How to Use Adsense Channels

Tracking Your Revenue

It's nice to make money from Adsense. But how do we find out what hub or blog post is making us the most money? Adsense allows us to create channels for each separate revenue source. But every time I tried to create a custom channel for one of my hubs, it didn't work. So I started a forum thread to find out what I was doing wrong. And that's how I found out about URL channels.

I know that others have written on this topic, but for anybody who is new to Hubpages or to Adsense or both, I think that having step by step instructions about what to do might be helpful.

You can enter Hubpages on any page, and you can sign in at any point in the process of browsing the site, but let's say that you signed in first, and then you went to your profile page, and you have a URL for a hub you wrote already copied, but you don't know what to do next. Well, in that case, choose "My Account" in the toolbar at the top of your Hubpages screen.

When entering on "My Profile", Click My Account

Let's say you enter the site on your profile. Now click "My account"
Let's say you enter the site on your profile. Now click "My account" | Source

Once you are in "My Account", click "Affiliate Settings"

When you arrive in "My account", what you usually see first is a display of your hub statistics, with your highest scoring hub at the moment on top, and your lowest scoring hub at the bottom. But never mind all of that, just click "Affiliate Settings", and this will get you to the next step. I have circled "Affiliate Settings" in red in the picture below. (You can click on the picture to make it bigger.)

Click Affiliate Settings When you are in My Account

Once you have gotten to my account, you see your statistics. Click Affiliate Settings
Once you have gotten to my account, you see your statistics. Click Affiliate Settings | Source

Once in "Affiliate Settings", Click on " check your Google Adsense earnings"

There are lots of affiliate programs. There's Kontera, and Amazon, and eBay, but we don't care about them right now. Just click "check your Google Adsense earnings". Do this even though you don't want to check your earnings. You want to add a URL channel.

When in Affiliate Settings, Click "Check your Google Adsense earnings"

Once you get to Affiliate Settings, Click "check your  Google Adsense earnings"
Once you get to Affiliate Settings, Click "check your Google Adsense earnings" | Source

Once in Adsense, click "Adsense Setup"

Once you get to Adsense, you will see the messages they sent you. For instance, there's that coupon for $100.00 worth of Adwords that they are trying to tempt you with. Or the notice that  nearly a year ago they disabled advertizing to one of your top paying hubs for no reason at all. Pay no attention to any of that. Just Click "Adsense Setup".

Once You are in Adsense, click "Adsense Setup"

Once you arrive in your own Adsense Account, click "Adsense Setup"
Once you arrive in your own Adsense Account, click "Adsense Setup" | Source

Once in Adsense Setup, Just click Channels

Once you are in "Adsense Setup", you notice that there are different types of Adsense, such as Adsense for Content and Adsense for Search. That is way too confusing to think about, so try to disregard all these extraneous choices. The only thing we care about right now is channels, so click the tab that says "Channels".

Once in Adsense Setup, click Channels

Select "Channels", once you are in Adsense Setup
Select "Channels", once you are in Adsense Setup | Source

Select URL channels; disregard custom channels

There is more than one type of channel. However, for purposes of Hubpages, there is only one type of channel that works: URL channels. A URL, as you know already, is the web address of a page. It usually starts with "http://". We already have a particular URL copied, and we want to make a channel for it.

Once in Channels, select URL channels

The kind of channels we are interested in are URL channels (and not custom channels)
The kind of channels we are interested in are URL channels (and not custom channels) | Source

Click "Add URL Channel"

In order to make a new URL channel, click "+ Add URL Channel." A little text box will then open.

Once You are in URL Channels, click Add new URL Channels

This is a screen shot of how to add URL Channels that I took off my computer
This is a screen shot of how to add URL Channels that I took off my computer | Source

Once the box opens, copy your URL into it

Once the text box opens, you can copy the URL to your hub into it. (If you have a blog, you can also copy the URL of your blog.) Each URL input must be on a separate line. If you try to create two channels for the same URL, they will not allow that. But why would you want that, anyway?

Now you are ready to copy your URL into the box

Copy your URL into the box and press enter
Copy your URL into the box and press enter | Source

You're Done

Once you have a URL for each hub or blog, you can easily see which earns more each day. Of course, you can also use Google Analytics for the same purpose. And once you have over two hundred hubs, you will pretty much have to, because you are limited to two hundred URL channels and no more.

