Blogger: Resolve Earnings At Risk Google AdSense Warning

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Earnings at risk – One or more of your sites does not have an ads.txt file. Fix this now to avoid severe impact to your revenue

Is Blogger blog monetized with Google AdSense and it is showing you the warning/alert, “Earnings at risk – One or more of your sites does not have an ads.txt file. Fix this now to avoid severe impact to your revenue.“? You are in the right place.

In this tutorial, I will guide you step-by-step on how to get rid of “Earnings at risk – One or more of your sites does not have an ads.txt file” warning.

If you’re a WordPress user, then follow this tutorial:

Following topics will be covered in this post:

  1. What is the Cause of Earnings at Risk Warning?
  2. What is Ads.Txt?
  3. How to Add Custom Ads.txt On Blogger
  4. How to Redirect Your Naked Domain to WWW
  5. Test Your Ads.Txt

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01. What is the Cause of Earnings at Risk Warning?

People have posted hundreds of thousands of queries on Google forums to get the solution of the “Earnings at Risk” Google Adsense warning, but they are getting the same answer from Google i.e. “Add customs ads.txt”. When people get this response they say, I have added the custom ads.txt, but I am still getting the warning, Earning at risk“.

Do you know that Google is CORRECT! Though you add “ads.txt”, but forgotten to setup a “naked redirect”. A Domain without “www” is called naked domain like “example.com”, “https://example.com”, “http://example.com”. Once you redirect your naked domain to “www” you will get rid of “Earnings at Risk” warning from Google AdSense within few hours.

In order to redirect your naked domain to “www” Google asks you to add 4 A Records in your domain’s DNS Settings. In this post, I have shown in detail (1) What are those 4 A Records (2) How to add 4 A Records in your domain’s DNS Settings.

Earnings at risk - One or more of your sites does not have an ads.txt file. Fix this now to avoid severe impact to your revenue.

02. What Is Ads.txt?

Ads.txt or Authorized Digital Sellers is an IAB (Interactive advertising Bureau) initiative to help you ensure that your digital ad inventory is only sold through sellers such as AdSense, who you’ve identified as authorized.

Creating your own ads.txt file gives you more control over who’s allowed to sell ads on your site/blog and helps prevent counterfeit (imitate) inventory from being presented to advertisers.

03. How To Add Custom Ads.txt on Blogger

In this section, I will guide you on how to add Custom Ads.txt on Blogger.

Custom Ads.txt file includes:

google.com, pub-0000000000000000, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

Replace pub-0000000000000000 with your AdSense Publisher ID, the other three variables i.e. “google.com”, “DIRECT”, and “f08c47fec0942fa0” are same for all.

Follow the steps to get your Publisher ID from AdSense:

  • Login to your Blogger Dashboard & click “Earnings“.
  • Click “VIEW EARNINGS” or you can directly open AdSense account from https://www.google.com/adsense/.
Login to your Blogger Dashboard & click "Earnings". Click "VIEW EARNINGS"
  • On your AdSense Account and click the “Account” from the sidebar.
  • Expand the Settings tab and click “Account Information“.
  • Copy the “Publisher ID“.
On your AdSense Account and click the "Account" from the sidebar. Expand the Settings tab and click "Account Information". Copy the "Publisher ID".
  • Now go back to Blogger Dashboard and click Settings from the sidebar.
  • Scroll down to “Monetization” section.
  • Turn the slider towards your right to enable the “Enable custom ads.txt“.
  • Click the “Custom ads.txt“. A popup will appear. Paste the custom ads.txt text there, as shown in the next step.
Turn the slider towards your right to enable the "Enable custom ads.txt" and Click the "Custom ads.txt".

Paste the following code in the Custom ads.txt. Only Replace the pub-0000000000000000 with your Publisher ID that you have copied from Google Adsense account. Other information will remain same. 

google.com, pub-0000000000000000, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0
  • Click SAVE.
Replace the pub-0000000000000000 with your Publisher ID that you have copied from Google Adsense account. Click Save.

04. How To Redirect Your Naked Domain To WWW

In this section, I will guide you on how to redirect your naked domain to “www”.

Below are the 4 A Records” that you have to add on your domain’s DNS Settings in order to redirect your naked domain to “www”.

  • @ 3600 In A 216.239.32.21
  • @ 3600 In A 216.239.34.21
  • @ 3600 In A 216.239.36.21
  • @ 3600 In A 216.239.38.21

For Your Understanding:

  • The “@” means root site. It is the value of “Host” column. It points to your website.
  • The “3600” is the TTL for each record. TTL stands for Time-To-Live. 3600 means 60 minutes.
  • There are 4 Google IP addresses which are called Value.

If you are a Blogger user first enable the “Redirect domain” option from Settings.

  • Go to Blogger Settings.
  • Under the Publishing section, turn on the “Redirect domain” option.
Go to Blogger Settings. Under the Publishing section, turn on the "Redirect domain" option.

Add 4 A Records

Follow these four steps to add the above 4 A Records in your domain’s DNS Settings:

  • Login to your domain hosting account(cPanel) where your domain is hosted.
  • Find DNS Settings or DNS Zone File icon.
  • Click “MANAGE” button to add the 4 A Records.
  • Click “+ ADD RECORD” to add A Record one by one.

