MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad Review

Do you use a stripe advert across the top of your site? I was sent a copy of MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad for review. This is a plugin for those ads you see at the top of the screen with a special offer or in my case an offer to subscribe to my email list. For a long time I’ve been using Hello Bar but the free version is limited and I’ve been looking for an alternative.

stripe ad interface

The plugin is easy to install and set up. It adds a menu option under Settings that has two sections as you can see from the screen shot above. “Home” is where you can see your ads and create new ones. “Analytics” shows a nice graph of impressions and clicks and also a table to show click through rate by day.

Adding a stripe ad is easy, just follow the wizard-like interface. You get a letter count to show you how many characters will fit on your ad and you can easily select the link text and if you want to open it in a new window.

stripe ad analytics

The Formatting tab allows you to change fonts, sizes and colors for the text and button. You can then set where on your site you want to display the ad – so you can have different ads on specific pages if you want, or leave it to randomly show an ad on all pages.

If you have more than one stripe ad you can weight the advert to appear more frequently if you wish.

The final feature is great is you have a specific time relevant promotion – you can schedule the advert to only appear at a certain time.

Overall MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad is very nicely done, it does the simple things well, provides great control and covers all the features I think you need from an advert like this. Until midnight (EDT) May 24th 2013 there is 30% off MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad here. So it’s only $45 for lifetime on as many sites as you want, with a 60 day guarantee. Soon it will go up to $67.

A New Way To Promote Blog Tech Guy

I’m fortunate enough to have not needed to do any advertising yet, but I always like to be prepared so I just got my first set of advertising banners, and I thought I’d share them with you. Warning, there may be lots of flashing!

Banner advertising is still a very popular way of promoting a website/business, and I’m just starting some tests to see how well they convert. Business is great at the moment, but there will be a time I need to promote myself more and testing between banner advertising, Pay-Per-Click advertising and other methods will help me plan in advance.

I used Banners Mall after a recommendation, and was very impressed. Fast turnaround time and unlimited revisions were all done quickly and promptly, so many thanks to Chris and the team there. I paid slightly extra to get the Photoshop versions of the files too so have created an extra design and played around with the timings of the ads.

This is my standard horizontal 468×60:

BlogTechGuy ad 5

Three 125×125 to choose from, this format is becoming more and more popular on sites:

BlogTechGuy ad 1 BlogTechGuy ad 2 BlogTechGuy ad 3

The final two ads are a little different in size. These are designed to be more noticeable because of their slightly unusual size:

BlogTechGuy ad 4 BlogTechGuy ad 6

So what do you think? Is the design OK? Which is your favourite? Are there better ways to advertise?