Google AdSense is Depreciated: Easy way to add Google ads without a Plugin

Alternative Google AdSense for Wordpress

Google AdSense is depreciated: But you can still easily add Google ads manually, by creating ad codes and placing them on your website.

The official plugin for Google AdSense is no longer available in the WordPress program. Google decided that they could better support WP publishers “through new innovative features like their automatic ad formats and other upcoming initiatives”. I am eagerly waiting for these upcoming initiatives, automated ads alone is not enough.

This development does not affect Google ads, it just changes how you place ads on your website. For example, if you’re currently using the AdSense Plugin for WordPress in your WordPress site, then you’re affected by this change. After the plugin has been deprecated, you will no longer be able to edit your ad settings or ad units directly through the AdSense Plugin.

I am not an expert on Google AdSense or any other plugin for that matter, but I still need to be able to edit and create a new ad. The simpler the better. Hopefully this post will serve as a good memo for me, and if possible help you to create and manage your own Google ads with ease.

Create and add a new Google ad.

Here are the simple steps you can take to create and add a new ad unit in your website.

  1. Go to https://www.google.com/adsense
  2. Visit the My ads page.
  3. Create a new ad unit.
  4. Paste the ad code directly into text widgets in WordPress.
  5. Open a text widget in your WordPress (Make sure your text widget can read HTML code)
  6. Paste your ad code in this widget and update your editing.

Further elaboration is provided below in case the above steps are not enough.

  1. Go to https://www.google.com/adsense. Log in to open your AdSense home page.
  2.  In the home page click “My ads” to open your ad page from the left side bar. Ad page opens so that you can see your existing ads and also create new ones.create Google ad without a plugin
  3. Create a new ad unit by clicking the “New ad unit” buttonWordPress Google ad without a Plugin
  4. Select the size you want for your ad.
  5. Select your preferred type of ad. There are three options here;
  • Text and Display: This type of ad allows Google to decide what ad to show between a text and an image.
  • Text: This type of ad will only display only text ad on your website.
  • Display: This type only displays image ads when enabled.

Click Save to finish. You will get a message saying that your ad creation was successful, the message will also contain your code. WordPress Google ads without a plugin

Copy the ad code and paste it in the appropriate area in your website.

Where to Place Your Ad

Google ad codes are HTML responsive and the text section of your editor is the main HTML source in WordPress. Apart from this native HTML source, you can also download a text/HTML plugin to place your codes, especially if you want to place an ad outside the main post area.

Most WP themes has an inbuilt sidebar a text widget. Note that ads placed on the sidebar will be visible on all your web pages.

Tesla Solar Roof: Awesome, but Still Beyond the Reach of an Average Household

Tesla’s Solar Roof is a futuristic invention, with the potential to supply a pure and stable electricity at home- for those who can afford it.

 

I am always on the lookout for innovations in renewable energies. In general, we all want to pay less fare for a steady supply of electricity. So when I heard about the new Tesla Solar Roof, I decided to check it out myself. Beautiful would be a proper one-word description of the solar tiles. And that’s just in appearance. The tiles also generate and reserve energy for later use. According to the description on their website, the Solar Roof is cool enough to complement your home’s design, while turning sunlight into electricity.

If the new tech’s appearance is not enough to get your head spinning, then how about the durability. We are not talking about the usual offer of a one, or five-year warranty. With Solar Roof, it is till eternity do you apart; you get a lifetime warranty. Because the glass solar tiles are so durable, natural weather elements are unlikely to cause any damage to it.

Solar Roof begins a new phase in the quest for steady and clean electricity for houses. Right now we are talking about a solar roof for power generation. Imagine how much power generating we will be talking with the addition of a solar wall and solar appliances.

As much as you would like to have a piece of Tesla Solar Roof, it will take a while before it is obtainable by an average consumer. More so if you live outside the US. International buyers who can afford it would have to wait until next year to get an installation. Right now the cost of the tiles is considered expensive, even though analyst suggest that it will eventually save more money in the long run.

Regardless of your calculation, Solar Roof is still an expensive investment. Imagine an upfront payment of about $50,000 in the US alone, not to mention the fact that it will cost more for buyers from outside the US. On average most countries charge 11 percent tariff on solar panels, assuming the Solar Roof falls under that category.  Tesla’s Solar Roof production facilities are all located in the US for now. And that means an international buyer will need to factor in the cost of shipment. Then add the cost of installation, a premium of a sort. Given that Tesla’s owned Solar City is the only company licensed to install Solar Roof.

Undoubtedly, solar roofs and similar technologies are the future of electricity. For the meantime, however, most of us will continue to rely on affordable solar panels and solar panel kits from eBay.

How to Shop On eBay Safely to Avoid rip Offs

How to Shop Online Safely

How to shop safely on eBay: Three things to watch out for when shopping on eBay, the location of the store, the store’s customers’ feedback, and store inventory.

A few years ago, my sister wanted me to buy some dresses for her from an online shop. The pictures of the dresses she saw were amazing, and the prices were tantalizing. We ordered for the cloths making sure to confirm severally the tag numbers and everything. Her excitement on the arrival of the package varnished almost immediately. The boxes containing the cloths were dirty, and the supposed elegant dresses were mere rags. Some of the apparels were literally pieces of a fabrics, and made no sense whatsoever.

