This month, I finally hit the $100 threshold on Google AdSense! Keep reading to see the steps on how I made my first $100 with Google AdSense.
For about a year, I have gone back and forth about using Google AdSense to monetize my blog. At first, I hated the way that the ads looks with my layout. But then when I realized I could change the format to “image-only” ads instead of “text based” ads, and I was more okay with it.
Everything changed when I saw that some money was actually coming in from these Google Ads. Here’s how I did it.
Set up Google AdSense Plugin
If you have WordPress, the first thing I suggest is install the Google AdSense Plugin. When you install this plugin, you can click and place the ads where you want them on your blog.
Bonus – with one click you can enable mobile based ads on your blog!
Ad Placement on your Blog
I didn’t want to overwhelm my readers and put ads everywhere on my blog. I found out with some testing, that ads placed “above the fold” will do better than ones put further down the blog page.
This means, if you took a quick screenshot of your blog’s homepage, you would want to put your largest ads there. Not when you have to scroll down the page to read more.
Tip: place large rectangular ads on your sidebar and long horizontal ads across the top of your blog posts.
Add Google AdSense on your YouTube Channel
If you have a YouTube channel, I highly recommend adding monetization to your videos. On my YouTube channel, I just added monetization option.
Back in 2012, I uploaded the video of my surprise proposal at Disneyland for my friends and family. I had no idea that this would actually be a popular video topic on YouTube, but now the video has over 50,000 views! You betcha, I added the monetization feature to that video.
Set and Forget
After setting up ads on your blog, I suggest giving it a month before changing ads or their placement. On the Google AdSense homepage, you can see the traffic of the ads on your blog.
I found out that more than half of my ad traffic comes from mobile devices. It definitely “pays” to enable mobile ads on your blog!
Finally, this month I hit the $100 threshold and Google emailed me to say that they were depositing money in my checking account.
That felt awesome – that money is going to help me pay off my credit card debt. You can read more about my money goals in 2017 here.
If you want to learn more about monetization and growing your blog, find more posts in the Blogging 101 section.