The Best WordPress Plugins to Add & Manage Ads on Your Blog

What are the some of the best WordPress plugins to add and manage ads on your blog in 2018? That is the question this post seeks to answer.

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I know you want an easy way to manage ads on your blog. You want things to work smoothly whether you are selling ads directly to clients or using ad networks and looking for a plugin to help you insert the ad code provided by the ad networks you use.

So, I present to you 9 plugins, each with different and some similar features. Depending on your needs – and the features you are looking for – pick a plugin below install it and start using it to add ad code and manage ads you place on your WordPress blog.

Test the different plugins and see which ones you like.

Then narrow down to the one that you think best meets your blog advertising, ad placement, and ad management needs.

WP PRO Advertising System – All In One Ad Manager

WP PRO Advertising System - All In One Ad Manager

To start off is WP PRO Advertising System – All In One Ad Manager, a WordPress ad insertion and management plugin sold on Code Canyon.

What makes it one of the best plugins to setup and manage ads on WordPress? What makes it a great advertising system for websites and blogs powered by WordPress?

It’s packed with features that meet the needs of many WordPress users looking to make money online selling ad space or displaying ads from various ad networks and affiliate networks.

Another great thing is that WP PRO Advertising System – All In One Ad Manager makes it easy to manage advertisers. With this plugin, you can create profiles for each of your advertisers, link banner ads to the accounts you create for them – all this giving you a clean overview of who advertises on your site and which ads are associated with them.

With this plugin, you can create different advertising campaigns for the advertisers on your site. These ads can be set to turn on specific days of the week or hourly, all automatically, without you touching a thing once you set them up (schedule them). You can also group different banners.

The plugin has a visual banner creator integrated into it giving you lots of different options to add banner ads to your blog. For example, you can paste HTML code for an ad, including AdSense code, HTLM5 code, SVG or iFrames code. Or just link to an external banner. Or use a banner ad you upload from your computer or mobile device. Or use the banner creator within the plugin to create animated HTML5 banner ads.

The plugin allows adding of ads to different ad zones. These are the areas where you can place ads on your blog.

So, once you create an ad, you can select where you want it to be displayed on your blog.

You can use shortcodes (for example inside your blog’s pages and posts), a PHP function using template tags, the plugin’s widgets which you can drag to your site’s sidebars/widget areas. Or via iFrames, this way you can place ads on different sites and control all the management from one WP admin area.

The plugin also has options for showing relevant ads depending on the device someone is using to visit your blog.

It has a feature that lets you track some of the most important stats, helping you get more out of the ad space on your blog. With the plugin, you can track ad impressions, click through rates (CTR) for the different banners, advertisers, campaigns and ad zones on your site.

You can even export the stats as a PDF file. Specific user information (for each impression and click) can also be tracked.

WP Pro also has banner click heatmap feature. With this, you can find out where your blog visitors click your banner ads.

The plugin has in-built triggers for ads. So, you can set the banners to display after a specific amount of time or depending on how far down or up a user on your blog scrolls a page.

If you like, you can also display some of your ads as popups, even turn your post and page backgrounds to display the banner ads (in the background) using the shortcode editor provided in the plugin.

Note also that the ads created by this plugin are responsive and displays well on any device. Ads created by this plugin can also be shown in MailChimp newsletters. This is possible through the plugin’s ad zones RSS feature.

All ad zones have their own RSS feed which makes it possible to load your banners into MailChimp and display them in your newsletters – showing ads created by the plugin to your email subscribers

In short, it is possible to create an ad server with this plugin and manage all your banner ads from one install while showing the ads on any other sites you want. This works great if you run more than one blog or you manage ads on several blogs on behalf of other blog owners.

You are also able to create ads of different sizes using WP Pro Advertising System WordPress plugin. Learn more about it here.

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themAds Pro Plugin – Multi-Purpose WordPress Advertising Manager

ads pro - ad manager for wordpress

With this plugin, you can display your banner ads in more than twenty different ways. Ads Pro can also be used to display Google AdSense ads on your WordPress blog. Its ad templates are 100% responsive.

The plugin comes with an admin and frontend user panels for ad management. Like the previous plugin, it makes it easy to sell advertising space, manage ads and display ads.

Ad blockers don’t stop ads created by it from showing to your blog visitors.

