AdSense earnings are at risk: Fix your ads.txt file

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  1. UnnamedHarald profile image94
    UnnamedHaraldposted 6 years ago

    Received the following from Google Adsense (identifying data redacted). Anyone in Hubpages staff know what it means?:

    Urgent: Potential revenue decrease if no action taken.
    Dear Publisher,
    We’ve noticed that the ads.txt file on one or more of your sites that you monetize through this AdSense account (pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX) is missing the correct publisher code.
    Since November 2017, Google stopped buying ads on sites with ads.txt files which don’t include the correct publisher IDs. To prevent impact to your earnings, please update your ads.txt files immediately.
    You can view the list of your impacted sites by visiting My Sites. Make sure the ads.txt file for each site you want to earn money through this account contains the snippet below:, pub-XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, DIRECT, YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
    It may take up to 24 hours for AdSense to process your updated ads.txt files.
    You can learn more about ads.txt, how buyers will use it and how to implement it on your sites in the AdSense Help Center.
    The Google AdSense Team

  2. Mike Hardy profile image79
    Mike Hardyposted 6 years ago

    This is a job for those who are direct HP employees.

  3. brittpinkie profile image95
    brittpinkieposted 6 years ago

    I haven't received any e-mails regarding this, however, I noticed my AdProgram earnings haven't updated since Thursday hmm

    1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is about Adsenes, not Amazon or HP earnings.

      1. UnnamedHarald profile image94
        UnnamedHaraldposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Correct, but it sounds like the txt file they are talking about is beyond my control and so I'm wondering if there is something HP/Maven needs to look into. As far as I know, this forum is checked by HP people, so I would appreciate some feedback from them-- even if it's not their problem.

        1. theraggededge profile image96
          theraggededgeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          There are already half a dozen threads about this issue. Do we have to keep starting more? No wonder people are confused.

          Looky here:

          1. UnnamedHarald profile image94
            UnnamedHaraldposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            My apologies. I didn't mean to offend anyone's sense of propriety. On the other hand, please don't feel you have to police the forums for such stupid questions from lazy idiots like me when you can simply roll your eyes and move on.

            1. theraggededge profile image96
              theraggededgeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Wasn't intending on 'policing' you. but there's no point asking the same questions in all these different threads and the same people (Lolobrandon and co.) having to say the same things over and over.

              Just trying to point you in the direction of other posts that might help smile

  4. UnnamedHarald profile image94
    UnnamedHaraldposted 6 years ago

    And BTW, Matt Wells (from HP)  provided the following in another thread. (the bolded portion answers my question):

    Matt Wells posted 3 hours ago

    When you sign up for AdSense through HubPages or associate a new AdSense Publisher ID with your account, it may take 2-3 hours for the publisher ID to be added to the ads.txt file on HubPages and HubPages Network Sites. Once the ads.txt is updated, it may take up to 24 hours for Google to recognize the changes to ads.txt. You must have at least one published article to get added to HubPages ads.txt

    This issue also applies to existing AdSense publisher ID's. You can ignore the ads.txt warning because Google will eventually recognize it. It could take 24 hours or possibly longer.

    Visit this link and search for your AdSense Publisher ID. If it appears in the list that means your AdSense ID has been added to HubPages ads.txt.

    If you are interested you can learn more about ads.txt and AdSense and the purpose behind it, which is combat fraud in online advertising.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image94
      Jean Bakulaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      So as long as that number is in the A/C part of Adsense on my A/C page, it's OK? I don't use Adsense anyway, I use the HP payment plan. I'm confused.

    2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image84
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The problem is that my sites have been up for quite some time and while the pubID is showing there, Google is still saying that 6 of them must be updated.

      1. Sabre1000 profile image66
        Sabre1000posted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Almost two days now and the warning is still there.


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