How To Create An Ad With Ad inserter review
To start, I’m going to show you how the free version of Ad Inserter works. The Ad Inserter WordPress plugin free version has a broad feature list and includes most of the features, which makes it an excellent option for bloggers.Ad inserter review
Then, in the end, I will discuss some extra things that you get with the Pro version.
Creating A New Ad Block Ad inserter review
Ad Inserter works by using something called Blocks. A “Block” is a location where you want to display ads. You can include multiple ads in a single block, as well as rotate ads within a block.Ad inserter review
In the free version of the plugin, you can use 16 different blocks. To manage them, you go to Settings → Ad Inserter:
To insert an ad, you need to paste its code into the box. For example, you could paste in the code for an AdSense block:
Ad Inserter also includes a tool to help you generate the AdSense code right from your WordPress dashboard, which is convenient.
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Automatically Inserting Your Ad Block On Your Site
Once you’ve entered your ad, Ad Inserter can help you insert it pretty much anywhere on your site. This automatic insertion feature is one of the most powerful parts of Ad Inserter.
In the free version of the plugin, you can automatically insert ads before or after:
- A post
- Specific paragraphs
- Random paragraphs
And you can also put them:
- Near a specific element (using CSS)
- Above your site’s header
- In your site’s footer
- Between comments, excerpts, or blog posts
- At custom positions using hooks
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Finally, you can also manually insert ads with:
- PHP functions
To automatically insert your ad somewhere on your site, you need to select an option from the Automatic Insertion dropdown:
Key Features Ad inserter review
1. Place ads pretty much anywhere in a post and/or page (for all 16 zones)
This is by far the biggest reason I switched from Quick Adsense to Ad Inserter. While Quick Adsense offered some decent sitewide ad placement flexibility, it’s nothing like Ad Inserter.
Ad Inserter provides 16 zones. You can place an ad pretty much anywhere in a post or page with these zones.
IMPORTANT TIP: How do you place ads after or before specific images in a post?
For example, if you want to place an ad after the fourth image on every post with 5 or more images, how is this done with Ad Inserter.
At first glance, it appears Ad Inserter doesn’t offer the ability to place ads sitewide after a specific image on each post. After all, there isn’t an option for placement “after image” like Quick Adsense offered.
Screenshot: How to insert ads automatically after or before specific images in posts:
FYI, if you prefer to format it so ads are instructed to display before a certain image, choose “Before Paragraph” instead of “After Paragraph”. What’s the difference? If you have text in between images, you may wish the ad to display either directly below an image (in which case you choose “After Paragraph”) or directly above an image (in which case choose “Before Paragraph”).
Also, if you simply wish to place ads after or before text paragraphs, leave the “Count only paragraphs that contain” field empty.
The thing to note is that an image is considered a paragraph.
Therefore, I identify code that’s in every image code on my site. For my big sites it’s a snippet of the image uploads to my Amazon buckets. For sites where I upload images to my hosting account it’s something like “src=”https://fatstacksblog.com/wp-content/uploads” (don’t include the “”). Because every image uploaded to the site has the same string of code, I can use that as an identifier in the paragraph.
I then choose to place the ad “After Paragraph” and input “5”. Ad Inserter then offers the option to specify paragraphs that “contain” or “not contain” whatever you want. In this case I select “contain” and input the universal snippet of code found in all of my images.
What this does is place the ad for that zone after image number 5.
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What makes Ad Inserter so great is all 16 zones has this flexibility which means have full control over ad placement throughout the site.
2. Category/Archive page ad management
Ad Inserter provides amazing flexibility for placing ads on category/archive pages. Obviously ad placement will differ on archive pages than regular posts.
Ad Inserter provides this control by offering options to place ads after or before any excerpt on the page. Talk about awesome.
3. It’s continually updated Ad inserter review
Quick Adsense plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years according to WordPress.org. That always made me a bit nervous, but despite that the plugin worked fine.
Ad Inserter, on the other hand, is continually updated. For example, Ad Inserter was updated 1 month before this post was published.
