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Are AdRotate Free and AdRotate Pro GDPR compatible?

TLDR;

Yes, Both AdRotate Pro and AdRotate Free are compatible with GDPR.
Just make sure you inform your audience what you’re doing and what’s going to happen when they access your website.

What GDPR is all about

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. Which is forced onto the world by the lovely governance of the European Union.

These regulations have been years in the making and started years ago with the dreaded and Cookie Regulations. Now they’ve taken it a few steps further to include any data that may be personally identifiable in a similar scheme.

In short, GDPR is yet another useless attempt to control data and seemingly protect the user.

How does AdRotate fit into this

People visiting your website will leave a trace, that trace is at the very least an IP address. But often involves a user account or some kind of record. Often cookies are thrown at visitors. There is session data. Servers collect logs that contain all kinds of information about visitors.

Here are 3 things AdRotate does with user data:

1. IP Addresses

AdRotate (Pro) stores IP addresses for up to 24 hours to track impressions and clicks. If the plugin is working properly this data is removed after 24 hours. These records are not easily accessible by end-users. Website administrators also have no direct access to this data. The cleanup is governed by wp-cron.

If you don’t want AdRotate (Pro) to store IP addresses at all. Turn off stats or use a 3rd party tracker. You can use Google Analytics or Piwik Analytics.

If you wish to not share the IP address to a 3rd party you should turn off Statistics.

2. Geo Targeting

If you use Geo Targeting each visitor will get a cookie that lasts up to a week, depending on your settings.
This cookie stores the approximate location of the visitor. This data is not stored on the server but the visitors IP address is sent to a Geo Lookup service.

Currently AdRotate Pro supports the following Geo Targeting services; AdRotate Geo (my own lookup service), MaxMind and ipstack.
If you use Cloudflare you can get the visitors country via that as well.

All services use the visitors IP Address to get the location information.

Do these services store the IP address? AdRotate Geo does NOT store the IP address. As for the others, I do not know.
Check their Terms of Service. Email their support staff to find out.

If you do not want to share the IP address to a 3rd party you should turn off Geo Targeting.

3. Statistics

As mentioned before, AdRotate (Pro) stores the visitors IP Address for a limited time. Other than that, statistics are anonymous and just dumb numbers.

So there you have it, both AdRotate Pro and AdRotate Free are compatible with GDPR.

Why GDPR is pointless

While the intentions of GDPR may be a good idea. It won’t work as long as free service businesses such as Facebook, Google and the like make it a business to sell your data. You are their product. Your data is their product.

Earlier this week I was presented with a load of convoluted questions and settings updates on Facebook, trying to convince me that personal data gathering is a good thing. They showcased it under the guise of security and defrauding accounts. It helps against spam and fake news and more such nonsense. And to make it more appealing to me, some other benefits like auto tagging and checking in if I let them store my data and track my movements.

The little survey they forced me to click through implied consent and I ended up clicking “yes” and “agree” a bunch of times because I don’t want my account impeded or limited if I don’t agree. No matter my decision, they’ll get what they want anyway.

Google has sent out similar notifications a few weeks ago, simply telling me what is going to happen, offering a security audit and a easy way to some new settings to review, but really I had no say in the matter at all.

Thus, the 2 larger companies in the world that these regulations are meant for are already covering themselves with recorded evidence of consent, rendering the regulations mostly useless. I imagine most people won’t even read or care about these settings and (unknowingly) give consent.

Most people are stupid that way.

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.

Let’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.

How to install the Adrotate Plugin?

Open your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins > Add New. Once there, search the plugin directory for AdRotate.
The highly recognizable green logo for AdRotate will pop up instantly in your search results.

Next to it you’ll see a Install button. Simply click that button to download AdRotate to your website.

How to activate the Adrotate Banner Management plugin

After the plugin is downloaded to your website the install button changes into a Activate button. You can activate AdRotate right there, or from the Plugins dashboard page.

Once activated a menu item called AdRotate is added to your sidebar in the dashboard.
Everything option AdRotate has to offer is available through this menu.

