Day 60 – Ouch!! Google Adsense Application Rejected

Once the feelings of hurt and rejection subsided (I know I have issues in this department LOL) then the irony of having my Google Adsense Application rejected after having written a lengthy post on what to do when you apply for it made me chuckle for some time.

When you have been rejected by them and you return to the Adsense page, you will find a message like this:


You also get an e mail from them which cites the reason and then offers some suggestions of things you can do.  I received an e mail with this main reason:

“Insufficient content: To be approved for AdSense and show relevant ads on your site, your pages need to have enough text on them for our specialists to review and for our crawler to be able to determine what your pages are about.”

Now the site I submitted was this one and at the time had over 50 articles on it, all of them unique with an average of 500 words or more, many of them much longer so you can imagine how frustrated I was with the decision.

However they did offer some suggestions of things to try out which included:

  • Make sure that your pages have sufficient text – websites that contain mostly images, videos or Flash animations will not be approved.
  • Your content should contain complete sentences and paragraphs, not only headlines.
  • Ensure that your website is fully built and launched before you apply for AdSense – do not apply while your site’s still in a beta or “under construction” phase or only consists of a website template.
  • Place the ad code on a live page of your website. It does not have to be the main page, but test pages that are empty except for the AdSense ad code will not be approved.
  • Provide a clear navigation system for your visitors so that they can easily find all of the sections and pages of your website.

Well none of these suggestions seemed to be relevant for me.

  1.  In my mind (though clearly not Google’s) I believed I had sufficient text for each article and that there was a sufficient number of articles – otherwise I wouldn’t have submitted.
  2. Whilst I may not win a Pulitzer prize, I think the quality of my English is pretty good and having authored a number of books over the years I do have some experience of writing acceptable English.
  3. My site is up and running and has relevant content on it
  4. It has reasonable navigation on the site.

The one that foxed me was the placing of the Ad Code on the site.  At no point had I been given the opportunity to grab any ad code to place on my site.

I searched and scoured the Adsense help pages and even went on to the Google Adsense Forum to ask though the response I got from the one person who responded to my question was extremely unhelpful.

So at this point I am at a loss as to why I was rejected OR what I can even do about it.

To make myself feel a little bit better I applied for my traffic account with Outbrain and my other revenue account with Content.Ad – fortunately I was accepted for both of these.


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