Under 18? You can still make money with Google Adsense.

Sort of. Don't let that "Sort of" discourage you though! There is still a way to make money with google adsense, you just need to play the system a little, which may or may not be illegal..? Here's a step by step guide to getting a fat paycheck when you turn 18. 

First off you're going to want to ask one of your parents. If they don't mind signing up under your Google Adsense as the Payee who receives the checks and has no problem filing the taxes on them you're in the clear. If you don't then this little guide is for you my friend. 

If you're under 16 I wouldn't bother with this. You'll get tired of waiting and probably won't make anything substantial anyway. Sadly even with video proof of your genius coding skills or sheer stupidity the internet isn't ready for you and you'll get more hateful comments than you know what to do with, my early YouTube videos still get haters to this day and they're over 3 years old!

The basis of this guide is leaving stuff blank. You can not LEGALLY get paid by Google until you are 18. It's a fact. Deal with it. But! you can accumulate money with Adsense and recieve a nice little direct deposit just after your birthday. 

I'm gonna start off by saying that Google adense is not a gold mine. You're not going to get rich quick just because you're displaying ads on the web. If you're looking to make quick cash, go ask your neighbor if you can mow their lawn for $20. Lets get back to the web though. Even with 1,000s of views you're not going to make much, I can say this from expierence. It's all about the clicks, and there is no way to force clicks without going against Googles policy, and this would completely void your account making no money at all, not good. 

But enough jibber jabber, let's get your adolesenct self some chump change!

1. Setup

If you are already have a Google account you're half done. If you don't then you're clearly not a teenager in the 21st Century. 

Next thing you're going to want to do is sign up for an adsense account, below are some screen shots of the process, Google has made it quite easy now with a 2 page application.  (Click to make them Bigger) 

Now that you've done that it's pretty straight forward, place some ads and make sure they work. Once that is done continue with your normal online blogging and such and try not to check it daily. You'll be disappointed. Once a month is probably a good interval to check your account (once a week for the impatient) to make sure everything is working correctly and you're making some 

2. Wait. 

Not the most flattering guide but it's the facts jack. 

3. Now you're 18! 

Fill out the rest of the forms in Adsense to get paid!

Things you'll need:

- Social Security Number (if you live in the US)

- Bank Account Number

- Bank Routing Number

Once you've done all that do a little bit of reading about taxes and such. Now that you're official an Ad-ult, things get real online. 

Note: I wrote the guide about a year ago and just checked to make sure the process was the same, it is. I don't know if this is 100% legal, but I feel as though if you're within a tax year of turning 18, it can be done without any major hiccups. 

I'm sure you'll probably never visit this blog post again so share it with your underage friends while it's fresh! If you do happen to come back though tell me how rich you got :)

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