Adsense-Optimized WordPress Themes

With so many WordPress themes available these days, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. Most of these are free, like the MistyLook theme that John uses (although he has edited it extensively), but many free themes have not been optimized for anything in particular.

Gobala Krishnan has developed seven WordPress themes that are optimized for Google Adsense. But he’s not doing this out of the kindness of his heart. He wants to make money online, so he’s promoting these professionally-designed Adsense WordPress themes by ordering a ReviewMe review. Seeing how The Million Dollar Wiki pocketed $7,000 in revenue within 24 hours of their review here, I’d say that Gobala has taken a very smart step.

Seven Themes for Seven Bucks

As I mentioned above, there are literally tons of free WordPress themes out there for you to consider, so why would you bother handing over your hard-earned money to buy themes from Gobala’s Instant WordPress? Well, he says that these themes (which cost $7 for the set) have been pre-configured to attract targeted traffic and maximize online income through Adsense. On the single sales page — yes, it’s another long form sales letter that automatically elicits some rather negative emotions — there are five primary features or benefits:

  1. Advanced SEO Titles: Without having to download and activate the All in SEO Pack or the Optimal Title plug-ins, these seven themes already come search engine optimized.
  2. Flexible Navigation Menu: With these themes, you can provide direct links to whatever you want in the navigation area, including affiliate sites, instead of just WordPress pages.
  3. Clickbank-Ready Profits: Make up to $32 per sale.
  4. Adsense-Ready Profits: No need to color match your ads or decide on the best placement, because the themes have already done that for you. Just enter your Adsense ID and you’re ready to make money.
  5. MyBlogLog-Ready: Again, no need to go to the MyBlogLog website and actually cut-and-paste the code. Just go to the appropriate field in your WordPress admin panel and enter your MyBlogLog ID.

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These features can save a fair bit of time, so I can see how there is inherent value to this product. You’ll also notice that the header images and color schemes have already been all matched up… but I’d imagine having the same header image as everyone else who buys these Adsense WordPress Themes might hurt your branding or individuality. It also doesn’t help that all seven WordPress themes have exactly the same 3-column layout. Only the color scheme and header image have been changed.

In addition to the themes themselves, you also get the PhotoShop files so you can fiddle with the header images, and there is a PDF help file included to help you with the implementation and customization process as well.

A One-Time Offer… More Money Please

But wait, there’s more. After you receive the email message with your specific download link (like the one shown here), you get sent to a page that tries to sell you 23 more WordPress themes for an extra $17. Again, the physical look of these additional themes is identical to the other ones, except ones optimized for product reviews come with a couple of extra features:

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What’s Your Time Worth To You?

The Instant WordPress Themes offered by Gobala Krishnan seem to be fairly good, resembling many commercial blogs that I’ve seen on the Internet. That said, I’m personally not a fan of the three-column look. Also, the themes aren’t designed to use one of the most lucrative Adsense placements: the inline 300 box (as used in this post).

Realistically, you could get yourself a free WordPress theme and tweak it to your liking, but that takes time. Seven dollars is not a lot of money, so if you can’t be bothered to go through the process yourself, this might be a good purchase. Unfortunately, there are no refunds. On the bright side, you can recoup the cost through the affiliate program. It pays $7 for every initial sale (and 50% of upgrades), alternating between Gobala’s Paypal account and your account on a 50-50 basis.

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57 thoughts on “Adsense-Optimized WordPress Themes”

  1. Tony says:

    John,

    Do you have any posts about how you modified the MistyLook theme for your site?

    I am using this theme for my personal finance and investing blog, http://www.betachaser.com and looking for any advice on how to improve it.

    1. John Chow says:

      That’s a good idea for a future post. Thanks.

      1. Mybloggo says:

        Ya….i also looking to improve my blog……..

        I am using Mistylook theme also

        1. Geedos says:

          I reckon there’s a huge amount of people out there using the Mistylook theme because they like the look of it from reading this blog.

          I’ve seen several blogs about making money which use it.

          Not that I’m suggesting for a moment that people are copying John Chow! That would be outrageous! 😆

  2. flexy says:

    awesome, i think i might start using this theme since i am beginning to monetize my vlog.http://www.yeoq.com

  3. 40hourstogo says:

    $7 isn’t bad to save several hours of formatting and tweeking.

    1. Eli says:

      Well, a lot of people I imagine would still want to tweak a few things to their liking. It’s all about taste I guess…

      Anyway, the ‘all of the themes look the same’ part put me off, otherwise it would be a really good buy.

    2. Geedos says:

      Yeah I think everyone wants to have a personal blog rather than a mass produced one that looks the same.

      Plus it doesn’t take too long to make a few tweaks so that your blog looks different from the standard.

