Google AdSense for Feeds is Live: Many Doubts Though


If you log into your Google Adsense account you will notice a new option under the “AdSense Setup” tab: AdSense for Feeds. The image below illustrates it.

google adsense feeds
Once you click on that option you will be presented with a screen where you can configure the look and properties of your AdSense units for your RSS feed. The problem is that below you will be asked to select on which feed you want to display that ad, and they are referring to a feed (the place where they are going to move Feedburner), and not to our traditional feeds.

Basically you will see a message like this:

You have no feeds in your account yet. Already have an account with Need help migrating your feeds to Google? View our account migration guide and get those feeds over here!

You can also burn a new feed right now to display this ad unit.

Hmm. Burning a new feed is out of question right? So I clicked on the account migration guide link, which pointed me to a page saying this:

Google will soon provide a self-service process to migrate from an account on the original FeedBurner website to a Google Account. Currently, migrating your feeds from from FeedBurner to a Google account is a manual process. We will assist you directly to ensure a successful migration. The only way you can use AdSense for feeds is through your Google Account.

To migrate all of your feeds, and your account from to Google, please contact us at and provide the following information:

* Your FeedBurner account username
* The Google Account email address you use to sign in to AdSense

We will migrate your account and contact you with specific steps for you to follow once migration is complete.

Personally I think Google should have made this switch effortless on the part of Feedburner publishers. They should have handled it smoothly and behind the scenes. For one thing I am waiting other people to transfer their feeds first before attempting anything with mine.

Another doubt that I have is the following: how is this new AdSense feature different from the Feedburner-Adsense integration that we already had available on the “Monetize” tab of the Feedburner admin panel? I just tried it out and you can specify any AdSense unit to run in your feed footer already.

I am curious to hear what you guys think or know about the issue.

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20 Responses to “Google AdSense for Feeds is Live: Many Doubts Though”

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  • medyum

    It is good enough to monetize your website, there is no point in monetizing your feed too. Although you may be able to make a decent amount through this method, i feel your audience may feel less inclined on stick with your subscription and feel more like you are just trying to get money from them.

  • Stefan Wurz

    Adsense are going better by the day…

  • Larry

    Maybe I am confused also, If I have google adsense on my site already, Why do I need to add it to feedburner?

    BTW I just updated my site with your theme, Love it

  • Missy

    Why not just keep it at Feedburner? Why all the extra work, jeez!

  • Ajay

    Right now, they have paused migrations. Hmmm, not sure how much additional revenue it will bring to my measly amount.

  • Kim Rowley

    I emailed them yesterday to migrate my Feedburner feeds to my Google account, and it was done within a couple of hours.

    What I didn’t realize is that I’m now going to have to change all of my feed links from to – like I didn’t have anything better to do with my time.

    The links appear to be redirecting, but am getting a “Bang! Kapowww! Krakkk!” error right now on most of them – ugh! And certainly no ads are being shown.

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  • Ross

    I was a bit skeptical about the “manual” method too – particularly having to email google w/ account info. I figured it would be weeks before they got to my account, since I’m sure a lot of people jumped on this right away. It was literally a 3 minute turnaround. They must have an army of monkeys working on this one, or a *very* well done automated email parsing system. After setting everything up, ads displayed in my feed within 15 minutes.

    Also, the redirect from feeds.feedburner to is seamless.

    In terms of ads in feeds – it’s far less offensive to have an ad in your feed than it is to publish a partial feed. I don’t expect to make a tonne of money w/ this, but I also don’t expect to lose subscribers over it.

  • shawal

    Adsense are going better by the day…

  • Raj

    Yes now its Live for Everyone and am also in the List

  • Ultimate Blogging Experiment

    I am not very interested in this. Google adsense has never really been a huge deal to me. I might try this because there really isn’t any way else I’m bringing revenue to myself through my blog feed.

  • SEO Genius

    In my opinion i wont be using the method, and i wouldn’t use any methods of monetizing my feeds. I really don’t think that this should be used by anyone who favours there audience.

    It is good enough to monetize your website, there is no point in monetizing your feed too. Although you may be able to make a decent amount through this method, i feel your audience may feel less inclined on stick with your subscription and feel more like you are just trying to get money from them.

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  • Chris

    It’s foolish to assume people would not want a seamless path. At the end of the day what is it to google? A 302 redirect on your feedburner account ? How simple would that have been ?!?!?

    Bad google – no cookie!

  • Daniel Scocco

    @sap, I think for everyone.

  • sap abap

    Is this is limited for few publishers or for every one ?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Th13rteen, AdSense is still one of the best monetization methods around. Obviously you need massive traffic for it to work, and a good niche also.

  • th13rteen

    I guess they are just moving everything right now. It should be fixed within a day or two. Lets see.

    Its nice that you can now put ads on your feeds, but the ads aren’t quite relevant. Or else it would have been good.

    Plus do you really make a lot from AdSense anymore? You don’t. I posted about here.

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