How to monetize a website? If you have the same question then we are going to show you how to monetize your WordPress website with Ads from Google AdSense. Now, there are a few steps to this process, the first step is creating a Google AdSense to WordPress account. We won’t go through this process in the tutorials, pretty straightforward, just signing up for an AdSense account.
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But once you have an Assets account, then we basically want to associate your domain, name, your website with that AdSense account. And part of that is putting a little piece of code on your WordPress website. Now, that’s an option, but the easier option is to install a plugin called Site kit by Google. It’s the official plugin from Google that does that for you. So I will walk you through those steps.
But the first thing you need to know is that you need your AdSense account. Once you have your AdSense account approved, you have to tell AdSense about your WordPress website. And because this is specific to WordPress, there is a plugin made by Google. It’s an official Google plugin that we can install that’s going to do a lot of the work for you. And that’s called Site Kit.
So that’s what we’re going to do in this part of the tutorial. The other option is to go through the AdSense dashboard and place a piece of code manually on your website, kind of like this, but that is a little bit more complicated for a lot of new people. So we’re going to go through the steps for Site Kit in this tutorial. So go to the dashboard from WordPress.
1. Add New Plugin:
All you have to do is go to plugins, Add New. And what we’re going to do is search for a plugin called Site Kit, which is going to be this Site Kit official plugin by Google. Install that and activate that. You may get a message like this saying ‘your site might not be ready for Site Kit’. What I found in the past is this is because of the Caching plugin, deactivate the W3 total cache plugin and see if that message goes away. Go to the Site Kit plug, and Sitekit actually does a whole bunch of stuff.
So first sign in with your Google account that you have signed up for Site Kit. So sign in with Google. Once you’re signed in, you can go ahead and click Continue to get through the prompts on the screen. Once you sign in with your Google account, you’ll be redirected back to the Site Kit plugin on your website. And now there’s a lot of different functionality for Site Kit, including search console which is organic search results. Analytics and Page Speed insights as well.
2. Connect Adsense to WordPress (Website):
Go ahead and click on the link. Again, you’ll be asked to sign in with your Google account. So go ahead and do that. And then after signing in you’ll get a continue button. If you already have your AdSense account set up and it says looks like you’re already are using AdSense. And little toggle here is going to simplify the process of putting the AdSense code on your website. So make sure you keep this checked. It’s going to put a little piece of code once your site gets approved.
So click on continue for that. So if this is the first time you’re associating this website with AdSense, then you want to click on this button here that says Add site to AdSense. So do that next. And that will redirect us to Google Comadsense where we can put the URL of our website.
Save and continue. And then although your AdSense account has been approved, you still need your individual website to be approved as well. So we’ll request a review for that. The next page says that it could take a few days, but in some cases more than two weeks or up to two weeks. So that is part of the review process for the website itself. But in the meantime, no ads will show up.
3. Ads Setup in Adsense:
We can start to set up ads by clicking on Set up ads. That’s going to take us to your adsetting preview. So it’s kind of giving you an example of what that will look like. On the right-hand side, you configure how things are going to look. I recommend doing auto ads. Auto Ads pretty much looks at your page source and figures out the best place to put ads on your website.
Generally, I don’t like ads on the home page, contact page, or about page. Go to page exclusions, click on manage and add the base URL which is going to be this page only. That’s the home page and add another exclusion for the about page. One more exclusion for the contact page. So basically the ad formats that you have, you can toggle on or off, so you can keep in page ads on.
I recommend that. I also recommend doing match content. Pretty much all of these options will optimize your ad placement, anchor ads. That’s the one at the top. They will also show a widescreen. You have other ad options down as well. Vignette, that’s the pop-up, full-screen ads, if you don’t like them, if it ruins your user experience, then you can turn those off, too.
Basically, ad load is the number of ads, the frequency of ads that you’ll see on a single page. So as you move the slider down, you’ll see fewer ads. But if you maximize that, you’ll see a lot more ads. You would see more frequent ads throughout your page. Now, the trade-off here with maximum ads is user experience.
But the benefit is you get a lot more ad revenue because the number of impressions of ads that a user sees on your website correlates to how much AdSense revenue you’ll make. And then if you minimize that, if you want a good user experience with minimal ads, the downside to that is the fact that you won’t get as much revenue from ads. So what you can do is keep that somewhere in the middle or depending on how many ads you want to see. So when you’re satisfied with that, you can apply that to your website.
If you go to the website, we shouldn’t see any ads just yet. It has to go through that review process. But when that happens, you should be good to go and start earning that ad revenue for my website. In the meantime, you can check the status of your ads by going to your Google AdSense account and clicking on sites and you’ll see that website is getting ready.