How to Put Ads on Your Website

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Note: this post is assuming you have access to ads to put on your site. You can either put ads that you sell directly, or ads that are part of an ad network. For more on ad networks and how to make money on your blog, join my email newsletter using the sign up box below and gain free access to my eBook How to Make Money from Your Blog. That’ll get you started.

Now let’s talk about placing ads on you website. I’ll break this post into 2 parts – WordPress and Blogger.

Up first,

How to put ads on your BLOGGER blog

It’s actually very simple. I’ll start with AdSense, since it is the absolute easiest.
Head to your layout screen by clicking “layout” on the left side of your dashboard. The screen will look like this:
blogger layoutWherever you want to put an AdSense ad, click the “add gadget” text to get to the gadget list. Find the AdSense gadget:
adsense gadgetAfter clicking the AdSense option, you’ll be brought to a screen where you can quickly customize the look of your ad.
how to set up adsense in bloggerNote: if you don’t have an AdSense account set up, you will have to do that first.
Make sure the text and image option is selected. More ads, and better quality ads will show if you choose that option. If you click the dropdown menu, you’ll be able to set the size of the ad. Make sure it’s something that will fit where you want it. The optimum size for the area you chose will be selected. Change it if you need to.

Then, you can change the color scheme of your ads. I recommend trying to blend it with your blog’s color scheme so it looks better. As you change things around, you’ll see the preview (shown at the bottom of the window) change, which is great for showing you how an ad will look on your site.

And that’s it! Click “Save”, then save your arrangement and your ads will appear within a few minutes to a few hours.

But Zack, what if I don’t want to place an AdSense ad, but instead an ad from somewhere else?

No problem!

Assuming you have the HTML code for the ad, follow the steps below:
(If you need to create the code for placement, follow the steps here and just replace the social icons idea with the ad)
Head to the layout section and click add gadget where you want to place your ad (just like above).
Instead of choosing the AdSense gadget, choose the HTML/Javascript one.
html blogger gadgetThis will bring up a box where you can enter some HTML code. There will also be a box at the top for “Name”, just leave that alone.
Simply paste your ad code in the HTML box, hit “save” and you’re good to go!
preview changesAlways make sure to preview your changes before saving arrangement!

That’s all you need to know for the basics on placing an ad on your Blogger blog.


But Zack! I’m on WordPress!

Ok ok, it’s your turn now.

How to put ads on a WordPress blog

WordPress themes are all different, so I will try to cover them all by being slightly general.

Head to the widgets screen:
wordpress widgets
Take a look at the right side of this screen. Those are your widget areas.
widgetsDepending on your theme, you will have different widget areas than the ones shown above. Most likely, if you’re a beginner, you’ll just be putting ads in your sidebar. The sidebar (if there are multiple) you probably want to put the text widget in is the “Primary Sidebar”.

When you have found the widget area that you will be placing the ad in, click the little downward pointing arrow to expand the widget. Then from the left side of the screen, drag the button titled “text” and drop it in the widget area:
widget drag and drop
That will open up a box where you can add your code:
wordpress ad placementAs with Blogger, avoid the title box unless you want your ad to be titled on your site.
Hit save and you’re good to go! Your ad should be live on your site!

If you want to place your ads in other areas, you’ll have to be familiar with HTML code, CSS code and possibly even PHP code.

Hopefully that helped show you how to put ads on your website!

How to Cut Your Paypal Processing Fees in Half or Even Better!

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I debated using a different title for this post, but I felt that it was appropriate and that it would draw more attention. In this post, you will learn how to cut your Paypal processing fees. There is a very easy way to reduce the fees that Paypal takes for accepting payments.

This post will also be about FreshBooks small business accounting software. I debated titling the post something with FreshBooks, or “accounting software” in it but let’s be honest, how many of you would have clicked to read that?

I’m not going to waste anyone’s time here. I’ll lead with how to cut your Paypal fees and then expand on FreshBooks after that.
paypal processing fees
That’s right. Part of FreshBooks invoicing system allows you to accept an option that lets you accept Paypal payments (of any amount) for a $0.50 flat rate when your client pays using instant transfer! Normal Paypal fees are $0.30 PLUS 2.9% of the transaction.

Take a look at a few sample transactions with the regular fee schedule compared to FreshBooks and their $0.50 option:
paypal transaction feesI didn’t believe this at first either, but I assure you, this is real.

There is more to FreshBooks than just reducing your Paypal transaction fees, although I am hoping that saving money on accepting payments is incentive enough to look into FreshBooks.

Invoices with FreshBooks

FreshBooks makes sending invoices super easy. If you have repeat invoices going to the same clients, you simply select the client from a dropdown and all of their vital info is automatically entered for you.

When adding items to invoices, you can also save items with prices and select those from a dropdown menu. So if you sell several ad spots on your site for the same amount, you could have an item called “sidebar ad” and when you click it, the item name and price are filled right in!

You can also preview invoices before you send them and download them as PDFs if you have clients who request them that way.

You can also mail physical invoices via snail mail right from FreshBooks! You do have to add stamp credits for this. (You are given 2 for free.)

When a client gets a digital invoice, they simply click the link in the email and can view, print and pay the invoice right there!

Here’s what an invoice received looks like:
sample invoice
Notice the nice, big “Pay” buttons in addition to the perfectly formatted and itemized invoice? Who would’t want to pay that right away? Also notice my company’s logo, which is auto-added to each invoice.

Some other things you can do with invoicing and FreshBooks:

  • easily send payment reminders
  • set up recurring bills
  • easily add tax to invoices
  • manually enter offline payments


Tracking Expenses

You can also easily and securely add your business’ bank accounts and credit cards to keep track of your business expenses.

You can also manually add or delete expenses as you wish.

You can view your expenses versus income on a nice chart at your account’s homepage to get a nice snapshot of your activity.

Sending Estimates for Work

If you’re a graphic designer or anyone who sends work estimates, FreshBooks is perfect for that too! Easily send clean, professional-looking estimates with their system that acts similarly to their invoicing system.

Your potential clients will get an itemized estimate with as much detail as you care to add.

Time Tracking

If you do hourly work for clients, you can take advantage of the FreshBooks time tracking features, which allow you to add hours worked in a timesheet style.

You can also add notes to any block of hours worked.

FreshBooks takes your hourly rate and creates an invoice based on the hours that you log. So easy!


So with all of these things, what is stopping you from grabbing a FREE 30 day trial of FreshBooks today! You can also have a free account for life with limited features!

Me? All I needed to hear was the Paypal deal and they had a customer in me!

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