How to add a display/banner ad into your WordPress sidebar

Learn how to quickly create a linked banner ad and publish it into your sidebar.

This method breaks down into a few simple steps:

  1. In your Dashboard create a draft ad Page for this and future ad work
  2. Upload the display ad image and insert it into your ad page
  3. Link the image to your advertisor’s site (you probably want to center it)
  4. Add any supporting text to go with your ad if needed (next to or below the image)
  5. When you are happy with the ad click the HTML tab and copy the ad code you just created
  6. Goto Appearance > Widgets and add a Text Widget into your sidebar
  7. Paste in the code into your text widget (you don’t need a title)
  8. Preview your ad
  9. Wha-la! you have a nicely formatted ad in your sidebar
  10. and you have your ad saved under Pages for future use

Watch the classic (but still valid) video below for a step by step guide on how to do this.

Edit: If you need an even easier way to manage and track ads, check out our Ad Dropper plugin.

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