Google announced the launch of its new Google Publisher Plugin for WordPress (in beta). This lets people place AdSense ads on their sites, and verify their sites in Webmaster Tools right from WordPress.
The plugin links your site to your AdSense account, and lets you place ads without having to manually modify code. If you already have an AdSense account, the plugin will detect it and show your publisher info (make sure it's correct). If you already have AdSense ads on your site and just want to manage them through the plugin, you can do so, but you'll have to remove the existing ads first, then place new ones.
For Webmaster Tools verification, it's just a matter of a single click. Verification simply happens when you set up the plugin. Then, to open Webmaster Tools, open the plugin, and click the "manage site" button under "Webmaster Tools."
Product manager Michael Smith said in a blog post, "If you own your own domain and power it with WordPress, this new plugin will give you access to a few Google services — and all within WordPress. Please keep in mind that because this is a beta release, we’re still fine-tuning the plugin to make sure it works well on the many WordPress sites out there."
The Plugin can be found in the WordPress plugin directory.
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