It has an online order form advertisers can use to buy ad space. This makes it easy for blog owners to sell ads on their blog. If you want to do direct ad deals, this is a great feature to have at your disposal.

With Ads Pro you can insert and display unlimited ads on your WordPress blog. Which kinds of ads? Floating ads (top right/left or bottom right/left) and you can, like the previous plugin, set a delay for the ads to be triggered depending on the percentage of the webpage scrolled by a visitor to your blog.

It also allows the creation and display of corner peel ads, ads in the sidebar, text ads, image ads (GIF, JPG and PNG), HTML/CSS/Javascript ads (for example Google AdSense code), single ads, ads in responsive four columns grid, random ads, all ads in one space, ads in bottom/top scroll bar, Flash / HTML5 video ads and ads displayed on link hover.

You can also show full-screen layer ads with ability to set display delay. Or show background ads with or without top spacing. Or ads you can use to give people about to leave your blog a special offer – using Ads Pro exit pop-ups feature.

Ads can also be shown using shortcodes or Ajax shortcodes or via a template tag. Ads Pro also allows you to display ads on specific pages or posts.

The ads created via this plugin also works well with the WordPress page builder Visual Composer.

Remember again that this plugin doesn’t limit the number of ads you can create (and display) with it.

Like the previous plugin, Ads Pro is great if you want a solution which allows your advertisers to manage some aspects of the ads they place on your blog without your intervention. It is one of the best plugins to manage ads if your website or blog uses WordPress.

It is growing, getting newer updates and its users like the prompt and quality support offered by the developer of the plugin.

Some of its other notable features include support for WordPress Multisite (with one admin panel) and the ability to integrate ads in BuddyPress Stream (so you can add ads after X number of activities on your BuddyPress social network site).

It also gives you the ability to add ads after X number of topics or replies on your bbPress powered online forum.

You can also send your clients (advertisers) emails with links where their full ad statistics are made available to them – so they can see how their ads perform and make changes if they so want. What kinds of stats? The status of their ad, date, user browser details, IP address, details on the clicks their ads get and ad CTR (click through rate).

The plugin also gives your advertisers the option to choose between billing methods such as CPM (Cost per Mille – 1000 views), CPD (Cost per Days – the ad is displayed on your blog) and the popular method CPC (Cost per Click).

Advertisers can pay for their ads via PayPal and Stripe.

Other payment methods included in the plugin include the option to pay for ads via bank transfers and WooCommerce integration (using the free or paid version of Woo Payment Gateways).

You can also change the currency you use to handle payments from your advertisers – even the currency symbol.

You can also enhance Ads Pro further by purchasing and using two of its add-ons, the Affiliate Program add-on and the Marketing Agency add-on, all available on Code Canyon.

In Ads Pro admin panel is a translation module that you can use to change the order form to your country’s native language if you so desire. Ads Pro also has a feature called Capping Option, giving your advertisers the ability to have their ads displayed only X number of times per user or session.

Ads can be accepted automatically and displayed on your site once payment is made or you can elect to have them manually approved before you start showing them on your blog.

You can show ads in your posts and pages before or after the content – and ads can be shown after X number of paragraphs. Ads can be hidden for logged in users or by page ID. Ads Pro also has RTL support and an A/B testing module – helping you figure out your best performing ads.

It has 650+ Google Fonts.

Ads can also be displayed by category or ID, giving you the ability to display different ads in different categories/tags on your blog.

Ads Pro has device detection – so ads can be shown/hidden depending on the device a visitor uses to access your site. This is great if you have ads you want to be shown only on to people using mobile devices.

On top of that, there is a geo-targeting option – allowing you to show ads by criteria such as a user’s country, ZIP code, province or city.

It also has a drag and drop option you can use to change ad positions.

Ads can also be shown and hidden after X number of seconds.

On top of all this are great customer support and lots of video guides to help you take full advantage of the features packed in Ads Pro WordPress plugin.

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Head, Footer and Post Injections

Head, Footer and Post Injections — WordPress Plugins

Head, Footer and Post Injections WordPress plugin is not primarily a plugin targeting bloggers who want to add ads to their blogs. It’s mostly used for adding various scripts to the header section (after <head>) and footer section (before </body>) of WordPress blog posts and pages.

Examples of such scripts include those provided by Google Search Console, Google Analytics, Bing Webmaster, Alexa, DoubleClick for Publishers and Facebook Pixel code.

