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Sustainable Monetized Websites: A new video series

The new series Sustainable Monetized Websites is now available on the Google AdSense YouTube channel. 

If you create, manage or monetize online content, you’ll find these videos a handy resource for latest policies and best practices in areas like navigation, user-generated content, unique and original content and more. 

Keep an eye out for more videos in the coming weeks, as my two alter-ego co hosts and I cover topics like Search Console — and even explain how to use the Publisher Policy center and Site Kit to improve your online presence. 

Although you might think that the organic and monetized worlds are very different, the truth is, no matter who you are, everything can be distilled into this mantra:  Focus on your users: create great content.

During a challenging year, we've been creative in sharing these best practices while staying safe. By turning our homes into film sets, we’ve been able to keep creating content to help you get the most out of the web. 

We're really looking forward to continuing to bring you information and best practices on policy topics this year, and hope you enjoy this series as much as we’ve enjoyed making it from my very own home studio.


home office studio

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Join the Women of AdSense summit

Google AdSense is proud to partner with so many inspiring and successful businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We believe that the uniqueness of the people running these businesses is integral to what we do, and we love to see this diversity shining through the content you produce. 

We’d like to show our support by inviting you to the Women of AdSense summit, which fosters leadership, inclusion and connection in the AdSense community. March is Women's History Month, a time to highlight the contributions of women throughout history and in contemporary society. We’d love to celebrate with you at the summit, which will take place on Wednesday, March 31 and is free to registered participants.

During the event you will: 

  • Discover opportunities to grow your publishing business through monetization and content development.

  • Hear stories from your fellow women publishers.

  • Learn more about balance and resilience from our guest keynote speaker.

This virtual event is aimed at empowering Women of AdSense across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. However, we welcome anyone who's interested in attending as an ally and supporting women in the workplace and beyond.

Applications will be accepted until Sunday, March 21. Apply to participate in the event and get ready to be inspired!


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A guide to common AdSense policy questions

AdSense program policies help ensure we preserve a healthy digital ecosystem for the benefit of all users, advertisers and publishers. Based on feedback from AdSense publishers, we know that there's more we could be doing to make our policies easier to understand. To demystify some common questions, we’re sharing a new infographic with important information on:

  • Google’s digital ecosystem and the role of advertising policies
  • Most frequently faced policy violations 
  • Resolving policy issues and navigating through the AdSense policy center

Check it out below, and don't forget to download or bookmark the infographic with clickable links. 

Google digital advertising ecosystem
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Focus on the user
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AdSense policy resources

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Resources to help optimize your business

Online content and media consumption behaviors are continuously evolving. If you'd like to optimize your online business and help improve your AdSense performance, it's important to follow and adapt to the trends. We'd like to provide some resources to help you successfully navigate in an ever-changing digital environment.

Adapt your content to changing trends

It’s important to understand what’s top of mind for the people you’re aiming to reach in order to make your content interesting and useful to wide audiences. Below are some tools you can use to optimize your content:

Understand user interests 

Use Google Trends to analyze the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across regions and languages. If you need help with understanding, using and visualizing the data better, you can get Google Trends lessons.  

Stay on top of market trends in a dynamic environment and reflect it on your content to keep it up to date. While doing so, please be mindful of our content policies.

Use Question Hub to create richer content by leveraging unanswered questions online. Review these questions to get inspired and create deeper, more comprehensive content.

Track how your content performs 

Get to know your audience and how they engage with your site through Google Analytics. The earlier you spot changes in your user behavior, the quicker you can address them. You can review the below reports to get the insights: 

  • Realtime Content Insights to identify the most popular articles amongst your audience
  • Behavior Reports to understand the overall page and content performance of your site
  • Acquisition Reports to review the shift in your site traffic and traffic sources. If you see unusual spikes from certain sources, you might want to monitor them. 
  • AdSense Overview to see your revenue information once you link your AdSense account to Analytics. 

As an addition to your current content strategy, experiment with different content formats such as video or infographics and track your user i. If you see improvement on user interest, you can double down on those content formats. Diversifying your content could help you expand your audience, and also improve the engagement of your current ones. 

Optimize your revenue stream

When your content is ready, appealing and easy to reach, you can optimize your AdSense account to maximize your revenue from the content you created. We know that creating content takes time, so we’d like to remind you of some solutions that you can use to get the most out of your content.

You may consider using Auto ads to help you increase your ads revenue. Auto ads are optimized to deliver better performing ads, so that you can spend more time creating the content your audience is searching for. As they work through any AdSense ad code, you can start using Auto ads byturning them on in your account

As time spent on mobile increases, it becomes even more important to have a mobile-friendly site with goodpage speed. This will help people to access your content without problems. Make sure your ad units are responsive in order to provide a positive ad experience regardless of which device people use to visit your site. 

