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Google Adsense Auto Ads Vs Manual Ads- Which is Better

Google Auto Ads vs Manual ads
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After getting Google Adsense Approval for your site. It’s time to set up the ads. Both Auto ads and manual ads are a great way to place ads on your site depending on your preferences. One gives you full control over where to place ads while the other doesn’t. If you are confused about the one of use, then this article is for you. In this article, I will show the best ads to use for your blog, Auto or manual ads.

Google Auto Ads

Auto ads was launched on Feb 21, 2018. Auto ads use machine learning to place ads on every page and widgets on your site automatically with just one code.

How to Setup Auto Ads

On default, it is usually OFF, you need to switch it ON.

  1. Login to your Adsense account.
  2. Go to ads
  3. Click the pen icon for the site you want to activate auto ads.
  4. Then click on the switch button to activate it.
  5. Next, click on Ad formats, there are  3 (In-page, Anchor and Vignette ads)
  6. Then activate or deactivate anyone you don’t want.
  7. Scroll down and click on Apply to site and save.

Google Auto Ads Not Showing

If the ads aren’t showing, be patient. It takes a few minutes or hours before the ads can start showing.


  1. It saves time
  2. It is very easy to set up. All that is required is just a code.
  3. No required knowledge for ads placement


  1. You will have limited control of your ad placement. Ads can be placed anywhere.
  2. You cannot control the number of ads that will be displayed on a page.

How Adsense Disable Auto Ads

There are two to disable auto ads:

  1. Login to your Adsense account.
  2. Go to ads
  3. Click the pen icon for the site you want to disable auto ads.
  4. Then click on the switch button to disable it.

The other way to disable it is to remove the code from your site.


Manual placements

In manual placement, you have to choose the format and size of the ad you want in your size. After that, you can put the script (code) at the exact position you want it to be seen.

How to SetUp

  1. Login to your AdSense account
  2. Go to ads
  3. Click on By ads units
  4. Then, choose any of the ads (display, In-article, in-feed or multiplex)
  5. Name it and leave it at responsive so that it can automatically change its size on mobile, tablet or desktop.
  6. Scroll Down and click on save.
  7. Finally, copy the code and paste it at your preferred position.

For WordPress users, this can easily be done very fast by using a plugin. There are many plugins used for adding Adsense code on pages or posts. I look out for 3 features when selecting a plugin:

  1. Must be able to show ads on all pages with just only one code.
  2. Must be able to disable ad placement on a selected page or pages.
  3. Must be able to show multi ads on a post by using commands (paragraphs or words). For example, ads will be shown after every 4 paragraphs or 200 words.

The best plugin that met all the aforementioned is Advanced ads but the only problem is, ads cannot be added on or after N number of paragraphs for their free plan.

Another plugin is ad inserter but it can’t be used to disable ads on a particular post. On this site,  l use only ad inserter and on my other sites where these features are highly needed, I use both plugins


  1. Full control over where ads can be placed.
  2. You decide the number of ads to be displayed on a page,


  1. It requires knowledge of ad placement and optimization.
  2. It can be time-consuming if you don’t know how and what to set it up.


Which One is Better: Auto Vs Manual Ads

Both are ok, it depends on the type of site you run. It is very possible to take advantage of auto and manual ads. For example, I only use vignette ads for auto ads. Then, I create the other ads manually.

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