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Adding Google Adsense to Your Blog

Updated on December 6, 2012

Google Adsense is a program in which blog and website administrators can utilize Google-generated advertisements on their own sites to showcase ads which generate revenue on a per-click basis. In a nutshell, you will get paid by advertisers depending on how many people click on the ads shown on your blog and website. It's really just that simple.

If you are blogging regularly and are not using Google Adsense, you may want to reconsider. Having a blog without utilizing Google Adsense is literally like throwing money away. How much money? Well that depends on the amount of traffic your blog receives. Some Adsense users report that they make enough revenue to supplement their household income, while others make a few extra dollars here and there. The point is - money is money, and if you don't utilize these ads, you're throwing it out the window.

There are other benefits to Google Adsense besides the money, though. Readers of your blog will be exposed to ads, sale events and promotional items they might not necessarily ever have known about if not for your generated ads. And if your blog is subject-themed, it's even better, as the ads generated will more than likely be geared towards the subject you write about. All-in-all, Google Adsense is a wonderful tool and should be considered without question.

How to Add Google Adsense Ads to Your Blog

Before you can actually begin utilizing Adsense on your blog, you will need to sign up here.

After you sign up and are accepted into the Google Adsense program, adding Adsense ads to your blog is simple. Just follow these quick and easy steps below:

  1. Log in to your Blogger dashboard.
  2. Click "Design." This will bring you to the general layout of your blog.
  3. Click "Add a Gadget".
  4. Scroll down and click "Adsense".
  5. Within the Adsense gadget, you can choose which size ad you will show on your blog. On a typical sidebar, 160x600 ads tend to look and work best, but the preference is yours.
  6. Choose whether you would like your ads to contain images, or text only. Choosing "text and image" offers you more selections, especially if you have more than one Adsense gadget added to your blog.
  7. Choose the color scheme of your ads. Adsense has premade color templates available for use, but you can also add "blend" or "match" templates to completely customize colors of the background, text and links so your ads literally blend in with your blog background and aren't annoying to the reader.

NOTE: You also have the option of inserting Adsense ads beneath each blog post. You can do this by clicking "Edit" under "Blog Posts" in layout mode and clicking "Show Ads Between Posts". However, it is important to note that Adsense will only allow up to 3 ads per page, so if you choose to show ads beneath each post, you will be unable to add any to your sidebar, or anywhere else on your blog.

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