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How To Add Google AdSense To Tumblr

Updated on February 20, 2013
Screenshot of my Tumblr with Google AdSense addition.
Screenshot of my Tumblr with Google AdSense addition. | Source

Why You Should Add Google AdSense

Considering I have five Tumblr blogs with a different number of readership for each, Google AdSense on my Tumblr is possibly the smartest idea I've ever had. It's a lot easier to get people to come to your profile on Tumblr than it is your hubs on HubPages. People are suspicious of things they don't know. So whenever I posted links on various blogs leading here, they don't always get clicked because some people misinterpret them for spam. Since Tumblr is my only blogging platform, I figured I'd give adding Google AdSense a shot and so far it's paid off.

As far as I know it's completely legal to do. There are some sites (like Xanga and invisionfree) that will tell you you're not allowed to add Google AdSense unless you upgrade your account. Since IF already deals with Google AdSense, they'd rather make a profit than allow you too, so you're not going to get any help on that forum-based site. Also, I Googled adding AdSense to Tumblr and from what I've read I'm not the only one who's doing it. So for those of you who have Tumblr or plan to get it and want to use it for more revenue, use the following steps.

Dealing With Google AdSense

Step 1: Return to old AdSense interface.

  • Up in the right corner there should be a button that says "return to old AdSense interface", click it. Because I don't have much experience with the new interface I'm not sure if the steps will be the same. You can try to convert it though if you want. I just know that for me it was easier to figure out with the old interface.

Step 2: Click "AdSense Setup" on the navigation bar.

  • From here you'll see six options to choose from. Click the first, also titled "AdSense For Content". It will bring up another page that asks you to choose ad type. I personally chose "Ad Unit" and made sure that the drop down menu was on the "text and image ads (default)". I haven't experimented with the others, but feel free to do so if you're daring or know more about Google AdSense than I do.

Step 3: Choosing ad format and colors.

  • Now what you choose here will be based on your Tumblr page. Because my about me section is a sidebar I chose 125x125 button. It'll be under the square options in the drop down menu. You can choose whatever you want though and whatever will fit your site. There are banners, vertical ads, whatever you could possibly want. When it comes to colors you have to decide if you want to keep it regular Google style with a default palette or make it match your site. I left it alone, but if you know the hex codes for your site colors you can make one to fit in perfectly with your background.

  • Next are fonts and corner styles. I left the fonts the way they were, but Tumblr offers a lot of different styles and so you might want to match up the best you can. Google doesn't give you much choice here though, but maybe Times will fit better than Arial, who knows. The corner style is pretty much the same. Pick which ever works best for you. I liked square corners because the ad would have looked incredibly out of place if I had chosen rounded ones. The "more options" area I didn't touch. If you know more about Google AdSense and want to work with that, go right ahead. It should all come out the same in the end anyway.

Step 4: Getting your AdSense code.

  • I had no idea what ad channels were, so I skipped that. You can just click continue without adding any, that's what I did. You may feel free to add channels if you're well-versed in that area. Next you'll come to a page that asks you to name your ad. I just left it as the date and size, but if you want to differentiate, change it to "Jessica's Tumblr" or whatever you have in mind. Click "submit and get code". Now leave that window untouched and open a new one and follow the next part.

Dealing With Tumblr

Step 5: Open your Tumblr blog.

  • Go to your blog and find the "customize appearance" link on the right-hand sidebar. People do different things here, but for me I used the "info" tab to insert my ad. Make sure you have a theme that the ad will work with, or else with you insert it nothing will happen. Others have used the "theme" tab, enabled custom HTML and did it that way. My blog's theme didn't have what I needed to do that and it seemed a lot more complicated anyway. However, if you know your way around HTML, give it a shot.

Step 6: Copy and paste the code.

  • Copy the Google AdSense code you created and paste it in the description section of the info tab you just opened. I already had the HubPage ad in my sidebar, so I put it right below and even added a profile view shortly after so I could keep track of how many people have been to my page recently. I centered my ads because it was more organized, but you aren't required to do that. If you have a compatible theme, then when you click outside the description box and the page refreshes, you should be able to see the ad pop up. If it's not compatible, you'll have to go find one that is. Just save your work and then browse the themes, that way you don't have to go through all that trouble of inserting the code again. Then just "save and close" and voila, you have Google AdSense on your Tumblr!

Results So Far

I haven't had my Google AdSense up for that long, less than twenty four hours, in fact. But I've seen a spike in my "estimated earnings" already. I moved up three dollars while I was sleeping just from the increased views. Also, a few people must have clicked the ads because that number went up as well. Considering that I put the ad on all my blogs and the more I post content, the more traffic I get, I expect to see good things twenty four hours from now. However, my most popular blog has more than 450 followers, so it's not a perfect method for those who just began using Tumblr or have a smaller following. It doesn't hurt to add Google AdSense though. Since my blogs are viewed more than my hubs, it's a better source of revenue for me. Do what works for you though.

If you have any questions or need any further help with this, post a comment and I'll offer what little expertise I have in the area. I'll also try to report back in a couple weeks with results as to whether or not this is effecting my earnings.


