This is the second blog post and video in the Google AdSense series.

In the first post and video,”How To Quickly Create A Google Adsense Account,” I showed you just that, how to create your Google AdSense account.

In this post, I will show you how to setup your Google AdSense account, so you can get paid!


If you’d prefer step-by-step directions, scroll a little past this video to read the instructions below.

If you have already created your Google AdSense account, go to your Google AdSense home page. If you have not created your Google AdSense account, go here to create it now. Need step-by-step instructions on creating your account? Follow along here.

Now, let’s get started on setting up your Google AdSense account!

1. Click on the ‘Payments’ tab on the left side panel of the screen.

2. Under the ‘How you get paid’ section on the right, click on ‘Manage Payment Methods.’

3. Click on ‘Add Payment Method.’

4. On the ‘Add Bank Account’ screen, type in the name on your bank account, select account type from the drop-down menu, type in your routing number and account number.

Also, click on the ‘Electronic Communications Policy’ and read it to make sure you agree with it. Then, click ‘Save.’

5. Go back to the ‘Payments’ tab on the left side panel. Then click on ‘Manage Settings’ under the ‘Settings’ section on the right.

On the ‘Payments account’ screen, you will see your account ID, account nickname, payment schedule, profile ID, Country/Region, account type, United States tax info, tax exemption info, social security number, name and address, language preference, then a section that says, ‘Payments contacts.’ Go ahead and click on the edit pencil next to any section that needs to be updated. The video will describe this in detail.

6. Next, click on the ‘Settings’ tab on the left side panel. This will take you to your ‘Personal settings.’ On the right side panel, make sure that all of your personal information is correct.

Also, check the box next to any of the emails you would like to receive from Google AdSense, and click ‘Save.’

7. On the left side panel, click on the ‘Account information’ tab. This will show you your publisher ID, customer ID, and you can change your time zone here. It will also show you which ad products are currently active, and whether your account status is open or not. Watch the video for a detailed explanation of this section.

8. Click on the ‘Policy center’ tab on the left. This will show you if you have any policy violations, which you should not (and I hope you never will) since you are just getting started.

9. Now, click on ‘My Sites’ on the left. In the right panel, click on the blue plus sign to add the URL of the website or blog where you want Google AdSense to serve the ads. Once added, a green check mark will indicate your website has been verified. This may not happen right away.

10. Click on ‘Access and authorization’ tab on the left. This will take you to ‘User management’ which shows you the administrator of the account. You may also invite others to manage your AdSense account.

11. Next, click on ‘Crawler access’ on the left. This will allow those who have membership sites or sites that require authentication to add login information for Google to access their site and display the ads. If you do not have a membership website or site that requires authentication, you can skip this section.

12. Click on ‘Third party access’ on the left. On the right, sites will show-up that you have granted access to your Google AdSense account — meaning Google AdSense will run ads on these third party sites as well as on your website or blog. Listen to the video if you would like further information on this.

13. Then, click on ‘Google Analytics integration.’ Then, on the right side, click the word ‘Link’ to the right of the website in which you want to display the ads. This will take you to your Google Analytics account.

14. Once you are in your Google Analytics account, in the first column on the left, select the admin account you want the ads displayed on.

In the second column, click on the drop-down arrow to select your website property or click on the ‘Create Property’ button.

Once the website property is selected, a list will be populated. In that list, you will see AdSense Linking. Click on that. (See video if you need detailed instructions.)

15. The next thing you will see is a prompt to ‘Select an AdSense Property,’ your publisher ID, and a radio button with ‘AdSense for Content’ to the right of it. Click on the radio button then click ‘Continue.’

16. Under ‘Link configuration,’ click on the drop down box that says, “0 views selected.” Select ‘All Web Site Data’ and click ‘Enable Link.’

You should then see the word “Success” at the top of the page, check marks next to ‘Select an AdSense Property’ and ‘Link configuration’ and a section that says, “What’s next?” The What’s next section will explain to you that it may take up to 24 hours for your AdSense link to begin displaying data. Go ahead and click ‘Done.’

This will bring you to the ‘AdSense Linking’ page that will show you your publisher ID again, your AdSense for web property and linked views.

17. Once you have completed linking Google Analytics to your Google AdSense account, go back to your Google AdSense account. You will see a Google Analytics integration box. Click the ‘Done’ button on that box.

18. Now you will see ‘Unlink’ next to the website you just linked, which confirms Google Analytics is now linked to your Google AdSense account. If you ever want to unlink the two you would click there.

19. Under Google Analytics on the left panel, click on AdMob account. AdMob is actually a mobile app platform for developers, so there is nothing you need to do here (unless of course, you are a developer).

20. Click on ‘Status’ in the left panel. This will take you to ‘Crawl errors’ which will show you any pages on your site that Google AdSense is unable to access. You can read the details at the top of that page.

21. Finally, click on ‘Messages’ on the left. This will show you any messages that Google Adsense has sent you. (Note: Be sure to also check the notification bell at the top right corner of your AdSense account for updates.

That’s it for now. There will be a third video in this series that will show you how to add the code to your WordPress website or blog, so you can start getting paid when people click on the ads on your site.

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Peace out for now!

Author: Romona Foster

Romona Foster is the Social Media Trainer and Consultant at Social Media How To’s with Romona. Romona teaches small businesses and nonprofits how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram — and the best practices of Email Marketing, Online Marketing, and Personal Branding. She is a featured contributor with Business2Community and is a Constant Contact Community blogger.