One of the goals of Grace Blogger is to show you how to blog for free. Clearly, both the hosting and the premium Standard Theme cost money. One way to cover the costs of these things (and make some money on the side), is to monetize your blog.
I have five blogs right now, and the others all have advertisements on them. While I am not making lots of money from these ads, they are more than covering my hosting fees and the cost of buying the Standard Theme. As my readership on the various blogs increase, I am seeing my monthly income increase as well.
I am nowhere near ready to monetize this blog, and probably will not start putting advertisements on this blog for a year or so. But prior to that, there are a few things that I want to do before then that require a Google Adsense and Adwords account, such as using their keyword tool to write blog posts, and installing the Google Custom Search Engine.
So this blog post is simply a reminder to create accounts at both Adsense and Adwords.
Join Google Adsense
The first thing to do is head over to Google Adsense and create an account with them. Google Adsense allows you to publish advertisements on websites that you own.
It has been several years since I created my Adsense Account, and so I cannot remember what information it asks for or what the account creation screens look like. But I’m pretty sure you can figure it out.
Once you are in and have entered any information it asks for, you really don’t need to do anything in here yet. I will write posts later about creating ad units and putting them on your blog.
Join Google Adwords
After you have created an account at Adsense, head on over to Google Adwords to set up an account there as well. Google Adwords allows you to advertise on other websites. This is not free, but there are numerous offers around the internet for $75 of free advertising on Adwords.
I do not pay for advertising, but use the Google Adwords tool to help me pick good keywords for my blog posts and blog pages. Again, I will explain much more in later posts.
When you first arrive on this page, there are numerous options for someone from Google to contact you and tell you about advertising feature and options. Unless you really want to advertise with them, go ahead and ignore all this. You don’t need to listen to a high-pressure pitch to use the tool. Just create an account, and call it good for now.