Do you want to create and manage an ads.txt file in WordPress?
If your website gets caught up in fraudulent advertisements, then it can damage your reputation and cost you money. By adding a simple ads.txt file to your website, you can protect your site, partners, and publishers from advertising fraud and possibly increase your ad revenue.
In this article, we will show you how to easily create and manage an ads.txt file in WordPress.
Why Create and Manage Ads.txt Files in WordPress?
Ads.txt is short for ‘Authorized Digital Seller.’ It’s a file that shows which companies are approved to sell ads on your WordPress website and helps stop fake ads from appearing.
The reason is that some unauthorized parties may pretend to have your permission to sell ads on your WordPress blog. This could lead to showing bad or misleading ads, which can be dangerous for your reputation and your users’ safety.
The ads.txt file is like a guard. It stops anyone not on your approved list from selling ads on your WordPress blog. This way, you’ll be securing your website and making sure only the ads of trusted partners actually appear.
With that in mind, let’s see how you can create and manage an ads.txt file in WordPress. We will walk you through two different methods. You can use these quick links to skip to a specific one:
Method 1: Create an Ads.txt File in WordPress Using WPCode (Recommended)
Creating and managing an ads.txt file requires a little bit of coding. If you are not comfortable with adding custom code on your own, then this process may seem overwhelming.
That’s why we recommend using WPCode, which is the best code snippet plugin on the market. With this, you won’t have to directly tinker with your WordPress code and worry about breaking your website.
This plugin acts as a user-friendly interface where you can easily and safely insert custom code into your WordPress website. You can view all of the codes you’ve added in one place so that you can keep track of your customizations.
First things first, go ahead and install WPCode. You can follow our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin if you need some guidance.
Next, make sure to activate the WPCode Pro license key. Simply go to Code Snippets » Settings and insert your license key where appropriate. Then, select the ‘Activate Key’ button.
You can tell the activation is successful when the button text changes to ‘Deactivate Key.’
Now, let’s go to Code Snippets » File Editor. Here, you will see that the plugin already has a built-in ads.txt manager feature.
What you have to do now is write the following information in this format: domain, published ID, relationship type, and advertising platform ID (optional).
For example, here we are adding Google AdSense as an approved advertising platform:
google.com, pub-0000000000000000, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
The first field is the domain of the company that is allowed to sell or resell your ad inventory. In the above example, that’s google.com.
After that, you’ll add the publisher ID, which is unique to your account. Here, it is pub-0000000000000000. If you are not sure where to find this ID, then you can check the network or platform’s online documentation for more information.
Make sure to get the ID right. Otherwise, you may face the ‘Earnings at risk’ error.
The third section declares the relationship type, which is either DIRECT or RESELLER. Direct means the publisher works directly with the AdTech vendor.
Meanwhile, reseller means the publisher has authorized a third party to resell on their behalf, such as an ad network or ad management solution.
The last field is the ID of the advertising platform, which is optional.
You can now add as many platforms and resellers as you want. Just make sure to add each organization on its own line.
Once you are done, simply scroll down and click ‘Save Changes.’
Now, anyone can read your site’s ads.txt file.
To see the file in action, simply add ads.txt to the end of your domain name, such as www.example.com/ads.txt.
Method 2: Create an Ads.txt File in WordPress Using Ads.txt Manager (Free)
Another way to create an ads.text file is by using Ads.txt Manager. This free plugin adds a simple code editor where you can type in all your authorized platforms and networks.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Ads.txt Manager plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, head over to the Settings » Ads.txt page.
This opens a simple code editor where you can add each platform or reseller details on its own line, just like before.
When you are happy with the information you’ve entered, click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.
How to Fix the Earnings at Risk Error in Google AdSense
If you use Google AdSense, there is a chance you may see the following error in your AdSense account:
Earnings at risk – One or more of your ads.txt files doesn’t contain your AdSense publisher ID. Fix this now to avoid severe impact to your revenue.
This just means your ads.txt file doesn’t have the right publisher ID.
Now, simply go to WPCode’s File Editor or Ads.txt manager and find the line that adds Google AdSense as an authorized provider. Then, change the text so that it uses the right ID.
After that, save your change to store your settings. Now, if you visit your Google AdSense account again, the error message should have disappeared.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to create and manage ads.txt files in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to increase your blog traffic or check out our expert pick of the best WordPress popup plugins.