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Adding Adsense to Blogs

You may have noticed that I’ve recently added some Adsense advertisements to my blogs. Friends who are into websites and blogging have long advised me to either have affiliate programs or Google Adsense ads. Reason being is my hosting renewal is coming round the corner and because I’ve chosen quality hosting from Media Temple- they’re really good as they respond to any inquiries within a few hours- even when I send them on weekends. But because the charges is in USD, after conversion it’s steep. My financial situation has changed from last year, so I can no longer afford to pay for hosting out of my own pockets- therefore I’ve decided to put in some ads. I sincerely hope you, my dear readers, will be okay with that.

But since I’ve had the experience in adding Adsense, I’ve decided to write an article on it to benefit other users who are wondering- which is better to use? Adsense plugin or manually inserting the codes into the templates. But for the benefit of newbies, let me just briefly mention some basics first:

Adsense Account

In case you are not aware, if you set up your own Adsense account, you have to wait for Google to mail you a PIN number. Else, even though you paste the Adsense codes, only public service ads will be displayed- these ads will not earn you any revenue- and they look strange appearing on your website.

Initially, I did not receive the PIN number- I’ve set up the Adsense account few years ago when I operated my blogs under the blogger platform- because of the public service ads, I’ve taken off the ads.

But I received the pin number after requesting it for a second time – yes, they do deliver to a Malaysia address (I have to wait about few weeks to get it). It comes in a small size mailer- and is sent like the normal ATM pin mailers that you get. And Adsense still retained what I have previously earned.

How to Get Paid?

Adsense have a few modes of payment. One is via Western Union Quick Cash. Therefore in Malaysia, participating Western Union banks such as CIMB will be able to effect payment to you. When you register for Adsense, make sure you use your real name as per your NRIC. You can perform a search about Adsense payment published by Malaysian based blogs on how to collect Adsense payment.  it’s immediate but your Adsense earning must reach a minimum of USD100 before you can show up at the bank to collect your winnings.

One article I recommend is from liewcf.com- one of the first Malaysian to become a full time blogger. He has writen a very useful article: Adsense Payment via Western Union Received! – he’s more like a hero in the Malaysian blogosphere- encouraging many to try blogging- at least for part time.

A number of popular bloggers have taken down Adsense from their blogs and use other Affliate programs or other advertising methods. Some say Adsense does not bring in much revenue and some still rely on Adsense. Well, the best is to try it out yourself. If you are just starting out, Adsense is relatively simple to set up and the payment methods are quite straightforward. But you will need to have traffic before you can attract any quality clicks. Adsense also works for those who have many different blogs/website- some people are into blogging full time so they have time to come up with lots of blogs.

And please, my friend, don’t click on your own ads or ask your friends/relatives to go to your site and keep clicking on the ads. It can cause your Adsense account to be suspended.

On Friday, I will be publishing an article on whether to use Adsense Plugin for your WordPress blog or manually insert the code is better.

By the way, if you are using a Blogger (blogspot.com) template, you do not require an Adsense Plugin because since Google also owns Blogger, you can easily integrate your ads into a blogger template like what I did with my old blogger site here. Basically just go to Dashboard> Monetize tab and put in your Adsense Publisher id and select your ads display. Since you create your Adsense and blogger using a gmail account, try to use the SAME gmail account for all to simplify matters. But even if you use a different gmail account for Adsense and another one for Blogger, the Blogger templates will still accept it.

Next article: Add Adsense Code Manually or Use Plugin is Better?

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