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Yesterday Tim Yang released a new WordPress theme I've contributed to : Problogger Clean, a clean 3 columns theme, featuring some original and kick ass features.

No CSS or graphical showcase here, the theme focuses on the content you are writing. A close attention has been given to internal navigation, internal linking, article promotion and search engine optimization, so that both readers and the Googlebot can easily find everthing they are looking for.

Several features of this theme are concerning Adsense. When most (all ?) themes today come ad free and are a blogger's hell to nicely implement ads in a layout that was not designed for it, Problogger Clean comes with built-in ads, with optimized colors and positions. Tim's own experience as a somehow "serious blogger" has been valueable on this topic.

This theme is particularly aimed towards bloggers who want to spend more time blogging, and less time installing. From within an admin option panel, you specify your Adsense id and channels. No need to manualy edit files before uploading the theme : install it, modify options in a neat interface, and use it.

Another feature I dig is called "Adsense Safety Click" : when you are viewing your own blog, the Adsense code is modified so that a test account is used instead of your own Adsense id. Benefit ? Any click you would accidentaly make on your own ads will not be counted, and therefore will not be considered as fraudulent (this feature needs your login cookie as "admin" to be active)

Several other features controlled from a neat admin panel concern support for third party RSS services such as Feedburner, promoting (old) articles of your choice on your front page, built-in support for "Asides" posts, and much more.

The layout and aesthetical aspects of Problogger Clean are Tim Yang's ideas. I'm responsible for all the PHP things that work under the hood, including the theme admin panel, powered by my own WordPress Theme Toolkit.

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  1. […] Read more : Tim's announcement, Ozh's announcement. Technorati Tags: adsense templates themes wordpress wordpress theme   […]

  2. This code violates the AdSense TOS.

    From https://www.google.com/adsense/policies

    "Code Modification

    Any AdSense ad code, search box code, or referral code must be pasted directly into Web pages without modification. AdSense participants are not allowed to alter any portion of the ad code or change the layout, behavior, targeting, or delivery of ads for any reason."

  3. Ozh says:

    Toivo » I think adsense TOS are more concerning code modifications that are intented to modify income or CTR so that they are better for the publisher, not the other way round :)
    However, thanks for the notice, I will contact Google and ask about their position on this topic.

  4. Rick Beckman says:

    Doesn't seem to work with WordPress 2 BETA 1; it seems to have problems with redeclaring the functions in functions.php on every page load… I had to delete the theme from the server to recover. :(

  5. Ozh says:

    I guess you are talking about WP 1.6 ? I will give it a shot when I have some time.

  6. Rick Beckman says:

    The download for the BETA version of WordPress is linked to as my website for this comment. The BETA itself is slick as can be; I'd love to see Problogger-Clean be made compatible, though I've no idea just how much work that would entail.

  7. carlo says:

    Hi, wow. I have clicked on my own adsense links a few times, what a pain. Each time I get paranoid and email google people and ask them for a solution but this seems like a great idea :)

    Cheers!
    carlo the b-tard

  8. rohit says:

    Can I still use this theme for latest WordPress.

  9. Rihanna says:

    Looks great. Im trig it out.

  10. Kyle Healey says:

    Any word on whether or not it breaks the adsense tos or not?

  11. Ozh says:

    It does not, why would it ?
    Read this post : Google Team on Problogger Clean's Adsense Features.

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