Google Publisher Plugin : Official AdSense WordPress Plugin Guide

When ever a new blogger look out to make money from their blog using AdSense, one of the first few thing he needs is an AdSense account and easiest way to insert AdSense ads on their blog. So far, there are unlimited AdSense plugins for WordPress out there, and they all work differently. The hard part is deciding which plugin to use, and her is new official plugin from Google to make your life easier.

Google launched a new plugin and first in WordPress plugin repo with the name “Google publisher plugin” and at the time of writing this plugin is in beta. In this post, I will share how you can configure and use this plugin with your WordPress blog, and my viewpoint after testing this plugin.

How to Setup Google Publisher WordPress plugin for AdSense

First of all you need an AdSense account to use this plugin, and if you don’t have one, here is one guide which will help you with the sign-up process. If your earlier AdSense application was rejected, check out this handy guide to fix that issue. Now, I assume you already have your AdSense account up and running, and now it’s time to wear your WordPress maintenance cap and start with the installation and setup of Google publisher plugin.

Login to WordPress dashboard and install Google publisher plugin. If you prefer to download and install, here is the official repo link to download this plugin. Once installed and activated, go to Settings > Google publisher plugin and link it to your AdSense account.

One of  the key feature of this plugin setup is, you need to have verified site under Google webmaster tool. If you haven’t verified your site, it will ask you to verify your site in Google webmaster tool. You can use any one of these 3 ways to verify your WordPress blog in Google Webmaster tool. Here is an excerpt from official setup guide page:

Setup WordPress Adsense plugin

 If you see any error, I suggest you to flush your WordPress blog cache. Here is a screenshot of my WordPress blog, which is already verified and have an activated AdSense account:

Click on Manage ads and this plugin will first analyse your site to suggest ad tags. In my case it detected already running AdSense ads and suggested to remove it.


For this tutorial sake, I removed existing AdSense ads, and let this plugin again analyse my blog. What amazed me about this  AdSense plugin is, you don’t need to edit any HTML or play with the codes to insert AdSense ads, just click on any of the Pin point and it will automatically add the ads.

Right now this plugin doesn’t allow you to add text-link ads, but I’m sure they will be adding it in near future. Once you have selected the ad placement, click on save and activate.

This is not over yet, as you need to repeat the step for different templates on your blog. Three common templates are home, Page, post and you need to place ad on all of these. So, select the different template from drop-down and again repeat the process to insert ads. Here is  a screenshot of my blog homepage where I added different ads.

Different Ads on differne template

Note: If you want to control the ad type (Display or text or both), simply click on gear box to configure that.

While testing and trying official Google AdSense Publisher plugin, here are few of my thoughts:

  • This plugin is out of the box as you don’t need to edit your blog HTML or code.
  • This plugin is currently in beta and in coming days we can see a lot of new features. Specially I’m excited about serving responsive AdSense ad units via this plugin.
  • This AdSense WordPress plugin is also placing ads using custom AdSense size.
  • At this time you can’t add links ad unit or AdSense for search using this plugin.
  • Instead of naming it as AdSense WordPress plugin, Google named it as Google Publisher plugin which indicates that this plugin will bring more feature from other Google products like Google Webmaster tool.

Over all, this is one of those out of the box AdSense WordPress plugin which will make work easier for any non-technical blogger or even tech-savvy blogger to quickly insert AdSense on their blog. More over, this plugin might offer deep-integration with AdSense optimisation suggestion, and will help AdSense publishers to optimise their ad placement for better performance.

This plugin is currently in beta stage, but I’m sure you will find it worthy enough to use it on your site. If you are using Link AdSense ads, you should stick to your current AdSense plugin, as this plugin doesn’t support Link ads at this moment. If you have trouble setting up official AdSense plugin, do let me know your issue, and I will try my best to find a solution.

Which WordPress AdSense plugin are you using at this moment? Are you going to switch to official AdSense plugin? If you find this guide useful, do share it with your friends on Facebook and Google plus.

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