. This is explicitly forbidden by Google, because you are soliciting clicks. You should not mention your ads except that you can mentioned your ad revenue will support the free service.
  3. Add a privacy policy page. Most big ad network now requires a privacy page, You need state your site’s privacy policy. If you are not sure, find privacy statement from other free hosting providers’ sites and modify accordingly.  You only need make sure it is as accurate as possible based on your knowledge. Occasionally,  Google may check around and ask you to put one.
  4. Try different placements. The performance of Google Adsense units vary, greatly, depending on how you place them. You need do some experiments and optimize: size, location and color on individual pages. For example, squre/rectangle  (e.g., 300*250, 338*250) units usually performs better than 468*60 units. The location is also important. For example,if you put your ad units immediately after your tutorials, the click rate generally is high than before the tutorials, because people just finish reading your contents/instructions and are ready for some actions.
  5. Do not use popup or pop-unders. Sometimes, you may have some popup ads or popunder ads for error pages. But you should NEVER use them together with Adsense. Google does not like such ads.  So, make sure there are no Adsense units on the page where you put popup ads.

These are the simple 5 rules that all free hosting providers should follow, if you do not want to get your Adsense account disabled.  To get best results, you should test different placements.

 

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  1. Thnx.. It was really helpful :)

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