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Rotating Banner Problem Resolved By Max Banner Ads

Let’s face it, the majority of bloggers out there all hope to make a little money from their online journey. Even those who claim to blog for the love of it usually place an ad or two on their blog in the hope that someone will click on them. There’s nothing wrong with that, I mean as long as they’re online why shouldn’t they make a little something for their efforts?  The problem most people have is the majority of surfers suffer from banner or ad blindness. What this basically means is that after awhile people just tune out and fail to see these ads, and they can’t click on something their subconscious fails to see.

I discovered this ages ago and I knew the solution would be to constantly change the ads on my blog. If you think about it the greatest mistake a blogger can make is to place and ad in the sidebar or post and then forget about it. There is two major flaws with this, the first being if someone sees the same ad in the same place each time they come to your blog they  develop ad blindness. The second is having only one ad results in minimum market exposure.

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Unfortunately constantly changing the ads resulted in too much effort and I gave it up pretty quick smart. I knew they’re had to be a solution and so I started digging around and I came up with my post on CJU’s Rotating Banner Function! The results spoke for themselves as my click through rate rose dramatically. The problem was that not everyone offered this feature and then the other day I stumbled upon Max Banner Ads.

Max Banner Ads is a WordPress plugin made by those guys at MaxBlogPress, who are famous for producing high quality WordPress plugins. Other popular free plugins they’ve produced include MaxBlogPress Optin Form Adder, MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer, MaxBlogPress Stripe Ads and so many more.

Not familiar with those free plugins? Then perhaps some of their professional paid plugins will ring a bell. The more popular ones that spring to mind are Ninja Affiliate and Subscribers Magnet but they do have several others.

Enough about that, let’s get back to their Max Banner Ads plugin. This plugin is the ultimate one that I’ve come across so far. I did trial one or two others, sorry but I don’t recall which ones they were, suffice it to say I couldn’t have been too impressed otherwise I’d still be using them today.

Max Banner ads has several features that appeal to me;

  • It allows you to input simple ads, the ones that just need an image and url for them to work.
  • You can use more complex ads that include tracking information. CJU ads come to mind. I used to use just the link and the image url until I discovered it needed all the other stuff that came with it for it to accurately track clicks, sales and such.
  • It allows you to include those scripts we’ve all grown to hate, the ones that can cause havoc with the way your blog behaves. These could include Amazon widgets and even your ClickBank hoplinks.
  • You can select where they appear on your blog and you can even choose to have the text wrap around the ad itself.
  • Installation is so simple and you don’t have to play around with your  WordPress theme for it to work.
  • It tracks the ad’s impression and clicks and even calculates their CTR, Click Through Rate!
  • Being able to have rotating ads means you can now display more ads on your blog without making it look cluttered. By this I mean instead of displaying 10 ads you can now have one rotating ad which will display a new ad every time the page refreshes.

There’s so much more but I don’t want to bore you with all that it can do. I’ve configured it to show the ads at the end of the post, even if someone lands on my Home Page. Unlike CJU’s rotating ad feature which showed the same ad on every post, one of the reasons why I stopped using it in posts, Max Banner Ads shows a different ad in each post.

The one flaw is that the free version shows the ‘Powered by Max Banner Ads’ link at the bottom of the ad. You can have this removed by buying the pro version of the plugin or you can do as I did and use your ClickBank affiliate ID from within the plugin. That way you get the commission if anyone clicks on that link and buys one of their products.

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  1. That ad widget at the bottom looks cool indeed. I already am using MaxBlogPress’s Stripe Ad at my blog. And yeah, I used the free version (there’s the ‘powered by…’ text at the extreme right); but it effectively works to cycle through the ads I inputted in my dashboard. If I remember right, you can arrange to have a particular ad to have more weight than the others. It’s nice of MaxBlogPress to offer a free version of their products.

    1. That’s the beauty of this plugin, when you were on it showed the Amazon widget, now it’s showing a link to the book Money Your Blog. Next time you’re on it will be something different. Cool huh?

      When I get some time I’m going to check out some of their other plugins.
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  2. Well Maxblogpress banner Ad is a great solution for rotating ads and I think recently they were giving out the pro version in free for a few days, I had got an email from them. Although I have been using the Datafeedr Random Ads which is also a free rotating Ads plugin which is also quite good but has less features than Maxblogpress

    1. All the pro version does is it allows you to remove the Powered by Max Banner Ads link at the end of the ad. Seeing as how I’m a ClickBank affiliate I prefer to leave it there for the income potential it offers.
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  3. It will rotate ads in individual posts too? Do you get to select the ads that rotate in the individual posts?

  4. Twitter:
    I like having my ads, but think putting too many on at once is a distraction. I like the idea of having the ads rotate through rather than showing the same one all the time. I’ll have to check out Max Banner Ads and see how it can benefit me. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I recall you were using oiopublisher; is it possible to integrate the two?

    I haven’t played with MaxBlog Press plugin though i’m assuming you add a JScript to your blog to display the add.

    I’m assuming you could add that to a ‘oiopublisher’ location?
    Though 2 scripts loading may slow things down a tad.

    1. They’re two different plugins Donace so I doubt you can integrate the two. OIOPublisher is more for the advertisers so that they can promote their sites whereas max Banner Ads is so I can display ads to things that I want to promote.
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  6. G’day Sire
    I think that you are right, whatever reason we blog for we hope to make a little cash on the side.
    Even if it only pays for hosting and other running costs of the site.

