Google adsense has quickly become one of the most common ways to create an online business.
You can create a simple web presence about anything you want and publish Google Adsense ads as long as it follows the Google Adsense Guidelines. There are some websites which are not allowed such as any illegal websites, make money online websites, and pharmacy websites.
If you create a website on a topic which you have a lot of interest such as fishing, writing, or whatever you find interesting you should try to publish Adsense to start making money online. Google Adsense is a simple program which will let you sign up for free. Once you have signed up you can create an ad in whatever colors and size you want. After the ad is created Google Adsense will give you the HTML for the ad and all you need to do for publishing is copy and paste the HTML onto your website. There are certain platforms such as blogger.com that will automate the monetization process, but personally I prefer copy and pasting the ads.
Before you can begin publishing Google Adsense ads you will need a booming web presence that is getting traffic. Really there is no reason to publish any ads if your website is getting low to no traffic you should wait until you are ranking in Google and other major search engines for competitive terms.
If you would like to start a presence go to blogger.com, wordpress.com, 000webhost.com, or webs.com. All of these will allow you to create a free website or blog. These also will give you a free domain name which will save you around ten dollars per year. Personally I think the best type of presence is a blog since updating is extremely easy. During the creation of your web presence you can begin thinking about where you would like to display ads after your website becomes successful.
After the presence is up and running with a decent amount of traffic it is time to place the ads. There are two things which determine how much you can make from your adsense ads.
The first and most important is how much traffic you are getting. If you are only getting a few hits per day then you will not earn very much from adsense. One good rule of thumb is you will earn approximately one dollar for every hundred visitors. This of course is only a estimation since the income differs from keyword to keyword, but in my experience running an online business blog and internet marketing blog the average amount I earn is one dollar per hundred visitors.
The other factor that will determine how much you will make from adsense is the placement of the ads. To find the best place you will need to experiment with different placements. In my experience the highest clicked on placement is above the fold and towards the center of the presence.
If you are looking a program as an alternative or an additional source of income to Google Adsense, try out Chitika. Their ads are unobtrusive and can be set to only show up when people arrive to your site from a search engine. Chitika specializes in showing targeted ads based on the search terms used to find your site.