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In this video, you’re going to learn how to apply for Google Adsense.


But don't rush in. If your website is not ready for Adsense's approval please wait until it is. DianeScorpio has written about the requirements needed to get approved. You'll find it at Are You Ready for AdSense


First, you need an account with Google.

Google says “One free account gets you into everything Google.” so the one account is all you need for everything Google including Adsense.

If you have a Gmail account then you already have a Google account.

If not then go to Google.com/gmail and click on More options > Create Account. Follow the prompts and you’ll soon have a Gmail email address.

Now go to Google.com/adsense Sign in to your Google account. Fill out the form, read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and create your Adsense account.

Connect your site to Adsense

Google says it’s as easy as copying and pasting but it’s a little more complicated than that.

The code needs to be in the head section of your website which is not easily accessible when you’re using WordPress.

You can use Appearance > Editor and risk wrecking your website or you can make a child theme or you can do it the easy way and install a plugin.

On your Adsense Home page scroll down and copy the code then in your WordPress dashboard go to Plugins > Add New and search for 'Insert Headers and Footers' by WPBeginner. Install and Activate.

Go to Settings > Insert Headers and Footers. Paste the verification code into the ‘Scripts in Header’ box and Save.

Job done!

If you want to check that the code is now between the <head> and </head> visit your website in Chrome or Firefox, right-click and View page source. Use Ctrl+f (or Command+f for a Mac) and search for ‘adsbygoogle’

Go back to your Adsense account and check the box that you’ve pasted the code into your site. Then click ‘Done’.

Now you’ve added the Adsense verification code to your website you’ll just need to wait for a few days (or maybe even a few weeks) to get approved by Adsense.

Getting approved for Google Adsense ads on your website is a 2 step process. First you have to be approved as a person or company and then your website has to be approved. It takes time and a lot of patience before it all settles down.

After you've been approved

The code you use when you're applying for Adsense contains a line that allows 'page-level ads'. This gives Google Adsense control over where the ads appear. And sometimes they appear in all the wrong places. The same thing happens if you opt into Auto Ads. Create your own ads so you can control where you want ads to appear.

You'll want to remove the original code and use the ads that you create and put the new code where you want the ads to appear.

Full instructions for placing the ads on your website can be found using the links under "Related Training".

Related Training

Adsense Ads with Ad Inserter Plugin

Adsense Without a Plugin

More of my Tutorials and Videos


And here's a post from Encourager1 Google Adsense - 9 Tips to Help You Get Accepted

As always I'm here to help you,

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KristylaureL Premium
Great video and easy to follow! Thanks for all your guidance. Is Adsense the same as Ad Choice? I would like to have one horizontal Ad Banner at the top of my page and maybe one or two in the Side bar. Do we have control of where to put the Ads and how many? I am timid to introduce this to my site.

Thank you again
Kristy
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MarionBlack Premium
Try this when you get approved by Adsense Don't opt in for Auto Ads because then you lose control. You may have to remove the code from the header after you get approved if ads start popping up where you don't want them.
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KristylaureL Premium
OK, sounds great! I certainly don't want that.. I like my site nice and clean. Thank you Marion!
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sblasi999 Premium
Hi Marion,
I have been having serious problems with trying to add AdSense to my website. I have received an email from them with my own code, but copying and pasting does no good. I tried several plug-ins but I am getting nothing. Am I in the wrong place in my website?

Do I need to learn code? i.e. <head> </head>??

I've been lost on this for two days. I've gone over the training. Could it be my computer?

Thanks in advance,
Susan
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rusik77 Premium
Try to add the code right after <head> or right before </head>
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sblasi999 Premium
so, you mean after I paste the code, I go to the top of it and write, "<head>codecode</head>" ?

put it In front and in back of the code? after I paste it? I don't see <head>, so I have to type it in???

Sue
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MarionBlack Premium
Did you watch the video? Did you install the plugin I recommended?

The plugin makes it sooooo easy.
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rusik77 Premium
No I didn’t mean that. Try to follow instructions in the video
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terrycarroll Premium
Hi Marion and thanks for sharing this video.
I followed the instructions quite easily, right up to the last one, When I pasted in the code into the header and pressed control f I pressed "highlight all" but the highlighted section in your code did not appear in mine.
I went ahead and confirmed that I have pasted the code into my website so I guess I'll just have to wait until Google gets back to me (or does this happen sometimes and I need to do something else?)

Terry
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MarionBlack Premium
Send me the link to your website and I'll have a look at the code.
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MarionBlack Premium
No worries Terry. You've got it right :)
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terrycarroll Premium
Many thanks Marion.

Do I need to add code to every post or does one insertion cover all posts?

Terry
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MarionBlack Premium
That code is on every single post and page in your website because it's in the header. Now you can just sit back and wait for Google to say you've been approved. Then you can go back to Adsense and create your first ad. You can put the ads in your sidebar or between paragraphs in your posts, entirely up to you. Let me know when you get to that stage and I'll send you a link or two.
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terrycarroll Premium
Thanks again Marion. I'll PM you when I have been approved.

Cheers

Terry
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LeanneS1 Premium
Hi Marion, I found out the right buttons to get the search box on a macbook pro and it was CMD and F. I got there in the end and I think it was pasted in the right part of the HTML, it looked similar to your video. Anyway, on Adsense it said you can paste it on as many pages as you want on your site but how do you do that and is it a good idea to do that or just a couple to not overdo it?
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MarionBlack Premium
This video is for the code to apply for Adsense, it's not the ad code. When you paste the code as I show in the video it will be incorporated in the HTML code on all posts and pages. After you get approved you can create a new ad to appear on whichever posts or pages or widgets that you choose.
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LeanneS1 Premium
Hi Marion,

This is so useful.Thanks for uploading this. Nice and clear and easy to follow. I got as far as pasting the code but I have a macbook pro and have no idea how to open that box to search the HTML to see if the code was pasted ok onto my site.Does it matter?I´ve tried pressing a few buttons and searching on Youtube videos but no joy. I´ll ask the community here and see if someone here is a mac ´whisperer´ lol ;)
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fleurallen Premium
Hi Leanne, I use Mac too. I cut and paste html into the header or footer using a plugin to allow this - which makes it easy.
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LeanneS1 Premium
Hi Fleurallen,

I followed the instructions so I think it´s all good.It looked like it worked. Once I knew which buttons to press it was done and dusted.I love it when people post videos ,step by step as I can easily lost. :)
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MarionBlack Premium
Most of the keyboard shortcuts that I use on my PC can be found on a Mac too. Try using the Command button in place of the Ctrl button. I think that the Find shortcut is Command+F on a Mac.
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LeanneS1 Premium
Thanks Marion.Sorry for the late reply. I´ve just found this message today. I´ll check out the shortcuts. :)
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