But the functionality offered by this plugin is something you can take advantage of to add and show ads on your blog.

You can use it to add Google AdSense code to your blog. Or use ad code provided by Amazon Associates Program to display banner and native shopping ads on your WordPress blog to make money online as an affiliate marketer.

The plugin’s simplicity eliminates the need of having to install many plugins to add and manage the code provided by some of the popular services mentioned above.

And if your ad management needs are basic, you can use Head, Footer and Post Injections WordPress plugin to add and display ads on your site – either ads from AdSense, Amazon or any other ad or affiliate network.

Just copy the code they provide you to display ads on your site and paste it in the admin panel area provided by Head, Footer and Post Injections plugin.

You can also use it to add custom code to just one specific page/post or add the same code to every page on your blog. The code can contain Javascript, PHP, HTML or even CSS.

You can also use it to display different ads to your desktop and mobile visitors.

Ads can be added at the top, middle or bottom of pages and posts.

You can also use template tags and shortcodes to display the ads you create with this plugin.

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WP-Insert – AdSense / Ad Management Plugin

wp-insert ad manager

WP-Insert – AdSense / Ad Management Plugin is a WordPress plugin optimized mainly for displaying Google AdSense ads. What does it offer? The ability to add embed code to the footer and head sections of your blog.

Apart from using it to display ads, it can also be used to add, to your blog, Facebook Pixel tracking code or Google Analytics code. You can also use it to add custom CSS or any other code without editing your theme files.

Going back to its ad features, it is quite clear just from the plugin’s name alone that it leans more towards AdSense. That is what it is optimized for even though it supports custom ads and other kinds of embedded code.

It allows the creation of unlimited adblocks.

Ads can be displayed above or below content in posts. Ads can also be made to show to the left or right in the pages or blog posts where they are inserted. The ads can also be shown after X number of paragraphs, counting from the top or bottom.

It also has ad widgets which can be used to quickly add ads to your blog’s sidebar area. Ads can also be added in your posts using shortcodes.

It also has a built-in interface to exclude ads from showing in certain posts, pages or any content in your blog’s archive.

The plugin also works well with the AMP plugin developed by Automattic.

On hiding ads, you can choose to hide them for mobile users, logged in users, or even on specific pages.

WP-Insert – AdSense plugin also has built-in support for Google Page Level Ads. It has A/B Testing for ads and ad rotation features as well.

You can also show ads to visitors from specific countries using the geo-targeting feature built-in the plugin.

It also comes with templates for popular legal pages that ad networks require bloggers to publish on their blogs such as terms and conditions pages, disclaimer pages, copyright pages and privacy policy pages – where you can inform your blog visitors about the cookies you install on their web browsers/devices/computers – and how such cookies are used to enhance their browsing experience.

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AdRotate Banner Manager

adrotate ad management plugin wordpress

AdRotate Banner Manager is another awesome WordPress ad plugin, with both a free and a pro version. What does the plugin do? You can use it to place banner ads anywhere on your site. It comes with a dashboard as well – where you can manage all your ad activities.

It also works great with code from popular ad servers such as DoubleClick, Google AdSense, Media.net, JuiceAds, Propeller Ads, Chitika among others.

The plugin can be used to create ads that contain custom HTML or Javascript code. Shortcodes, PHP, and widgets can also be used to inject ads into your blog. You can also use it to display affiliate banners, text links, self-hosted banners, HTML5 ads and Flash adverts.

You can create ad groups with it. Advertisers can add, edit and manage their own ads saving you lots of time.

When serving ads to people visiting your site from mobile devices, you can choose to create ads that show only to users of tablets or phones. The plugin is able to differentiate between the two.

AdRotate Banner Manager also has support for geotargeting (by country, city or state), allows you to accept payments via PayPal when selling ads, and can show ads even with ad blockers installed on a user’s device.

You can create advertisements using a custom size or popular ad sizes such as 468 by 60, 729 by 90, 125 by 125 or 160*600 pixels. The ads you create with the plugin are also responsive.

The ads you create can be placed in pages or posts.

AdRotate has a live preview feature for when you or your advertisers are creating or editing banner ads.

You can display selected ads or random ads depending on your needs. Or create unlimited ads using widgets. Multiple ads can also be shown in a grid-like format, as a column or as a row using this plugin. For every banner location on your site, you can also display ads from multiple groups.

