Wondering how to earn money online with Google AdSense? It’s easier than you might think. On this specific page, we’re going to teach you what Google AdSense is… and then we’ll show you how to sign up, get approved and install the code on your website.
What is Google AdSense?
Google AdSense is the best, easiest and most effective way to monetize your website. It’s the program that allows bloggers and website administrators to use Google advertisements on their websites.
When users click on the ads, the website owner gets paid for that click. It’s usually only a few cents per click. As your traffic grows, your clicks will increase and this can result in serious cash for the blogger!
Of course, there are some downsides to this. It takes a while to produce enough content and generate enough traffic to earn a substantial amount of money from Google AdSense. It took roughly two years for Low Income Relief to generate a livable income from Google AdSense.
You have to lay the groundwork before you apply for Google AdSense.
There’s a reason we’ve tucked the instructions for this in Module 7 of our FREE How to Make Money Online with a Niche Blog course. That’s because you have to lay a strong foundation for your website and content before you even apply for Google AdSense!
Before your application for Google AdSense will be approved, you have to demonstrate that you run a quality website. Generally, I recommend that people publish at least a half-dozen quality posts before they apply for Google AdSense. However, in some countries, Google requires that your website be active for at least six months before it will even be considered for an application.
Are you ready? Apply!
Applying for Google AdSense is as simple as going to their website at google.com/adsense. The application process is simple and takes only a few minutes.
However, your approval can take up to 24 hours to process. Be patient and keep an eye out for that exciting email!
Once your approved, get your AdSense ads installed and running!
There are two ways to get the ads on your website. You can use Google’s easy Auto Ads function or you can place the code yourself. I use a combination of both.
Auto Ads are easy and effective.
The easiest way to set up Google AdSense on your website is to use Auto Ads. This system automatically places ads on your website in the best available spots. It only displays ads when the system determines they are likely to perform well and provide a good user experience. To use auto ads, you only need to install once piece of ad code in the header of your website. You can use toggles in the AdSense settings to determine whether this code shows in-text ads, anchor ads, vignette ads, matched content, in-feed ads and other formats. It’s simple and it works.
However, I’ve found that my ads still perform better when I install the code myself. I only use Auto Ads for in-feed ads, matched content, anchor ads and vignette ads.
- In-feed ads are advertisements that appear within a feed, such as a list of products or articles.
- Matched content includes a mix of ads and related articles from your website. This is only available for websites that meet certain eligibility criteria.
- Anchor ads are the little mobile ads that stick to the edge of a user’s screen. They can be dismissed easily and are only shown on high-end mobile devices.
- Vignette ads are full-screen mobile ads that appear between page loads on your website. They can also be easily dismissed.
Adding Auto Ads to your website is easier than you might think.
First, you need to decide which ads to show. First, sign into Google AdSense. Next, select “My Ads” from the left navigation panel and then click “Auto Ads.” Select “Choose your global settings.” Once you are finished, “save.”
Now, you need to copy the code. Select “copy code” on the page titled “place code on your page.”
The final step is placing the code in the header of your website. If you’re using one of our recommended themes, this is so easy! First, log into your website, select “appearance” and then “theme options.” Scroll to the “header code” box and paste your Auto Ads code in the box. You’re done!
Manually inserting ad code may result in better ad performance.
The reality is that while Auto Ads are convenient, my experience shows that my revenue drops when I don’t place my ads myself. By carefully spacing my ads and including a mix of images and text-only advertisements, I have found the optimal setup for maximizing my site’s revenue while creating a pleasant user experience. Every time I remove my personally placed ads and try an automated solution, my revenue plummets.
For text and display ads, I manually place the code with a helpful plugin called Ad Inserter. This plugin allows you to simply copy and paste the ad code into a box and select where you want that box to appear. Using this plugin, I can ensure that my ads are shown after a certain number of paragraphs and I can ensure that the system only counts paragraphs with a certain minimum word count. This helps ensure that my ads are spaced well and create a pleasant user experience while also providing me with ample revenue opportunities.
Setting up manual ads on your website is easy but requires a few steps.
First, you’ll need to create the ads. Log in to Google AdSense. Select “my ads” from the left sidebar and then choose “ad units.” Select “new ad unit” and then choose “text and display ads.” Name your ad unit. Make sure the size is listed as “responsive.” Then click “save and get code.”
Next, you’ll need to copy the ad code that appears.
Complete the process by placing the ad code on your website. If you’re using the Ad Inserter plugin, this is easy! Just log into your website, select “Settings” from the sidebar and click on “Ad Inserter.” Paste your ad code into the first available block! Use the automatic insertion options to configure where the ad will appear on your website.
Although you technically can use the same ad code repeatedly on the same page, I always create a new ad unit for each Ad Inserter block so that I can analyze their performance in Google Analytics. It may not sound important now but it will be later!
I recommend placing ads after the third, sixth, and twelfth paragraphs. Since my posts tend to be 2,000 words or longer, I continue placing ads after every sixth paragraph throughout the post. To place ads like this, you’ll select “after paragraph” in the automatic insertion drop-down box. You’ll enter the paragraph number after paragraph(s) and then enter the minimum number of paragraphs and minimum number of words in paragraphs in the last settings box. Click “save all settings.”
Any questions? Let me know in the comments.