Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Display Adsense Ads Below the Blog Title in Blogger

As you can see, I'm monetizing this blog by using Google Adsense. I get paid every time someone clicks an ad. The most effective ad placement for me is the one located under the blog title. I will post here the steps if you want to implement this on your site.

  1. Create your desired adsense ads and copy the code.

Adsense Code
2. You will need to convert the code because blogger will not accept it. Use postable for that. A very friendly app written by Elliot Swan. Paste it in the box and click on "make it friendly". Don't close it yet, you will need the code later.

postable - very handy app
3. Go to Blogger dashboard > click on Design > the Edit HTML. Put a check mark on Expand Widget Templates and search for To do it faster, click on Ctrl+F on your keyboard and find it.

4. Now paste the code from postable above . If you want your adsense ad to float along with the post body, add this code before and after your adsense code: 

Put your adsense code here

If you want it to float to the left, just change it to "left", duh (just kidding!).

Screenshot of the result:

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Site Redesign

After months of procrastination, I successfully implemented a redesign of this site. The old template is a little quirky and I used it for more than a year already. This time, I decided to use a simple blogger template, one with no bells and whistles because I don't want any incompatibilities to occur now and for the future. I find that the customized templates that are downloadable on the internet are sometimes untrustworthy. The makers usually put hidden codes that you will not notice if you don't inspect the code carefully. And if you find a clean template, you will have a problem sooner or later when blogger updated its design or algorithm.

I'm not finish yet on my redesign project but so far I'm already quite satisfied with the results.  I have lot of things to add here. Social media marketing is getting bigger and bigger, and I want to optimize my site for that. I will still add some twitter/facebook/digg/etc gadgets on the sidebar. I'm thinking of adding a header about computer repair and add some tabs.

I'm also thinking of getting a mailing list to add interaction with my readers and start a monthly computer repair newsletter. I will make this site more user friendly to aspiring computer technicians out there. I want them to come back to this site regularly and interact more. I will start a brand new section about basic computer repair (Computer Repair 101). So keep an eye on it.

I'm also planning to start a video section about computer repair tips and how-tos. But it will mostly focus on software troubleshooting because I don't have enough hardware here in Thailand (I recently relocated).

If you have any suggestions about things that I can add to this blog, feel free to leave a comment.