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Which is the best Wordpress commercial template for writers to move to

  1. Don Bobbitt profile image93
    Don Bobbittposted 13 months ago

    OK, so I am going to stay here on HP for the foreseeable future. But, I can see that I have "creative" works, and certain other articles that I will be moving now that HP has placed the big DOLLAR sign in front of their logo. And, I am not complaining, it's just that I still want to keep my not-so-popular articles somewhere.
    And, I want to make a few pennies on ads in my articles.
    So, I know I need to go with a commercial site and I am using a couple of "free" templates on Wordpress now, that do not allow ads.
    My question is, are any of you successful with a particular Wordpress site where you pay for the template, and can place ads such as Amazon, etc. ????

    1. makingamark profile image77
      makingamarkposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Don - here's a few things to think about before making the leap.

      1) Which Wordpress are you looking at? One is free and the other is not.

      2) You won't make any money from AdSense unless you get thousands of visitors a day and even then only if your topic generates adverts which are very relevant. (Bear in mind that what AdSense Income you get from HubPages is based on this being a platform which gets millions of visits a day.)

      3) If you anticipate thousands of visitors you might want to think about ebooks as an alternative platform.

      4) AdSense income seems to be taking a dive everywhere - including HubPages

      5) If you're not making money from AdSense do you want to use a platform which is unlikely to generate any income to pay for its costs?

      6) Why not just go for a free platform like Blogger which doesn't cost you anything and you can forget about adverts.

    2. promisem profile image95
      promisemposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Don, I recommend using an AdSense plugin with a free template. Most templates allow the use of such plugins.

      It's mainly a matter of choosing one that has a layout that accommodates the typical ad sizes of 728x90, 300x250 or 160x600. Such a layout usually has one sidebar column.

      The paid templates don't provide any more advantage on accommodating ads than the free ones.

      1. classicalgeek profile image88
        classicalgeekposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Agreed. Adsense will give you a code which you can paste into a text/html widget; position the widget anywhere on your sidebar or footer. You can also use a free plugin to put ads on the bottom or your page or post. There are thousands of excellent free templates, and even the paid versions of those templates often offer only minor tweaks.

    3. lisavollrath profile image88
      lisavollrathposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      Don, is your blog hosted at WordPress.com? If so, Adsense and other third-party ads aren't allowed there: https://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

      In order to use AdSense with WP, you have to have your site hosted on your own server space. Then, it really doesn't matter which template you use, because any template with widget support allows you to paste the AS code into a text widget. I don't recommend paying for a template. There are hundreds of good free ones available at WordPress.org, for folks using their own server space.

      I have five WP installs hosted on one account at LinkSky. I use a modified version of the PinBoard theme for the two sites that have ads on them. My traffic, and my AdSense revenue, is on an upswing right now, and I'm clearing the AdSense minimum for payout eat month.

  2. Don Bobbitt profile image93
    Don Bobbittposted 13 months ago

    makingamark- Yeah, I know it will be a problem for me to make anything, really on what I move, but I do feel that I can move the things HP (the company and the audience) do not like very much, and have my "other"site for those things I wrote that are special to me, and I want to have available for my friends and the occasional wandring reader.