One of the fastest and easiest ways to monetize your blog or website is with Google AdSense. The Google AdSense program feeds ads on your site based on the keywords of your site and site posts. (I’ve also noticed that sometimes ads fit search terms I’ve used.) The ads are generated through the Adwords program. Essentially, Google is like a broker; it connects you with relevant advertisers.
Signing up for the AdSense program is free. If you blog with Blogger, you will find a link and information about adding AdSense to your site through your Dashboard. For other blogging or website platforms, you can sign-up for AdSense here. It can take a few days for approval.
The next step is creating your AdSense code.
- From within your Adsense account, click on the “AdSense Setup” Tab
- Click on AdSense for Content. Google offers other AdSense feed options, but to start out, use the content option.
- Click on “Ad Unit” deciding if you want text, image or both. Or you can click on link unit. Click on “Continue”
- Determine the sides and colors of your ad. Ideally your ad colors should fit the scheme of your site. Many experts recommend NOT having a box around the ads to help them blend into the content more.
- You can skip the Channel page at this point. But eventually you’ll want to learn how to use Channels to help you track what ads on what blogs are doing the best. Click “Continue”
- AdSense gives your unit a default name based on the size and date. You can change this if you want to make it easier to track the ads. Click “Submit and Get Code”
- AdSense will give you a code to post on your site.
Adding Code to your site.
- Copy the code given to you buy AdSense (right click and click “Copy”)
- Access the dashboard of your blog.
- If you are adding the code to your sidebar, use a widget, pasting the code into the widget box.
- If you are adding it to a post, click on the HTML tab and add your code in the box where you want it to appear.
- If you are adding the code to the header, access the header file, adding it to the HTML code where you want the ad to appear.
Best Places to put AdSense code.
According to AdSense the best place to put your code is near the content that people are reading. But it warns against using tactics that try to fool your reader into thinking the ad is something different. You can read more about Google’s ad placement info.
Making money with Adsense.
The key to success with Adsense is to write content that readers want to read and get lots of traffic. Writing posts that use keywords related to your topic as well as provide helpful information to your readers yield the best results.
Read all of the AdSense terms of service and instructions before using it on your site. If you mess up and get terminate from the program, it is nearly impossible to get back in. Never click on your own links or ask people to click on your links. If you see an add that you don’t want running on your site, RIGHT CLICK the ad and choose “Save Link As”. Paste the link in a text file and find the URL to the site within pasted link. Visit your AdSense account and click on “Competitive Add Filter” under AdSense Setup. Add the site you want to ban in the list and save.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she’s been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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