How to fix: Your blog isn’t ready to show ads and needs attention

Five steps for getting approved for AdSense: have a top-level domain, make sure you have all the legal pages, have at least 15 blog posts/articles, have unique content, have a reasonably large amount of traffic

When you apply for AdSense, you may have your application declined with the reason stated as simply: Your blog isn’t ready to show ads and needs attention.

When this happens, AdSense doesn’t typically share a reason but allows you to log into your account to see potential reasons, which, frustratingly, aren’t there. While AdSense won’t tell you what’s wrong with your blog, there are a couple of things your site will need to have before they will accept your application.

Treat this as a checklist and make sure you complete these steps before re-applying. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Your blog will need to have a top-level domain such as .com, .net, or .org.
  2. You will need to have a Terms & Conditions page, a Disclaimer, an About page, a Contact page, and most importantly, a privacy policy. These are absolutely mandatory. Fortunately, there are many how-to guides you can find on Google that show proper wording for these types of pages.
  3. You will need a minimum of 15 blog posts or articles on the site. The more well-written the better. It doesn’t hurt to have more.
  4. All blog posts and articles must be unique. They cannot appear elsewhere on the Internet. Copying articles from elsewhere are a big no-no and if you don’t have the legal rights to the content, your blog can be shut down.
  5. Having a reasonable amount of traffic is beneficial for being accepted, although Google hasn’t outlined what “reasonable” is. If you’re not getting traffic to your blog, there’s no use in applying for AdSense as a blog with little to no traffic won’t earn any revenue.

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