Can bloggers below 18 years use AdSense?


Are you a blogger or video publisher below 18 years old but like to use AdSense to monetize your online content? Learn the Google policies regarding the age limits to participate in AdSense program.

The minimum age requirement to participate in Google AdSense program is 18 years even though you can create a Google account to use other services of Google at a lower age. For example, you can create a YouTube channel at the age of 13 and start posting videos.

Minimum age requirements to create an account with Google varies by country. See the country specific requirements below:

Spain: 14 or older
South Korea: 14 or older
Netherlands: 16 or older
All other countries: 13 or older



Some of the Google products have higher age requirements:

Google Wallet: 18+
AdSense: 18+
AdWords: 18+

Read more about the minimum age requirements by Google.

Monetizing Blogger and YouTube accounts by minors


Even though you can create a Blogger or YouTube channel at the age of 13, you are not allowed to have your own AdSense account at that age. Does it mean you can't monetize your online content?



Many minors have created AdSense accounts without knowing the age criteria. It is possible that Google will discover their age from the date of birth used in the Google account and eventually disapprove the AdSense account. Even though it is possible to cheat Google by using a wrong date of birth in your Google account, it could lead to problems in future, if you are planning to use your Google account for serious business in future.

Google has recommended a method to monetize the blogs and YouTube channels for minors. If you are under-aged to use AdSense but you qualify for other Google products like Blogger or YouTube, then you can associate the AdSense account of your parent or guardian to your Blogger/YouTube account.

AdSense for children under 18 year age
Screenshot of suggestions from Google regarding AdSense for children below 18 years. Read more at https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/2533300?hl=en&ref_topic=1343554

You will have to make some sort of revenue sharing arrangement with the owner of AdSense account. AdSense reports the earnings from YouTube under a separate type and so you can find how much money is earned from the AdSense placement in the YouTube. In addition, the YouTube channel itself reports the AdSense earnings from the channel, which will be another way to find out how much money is generated from your channel. In case of Blogger blogs, you can add url channels in the AdSense account to track the earnings from your blogs.

Read 12 simple and effective tips to improve your AdSense CPC


Article by Tony John
Tony John is a professional blogger from India, who started his first Weblog in 1998 at Tripod.com. Tony switched to blogging as a passion blended business in the year 2000 and currently operates several popular web properties including IndiaStudyChannel.com, Techulator.com, dotnetspider.com and many more.

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Comments

Guest Author: Rajjaiswal21 Aug 2014

Hello Tony Sir,

I have a question related with another topic but I hope I can get an answer here.

My question is, I have a blog and I added custom domain name on that blog. Suddenly my blog domain suspended due to inaccurate whois. And hence my visitors are not coming on my blogspot u. They go to my domain url. So how could I do something through which my blogs post appears quickly and so that my visitors come again on my blogspot website.

Author: Tony John21 Aug 2014 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 0

Rajjaiswal,

Please post your question as a separate post in our Forum. We will help you there.

Guest Author: mohit16 Dec 2015

How should I link my parents account to my Google AdSense account? Please explain.



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