The most common question I receive in comments or via email from readers that I was not able to answer is: how can I use my YouTube AdSense account for my website. Apparently, there are differences, and so I dived into it.

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Using AdSense with YouTube

I am often dealing with AdSense optimization for websites, so I first had to learn how AdSense is connected to YouTube.

You will need an account with AdSense first.

There are also requirements to your YouTube channel. They are currently 4,000 hours of watch time in the last 12 months AND a minimum of 1,000 subscribers. These conditions might change. You can find the up-to-date version of them here.

You can find all the other necessary steps and conditions in the Monetization tab in your YouTube account. Since the purpose of this article is to answer the question of how to use a YouTube-connected AdSense with a new website, I am not going deeper into the details of the account creation.

There is one important thing you’d need to understand about AdSense on YouTube: That kind of AdSense is a so-called Hosted AdSense-Account. Such an account type is for being used on the connected page (e.g., youtube.com) only. There are other types of hosted AdSense accounts, like blogger.com, but running ads on your own domain is not covered by it.

Add your domain to the AdSense account used for websites

When you have AdSense working as a hosted account for ads on YouTube, you would still need to get a non-hosted account for your website.

Well, you don’t actually need to get a new account. Just add your own domain to the AdSense account.

Just follow these steps:

  • Log in to your AdSense account
  • Click on My ads in the navigation
  • Click on Other products
  • Click on Upgrade now and fill in the form
  • Implement an ad code like the one for Auto ads into your site. You can do this on a WordPress site following this guide.

Your site will be looked at by AdSense, which can take a few days. Make sure you follow their content guidelines and program policies. Especially noteworthy is that you have a couple of posts and a bit of content already.

Don’t worry about any consequences for your YouTube earnings if your account is not approved. There is no penalty for this. Just keep on extending the content of your blog and keep an eye on the program policies.

And what I have wished to know before is that there is actually a manual for this in the AdSense Help. Good to know if anything here changes.

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