As the admin of your blog, AdRotate Banner Manager can send you notifications about the ads on your blog in two ways: via email or push notifications, via Pushover, on your Android or iOS device.

For ads nearing their expiration date, or any ads that need your attention, the plugin also shows notifications in the dashboard so you can take the necessary action.

Ads can be disabled automatically once they reach their expiration date. Ads can also be scheduled and time restrictions given to them so that they are only displayed on your blog at certain times of the day or week.

AdRotate shows stats for each of the ads you create so that you know how each one of them performs. Track the click-through-ratio and the number of times the ads you create gets clicked.

You can also see daily stats for your ads or if you have been running ads for a longer period, access monthly & yearly stats. You can also export ad statistics from AdRotate Banner Manager if you plan to review or use them elsewhere.

Also with a feature called AdRotate Switch, you can switch from other WordPress ad plugins to AdRotate Banner Manager.

During the migration, any compatible adverts, ad groups, ad locations and ad settings can also be transferred to AdRotate with a few clicks.

This feature works if you are switching from ad plugins such as WP125, Advanced Advertising Manager, WP Advertize It, WP Bannerize, Simple Ads Manager, Ad King Pro, WP-Ad-Manager / Ad Minister, WP Pro Ad System, BannerMan, Ad Injection, Max Banner Ads Pro, Advertising Manager and Useful Banner Manager.

Use AdRotate Switch plugin to move data from any of these plugins to AdRotate Banner Manager.

You can also import ads into AdRotate using a CSV file and also export your ads in CSV files.

AdRotate also works in multisite versions of WordPress. And has a bot filter. This way traffic from bots doesn’t interfere with stats. AdRotate also integrates easily with Piwik and Google Analytics to give you and your advertisers more stats to help you gauge how your ad campaigns are performing.

AdRotate Banner Manager is also compatible and works well with popular plugins such as Jetpack, Regenerate Thumbnails, Contact form 7, caching plugin W3 Total Cache, WooCommerce e-commerce plugin, bbPress WordPress online forum plugin, Wordfence WordPress security plugin and SEO plugins such as All in one SEO Pack, SEO Framework and Yoast SEO among other plugins.

If you are not satisfied with the free version of AdRotate plugin, you can purchase AdRotate Pro (Professional) version here.

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Quick AdSense

Quick AdSense is another WordPress ads management plugin popular with bloggers and online marketers who use various ad networks (especially AdSense) to monetize their blogs with display ads.

The people who install this plugin mostly use it to insert ad code into blog posts.

With Quick AdSense, ad placement in posts can be random, or they can be inserted in specific places in the post area.

You can insert a maximum of 10 ads in a webpage/blog post. Quick AdSense widgets also allows you to place a similar number of ads in the sidebar area of your WordPress blog or website.

Inserting ads to your blog using this plugin is done via the Quick AdSense configuration area in your WordPress admin dashboard. You just copy the ad code and paste it into the fields in Quick AdSense configuration/settings area.

Depending on your needs, tick and select the options that apply to you. Then save any changes you make.

Note again that Quick AdSense usage isn’t limited to AdSense ads only. You can use it to display banner ads from other ad networks by simply copying the code they provide you and then pasting and saving it in the plugin’s settings area.

Some of the default ad positioning provided by Quick AdSense include: positioning ads at the beginning, middle or end of post. You can also assign ads to display after the ‘more’ tag or assign ads to be shown to your blog visitors after certain images.

It also has three options available if you are interested in showing ads after X number of paragraphs. Ads can also be positioned to display before your post’s last paragraph.

The plugin also uses tags to display ads in certain areas of your sites. This works the way shortcodes do – where you can copy and paste a certain ad code then use shortcodes to display it wherever you want on your posts without having to copy and paste the code repeatedly.

Here are examples of such tags: <!–Ads1–>, <!–Ads2–>, <!–Ads5–>, <!–RndAds–>. To use them, go to a specific post on your site. Click Edit Post. In the post editor, click Text (which is to the right of the button named Visual) then add the tag where you want to show the ad.

Also available are tags to disable ads in posts and pages. Some of them include: <!–NoAds–>, <!–OffDef–>, <!–OffWidget–>, <!–OffBegin–>.

You will be able to see and easily add any of these tags when you switch your WordPress content editor to Text mode when editing a post.

