How to add AdSense Ads to WordPress Websites

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Students and new users who want to monetize their websites and blogs can join the Google AdSense Program to accomplish that. The program allows anyone with valuable website content to display advertisements on their website pages for money.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Google AdSense code to a WordPress website to start earning some money from Google.

If you’re reading this post, you probably have heard a thing or two about AdSense and are looking for a simple tutorial on getting started with the program. If so, then you’re at the right place.

The steps below will guide you in adding AdSense codes to your WordPress sites to start making some serious money.

When you’re ready to get started with AdSense, please follow the steps below:

Create WordPress Website

The first requirement to getting approved for the AdSense program is to get a website or develop an application that is valuable to your audience.

You’ll need to create great content people want to consume (read).

The more you build your audience, the more likely you’re going to get approved by Google to join the program.

Your priority should be creating a great WordPress website or app and improving it, so people keep coming. The more people you get, the better earnings you’ll receive.

Apply for AdSense

If you have a WordPress website that has gained some popularity and receives a fair amount of users and want to use it to earn some money from Google AdSense, you can apply to join the AdSense program.

If you don’t already have a WordPress website, you may want to read some of our tutorials here on installing WordPress.

After Google has approved you to join the program, your next steps will be to log on to your account and copy the AdSense codes to paste on your web pages.

Doing this will allow Google Ads to display on your pages.

Google AdSense ad unit is one or more Google ads displayed as a result of one piece of the AdSense ad code. You can create, customize and manage ad units on the Ads page in your AdSense account.

Adding AdSense Codes to WordPress

Now that you’ve created a WordPress website got some web traffic, and been approved to join the Google AdSense program, you can start adding AdSense codes to your website.

AdSense offers several different types of ad units. If a standard ad unit doesn’t meet the requirements of your site, consider using one of our more specialized ad units. These are the basic types of Ad units available to you:

  • Text & display – Standard ad unit supports all our regular ad sizes.
  • Native — ads that match the look and feel of your site, providing a great user experience for your visitors.
  • Link unit — displays a list of topics relevant to your page’s content.

Now that you know the types of ad units, log on to create new ad units for your site. To do that,

  • Sign in to your AdSense account.
  • Click My Ads.
  • Click Ad units.
  • Click +New ad unit.
  • Select the types of ads unit you wish to create. the most common is the Text & display ads
  • In the “Ad size” section, choose the size of the ads that you’d like to show
  • Select which type of ads you’d like to show on your pages from the Ad type drop-down. It is recommended that you display both text and display ads.
  • (Optional) Apply an ad style for your text ads.
  • Click Save and get the code
AdSense ads unit

Grab the code. The code should look similar to the code below:

<script async src="//"></script>
<!-- wfstudents-responsive-header -->
<ins class="adsbygoogle"
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Copy the entire code, then log on to your WordPress.

Then go to Appearance — > Widgets.

Adsense wordpress ads

There, if there’s a Sidebar section, drag or select a Text block and add it to the Sidebar section of your WordPress site.

AdSense Unit WordPress

Save the text block, and you’re done.

After a few minutes, you should see Google AdSense displaying advertisements on your website.

The steps above are a basic setup to show ads on your site. More advanced settings, like ad location and customization, may be needed to earn more money. But this is the first step to making money from your WordPress websites.


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