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How to make blockable ads for Wordpress blogs?

     
4:53 pm on Jan 19, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like a pretty silly question, but I am trying to make ads or banner ads for my blog that adblockerplus would pick up on? In the past I would just make a jpeg banner and link it, but the ad blocker didn't block it and the number of ads resulted in too many back links to a single domain hurting my site.

The problem is, I have a blog that i use to push traffic to another site or mine. This would be like somebody operating tshirtblog.whatever and using it to send traffic to tshirtstore.whatever where people buy products. Before I had a ton of articles about certain tshirts and those articles would reference product pages on my store. BUT what I noticed was that I had too many links to my one store and it was bad SEO. Now I removed all those links but still want to encourage visitors to go to my store through a banner ad in the blog's sidebar.

I believe if Google knows it's an ad, there to make money, they don't punish the blog owner for it even if that banner is on the sidebar of every page?

So simply put, I want to make a banner. Normally I would just make a jpeg banner and link it as href= but Google sees that as x-number of backlinks to one domain. Not good. :(

I do know there are sites like buysellads that allow you to submit ads for blog owners to use and you can earn money from clicks, but that is kind of silly if it's my own site I'm sending traffic to. I guess my question is, does adblockerplus simply look for coding from sites like buysellads and other ad resources to block their content and/or is there something I can ad to my banners like specific coding so Google treads those banners as ads and not just normal back links?
5:56 pm on Jan 19, 2017 (gmt 0)

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First off to solve your problem about the too many links pointing to your site, just "nofollow" the links and the problem is solved. It is what you are supposed to do for any paid links ie: ads.

Blocking you own ads:
I suppose you could write some JS to detect the presence of an ablocker and then set the div style to display:none. But even if you did that, Googlebot wouldn't trigger the JS so it would see the ads anyways.

You could (BUT DO NOT DO THIS), detect Googlebot and then hide the ads for Googlebot only, but this would be cloaking so do not do it.

Another idea would be to open an Adsense account, and show real ads, then using the newly released ad-balancer feature you could suppress all but the highest paying ads and replace the low paying ads with a your backup ad. Then you can make some extra money from Adsense and have Adsense show your ads on your site. Ad blockers will gladly block all the ads.
6:02 pm on Jan 19, 2017 (gmt 0)

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If your home-made banner is in the sidebar or footer where it would show up for every page, it already has lower value than a link in an article and is not considered a "normal backlink". If your WP theme uses html5 you can use the tag <aside> to designate areas that are not part of the page's content. <aside> is commonly used for menus also.
7:36 pm on Jan 19, 2017 (gmt 0)

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@nickMNS I know you can nofollow links but I always been told that if Google sees a link on every page to the same url, nofollow or not, it hurts you because it looks abusive.

I guess that is not true? Will consider that.

As far as adsense, you can't control who shows the ads where I'd like to do that.
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As far as adsense, you can't control who shows the ads where I'd like to do that.


I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Adsense allows you to block ads or advertiser's by account or url. This prevents your users from seeing ads from competitors. As for showing your ads to some user and not others, no Adsense does provide any functionality to do this. But if you serve the ad code dynamically you could decide to show the code or not.