Step 1: Apply For Your Google AdSense Account (duh!)


It is important to first make sure that you have some content already on your website before applying for Google AdSense. At this point you should have your ‘About me’ page, ‘Privacy Policy’ page, and a few posts on your site.

Once Google reviews your site and deems your site as useful then you should receive an email indicating that your site has been approved*.

*Keep in mind this process can take up to a few days so keep posting new content as you normally would in the meantime.



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TheGreenBean Premium
Hey there Belinda thx for this, worked great for me.

Just wondering, do you know if a single ad unit is set to auto-size, can a person simply use that one single ad unit throughout a site (ie in a sidebar widget as well as in main content on various pages) and have the whole thing work out OK?

The reason I ask this is because in the interest of keeping things as simple as possible, I would be happy to run with a single ad unit if it does the trick.

Cheers,
chris
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SKretsch Premium
I've got two problems: 1. My ad space spills over the border of my website. So I created a new ad unit with a smaller size and that resulted in a webpage error, so I went back to my first ad unit code. 2. I see nothing when I highlight the area. Now what?
Scott
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crp2511 Premium
You need to find out the width of your sidebar, some themes let you adjust this. Then pick an adsense ad to fit the width
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SKretsch Premium
OK. I don't think it will let me. But I'll poke around. thanks.
Scott
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bellabs12 Premium
Glad to see someone in the community was able to help while I was away! :)
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LittleClaire Premium
Hi Scott, did you manage to fix this? I have got the same issue, but I don't really want to place ads anywhere other than my sidebar...
I tried using the Google Adsense plugin and it was pretty useless.
Cheers, C.
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SKretsch Premium
Yes Claire, I did. I was able to adjust the size of the ad once I placed it in my sidebar. Kinda like a custom fine tune, if you will. As far as my second problem I listed, it just went away. I guess Google was in the process of reviewing my site as expected and said by bellabs12, but I wasn't able to see anything until Google approved me.
Scott
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LittleClaire Premium
Awesome, Scott. Glad you got it sorted, and much appreciate your quick response to me. I shall stop getting frustrated with it and do the same :)
How is it working for you? Are you getting many clicks? I am sceptical, as personally, I never click on ads/banners.. in fact, sometimes I will click off a website all together if I feel like it's one big ad campaign. So, I am a bit nervous about adding advertising.
Thanks again
C
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SKretsch Premium
Clair, I made my first dollar last week. $1.40 to be exact. I'm very selective as to what I what advertised on my site. So there are a lot of the same ads on there. I just don't have any traffic right now, and I think that will be the challenge for all of us if we are going to succeed at this.
Scott
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LittleClaire Premium
Congratulations on making some money!
I managed to get adsense set up, then adjusted the size of the banner, like you indicated and it's working fine now. But I'm thinking it's a trial run and will take it down if it doesn't create any revenue.
I'm in the same position, I need traffic!
I'll pay your site a visit so you can add one more visitor to the list :)
C
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SKretsch Premium
Thanks Claire. Treat every little accomplishment as a success! Just one more step in the right direction. We can do this!
As far as traffic, I haven't been targeting keywords, which is my fault. It's something I have to work on. But it's all a journey, and I don't plan on giving up. One day at a time...
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LittleClaire Premium
That's the spirit! :D
I think it's important to celebrate the small successes, so we don't lose sight of why we're working out butts off right now.
If this is a marathon, I think I might be at the mile one marker!
I was going to say 'best of luck to you' but I don't believe there is any luck involved. It's all down to us.
So, instead, I look forward to seeing more of your success soon!
C
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SKretsch Premium
Luck comes to those who work the hardest. :0
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NBillups Premium
Thanks I got my adsense ad up and running but it does not fit properly. The right edge is cut off and for some of them you can't read the whole thing. Not sure what to do about that. I've posted a question so hopefully I will get an answer. http://weight-management-diet.com/
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ChrisTowers Premium
Hi.. i came back here as the information I got last time was first class.. so hope you don't mind me intruding again :)
The adsense is up and running on my site now .. but if you visit my site, on each page the adverts are running on the footer of the pages under the comments..

My question is this.. with the layout of my site .. and it is just my impression, but the adverts i think would not get much exposure tucked in the bottom there. What do you think?

Would they be maybe better in skyscraper format under the information in the left bar? or somewhere else?

Just trying to make my site look professional, without to many ads dominating, but to put them in a position with better exposure and the more chance of them being noticed..!!

Any advice would be welcome..

Thanks all :)

Chris

www.win-back-your-ex.com
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Labman Premium
Should be in a Right Sidebar. Add them to a Right Sidebar Widget.
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ChrisTowers Premium
Thanks, ill give it a shot :)
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bellabs12 Premium
Yes, Labman is correct! Good luck!
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wombat2 Premium
Thank you so much for simplifying this process!
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MonicaY Premium
Hi Bellabs12, This is really helpful information but have a question on naming your ad. What do you name it? Do you pick out which ad you want to place, if so where do you find that? also do you want an ad that is relevant to you niche.. I feel dumb..
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bellabs12 Premium
Hi there MonicaY,

Don't feel dumb! Some of this stuff isn't the easiest to grasp the first time around. You don't pick which specific ads are placed on your site, you only pick the size of the ad and whether you want it to display text, images or both. Google Adsense displays ads based on the person viewing your site search activity. So if someone has been searching wedding rings online and stumbles on your site then most likely an ad for wedding rings will be displayed.

You name your ad whatever you want. So if you're placing the ad on a page or post, you can name it after that page or post so you can keep track of its performance. The name isn't for anything but to help you track each ad's performance.

Hope this helps!
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MonicaY Premium
Thank you so much bellabs. I totally understand.
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bellabs12 Premium
Welcome! :)
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