Google AdSense is one of the most popular way to monetize your website. Did you know that you can easily add Google AdSense to your WordPress site and start making money? In this post, I will show you how to add Google AdSense in WordPress along by sharing some best practice and tips to increase your earnings.
What is Google AdSense?
Google AdSense is an advertising network run by Google that giving bloggers and website owners an opportunity to earn money by showing text, image, video, and other interactive advertisement on their websites. These ads are targeted by site content and audience.
Google AdSense is completely free because you don’t have to deal with advertisers or worry about collecting money. Google administers and maintain relationships with the advertisers. They collect the payment, take their share, and send your share to you.
cost-per-click ads (CPC) AdSense offers cost-per-click ads (CPC) which means that you earn money every time a user clicks on the ad on your website. The amount received per click varies based on multiple factors.
Getting Started with AdSense
First thing you need to do is sign up for a Google AdSense account. If you have a Gmail account, then you can use an existing account.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email within 6 – 8 hours telling you whether you have passed the first step of the review process. If you passed the first check, then you can log in to your AdSense account and get your ad code.
Start by clicking on the My ads tab and then click on the New ad unit button.
This will bring you to create new ad page. On this page, you need to select the Ad size, type, and style.
The name of the Ad is only used for internal purposes, so you can name it like “Site Name Sidebar”.
The next option is choosing the Ad Size. While Google offers a wide-variety of ad sizes, there are certain sizes that are listed under recommended because those are the most popular among advertisers. What that means is that these ads are likely to have a higher inventory thus a better payout.
The next option is to choose Ad type, we recommend having both Text & display ads.
For backup ads, you can either choose to have a blank space or fill it with your own ad. This is shown when Google cannot find an appropriate advertise (which rarely happens).
Custom Channels feature allows you to better track the ad performance based on sites. You don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
Ad style allows you to control the display of your text based ad units. We recommend using your site’s color scheme for best results.
Once you’re done with this setup, simply click on Save and get code button. You will be prompted with a message “Ad successfully created”, and you will also see the Ad code.
Copy your Ad code and paste it in a Notepad because you will need it in the next step.
Adding Google AdSense in WordPress
You need to determine where you want to show the ad on your website. Most commonly ads are displayed in the sidebar. You can add the Ads in your sidebar by using WordPress widgets.
Simply go to Appearance » Widgets in your WordPress admin area. Next drag & drop the Text widget to the appropriate widget area and paste your Google AdSense code in there.
For better placement control and tracking, we recommend that you check out OIO Publisher or AdSanity WordPress plugin. read my post on Best Ad Management WordPress plugins)
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Ubong Eshiet serial entrepreneur, a professional blogger and internet marketer, wordpress Developer and a passionate blogger and from Nigeria