Remember that you can also use this plugin to show ads on WordPress pages. But its mostly used by blog owners to show ads on blog posts they write and publish on their blogs.

If you don’t want to use Quick AdSense, use the free AdSense Plugin WP QUADS. It’s an improvement of the popular Quick AdSense plugin. It even has a Pro version packed with even more features which you can use to add unlimited ads to your website or blog.

It has support for AMP ads. Allows for responsive ads – this way you can create individual AdSense ad sizes for different devices such as desktop computers, phones and tablets. It also comes with visibility conditions so you can decide which ads on your blog are to be displayed to desktop, phone and tablet users.

The WP Quads Pro plugin can also detect the type of device someone is using to visit your blog and therefore serve them ads in the most optimal sizes. It’s also built not to slow your site’s speed. It has caching power and supports WP Rocket, W3 Total cache and other WordPress caching plugins.

It has ad blocker detection (so you can show users with ad blocking enabled on their web browsers a custom message).

The Pro version doesn’t have the maximum 10 ads limitation like in the free version or as seen in Quick AdSense.

The pro version also comes with more ad layout options. You can define the margins for each ad separately for all the four directions (top, bottom, right, or left) around ads you insert in your posts.

This is why this plugin is referred to as Quick AdSense Reloaded. Learn more about it here.

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WP In Post Ads

WP In Post Ads

WP In Post Ads is a premium WordPress plugin created by MyThemeShop to help bloggers add and optimize ads on their blogs for increased earnings. What are some of its features? First, it is a great plugin for creating different kinds of in-post ads.

It is optimized for speed. This way the plugin and ads created by it don’t slow your blog. The plugin is responsive and is SEO-ready.

Using WP In Post Ads, you can show ads after your post titles. Ads can also be positioned in places that generate a lot of ad clicks such as to the right, left or center right after your post title.

Ads can also be placed after your blog post’s content with similar alignments as above: right, center or left. If you don’t like that, you can decide to show ads to your users after X number of paragraphs. Or even use shortcodes to display your ads.

You can also create ads with the plugin and then choose to show them after X number of days. It’s just like scheduling. Similarly, you can decide to disable the ads after a certain period. So the ads can be turned off automatically after X number of days.

For logged in users, you can set the ads to be hidden from your posts if you so like. WP In Post Ads also integrates with Google Analytics to give you detailed statistics about the performance of the ads you create with it.

WP In Post Ads also gives you the ability to show ads randomly to your blog visitors. All this is done while the plugin monitors how the ads perform.

The plugin has A/B split testing feature built into it. The advantage to you as a blogger monetizing your site’s content with ads is that you are able to gauge which ads, positions and ad alignments leads to more clicks and profits.

And this makes it easy on your part to only keep the best performing ads on your site – resulting in increased ad revenue/profits for you.

WP In Post Ads also has in-built impression tracker, so you can see how many times your ads are being viewed.

Note also that you can use different sets of display rules for your ads on a post-by-post basis. Depending on how you format a post this is a great feature. It ensures your ads are optimized to show in the best possible way in the different posts, on your blog, where you use WP In Post Ads.

The plugin and ads created by it are also compatible with all WordPress themes. So, no matter what theme you use, WP In Post Ads will work great on your blog.

If you need help setting everything, the plugin has an extensive documentation. It’s easy to use. But if you are stuck you can get help by checking the plugin’s documentation on MyThemeShop website.

On top of that, the team at MyThemeshop provides 24-hour support to their customers. If you need help or guidance with the plugin, they will help you.

Want to see how the plugin works?

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Ad Inserter

ad inserter

Ad Inserter, the free and pro version of the ad management plugin, is popular amongst WordPress users. The free version comes with 16 code (ad) blocks while Ad Inserter Pro comes with 64 code blocks.

Code blocks are the areas in the plugin’s settings section where you paste your ad code, for example Google AdSense code, then decide where you want the ad to show on your blog.

For example, I own a blog where I use the free version of Ad Inserter and just use three code (ad blocks).

The first block I use to display a Google AdSense ad (which is 336X280 px). The second block I use to paste my Amazon Native Shopping ads code. The third block I use to display another 336*280 large rectangle AdSense ad.

Via the automatic insertion setting, I have enabled all three ads to display Before Paragraph.

In the alignment and style menu, I have set the ad in Block 1 and Block 3 to Float Left. The ad in Block 2 is set to display in the Center.

