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Setting up Google AdSense on WordPress

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Regular readers may have noticed that ads started appearing on the site back in the beginning of february. While I don’t expect to ever earn a lot of money on this site, it would be nice if it didn’t cost me money. Running a WordPress blog on a hosted domain isn’t all that expensive, and the total cost depends on what host you go with.

At any rate, some time ago, a friend asked me about setting up AdSense on a WordPress blog, and I had to admit that the last time I looked into it was the last time I had ads on this blog, about three or four years ago. The reason I cut them out was that they simply didn’t look good. At all. Well, I decided to try setting it up, to see if the world has progressed in the past three or four years.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to the AdSense site, and set up an account
  2. In WordPress, go to Plugins > Add new
  3. In the search bar, search for Google AdSense, and install the one created by Google
  4. Activate the app, and connect it to your account
  5. Enable ads on the desktop site, mobile site, or both, if you so choose

That’s it; you don’t really need to do anything else. Now, I didn’t like where the ads were placed on the desktop site, so I went to Settings > AdSense, and then clicked the “Manage ads” button, where you can change where the ads pop up. I am very happy with how it looks, and think it works a lot better now than it did back when I fumbled about with it previously. Here’s hoping I actually get some revenue…

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