How to Add Adsense Code to WordPress Sidebar

Feb 21, 2020 | WordPress Tutorials

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Placing ads in your sidebar is easy! Here’s how to get started:

How to Add Google Adsense Ad Code

Step 1: Go to your Google Adsense account and click on Ads on the left column.

Step 2: Go to Create a New Ad Unit and select Display Ads.

Step 3: Create a name for your ad unit.

Step 4: For a sidebar ad, you will pick Square or Vertical. Choose Responsive for the Ad Size.

Step 5: After saving your ad unit, copy the HTML code provided by Google Adsense.

Step 6: From your WordPress Dashboard, to to Appearance and then Widgets. Drag an HTML widget from the left side of the screen over to the Primary Sidebar. Paste your adsense code into the widget and click Save.

Adsense Code in Sidebar

Why Am I Unable to See My Google Adsense Ad?

You will likely see a blank space where your ad code appears on the sidebar. You should clear your browser cache and delete your cookies. If you have ad blocking software installed on your browser, disable it when viewing your site.

Sometimes it can take several hours to a few days for Google to check your site and begin displaying ads. If you have just registered your site with Google Adsense, it takes a few days for Google to complete the review of your site.

What Other Types of Ads Can I Use?

Learn more about earning money with your blog by reading this guide about affiliate marketing.

Popular Affiliate Networks

Commission Junction by Conversant


Rakuten (formerly LinkShare)


Impact Radius



(Awin requires that you pay $5 when you signup and they’ll pay it back after you make your first affiliate sale. This is to help minimize fraudulent accounts.)

You can also promote affiliate programs for WordPress users.

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