How to Add Google AdSense to WordPress in 2019 (Plugins and Manually)

How to Add Google AdSense to WordPress in 2019 (Plugins and Manually)

One of the most common ways to monetize your site is by running ads on it. Google AdSense is Google’s platform that lets any website owner run ads on their site and make money from it.

If you want to get more from Google AdSense, or you like the idea of making some money from your site, this guide will help you learn more about how Google AdSense works and how to use AdSense on your WordPress site.

What is Google AdSense?

Google AdSense is probably the most famous platform you can use to run ads on your website (although not your only option, check AdSesense alternatives). Those ads are served by Google, based on the browsing history of the people visiting your site.

So when one person visits your site, they’ll see different ads from another person. For example, if you run a travel blog, you’d show ads related to booking sites. If you’re running a business site, ads from B2B companies would show up.

But Google AdSense is more intelligent than that. It knows what each individual who visits your site has looked at online and will tailor the ads according to that information. Meaning that they’re more likely to click on the ads, hence you’re more likely to make money from them.

Google AdSense vs Google Adwords

Google Adwords is Google’s other advertising platform, but it does a very different job.

Instead of letting website owners display ads, Google Adwords lets you create ads that will be displayed on Google’s search result pages.

Check out How to Use Google AdWords for Your Business (Beginner’s Guide) to get started with it.

Now, back to Google Adsense…

Pros and Cons of Running AdSense on Your WordPress Site

Why run other people’s ads on your site? After all, your site exists to promote your own business.

There are some scenarios in which you wouldn’t want to run third-party ads. Instead, you might choose to place ads for your own products, encouraging people who’ve found your site to browse your products.

If you want to do this, you can use the plugins described in this post to place your own ads into your site, without using AdSense.

But if your site has regular traffic and isn’t making you money directly by selling products or services, running ads is a good way to make some cash from your site. So if your WordPress site has a significant audience but isn’t directly selling to that audience, ads can be a great way to make some money from it.

How to Create a Google Adsense Account

So you’ve decided to run ads on your WordPress site with Google Adsense. How do you get started?

The first step is to set up an AdSense account. To do so, start by going to the Google AdSense website.

Google Adsense

Here, you’ll need to add your website address and your email address. Choose whether you want to be added to the mailing list for tips on running ads. Enter those and click the Save and Continue button.

If you already

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This article was written by Rachel McCollin and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.

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