Why We Recommend Google Adsense
We recommend starting with Google Adsense as your first source of revenue because it’s free, you set it up one time, and then just let it run. It’s true passive income.
You don’t need to understand A/B testing or ad managers. You don’t have to reach out to advertisers or research products to promote. And while there is a setup and approval process, in the end it’s just simple.
NOTE: Google Adsense requires you to have your own domain name. This is their requirement, not ours.
You may purchase a domain name here: https://domains.theblogpress.com/
How To Put Script Code On Your Blog
There are a few tricks to actually getting Google Adsense up and running on your blog.
Once your account is approved and you’ve created you first ad unit, it’s time to start placing ads on your blog.
NOTE: Google provides a comprehensive list of supported ad sizes and where they will fit on your blog.
The WordPress Visual Editor will mangle (or strip out) certain parts of any <script> code that you enter. This is for security reasons and to protect your blog, however, it can be very annoying when you’re trying to monetize your blog.
Here’s how to place your ad code (e.g. – from Google Adsense code snippet) in your blog.
There is a very useful plugin is called Raw HTML Snippets.
This snippet allows you to add things like facebook widgets, google ads, and email subscribe forms to your sidebar or in a post.
You will see the plugin under Add-Ons ->Raw HTML Snippets.
Inserting Your Ad Code
Create your Google Ad and copy the ad code.
Create a new snippet and paste your ad code there.
Save the snippet and click the link that says “<<back to main page”.
On the main snippet page, copy the shortcode including the brackets (ctl-c) into your buffer.
You can then paste this shortcode where ever you would normally paste the ad code – and now it won’t get mangled!
Sample 1: Paste the shortcode into a Text Widget in the sidebar
Sample 2: Paste the shortcode within the content of a page or post
If you’re a BlogPress customer and do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, we’ll be happy to do it for you. Just send us a pastie of your ad code.