How to Set Up Adsense Channels

What are Adsense Channels?

Adsense channels are a way to track your Adsense performance. There are two different types of channels - Custom Channels and URL Channels.

Custom channels allow you to track ad units. You'll only be able to use custom channels on your own domain and not on a revenue sharing site such as Hubpages. With custom channels you can track the performance of different ad units and determine whether particular sizes, colors and positions work better than a different, size, color and position.

URL channels allow you to track adsense performance at either the page or domain level. If you are a Hub author, these are the channels you will want to set up. You can either set up one channel for all of your hubs, or you can set up a separate channel for each hub. The latter is the best way to get an idea of which hubs are performing well, but there is a limitation to keep in mind. You can only have a maximum of 200 channels.

How to Set up Your Adsense URL Channels

Once you log into Google Adsense, you want to click on the tab "Adsense Set-Up" at the top of the page, and then click on "Channels".

On the Channels page click on "URL Channels" and then click "+Add New URL Channels".

Then you can just start entering your Hubpage (or other website) urls in the box. If you want to just track all of your hubs as a single entity, the only thing you need to enter is and then click the button marked "Add channel". If you're going to add each Hub separately, then grab all of your hubpage urls and enter them in a batch or singly. Do not use your trackers. You want the raw url here.

And that's it. Now each time you log into your Adsense account, you can select "top channels" from the Reports menu and it will show you your top performing pages. You can also select "View All Adsense for Content channels" to get a performance overview of every page you are tracking.

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Maddie Ruud 8 years ago from Oakland, CA

Great explanation, Embitca! Thanks for laying it out so clearly and simply.

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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks, Maddie! I'll probably add some screencaps over the weekend too. I was working on this at 3 in the morning *g*

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

It's that simple. I just tried it and it works!. I am new to all this and find it a bit confusing. Thanks for making it so simple.


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sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania


LOL...I have agonized over this for hours reading forum posts about it.

But you summed it up in one fell swoop!

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weblog 7 years ago from 1India

It's a great job. I got to know about this hub as Ryan Hupfer was posting the link in forum.

Thank you.

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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur

It will surely help many. Thanks.

Jyoti Kothari

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Princessa 7 years ago from France

This is very informative and very easy to understand. Finally I understand the difference between Custom and URL channels!

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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks gang, I'm glad to be of help :)

newsworthy 7 years ago

at last....a new day is dawning and im yawning after reading a million pages of how-to's and rules and guides.

a most comprehensible article here - thank you!

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earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Nice! Very clear and understandable hub, thank you embitca.

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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

Welcome, Earnest! Thanks for reading :)

rnmsn 7 years ago

thank you embitca, mostly I write to slow the constantly revolvomg wheel in my head but I would be lyng to say I don't want to make a profit...haha so far I have $0.20 in my accout :( this is very useful/I am setting up URL channels today!!

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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

The URL channels will help a lot, rnmsn. Good luck!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Thanks for explaining this so well. I put all 101 of mine on there tonight. That was a chore! But it's done.

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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

It's well worth doing, KCC. Take a look at it next month and you'll start to get an idea of what's doing well... ripe for more hubs :)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I'm excited! I actually had some show up before I finished. I actually see cents accumulating DAILY now where I hadn't been before. The 36 new hubs I did during the challenge have made a huge difference in my traffic, scores, confidence level, and evidently adsense dollars. I may actually get a payout before year-end! LOL

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forlan 7 years ago

great tips i will try it

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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

You explain this all so clearly! Thank you! Great Hub!

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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Thank you for the clear concise information!

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Tips Planet 6 years ago from Bangalore

Thanks a lot. Crystal clear information with easy to understand format explanation. Keep it up.

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Canklefish 6 years ago from East Coast

A great help. I've set up hubpages as a url channel, but no info is showing. I've tried a couple different tweaks. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong, or not looking in teh right place.

The channels show as active, but still no info.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Great Hub

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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I wish I had found this before I bumbled through it yesterday as it would have been quite helpful. Good information for those still needing to do this though!

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pb3847 6 years ago

Thanks for the excellent advice! Very to-the-point and useful!

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zsobig 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks! This helped me a lot now!

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stormyweather 6 years ago from Devon, UK

Thanks very much. I didn't realise I could channel by domain. Shame about the 200 url limitation though . . .

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BGollihue 6 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Awesome, very informative Hub

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Life with Sandy 6 years ago

Great! New Hubpages user and I was looking for this information. Thanks for the easy directions

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Elvis De Leon 5 years ago

Excellent information, thank you very much.

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BloggingPilar 5 years ago from South Jersey

THANK YOU! I've been trying to figure that out for hours now, lol

BTW, your hub was the first I came across and I used your link to sign up for hubpages (Don't know if you get credit for it or anything) The hub was about affiliates and now, of course I can't seem to find it, so I've been rooting through all of your pages and with each click, I'm learning more and more! You share A LOT of great information! So, I just wanted to say THANKS!

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embitca 5 years ago from Boston Author

Hi BlogginPilar, welcome aboard! I'm happy my hubs are helpful! :)

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pinkdaisy 5 years ago from Canada

Thank you! This was very helpful :)

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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

Thanks, you have very helpful hubs. I just set this up. To view, I need to go under "advanced reports" correct?

sally 5 years ago

excellent explaination, easy to understand, but I have't tried it yet!

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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Thanks for the info, I am setting up individual URL channels for all my hubs.

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Well explained. Although I don't earn much on adsense through Hubpages, as I find the Hubpages advert program to be better, it is very useful for my own sites.

Sharing with followers, up and useful.

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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

I've had trouble figuring out Adsense channels. This is very helpful. Thanks!

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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Google Adsense and I have had our issues. LOL Thanks for the great description on how to add the HP URL.

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