Google Search for your Snap! Website

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About AdSense

You can get an easy to install Google AdSense functionality on your website with Snap! Websites Upgrade: Google AdSense.

As you've seen, quite many websites show you advertisement and those will have a Google AdSense mark in a corner (usually bottom right.) If you do not yet have an AdSense account, it is easy to sign up. The only requirements is for you to have your own website since the point of using AdSense is for you to display the AdSense ads to your website visitors.)1

[block:adsense_managed=0]Live AdSense Ad

The one feature used the most with AdSense is ads. You can show text or image based ads and can offer many sizes to the advertisers. The ads can be a square area, an horizontal bar or vertical space. In most cases, the horizontal bar is used for a banner ad at the top of your pages. The vertical space is most often shown on the side, preferably the right size since that's where people look the most. The square can be used pretty much anywhere, it is often used at the top-left or top-right of the content, with the content wrapping around the ad.

Now, to tell you the truth, I do not recommend that you start displaying ads on your website. At least, not until you get thousands of visitors every day. That really takes time to build up. That's about 30,000 visits a month... However, there is another feature that is actually useful to your users: AdSense Search.

AdSense Search

Once you get Snap! Blogger Lite or a better website with us, we add the AdSense option to your Snap! account. You will have to turn it on to have access to the easy to use AdSense feature (most of our users do not use it so it made sense to make it an option.)

About 5 minutes after you turned on the option, you will see a new menu entry Administer » Site configuration » AdSense, if you use our toolbar, it is under Admin, click the AdSense icon. That screen shows you the AdSense settings. You shouldn't have to change anything there. Click on the Publisher ID tab instead. It will look as follow. Enter your own publisher identifier. It is shown in the code of your ads when you create them. Also, when you are logged in, it appears at the top-right of the Google AdSense window.

AdSense publisher setup on your Snap! Website

Note: The publisher identifier is a public identifier. So you don't need to try to protect it.

Once your published identifier is saved in the AdSense configuration settings, you want to go to the Blocks administration screen. This is available under Administer » Site building » Blocks, or with your toolbar click on Admin and then Blocks. Scroll down to the Disabled list. Here you see 2 search blocks and 3 ad blocks. Click on configure to edit the block information and enter the search identifier (ID) as given to you by Google AdSense, click Save. Then move the block to the area where you want it to appear and click Save to keep it there. Now you'll see something like this:

[block:adsense_cse=0]

This is pretty cool as you can constrain the search to only show results from your website instead of the whole world wide web. That's how I think you make the AdSense Search feature useful to your users.

Note that if you leave the search open (i.e. let Google show anything on the web in your search results,) then Google is likely to show ads on the side. Although they may do so with your own content, it is much less likely. So if you let the search return results from the whole world wide web and the searcher clicks on it, you make a small residual income.

  • 1. If you did not yet verify your website with Google, you may also be asked to verify it. I passed on that part in this post, but will come back to it in the Snap! Documentation.