Sunday, 21 October 2012

How To Integrate Multiple Accounts with Google AdSense

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Google AdSense is the leading and most popular ad service that bloggers make use of. It can be used with any Blogger or self-hosted blog or website, and is indeed a major source of income for most bloggers. Previously, Google AdSense could only be accessed by one account, which cause problems for blogs that are run by more than one person, because revenue-sharing is a critical issue. To achieve that end, Google has just released multiple accounts integration with Google AdSense. Now, you can share your AdSense account with your friends, family, or business partners. You can use access levels to control who gets what sort of authority in your AdSense account. In this post, we'll talk about how you can send invites, and give multiple access levels to people.

What can others access in your account?

You will have to send an invite to someone if you want to grant them access to your account. You can grant users with either of the two access levels, Standard or Administrator. Both these users can view, edit, or manage any part of that account. But here are the differences.
  • Standard users can't see a list of users who have access to that account while Administrators can.
  • Administrators can give out account access and change a user's access level, but standard users can not.

Invite others to your account

To invite a user to your account, simply sign into your AdSense account and then under your Home tab, open up Account Settings from the left panel.
Go to Access and authorization, and fill in email addresses in the Users with sign in access section. Now simply click on Invite. The user will be added with status pending until they accept your invite.
This Users with sign in access section will list all the users that have access to your account.
Remember: For someone to to able to access your account, they need to have a Google Account. Furthermore, people who already have Google AdSense accounts of their own can't access other accounts.

Change or revoke access to your account

To stop someone from accessing your account, simply go to Access and authorization in your Account Settings. In the Users with sign in access section, you will see a cross (x) button next to each user. Clicking on this cross will result in the user's removal. That user will be notified of this change via email, so no secret here :)
Also from the same section, you can change access level for any user. By default, all users are Standard, with the Administrator box unchecked. Checking this box for a user will provide them Administrator privileges, while unchecking this box will reduce their privileges.

Why we needed this feature?

Not every blog or website is run by a single person. This created a problem for all the share holders. Either one of them had to sign up for Google AdSense through his own Google Account, or they'd have to create a new universal Google Account. In the first case, the person with the AdSense account compromises his privacy, while in the other case, the account loses integration to other Google services that the blog owners might have previously signed up for (such as Google Plus). This new feature solves the problems I am sure many co-founders must have been facing.
Google has been pretty active recently. It recently introduced features for merging two Google+ accounts together, and also connecting Blogger accounts with Google+. And now, there's this. It is good to see Google busy. And hopefully, we'll soon see more such integration options for other services. So stay tuned for more such updates! Good day! :)


Before, AdSense could only be accessed through a single account so only  sole blog owners were able to benefit from it and it caused some problems for those blogs with multiple owners. The latest AdSense feature can be accessed by your partners by using access levels to control who gets the authority in the account.
There are two access levels that you can assign to others:
  1. Standard user. The standard user can view, edit, manage any part of the account but they can’t see the list of users who have access to the account and can’t change another user’s access level.
  2. Administrator. Administrators can also edit, view and manage any part of the account. The difference  is that they can see the list of users who hold access to that account and can change their access level.

Here are tips on how to invite a user to your account:
  1. Sign in to your AdSense account. Under Home, open Account Settings from left panel.
  2. Go to Access and authorization. Indicate email addresses in the Users with sign in access section. Click Invite. They will be added until they accept the invite. Users listed in the sign in access section will get access to your account.
Note: The users you invite should have Google Account to access yours and those who have Google AdSense of their own already can’t access other accounts.
Change/Revoke Access to Your Account:
  1. Go to Access and Authorization in Account Settings.
  2. Click the (x) button next to each user that you will see in the Users with sign in access section. The user will then be notified of the change through email.
All users are in Standard by default so checking the Administrator box will give them Administrator privileges.

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