4. Shortcode capability Ad inserter review
Sometimes a post or page requires unique ad placement compared to other posts and pages. This is where shortcodes come in handy.
Ad Inserter offers full shortcode functionality so you can input any ads you have in any zones manually in any place on a post or page.
5. Control ad placement by device (i.e. mobile vs. tablet vs. desktop)
I don’t place mobile ads in the same places as I do tablet and desktop.
FYI, Google Adsense does not permit 2 Adsense ads to display on a mobile screen at the same time. Also, you cannot have an Adsense rectangle banner (300×250) at the top of a post on mobile.
This means in some cases, you will want to have unique ad placement for each type of device. I do this and it makes a huge difference.
Ad Inserter gives you device control. You can dictate for every ad zone whether it shows up on all devices, phone only, tablet only, desktop only, desktop and tablet… you get the picture.
As an aside, I also use the free plugin WP Mobile Detect for controlling ads and content across different devices. It’s a very, very good plugin. For a full list of WP mobile Detect shortcodes, click here.
6. Exclude/include by category, tag, traffic sources and/or individual URLs.
Sometimes you may wish to exclude or include ad placement by category, tag, traffic source and/or individual URLs. Ad Inserter makes this possible.
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For example, if you offer a category of product reviews that you monetize with affiliate promotions and you don’t want ads on those posts, you can exclude ads on all posts in that category. Again, another very useful tool.
7. Full ad management interface on individual posts and pages for full control.
The Ad Inserter interface is available on the editor for every page and post. This way you have control over ad placement on a post-by-post basis.
8. Specify alignment Ad inserter review
You can specify whether ads are left aligned, centered or right aligned.
9. Turn ads on/off for logged in users
This can be very handy if you let people create an account on your site and you wish to not show ads to them.
10. It’s free. Ad inserter review
I still can’t believe it’s free because it’s incredibly good for ad management.
Ad Inserter is a good starting point for publishers. If your ad setup is simple and straightforward, the free version of this plugin is able to handle ad management quite seamlessly. It offers a wide range of flexibility as to which section of the page you’d like an ad inserted. You can also exclude certain pages or sections where you don’t want the ad to show.
To insert the ad somewhere on your webpage, select an option from ‘Insertion’ dropdown:
Watch some of our Advanced Ads tutorials on Youtube:
Managing Codes For Varying Ad Maps Using The Advanced Ads WordPress Plugin
Creating Ad Placements With The Advanced Ads WordPress Plugin
The Advanced Ads plugin name is befitting because it is particularly useful for publishers with complex and sophisticated ad setup without the need to upgrade to a Pro version. Its developer, Thomas Maier, has also been diligent in publishing tutorials and actively responding to support questions.
The user interface is not as simple as that of the Ad Inserter but this one can handle different headers for various sections of the site, plus a whole lot more! Once you get the hang of it, it’s all pretty easy.
How Much Does Ad Inserter Cost?
The free version of Ad Inserter is available at WordPress.org and offers pretty deep functionality for a free plugin. For many sites, the free version might be enough.
If you want access to Ad Inserter Pro, pricing starts at just $20 for use on two sites, which is pretty dang affordable.
Final Thoughts On Ad Inserter
Like I said, I’ve used Ad Inserter on a number of personal sites, so I have no problem recommending this plugin if you need to manage ads on your sites. The 542 other 5-star reviews at WordPress.org say I’m not the only fan.
For most uses, the one-page interface is great. I will say that, for some of the more advanced functionality, it can be a little tricky to learn where everything is located in the interface.
To write this review, I dug into some more advanced features that I haven’t personally used on my own sites and I sometimes struggled a bit to find where everything was located in the interface. And the documentation, while plentiful, could do with some screenshots to help make that a bit easier.
With that being said, for how most people will use Ad Inserter on a daily basis, I think the interface is perfectly set up. Until I tried to find these more advanced features, I never even noticed this and always loved that everything was on one page.
All in all, Ad Inserter is the most popular ad management plugin for a reason. The placement options are flexible and it’s simple enough for non-developers to use.
Give it a look for a much better way to manage ads on your WordPress site.