WordPress Adsense Plugins – An Overview.

I want to optimize my income from Google Adsense on my various WordPress based sites. How can I accomplish this most effectively? By using a WordPress plugin for Adsense of course! So, I went to WordPress’ plugin section and compiled all the most popular Adsense plugins.[1] I’ve included the list below as well as my commentary on the various plugins.

Plugin: Version: Updated: Rating: Downloads:
WPCustomAds 0.8.8 2011-7-5 5 Star * 1 644
Ad Inserter 1.1.2 2011-6-5 4.5 Star * 12 11,400
Adsense Insert 1.4 2011-11-23 4 Star * 14 9,197
Ad Squares Widget[2] 110709 2011-7-9 5 Star * 14 62,927
Adsense Made Easy 0.5.1 2011-9-20 5 Star * 4 10,562
Quick Adsense 1.9 2011-6-20 4 Star * 69 201,804
Ad Injection 1.2.0.7 2011-12-4 4 Star * 34 95,077
Easy Adsense Lite 5.07 2011-11-3 4 Star * 6 8,126
Adsense Manager 4.02 2011-9-23 3 Star * 96 334,944
Best Google Adsense 1.1.4 2011-11-22 3.5 Star * 13 29,333
Awesome Ads 1.0.4 2011-5-27 4 Star * 14 17,448
Awesome Google Adsense 1.0.4 2011-11-22 4 Star * 13 21,749
Simple Ads Manager 1.0.35 2011-7-18 3.5 Star * 24 25,610
Google Adsense Plugin 0.53 2011-11-23 5 Star * 2 621
Adsense Now! Lite 3.04 2011-11-12 4 Star * 5 3,160
Ads Manager WP/BB 1.5.2 2011-8-17 5 Star * 2 2,582
WP Ads Auto Post 1.2 2011-2-18 5 Star * 1 3,979
WP Random Ads 1.0 2011-9-10 5 Star * 3 740

As you can see there are a large number of options – and this is just a partial list. Lets take a closer look at a few of the best candidates:

  • Quick Adsense – This plugin has over 200,000 downloads and a 4 Star average review rating from sixty-nine reviews. It offers straightforward customization of where ads will be placed on a page but also requires you to generate individual code bits from Adsense for each slot.
  • Adsense Manager – While downloaded over 330,000 times it only has an average review of 3 Stars from ninety-six reviews. It doesn’t appear to be under ongoing development – although the author did release an update to enable the plugin to work with the latest version of WordPress.
  • Ad Injection – The third most frequently downloaded adsense plugin with 95,000+ downloads and holding 4 Stars with thirty-four reviews. Appears powerful with a lot of customization options, but also a fairly intuitive user interface.
    • This is the plugin that is my most preferred at the moment.
  1. [1]I think. If I missed one, let me know.
  2. [2]See also Ad Codes widget.

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