WordPress blog and website owners frequently use the AdSense ad program from Google to monetize their visitor traffic. However, it is very complicated to dive into the actual WordPress code to program the AdSense ad code into your WordPress property. Instead, you can use a plugin like Quick AdSense.
I personally use Quick AdSense on WritingShares.com and have been pleased with it. However, the programmer is not only a programmer, but his English is not super, either. Thus, it can be difficult setting up Quick AdSense. I recommend it, but just follow my instructions to set up AdSense on pages and posts.
By using these settings, you will have 3 ads on each page. Note that I do not include an AdSense ad in my sidebar or header or footer. The sidebar is almost pointless as an AdSense area. While the header and footer may get some clicks, putting your ads near the actual content of the page generally produces better results. As such, I recommend using these settings for increased AdSense revenue potential.
You first need to have the AdSense ad code. On my site, I use a 336 x 280 square for all three ad blocks. Get this from your own AdSense account.
Next, you need to install the Quick AdSense plugin. A link to the plugin’s home page on the WordPress website is included at the bottom of this article.
Once installed and activated (WordPress will ask you if you want to activate it after installation), you will see a “Setting” link. Click on that and follow the settings instructions below to set up AdSense ads with Quick AdSense.
Near the top of the settings page, choose to place up to 3 ads on a page. You could make this only one or two, but do not make it more than 3 if you are using AdSense ads only. You could include more than 3 if you are placing other advertising with this Quick AdSense plugin, but do not make more than 3 ad blocks for AdSense because that generally violates Google’s ad-placement policies.
Put a checkmark for “Beginning of the Post,” “Middle of the Post” and “End of Post.” Select Ads 1 in the drop-down box for the beginning of the post, Ads 2 for the middle, and Ads 3 for the end.
For Appearance, I personally put a checkmark for posts, pages and the home page. I leave the categories, archives and tags blank. The reason for this is that these pages may have a very small amount of information. Although probably not against the rules, it is arguably against AdSense TOS to put the ads on pages with almost no content. Thus, if you or one of your guest bloggers makes a new tag or category, there could be nothing but a teaser of one blog entry along with 3 AdSense ads. Yes, there may still be information in your sidebar or other parts of the page, but it’s best to not run the risk of violating Google AdSense terms.
I leave the Quicktags section blank because I invite freelance writers to come and write for Writing Shares for revenue sharing. Thus, it would be a bad idea to have AdSense settings in the article-editing areas of my site. If you are the only publishing articles on your site, then you may choose to enable Quicktag buttons for various purposes.
Caution: This next part is actually the opposite of the way the Quick AdSense developer tells you to do it. Although the plugin says that the ad codes must not be identical, I personally found that I had to make them identical to get all 3 to display.
What I am referring to here is Quick AdSense’s “AdSense Codes” settings section. When I made a separate AdSense ad code for Ads 1, 2 and 3, I found that the first ad block displayed. However, the second 2 ad blocks did not display and only showed a blank pink area.
But when I used the exact same ad code from my AdSense account in the first 3 ad blocks, it displayed all three (Ads 1 at the beginning of the post, Ads 2 in the middle, and Ads3 at the end of the posts).
For each ad, I leave the alignment as “Center” and the margin as 50 px. It is important to have a lot of pixels around your ads so as not to violate AdSense’s rules on accidental clicks.
This is all you have to do to get your Quick AdSense plugin to display ads on your WordPress blog. It really is that simple. Just remember that the instructions for the “AdSense Codes” section of the settings did not work for me. I actually did the opposite of the instructions to get all 3 ad blocks to show on my WritingShares.com blog.