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Place advertisements here, please

In the last weeks we worked hard to find a way to improve earnings on your blog. We run tests on a huge amount of blogs and we found out a few settings that could change for the better your cash out. We both worked on desktop and mobile, so you can appreciate a growing in earnings on both sides.

The Desktop Side: Skyscraper Huge  

First suggestion: use the Autopilot. Autopilot is how we call the Ads System in Altervista that fills your blog with the best ads for your WordPress theme.

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It’s pretty easy to use it: Dashboard -> Earn -> click on Activate Autopilot. Advertisements that better fit in your current WordPress theme will be placed and you start to earn from them.

Second suggestion: add a skyscraper huge (300×600). That type of advertisement it works very well in the revenue system we run on Altervista. You should add a widget Altervista With Google AdSense in your blog sidebar, then select  skyscraper huge (300×600), and choose colors before click on Save. To join this peculiar Adv network, that pays you both per click and per view, you first have to connect you Google AdSense account to Altervista.

Place a widget with the Ads Banner

The Mobile Side Of Adv

The increasing importance of mobile traffic made us wondering about how to place ads for the best revenue. We’ve been monitoring a dozen of blogs and we discovered that in posts with more than 250 words ads placed in the middle of the post get more click that ads placed right under the post title. So, we did place it down to get more click.

If you activate the Autopilot to manage adv on your blog and the mobile system on Altervista your ads banner will be placed in order to obtain more clicks at the middle of the post or right under the title.


We have introduced a new banner sized 320×50 placed at the bottom of the page. Also, this banner is available by using the Autopilot and it’s part of the Altervista With Google AdSense advertisement program. It’s easy to join in, and start to earn with your blog.

Altervista, WordPress and Cloudflare: a blog at its best

We like to keep showing our love for WordPress by giving you more features. This means you can have a great blog hosted on Altervista, using our exclusive tools, while you can get on with pursuing your interests or building your business.

We share the love for WordPress with a partner that helps to improve both performance and security for all blogs hosted on Altervista. The partner in this case is CloudFlare. I invited Ashley from CloudFlare to describe the benefits that CloudFlare offers to WordPress blogs hosted on Altervista.

Hi Ashley, could you tell us what you do at CloudFlare?

My name is Ashley Gorringe, I’m partner account manager here at CloudFlare. We have a number of partners, ranging from web hosting companies, IT support firms through to design agencies, all of whom use CloudFlare to make their customers’ sites safer and faster. I’m focused on working with these partners to answer their questions and help them and their customers learn more about the services. It’s a really exciting way of supporting our partners and their customers. Continue reading

The easy way to gain with your WordPress blog

We found a way to gain more with less work. Less work from you, more gain for you. We called it Autopilot, it’s a new system to place best ads for your Altervista WordPress blog in just one click.

Earn with your WordPress Blog

It’s like hire an expert in advertising that choose best ads for your WordPress blog.

How does Adv Autopilot works

A click and the job is done

First you need a blog hosted on Altervista and running WordPress. When you activate Autopilot you don’t need any more to pick a banner with widgtes or insert a code. We do all the work, instead of you.

Most profitable advertising

We select advertisements which best fits for your website, depending on current rates and on your installed WordPress theme.

Better for you, better for your visitors

Our goal is to find the right balance between your earnings and the browsing experience of your visitors: enough banners to gain without bothering none.

At any time you can switch to manual settings

If you want to change a few things or the whole advertisements setting you can just turn off the Autopilot, choose your favorite ads and insert them by hand.

If you want to ask something about earn with your WordPress blog hosted on Altervista, please write here.

Show Altervista With Google Adsense banners inside your posts

No puzzling about how to insert Google Adsense ads into your posts: we’ll taking care of it.

At Altervista we developed a joint with Google AdSense that allow you to display Altervista With Google AdSense advertisements on your free of charge Altervista website.

By updating Altervista WordPress at the latest version available, or by updating Altervista Optimizer – a default plugin in the Altervista WordPress setting – you’ll be able to set your favourite banner positions, including the brand new positions inside posts.


