Earning money from their websites is a major goal for most bloggers. And showing advertisements is an excellent way of doing that. However, to earn a handsome amount from displaying ads, you need to manage the ads properly.
While managing ads sounds simple, it is not so in reality. If you want to do it manually, it will eat up a significant amount of your time. Luckily, there are some excellent WordPress plugins that can help you in managing ads. If you display ads in your website or planning to do so in the future, you should be familiar with these plugins.
If you are using AdSense for monetizing your WordPress blog, you should refer to this post where I have listed best plugins to manage AdSense ads.
In today’s post, I will introduce you to the 5 best WordPress plugins to manage ads. All of these plugins are free. Therefore, feel free to try them out and see which one works best for you.
WordPress Advertising plugins to make Your life easier:
1. Advanced Ads
This is the ad management WordPress plugin that is used by ShoutMeLoud. This plugin is developed by an ad publisher, Advanced Ads is another simple, easy ad management system for WordPress. Along with ad management, the plugin could also be used as an effective tool for optimizing the ads. The simple ad creation process makes the whole process very easy for the beginners. It is possible to create group ads, apply ad rotation, schedule ads and make the ads visible to logged in visitors only.
Advanced Ads supports different types of ads including Google AdSense, affiliate ads, image banners, text ads and shortcodes for displaying ads from other ad plugins. You will also have several ad display options like auto inject, custom widget, dedicated shortcodes, custom functions, ad blocks, etc. Last but not least, the plugin lets you set different conditions for displaying the ads. What I recommend is, run ads based on Tags, categories or even particular blog post.
This may take little extra time initially but it pays really well in the longer run. In fact, if you are running Affiliate ad banners, with category targeting you can double your income.
AdRotate is an excellent free ad management plugin for WordPress. The plugin lets you display ads in any place of your website right from your dashboard. You can create custom ads or use the code given by ad networks like Google AdSense, Chitika, DFP, etc. It is also possible to allow the advertisers to add, edit or manage their ads.
The plugin supports most common ad sizes including 125×125, 468×60, 729×90 and 160×600. It can also detect ad blocker plugin in the visitor’s browsers and show custom messages accordingly. The fully responsive ads could also be targeted to visitors from a specific location. You will also find the daily, monthly and yearly statistics very useful. They also have a pro version that offers advanced features & recommended for pro users.
3. WP Bannerize
Each banner could be easily toggled on or off by using the quick switch. And if you are comfortable with CSS, you can control the layout by using the Custom CSS feature. It is also possible to schedule the ads to be displayed for a specific period. The detailed stats will help you to keep track of your ads performances.
With all the necessary options for managing, displaying and selling advertisement spaces, Ads Pro is an excellent premium ad management WordPress plugin. This plugin comes with unlimited future updates. The fully responsive ads could be geotargeted. Besides choosing from the grid or template view, you can also customize the ads to match with your site design.
If you display banner ads in your website, you can choose any of the 20+ banner display options. It is also possible to schedule your ads to be displayed on a fixed date and time. The plugin comes with three billing options for your clients – CPC, CPM, and CPD. The clients can also view detailed online statistics including CTR, clicks and view counts. The plugin is priced at $35.
This premium advertisement plugin is provided with powerful options for selling ad spaces and displaying ads in your WordPress site. The fully responsive ads could be sold by clicks, page-views or visitor duration. The plugin supports various types of ads including the link, image, and flash. You can display different ads at different times by using the ad rotation feature.
The built-in Ad Designer of AdPress will allow you to create your ad campaigns within a few minutes. Clients can sign up and purchase ad spots right from their profiles. Detailed ad stats will be available to both the admin(s) and the client(s).
AdPress also comes with native PayPal support. You can extend the existing features by purchasing premium add-ons. The plugin is priced at $39.
Other notable WordPress ad plugins:
One Size doesn’t fit all, and that’s why we have too many choices. Here are more WordPress advertising plugins that are pretty awesome & do deserve a mention.
Which WordPress Ad Management Plugin do You Like?
Now that you know which the best WordPress plugins for managing ads are, it’s your turn to put them into use and reap the benefit. Let me know which plugin(s) you like the most.
If you enjoyed reading this ad plugins resource, you should also check out my other articles on WordPress plugins:
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- 5 best Author box WordPress plugins to add author bio
- 10 WordPress plugins to customize Genesis Theme
- 4 Best Rich Snippets Plugins for WordPress – Reviewed
By the way, are you using any of these plugins already? If yes, don’t forget to share your experience with us. And if I have missed any of your favorite ad management plugins, please let me know by leaving a comment below. I will be happy to take a look.