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. I’ve included the list below as well as my commentary on the various plugins.
|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||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||188.8.131.52||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.