So I Got Rejected by Adsense… What the Hell Am I Going To Do Now?


You read that headline right.

I wrote about applying for Adsense earlier, and I was hoping I’d be able to write a post about using it shortly after, pending my acceptance into Adsense.

I thought my site was up to par and met Adsense’s requirements.

But apparently Google did not.

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They took one long look at my site and composed a very beautiful rejection email:

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Me, Mr. 500Naira Writer, got rejected by Google!

Do they know who I am?

No, Google doesn’t give a flying “whatch-am-a-call-it”.

Now, I could sit and whine about how Google is unfair… bla bla bla but that won’t help you or me for that matter.

So I’m going to do something a little different.

When I Get Rejected by Adsense, I Stop Feeling Rejected And Go Hustle Instead…

When shit happens (as it is wont to do in life), you have too main options: either flush it down the toilet as quickly as possible or stay there and keep smelling the shit.

I suggest you do the former.

And that’s what I’m going to do.

So let’s break it down.

#1. Identify the reason for the rejection

Well, Google says they rejected my site because of “Insufficient content”.

And as much as I think I have a lot of content on my site, I have to be honest with myself and you, dear reader.

This blog has only been live since January, with roughly 60+ posts published.

Maybe I applied for Adsense too quickly. You know, instead of taking the time to post more content and build my site more.

Don’t mind me, Google. I tend to take action now regardless of where I’m prepared or not.

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Blame it on me over-correcting for the analysis paralysis of my past.

As for the other “senrenre” listed there, I don’t think my site is guilty of those.

#2. Put out more content

This is a bit obvious.

If the problem is insufficient content, then a part of the solution rationally has to be “put out more content.”

Google, don’t worry. Shey na content you want. I’m coming.

#3. Learn about Adsense from Google themselves

I was creeping around Google’s Digital Garage and checking out their courses when I saw this.

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Obviously, as a confirmed epistemophile, I’m going to go in on that and learn.

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Like I said in one of my recent posts, times of insignificance prepare you for times of significance.

I’ll take this time to figure out how to use Adsense (and the rest of his friends) so when I do get approved, I’ll hit the ground running.

No dulling.

#4. Monetize with Affiliate Marketing

I already started experimenting with this one.

Like I once said, Adsense isn’t everything.

There are other ways to monetize your site and affiliate marketing is one of them.

Which is why I won’t dull.

I’m going to go hard on Affiliate marketing and use that to monetize in the meantime.

#5. Create more infoproducts

Adsense may have said No, but my hustle is bigger than Adsense.

I have a ton of ideas I’ve been working on behind the scenes that I haven’t quite been able to bring to life.

With the Adsense rejection, I can double down and focus more on executing those ideas.


It may have been obvious, but what I wanted you to get from this post is this – NO matter what, keep moving forward.

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So what if Adsense doesn’t like your site, keep moving forward.

This hustle is not for crybabies and whiners. When something doesn’t go your way, don’t stop. Find another way to make it work.

And always keep moving forward.

What are your thoughts?

Let’s talk in the comments.


Keeping it 500,

Tomi Joshua

Author: Tomi Joshua

Tomi is a case.

A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).

Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.

He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.

4 thoughts on “So I Got Rejected by Adsense… What the Hell Am I Going To Do Now?

  • Hmmmmn i did apply too but was told my site does not follow webmaster guidelines, thats why i changed my themes and still working on easy navigation hope to get better

    • Yeah, they’re anal-retentive about that stuff… One day, you’ll be telling the story of how you succeeded despite being rejected by Adsense… I know I will.

  • Damn.
    Me, Mr. 500Naira Writer, got rejected by Google!
    Do they know who I am?
    Hehe… That line got me
    Like it was yesterday, I still remember the first time I applied for a google AdSense account.
    They initially told me my blog was a chat site which obviously wasn’t true.
    They finally approved mine after applying 3 times.
    I had over 70+ posts so they couldn’t even dare tell me that Insufficient story Lol…
    My friend got his after applying for about 23 times. He got it finally.

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