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AdRotate Pro 4.9 – Fixing schedules!

Finally, it’s mostly ready. Yay!
A number of important bugfixes are included in this version – Among others, no more overzealous schedule deleting in some specific situations. This took me a while to get to the bottom of.

Also the code generator has been expanded a bit and improved throughout the plugin. Half finished adverts are no longer showing up in Groups and Schedules in the dashboard.

Image management

Long overdue, the media manager got a bit of a overhaul. And it’s mostly done.
The AdRotate Pro Media Manager now supports 2 layers of folders. This is useful for campaigns and HTML5 adverts.

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AdRotate Free 4.6.2 – Available now!

Improved PHP compatibility and some minor changes to how Generated adverts are treated. All language files have been updated. The dashboard has some minor improvements to make advert management a bit more fluent.

Changes for 4.6.2

  • [fix] Undefined index notices for code generator
  • [fix] Hide ‘Generated’ adverts in when editing groups
  • [i18n] Updated language files

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AdRotate Free 4.6.1 – Available now

These updates improve compatibility with PHP7 and improve a number of things. A better stats display has added – It’s now mostly the same as AdRotate Pro. Schedules are removed more accurately when you remove adverts – No more lingering stuff in the database. And all language files have been updated.

Changes for 4.6.1

  • [fix] Advert stats in ‘Adverts’ not showing correctly
  • [fix] ‘Stats’ link from adverts requiring attention
  • [fix] ‘Stats’ link from disabled adverts
  • [fix] Cleanup code more accurate and efficient
  • [i18n] Updated language files

Changes for 4.6

  • [new] Better stats display
  • [fix] Improved PHP7 compatibility
  • [fix] Schedule properly removed when removing advert
  • [change] Dashboard tweaks and improvements

Break time

Often when I drive around I take a little break at random small shops for a drink or a snack.

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How to start with AdRotate for WordPress

Congratulations! You are about to monetize your website in the most efficient way possible with the AdRotate for Wordpress banner-management plugin.
Online advertising is the most effective way to earn money. And there are many affiliate programs you can join.

Letโ€™s get started and increase your income!

What does AdRotate do?

AdRotate plugin is one of the best and widely used WordPress banner-managers for people and businesses who wish to make money through their website. AdRotate for Wordpress has the possibility to put multiple adverts in a group and shows them alternating on your pages and posts. So no more repetitive displays of adverts if you don’t want to, which in turn won’t scare away the visitors.

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AdRotate Pro 4.8 – Exciting new stuff!

It’s been a while, but there are still features to be added to AdRotate Pro from time to time. This is one such update. Check out the form for creating/editing adverts and groups for new controls.

Most notably you can not turn off repeated impression counting for dynamic groups – Useful for if your adverts are in a tab that’s open for a long time.
And a super useful code generator. Simply provide bits of adverts (such as supplied by your advertiser), a link, image, some settings. And AdRotate will try to generate a working from advert from that.

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Analytics Spam Blocker now under my wing!

Recently I’ve rewritten en re-released the fairly popular Analytics Spam Blocker. Originally created by Luke Williamson. He didn’t want to continue the project so I asked if I could take over and he agreed ๐Ÿ™‚

Not being updated for a while there was a bunch of stuff to do, I’ve optimised the plugin a bit and rewritten a bunch of stuff to make it work with more modern WordPress versions – Though Lukes code was nice and not much needed to be done there.

More importantly. With the spawning of new bots and referral spam every day, a common complaint was that new domains to block weren’t included in the plugin fast enough. With my new version this is mostly negated by an automatic reporting system.

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AdRotate Geo Explained – Increase your advertising campaigns relevancy with Geo Targeting.

geo-serviceSome people asked about what AdRotate Geo does, where they can download it and how it works. In this post I’ll try to answer all 3 questions.
In short AdRotate Geo is a Geo Lookup service. This means that it provides geo location data on your websites visitors where available.

What is AdRotate Geo

Quite simply put, AdRotate Geo is a Geo Lookup service for AdRotate Pro users. And what is a Geo Lookup service? It’s a service that tries to locate where your visitor is so you can target specific advertisements to that person. Targeting your visitors by their location has some great advantages. For example, what use is it to show adverts for a New York restaurant to a website visitor from Japan. None. So don’t waste your impressions on them. Use Geo Targeting to show that Japanese visitor something else. Something relevant. AdRotate Geo helps you with that.

Where to get or download AdRotate Geo

AdRotate Geo is not a downloadable product. You don’t have to buy it, either.
If you have AdRotate Pro version 3.12 or newer then AdRotate Geo is available to you. You can select the service in the Geo Targeting settings of AdRotate pro. All you need to use AdRotate Geo is a valid license that is registered. Basically that means activating the license ๐Ÿ™‚ Simple.

How does AdRotate Geo work

AdRotate Geo is composed of 3 parts really.

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  • The 1st part is built-in in AdRotate Pro and grabs the visitors IP address and makes the request to the AdRotate Geo Server. But also processes the reply of AdRotate Geo.
  • The 2nd part is on the AdRotate Geo server and receives your requests. After validating the request it also sends a reply to your website. Either a valid result you can use or a message why you can’t use AdRotate Geo.
  • The 3rd part is the actual Geo Location database inside AdRotate Geo. This database is provided by MaxMind and is updated regularly for accuracy.

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So how does that work.

When a visitor enters your site he or she may get to a page where an advert is placed with Geo Targeting enabled. At that point AdRotate Pro needs to determine where that visitor is in the world and show an advert or not. If this information is not known by a earlier placed cookie, a request is sent to AdRotate Geo with the IP address of that visitor. AdRotate Geo checks if your site is known in the database and if it is looks up the IP address of the visitor. If the IP address is known AdRotate Geo sends back a reply with the location of that person. This can be a Country, City and/or State. Or any sensible combination of the 3. Most developed areas are listed and known.
Once AdRotate Pro gets a valid response from AdRotate Geo with location data it selects the advert to show to the visitor.
This happens in a matter of milliseconds and won’t impact your sites performance beyond that.

To make this even faster, once the visitor has visited your site, a cookie is created on the visitors computer containing the geo data retrieved from AdRotate Geo. This means that if that visitor comes back to your site before the cookie expires NO request to AdRotate Geo is required. AdRotate Pro will use the cookie of that person.

Signing up for AdRotate Geo

This is as simple as activating the option with a valid license for AdRotate Pro. If your site is not known to AdRotate Geo it will validate the first request and register your site automatically. You won’t even notice this. After 2 weeks of inactivity your site is automatically removed from the database. If you then start using AdRotate Geo again the signup process is simply repeated.

Paid options

AdRotate Geo in it’s basic form is free. You can make 14400 requests (Lookups) per day for free. For most small to medium websites this is plenty.
Since every visitor uses 1 or 2 request per day at the default settings, this means you can serve many visitors per day and you don’t have to pay a dime for it.
If you need more lookups you can buy them via the AdRotate Geo page. These will be added to your total quota. Lookups are a dirt cheap commodity and I think that everyone should be able to benefit from Geo Targeting. it makes your advertising campaigns so much more valuable.