Note: this post is assuming you have access to ads to put on your site. You can either put ads that you sell directly, or ads that are part of an ad network. For more on ad networks and how to make money on your blog, join my email newsletter using the sign up box below and gain free access to my eBook How to Make Money from Your Blog. That’ll get you started.
Now let’s talk about placing ads on you website. I’ll break this post into 2 parts – WordPress and Blogger.
How to put ads on your BLOGGER blog
It’s actually very simple. I’ll start with AdSense, since it is the absolute easiest.
Head to your layout screen by clicking “layout” on the left side of your dashboard. The screen will look like this:
Wherever you want to put an AdSense ad, click the “add gadget” text to get to the gadget list. Find the AdSense gadget:
After clicking the AdSense option, you’ll be brought to a screen where you can quickly customize the look of your ad.
Note: if you don’t have an AdSense account set up, you will have to do that first.
Make sure the text and image option is selected. More ads, and better quality ads will show if you choose that option. If you click the dropdown menu, you’ll be able to set the size of the ad. Make sure it’s something that will fit where you want it. The optimum size for the area you chose will be selected. Change it if you need to.
Then, you can change the color scheme of your ads. I recommend trying to blend it with your blog’s color scheme so it looks better. As you change things around, you’ll see the preview (shown at the bottom of the window) change, which is great for showing you how an ad will look on your site.
And that’s it! Click “Save”, then save your arrangement and your ads will appear within a few minutes to a few hours.
But Zack, what if I don’t want to place an AdSense ad, but instead an ad from somewhere else?
Assuming you have the HTML code for the ad, follow the steps below:
(If you need to create the code for placement, follow the steps here and just replace the social icons idea with the ad)
Head to the layout section and click add gadget where you want to place your ad (just like above).
This will bring up a box where you can enter some HTML code. There will also be a box at the top for “Name”, just leave that alone.
Simply paste your ad code in the HTML box, hit “save” and you’re good to go!
Always make sure to preview your changes before saving arrangement!
That’s all you need to know for the basics on placing an ad on your Blogger blog.
But Zack! I’m on WordPress!
Ok ok, it’s your turn now.
How to put ads on a WordPress blog
WordPress themes are all different, so I will try to cover them all by being slightly general.
Head to the widgets screen:
Take a look at the right side of this screen. Those are your widget areas.
Depending on your theme, you will have different widget areas than the ones shown above. Most likely, if you’re a beginner, you’ll just be putting ads in your sidebar. The sidebar (if there are multiple) you probably want to put the text widget in is the “Primary Sidebar”.
When you have found the widget area that you will be placing the ad in, click the little downward pointing arrow to expand the widget. Then from the left side of the screen, drag the button titled “text” and drop it in the widget area:
That will open up a box where you can add your code:
As with Blogger, avoid the title box unless you want your ad to be titled on your site.
Hit save and you’re good to go! Your ad should be live on your site!
If you want to place your ads in other areas, you’ll have to be familiar with HTML code, CSS code and possibly even PHP code.
Hopefully that helped show you how to put ads on your website!