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  1. keerthikasingaravel
    Member

    Hi.I'm new to blogging and just getting to know the technicalities.My blog is just a few days shy of being a month old.I realize I'm many universes away from being a VIP blog with 25000 visitors.But I would like to build strong and do things right as early as possible rather than have to undo a lot of things way down the line.

    I have a rejection letter from Google Adsense,which I have copied out below.I have tried to make sense of their guidelines but I'm afraid I'm making no headway.Could you please take a look at my blog http://wealthymatters.com/
    and point out all the things I'm doing wrong and how I could correct them? Please give me some concrete examples to make things clear.

    Hello Keerthika Singaravel,

    Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after
    reviewing your application, we're unable to accept you into Google
    AdSense at this time.

    We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below.

    Issues:

    - Page type

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    Further detail:

    Page type: We're unable to approve your AdSense application at this
    time because we feel that your site does not comply with the Google
    webmaster quality guidelines. More specifically, we believe that your
    site does not add value or provide unique content. For a complete list
    of the webmaster guidelines, please visit
    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769&hl=en_US .

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    For a complete list of AdSense criteria, please visit:

    https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_US

    https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?rc=IN&ce=1&hl=en_US

    To update and resubmit your application, please visit
    https://www.google.com/adsense?hl=en_US and sign in using the email
    address and password you submitted with your application. Our
    specialists will review your account for compliance with our program
    policies, so please make sure to resolve all of the issues listed above
    before resubmitting.

    Sincerely,

    The Google AdSense Team

    The blog I need help with is wealthymatters.com.

  2. Your blog is decently presented, but I'd focus more on the overall aesthetic of things.

    Try to keep the nav bar to one row, and limit posts to three paragraphs on the front page and split them with the more tag: http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/

    As for your rejection for AdSense, I wouldn't worry about it, as advertising at WordPress.com is not allowed. For full details, please see:
    http://support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    If you require advertising, you might be interested in a self-hosted (WordPress.org) installation. There are no restrictions on advertising if you setup a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a WordPress.com blog, but there are some added responsibilities.

    Please see this link to learn about the differences:
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    We have hosting recommendations at the following link if you are interested:
    http://get.wp.com/hosting/

  3. keerthikasingaravel
    Member

    Hello macmanx.Thanks for the quick reply.

    I've made my nav bar one row.

    I've read about splitting blogs.I'll try that out tomorrow and try to split up all the long posts I've already put up.

    I have no intention of putting up ads on my blog so soon.But I'd like to keep the option open for later to break-even on the costs of buying bells and whistles for my blog.My intention at this point of time is just to avoid making the blunders that might get me kicked out of the places that matter.And if at all it is possible I want to do things right at the outset to avoid having to undo and redo things later.

    Are page views hits? If so, yes i'd love to have the sort of blog that gets 25000 visits a month......but I guess that's way too ambitious for me now.

    Self - hosting is way beyond my technical capabilities now and I don't see any economic rationale behind hiring someone to do that for what is after all a personal blog.And I suppose I can reach just as many readers here as anywhere else.

    The rejection bothered me because of the not meeting quality guidelines and lack of added value and unique content bits.And there was the part about reapplying after sorting out these issues.I just wanted to find out what to stop doing or to redo.

  4. I have no intention of putting up ads on my blog so soon.But I'd like to keep the option open for later to break-even on the costs of buying bells and whistles for my blog.

    Please understand that this will not be possible at WordPress.com.

  5. Are page views hits? If so, yes i'd love to have the sort of blog that gets 25000 visits a month......but I guess that's way too ambitious for me now.

    See here please > stats > http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/
    See here under AdControl > http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

  6. keerthikasingaravel
    Member

    raincoaster is the AdControl option no longer available?

  7. keerthikasingaravel
    Member

    timethief thank you for the links.AdControl is pretty encouraging.It gives me a goal to aim for.And thanks for the stats link.I got an exact definition of a pageview.

  8. @keerthikasingaravel
    I'm glad I could help. Best wishes with your blog. :)

  9. AdControl is available but does NOT require you to register with Adsense, nor does it allow you to actually control the ads: it allows you to split the take of ads WP.com places on your site with them.

  10. keerthikasingaravel
    Member

    raincoaster thank you for your information.I'm so happy to read your reply.This really makes my life so simple.No more reading up on technical stuff.Now I just have to write about the things I find interesting and are of value to others. Thanks!

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