I was trying to work with a few developers to make a AuctionAds plugin that was:

1) simple
2) simple
3) simple

Several have been released but I felt they were just a little to advanced. Also they required the editing of templates and stuff like that. Ideally I thought wordpress users just want something simple.

So what does simple mean? Well the specs I drew out were that it would have a options page where people would enter there publisher id (found on the homepage in your AuctionAds account). That is the only necessary thing on this page that needs to be edited. Now you can also enter color codes to match your blog and even change the size but you can just roll with the defaults if you want.

Also I wanted the ads to be placed automatically for you and not have people have to know how to edit templates. I thought this was pretty important.

So pretty much I wanted something that had great functionality but was really easy for the user and I think they fully delivered. Also the auto saving of keywords is a really nice feature too.

So OsCandy took my specs and we worked back and fourth a bit and they released there first version of the AuctionAds WordPress plugin. I am really impressed.

You can download there plugin Here
(I will unlink this soon as I am sure the link will break with revisions.

Ok so I am going to test it in this post. Its taken me less then 2 minutes to install and plugin in my id.

Lets say I had a blog where I reviewed Digital Cameras and this post was a bout the Canon Digital Rebel XT. I will use those words as the keywords….. Check out the ads. Pretty awesome huh?

My requests for other features are

1) add a javascript color picker just to simplify the color process. Not everyone knows those codes by heart πŸ˜‰

2) there is something weird in using more then 1 set of keywords. I am not sure if wordpress is parsing out the ; but I think it is.

3) Ok found a weird bug… when I edit the post it wipes out the keyword. It might be something related to our caching system.. will look into this later. FIXED

Please leave feedback on there blog!

Anyway go over and check it out on there blog. I think this is a great tool that will help niche bloggers in a bit of extra income and also offer value to there readers.

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

37 thoughts on “OsCandy Releases WP AuctionAds Plugin”
  1. Shoe I love this! Its perfect for my blog. I love the ability to place the ads above below or in my content without ever having to edit the template(s). ROCK ON!

  2. Very cool. I like how its not a site-wide thing. I can just use a keyword and the ads appear. Its perfect for when I make posts about a product and want to display ads for it. Great plugin!

  3. Pretty sweet Shoe. Once I get my blogs up I’ll give this a run and see if I can’t make some conversions πŸ™‚

  4. would I be able to add a plugin like this to my website even though it doesn’t use wordpress? I’m assuming I’d have to have some programmers change the code around.

  5. my concern here with this — doesn’t this begin to approach contextual, thus become a adsense tos violation?

  6. If you want me to do this specific to your blog then give me a shout and we can discuss it further

  7. Excellent move for AuctionAds. Nice and simple to use so everyone can do it.

  8. Simple is the way to go — wouldn’t want users to take such a long time to make it work on their site.

  9. The plugin is done nicely; it’s gadget though, and def not a must-have for authors not afraid of tinkering with their blog templates.

    but there’s one feature I really do miss about AA: die affiliate link. I know that the affiliate functionality is built into the ads; but what about a “stand-alone” link that one could use when eg blogging about AA?

  10. You can get a standalone link for referring Auction Ads. Click on “account home” and then scroll down the page. You’ll see the code for simple text links there.

  11. No I don’t think so – if I got the jist of it correct, you have to specify the keyword yourself when placing it.

    In any case, I’m pretty sure contextual ads are now allowed to be placed alongside adsense, as long as they don’t mimic their exact style (see revised TOS to check that I’m right on that one)

  12. awesome man i’ll have to check that out! Good idea to start making it easy to implement auctionads into other scripts.

  13. “You can download there plugin Here”

    You can download their plugin here πŸ˜›

    Nice work mate, really moving forward every single day. Great fun watching and knowing that the publishers help you do this.

  14. I am looking into the issue Jeremy mentioned that is caused when editing a comment. This is so far tested on wp 2.1 and 2.2 and no know issues. If you could leave a comment on my blog if this is an issue for you, we are looking into it, thanks

  15. 2 things.

    1) Google changed there TOS from contextual to “confusing” meaning they do not want users to be confused that they could be clicking on Google Adsense Ads.

    2) Contextual targeting means the ads are based on the context of the page. You are specifying a keyword not letting a robot.

    Either way your gtg

  16. Interesting I have ads blocked with greasemonkey scripts and looking at this post in firefox and ie. However this has not caused a void in the post it has actually collapsed that area therefore making the post look fine and not with a whitespace block, it was not intentional but makes the post look normal. Sweet πŸ™‚

  17. Wow. There is so much great information in here. I wish I was getting one of those big checks!! Hey have you checked into the Postiecon conference in Las Vegas? Check out there site PostieCon.

  18. Do you know what’s wrong?
    I’m getting ads that have nothing to do with my keywords.

  19. I think that there could be also some ad related text in the status bar… now there is only ebay.

  20. Well, I don’t mind editing templates.. but that would become a routine with every template I change. So, I use the plugins for both google analytics and other such programs.

  21. There is nothing like simple plugin. I’ll give it a go. Thank you.

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