TOP 10+ GOOGLE ADSENSE WORDPRESS THEMES FOR NICHE & VIRAL WEBSITES
A curated list of the very best AdSense optimized WordPress themes for boosting your click-through rate & earnings (2016)
Choosing the right WordPress theme is an absolute must when trying to make a full-time income from your AdSense earnings. We have created this theme list with just that in mind, and are happy to share our choice of top WordPress theme for Google AdSense.
When choosing your ideal template there are a number of things that you will want to consider. Design is of course important, because you will want a “look” that will entice readers to look deeper into your website and read other articles. But if you are serious about turning the website into a serious earner you will also have to look at other areas that will effect your monetization potential.
All the WordPress themes listed below have been selected due to there advertising placement options, their ability to increase your click-through rate (CTR), and of course quality design.
“Building an authority site that you can grow to 4-5 figures per month is a lot better than growing small niche sites that earn 3 figures per month each.” – Chris Lee, RankXL
Any WordPress theme that you choose, and the content you create must strictly adhere to a number of policies and guidelines, so as not to run the risk of of your account being permanently disabled. The specific guidelines you should pay close attention to are; the main policies, webmaster quality guidelines, and the DMCA policy.
While it is unlikely that you will be removed from the program for using a specific template, you should also consider if the poor theme selection could be interpreted as a poor user experience, or that a manual review may find you have created a website that is neither unique, valuable, or engaging. Basically, does your site have a purpose other than collecting valuable advertising revenue?
With all the above said, AdSense can still be a profitable advertising program to take part in, and for those of you that are keen to take part I give you my top WordPress themes for Google AdSense list.
Viral Kaboom bills itself as, a powerful money making WordPress theme that has been designed to attract visitors from social networks by encouraging them to share your content. The social sharing buttons on the themes post pages are some of the best I have seen.
The theme comes fully loaded with an advanced control panel to help you set up your website just the way you want it. From this panel you can alter website fonts, colors, and alter your advertisement locations. The theme also offers a drag & drop page builder, along with numerous page layouts to choose from.
An advanced WordPress theme that plays well with Google AdSense, and is only limited by your imagination.
NewsPaper WordPress Theme
I have included the Newspaper template on this list for one prime reason, and that is its similarity to the theme used by the website LifeHack.org (you only need to see the 850,000 likes on Facebook to realize that this website is a major player). SEMRush estimates the website traffic for LifeHack at 1.8 million visits a month – which is not a figure to be sniffed at.
As with all themes created by MyThemeShop the NewsPaper theme offers an unbelievable number of customization options. It also offers some features that you will not find on other WordPress themes that will increase your AdSense CTR, and the overall earning from your website. These include:
When trying to earn money with AdSense it is important to ensure that your website loads quickly. You only have a few seconds before visitors will abandon your website and look elsewhere. Google now treats your website loading speed as a ranking factor, ans therefore this should be considered when choosing the right WordPress theme.
The NewsPaper WordPress theme has been coded to load quickly, and thus reduce your abandonment rate significantly. This template also offers a feature known as prefetching, that automatically pre-loads the pages that your visitor is most likely to visit next.
This feature is offered with most of the WordPress templates from MyThemeShop, and is a powerful tool to help you lower your bounce rate and increase your CTR.
You can see what a difference this makes to load time by simply visiting the themes demo.
The NewsPaper template offers powerful AdSense integration options, that will maximize your click through rate (CTR) without distracting from your content or upsetting your visitors.
The theme offers numerous advertisement layout options that are easily added using the administration panel. Options include below post title, below content and of course within the sidebar. There are also easy advertisement changes that you can make to the theme as discussed by Chris Lee on this RankXL post.
TruePixel – AdSense Optimized Theme
This WordPress theme although not specifically designed for AdSense has been favorite amongst WordPress users. The theme itself offers a number of features that lends itself well to this type of advertising; including, but not limited to a full range of advertisement placement settings as well as the ability to choose whether to have a navigation menu, two, or non at all.
TruePixel was initially used by the website Viral Nova before they had a custom design built from the ground up. They managed to build an income of over $100k per week before opting for a different design.
TruePixel is optimized for AdSense. You will see higher CPC’s, CTR’s & RPM’s, meaning more money in your pocket for each visitor.
Better Bounce Rate
TruePixel is optimized to have a better bounce rate, meaning that visitors stay on your site longer and view more content, earning you more money.
Viral Layout Option
The viral layout option is designed to focus attention and help your content go viral. It helps you get more shares and traffic, and therefore earn you more money.
WordX – Digital Magazine CTR Theme
WordX is a powerful magazine WordPress theme for digital magazines. The theme has been designed to work well for those looking to make money from advertising income, and has a layout that also suits those looking to start a viral website.