You will experience how easy it is to start earning money

In order to use AdRotate Banner Management you can sign up with advertising networks or affiliate programs. Many of our users use Media.Net or Google Adsense. In your dashboard you’ll find several links to sign up with Media.net, the 2nd largest advertising network on the web.
More on that here – A Media.net offer »

Of-course you can also create your own adverts with banners from local businesses outside of the larger advertising networks.

Setup your first advertisement

In AdRotate for WordPress you can easily set up advertising campaigns with adverts you got from an advertising network such as Media.net or Google Adsense.

To create adverts in AdRotate you’ll navigate to the AdRotate menu and go to Adverts > Add New to get started.

Using an advertising network

In it’s most basic form you enter a name for the advert and add the banner code your network provided for you. Further down you also create or select a schedule for when the campaign should run. If the advert goes into a group you select a group as well.

Creating your own adverts

Of-course you’re not limited to advertising networks. With some basic HTML you can create your own adverts as well. For example from a local business who just provided you with a banner image and their website url.

You again start with a name for the advert. The AdCode you create yourself with basic HTML. Working examples for this are on the right of the AdCode field in AdRotate. Also here, further down you set up a schedule and optionally select a group.

For a more in depth guide to set up advertising campaigns with AdRotate, click here: Getting started with AdRotate »

Adverts can be placed on their own, or in groups where AdRotate alternates between the adverts in the group. Adverts and groups can be placed pretty much anywhere on your website including:

  • Inside posts
  • Before or after the post content
  • In sidebars with widgets
  • On any specific page of your choice
  • In the header and footer

Adverts can be any size you desire. But try to keep an eye on what looks good and stick to commonly used sizes.

Anything to create a sales-funnel that will bring more revenue.

Did you know that:

AdRotate Pro offers even more features than the free version? And it is a one time purchase only? No prescription needed. Updates are included for free. This makes AdRotate Pro one of the most affordable advertisement plugins available.

Buy AdRotate Pro for more features

One Site License, € 29Two Site License, € 39

Do you have comments or questions about this article? Feel free to comment!

Are you already using AdRotate (Pro)? Please visit the support forum and the AdRotate manuals.

Howto: Supercharge your wifi network

Check out my tips and hand-outs on how to make your wifi network faster. I use Apple’s Airport Extreme base station as an example. But the general tips and settings apply to every access-point of any brand.

I did a lot of experimenting and some research on what does what and where and how it works best. These settings make my wifi network more reliable and much faster.

What works for me…

Everything in this article works for me. That doesn’t necessarily mean it works for you too. My house and surroundings are different from yours. That said, the general rule of thumb is to just try and see what works best. The settings I use are all fairly generic and will apply to many people. But you may have to tweak a few things to your situation.

Basic Setup

Open up your Airport Utility from the Utilities folder in Applications. In there you’ll find your base station. Click it and click Edit.
If you press and hold the option key while clicking edit you get a bit few more options but mostly information (in the form of a summary tab).

I think it’s advisable to give your base station a Static IP address. But that’s optional. If you do, make sure the IP Address is not in the DHCP range of your router (If you have one). If your Airport Extreme is the router, you are required to set up a static Address.

You may want to limit IPv6 to local-link only, which you can do in the Internet Options button. IPv6 generally isn’t really in use yet for actual consumer use. More modern devices on your network may use it. Some internet services support it. But doing without it is just fine for the next few years. IPv6 slowly gains more and more support though.

Wifi Settings

Apple simplified the Wifi settings compared to earlier versions and it seems it actually works now. So this should be fairly straight forward. They did away with most advanced settings, which is a bit of a shame. But as long as that it works that doesn’t really matter.

Create your network

Obviously you want a distinct name for your wifi and not something generic like most people use. I bet half of them don’t even know which one is theirs. Look at this mess.

Madness, so set a cool name that you can identify – Like your family name or a item or character you like. Pretty much every wifi base station in existence can change it’s wifi name, there is no reason not to. As you can see, I still use names from the Manga Ghost in the shell.
My network is named Kusanagi. After the lead character. Setting a custom name is also useful for when you have guests over you can just tell them to connect to it without having to memorize a codename no-one can understand.

