Review of Ad Inserter
In this post you will learn how to easily create a WordPress ad and insert it in the right-hand column post or page. To do that you will use a free WordPress plugin called Ad Inserter.
You can consider this post to be a review of Ad Inserter. It shows how simple this plugin is to use.
On the WordPress site there are 164 reviews for Ad Inserter. 158 of them are 5-star reviews.
Creating your WordPress ad
For this exercise you will first create a simple ad.
♦ Open a new WordPress page and name it something like Temporary Page.
♦ Every WordPress ad should have a picture with a “wow” effect. So, go to a high-quality photo site such as Adobe Stock. Use their search engine to find the ideal photo for your ad. Buy it.
♦ Insert the picture into your Temporary Page. Click on the picture. Drag the upper right-hand corner until the width is exactly 200 pixels wide.
♦ On your Temporary Page, write the text of your WordPress ad beneath the picture. The part of the text that will by hyperlinked should be bold.
♦ Press Enter a few times to add some space between the picture and the text. You will need this later.
♦ Your ad will link to another page. Cmd C to copy the URL of that page into your clipboard.
♦ Select the picture and also that portion of the text that is to be linked. Click the link icon at the top of the page. Cmd V to paste the URL. Make sure you check the box in front of “Open link in new tab”.
♦ On your Temporary Page, click the Text file to see the source code. Notice the closing link tag (<a/>). It MAY be in the wrong place.
Cmd X to delete it and Cmd V to paste it at the end of the text that is to be linked. Cmd C to copy the entire code snippet of this ad into your clipboard.
Formatting ad with Ad Inserter
(If you have inserted animated GIFs into the right-hand column before, this example might be all you need to refresh your memory.)
(If you don’t have Ad Inserter yet, go here to learn how to install it.)
♦ Go to the page to which you wish to have the ad. Click on Edit Post > Plugins > Installed Plugins.
♦ Under Ad Inserter click Settings. Then select a block that has no code in it. In this example it is Block #4.
♦ Cmd V to paste code into black Block 4 box. Sometimes the end linking tag (</a>) will end up being before the end of the linking text. In such a case, Cmd X to remove it and Cmd V to paste it at the end of the linking text.
♦ Align the ad left and check “only as selected” for both posts & pages. Click lists tab & make sure every Black List radio button is selected. Click manual and make sure Widget is checked. Click Save All Settings.
♦ Using a new window, go to the page that is to have the display ad. Go to Edit view and scroll to the bottom. Make sure the appropriate Block has been enabled.
Click Appearance > Widgets. Drag the Ad Inserter widget into the right-hand column.
♦ Make sure appropriate Block has been select. (#4 in this example.) Save it.
♦ Go to the page that should have the ad and check it out. It is likely that the formatting is not ideal. If so, go back to black box and change the code. For instance, if the text is beside the picture as opposed to below it, copy & paste a few more of these codes: . Then click on Save All Settings.
Example from Kelowna Virtual Assistant
Go to the Kelowna Virtual Assistant About Us page. Here are some screen shots about the insertion of that animated GIF ad.
Below is the Ad Inserter link to the animated GIF. The part within the quotation marks after “src=” was taken from the Temporary Page. Note that the dimensions were taken by holding the cursor over a sizing corner in the Temporary page.
Below the black rectangle you will find the settings below.
Click Appearance > Widgets to get this sidebar.
From the bottom of the About Us page in edit view.
- Blog author’s name & picture in column single post
- Animated web ad in column
- Blog author’s name & picture in column every post
Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. As a VA (virtual assistant), he specializes in new website development, researching and writing blog posts and creating videos for YouTube and as animated GIFs. He is a social media blogger and author of the free YouTube video-creation tutorial called 7 Day YouTube.