Can I blog in Tagalog (in Filipino)? In April 2016, Inside AdSense, Google’s blog for news, tips, and information on AdSense, made an official announcement that would certainly cause Filipino bloggers to celebrate and wannabes to start blogs in Tagalog. In an article entitled “AdSense now understands the Filipino language,” Google declared the addition of Filipino, hence Tagalog, to the family of AdSense supported languages. Quoting an extract from the announcement,
Publishers [bloggers] can now easily monetize the content they’re creating in Filipino with AdSense, and advertisers looking to connect with the growing online Filipino audience can now reach them with ads that are more relevant than ever before. (Check this link to verify the information: Inside AdSense Source.)
Interestingly, it is a good news for most Filipino bloggers who have been uploading original contents in the local language and even for those who have recently learned the benefits (of course, making money online) of joining millions of bloggers in cyberspace.
But it’s Filipino, not Tagalog.
Is there any difference between Tagalog (Metro Manila) and Filipino?
Although discussions and debates on the conflict between the terms ‘Tagalog’ and ‘Filipino’ are still ongoing, and Google AdSense perhaps has not yet fully investigated the case of these two ‘languages,’ hence supporting Filipino and ‘not yet’ Tagalog, almost all Filipinos agree that Tagalog generally pertains to the language used in urban areas, Metro Manila in particular.
In an opinion, Google AdSense through its official online forums might have insisted the distinction between the two ‘languages’ to avoid further conflicts about the small-scale varieties of Tagalog such as Tagalog-Bulacan and Tagalog-Batangas.
It is on these grounds that blogging in Tagalog, however formalized as Filipino, is now supported by Google AdSense. So, make your use of Tagalog even more formal sounding as that of legit (academic maybe) Filipino language.
Now, what is AdSense, and how do bloggers earn with it?
Google AdSense is an online advertising program run by Google that allows publishers, including bloggers and YouTube uploaders, to display automatically generated text, image, video, and other interactive media advertisement units.
Technically, it is not Google that directly earns with AdSense, but the publishers that serve ads. Google AdSense simply facilitates and implements the bids of advertisers on ad uploads and displays based on the rich content and traffic of its affiliated blogs and websites. The advertisers enter their bid transactions through the other program, Google AdWords, where ad types and contents are created and payments for both Google and publishers are made from the allocated funds.
In other words, AdWords is used by advertisers, and AdSense by publishers.
Now, utilizing the services of Google AdSense, bloggers generate revenues upon displaying ads on their sites on these terms: Content-Based Advertisements (CPC or pay per click, and CPM or pay per impression), Page-Level Ads, AdSense for Search, AdSense for Videos, and Link Units.
So far, Google AdSense is on top of all online advertising programs. It pays publishers more than any available programs. No question, Google AdSense has become even stricter with its policies, more especially on reviewing blog applications, placements of ad units to avoid accidental clicks, and even on payment terms.
Although there are bitter blogs out there that discourage Google AdSense, still it is worth trying.
Can I blog in Tagalog, and make money with Google AdSense?
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Excited enough to earn a passive income with Google AdSense, I submitted right away my blog with then a limited content (few posts in Filipino about my investment experiences) to AdSense, made it on the first phase of evaluation, and then, on the waiting list for experts’ manual review. After three weeks, I received an email telling that it got rejected because, of course, of insufficient content for possible ad keywords.
I was challenged. I took extra time writing two to three more quality original articles with over a thousand words, and hit ‘resubmit’ button. As soon as Google AdSense sent me a notification, sometime in March, that my ads were already live, I immediately checked my account and experimented on different ad types and formats.
So, I got ads running on my site.
I have been in partnership with Google AdSense for almost a month now, and earning at least $4 (that is P200) a day. Well, that’s a humble start!
Can I blog in Tagalog, and make money with Google AdSense? The answer is a big YES. If you are not a confident writer in English, however armed with unique ideas, then have a blog in Tagalog. After all, more and more Filipinos have started typing keywords (in Filipino) on Google search box.
Start a blog in Tagalog now.