In our last article, we have recommended 5 WordPress plugins that can help bloggers to turn their websites into a “profit-seeking” blog. These 5 plugins are mainly for security, traffic and website performances. In this article, we will share another 5 plugins.
FB share – this plugin lets readers easily share your blog post on their Facebook timeline. The more your reader shares your posts, the faster your blog can be spread out on Facebook. This plugin eventually helps you attract more new visitors.
Facebook open graph – this plugin automatically adds meta tags on the head section of your posts. If you share your blog post (with images) on your Facebook timeline, the Facebook post you made will display a thumbnail of the image shown on your blog post. Moreover, if your blog post contains a video link from YouTube or Vimeo, by sharing the blog post on your Facebook wall, this plugin enhances your wall posts by adding clickable videos embed for these two video sharing websites. You can see the sample by reading the “Description” section of this plugin on WordPress.org
Contact us Form – A good contact us form can let your potential advertising clients easily contact you. Among the various contact form plugins in WordPress platform, “Contact Form 7” is one of the most popular one due to its flexibility and easy-to-customize feature.
Before we go into the details of the plugins, we would like to introduce Google AdSense to you first. Google Adsense enables you to earn revenue by showing relevant and engaging ads alongside your website content. All you need to do is to sign up an account and copy and paste the ad codes on your website. Then ad banners will start displaying on your website. You earn revenue by clicks from your visitor. For bloggers who do have a full time job and treat blogging as their “leisure-part-time job”, Google Adsense is a convenient tool for you and helps you save the time to search and call new advertisers.
Once you sign up a Google AdSense account and have the ad codes ready, you can go to the “Widget” section in your WordPress dashboard. Add “Text” widget to your sidebar. Simply copy and paste the Google AdSense codes onto the Text widget and the ad banners will start displaying your sidebar.
There are a few guidelines that you need to follow in order to participate in the Google Adsense Program. One of the most important policies you need to know is that you can only display 3 image ads on one web page. For more details, check out this Google AdSense Page.
Since the space for placing ad banenr is quite limited on a WordPress website, we would like to recommend the following plugin for you.
Ad codes widget – this plugin lets clients install multiple ad banners in the same spot and supports shuffle-rotations. What that means is you can place more than one ad code into a single widget box. For example, you have two ads: a Google AdSense banner and an advertising banner from a local grocery store featuring their on-sale items. You can put both codes in the same widget box. What will happen is that the two ad banners will rotate automatically. So, your visitors may see the Google AdSense banner (or the grocery banner) when they read your blog post. By hitting “refresh” or going to a different page, they will see the ad banner for the grocery store (or, the Google AdSense banner). This plugin can maximize the ad spacing usage of your website.
Simple Custom Content Adder – this plugin lets you add some custom content to all of your posts. With this plugin, you can easily insert a Google AdSense text ad to the end of each post.
Have fun blogging and start earning more revenue with these 10 plugins!