Lastly, make sure that your site complies with the AdSense Program policies so that your business can grow sustainably. 

We’re here to support you through the AdSense forums, email and troubleshooters. Learn more about the support options available. 


Source: Inside AdSense


Resources to help optimize your business

Online content and media consumption behaviors are continuously evolving. If you'd like to optimize your online business and help improve your AdSense performance, it's important to follow and adapt to the trends. We'd like to provide some resources to help you successfully navigate in an ever-changing digital environment.

Adapt your content to changing trends

It’s important to understand what’s top of mind for the people you’re aiming to reach in order to make your content interesting and useful to wide audiences. Below are some tools you can use to optimize your content:

Understand user interests 

Use Google Trends to analyze the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across regions and languages. If you need help with understanding, using and visualizing the data better, you can get Google Trends lessons.  

Stay on top of market trends in a dynamic environment and reflect it on your content to keep it up to date. While doing so, please be mindful of our content policies.

Use Question Hub to create richer content by leveraging unanswered questions online. Review these questions to get inspired and create deeper, more comprehensive content.

Track how your content performs 

Get to know your audience and how they engage with your site through Google Analytics. The earlier you spot changes in your user behavior, the quicker you can address them. You can review the below reports to get the insights: 

  • Realtime Content Insights to identify the most popular articles amongst your audience
  • Behavior Reports to understand the overall page and content performance of your site
  • Acquisition Reports to review the shift in your site traffic and traffic sources. If you see unusual spikes from certain sources, you might want to monitor them. 
  • AdSense Overview to see your revenue information once you link your AdSense account to Analytics. 

As an addition to your current content strategy, experiment with different content formats such as video or infographics and track the engagement on your site. If you see an improvement, you can double down on those content formats. Diversifying your content could help you expand your audience, and also improve the engagement of your current ones. 

Optimize your revenue stream

When your content is ready, appealing and easy to reach, you can optimize your AdSense account to maximize your revenue from the content you created. We know that creating content takes time, so we’d like to remind you of some solutions that you can use to get the most out of your content.

You may consider using Auto ads to help you increase your ads revenue. Auto ads are optimized to deliver better performing ads, so that you can spend more time creating the content your audience is searching for. As they work through any AdSense ad code, you can start using Auto ads byturning them on in your account

As time spent on mobile increases, it becomes even more important to have a mobile-friendly site with goodpage speed. This will help people to access your content without problems. Make sure your ad units are responsive in order to provide a positive ad experience regardless of which device people use to visit your site. 

Lastly, make sure that your site complies with the AdSense Program policies so that your business can grow sustainably. 

We’re here to support you through the AdSense forums, email and troubleshooters. Learn more about the support options available. 


Source: Inside AdSense


Welcome to Google AdSense

Creating content your audience loves takes time, but making it profitable shouldn’t. That’s where Google AdSense comes in. 

With AdSense, trusted advertisers show their ads on your site, generating revenue for you to keep creating great content and take your business to the next level. AdSense gets you the best of Google’s automation and is fully customizable. Plus, signing up is free and easy. 

Join more than 2 million publishers who are already earning money from their sites with Google AdSense. Get started today! 


Welcome to AdSense

Source: Inside AdSense


Join the Women of Publishing webinar series

The 2020 Women of Publishing Leadership Series is now open for registration. This annual program is designed to facilitate industry connections, provide access to resources, and enable the future growth of women-led small publishing businesses. Apply by February 21 to join us on the live stream sessions, as well as an in-person event bringing together our female publishing community.


What you can expect

This March, the Women of Publishing Leadership Series is bringing together female entrepreneurs and leaders, who have successfully funded their passions through monetization platforms using Google AdMob or AdSense. The first online class kicks off on March 10, just after International Women's Day. 


This multi-part web series will teach you how Google tools can help to fuel the growth of your publishing business. The course will include data-driven monetization tactics for both web and apps, as well as discussions on sustaining momentum in this fast-paced and evolving digital ecosystem.


You can find detailed information about the online course below: 

Keynote

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 10 at 1:30 PM ET 

  • Summary: Join an honest discussion on one woman’s journey in the publishing industry. We will also discuss how to optimize your audience engagement strategy.


Monetization and Reporting Deep-Dive, Web

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 17 at 1:30 PM ET

  • Summary: Get a closer look at how to efficiently earn more for your website using the new and improved AdSense Auto ads.