  4. Jeff says:

    Pretty good price for a several themes. But I’d rather just find a good free one and tweak it then later down the rode after my blog gets bigger pay a pro designer or aspiring web/wordpress designer to make an original one.

    1. Geedos says:

      It’s not really several themes though is it?

      It’s just the same layout with different colours and headers. 😐

      1. Jeff says:

        True true, let me rephrase then, …pretty good price for a theme with most of the work done…

        1. mason says:

          but learning is what makes us richer 🙂

        2. Geedos says:

          Yeah that’s true – and I guess to finish it off with a bit of personalisation isn’t a huge amount of effort.

  5. dcr says:

    $7 isn’t bad, but with big bloggers starting to drop AdSense, maybe he’s a little late for the bandwagon?

  6. Jorge says:

    It’s not a bad price but if you’re a serious blogger I would think you could tweak everything yourself to exactly how you want it. There’s quite a bit of free information on how to tweak and what plugins to use out there. Not a bad price for a lazy blogger though!

  7. Michael says:

    The templates looks at lot like the dosh dosh template, which is free by the way.

  8. Wait a second here…someone has ordered a $400 review to promote his wordpress blogs and he sells those blogs $1 per theme? Ok something smells fishy to me here (apart the one page site).. it makes no sense to me to invest money in this way for selling a one time $7 seven products, unless Mr. Krishnan has developed something that i am trying to develop and sell yearly based footer links 😯 (yup it can be done). Anyway, good thing that he ordered the review, tho all those SEO optimization can be found on the net by performing a quick search. Sorry for self promoting, but if you want you can look at my blog (dig a bit deeper, relatively old posts) you can find some hacks and tips how to improve your blog and better seo optimize it.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      As I said in the post, he also has a “follow up” one-time offer for an additional 23 themes for $17 more. As I understand it, there’s also some sort of newsletter that he will be sending out from time to time when he develops new themes, bringing in the possibility of additional sales from existing customers.

  9. Geedos says:

    Quite a nice tool but if you’re serious about blogging or even just want to take pride in what you do, you’ll want to have your own personalised look and feel.

    Being a wordpress user myself it really doesn’t take too much effort to set up your theme and tweak it accordingly.

    However, hot on the heels of the $7k review, it’ll be interesting to see how many of these get sold over the next few days following this review! 🙂

  10. Anraiki says:

    Screw WordPress! I develop my own Article/Blog System! However, since Vamphost (my webhost) decided to choke on me, I have to wait till it resuscitate itself to life. [My website is down in other words…]

    But development does not stop!

  11. I am using wordpress and just started last week. I still need to figure out how to tweak the header image. Hey, it beats the heck out of blogger though!

  12. Mike Panic says:

    So it took me 7 times of trying to reload the site to see it, kept getting Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in /home/easyword/public_html/instant/index.php on line 491 errors.

    Their own site design kind of scares me and makes me think it’s an infomercial.

    I’m currently using a DoshDosh Adsens ready WP theme called Prosense that I have then modified to fit one of my blogs.

    I’ve been nothing but happy, it is designed for Adsense and has a ton of SEO hacks in it already and the user feedback from the switch has been great.

  13. Budget Babe says:

    Hi Everyone! I am using Gobala’s free theme and love it. It took a bit of learning to begin with but I think it’s great and my friends who have seen the blog love the look of it. I haven’t paid for his themes (though may do so in the future if the needs arrive) but right now, I am very happy with what I have.

    Btw, he also has a forum where you can ask questions about tweaking etc so it makes things much easier as a newbie blogger (like me!!).

    Love, Budget Babe xoxo

  14. Roberta says:

    I actually use Gobala’s Super Adsense theme on my personal blog. I’ve tweaked it to the way I like it and it didn’t cost me a thing. I signed up for one of his newsletters and he sent me the link. It’s an easily customizable theme. It’s simple and it works for me.

  15. mason says:

    nice! I was actually gonna design a blog myself, but am tight on time. blog templates will do it for me before I come around to complete my design.

  16. Brendan says:

    There are better adsense optimized themes out there for free. I use one in particular for all my niche minisites and they do very well. You just have to do a little searching.

  17. Jimson Lee says:

    If you know your way around PHP, HTML, and CSS, any of the free templates out there will do the trick. You can do almost anything.

    1. Budget Babe says:

      Hi Jimson, Problem is, many of us bloggers are not as technically savvy as you would think. I only started my blog last week and had a few teething problems which I am sure a coder would not have had any difficulty with. I have friends for example that have political/writing based blogs who have had to employ experts to set them up.

