Now that I’ve made you all suitably scared, here’s the deal.
Google is always trying to limit click fraud. That is: people onlyclicking on ads to make themselves or their friends a bit richer. Thisis petty fraud of course: most of us can’t find enough people to clickour ads to add even 10 dollars a month to our account. But still foradvertisers click fraud is a real problem. They want only peopleclicking ads who are genuinely interested in the product they’reselling. This is reasonable. In fact, clicking ads just to make a pennymore is really stealing. Petty theft as long as it’s really just oneclick at a time, but still.
As a publisher you will be curious about those advertisers. I wastoo, at first. So you click on occasional ad. Your family knows you aretrying to make money online, so they too click a few ads. All veryinnocent, though not very ethical if you think about the economics ofit. The problem is, if you are getting very few visitors, it’s easy forgoogle to see that all the clicks are coming from the same few ipadresses. The result: they’ll ban your account with little problem,because they weren’t making money off you anyhow.
The situation is very different if you’re getting some real traffic.Then suddenly those few clicks your friends are giving you are only atiny percentage of the total clicks on your account. Google is alsostarting to earn money on you. Conclusion: you will not be banned.
Another reason to wait till you have significant traffic, beforemonetizing, is that it takes real traffic to be able to optimize yourads. Adsense ads get better click throughs when optimized.
By contrast: when you have less than a hundred visitors a day, thething to focus on is getting traffic (aka SEO). Worry about the moneylater, it’s dependent on traffic anyhow.
Last but not least: newbies will fret over their adsense stats, ALOT. This is no use, especially if you’re not getting search enginetraffic. If you’ve waited to sign up for adsense, maybe you’ll fret over two others stats which are way more important: how much traffic youhave, and how many links your blog or hub has gathered.