Monetization and Reporting Deep-Dive, Apps

  • Date and time: Thursday, March 19 at 1:30 PM ET

  • Summary: Learn how to think about optimizing your app’s monetization structure and which metrics matter the most in tracking your app’s performance.


Protecting our Digital Ecosystem

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30 PM ET

  • Summary: Gain insight on how to maintain user trust and secure your content in an evolving ecosystem.

Google is committed to women’s success in the publishing industry

We’ve seen great strides  toward women’s parity in the global labor market in recent years. However, there’s still work to do. The empowerment of female entrepreneurship is especially critical. Globally, there are less women than men among entrepreneurs, contributing to the 50 percent gap in total income (all types of revenues) between men and women.


The Women of Publishing Leadership Series was designed to help participants learn how to maximize the value of their publishing business and earn more revenue. The curriculum is tailored for small and medium-sized businesses. Women from all types of digital backgrounds: apps, news, gaming, entertainment, video, e-commerce, etc. are encouraged to apply. Not using Google AdMob, AdSense, or Ad Manager? No worries—join the program to learn which product best suits your business needs.


Applications close on February 21, 2020. Join the 2020 Women of Publishing community by applying on our website.


Source: Inside AdSense


Join the Women of Publishing webinar series

The 2020 Women of Publishing Leadership Series is now open for registration. This annual program is designed to facilitate industry connections, provide access to resources, and enable the future growth of women-led small publishing businesses. Apply by February 21 to join us on the live stream sessions, as well as an in-person event bringing together our female publishing community.


What you can expect

This March, the Women of Publishing Leadership Series is bringing together female entrepreneurs and leaders, who have successfully funded their passions through monetization platforms using Google AdMob or AdSense. The first online class kicks off on March 10, just after International Women's Day. 


This multi-part web series will teach you how Google tools can help to fuel the growth of your publishing business. The course will include data-driven monetization tactics for both web and apps, as well as discussions on sustaining momentum in this fast-paced and evolving digital ecosystem.


You can find detailed information about the online course below: 

Keynote

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 10 at 1:30 PM ET 

  • Summary: Join an honest discussion on one woman’s journey in the publishing industry. We will also discuss how to optimize your audience engagement strategy.


Monetization and Reporting Deep-Dive, Web

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 17 at 1:30 PM ET

  • Summary: Get a closer look at how to efficiently earn more for your website using the new and improved AdSense Auto ads.


Monetization and Reporting Deep-Dive, Apps

  • Date and time: Thursday, March 19 at 1:30 PM ET

  • Summary: Learn how to think about optimizing your app’s monetization structure and which metrics matter the most in tracking your app’s performance.


Protecting our Digital Ecosystem

  • Date and time: Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30 PM ET

  • Summary: Gain insight on how to maintain user trust and secure your content in an evolving ecosystem.

Google is committed to women’s success in the publishing industry

We’ve seen great strides  toward women’s parity in the global labor market in recent years. However, there’s still work to do. The empowerment of female entrepreneurship is especially critical. Globally, there are less women than men among entrepreneurs, contributing to the 50 percent gap in total income (all types of revenues) between men and women.


The Women of Publishing Leadership Series was designed to help participants learn how to maximize the value of their publishing business and earn more revenue. The curriculum is tailored for small and medium-sized businesses. Women from all types of digital backgrounds: apps, news, gaming, entertainment, video, e-commerce, etc. are encouraged to apply. Not using Google AdMob, AdSense, or Ad Manager? No worries—join the program to learn which product best suits your business needs.


Applications close on February 21, 2020. Join the 2020 Women of Publishing community by applying on our website.


Source: Inside AdSense


Refining your website’s user experience in 3 steps

There are plenty of sites out there. Beyond producing great content, it’s vital to make yours stand out. How? One way is to provide an exceptional user experience (UX). 

Use tools to put yourself in your user’s shoes, and then rectify anything that compromises their ability to move easily through your site. In turn, these optimizations can produce a positive impact on the performance of your ads. 


1. Measure your site’s performance

As a first step, assess your current website user experience to understand what developments are needed.

Track important metrics about how your site performs in Google Search results using Search Console. Find out how often your site appears, its average position, click-through rates and more. 


The Performance report provides visibility into how your search traffic changes over time, where it’s coming from and what search queries are most likely to show your site. See which pages have the highest (and lowest) click-through rate from Google Search. 


Expose untapped performance opportunities and improve the quality of web pages through Lighthouse. With Lighthouse audits, you can identify and then fix common problems that affect your site’s performance, accessibility and user experience. 


