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:
- Go to the AdSense site, and set up an account
- In WordPress, go to Plugins > Add new
- In the search bar, search for Google AdSense, and install the one created by Google
- Activate the app, and connect it to your account
- 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…