Wouldn’t it be better if your Blog makes you that extra money? Once you have a gaming blog up and running, and you have steady visitors coming to your site, then it is always a good idea to monetize your blog. Always to keep in mind that steady visitors are only possible when you have unique and rich content for your blog. In this article, we will take a look at how to monetize blog with Google AdSense.
Your website host offers an easy way to monetize the blog and they pretend their monetize policy is the best in the game, but in reality it sucks. For Example, this site is hosted on WordPress; many different advertisers compete to show their ads on your WordPress Blog but they can’t compete with the Google AdSense. Google AdSense is the best in the business; Google AdSense has a bigger market for the ads then anyone. More than 2 million people have chosen Google AdSense to show ads on their sites. Below we will take a look on how you can monetize your Gaming Blog.
Recently, Google AdSense has started showing to the visitors on how much you can potentially earn from monetize blog with Google AdSense. Below is the image for an estimate for 50000 visitors from North America, with potential to earn $2,694 USD per month. Front page only gives estimates, and this estimate depends on many factors such as advertiser demand, user location, user device, content, seasonality and ad Size.
For this blog post, we assume that you know how to create a necessary Gmail account to get started with Google AdSense.
Getting Started with Google AdSense
Having a Gmail account doesn’t guarantee an automatic Google AdSense account, you would have to sign up for Google AdSense. Sign up is fairly easy. First you enter your site URL and email you would want to be associated with. We highly recommend clicking Yes to get helpful AdSense info.
In Step 2 Google AdSense asks you to confirm your Country and Accept Terms and Condition, which you must in order to partner with Google AdSense.
In Step 3, Google will ask you to submit your payment details right away, so you get paid as soon as possible once you reach the minimum threshold of $100.
Next Step 4 is about verifying it is really you who is signing up for Google AdSense, therefore you need to enter your phone Number for verification purposes.
In the last step, Google AdSense will provide you with the code that you will need to enter in your site. This step will depend on your Host. This is the last and final step, after this step you will be able to pick what size of Ads to show on your blog.
Google AdSense Ads
Before you monetize the blog with Google AdSense. You need to understand the types of ads and what they do. There are a couple ways you can show your ads on your blog. You can have AdSense show ads automatically or you can pick and choose what size of the ads to show on the blog. Both of them have their pros and cons. We will break down both types for you to help you decide what type works better for your blog.
Auto Ads makes your life easy by placing code on your site. They offer a simple yet innovative way to monetize your content. Auto Ads scan your site to find the best place and determine what ads work best for your site and they also has potential to generate more revenue then manual ads. It also detects any existing Google Ads on the page and shows the new Auto Ads accordingly. If there is a change in the layout of the site, Auto Ads will detect it and reanalyze the page. It saves the hassle of implementing ads on every page of the site.
Manual Ads (By Ad Unit)
For Manual Ads, there are 3 ad units which can be implemented for your blog. All 3 ad units are unique in their own ways. For all 3 Ad Units, some customization is available.
Display Ads are most efficient and recommended by AdSense. They work perfectly on the side widget of the page, where the widget stays constant for every blog post which cuts down the need for reimplementing for every blog post. AdSense gives the option to have responsive or Fixed. Responsive Ads will adapt to the page layout, whereas Fixed Ads are supported in certain sizes. Number of Ads available is also limited for Fixed Ads. Fixed Ads work perfect in situation laptop sizes, they don’t work great on Mobile. Responsive Ads adapt to the layout.
Responsive Ads come in Square, Horizontal and Vertical. We recommend to leave Display Ad in Square and Ad Size to Responsive. Once you’re happy with your selection, AdSense will provide you with the code to paste on your website.
In-Feed Ad is the great feature to show on the homepage of the blog post. They match the look of the site and fit in between posts and listings. It is also relevant to say that they blend nicely with the list of the blog posts. Sometimes they almost look real to the blog post, which may force the viewer to click on the post.
In-Feed Ads also has an option to Automatic (Letting Google Suggest Style) or create it manually. To go with Automatic Ads, you need to submit the URL of the list of the feed and google will scan the page and suggest what works best and change the ads every time there is a change in the layout.
Manually creating ads gives you full control over and it stays like that until it is changed. First you will need to select which Manual In-Feed template you would like to go with. Once you select the layout, AdSense will give you an option to change the font, Background Color and Borders. You will need to play with the option and choose what works the best for your site if you decide to go with Manual In-Feed Ads.
In-Article Ads blend in perfectly within the Article. It also matches your blog and works well with articles and content pages. Just like Display Ads and In-Feed Ads, In-Article ads are responsive and adjust ad size according to device size. You can add as many In-Article Ads to your article, but it is a good idea to allow sufficient content between ads to minimize disruption to your readers.
Once you click on In-Article Ads, a bunch of options are available for you to customize it. You can slide the blue bar to check on how In-Article Ads would show on different sizes. You can also change Font; color of title, description and background color.
Google AdSense has a very easy approval process, and you can start showing Ads on your blog within 24 hours. Choosing Auto Placement or doing it manually is completely your choice, but whichever you decide to go with make sure to be consistent with Google AdSense Ad placements.