These ads are displayed in all my blog posts except those where I have excluded them. Other alignment and style options available in Ad Inserter apart from the default, center and float left include: align left /right, float right, no wrapping or custom CSS.

With Ad Inserter, you can hide ads from showing in blog posts that contain a certain tag or those filed in certain blog categories. All this can be done from the settings area. There are other exclusion rules for the ads you create. You can black list or white list ads by category, tags, taxonomies, post IDs, URLs, URL parameters, or referrers.

I have also set the three ads to display depending on the percentage of my blog content a user scrolls, counting from the top (though you can also count from the bottom if you want).

For the first ad, I have added 0.1 in the Paragraph(s) field. That stands for 10%. So, that ad is displayed once a reader reaches 10 percent of the blog post, scrolling from the top. The second ad, I have set to 0.6 and the third one to 0.75. You can choose your own percentages.

Besides automatic insertion of ads into posts, you can use Ad Inserter to inject ads into static pages, or even drag Ad Inserter widgets into your blog’s sidebar if you want to add an ad there.

Here are other areas where you can add ads with Ad Inserter plugin: before or after post, content, paragraph, random paragraph, multiple paragraphs, comments, excerpt, or any HTML element in a post.

You can also use it to insert ads above the header after the <body> tag, in the footer area before the </body> tag, at relative positions in posts or at custom hook positions in WordPress themes.

You can also add ads between the following: comments, excerpts on blog pages or between posts on blog pages – for example, in-feed AdSense adverts.

You can use Ad Inserter to add ads with CSS, Javascript, HTML or PHP code. You can use it for Google AdSense ads or AdSense alternatives like ads by contextual ad programs such as Media.net.

You can use it to create rotating banner ads. Or even add contextual Amazon Native Shopping Ads to your site.

It also works great with affiliate banner ads from affiliate networks such as ShareASale, ClickBank, CJ, and Rakuten LinkShare among others.

The plugin also has an ad blocking detection feature. And you can set it to show your blog visitors a message in a popup or redirect them to another page – once Ad Inserter detects the use of an ad blocker.

Other actions for when the plugin detects ad blockers include ad replacement or content protection in the pro version of the plugin.

The editor you use to add ad code also has syntax highlighting. The plugin also has a function to visualize the following: HTML tags, inserted code blocks and available ad insertion positions.

The plugin has a banner code generator, visual ad editor, and also allows manual insertion of ads (via shortcodes, widgets and PHP function calls).

It can also be used to add ads to AMP pages.

Ad Inserter can detect the type of device used to access your site – and you can set different ads to be shown to users of desktop computers and mobile devices.

You can also use shortcodes from other plugins in Ad Inserter, for example ad shortcodes from plugins like WP In Post Ads.

You can also opt to make Ad Inserter widget ads you place in your sidebar to be sticky / remain fixed. Ads like these are shown to visitors even when they scroll up or down.

For the ads you add inside post content, Ad Inserter has clearance options built into it so ads are not inserted near images or headers.

Other features include a visual CSS editor with code preview enabled. Ad Inserter also allows bloggers to add web analytics code to their sites – for example Piwik or Google Analytics code. The plugin also has troubleshooting and debugging functions built in.

Ad Inserter Pro also has country-level geo-targeting built into it. It uses Webnet77 or MaxMind geolocation databases.

It has support for multisite. A/B testing for ads, ad impression and click tracking, IP address/country blacklisting and whitelisting and support via email. Note also that you can export or import settings from one Ad Inserter installation to another.

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Advanced Ads

The first time I started using Advanced Ads plugin was when I was looking for a plugin that would enable me to share different text ads (one to three paragraph calls to action for my freelance services and affiliate products I was promoting) depending on which blog category a post someone was reading was filed in.

I own a multi-niche blog, and I didn’t want to display the same calls to action/ads to people reading content from the different blog categories I write and publish in.

By this time, I had used plugins such as Quick AdSense and Google Publisher (official AdSense plugin by Google which they no longer support or update). And by the time I started using Advanced Ads I was using plugin Ad Inserter.

Currently, I have both plugins installed on my blog. I had been using Ad Inserter to display Amazon Native Shopping Ads and Google AdSense ads in my blog posts. And even though Ad Inserter has an option to use widgets to display ads on the sidebar, I just used, and still use, the Text Widget provided by WordPress to insert ad code in my blog’s sidebar area.

