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How to add Widget Area Above and Below Post Content in WordPress and make more money.

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How do you add a widget area above your post content. How do you add a widget below your post title? How do you add a widget below your post content?

Recently, I did some changes on my blog that got many asking me questions.

I did some technical updates after doing some research and these allow me to easily add anything (text, banner, video, etc) below post titles (above post content) on my blog and of course make money money.

Not only that…

I’m also able to add same elements just below any post content on this blog.

Mainly, these allow me to make more money from my blog. I can sell these spaces to targeted advertisers or simply drop ad code.

Anything can be deposited on these spots. And the beauty about it is I did this without breaking my blog.

I had the option to use a plugin for this but just like anyone else, any additional plugin on my blog could mean a lot. So I’m simply going to share with you how I did the changes.

If you care about making some more money from your blog, you should think about this little update that has a huge positive impact on your asset.

How effective are these widget areas ?

The widget area below post title (above the fold) gets a lot of attention. No one reads your article without noticing what’s there.

The more targeted the element on this spot, the more clicks and sales you get.

below title widget area

You can do any campaign on this spot and with a tracking ID, you will be able to know if it’s doing well or not.

The area below post content may be relatively less effective. But that doesn’t mean it adds nothing to the mix. Generally, you’ll be getting over 50% of what you get from above the fold.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been testing different campaigns:

  • Affiliate banners
  • Affiliate text links
  • Selling my own eBook
  • Selling the space to direct advertisers

But it actually doesn’t matter the way you want to monetize. In any case, if you drive targeted traffic to your blog, any monetizing model will fetch you income.

Here is how a typical 468×60 banner looks like:

above the fold banner

Again you are able to add any element (Text, YouTube Videos, etc) and if you choose to add nothing, the space is neatly closed up.

What about below the post content?

Just like below post title, you can add anything just after your post content:

  • Signup form script
  • Affiliate banners
  • Text
  • Video script
  • Adsense script
  • Etc

But how is it possible to handle these slots?

I know not everyone is tech-savvy so I approach this in two different ways:

1 – Create a child theme

A child theme is the best way to make changes to your blog and maintain them even after major theme update.

If you have some PHP or CSS knowledge, don’t just go to your theme files to do changes. Any changes you make will be lost after your theme developer does an update.

The best way to make lasting changes to your blog is to create a child theme for it.

If you want to know more about child themes and how to create one, check out my guest post on Lisa’s blog.

2 – Create a widget area for easy management

Now, the child theme allows me to make easy changes to my blog. I’m able to safely edit my functions.php WordPress file with pieces of code that will add a new wdiget area within dashboard.

With the new widget, you can simply drag and drop any element on it:

new widget area

So you see how easy it is to drag and drop any element you want below your post tiles and below content details. Just anything.

Does the widget appear on all your posts and pages?

The quick answer is NO.

You should be able to set where to display the widget using the Widget Visibility function available if you have Jetpact installed.

If you want a more advanced way to control your widget visibility (including targeted sidebar content), you may want to try out Thrive Themes’s intelligent widget.

But I use the free Jetpack’s visibility function to determine where to show what:

widget visibility

With the visibility option, you can have hundreds of different banners to display on different articles on your blog. But if you choose to sell the space to advertisers, it will be good to only set it up to show on your blog posts.

How much should I charge for the slot?

If you’ve chosen to sell the space, the amount you charge depends on your pageviews and of course your niche.

Some go by the number of users you get daily.

For them, if you get 1000 daily readers (which normally should be over 1000 pageviews), you should divide that number by 10 which gives you $100/month

Remember that 1000 daily readers definitely will give you over 30,000 pageviews a month and for a spot above the fold, this is reasonably priced.

How to activate these slots on your blog?

I know you definitely want this kind of addition to your blog because it only helps you make more money.

At the same time, it won’t be a good idea to try to mess around if you ain’t the tech guy. So let me do it for you and you pay me a token fee once:

$47

This will go up to $67 in

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds

Contact me to add more money making power to your blog

NB: As a WordPress blogger, you shouldn’t be using your blog without a child theme. That’s the only way to preserve changes on your blog’s functionalities and design.

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Enstine Muki
 

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Ryan Biddulph

Enstine this is really good to know. I had no clue how child themes worked. But it makes sense as you never want to lose changes after your developer does an update. Finding heat spots is so key. You had more clicks with the default, but the different spot yielded more cash. Smart.
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    Enstine Muki

    Hey buddy,
    Thanks for coming by and dropping a comment.
    As a matter of fact, I recommend every wp blogger to have a child theme for their blogs. There is always need to have something added to ones blog.

    Yes the default are stats from my affiliate link without a tracking ID. There are several of those spread in different blog posts. I think that spot below title really gets a lot of attention.

    Hope your week is going good
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Philip V Ariel

Hi Enstine,
Great tutorial here.
Thanks for sharing.
I will try this out and come back to you.
Have a great weekend.
~ Philip
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John

This is an awesome opportunity and would work very perfect for my niche as i will earn more with my same amount of traffic.

Sir, Enstine. I’d ping you before the offer goes back to the default amount.
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Pedro Okoro

Hey Bro,

Great tutorial here!

The opportunity to earn money from strategically placing widgets in a blog post is simply awesome. And thanks for showing just how easy it is to implement. I have never really understood what a child theme is, and how it works. But thanks to your fantastic tutorial, now I know.

I will definitely bookmark this post and return to it.

I must say that I am loving your blog!

Keep up the amazing work you’re doing here.

Best regards,

Pedro

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Sathish Arumugam

Enstine,

Great Article Bro.

It’s interesting to know. I must try this. Thanks for helping webmasters like me to monetize our blogs with such effective ideas and tactics.
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Ali

This is a perfect tip, we can even add a newsletter widget also to increase subscriber.

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    Enstine Muki

    Of course Ali. Just anything can be added there. Just be careful to not make it obfuscating to your readers
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Shamsudeen Adeshokan

Hi Enstine,

Good money making tutorial you have here.

Beside tweaking codes, I use WordPress ad inserter plugin to achieve that.

Just set it and forget it.

Thanks for sharing.
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    Enstine Muki

    How is i t going bro?
    Thanks for the comment.
    Yes I know of that plugin. It has many more options but sometimes I freak at getting yet another plugin. Beside, this code can never be hacked or open a backdoor to your blog. Again, it has to do with child themes which is the best way to bring changes to your blog.

    So how is it in Nigeria?
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