Run a mobile-friendly test to see how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device. Just enter a page URL to find how you score. The majority of users coming to your site are likely to be using a mobile device, so if you haven’t made your site mobile-friendly, you should.  


With 53 percent of users abandoning mobile sites that take longer than three seconds to load, it pays to be fast. Check your mobile page speed and compare it against industry benchmarks

performance_measurement_tools

2. Design for optimal user experience 

Now that you know how your site measures up, it’s time to put your analysis to use with UX strategies for improvements. There are three development frameworks you can consider using to create a smoother, faster experience for your users.

  • AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a framework of web components that lets you create a highly performing site that’s consistently fast across all devices. 

  • Responsive web design is about using HTML and CSS to automatically resize, shrink or enlarge a website to make it look good on all devices, including desktops, tablets and phones.

  • Progressive Web Apps provide an installable, app-like experience on desktop and mobile. Built and delivered directly via the web, these web apps are fast and reliable on any browser.

mobile_user

3. Keep mobile front of mind


Since the majority of users now access Google Search with a mobile device, the mobile version of your site’s content is what informs indexing and ranking. If your site has separate desktop and mobile content, here’s what you need to remember to optimize for mobile-first indexing.


  • Your mobile site should contain the same content as your desktop site.

  • Structured data should be present on both versions of your site.

  • Metadata should be present on both versions of the site.


When it comes to design, remember that users are impatient – so organise your site so that it’s easy for people to find and do what they want. Focus your homepage and navigation on connecting users to the content they’re looking for. Offer site search to ensure users can find what they need in a hurry. Understand your customer journeys and let users convert on their own terms. Provide a seamless, frictionless conversion experience through easy-to-use forms.


To learn more about what you can do to propel your website user experience from good to great, check out these mobile design best practices


Source: Inside AdSense


Refining your website’s user experience in 3 steps

There are plenty of sites out there. Beyond producing great content, it’s vital to make yours stand out. How? One way is to provide an exceptional user experience (UX). 

Use tools to put yourself in your user’s shoes, and then rectify anything that compromises their ability to move easily through your site. In turn, these optimizations can produce a positive impact on the performance of your ads. 

tools for user experience

1. Measure your site’s performance

As a first step, assess your current website user experience to understand what developments are needed.

Track important metrics about how your site performs in Google Search results using Search Console. Find out how often your site appears, its average position, click-through rates and more. 


The Performance report provides visibility into how your search traffic changes over time, where it’s coming from and what search queries are most likely to show your site. See which pages have the highest (and lowest) click-through rate from Google Search. 


Expose untapped performance opportunities and improve the quality of web pages through Lighthouse. With Lighthouse audits, you can identify and then fix common problems that affect your site’s performance, accessibility and user experience. 


Run a mobile-friendly test to see how easily a visitor can use your page on a mobile device. Just enter a page URL to find how you score. The majority of users coming to your site are likely to be using a mobile device, so if you haven’t made your site mobile-friendly, you should.  


With 53 percent of users abandoning mobile sites that take longer than three seconds to load, it pays to be fast. Check your mobile page speed and compare it against industry benchmarks

performance_measurement_tools

2. Design for optimal user experience 

Now that you know how your site measures up, it’s time to put your analysis to use with UX strategies for improvements. There are three development frameworks you can consider using to create a smoother, faster experience for your users.

  • AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a framework of web components that lets you create a highly performing site that’s consistently fast across all devices. 

  • Responsive web design is about using HTML and CSS to automatically resize, shrink or enlarge a website to make it look good on all devices, including desktops, tablets and phones.

  • Progressive Web Apps provide an installable, app-like experience on desktop and mobile. Built and delivered directly via the web, these web apps are fast and reliable on any browser.

mobile_user

3. Keep mobile front of mind


Since the majority of users now access Google Search with a mobile device, the mobile version of your site’s content is what informs indexing and ranking. If your site has separate desktop and mobile content, here’s what you need to remember to optimize for mobile-first indexing.


  • Your mobile site should contain the same content as your desktop site.

  • Structured data should be present on both versions of your site.

  • Metadata should be present on both versions of the site.


When it comes to design, remember that users are impatient – so organise your site so that it’s easy for people to find and do what they want. Focus your homepage and navigation on connecting users to the content they’re looking for. Offer site search to ensure users can find what they need in a hurry. Understand your customer journeys and let users convert on their own terms. Provide a seamless, frictionless conversion experience through easy-to-use forms.


To learn more about what you can do to propel your website user experience from good to great, check out these mobile design best practices

Source: Inside AdSense