Against my better judgement I’ve updated my old version 02 of Blix with AdSense and SEO to the latest WordPress version. Added widget support, tag support and fixed several code bugs that ruins the original Blix theme when used with the latest version of WordPress.
Although I’ve updated the SEO version of the Blix theme (download link below) to work with latest version of WordPress I’ve not added the same SEO improvements added to the paid for AdSense themes at Google AdSense SEO Themes and Templates. Also the AdSense options are not as good.
Comparatively speaking the new Blix with AdSense/SEO version 03 is as SEO optimized as a WordPress theme can be, version 02 of Blix with AdSense/SEO is around 80% SEO optimized (still really good, but I learnt a lot in the years between version 02 and version 03).
I’m afraid if you want the best, you’ll have to pay for it, so after you’ve tried out version 02 of Blix with AdSense/SEO and see how good it is, (probably the second best SEO/AdSense themes online today) check out my paid for SEO/AdSense themes under WordPress Themes section.
The free Blix AdSense theme below is version 02, my version 03 Blix theme is MUCH better optimised, more AdSense options (including targeted AdSense coding) and Blix code fixes for WordPress 2.5 (includes tags support), full widget ready and can be found at Blix with AdSense + SEO 03.
Free AdSense Ready Blix SEO Theme for WordPress
This is my first released WordPress theme, it’s Blix with Google AdSense ads added in what I’ve found the best locations for maximum ad revenue. This took quite a lot of effort to get working, but I think it was worth it.
There’s going to be at least two versions, the first the original Blix WordPress theme with just the Google Ads added (the one below). The second will include some SEO optimization so your WordPress blogs rank higher in Google (I’m an SEO Consultant after all :-)).
The latter theme will be harder to to do than the former since when I optimized the WordPress theme for this blog it involved hacking the WordPress code quite a bit (not just the theme pages). WordPress is brilliant from and SEO perspective (best SEO CMS I’ve found!), but it wasn’t built by an SEO, so there are few areas over looked.
For a WordPress theme to be useful to all I can’t expect novice users to be editing WordPress PHP files just to get AdSense/SEO working with the Blix theme! So will take some effort to get the SEO optimization in the theme files only!
So here it is WordPress Blix theme with Google AdSense Ads
The first screenshot shows the home page of Recycle For The Arts which I used to edit all Blix versions (currently using the Stallion SEO Theme) of this WordPress theme. You can see two of the three AdSense ad units in the screenshot, the third unit is located at the bottom (336×280 rectangle ad unit).
You will find the same AdSense ad units and placement for all archive type pages used by the Blix AdSense ready SEO theme.
The second screenshot shows a single post page, this is where individual posts are shown. You can see the three ad units, one at the top within the content (best place for a AdSense ad unit), one on the menu and the third at the bottom to catch users who might leave your site after reading a blog post.
In my experience it’s these pages that will create most AdSense revenue, especially the 250×250 square unit within the main blog post content.
Blix with AdSense Installation Instructions
Download the free Blix with AdSense zip file below
Download Blix with AdSense WordPress Theme NOT updated to latest version of WordPress (no longer updating AdSense only version)
Unzip and edit the file adsense.php within the /blix-adsense-02/ to include your Google AdSense code (read the readme.txt file for more details). Upload, select theme and you are done.
Search Engine Optimization Blix Theme
If you’d also like to improve your search engine rankings try my SEO (search engine optimization) version of the Blix with AdSense WordPress theme. Not only do you get Google AdSense ads on your WordPress blog for free with little effort you also get a search engine optimized WordPress theme as well.
Download the Blix with AdSense and SEO theme zip file below
Unzip and edit the file adsense.php within the /blix-adsense-seo-02/ to include your Google AdSense code (read the readme.txt file for more details). Upload, select theme and you are done.
Drop a quick comment below if you installed this Blix theme, I’d really like to know what you think. And for the best in WordPress AdSense/SEO themes go to Google AdSense WordPress SEO Themes and Templates.