Could floating sidebar increase click-through for your Ads and prime content? I’ll show you how to make your sidebar floating and scroll automatically so that the sidebar contents are always visible.
Why Floating Sidebars?
Blogs by their nature have long pages. The post itself is long enough and a good number of comments plus discussions add up to its length even more.
Blogs generally, in design, have a header, post body and comments cum discussions sections as major part of layout. One or two sidebars on right, left or both are used with almost all blog layout.
When a visitor reads through a post and scrolls it down, the sidebar becomes blank. The content presented there is already over. You can’t think about filling up a sidebar for whatever length of page.
Now how about this solution? If your sidebar is floating and scrolls down/up automatically depending upon what part of post is displayed on screen?
Want to see a live demo? Go, visit SEO MMO Tips blog and move up and down the page. I’ve implemented different sidebars for front page and posts page. So, don’t forget to visit any of the recent post there and scroll it down. I hope it can be a good example to implement Ads that can earn you more. Will appreciate if you leave some comments there!
Benefits of Floating Sidebar
Sidebar are very important to display the different information and options available in your blog. People often use sidebar to display the recent posts, comments, categories, Ads and many other information.
Floating sidebar makes it possible to always display those content irrespective of what part of page is currently displaying. Sidebar contents are always there when you are reading post or writing comments and even when you are skimming and looking what else is useful on the blog.
Making your sidebar always visible to your readers improves the chance of increasing click-through. The number of clicks on Ads placed on floating sidebar is much improved than it was in a normal sidebar.
Don’t you think it’s a better way of promoting your prime content and Ads to increase blog revenue?
How to Make Floating Sidebar for WordPress Blog?
If you really think floating sidebars are useful, you’d certainly like to have it on your blog too! Why not?
What you need to make your sidebars float? Simply a plugin.
Francesco developed this useful plugin that does some magic to your blog and makes the sidebar floating easily!
Strx Magic Floating Sidebar Maker
It is a nice plugin that you can search for from the Add New page of Plugins in Dashboard or download it separately and install. In my case it was simply activating the plugin to make it work, that’s all!
However if your theme uses something different from expected, you may need to find the div ID of sidebar and fill it up in settings page.
Talking about setting, it is very simple. There are a few options you can change to play fun with the plugin. Configure the delay for the plugin to spell its magic.
Following is a screen shoot of its settings page on my blog SEO MMO Tips.
How much the plugin costs?
The good thing is, it does not cost any money The plugin is available for Free! Thanks to Francisco.
However you can donate him some money if you really like it and want to appreciate his time and effort.
Where to download?
It’s available to download from WordPress repository or his website. For your ease, following is the link:
Make your sidebar floating and enjoy blogging!