So you know what Google AdSense is, you’ve signed up for an account, and now you’re ready to put AdSense ads onto your blog. You log into your account, already to go, and you’re stuck. Where do you go? What do you do? There are so many choices!
First things first, log into your Google AdSense account. Then click on the “My ads” tab at the top. After the new page has loaded you’re going to click on the “+ New ad unit” button in the center. Once you do that you are going to be taken to a screen that lets you design your ad. The process can be simple, or you can make it a bit more complicated by customizing your ad. For this post we’re just going to focus on the simple approach.
- The first thing you need to do is name your ad. Only you will see the name, so just choose a name that is simple for you. I personally feel that a name that helps you easily realize what ad it is works best. I either use a name that tells where the ad is located, or a name that tells the size of the ad.
- Next you need to choose the size of the ad. There are a lot of options to choose from here. There is no wrong choice, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First you want to choose a size that will fit in the space you want. Second you’ll likely want to stick to a Google recommended size for at least most of your ads. Most advertisers don’t make an ad for all of the sizes that Google has available. The sizes the Google recommends are the most popular ones, so they have the most possible ads to display.
- You can choose whether you want text ads, image ads, or both. Text ads are going to give the highest payout per click. Image ads may not pay you per click, but some of them will pay you per impressions. Google recommends choosing both and letting them choose which is best. This is what I am currently doing, but you should test what works best for your blog.
- For the most part you don’t need to worry about Backup ads. If you are a member of another ad network you can choose to have them shown if Google doesn’t have an ad that they feel fits. It is fine to leave this area blank.
- Next you’re going to see two boxes for creating custom channels. Using these puts you into a much more complicated area. I suggest just leaving them alone for now.
Now we’ve reached the ad style area. Google has five default ad styles that you can choose from. Again I recommend testing different ones to see which style brings you the best result. Here you can also choose whether or not to have a box around your ad. If you look to the right you will be able to see what a text ad on your blog will look like based on your choices. When you have your ad the way you want it click “Save and get code.” This will give you the code that you need to paste for the ad to appear on your blog.