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      joselito mebolos 

      4 years ago

      Hi, my tumblr blog is I tried to register to google adsense but it said please enter your primary website or URL only (e.g., even if you have multiple websites, domains, and/or mobile webpages.

      I don't have any content to monetize yet.

      URL must not have a path ( or subdomain ( Learn more

      can anyone help me about this? is tumblr not allowed in adsense now?

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      4 years ago

      hi, i have had the same problem as steviesama, my application for adsense gets rejected for insufficient content. can you please tell me how to fix it? if i were to add text, how much must i add? and can i just add it to me "about me" portion? because i have seen other tumblrs which only have images, yet they have ads on their blog. i would really appreciate the help as i'm trying to pay for university. thank you very much!

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      5 years ago

      Hi Guys,

      We've simplified the process of adding Adsense to your Tumblr blog with our new Tumblr theme called Kylix, which you can find it on Themeforest.

      You simply put your Asdense publisher ID in a field on your customize screen and then activate one of four Adsense zones. Easy.

      If you have any questions please point them my way.

    • Tealparadise profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks so much for this guide! It was a huge help and I just got the ads to show up on my blog!!!! Another way which I found while doing yours, is to go into "edit HTML" and simply CTRL+F for the text directly above where you want the ad. Then make a good guess as to where you can paste the ad code. Try..preview...fix....try....preview...fix until it's exactly where you like :D I have the Internet Explorer theme on and this worked perfectly, while having it in the info section put the ad awkwardly front-and-center and made my page look spammy due to the layout.

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      6 years ago

      Hi I have a tumblr blog and today i went on my blog and i found ad's on there but i have no idea how cause i didn't sign up for any Google Adsense.. Do you have any idea how that got on my blog?! or how i can remove it...

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi, whenever i post an ad onto my tumblr, it does not show up on my homepage and I'm not sure why. Do you have any tips

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I've had my ads up for maybe 2 weeks, but I kept getting crawler errors. I changed my settings so that I can show up in search engines, but I'm still getting generic ads and when people click my ads it doesn't register. I'm just getting so frustrated!

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      6 years ago

      I want to place my ads on the left side of my tumblr page under the navigation and description. Where do I paste the code in the tumblr HTML editor to place the ads there.

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kansas

      It means you need to write more and probably spell check and grammar check

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      6 years ago


      I have applied for google adsense but they disapproved my website because of below error please help me how to resolve this problem.

      Thank you for your interest in Google AdSense. Unfortunately, after

      reviewing your application, we're unable to accept you into AdSense at

      this time.

      We did not approve your application for the reasons listed below.



      Insufficient content


      Further detail:

      Insufficient content: To be considered for AdSense, your site must contain

      enough text content for our specialists to review and for our crawlers to

      identify relevant ads to show on your pages. We recommend including more

      complete sentences and paragraphs on your site. We require websites to be

      fully launched and functioning, allowing users to navigate throughout your

      site with a menu, sitemap, or appropriate links. Once the majority of your

      site is complete and functional, we'll be happy to reconsider your


    • steviesama profile image


      6 years ago from Callaway, Florida

      I've read that Tumblr is seeking an ad executive for their company. If they go through with that, they will be implementing advertising across all user accounts, and likely offer a premium account for people who want to monetize their tumblr's, like xanga and other such sites do.

    • whoisbid profile image


      6 years ago

      Adding Google adsense to tumblr is something I think would spoil a tumblr account but thanks anyway.

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      Pam Valentine 

      6 years ago from The Heartland, USA

      Again, great information and easy to follow. Tumblr here I come with my adsense-if your up yet!:)

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kansas

      Well you can no longer use the old Google AdSense interface, but for the most part, putting an ad together for Tumblr is the same even with the new interface.

      I've been blogging on Tumblr since late 2009, early 2010. I have blogs on the site, all under the same profile, all having their own niches. Tagging your posts, which will be on the right hand side when you start posting, is the easiest way to get recognized and get other followers. :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      My husband just purchased an iphone for me and Tumblr appears to be one of the top sites for blogging. I am anxious to get started and this information I have printed for closer review. Great job-thank you very much!

      Great job on the 1000 followers - how long have you been blogging and roughly how many sites? I am trying to design my internet strategy, your guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kansas

      I'm guessing most of my AdSense clicks have been from Tumblr because most of us here on HubPages know that we shouldn't click on other people's ads unless we really are interested in what they're selling. I guess what Google is advertising on my blogs has pulled in a few interested people.

      Also, I have a button on all of my blogs that leads here to my HubPage account. I have almost a thousand followers on all my blogs combined, so it could have attributed to my traffic.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Interesting....Does this have more to do with your blogs than with HubPages? Do the blogs bring more traffic to your hubs? do you think that's why you've had such success in just a week? Just wondering. It's been about a month for me, and I'll still trying to figure things out GoogleAds aren't doing much for me...thanks!

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Kansas

      Good luck. I hope it works out for you. I've gotten more Google AdSense clicks from there than here. So it's working out well so far.

    • vox vocis profile image


      6 years ago

      I heard about Tumblr over at and checked it out. It seems like an interesting blogging platform. I think I'll take my chances there. This is a useful hub and hopefully you'll keep us informed about further results.


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