I'm following Kyle's Online Certification Training and just got to the part where we monetize our sites with Google Adsense.

Course 3, Lesson 7: Getting Paid for Ads on Your Site

Signing up for Google Adsense was simple but being very un-techy I couldn't work out where to add the verification code. The instruction was as follows:

Eek! Adding HTML code is definitely not my forte. But I couldn't find any training on it so I gave it a shot.

How NOT to add the code to your WordPress site:

Took a deep breath and logged into my Wordpress Back Office.

Clicked on Appearance - Editor - Theme Header (header.php file), found the spot to place the code and clicked update file.

Another deep breath and Fingers crossed that I hadn't disturbed the peace of my back-end HTML code rendering my site useless.

Fortunately, all that happened was this email arrived in my inbox today:





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Karlabv Premium
Thank you very much Lauren, indeed adsense makes it look very easy in the instructions provided and their "How to" pages were way more confusing for me. Very detailed post!
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laurenjean Premium
Glad I could help Karla. Lovely to meet you and wishing you all the best as you build your online empire.
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MartiniKe Premium
Great training! Thank you for sharing! What program do you use for making that wonderful signature?:)
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Marta, Thanks. Pleasure. And Im so sorry, I can't remember how I created that signature. It was so long ago and I actually don't use it anymore. I think I learnt it from Loes. I'll try find the tutorial again and let you know.
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MartiniKe Premium
Thank you:) I like this kind of things;) And thank you again for the tutorial. It was exhaustive:)
I've added the code after /head, and hope all gone well. I was a little afraid to dare...
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amandatorres Premium
Great training! Thank you so much! Your steps were so easy to follow! One question....do I need to post the code they gave me upon sign up on every page I want ads on? That's what it says in Google AdSense.
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ZEGU Premium
Hopefully, this training will help:
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amandatorres Premium
Thanks for the reply. I read that training yesterday. It gives a good overview of what Google Adsense is, but unfortunately, it does not answer that question.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Amanda, I didn't, I just posted it in the sidebar and then it appeared on every page.
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amandatorres Premium
Ok. I didn't think that made any sense. Thanks!!
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celiacman Premium
I have never added Google Adsense to any of my websites, I was just curious if it pays much to have them on your website?
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TommyPotter Premium
I tried once sometime ago on one of my websites and I got some revenue, but the thing is that it all depends on the amount of traffic that you can lead to your pages because "Volume" is the name of the game with Adsense. Having said that I don't think that adsense can compete with affiliate links if they are lucrative enough
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Jeff, Adsense brought tme dismal returns as my traffic was just too low. Plus, I found having ads on my site very distracting so I took all ads off after a few months. Having said that, I know that ads can bring in some nice residual income once you do have traffic. Was trying to find a recent post by LynneHuy on Adsense revenue but can't seem to find it today.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Tommy, I agree with you.
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Cath88 Premium
Hi Laurenjean,

I found this and maybe it is what you were looking for: I hope that is what you were hoping to find!

Cathy
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Cath88 Premium
Sorry, I sent you that link. It's not what you were looking for.

I think this IS what you wanted to find, perhaps: Let me know if that helped!

Cathy : )
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celiacman Premium
Hello
I had Google adsense on my websites, but I prefer to post my own ads. I don't know if having Google ads improves your traffic or not, I have wondered about that but I never really researched it yet.
Jeff
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hi friends its works only for premium memberships
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CMyles1 Premium
I am so stuck even after reading the post. I don't know anything about plug ins and codes.
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Courtney, are you following Kyle's Online Certification Training?
Here's how to add a Plugin:
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bphill Premium
Thank you so much for this info. We really appreciate it.
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laurenjean Premium
You are most welcome, Pam and Brad. All the best to you as you build your online empire.
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LianaM Premium
Thank you for this post.
I was so confused. I just added the code with option 1 hopefully it will work.
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celiacman Premium
adding the code is confusing and can stress you out
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laurenjean Premium
I hear you Liana. I was too. Option 1 worked for me. Let me know how it goes.
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Acliffe Premium
where does one obtain a verification code for domain site
Tony
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Tony, apologies, I missed your question and am not sure how to answer it. Did you find the information you required?
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Akwindah Premium
how long did it take before before you received an email. You just saved me
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laurenjean Premium
Heya Akwindah, I can't recall exactly. Think it was 3 days, maybe a week, tops. Glad I could assist.
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MiaL Premium
Thanks. I have just followed your instructions using method 2. Let's hope that I hear from Google AdSense soon to confirm whether or not I have been accepted.
Thanks for taking the time to put this together for the community.
Cheers
Melissa
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure Melissa. It can take Google Adsense a few days. Hope you hear from them soon.
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Louie-Gigi Premium
I just followed your instructions above. It was so easy and simple.I've been pulling my hairs out for the past two days trying to insert that Adsense code and being told by Google twice that I failed.

I downloaded the plugin and inserted the code. Now, I have to wait a few hours to see if I succeeded.

Thank you in advance!
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome Louie and Gigi. Glad I could help! I went through the same frustrations.
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javois Premium
You are the "bestest"!! I got hung up right here. Your training made this soooo simple.

