- Part 1 - When should I add AdSense to my WordPress blog?
So you have got your blog up and running. You are starting to get organic search engine traffic. So when should you think about adding AdSense to your blog to help monetise your work?
There is no hard and fast rule about how much traffic you should have before adding AdSense to your blog. You can apply and be accepted for Google’s AdSense program at any time. But it is a good idea to look at your incoming traffic and see if you think it would be worthwhile adding AdSense to your site yet.
In the first few weeks, when your blog is still new, you will only be getting a few hits every day. Some days, probably more often than you will want to admit, there will be no hits at all.
You can add AdSense to your blog from day 1, but with little or no organic search engine traffic, it is very unlikely that you will receive any Clicks on your AdSense ads. So you will not be making any money.
Regular visitors to your website are typically less inclined towards clicking on AdSense ads, simply because they frequent your blog for the interesting content. The people that most often click on AdSense ads are those that happened upon one of your articles through a search engine. Your article may or may not answer their question, but the AdSense ad is attractive enough in terms of content, and suitably placed, for it to be a logical next step in their browsing.
Looking at a completely theoretical AdSense Click Through Rate (CTR) of between 1% and 5%, you would be wanting somewere between 20 and 100 page hits on your site per day to get at least one daily click on your AdSense ads.
At this rate of daily traffic you could reasonably expect something to happen, e.g. a click, every day. Now one click on your AdSense ads isn’t going to make you a home working, blogging millionaire, but it’s a start!
To make real money from adding AdSense to your blog you are going to need much more traffic, so as always, remember that content is king. With real, quality content, organic search engine traffic will increase. When you are receiving several hundred hits per day, which is potentially achievable, even for a fairly new blog if it has good quality, unique, interesting content, you will start to see the benefit of adding AdSense to your blog.