Happy Tuesday, y’all! Blogger Tip Tuesday is back and today we’re talking about Google AdSense. If you are thinking about monetizing your blog, you might want to start with Google Adsense. It’s fairly simple to use and easy to install and not hard to understand. In just a few quick steps, you can step up an ad or two on your blog.
If you have a google account, a blog and a postal address, you are all set to get started.
Once you sign in with your google account, you will answer a few questions about your blog (basic stuff) and then you will fill out an application. It’s very simple and the whole process won’t take very long. I recall that I was approved within a few hours of submitting my application.
Once you are approved, you will need to create a new ad unit in order to start making money. You can choose the size of your ad and as you can see above, I have one sidebar ad that is 300×250. After deciding on the size and placement of your ad, you will generate an ad code. All that means is that there will be HTML code that will need to go on your site in order for the ad to work. Since you are probably not an expert in HTML code (I am NOT), you can use a plugin to do this. I suggest WP Simple Adsense Insertion. Once your code is inserted, give it a few minutes (or a couple hours – sometimes it can take awhile) to get loaded up and then your ad will be visible.
Remember how you put in an address when you set up your account? Now go in there and change your payment method – you don’t have to do this, but it is probably easier to just set it up for your payments to go directly to your bank account. You can do this by logging in to your AdSense account and clicking on “view payments” on the top right corner on the home page. There you can manage how you get paid. You will note that Google only pays once you reach 100 in earnings. For me, this took quite awhile. The fact is you won’t get rich off of Adsense unless you have a LOT of pageviews. However, it’s a good way to experiment with ads and see if ads are right for your blog.
Do you use Google AdSense?