      1. Sheesh meet me with those your friends 😛 Anyway, you are right, not everyone is tech oriented and not everyone is able to write or modify a blog theme to meet his needs (thanks to them others can earn, even the dishonest ones).

        If you can just write and understand HTML language it will be more than just great to be able to modify the whole look of your theme, the PHP knowledge (even it the knowledge you’d need is just how to copy/paste a code) is really minimal.

        Anyway, if you need something around your WP themes, just whislte.

  18. Chad says:

    Any site that begins with “Who Else Wants” gets an automatic click on the back button in my browser. Spammy ebooks suck.

    1. KingJacob says:

      Wrong Spammy ebooks only suck for the reader, the writer is probally making bank. 😉

  19. SeoVibe says:

    I’ve had two themes that I’ve created for phpBB taken and sold on ebay by a complete stranger so I’m biased against selling themes at all but give him credit for trying.

  20. Im using Mistylook in my new blog (not my personal one) with mods that are the same as John Chow:

    http://www.OnPulseIM.com

    Looking forward to building a nice, big blog 😆

  21. $7… wow. Now that’s a bargain if ever I saw one! 😉

    Steve

  22. Alireza says:

    Well, I believe it can be a very good backlink campaign, don’t you think? Good 💡 , man!

  23. simon says:

    I don’t like the $7 dollars theme and I believe tweak it yourself is the best way to Optimized Adsense. :mrgreen:

  24. mason says:

    Plus, adsense isn’t going to be the biggest money earner for a blog right? john has like 10 revenue streams. I’m sure diff methods will trump adsense in every way possible.

    1. Geedos says:

      Spot on – you can’t rely on just one income stream.

      Adsense is actually one of John’s poorer performers at the moment as well.

    2. Adsense is definitely not the biggest money earner for a blog.

    3. KingJacob says:

      Right, Most of the top earning bloggers dont even use adsense why should they when they can deal direct.

  25. Sorry for the off-topic comment, you may like to move it to the preferred domain post. Good that I came across the preferred domain post at your blog John at http://www.johnchow.com/setting-the-preferred-domain/.

    I tried to ask this question to couple of other webmasters too, and waiting for satisfactory answer.

    My question is, do you see any issues in having two different websites on same domain name. For example, I am using same domain name, one at http://lifeiscolourful.com for link bid directory and other is http://www.lifeiscolourful.com for a future blog. [I would direct it to a regular blog once the PR changes].

    Now I am just thinking if you could explain me that what difference this both websites on same domain name will have in terms of PR.

    Right now one of the popular firefox plugins for PR and Alexa ranking shows the same data for both type of domains.

    Commenting here as comments to preferred domain post are closed, the comment actually fits in there.

    1. domain.tld is the domain name and actually the www. is a subdomain of your domain. Anyway the WWW. is very common to be used by users to reach a website, they won’t just type google.com in their browser, rather they will type http://www.google.com (just as an example).

      It would be smarter for you to use your domain with and without the WWW. for your directory (maybe or blog, you decide) and use blog.yourdomain.tld for your blog (or directory.yourdomain.tld for the directory in this case).

      Using a directory on yourdomain.tld and a blog on http://www.yourdomain.tld will really confuse users and i doubt they have the patience to guess the correct URL.

      1. Have you checked jakeldaily and http://www.jakeldaily … both different websites with same domain. Jason must be benefiting from it for sure.. I am just confused if the PR5 is earned by both websites separately or is resultant of one single effort for one of the sites. What’s your opinion.

        1. You can check by your self tho http://jakeldaily.com/ has PR5 without www. while with www. it has PR0.

          As i earlier said, www. is the subdomain of the domain, just as like blog.yourdomain.tld where blog would be the subdomain of your domain.

          PR depends on inbound links and if there is NO linking connection between the site with www. and the one without www. the PR juice will not be spread on both sites. Yet again, i would never think about running two sites under the same domain in that way.

  26. bob cobb says:

    definitely a good idea for beginners

  27. Kumar says:

    Yes I have DOWNLOADED many time very Best Themes here.

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  28. Interesting enough, not badly prices neither.

  29. KingJacob says:

    Interesting though I prefer to go to themes.wordpress.net find a good theme and tweak it, It may take more time but its better in the long run.

  30. Anyone notice that John’s not even close to the top for “Make Money Online” on Google anymore?

    1. It’s pretty old news “Dress Up Games”… He has been penalized by Google, but it does not matter – cause anyways, you and me keep on coming here, isn’t it!

  31. Matt says:

    Good for $7… but I certainly wouldn’t pay any more than that! You can get them free anyway.

  32. Yes these would be a good idea for a beginner, but I think it’s much better to have a site you’ve personalized yourself. And I’m not a fan of the three column layout either. All in all not a bad deal for $7

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