Wednesday, 26 August 2015

2 new Placements and Video Tutorials

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Video tutorials, 2 new placements and an ad blocker countermeasure – a lot did happen in the last 2 weeks.

With the last updates I implemented some of your feature request. An important one was to not inject ads into elements like tables or image descriptions in the content. The complete rewrite of the content injection led to some issues that I believe are now completely solved.

The biggest news and coolest features I just added where two placements in Advanced Ads Pro. Ads on archive pages and choosing any ad position with just a mouse click.



Ads between posts on archive pages

The "Post Lists" placement allows you to inject ads between posts on any kind of post list, like the home page or category pages.

I have made a short video for you to check it out.

Ads on any position in your theme

The new Custom Position placement allows you to place an ad anywhere in your theme just by selecting the position in the frontend – no coding needed.

Take a look at this video to learn more.

Btw., the sidebar placements included in the Sticky Add-On now also make use of the frontend picker.

Video Tutorials + Poll

The biggest request I get is the one for video tutorials. Therefore I finally started to create some. You can find them through the manual or feature list.

To focus on the important tutorials, I created a poll and would kindly ask you to let me know for which feature set you would like to see videos instead of just reading text.

Visit the poll

AdBlocker countermeasure

Advanced Ads was recently honored by having it's widget being blocked completely by some ad blockers. This caused even non obstrusive ads or non-ad content to be blocked as well.

There are different opinions about ad blocking, but disabling a widget without knowing what is inside is not fair. So I decided to let you guys change the prefix of the ad widget and other elements in general in order to not get hit by ad blockers.

Just go to Advanced Ads > Settings and find the ID Prefix option. Please read the warnings there as well before saving the settings.

Support from within your site

I added another way to contact me directly: a dedicated Support page in the Advanced Ads menu in your WordPress dashboard. You can use it to search the manual or to send me an email.

As always, you can just reply to this email in order to get in contact with me as well.

Thanks
Thomas
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Friday, 14 August 2015

What to use the Browser Language feature for?

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After subscribing to the newsletter you got access to the Slider add-on and the Browser Language add-on. Some of you asked me to give an example on how to use the latter one what I would like to do in this email.

The most obvious is to display ads based on the language of your visitors. This makes sense on multilingual websites. You can learn how to set it up from the manual.

However, I am not displaying ads on wpadvancedads.com, but still use the plugin to show examples and improve the user experience. This is what I did with the Browser Language.

I noticed that I have a lot of traffic from Germany. Maybe because I am a German myself and therefore got some good media feedback from local blogs. However, the website is in English only because I simply don't have time to translate everything.

Still, I decided to let people who speak German know that they can get support in their own language as well.

As a first step, I added a small text in German into the sidebar that is only visible to people who accept German as a language. (read the full post here).

The second step was to translate the chat welcome message from:



into



But again only for German visitors. For the Germans here: let me know if you have a better idea for the text :)

This is just a small example. You can find the full tutorial here.

You might want to check your website analytics to see which languages your visitors speak. Even if you don't speak, I personally believe that it is nice to let people know that you care.

What do you think? Just reply – in English or German – and let me know.

Thanks
Thomas
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Monday, 3 August 2015

Creating a EU Cookie Law consent message with Advanced Ads

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Last week I received multiple messages from Google to inform me that starting with September 30th, I have to make sure that my sites comply with the EU Cookie Law.

The EU Cookie Law demands publishers with visitors from the European Union to have a privacy policy and a consent message on every page.

Google now picked up on it and is probably going to disable AdSense, DoubleClick for Publishers and AdExchange on websites that don't comply with this law. At least, I expect you to receive a warning if your site is reviewed manually.

Since I already have privacy policies on my websites, I only needed to add the custom message as a sticky bar in the header.

There are some commercial solutions out there like this one, but I also noticed that I can build this without additional costs using Advanced Ads Pro and the Sticky add-on.

If you are interested in how I added the consent message to my sites, then check out my latest tutorial called

How to display an EU Cookie Law complient Info Message

Thomas

PS: if you use the tutorial to set it up and get stuck then just reply to this email to get support.
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