I just read on another thread that we must add the niche sites to our AdSense account. I don't know anything about this and don't know how to do it. Could someone please give step-by-step directions on how to get this accomplished? I don't remember hearing about this when the niche sites started. Thanks.
It depends if you've restricted your Adsense account to allowed sites only, which is the recommended setup for security reasons - and I do recall a thread on these forums recommending it some time ago, so longer-standing Hubbers have probably done so.
If you have Adsense set up for allowed sites only, then you don't earn anything from sites where your ID appears but you haven't added them to your list of allowed sites.
When you have an adsense account you have a publisher ID. This ID can be used by anyone on any site. Hubpages does not show ads on pages that may be against the Google Adsense TOS. However, your publisher ID could be used by anyone on the web on any site, even in areas that Adsense does not wish their ads to be shown. This could result in you losing your Adsense account. It's not common, but it does happen on rare occasions - Why risk it?
So what you do to prevent this is: Tell Adsense that you only wish to earn from ads (with your publisher ID) from websites that you approve. This way you have a 0% chance of being banned if someone uses your ads on a prohibited content site.
To do this you need to go to Settings > My Sites and activate this feature. Once this feature is activated you need to add the main domain of the websites where you wish to earn form. For example: hubpages.com, owlcation.com and all the other niche sites and your personal sites where you are willing to place ads with your publisher ID.
For those of you who have already opted for this feature, you will NOT earn anything from the niche sites (via adsense, HP ad program is different) unless you add the domains to your allowed list of sites.
In addition to what Brandon clearly explained, I just want to add that the default setting is to allow your Adsense code to be used on any site.
However, to be safe and not let someone cause your account to be canceled, it's advisable to enable the setting for "Only authorize my verified sites to use my ad code." You get there by clicking the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your "My Sites" page. Then select "Site authorization."
If you never did this the sites get added automatically, but if you enabled site authorization then you need to always add any new niche site that you get moved into in order to keep earning from Adsense on those sites.
If you're not sure what you did in the past, go to "Settings > My Sites" and review what sites are there. It only shows five at a time, so you need to scroll. Make sure each "Verified Site" is turned on when you click the "v" symbol next to the site's URL.
If you definitely never opted for site verification, then you don't need to worry about missing payments for niche sites. However, I recommend you use this feature to avoid losing your Adsense account as Brandon explained.
When I have a hub moved to a new niche site that I never had anything on before, I always check to be sure it's listed in my verified sites.
On my settings page, I only appear to have 1 subdomain of HubPages listed namely FeltMagnet but on the report page 1 other shows although I have articles in 3 subdomains. I seem to be missing something! I have verified the existing sites there but am wondering where I find the list of HubPages niche sites if they are not listed on the settings page. The drop down menu does not reveal them either or even a manual search. Do I need to click the + button before I can do a search for one of the niche sites?
Yes, I have and each one is verified but the only niche site showing is FeltMagnet even though I have hubs in two others, one of which appears on my report page. Do I have to click the green plus sign to add the other two? I am always petrified to do anything in my Adsense account in case I do it wrong:)
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