Can you use Google Ad Manager when you only have AdSense or do you need an Ad Exchange account?

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Last updated: September 12, 2021 | by Kean Graham
Can you use Google Ad Manager when you only have AdSense or do you need an Ad Exchange account

This post was most recently updated on September 12th, 2021

Is it possible to use Google Ad Manager when you only have an AdSense account, or do you also need an Ad Exchange account?

In short, only an AdSense account is required to sign up for Google Ad Manager. Google clearly states the following:

You need a valid Google AdSense account to sign up for Ad Manager. If you don’t have a Google AdSense account already, create a new AdSense account.

Google Ad Manager is Google’s flagship ad server product. It enables publishers to connect multiple ad networks, including AdSense, Ad Exchange, third-party ad networks, and optimizes your ad inventory with advanced features.

Ad Exchange is the premium version of AdSense, which connects publishers to premium advertisers who often pay higher CPMs than AdSense. To join Ad Exchange, publishers either need to get invited by Google or sign up through a third-party partner (like MonetizeMore). To get invited, publishers need to reach a specific size or minimum monthly traffic level, which usually ranges between 500 000 – 1 000 000 visitors per month.

Want to get access to Google Ad Exchange? Sign up here!

Now that you have a better idea of the connection between Google Ad Manager (GAM), AdSense and Ad Exchange, let’s quickly look into signing up to GAM.

As previously mentioned, you need an AdSense account to use GAM. However, you don’t need to use the AdSense account actively. Next, you need to go to and sign up for an account by clicking “Create account.”

For more information on how to sign up for a Google Ad Manager account, see this Google support article


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