    Thanks for the rundown on Banner Ad Blindness and what looks like a great solution.
    I’ve often seen those rotating ads, and now I know how it’s done.
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    1. It’s pretty nifty really and placing it at the end of a post shouldn’t disrupt the reader all that much. That plus you want to make the post interesting enough that they will read it all the way to the end otherwise there’s no point having the ad there at all :laugh_tb:
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  7. MaxBlogPress people have really some great plugins and the “black” friday was great if anyone choose to experiment with their premium plugins. MaxBanner ads is a great plugin and that the job nicely. So many featires for a free plugin I must say. The only annoying thing is not being able to remove the “powered by”. If this is something that does not bother a user, then it is a definite thumbs up.
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  8. Sire~
    It’s amazing, I’ve been thinking about ads for a few days. It’s fun to see how, when we’re ready, the answer will come! Well, I’m not exactly ready, but I’m glad you taught me so that when I am, I’ll know what to do!
    Thank you!
    ps. and thanks for including my link in your newsletter!

    1. Linda, when you are completely ready I’m sure this plugin will be just right for you because it looks like it can handle almost any ad.

      As for the newsletter I should be thanking you for subscribing. Just so you know I will try to include one or two links from my members just so I can use it to spread a little extra blogging luv.
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  9. Hi Sire,
    I am not really sure about this but I think doubleclick for publisher can use adsense and other ad codes your provide and rotate if your adsense cpm is to low or just because you want to rotate them. But, there is a catch, it’s damn hard to use, I think you have to have a week off just to figure how to setup up an ad.

    So I guess max banner is a good solution that everyone can understand.

    Oh and you are right, if I see that same ad for a while, I tend to skip it very quickly, and sometimes I don’t even notice it (You might wonder how I noticed that after a while I don’t notice popular banners. Someone asked me an opinion about their banner from an advertiser, then I notice that the ad was there for sometime but I stopped noticing it). So you point is valid!
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    1. Alex if it’s too hard to use then I’m not interested as I am way too old to waste time learning new shit :smile2_ee: That’s one of the reasons for using this theme.

      Still there may be someone who has plenty of time on their hands and love nothing better than a good challenge, and if that’s the case they may want to check it out.

  10. Wow, this post was truly an eye opener for me (sorry, I know it sounds a bit like those spam comments, lol). Even though I knew about it, but I never considered the ad blindness factor on my own blog. And it makes great sense.

    I myself become blind to ads on blogs I read often and I truly have noticed when there is a new ad.

    I use other plugins by MBP and they are all great. I think I will give this one a go as well. Thanks Sire.
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    1. If that;s the case this could be the perfect plugin for you and if you have ads in you sidebars it can even be used there as a widget.

    1. Hi Ben,

      I’m using Quick Cache on this blog and seeing as how I have it on and the ads are showing I reckon it’s safe to say that it does actually work when caching is on. At least with the caching plugin that I’m using.
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  11. That sounds a lot like the rotating banner ad thingie built into ZenCart. I *really * liked that, so I’d probably like the MaxBannerAd plug-in too. I guess I should go ahead and download it so I remember the name and it will be available when I get to where I may appeal to advertisers and I could play around with it to learn… promote my favorite bloggers or something.

    Thanks for the review.

    1. Hey Allan, that’s not a bad idea, even if you didn’t want to use it for ads there’s no reason why it can’t be used for other things. You could for example have it showing links to other blogs or even to promote your own products and services.

  12. You can also give a try “OIO Publisher” plugin. It is the most advanced and complete banner / ad management solution for WordPress I have personally used and continue to use. It is fully compatible with all other plugins and price it’s developer charges it is an excellent option. I have wrote about it on my blog a while ago and still continue to use it.
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  13. Nifty! However, my ad blindness is more about placement than content of the ad itself. Maybe my ad blindness is far more acute than most, I’m able to block them out no matter how often they’re changed. LOL

    But find a plugin that would completely rearrange your page layout with each refresh and I’d probably click a few ads by mistake. Might be a tad annoying though. :-)

    1. That’s not a bad idea Steve and it should be doable, so get to it mate! :drunk_tb:

  14. No ads on my blog yet. When I get ready this is great information. I am reluctant to push into the actual code so any things that gives me control without doing code is appealing for now.

    1. This little baby will certainly do that for you Ralph. I know how important it is to be able to control all facets of your blogging, one of the reasons I choose to host my own blogs

  15. Hi Sire,
    I remember recently reading a popular blogger saying he would not put advertising on his blog as it distracted his readers and it made the blog look un proffessional.

    I recently got a plug in from planetsms where the adverts are rotated …however the adverts are for his products which is not bad as he does some good work.

    Great resource will go get it and light up my blog like a christmas tree.


    1. Bryan, I’ve actually had some popular bloggers say that my blog looks very much like a Christmas tree too. I actually joined his list and was bombarded with crap. Tell you what mate, I would rather people see my blog for what it is so they can choose whether or not they stay, than to push shit down the throats of those who have done me the great honor of subscribing to my list.
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  16. I had started to neglect my blog and because constantly changing the ads was getting to be a substantial pain. I had even begun to convince myself that perhaps my readers were thinking my blog is unprofessional and spammy because of all the ads.

    This plug-in has allowed me to pick and choose and rotate with minimal effort and spent the time I save on building the content of my blog.


    1. That’s the way Greg, content always comes first and any plugin that lets us concentrate on that is definitely worth while.
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  17. The same ad in the same place each time they come to your blog – this is VERY bad, sure…

    But as for me, i prefer not to use any banners on my blog – i just sell links.

    1. That could be true but I try not to worry too much about what Google likes. If I did this blog would be pretty boring :wink_ee:

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