After I got a taste of how is to build apps for Android on mobile, I wanted to go further and insert ads into my apps. Other apps that I previously downloaded had that and it wasn't that annoying seeing ads at the bottom of my screen and I felt good that free apps can get people's support through Adsense mechanism.
I read a little bit on the Google's Adsense Setup page that you can "Unlock the revenue potential of your mobile site with targeted Google ads." This sounded so good that I wanted to try.
But wait, Google is talking about my mobile sites where I can put Google ads, while I'm trying to add these ads to my android apps. How can I do that ? You'll see that is not that complicated and in fact is very simple .
And here is how I succeeded adding Google Adsense Ads to my android apps: "World Cup Goal Scream" and "World Cup Red Vuvuzela". You can download these apps from android market to get a feeling of what I'm talking about.
The following is a step by step guide for you and for me. Yes for me too, because we always forget stuff and thank God to the internet that we have a place to come back and save the day.
Ok, let's go
Create a Google account, if you don't have one, and log in to the Google Adsense site (https://www.google.com/adsense)
Select "Adsense Setup" from the menu
Select "AdSense for Mobile Content New high-end devices!" and follow the wizard steps to customize you ads.
Get "Your AdSense code" and save it to an empty html page
<html><head><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1250"><meta name="www.flyloopproject.com"><title>World Cup Goal Scream Ads</title></head><body marginwidth="0" marginheight="0 leftmargin="0"topmargin="0" style="background-color: black">.....insert your Adsense Code here.........</body></html>And save the page, for example call it myads.htmlStep 5:Upload this page to your website, oh you need a place on the internet where you can upload stuffStep 6:Test the page on your mobile phone by opening the page that you just upload.Note!: it won't display any content if you open the page from your computer's web browser. You have to test it on your mobile web browser. Check out my ads page: http://flyloopproject.com/myads.htmlStep 7:Now that you have this page, you probably ask yourself "How the hack do I add it to my app ?"Well don't worry you are on track to do this.Take a deep breath of fresh air and proceed with the next step.Step 8:Open your Android project and edit the View where you want to add your ads.For example you can add ads to your main.xml where you'll place a WebView component.
<LinearLayout android:id="@+id/adsHolder"android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content"android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_alignParentBottom="true"android:layout_centerInParent="true" android:paddingTop="5px"><WebView android:id="@+id/adsDisplay" android:layout_width="fill_parent"android:layout_height="fill_parent" /></LinearLayout>Step 9:All you have to do now is to wire up the WebView component that you just add to your web page created in Step 4
<manifest ...>...............<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />...............</manifest>Step 11:You're done, test it by building your app and run it with your emulator or on your mobile phone and you should see your ads at the bottom of your screen.A quick overview of the stepsStep 1 : Log in to the Google Adsense site https://www.google.com/adsenseStep 2-3 : Get Your Adsense CodeStep 4 : Save it to an empty web page (example: http://flyloopproject.com/myads.html)Step 5 : Upload the page to your websiteStep 6 : Test it on your mobileStep 7 : Fresh airStep 8 : Add a WebView component to a view in your android projectStep 9 : Wire up the component to display you web page that you just created in Step 4Step 10 : Add INTERNET permission to your appStep 11 : FINISH (check your heart rate :) )That's pretty much it.I hope that you find this posting useful and don't stop building free apps and get support for your development using Google Adsense for mobile.If you find this blog entry useful don't stop sharing with your friends and CLICK MY ADS to support my development and I'll get you more tutorials