The easiest way you can make money on your blog is to put advertisements on it.
Google Adsense is the most popular way to monetize a blog. There are other ad networks but start with Adsense if you’re new to the game. Once logged into Adsense, if you create new ads (under My Ads), you can copy the code and paste it anywhere on your site. Easy.
However, in practice, you probably don’t want to add the advertisement code to each article you post manually. That’s not so easy. Imagine the time it would take to go through every page on your site to make a change to the advertisement codes.
You need a good ad manager plugin. An ad manager plugin gives you a central dashboard where you can customize and control all the ads on your site. Here are a few of the most popular ad manager plugins:
AdRotate for WordPress is a full-service advertising solution available both as a free and paid plugin. Display your own ads or ads from popular ad networks anywhere on your site. The plugin lets you schedule ads and tracks their performance.
WP125 is a simple free solution for serving square 125×125 ads. You can schedule the ads for a particular time frame, then track clicks on them. The settings allow you to set the number of ad slots, columns, and a default ad-sale page.
WP-Insert is a free WordPress plugin that helps you customize the placement of advertisements. It is optimized for Google Adsense and comes with loads of features including geo-targeting and rules for where and when to display ads. I chose this plugin for my own blog because it has an intelligent midpoint detection algorithm, that lets me insert ads in the middle my posts.
WP PRO Advertising System is a comprehensive solution to manage advertisements on your WordPress site. It has 18 predefined layout options, campaign manager, banner creator and advanced analytics. It serves all the traditional ad styles as well as Corner Peel Ads, Popup Banners, and even page background advertisements.
Advanced Ads is a free advertising management plugin that lets you add, manage and test ads on your website. Its main features include ad creation, displaying third-party ads, geotargeting, grouping, and scheduling. Filter and target ads based on your visitors.
Ad Injection is a free plugin that “injects” ads into your existing posts and pages. It supports ad-rotation, A/B testing, and filtering by IP address, referrer and post age. You can restrict the number of ads by the length of the post or page.
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