We learned in a painful way that all that glitters is not gold, and more so in the online market.

How do you shop on eBay, and generally online and avoid being ripped off as a consumer? There is no simple answer to this conundrum. However there are few ways to minimize the risk. One of them is to shop from a store in close proximity from you. It could be same country, or state, and even city. Certainly the closer the better. Online store operators are likely to ship sub-standard product to a buyer far from their location, but they are also more cautious in dealing with a buyer in a close proximity. The logic is simple; a face to face confrontation (over trade dispute) is more menacing than a finger pointing from behind the computer.

If you shop on eBay, it is easy to configure a store location. Just go to the eBay Search: Advanced Search. Using the advance search helps to minimize unwanted results. After putting in your keyword or item number, then you can scroll down and select a location. The snapshot below illustrates what I’m talking about.

eBay advance search

Store rating and customers’ feedback

Before making a purchase online, make sure to check the store rating, and also read the customers’ feedback. Ratings and customers’ feedback are the report card of online stores. Remember it is not our (buyers) task to judge the fairness of an online store’s rating. I think every store bears the responsibility to offer their clients services that attract the best evaluation. Honestly why patronize a store that is unwilling to go a few extra miles to improve feedback and ratings?

If I want to buy a mobile phone or a computer online, I will look for a store with a profile like Renew IT. The store has a great number of followers, and they are in the business of selling stuff, which is good. And finally you have many comments and feedback to back your decision.

Top Rated Online Computers and Mobile Phones Shop

How to Shop Online Safely

Meanwhile if I was looking for batteries or solar sheet, I wouldn’t mind patronize 99.7% rated Blithechen, and 100% rated Viktor.7800.

The last factor I want to discuss is inventory. It is okay to buy a t-shirt from a store that has only one t-shirt in it’s inventory. Especially if you don’t intend to buy anymore t-shirts for a long time. But if you are in a business of retailing, you probably want to create a long-term relationship with a particular store. I can list a hundred reasons why a long-term relationship is good for business. But establishing a good channel for communication, and flow of goods will be on top of that list. Unless I am buying a one-time item, I will always check a store’s inventory to see if they have more of what I’m looking for.

In the art of online shopping, you can never get it a hundred percent right. However, worst still is not trying to get it right at all. Have you had any experience with online shopping you had like to share? Please write and share your story. By so doing, you could save someone some tear drops, and a box of worthless fabrics.

 

Till the Machines do us Part

People are different

Believe it or not, one of the greatest things about humans is our diversity. Consider the varying religions, the cultures, the politics, the wars and the peace, the truth is that all those deviations are also the secret to our beauty.

The earth is full of different kinds of humans. Find and you will see people with long hairs and others with the blank head. I have seen green nose men and thick-bearded women. The earth is a colorful planet, and its occupants are separated along those color lines. continue reading

How to Copy From Microsoft Word to Paste to WordPress Editor

Paste in WordPress

Paste WordPress: How to paste to WordPress editor without losing your text organization.

If you are publishing online with WordPress, sometimes you might want to copy and paste from Microsoft word to the WordPress visual editor.

Even though it is very simple, it still took me a while to figure out how to paste to WordPress from Microsoft, without disorganizing my text. I love plug-ins – they are great. But I don’t want to use them for every little thing.

If you paste directly into the visual editor, your text will be messed up by WordPress inbuilt codes.

Solution

The solution is to paste into the text editor instead of the visual editor. After that you can go back to the visual editor and continue with your editing. That is the only way to keep the orientation of your text in order.

The diagram below gives a visual illustration of what I mean.

Pasting to WordPress from Microsoft Word
Pasting to WordPress from Microsoft Word

 

Writer’s Block: What it Means, and Solutions for Getting Over it.

Writer's block

Writer’s block and  Procrastination: Two different problems that every writer must deal with regularly.

Writer’s block is an issue that often come up in discussions among writers. Not that the problem is as threatening as its name suggests. But it is the variety of solution proffered by individuals that makes it a worthy topic.

I am mindful that procrastination and writer’s block are sometimes construed as the same problem. However that is not the case. In my understanding, the two have some differences. Simply put, procrastination is delaying a project completion beyond its due date, for no good reason. I purposely avoided using “postponement”, because postponement does not have the same negative connotations that goes with procrastination. continue reading

Writing a Good Story is one Thing, Getting People to Read it is Another.

How to get people to read your story

Writing a good story is one thing, getting people to read it is another. How do I get people to read a good story?

I recently met another indie writer who you can call Gucci, you see in this community we don’t name names. Gucci’s lamentation came straight from the Book of lamentations. He said he had written a beautiful story, but no one wants to read it. It took him about a year to perfect the story. And finally he got it published, but no one would read it. For over six months the book has been out there, and only one person have read it. And that one person is him. continue reading

How Many Hairs are There on Your Head? Not so Childish Question

how many hairs on the head? hair follicle

Kids don’t often ask Prudent questions. However those seemingly imprudent questions are sometimes my greatest source of writing inspiration.

If you are looking for a fictional idea, you might want to talk to a child. Writing inspiration comes from different things, sometimes from our experiences, and other times from conversations with people. But for the most part, the strongest inspirations are from children. Children’s inspiring power is embedded in their curiosity. You might think you have an imaginative ability, until you meet a child who wants you to lift him up until he touched the clouds. What you imagined – they lived. Continue reading