Security

Using WEP these days is stupid. Also using Mac Authentication is pretty useless. So if you use that. Disable it.

Why?

  1. WEP has been cracked years ago and is therefor useless.
  2. MAC Authentication – Everyone, even a 12 year old, can copy and spoof your MAC Address in seconds.
  3. MAC Authentication slows down your network. Which is undesirable.

These days using WPA2 is the way to go. Older base stations also support WPA or WPA/WPA2 (a mix of the two). The latest of Airport Extremes have WPA2 Personal (WPA2) and WPA Enterprise (Using a Radius server). Most users should use WPA2 Personal and make sure every other base station uses that same setting. Not the WPA/WPA2 setting. But WPA2 or WPA2 Personal. This makes sure there can be no communication issue between the 2 stations and thus they work faster.

Pick your channel and radio mode carefully

Picking the right channel and radio mode. This is perhaps the most important bit and the performance of your wifi depends heavily on it.
I use an application called Wifi Explorer on my Mac to see what networks are available and which channel they use. The app can detect both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz networks if your device supports them.

This is what my neighborhood looks like:

2.4Ghz:

5Ghz:

Every ‘hoop’ is a wifi Network. You’ll notice that I have pretty much the whole 5Ghz spectrum for myself, almost everyone uses 2.4Ghz. This means that the 2.4Ghz networks are by default not at peak performance. Simply because the frequency is saturated with radio signals.

If you do not have devices that use 11b (11mbit) or 11g (54mbit) you may want to just not broadcast that. Pick the 11n (130mbit and up) option. This may increase overall speeds a bit.

For the channel selection refer to the above charts, if you scan your surroundings you’ll hopefully find a channel that isn’t used at all. Or has few networks on it. Pick that one. Do this for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Pick the least used channel. This ensures optimal speeds.

Disable the separate SSID name for your 5GHz network and set your multicast rate

Under the tab “Wireless” click “Wireless Network Options” and disable the “5GHz Network Name”. As  a sort of quality assurance you might want to raise the “Multicast Rate”.

Disabling the separate name basically merges your 5GHz network into your 2.4GHz one. Leaving the computer/device to decide which to use. And you’re kinda feeling in the dark, hoping it picks the fastest. But that’s alright. Most devices are made to use the best connection and switch when required.

The multicast rate is a bit more vague, but from what I’ve seen, read and learned it basically sets a acceptable speed limitation. Such as – If the device can not meet a bare minimum speed. It’s not getting on the network. The default setting is low. Which pretty much lets anything connect regardless of signal quality. I prefer speed. So I’ve set it a tad bit higher, to medium. This forces the computer to find a better signal.

This is especially useful if you use multiple Airports. So that the iPhone does connect to the one which has a stronger signal and not the one downstairs at the other side of the house when you’re standing next to one.

(Don’t) Use Wide Channels

Wide channels is a mechanic in wifi where a signal may utilize multiple frequencies in order to boost throughput. Basically it opens multiple lanes just for you on the highway. In my experience this doesn’t work. At least not when combining a brand new model Airport and an older one which doesn’t have this option (and thus doesn’t support it?). Obviously I don’t know what this option does between 2 newer models since I only have one. But I’ve disabled it and it’s fast now.

You can disable this option in the tab “Wireless” under “Wireless Network Options” same as the above 2 settings. Untick the box “Use wide channels”.

Router or not

If you have a modem/router you need to set the Airport Extreme to Bridge mode. Using NAT in the Airport too, slows you down, if things work at all.
Your modem already handles NAT, having a Double NAT is useless.

If your Airport is the router. Set it to DHCP NAT.

In closing

To close, all of these settings, tips and things apply to any Wifi network. Regardless of your basestation. I just happen to use the Apple one.

Remember, while these settings work for me, they may not, or not entirely, work for you. Fiddle around with them or skip parts where needed to get optimal performance and usability. My initial setup took me 3-4 days to get right. Endless testing and trying.

But it’s worth it.