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AdRotate Pro 3.15 available now – Fixes and improvements

logo-512x512A few bugfixes that most affected larger sites. Most notable the usage of geo lookups has been reduced and the loading speed for larger groups has been reduced a bit.

Mobile adverts

Some users saw both mobile and desktop adverts appear for desktop users. This in itself isn’t that bad, but would affect impressions for both platforms a bit. This has now been fixed and because of how things are handled now may work a bit faster too on larger sites ๐Ÿ™‚

Geo Targeting

For some users too many lookups were used for Geo Services. This has now been fixed.
In certain combinations of settings a lookup may be performed even if Geo Targeting was disabled. None of that anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

Changes

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  • [change] Updated H2 tags to H1 for WordPress 4.3
  • [fix] User dropdown not loaded if advertisers are disabled
  • [fix] Better check if Geo Targeting cookie should be created
  • [fix] Better filter for mobile vs. desktop adverts
  • [i18n] New and updated translation strings

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AdRotate Pro 3.14 now available

logo-512x512A bit overdue, but here is AdRotate Pro version 3.14 bringing you a few new goodies and some fixes. Advert editing just got better, Geo Targeting got a bit of a update and the settings page got overhauled.

Live Previews

AdRotate Pro now has a fancy live preview. Type something valid in the AdCode field and you’ll see it immediately below the textarea without having to save the advert first.
Of-course to make the changes permanent you still need to save things ๐Ÿ™‚

Geo Targeting Regions

Geo Targeting has had a little update – You can not select regions such as east or west Europe to target a whole bunch of countries at once. This is sort of a shortcut to select sets of countries. After you’ve saved the region, all relevant countries will be stored for you.

Changes

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  • [new] Predefined regions when setting up Geo Targeting
  • [new] Live previews when editing adverts
  • [new] Complete overhaul of the settings page
  • [fix] Multisite ID for fallback not applied correctly
  • [change] Updated Widget Class structure
  • [change] Revised debug options
  • [change] Support form now uses Reply-To instead of From
  • [change] License API updated
  • [i18n] New and updated translation strings

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Manuals for AdRotate updated

advertisingToday I’ve finally, at long last, created a bunch of manuals for Mobile Adverts and HTML5 Adverts.

For both of these some improvements and support got added last month and never got around to actually documenting things. Today I did.

Check out the Mobile Adverts manual here, and the HTML5 adverts manual here.

Of-course, if you have any questions or having trouble setting things up. Check out the forums.

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AdRotate Geo Targeting regions.

logo-512x512AdRotate Pro keeps on growing, which is great! For the next version I’m looking to make it a bit more easy to set up Geo Targeting countries. This is of-course aimed at setting up regional banners more easily.

Currently I have this:
geo-regions

This means that with one click you can select all of Europes countries.
And with another click you select the United States and Canada.

What other regions should AdRotate Pro include?
North/South Europe? Parts of Asia? Africa?

If you can suggest your region and the countries that includes via the contact form or forum I’ll have a look at it and possibly include it in the next version. Be sure to specify the countries you want included in a region.

Thanks for your feedback!

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AdRotate 3.11.7

logo-512x512Some changes and improvements to Post Injection and the plugin in general. Post Injection finally got dealt with and has been redone to work more reliably.

HTML5 advert support has been improved a bit with usable examples next to the adcode. AdRotate Pro has even further improved support for HTML5 adverts making the uploading of assets even easier.

Changes

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  • [new] More ‘after paragraph’ options for Post Injection
  • [change] Removed all ‘every N paragraph’ options for post injection
  • [fix] Responsive class overwriting existing html classes
  • [fix] Post Injection cutting off content at the end of posts
  • [fix] Impression timer not always accurate for some users
  • [fix] Timezone notation not always valid
  • [i18n] New and updated strings

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Switching your WordPress site to SSL

Https for your domain makes sense these days for a bunch of reasons; You offer an encrypted link connection to your visitors which provides security. It’s not very expensive either. You can get affordable certificates via NameCheap (A popular hosting provider).

I got mine via MediaTemple because I’m rather lazy and their dashboard has this fancy thing to install a certificate with just one click. But you can get them cheap via NameCheap from ~$10 per year or so.

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AdRotate Pro 3.12.3 – Maintenance update

logo-512x512A small maintenance update with a small optimisation for dynamic groups – Bringing a small speed bump and less clutter when loading ads. Translation files updated and removed the now obsolete AdRotate Server code.

Changes

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  • [tweak] Load max. 10 ads for a dynamic group
  • [change] Removed obsolete AdRotate Server code
  • [i18n] New and obsolete strings in translation files

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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.

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AdRotate 3.12.2

It took a while to figure out but with some help from Austria we managed to get the cities/state filter working a bit more accurately.

In some configurations the states were not filtered out correctly. For others it didn’t always work for cities. This happened because of a function treating the array to check differently than it should. This has now been improved.

On top of that, services not reporting a Geo Lookup quota are now excluded from the quota notifications.

Changes

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  • [fix] No longer apply geo lookup quota for services that don’t report a quota
  • [tweak] Better filter logic for geo cities/states

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Updates

Updates are available through your dashboard if you use version 3.12 or newer.
You can download updates manually from your account on this website if you do not yet have version 3.12.

Licenses

If your license starts with 101 (all licenses bought trough www.adrotateplugin.com) you may need to register a new account on this website (top right corner) and link your license to that account from your profile.

Note: The title should of-course be ‘AdRotate Pro 3.12.2’.

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AdRotate Pro 3.12.1 – Refinements

logo-512x512After an otherwise well received update here are some refinements to make it even better.
You’ve probably noticed some Geo Targeting alerts ๐Ÿ™ … Yea, fixed.

Some other tweaks/fixes are included as well.

Changes

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  • [fix] Metro/DMA Codes not properly stored for some Geo Services
  • [fix] Geo Targeting Quota messages being sent unnecessarily
  • [fix] Cookie expiry setting now shows the right value

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