So back to the story, while looking for a plugin that would enable me to automatically display different text/banner ads or video ads targeting the different blog categories I write articles on, I came across many plugins that just allow bloggers the display of one sitewide CTA / ads.

Plugins such as Bottom of Every Post and Top of Every Post would allow you to add ad code / HTML / PHP code to the top or bottom of your posts.

The only problem was that that same ad would be displayed on all posts regardless of the category they were in. So, the same ads appearing on my posts about blogging would also be displayed in posts I published under my small business category.

Then I found Advanced Ads.

It does everything Ad Inserter does and then some.

I installed it to use its feature where you can display different ads on your blog posts depending on a blog category a visitor is reading from.

I tell you the free version of this plugin is robust and has all these features I’m talking about right off the bat.

The premium version is packed with more features. You can unlock even more features using what is called Advanced Ads Pro bundles which you can purchase right here. If you want an all-in-one solution for ad management on the self-hosted version of WordPress Content Management System, check out all Advanced Ads pro features.

Creating ads with it is fast, easy and simple. It feels like writing and publishing a blog post. Looking at all the WordPress ads plugin out there at the moment, WP Advanced Ads plugin, to me is the best ad plugin for WordPress. No doubt about it. Not that the other plugins are not sufficient.

See, I moved from Quick AdSense plugin when I wanted a plugin that would enable me to align ads displayed in my blog posts to the left, right or center.

At the time, I made the shift Quick AdSense didn’t have these features. So, I tried the official AdSense plugin by Google, Google Publisher. Didn’t use it for long.

I then found Ad Inserter and was happy with it. I found, in it, what I had been looking for in a WordPress ad management plugin. And I have, since then, used it as an affiliate marketer, to manage Amazon banner ads and Native Shopping Ads as well, besides using it to monetize my blog content with Google AdSense ads.

Then I added Advanced Ads to the mix once I found it could do what Ad Inserter did and more. Especially the ability to display different ads by post ID, category, author, page among other ways of targeting – making sure I only display the right ads to the right audience.

Which has resulted in more clicks and increased conversions. And more blog revenue and profits from ad networks, affiliate programs and even my own internal offers such as my online freelance services and products I sell via my blog to my audience.

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Conclusion: So What Is the Best Plugin to Manage Ads on WordPress?

When it comes to choosing a plugin to add and manage ads on your blog, remember that your needs will greatly influence which ad management plugin you end up using.

If you don’t need any of the more sophisticated features provided by some of the pro versions of the various plugins listed above, just go for a basic and simple solution.

Go with a plugin that offers the simplicity and most vital features you are after.

If you reach a point in your blogging journey, or foresee yourself needing a plugin with a more robust feature set down the road, install a plugin that offers those features (that you need) right away.

You can, in the meantime install a free version of the plugin from the WordPress repository, or just take a leap right now and buy the pro version of the plugin that you believe best suits your ad management needs.

For the plugins that offer similar functionality, take time to compare them. Before you spend your money on any of them (or decide to install a free version of any plugin mentioned in this post) make sure that you’ve spent enough time reviewing their features side-by-side.

For me though, having spent some time writing a review for each of these plugins, it is apparent that I like Ad Inserter and Advanced Ads the most. That’s my choice.

For my needs, these two plugins have served me best.

For you it might be a different plugin listed in this post. Maybe Ads Pro, AdRotate, WP In Post Ads, or WP PRO Advertising System.

So, just check the reviews again. Scroll up.

Learn even more about each of the plugins above by visiting the links sprinkled throughout the post.

Then decide which plugin you want to go with.

Install it.

Test it.

Create your first advert.

Optimize it.

Add even more ads to your site.

Split test ads.

Test different ad positions.

Test different ad alignments and styles.

And have fun making money off display ads on your blog.

Team WPLift

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4 thoughts on “The Best WordPress Plugins to Add & Manage Ads on Your Blog

  1. Dear Vishnu, read your whole article word by word and but none of these listed ad rotation plugins are able to rotate ads within the groups and within the slots as we have seen in wp125 wordpress plugin. So i have developed one such plugin which enhance the capabilities of wp125 ads plugin and ad groups and now its user can display these ads as per groups in different widgets. Hope this will help its user rotate ads more efficiently. Thanks for posting this comprehensive list of ads plugins for wordpress. Keep in touch

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