So I go through the process and I get the code to paste into my blog template... and that's when the fun starts.
What the heck is it with these blog templates? Why aren't they regular html? I figured out how to do my website myself, why does the blog look like a foreign language to me?
Obviously, the blog template is different than setting up a page in html. I tinkered for a while and finally got the google ads to appear on the right. Not exactly great placement, but that's the only place I could get them to work without screwing up everything.
As for the Google searchbar -- forget it!
Now, in about 87 years I should make enough from the ads to pay for the hour I just wasted trying to set it up! ;-)