Breaking News! We have further proof that Google loves WordPress. It’s Called Google Publisher
Google just announced that they have built there very first WordPress plugin. It’s still in beta but after I got done “kickin’ the tires”, it seems to run rather smoothly. Here’s the official release from Google.
Google Publisher provides two features:
1. It creates an easy way to integrate Google Adsense into your WordPress-powered website. For many bloggers Adsense is a viable income source and this plugin can help make integration a bit easier than other common solutions.
2. It makes it super easy to verify your website with Google Webmaster Tools. 1 click activation is all it takes.
You can download the plugin here.
When you first download Google Publisher, you will need to navigate to ‘Settings’ to find it.
As with all Google products, you’ll need to sign in to your Google account to get started with this plugin.
Installation is quite easy as there is no coding involved whatsoever. Further installation instructions and user guides can be found here.
Click to Place Google AdSense Ads
When it comes to adding AdSense to your WordPress-powered website, Google Publisher makes it very easy. The plugin will give you suggestions of places to put your ads:
You can also see a preview of your ad as it will appear on your website. This is great as you don’t have to live-test where you want to place your AdSense:
Another handy feature are the ‘manage’ buttons which allow you to quickly access your Google Webmaster Tools and Adsense accounts.
My initial thoughts were that this is just the beginning. I can almost guarantee that these will not be the only two features of Google Publisher and I fully expect Google+ and other Google-related features to be added in the near future.