While browsing internet wastes I stumble upon WordPress plugin from MaxBlogPress. It is called MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad.
It caught my intention because of its non intrusive possibilities to get attention of people visiting website.
You have probably seen those colorful stripes with text on them and a link button at the top of websites and blogs.
Most of the time they include an advertising message with a link to learn more or buy a product.
They can be used in inviting people to subscribe for a newsletter or RSS feed. It is nice option to increase opt in conversions.
There is Free and Pro Version of Stripe Ad plugin. Free version, Lite version, can be downloaded on MaxBlog Press site.
But Pro version offers some nice added features and is updated while free isn’t.
MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad is plugin intended for WordPress sites.
It will display a line of advertising message, a special note or other information right at the top or bottom of your blog.
Stripe appears at the top or bottom of your blog, with a call-to-action. This will get your site readers to click on it and be taken to the landing page of your choosing.
It is very easy to create and configure stripe ads which is definitely a big plus.
No html or programming skills needed.
And, yes you can have multiple ads rotating.
Some of features:
a) Create Unlimited Number of Stripe Ads
b) Fully Customizable
c) Analytics & Tracking
d) Rotate Multiple Stripe Ad at once
e) Split Test Ads
f) Control Stripe Ad Placement
g) Display Social Icons
h) Display Stripe Ad at Header or footer of page
MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad is mobile devices friendly.
That means, that plugin will look great even if a visitor is browsing your website using any handheld device.
That is definitely good because many times I encountered websites which plugins on mobile devices really looked bad and only messed up everything.
This plugin will make possible to:
- Grab visitors attention and drive traffic to anywhere you want
- Display an announcement, special offers or important news
- Increase your Email Subscribers
Free version can be downloaded for free and it is activated by registering.
What lacks in Free Version in comparison to Pro?
- can’t see analytics of your stripe ads
- can’t remove “Powered by MaxBlogPress” link
- link text can’t be shown as a button
- can’t use option to choose where to show stripe ad and where not (I think this is the most useful setting)
MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad PRO
In Home settings you can create unlimited number of stripes, choose where do you want stripes to show, do you want close stripe option……
You can join in affiliate program to promote plugin. If yes then you could leave “Powered by MaxBlogPress” link.
Analytics option is available in PRO version only and here you can track your stripe ad statistics.
In stripe ad settings you give your stripe a name, put link if you want, choose to cloak it….
As Google doesn’t like affiliate links it is not bad to use cloak link option if you are redirecting on some other site.
I don’t know how much it helps as many say that Google isn’t stupid and can’t be tricked like that. I agree with that, but it doesn’t heart to try.
Weight option is if you have more stripes activated. This option lets you set which stripe will show more often and which lesser times.
Formatting setting is for cosmetic impact.
Choose font for your stripe (there are plenty of them), font size (max is 7), color, align left,right or center…
Where to show stripe ad is only available in PRO version and here you choose ,as settings says, where to limit stripe showing.
Schedule when should stripe ads appear.
Option to show social icons is only available in PRO version and supports Facebook, twitter, google+ and RSS feed.
MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad Review Final Words
MaxBlogPress Stripe Ad has many options but if would be even better if there were option to add image or to choose your own button design.
Another limitation is that some features can only be applied to all ads, not specific ads. For example, maybe you want some ads to be able to close but others not.
Price for single domain/site is 27$ while unlimited licence is 67$. I think single price license should be little cheaper.
Maybe it is even better to get MaxBlogPress Subscribers Magnet for 37$ if you intend to use it only for getting subscribers, as it has many various design and options for that use.
So do I recommend this plugin?
While it is good plugin and does the job, there are better plugins, free or paid, which do this and lot more for less.
3.8 out of 5
Options and Settings
4 out of 5
While great plugin, MaxBlog Press Strip Ad design and strip style looks outdated. Also no option to add image.