Google Adsense is one of the first monetization learning stops that most new bloggers make. For most bloggers, it’s their introduction to making money through blogging. It’s easy to set up and starts working almost immediately. I’m going to show you how to create a Google Adsense account from setting it up to preparing to put your first AdSense ad live on your blog.
My intention in this post is to introduce you to the AdSense account sign up process. In the course of this I’ll:
- Provide an overview of Google AdSense.
- Explain how to create a Google AdSense account.
What is Google AdSense?
AdSense is a part of Google’s advertising platform. It was founded in 2003 to compliment it’s paid advertising tool Google Adwords (now known as Google Ads. It’s a pretty important part of Google’s ad platform too: Google earns billion of dollars every year from advertising.
AdSense serves ads created in the Google Ads system to the Google Content Network. This comprises millions of website, blog, app and YouTube publishers all over the world.
AdSense is one of the most widely used methods to monetize blogs. It’s particularly popular for new bloggers looking to take their initial steps into making money online.
You add AdSense to your blog by:
- Applying for a Google AdSense account.
- Creating an ad type you want to display.
- Adding code for your ad onto your blog.
At the point you add the AdSense code to your blog, Google starts delivering context relevant ads to your pages.
If you want to know a little bit more about AdSense, check out the following article: What is Google AdSense?
How to Create Your Google AdSense Account
The first thing to do is to sign up. Visit the Google AdSense homepage to sign up.
Click the “Get Started” button to start the first step in creating your Google AdSense account and you’ll arrive at a page prompting you for your email address.
At this point you’ll be asked for your domain URL, email address and your contact preferences.
You’ll need to provide the URL for a domain that you own. This is because you have to be able to access and edit the HTML on your blog to verify your AdSense account. Ultimately you’ll also need to physically add the AdSense code to your blog.
In the domain field you must submit the top level of your domain without a path. Neither can it be a subdomain. What the AdSense system is expecting here is:
When you’ve added your details click “Save And Continue” at which point you’ll have to create a password. Submit this and you’ll move on to the next step in the process, which is connecting your site to AdSense.
Connecting Your Domain to Google AdSense & Activating Your Account
The next step in creating your Google Analytics account requires you to connect your site to the AdSense system for verification.
Login to you Google AdSense account and you’ll see some code on your AdSense homepage. You’re going to have to copy this and add it to the HTML of your homepage between the
If you’re a WordPress blogger the Site Kit for WordPress by Google plugin will connect your blog to your AdSense account and add the AdSense code automatically.
When you’ve added the code to your blog, return to Google AdSense, confirm you’ve added the code and click the “Done” button.
Adding Your Payment Details
The next step is to add your payment details. Head to the “Payment address details” section and add the information required:
The address you supply must be a valid postal address since the AdSense system will send you a pin number through the post to validate it.
Your phone number too must be valid… Google will check this by sending you a code via text message or voice call and cannot verify your account unless you receive it.
The final part of creating your AdSense account is in Google’s hands. Google will review your submission and determine if your submitted URL meets quality guidelines and the AdSense programme policies.
It normally takes a few days for Google to review your blog and then send you approval confirmation, but it can take a number of weeks… so don’t sweat if you don’t hear back within a week.
However, if it’s determined that your blog does is not up to scratch, your application for a Google AdSense account will likely be declined and you’ll be given a reason why. You can work on these reasons to fix them and then reapply.
Once your Google AdSense account is approved, you’ll be all set to create AdSense ad blocks and add them to your blog!
- Google AdSense is a part of the Google Advertising Platform and works in tandem with Google Ads.
- AdSense is one of the first ways most bloggers monetize their blogs.
- As a part of the AdSense account creation process, you’ll need to add code to your blog for Google to connect it to the AdSense system.
- You’ll also need to supply Google with a valid address and telephone number before your account can be approved.
That’s all for now.
If you have any difficulties or questions regarding how to create your Google AdSense account, drop me a comment below!