Google has recently released a beta version of a Publisher plugin for WordPress.
But what is the ‘Publisher Plugin’? The publisher plugin gives you access to the monetization tool Google AdSense and Webmaster Tools for your blog, as long as you have your own domain name and have WordPress installed.
Google has released this in it’s beta stage, but has said they are “fine-tuning the plugin to make sure it works well on the many WordPress sites out there”. So long story short, it should be okay for the majority of users, but you should expect a few bugs.
What can I do with the Google Publisher plugin?
- Google AdSense: Earn money by placing ads on your website. The plugin links your WordPress site to your AdSense account and makes it easier to place ads on your site — without needing to manually modify any HTML code.
- Google Webmaster Tools: Webmaster Tools provides you with detailed reports about your pages’ visibility on Google. The plugin allows you to verify your site on Webmaster Tools with just one click.
It’s important to note that there are certain requirements for the plugin:
- PHP version: minimum 5.2.0
- WordPress: minimum 3.0
- Ensure that you can install third-party WordPress plugins
Once installed, the plugins shows parts of your website where you can add AdSense blocks, which couldn’t be easier with it’s handy arrows. After selecting an ad placement, you can change the advertisement settings and preview what an example advert will look like alongside your blog’s content.
The Webmaster Tools support allows you to verify your WordPress site “with just one click”.
Unfortunately, the plugin cannot be installed on WordPress.com hosting websites at this time.
So far, the plugin has been downloaded almost 5,000 times in the past few days and received 3.8 out of 5 star rating. You can download it here.
There are various issues that people are having with the plugin at the moment, and we are keeping tracks on them so we can update you.