Ad Box Professional sets out to make replacing Adsense adverts a simple process.
Cutting Google out of the advertising equation makes sense for your wallet – after all, why pay them to display adverts on your site when you can get their margin and the advertiser’s profit for yourself?
Installing Ad Box Pro is easy so long as you can cope with uploading a few files to your website and changing the “permission” on a few of those files. Any decent FTP program will do that.
You then set up the configuration for your adverts. This is a simple, fill in the boxes, process. You tell Ad Box Pro the password you want to use, where it’s installed (it’s not clever enough to work this out, but it’s a simple cut & paste operation from the address bar of your browser), and the default colors for your adverts. If you want to, you can also put a “Powered by Ad Box Pro” link at the end of each ad block, complete with your affiliate link.
After that, you need to create at least 6 adverts before you can create the ad boxes that will be displayed on your site.
Each ad is assigned a category of your choice, so you could install Ad Box Pro on just one domain and then point to it using a different category for each site.
You then need to enter a title, advert description, the link the advert will go to (called a “sell link”) and the URL that will be displayed (called “link text” rather than something obvious like “display URL”). There’s a box above where you enter the text, so you can see what each item is. Unlike Google’s system, the box doesn’t update as you change your advert.
That’s it. Your advert is complete. Repeat the process at least 6 times and you’re ready to display an advert.
Ad Box Pro has all the standard Google advert sizes to choose from. You can use the default colors you set in your configuration or you can change them before you generate the links to copy and paste into your web site.
Each advert size has it’s own small chunk of code that you simply copy and paste into your pages.
Once you’ve done that, any new adverts in the same category are automatically placed into the advertising rotation.
The process works seamlessly.
It took me about 30 minutes to get Ad Box Pro up and running. Most of that was getting the code from Clickbank and Commission Junction.
I especially like the way that you’re not as limited as you are with, say, Google Adwords. The title can be longer than 25 characters (it looks like the maximum is 40) and the text below it doesn’t have to fit into two rows. Ad Box Pro takes care of the text wrapping. It also cuts off your advert text if you get too carried away with what you’re writing, but that doesn’t take long to get used to.
If you’re looking for a quick, simple, profitable alternative to Adsense then I can recommend Ad Box Pro. I’ll be using it instead of Adsense on any new sites I develop and will gradually be changing over my older sites.