One thing that almost every blogger would agree on and that is that they would like their blog to make money. This from supporting the hosting costs, to paying for more writers to grow the blog to fully supplementing their income. Now while I don’t have a solution for that, I can provide some advice and lessons learned after going through this experience myself.
I am referencing this great article on 11 WordPress Plugins to Manage Your Ad Banners by Web Design Booth so I thought I would bring the plugins over and with their overview give you my own experience with each one.
Here we go….
Overview from Web Design Booth: “Adrotate is a powerful WordPress Advertising plugin that lets you create and manage your banners easily. In order to create banners, you have to create a group first, then add banners to the group. For people who doesn’t really familiar with it, you can use the “Banner Wizard”, which guide you step-by-step to create banner.”
Overview from Web Design Booth: “If you are running a multi-authors blog, then you probably need this plugin. It is a good revenue sharing plugin for different authors. Various configuration can be done through the admin page. For example, you can configure how author see their “My Advertising” page. This is the place where they insert their ads code.”
Overview from Web Design Booth: “With WhyDoWork, you can insert Adsense code into your blog without modifying your template file. You can define up to 10 sets of advertisement codes and displaying them at different pages/posts. For single page article, you can define different sets of ad code after x days. This way your regular readers will not be bothered by your ads.”
4. Buy Sell Ads
Overview from Web Design Booth: “If you are a Buy Sell Ads user, then you should check out this cool plugin! After installing the plugin, simply insert your BSA site key and you are ready to go.”
Overview from Web Design Booth: “Powerful ad manager for WordPress. It is able to detect and recognize various ad network including Google Adsense, OpenX, Commission Junction and etc. It is created and maintained by OpenX team.”
My Experiences with this plugin: I like this plugin because it works with lots of ad networks and provides many features to limit ads and tune to the various places an ad would appear. This is popular and well supported so if need one to evaluate I would give this one a try.
Overview from Web Design Booth: “Ad-minister helps WordPress users create banner easily by defining your “position” for banners. In order to use this plugin, you need to define your “position” by modifying your template file. After you define your position, you can start adding banner( they called it “content”). Installation and configuration require some investigations and reading at the documentation, but indeed it is a good plugin.”
Overview from Web Design Booth: “With Advertisement Management, you can add advertising code straight from the backend system. There are totally 8 places where you can insert your banner code.”
Overview from Web Design Booth: “OIO Publisher is an Ad Manager that gives full control of your ad space. You can define the ad space, and the plugin able to handle the selling process completely automatic. However, it is a paid plugin, which is the reason people don’t go for it. But if you are serious about your website advertising and looking for great plugin, you should consider it.”
My Experiences with this plugin: Ok, so this is the only paid plugin in the list but it is one of the best and like Web Design Booth said “if you are serious….you should consider it”. It has things like direct payment setup which if you are doing lots of ad revenue this could pay for the plugin ($47 for unlimited sites license) 10 times over. The only downside is you have to go with their ad network so if you are committed to something else, you should look elsewhere.
9. Post Layout
Overview from Web Design Booth: “WP125 able to manage and display banners in either one or two columns and inform the administrator once the banner is expired. Although it is not the most powerful Ad manager plugin, but there are some really unique features that make me love it.”
Overview from Web Design Booth: “Wp-Insert is more than just a simple ad management plugin. It is able to manage your feeds, Google Analytics, blog editing and even make editing your themes easier for you.”
My Experiences with this plugin: This is kind of like saving the best for last. It supports multiple ad networks, Google Analytics, placement in every part of a page and post and a simple admin interface. Only downside is there is no expiration on banner ads. This is good for Google Adsense and permanent banner ads.