Whether you are a blogger or run another type of website, there is one thing you can’t avoid: the need to monetize.
It is not enough to create great content and hope that people will find it – you have to go out and make that happen. And once people start coming, you need to convert them.
This post is about monetizing your blog with Google AdSense, which is one of the most popular ad programs available today.
The good thing about Google AdSense is that it is free to use and easy to get started with. You don’t even need your own products (yet). All you need is a website with useful content that attracts visitors and attracts clicks. It’s that simple.
7 steps to Monetizing your blog with Google AdSense
- Have a live blog/website
- Create some blog posts
- Create an AdSense account
- Paste code to WordPress
- Verify and request a review
- Confirm your Ads setting
Let us get started …
1. Have a live blog/website
To use AdSense services you need a platform where ads can be displayed. This calls for a live website that is not;
- in progress (not live) or
- in maintenance mode
If you are just getting started and you don’t have a website, it is easy to start one, click start a blog to be redirected to a page where I have a full guide for beginners.
After you are done having a site, you need some content.
2. Create some blog posts
Creating blog posts is challenging for beginners. You need high-quality content to be approved by google in their advertising program.
This being an AdSense tutorial, I will recommend you these two blogs where you can learn everything from creating content to monetizing it in other ways.
- How To Start A WordPress Blog in 2022 (complete guide)
- How To Write A Perfect SEO Blog Post in 2022 (free Tips)
Our next step is to …
3. Create an AdSense account
Please Note!!! If you already have a Google account, you can just sign in with that information on the right side of the page instead of creating a new account.
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Now it is time to create your AdSense account. Use this link. You should be redirected to a page as shown above.
Fill in your website/site name. The next option is all about ticking if you want to receive customized emails from them, I recommend saying yes. Fill in your payment territory which is your country or the country you are in.
Read the terms/policies/agreement (points 1 to 6 are somehow important to understand). Click “start using AdSense”. You will be redirected to their home page as shown below.
You are required to complete all three steps. See image below
Note!!! your page might look different because I have already completed my steps. Don’t worry, the steps will all be covered in Steps 4 to 6.
Click on each step and fill in all the required details for “Payment options” which are:
- Your Name as it appears on your Identity Card (ID)
- Your official home address where they will send a verification PIN for your AdSense account.
- Your Phone number/contact.
The next step will be “connecting your site” then “verify and request a review” and the last step is “confirm your Ads setting.”
4. Paste code to WordPress
Most people prefer the second method, it is easier.
how to paste AdSense code in WordPress
– First method
The next step is to verify your account. To do this, you need to paste a code into your WordPress account to let google review it.
This is usually the hardest step but I will show you how to do it step by step.
Go to Ads > Overview and click “get code” see images below.
You are supposed to copy the code in image 2 and paste it into your WordPress header.php. This applies to any theme but am using the Astra theme” which is highly recommended for bloggers because of its high customization.
You can use any theme, and try to follow the steps.
Login to your WordPress dashboard. Head over to “appearance > theme file editor” see image below.
On your right side (theme files, no 1 as seen on the image below) scroll down until you see “theme header”
Click on it to open a page as seen in the image below.
Scroll down until you see <head> (1) and <head> (2)
Click enter to use a new line. See image below.
Now paste the code you copied.
Update your file and go back to the AdSense page.
– Second method
The second method is easier. You need the Site Kit plugin by google. How to install it?
Go to plugins > add new and search for site kit. There are many of them, choose the one by Google.
Follow the steps as shown in the image above.
- 1 – plugin > add new
- 2 – search “site kit”
- 3 – install and activate it
Click “Site kit” (see no.4 from image above) > then “monetization” > “connect site“
In the proceeding steps, you need to give permission to the site kit to access your AdSense account. After you are done, you will be logged in to your AdSense account and it is connected automatically.
To check, go back to your site > site kit > setting. if it is connected, you should see pages like these
Note!!! You might need to connect the rest if you are interested, but they are not a requirement by AdSense!
This is the simpler method and you don’t need to use the code.
Go to “sites“, using the left side menu. Click “Add site“. Fill in your website name and “request review“
Let’s proceed to the next step…
Note!!! ( … If you used the first method you need to complete step 5. If you used the second method, skip to step no.6)
5. Verify and request a review
It is time to verify your WordPress website.
On the page you copied the code, go back to it as seen in the image below and click “Request review” or “Verify” depending on what Google decides.
Go to sites, using the left side menu. Click “Add site“. Fill in your website name and “request review“
Your website is sent to Google and they will review it within 2 to 4 weeks. Just be patient.
Now you need to “Confirm your Ads setting” and see the next step …
6. Confirm your Ads setting
After requesting for review, most of the time they redirect you to a page where you can set your preferred ads type.
You can access the same step by going to “home” and then clicking “edit” on the second option. See the image below.
This is the auto ads option that most use when their site is getting ready. remove the ads placement that you don’t like by clicking the “trash button” on the ad (see no.1)
Check all these options:
- 1 – delete any ads you don’t want
- 2 – check how ads appear on laptops and phones
- 3 – there are two no.3 and that is how ads look like
- 4 – turn on auto ads
- 5 – change ads format
- 6 – choose the number of ads you want per page
- 7 – apply the changes to the site (when done)
- 8 – the number of ads on that page
After you are done, click “apply to site“
You are now all set. Immediately your site is approved by Google, ads will start showing on your site.
Note!!! Ads are not shown until you are approved!
Be patient and keep checking for a message like this.
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There you have it, all the steps you need to take to monetize your WordPress blog with AdSense.
Although Google AdSense isn’t a primary source of income for many bloggers, it can be lucrative if combined with other strategies of monetization like affiliate marketing, direct advertising sales, and promoting your own products or services.
Like any other business model, it takes time to grow your blog’s traffic to increase its earning potential. But once you get there, it can be a stable source of income for years to come.
What Is Google AdSense?
AdSense is an advertising network run by Google that allows bloggers and website owners an opportunity to earn money by displaying targeted ads on their websites. These ads are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google. They can generate revenue on either a per-click or per-impression basis.
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