As with the previous themes mentioned within this post this template also offers advanced optimization features, allowing your visitors to browse your website without technical issues effecting its load time. Features include; Prefetching (as explained above), and has been optimized to help you create an income from your website using either Google AdSense or affiliate offers.
As far as AdSense WordPress themes go, this is arguably one of the best!
Clickright – AdSense Ready Template
The Clickright theme follows the core functions of older AdSense websites where core design was not nearly as important as the CTR. While I appreciate these templates I believe that readers are getting more sophisticated and may well see a website using this theme for what it really is – a money making opportunity!
I appreciate the simplicity of Clickright, but believe that if you are looking to start a real business as opposed to just earning a few clicks AdSense revenue, I would probably seriously consider one of the other templates on this list.
There are of course websites that will prove to be the exception to the rule, and if this theme is exactly what you have been looking for then who am I to question it?
SociallyViral – WordPress Viral Theme
SociallyViral is a WordPress theme used by many websites trying to compete for viral traffic. This theme has been designed to increase visits by encouraging visitors to share your content on their social media pages. The theme also places your trending posts in front of visitors to encourage further engagement on your most popular stories.
As well as encouraging social shares, the template has a built in subscription box to allow visitors to opt-in to receive new stories to their email inbox.
As with all the WordPress themes on this list SociallyViral has been optimized for AdSense, which means a higher CTR.
Bimber – Viral & Buzz WordPress Theme
The Bimber theme has been created to mimic the most popular Viral news websites, and allow you to easily start growing your followers, while also earning from advertising placements across the website.
The built in sharing buttons help users gain exposure by encouraging visitors to share your content with other social media users, and hopefully help your viral news items actually go viral.
The powerful AdSense placement options provided by the free plugin “WP Quads” allow you to place advertisements exactly where you will want them. The options include; in the header area, beginning of post, middle of post, end of post, as well as numerous other areas that you may want to test over time.
Bimber is also fully compatible with the Snax viral frontend uploader plugin.
A professional theme with excellent support.
Doberman – Viral AdSense Theme
The Doberman theme is the new Viral AdSense WordPress theme on the block. Released in July 2016 it offers a well thought out design with full color control (using the options menu).
Where this template really shines is the outstanding detail given to the social media sharing options. Visitors are encouraged to share your content and increase your readership on every page they visit. These visitors are also encouraged to subscribe and read other trending posts on your website.
Certainly one of the AdSense WordPress themes to look out for in 2016.
Another theme that I have found that plays well with AdSense is the Nominal Theme. It has a professional look, which will hopefully stop the immediate “back click” that I believe many of the specialist themes almost encourage. People are getting wise, and can normally tell a real website from a bad one.
Again this theme allows you to easily use the larger AdSense ad units which should encourage more clicks.
SocialMe has five very different demos to choose from. The image below is what the developer calls “Blogging Tips”.
While this WordPress theme has not been directly created as an ‘AdSense ready template” its modern layout and extensive advertising options lends itself well to that type of marketing.
SocialMe has been built to be exceptionally quick loading, and has all the features we have come to expect to help lower your bounce rate and keep your visitors engaged.
I believe this theme would be ideal for a niche website looking to create content and profit of Google AdSense.
Sensational is a visually appealing blog theme that provides advanced layout options, quick loading layouts, and great advertising options to ensure you not only grab your visitors attention, but profit when you do it.
While not specifically built as an AdSense theme, the developers over at MyThemeShop have gone to great lengths to ensure your website has everything to create a social buzz.
All the advanced features you would expect from these world class developers are included in their easy to understand back end options panel. An ideal choice of website for those looking to break into the design niche.
This theme also allows you to change the column display on the homepage using one of the four column layout options.
A viral news theme that has been inspired by websites such as boredpanda.com and ebaumsworld.com. This template allows visitors to submit new content to already published posts and allows your readers to “vote up” the best submissions.
A truly viral WordPress theme that focuses on advertising. All advertisements are places using the WP Quads WordPress Plugin, and AdSense (or any other ads) can be placed in the following locations with ease:
- ad before the header theme area
- ad before the content theme area
- ad before the “You may also like” collection
- ad before the “More from” collection
- ad before the “Comments” section
- ad before the “Don’t miss” collection
- all plugin built-in locations like “before the first paragraph”, etc
The themes on this list have been chosen to help you build an authority AdSense website that upholds the standards of the best of the web, we do not want our visitors to create websites that are not in line with Google’s terms and conditions as this is not a good long term strategy.
We sincerely hope that the AdSense WordPress themes above will help you create a great income and a great authority website that you will be proud of for years to come.
For further ideas on how to make your website more profitable why not visit RankXL.com (I have no association with this website, I just think it is a good read):)