Here, I am guiding you on how to add 4 A Records in DNS Settings of a domain hosted on Namecheap. You can get lot of help from this.

  • Sign-In to your Namecheap account.
  • Go to your “Domain List” section.
  • Click the “Manage” button OR home icon under the Products label.
Sign-In to your Namecheap account. Go to your "Domain List" section. Click the "Manage" button OR home icon under the Products label.
  • Click the “Advanced DNS” tab.
Click the "Advanced DNS" tab
  • Click “+ ADD NEW RECORD” link.
Click "+ ADD NEW RECORD" link.
  • Choose “A Record“.
Choose "A Record".

Now add these 4 A Records one by one. Click the Tick icon to save the A Record.

  1. @ 3600 In A 216.239.32.21
  2. @ 3600 In A 216.239.34.21
  3. @ 3600 In A 216.239.36.21
  4. @ 3600 In A 216.239.38.21

The “@” means root site. It is the value of “Host”column. It points to your website. The “3600” is the TTL for each record. TTL stands for Time-To-Live. 3600 means 60 minutes. There are 4 Google IP addresses which are called “Value“.

Add the 4 A Records one by one

Here you can see that I have added the 4 A Records successfully.

Here you can see that I have added the 4 A Records successfully.

05. Test The Ads.txt File

Once you add “Custom ads.txt” and redirect your naked domain to “www”, it is time to test whether your ads.txt is accessible or not.

  • Open your website and add “/ads.txt” at the end of its URL.
  • Try to access “ads.txt” without “www” & with “www”.

Here are some of the examples. Replace “example.com” with your website’s domain. Your ads.txt should be accessible with all the combinations listed below.

  • example.com/ads.txt
  • http://example.com/ads.txt
  • https://example.com/ads.txt
  • www.example.com/ads.txt
  • http://www. example.com/ads.txt
  • https://www. example.com/ads.txt

If your naked domain is redirected successfully to “www” your “ads.txt” will be accessible on your browser, as shown below.

If your naked domain is redirected successfully to "www" your "ads.txt" will be accessible on your browser, as shown below.

Check your Google AdSense after few hours, you will not see the “Earning at risk” warning anymore.

So it was all about resolving the warning Earnings at Risk from your Google AdSense account. If you like this post then don’t forget to share with other people. Share your feedback in the comments section below.

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17 responses

  1. Avatar
    Muhammad Arshad

    Sir
    I exactly followed the steps you explained in this article but I don’t know why this happens?

    1. Meer Basit

      You must be missing something. I have no idea about GoDaddy, contact GoDaddy support and ask them about your issue. Watch this tutorial, it might help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_qZEYxdV-k

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    Muhammad Arshad

    Here is my site link the issue is still exist
    https://www.grammarquiz.org/

    1. Meer Basit

      Your ads.txt is not accessible with these URLs.

      1.) https://grammarquiz.org/ads.txt
      2.) http://grammarquiz.org/ads.txt

      It also means that your website doesn’t open without “WWW”. Fix this issue.

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    Muhammad Arshad

    Thanks for your response. I have added those 4 records on the GoDaddy account on 8 February. I’ll wait some days if the issue doesn’t resolve I’ll share my site link.

    1. Meer Basit

      It doesn’t take this much time, hardly takes an hour or two. Please don’t shy to share your website link, you must be missing something.

  4. Avatar
    Muhammad Arshad

    I have done the same thing but the issue still exists.

    1. Meer Basit

      Please share your website link? Sometimes it takes time for updates to happen.

  5. Avatar

    Thank you so so much for sharing it, it helped me out..

    1. Meer Basit

      You’re most welcome Shwetangi.

  6. Avatar

    THANK YOU!!!! That warning has been the bane of my existence for…I don't even know how long, and I tried everything EXCEPT the naked reroute (which worked!!! Warning is gone!!!). I'm not 100% tech savvy, but you made these instructions easy to understand and execute, and I am looking forward to exploring what else you have on your website! Thank you!!!!!!!

    1. Meer Basit

      You’re most welcome, Lauren (Romance Novel Giveaways)!

  7. Avatar

    Hey there, My site is redirected to www. and even I can find my ads.txt in https://www.theworldwideinfo.com/ads.txt but still it's been more than a month and the error earning at risk didn't remove yet. Please guide me what to do in this case?

    1. Meer Basit

      Your “ads.txt” is only accessible with “WWW”, but not without “WWW” it is not accessible. Your “ads.txt” is not accessible with these URLs: “https://theworldwideinfo.com/ads.txt", “http://theworldwideinfo.com/ads.txt"

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    Cristine

    Thankyou! Thankyou! Meer's World. For last 5 months I was searching to remove this Google AdSense Warning (Earnings at risk – One or more of your sites does not have an ads.txt file. Fix this now to avoid severe impact to your revenue."), but I was not getting help from anywhere. Now finally I have got the solution. My ads.txt was not accessible without www. I have used Namecheap's FreeDNS hosting to redirect my naked domain to www. After setting up a redirect to www, when I opened the Google AdSense the Warning was removed. This tutorial also helped me: https://www.meersworld.net/2020/05/how-to-redirect-naked-domain-to-www.html

    1. Meer Basit

      You’re welcome, Cristine.

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