Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sending Google Bot Behind a Login Directory to Run Adsense on Forums

For a long time, it Google did not allow him to Adsense to run on sites that ran behind a login directory.  This usually impacted forums the most.  In a forum for example, forum administrators often require users to login before they are allowed to see the good content. 

As an example you might run a fitness equipment forum, you do not want your competitors to be able to come in and spam the forum with their own offers and even worse, you do not want some one spamming the forum with pornographic spam.

They put this good content behind a password because they want to charge a subscription for it sometimes, and other times they put it behind a password to make it more difficult for spammers to drop nasty comments and pictures within a forum.

Well now Google AdSense can be used behind these passwords, which will enable these types of communities to earn more money from their forums which can then enable them to make more money from AdSense and reduce their subscription fees.

This is good for websites looking to make more money and this is good for users that can now get a break from subscription fees.  It's also good for all of those forums out there that have chosen not to put a password protection up in front of the forum and are today combat team spam messages left and right.

How do you enable the new site authentication for AdSense?


  1. Login to your Adsense Account
  2. click on the AdSense setup tab
    1. site-authentication-adsense
  3. Then click on the site authentication sub tab
    1. site-authentication-adsense2
  4. you should now see some instructions that look something like this
    1. 1. Enter an authentication rule

      Specify an authentication URL and a set of parameters that will allow Google's web crawlers to access your content.

      2. Verify your site ownership using Google Webmaster Tools

      We will direct you to Google Webmaster Tools, where you can verify that you own the site by uploading a file to it or changing the META tag of a file.

      3. View your improved ad targeting

      When your authentication rule is verified, you should see better ad targeting on your pages. You can check the status of your authentication rules at any time.

  5. enter in the directory of the URL where your people will go to access the form or restricted area of your website
    1. site-authentication-adsense4
  6. Now entering the authentication URL
  7. then you will need to enter and the attribute along with the value
    1. site-authentication-adsense5
    2. if you're wondering what this says, your website probably gives a name to an attribute such as "username" it's possible that it could be something other than username like "login_username" or possibly "Username"
  8. you will also have to prove that the website is under your control. Google utilizes their site map functionality to determine if you control the websites or not.
  9. Once you have that set up, Then you are ready to test your authentication and have Google Bot index your site and start running AdSense ads.

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