This blog post walks you through the steps to create your first Google Adsense Ad Unit for placing on your website.
1. Sign into your Adsense Account
Use the link on the top right to sign in with the associated gmail account. If you don’t already have an adsense account then start here.
2. Ad Units
Go to Ads -> Ad Units
3. Create a new Ad Unit
Select New Ad Unit
4. Ad type
Select Text & display ads here until you are more familiar with ad types
5. Ad Name
Give your ad a unique name. If you will be using ads on multiple websites then include the website name along with where the ad is going to display and any other identifying features so that it is easy to pick out this ad when it’s one of many in a long list.
Under Ad Size leave it at ‘Recommended’ until you are more familiar with all the options.
6. Ad Options
Leave the ‘ad style’, ‘custom channel’ and ‘If no ads available’ at their default settings for this first ad.
7. Get the code for your new ad
Use the ‘Save and get Code’ button to get the code fragment for the ad.
Copy and paste the code in the pop up window and close it.
8. New Ad Unit Created
You will now see your ad unit listed. Note that the status is ‘New’ meaning that has just been created. This status will not change until the ad unit has been live on your website for several days.
9. Add the code to your website
Now copy the ad code to the location you want it to display on your website. Two options for doing this are:
Once you’ve done this, assuming there are no problems, the ad should start displaying on the page(s) in the next few hours.
10. Ad Status goes to Active
All ads have the status new for the first seven days. Once the ad is being served successfully for that long the ad status will change to ‘Active’