 Altervista With Google AdSense Banner Positions

As you can seen on the image above there are plenty of available ads positions.

We suggest you to locate a 300×250 banner in the sidebar and to insert a couple of advertisements inside posts.

Are available a position right under the title post

Altervista with Google AdSense under the title post

and a position at the bottom of the article, just before, in the sample image, related posts plugin.

Altervista with Google AdSense at the bottom of the post


These two positions are the best way to monetize every single article in your blog. The wide known semantic skills of Google AdSense banners is working on also in the advertising program Altervista With Google AdSense, in order to offer you ads related to your contents.

Get paid – free support

You can manage your Altervista With Google AdSense cash out directly from your Google AdSense account.

On the Altervista Forum you call for advising or help.

Not Just Another WordPress Blog

WordPress on AlterVista runs with unique featuresWe’ve spent a lot of time working on a better way to blog. We’ve spent a lot of time time working on WordPress trying to figure out how we can offer the best WordPress experience. The best way to blog. Here is where we are now.

A Stunning Dashboard

The AlterVista-WordPress dashboard is unique. We merged AlterVista control panel features into the WordPress dashboard so you can manage both main aspects and minimum details of your blog without leaving it.

You can write a post and check the stats in the distance of a click, get an eye on the earning graph and set the matching color for the toolbar almost at the same time. But there’s much more.

Mobile Ready

We all know how important is to be nice looking in small sizes nowadays, so we planned a smooth template for smartphones and tablets, easy to fit in.

Organized For Social Life

Share your contents with the world, in the way you prefer. Choose what Social Network is in or out and place it at the top or at the bottom of your posts.

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Premium Themes Free Of Charge

It’s hard to believe it. Here on AlterVista you can choose the template for your blog among a selection of Woo-Themes templates, the well-known factory themes, totally free of charge.

We’ve also created the exclusive AlterVista Theme, which has particularly easy settings and a clean look.

For the style of your blog you can also browse our Themes Showcase and freely pick up one of the two hundreds beautiful WordPress themes there stored.


Blogging on AlterVista is free of charge and yes: you can earn money by displaying ads on your blog. Ads are not forcibly inserited in the hosted blogs or websites and if the webmaster wants to display them in his pages he earns a revenue based on the web traffic.

Editor CSS and Plugin: full freedom, full control

You can manage your blog as freely as it’s possible: by editing CSS or by installing any plugin you wish.

Stats, Toolbar, Favicon

On the AlterVista dashboard you can set every aspects for your blog: check the stats, upload a new image to create a favicon or change the design of your toolbar.


Write here, on AlterVista Forum, to find a helping hand or to suggest something about WordPress.


Great New Features For Your WordPress Blog: Mobile Theme and SEO Optimizer

By upgrading your WordPress blog hosted by AlterVista at the latest version (3.1.2) you’ll get some new powerful features.

First of all: we give you the best tool to improve your search engine ranking. How to climb up the Google & Co. result pages is one of the most common, and puzzling, question in nowadays web. We’re pretty sure that a good answer is Yoast’s SEO Plugin.

As you may know your WordPress blog on AlterVista can run as many plugins as you want. We choose to install by default WordPress SEO by Yoast. To start to use it you just need to activate it from the Plugin page in your WordPress Dashboard (after updating your blog to latest version).

improve your search engine ranking on AlterVista

The Yoast’s SEO Plugin helps you to set your template titles and by using the SEO meta box you can completely optimize your post title and meta description and see exactly how it would appear as a Google result. You can also add a Focus key and suddenly have a check for its SEO strength in your draft.

You can read more about SEO Yoast Plugin on its official page.

A Gorgeous Mobile Theme

A fresh new tool to optimize your Search Engine ranking is not the only goal you achieve by updating your WordPress blog on AlterVista. There’s something more and it’s about mobile navigation. Starting from the well-known WP Touch Pro we’ve developed a plugin called AlterVista Mobile that gives your blog a tremendous theme for a superior browsing experience.

Mobile Theme For Your Blog On AlterVista

Values of this theme are high readability, easy to use interface and a lot of customizable options.

