OK, lengthy post title but I think it pretty much sums up this post. There are a ton of articles on the internet that point to free WordPress themes, but I though I’d post up a few links that helped me out whilst I was searching for the best ad ready themes to use.
Bit of background first. I was specifically looking for free ad-ready WordPress themes. I wanted to be able to set up a couple of blogs quickly and have them running adsense instantly – I also wanted a few free themes that supported 125×125 ad slots also.
Searching around on Google will throw up hundreds of links, and if you want to go through them the experience can be rewarding (and sometimes frustrating) and you will learn a lot. However, if you want a few short-cuts and pointers, then keep reading as I’ve listed the links that I found most helpful when searching for ad ready WordPress Themes in this post.
Before I list the links, I will provide a bit of background on one specific theme that I’ve found really useful, easy to install and realy easy to configure – ProSense Theme.
Prosense Ad-Ready WordPress Theme:
This blog utilises the Prosense Theme. Prosense is an adsense ready WordPress Theme that is simple to set up and start using almost instantly. In order to make the most of it and start running adsense you will need to have an adsense account (which will give you your ‘adsense id’ that you will need for this).
Prosense was created by the guys from Dosh Dosh and is an excellent generic, adsense ready, blog theme which lends itself really well to niche markets, and to bloggers who are looking for a simple but effective design that can be easily customised. Prosense comes in 3 basic colour schemes – Prosense Blue, Prosense Brown, and Prosense Grey
The image below shows Prosense Blue:
What makes Prosense so useful?:
Separate and Distinct Ad Blocks: Prosense includes isolated ad sections, so you don’t need to search through the stylesheet of sidebar php sections to manage your ads. These sections are easy o customise, come ready with adsense as default, but can be used to host any ads.
Multiple Ad Display Options: Unlike other Adsense Ready themes, ProSense allows you to choose between either banner or rectangle ads for the single post page, thus allowing you more flexibility when it comes to ad blending.
Easy Adsense set up: The only thing you will need to do after installing Prosense is change the adsense “pub-id” to your own. Basically when going into your theme editor after installation you need to click on all the adsense sections listed below and change the ‘google_ad_client = “pub-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” to your own (where xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx is YOUR adsense account number).
- adsense_homepage_banner.php (adsense_homepage_banner.php)
- adsense_homepage_linkunit.php (adsense_homepage_linkunit.php)
- adsense_sidebar.php (adsense_sidebar.php)
- adsense_singlepost_bottom_banner.php (adsense_singlepost_bottom_banner.php)
- adsense_singlepost_bottom_square.php (adsense_singlepost_bottom_square.php)
- adsense_singlepost_top_banner.php (adsense_singlepost_top_banner.php)
- adsense_singlepost_top_square.php (adsense_singlepost_top_square.php)
The adsense ads are already optimised to the blogs colour scheme, so there is no need for you to change any of the colours after installation (unless you want to that is)
Integrated Ad placement on the homepage: Unlike most Adsense ready themes currently available, ProSense blends a 468 x 60 banner unit between the second and third post on the blog homepage. This enables you to display relevant ads to search visitors who arrive at your homepage, as they are more likely to scroll and scan through your posts.The inclusion of a well-blended horizontal link unit near the top of the homepage also attracts navigational-style visitor clicks.
Ad units on post pages: There are two types of ad blocks on both the top and bottom of the single post page. You can choose between using a 468 x 60 banner and 300 x 250 rectangle at the top of the post or a 468 x 60 banner and 336 x 280 large rectangle at the bottom of the post. Again, these are easy to manage via the adsense sections included in the blog theme – listed above
Search Engine Optimized site structure. ProSense is built from good, clean code that validates well. The CSS positioning is written so that your blog content is prioritized in the source code as this may help to improve search engine crawling and ranking. Dynamic and descriptive title tags are also used for each blog page.
Widget-Ready. Like using widgets? No problem then, Prosense comes fully ready to support widget use.
Where can I get Prosense?:
If the info above has inspired you to want to check out Prosense further or install it, then he links below should provide you with all you need:
1) Prosense Info and background from the creators of the theme: Dosh Dosh and The Wrong Advices.
2) Link to download Prosense Brown Theme: Prosense Brown
3) Link to download Prosense Grey Theme: Prosense Grey
4) Link to download Prosense Blue theme: Prosense Blue
After searching around for ad ready WordPress themes I chose to install Prosense on a couple of sites that I was experimenting with (including this one) as the points above ticked all the boxes that I was looking for. I appreciate that you may want to see what else is out there, so I’ve thrown together some links below of some other useful free ad ready wordpress resources I found:
13 links to the best ad-ready and free wordpress themes:
- WPThemesPlugin.com - WPThemesPlugin.com has a ton of useful WordPress themes with most supporting 125×125 ad slots. Also included on this page is the theme called Vestique , which is a great theme that includes adsense as well as 125×125 ad slots, a 468×60 banner in the header, and adsense incorporated into all post pages. Vestique covers most of the ad needs for most bloggers.
- WPHacks.com – Another good source of ad ready wordpress themes. Most themes focus on supporting 125×125 ad slots. You’ll find a blend of 2 column and 3 column themes here.
- Sem-Pros.com – Sem-Pros.com has 6 adsense ready themes ready for download.
- Golod.com – Jason Golod’s ‘clean’ adsense ready theme.
- Almost Spring – Almost Spring is a very simple and adsense ready theme that can be a very effective and simple design. It may not be the prettiest out there, but it’s a good starting point and if money is your goal then there are a ton of adsense placements on this theme waiting to be exploited.
- AdsMinded – An ad ready theme that would lend itself well to ‘technical’ niches. Supports adsense prominently and has space for other banners and ads.
- ProBlogger Clean – As it says, clean theme and adsense ready.
- SEOAdsense Theme – Pretty basic looking, but effective and comes adsense ready with 3 units per page, and one linkunit. A good starting base theme that can be modified as your experience increases.
- Themey – A simple but aggressive adsense ready theme – the content is almost blended in to the structure of the blog whilst the adsense placements are given priority in placement and visibility.
- BlixKrieg – Easily customised adsense ready theme with a good active community ready to leand a helping hand should you have issues.
- MonetisingtheWeb.com – Customisible theme incorporating adsense
- Elegantwpthemes.com – A site that is regularly updated with a large amount of free wordpres themes in 2 columns and 3 columns. Not all are ad ready, but there is plenty here to be getting on with.
- DoshDosh – As well as being the co-creator of the Prosense theme, Dosh Dosh has also drawn together 18 of the most popular ad ready WordPress themes.