WordPress Text Link Ads Plugin

Teli Adlam —  May 16, 2007

WP Text Ads Website I just stumbled across a slick looking plugin (WP 2.0.x or higher) by Alex Choo which allows WordPress bloggers to sell text link adverts directly on their blog and cut out the middle man. Since I’ve been using a combination of Text Link Ads and a manual in house system for some of my blogs, this plugin definitely struck my fancy.

WP Text Ads is a WordPress plugin that lets you sell text link ads directly to advertisers, so you get paid instantly and pay no commissions.

Contrast that to existing solutions where the middle men earn their commissions immediately, pay you weeks later and give you little freedom to decide how to style, position and price the ads.

The plugin comes in two flavors: free and paid ($127/license). Although the free version of the plugin has all the same features as the paid version, going with the free version means that you’ll be limited to two ads, which may be perfectly fine for the hobby blogger.

The benefits of using this plugin should be obvious — higher profit margin for selling links on your site — however, the downside is that you will need to actively find advertisers unless you already have an existing advertiser base.

Using the plugin is simple (upload and activate) and even comes with widgets to make adding the advertiser blocks easier, however, it doesn’t integrate payment processing. You need to send out the invoices and check to make sure they’re paid before activating the advert — not a deal breaker, but it would be nice. Once I’ve had a bit more time to play around with the plugin on one of my sites, I’ll come back with my thoughts.

[tags]wordpress text link ads plugin, wp text ads, alex choo[/tags]

Teli Adlam

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5 responses to WordPress Text Link Ads Plugin

  1. Well, looks good.

    Not too sure how useful is this plugin.

    A bit troublesome to find your own buyers and play around with invoices.

  2. Hi,

    I’m the developer of WP Text Ads.

    The Marketplace was launched with version 1.1 of WP Text Ads. It will help to connect advertisers and bloggers.

    In addition, WP Text Ads lets you sell ads blog-wide, home-page or per-post, so this gives the advertisers more options. Typically, advertisers save on costs with WP Text Ads, while bloggers earn much more since they don’t pay commissions.

    PayPal integration is very important and will be done in the future. If you have other feedback, please contact me and let me know.

    Thanks! 🙂

    Alex

  3. Hi again.

    I would just like to clarify that the Free Edition gives you 2 blog-wide links, 2 home-page links and 2 per-post links.

    Therefore, a blogger can display up to 2 + 2 + (2 * number of posts) links for free.

    Alex

  4. I just got my first advertiser for Text Link Ads, but I don’t know how to display it on my site. I’m using this plugin, version 3.1.0, and I don’t see a widget I can pull up and place anywhere. So, I’m not quite sure whether something will just show up eventually or if I’m supposed to be doing something more. I did put the code into my sidebar, and they know it, so maybe patience is all I need for now, but I’m not sure. Any ideas?

  5. If thats like a widget. it may be great.
    but i wonder how it appears and how easy it is to find buyers