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WordPress Wednesday: Make Auction Ads Contextual

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AuctionAds (aff) launched yesterday. AuctionAds lets you display live eBay auctions.

I was introduced to AuctionAds by Mark of WLTC. And John Chow has a great review of the entire system.

Unfortunately, AuctionAds is not contextual, which means you won’t get any targetted ads on your site. You do get to specify the keywords you want, but what if we could generate these automatically on a post by post basis?

If you have Ultimate Tag Warrior installed then doing so is extremely simple.

Once you generate the AuctionAds code (you need to signup first (aff)) you will find that the keywords are listed at auctionads_ad_kw. These need to be seperated by semicolons.

If you are using Simple Tagging, you can modify the value of auctionads_ad_kw with:

auctionads_ad_kw= "<?php STP_MetaKeywords('','',';','none'); ?>";

In order to generate these with UTW, modify the value of the variable auctionads_ad_kw with:

auctionads_ad_kw= "<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("", array ("default"=>"; %tagdisplay%", "first"=>"%tagdisplay%","last"=>"; %tagdisplay%")); ?>";

If you want an explanation of the code used above, you can refer my post Targeting Chitika Ads with UTW.

You can see auction ads in my right sidebar. The contextual version is at the bottom right of this post.

Do signup (aff), and put the code on your site and provide me with feedback on the performance. Atleast give it a month to see how it really is working out for you.

Disclaimer: The recent policy decisions from Adsense allow you to run other contextual ad networks on the same page as adsense except that the look has to be different. Additionally, the method listed above isn’t a true contextual. You are basically just feeding the keywords.

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34 Comments

  1. I have installed the “Ultimate Tag Warrior (3.14)” plugin on WordPress 2.1.2

    Auction Ads with your code is awesome! 😉

    I can read English and understand most of what’s said, but I can’t write it very well 🙂

  2. Dax, you would have got the code from AuctionAds.

    In it you will find auctionads_ad_kw=
    You replace this entire line upto the semi-colon (;) with the code above.

  3. I don’t have the tagwarrior plugin but use autometa which has been working well. For the code you suggest to replace, I used the post title

    as the value between the quotes for that line.

    and it seems to be working OK.

  4. From what I read, though you do submit the keywords, it may not be all that accurate, and depends on what is available on auction.

  5. Installing is easy, finding the right keywords seems more of an issue here. For me neither meta tags nor blog tags would work because there are no related auctions. Better ideas tan keying braod keywords in by hand?

  6. Using auctionads in a single page of wordpress can sometimes turn into trouble. I found out about this after changing my themes, but probably it’s my theme, can’t make it work again 🙁

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