The mobile theme works with all most popular devices like iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry and more, and it’s completely independent of your desktop theme (of course visitors can always switch back to your regular theme if they choose).

For iOS devices there’s also a web-app mode. Your visitors can bookmark your blog on their iPhones and iPads like a native application. You can easily set an home screen icon, your blog’s logo and more. In short: you can create a Web App for your iOS visitors in minutes and customize it as you like it.

It’s all for free

All these features that enrich your blog – a blog, as you can tell, without bandwidth and traffic limits – are, as the blog itself, totally free of charge.

Start blogging with AlterVista

WordPress 3.0.4 Update

Version 3.0.4 of WordPress it’s available, through the update page in your control panel. It is a minor release but a very important update because it fixes a core security bug in the KSES HTML sanitation library that affects all versions of WordPress prior to 3.0.4.

If you manage an AlterSite:
Login in the control panel,
click on Publish > Install blog, fourm, gallery, portal

and then on Upgrade.

If you own an AlterBlog, after logging in to your control panel, click on AlterBlog > UpdateBlog

One-click plugins to extend your AlterBlog running WordPress

AlterBlog, the running WordPress blog without bandwidth and traffic limits – and no technical knowledge required -, has no restrictions about plugins installation. And, as you know, «plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine».

To go further we’ve set a one-click plugins list, so you don’t have to bother yourself with installations to have a smart managing gallery or a mobile version for your SEO optimized blog.

Here’s the list:

WPtouch: A simple, powerful and elegant mobile theme for your website. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.

The admin panel allows you to customize many aspects of its appearance, and deliver a fast, user-friendly and stylish version of your site to iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch visitors, without modifying a single bit of code (or affecting) your regular desktop theme.
(see the plugin page.)

NextGEN Gallery, a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option; The strength of this plugin is a simple administration system at the back end which can also handle multiple galleries.
(see the plugin page.)

Facebook Like Button, add the new Facebook Like button and Facebook Recommendations widget to your wordpress blog with a lot of customization options, and you can preview the settings at real-time in the settings section. Add the button count, or normal by using short cuts [fb_like] [fb_count].
(see the plugin page.)

All in One SEO Pack, automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

Some features:

  • Support for Custom Post Types
  • Advanced Canonical URLs
  • Fine tune Page Navigational Links
  • Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
  • ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites
  • Nonce Security
  • Support for CMS-style WordPress installations
  • Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines
  • Generates META tags automatically
  • Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
  • For beginners, you don’t even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
  • For advanced users, you can fine-tune everything
  • You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
  • Backward-Compatibility with many other plugins, like Auto Meta, Ultimate Tag Warrior and others.

(see the plugin page.)

You can one-click install these plugins from your AlterVista Control Panel. And, as we told you before, you can install all plugins you like in your AlterBlog, from WordPress admin panel.

400 WordPress Themes

We really like WordPress and we consider it the best blog software. We like it because it’s user friendly, it can be easely extended to support new features and it has many graphic themes, easy to install, easy to change and easy to modify. In our WordPress distribution we placed no limits on CSS modification: you can access WordPress theme editor and edit PHP and CSS code.

Last week we decided to release a lot of new themes to give our users more options to customize the graphics of their blogs. We increased the number of available themes from 83 to 400! No, it’s not a typo, it was a hard work and it’s just the beginning: the number will grow up even further.

New themes

WordPress 3.0.1 and Facebook Like

It’s available WordPress update to version 3.0.1. This update fixes about 50 bugs reported by users (here the list), so it’s a minor release of one of the most stable version released by WordPress development team.

We’ve also added a plugin in our WordPress base installation: the “I like” button, to share on Facebook the link of your posts. Thanks to Facebook popularity, this is a good way to spread your posts and increase your visitors.

This plugin is active in all new accounts. If you have an old AlterBlog, you can one-click install it from AlterVista control panel, or you can upgrade to version 3.01 (in this case the plugin will be inactive and you will have to activate it from WordPress plugin control panel).