Many Thanks!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Christian! Glad you got what you came for. You are most welcome.
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flavia532 Premium
Thank you so much for your help on this, I was stuck on this exact step!!
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laurenjean Premium
My pleasure, Flavia. Lovely to meet you! All the best to you.
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nbsoon Premium
Thank you so much! I am not a techy either and just could not figure out what to do. I followed your advise and used the add plugin so far so good Ill know more when i get the confirmaiton email...but this post really hit the mark and thank you again Lauren
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laurenjean Premium
Brilliant Nancy. My pleasure! Hope you get that confirmation email soon.
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DR482 Premium
Thank you so much for this, a great amount of help!
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome Denee! My pleasure.
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ContentBySue Premium
Hi Lauren! This helped so much. Tried to get my site verified and had such a hard time. I was confusing the verification code to the AdSense code I had already installed using that great plug-in.

Thank you SO much. You calmed my frustrations. :)
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome! So happy to hear that, Sue.
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MGuinn Premium
Wow! Thank you! I tried for hours to get my site verified with Google and tried several different methods and a couple other tutorials. Your method worked 1st try. Thank you!!!!
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laurenjean Premium
Yay, Michelle! So happy to hear that. My pleasure.
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Cinderella5 Premium
Thank you, you have really helped me, but where do I tick down is it from the page I got my verification code?
Thank you so much for your help
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Cindy, I think so, yes. Sorry, been a while since I did this so I can't recall. Please shout if you don't come right and I'll try figure it out with you.
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Sibusiso4 Premium
Thanks a lot. Was also puzzled about whee to go about adding google adsense. Your training made it easy.
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laurenjean Premium
Happy to help Sibusiso. Great to meet a fellow South African at WA.
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Sibusiso4 Premium
Yes
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Memorylaneuk Premium
Thank you. Adding adsense has been an issue for me. I have followed your easy steps and hopefully I will have success.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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laurenjean Premium
Fab Karen! The plugin worked perfectly for me.
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Marissa315 Premium
Thank you!!!
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laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Marissa!
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VanDean Premium
Thank you! This was what I was looking for. Very helpful.
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laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Joan. Happy to help.
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lakesidemom Premium
Thank You so much. I could not have done this without your training
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laurenjean Premium
Yay!! So happy I could help!
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MeganWawryk Premium
Thank you so much for this training! You are a lifesaver!!
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laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Megan.
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AdaU Premium
Thanks Lauren for this tutorial, pls is there any specific plugin to use for this? if yes, what is the name of the plugin.
thanks once again.
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MonicaS1 Premium
thank you for this training it was a life saver. I was going crazy until @roamy helped me out and sent me your tutorial.
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome Monica! Glad I could help!
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celiacman Premium
Thank You

Good training on google adsense code, this can be confusing and cause people frustration.

Jeff
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Jeff. Glad you enjoyed.
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MirandaGordo Premium
Those are the steps that I have followed, but it is not accepting my application yet. I just don't know what I am doing wrong.

Ok, I was adding it after <head> and before </head>, so I will try putting it in after the </head> and if that does not work, I will try the plug in...I will let you know how it works...
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Miranda. I'm also still awaiting approval.
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laurenjean Premium
Woohoo! Just received my approval notification from Adsense for Inspiring Mompreneurs! I can vouch for method 1 - using the plugin. Will take a screenshot of email as soon as I get the chance.
How's it going your side, Miranda?
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markr0675 Premium
Thanks Lauren, it's good to have the step by step. I'm not techie either.
Thanks
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IlonaL Premium
Thank you Lauren! I also didn`t find any tutorial about that. So I am so happy that YOU wrote this tutorial here. I made that now and wait for google adsens replay...is it ready now or what? Hope everything went right :)
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laurenjean Premium
HI Ilona, I am also still waiting for approval. We wait together. :)
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Loes Premium
Why is it you overrule the request from Amazon? To place it behind the /head? Just curious
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Loes, because when I did that it didn't work. Adsense didn't pick up that I had added the code.
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Loes Premium
And beneath the head tag it did pick you up, thanks, nice to know
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laurenjean Premium
Oops! Sorry Loes, I cannot verify that just yet. My sincere apologies, I have jumped the gun by adding this training before I could verify that these methods actually work. However, I am testing both methods. Option 1 on Inspiring Mompreneurs and Option 2 on Happy Human Pacifier, so should be able to confirm in 3 days.
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DawnaL Premium
Great post, but I can't access editor on here. WA restricts me to do so and It's been over a week since AdSense has responded to me so I don't know if they are going to approve my site or not. How did you manage to access editor?
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Dawn, the beauty of the plugin is there's no need to access editor at all. I found that method way simpler and less scary because you're not messing around with code.
I had no problem accessing the editor on my WA site. As far as I know, WA allows access to editor.
Perhaps the issue is your theme?
Have you asked Site Support to check why your editor is not working?
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DawnaL Premium
Thanks for the quick reply! I just thought it was standard saying we are restricted to it because people can really mess up their site. I know a bit of HTML and have edited PHP files outside of WA so I would like access to editor. I will get in touch with support. Thanks!
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MAstick Premium
Thank you for sharing
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laurenjean Premium
Shoo, that was fast! Thanks for liking and commenting, Mark.
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