But until that time, Google Adsense URL channels can be quite useful. Hope this helped!


(c) 2010 Aya Katz



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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Comprehensive, ell-written and easy to understand. Thank you, Aya.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Dr. BJ!


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eculligan 5 years ago

Very nice hub. Thanks for the information.


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eculligan 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information. I've been wondering how to view my google clicks. Had no idea you could make channels for each hub. Very useful information.


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

Thank you! very useful!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Eculligan, thanks! I'm glad this has been useful.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Duchess OBlunt! Glad to have helped.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Aya Katz - well, this is a very helpful hub - 16 months later (that's how long I've been with hubpages) I finally know how to add my hubs onto adsense! So, a big THANK YOU from someone who needed to be 'walked through' step by step.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Brightforyyou, thanks! I needed the walk through myself, so I figured there would be others who might like to have it explained this way, as well. I'm the kind of person who needs to be told what NOT to do, as well as what to do, because I sometimes get distracted by the array of choices that have nothing to do with the task at hand. Glad this helped!


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SteveoMc 5 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Good job, it is clear and easy to follow, I would have loved this about 4 months ago when I was trying to figure this thing out.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

SteveoMc, thanks! Glad you managed to figure it out even without these instructions.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain

Nicely and simply put, especially for new comers. However, some accounts are automated and shows url without input.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Hi, Shazwellyn. Thanks for your comment. As a relative newcomer myself, and someone who is still learning about how Adsense works, I'm very interested in what you have to say about some accounts being automated and showing the URL without input. Could you elaborate on that? Which accounts are automated and how does that work?


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DeAd Dolls Inc 5 years ago

Very Informative Hub and one that is of great insight.

-DD


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, DeAd Dolls Inc.


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richmediadp 5 years ago from Orange County, CA -USA

Great step-by-step instructions. As a hubpage newbie, it's great to see all the ways you can improve your earnings. Thanks


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

RichMediaDP, thanks! I hope you found this helpful.


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writer83 5 years ago from Cyber Space

I am really interested about google adsense because i read that many people earn from it. Well, learning about adsense channels can benefit me a lot. Thanks Aya!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Writer83, thanks! I'm glad this is of help.


Dianemae 5 years ago

Your info is so much more direct than trying to figure out the manual. Thanks


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Dianemae! Glad this helps!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida

Hi Aya, any chance you could walk us through a hub on Amazon, Kontera and Analytics (because mine are not set as I haven't a clue). I tried to set up an Amazon account, but wasn't successful and have no idea what Kontera and Analytics is. So if you fancy writing three more step by step hubs explaining the above, then I for one, would really appreciate it!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Brightforyou, thanks. I may just take you up on it, when I get a chance. Were you unable to sign up for Kontera and Amazon? I signed up a long time ago, but I don't remember the particulars. So far no income from those affiliate programs, so I can't claim to know that much more than you about it!


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Thanks Aya, now I understand how to do this. I've tried a few times but no success. Will be setting up my URL channels right now.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, MPG Narratives. Glad this helps!


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vox vocis 5 years ago

Nicely presented hub! I love easy-to-read step by step guides :-)


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Vox Vocis! Glad you found this helpful.


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Azure11 5 years ago from UK

Thanks, this is really useful. I had been wondering how I track any earning from hubs separately from other sites i have.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Thanks, Azure11, glad this helps!


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manjubose5 5 years ago

Thanks Aya Katz for your helping attitude. Would you please give some easy tips to get more traffic other than Hubpages? I have done all the steps of adding url channels but can't see any earning from Hubpages.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Manjubose5, thanks! Tips for getting Google traffic? Just write about something that others are interested in, and organic traffic will come your way through the search engines. You can research keywords using the Google Adsense Keyword tool, to find out how much competition there is on each one, how much interest there is, and also how much they are worth.

However, a word of caution: high traffic doesn't always mean high income. Some of my best hubs in terms of traffic haven't made me a cent, and some with very little traffic are high earners.


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KimberlyAnn26 5 years ago

Aya. Your Hub helped me tremendously. You answered all my questions and I love how you had the screen shots of all the steps. Now I am on my way to starting to post some Hubs!

Thank you!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks Author

Kimberly Ann, thanks! Glad to have helped.

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