Nope, any old theme won’t do.
If you want to earn, I mean really earn, your site needs to be optimized for ads. A site that is well-optimized for ad clicks will generate many multiples more revenue than an unoptimized site. And the way to get that kind of design is a premium WordPress theme.
Ready to pick out a high CTR theme for your site? Keep scrolling to see my top picks for best AdSense WordPress theme.
AdSense WordPress themes
Every theme listed below is responsive and working great with the newest WordPress version. Use them for blogs, magazines, or any content-rich website (including eCommerce stores). Each theme has high converting ad placements and is AdSense friendly.
1. Splash by MyThemeShop
Splash is a profit-ready premium WP theme. If you’re looking to earn multiple revenue streams from your site, this might just be the best choice.
The Splash theme emphasizes its built-in review system throughout the design. Review products across one or many niches and simply include affiliate links to earn commissions. Also, use the optimized ad placements in Splash to generate revenue through ad clicks. This way, you can still turn a profit even from your otherwise non-monetized content.
The review system in Splash is flexible and integrates with Schema.org data for rich snippets. That means your ratings will show in the Google & Bing results increasing your organic CTR. Splash also comes with multiple layouts, hundreds of fonts sourced from Google Fonts, and custom background colors and images.
2. Ad-Sense by MyThemeShop
Ad-Sense is an AdSense ready theme totally optimized for earning revenue through ad placements.
You want a high CTR, right?
Well, one of the best ways to improve clicks is to increase the number of ads and boost their overall visibility on the site. The challenge is balancing ads with quality content. Too many ads and the site will have a high bounce rate. Ad-Sense does a fantastic job of implementing a large number of ad placements without compromising aesthetics.
The Ad-Sense theme can feature three, sometimes even four, ads “above the fold.” There are eight different layouts, so you can test different designs and ad placements easily.
Perhaps the coolest feature of Ad-Sense is the ad-blocker detection. If someone visits your site, you can block the content or entire site until they disable it. Getting visitors to disable their ad-blocker will ensure higher visibility and click-through rates.
On top of all the ad integrations, Ad-Sense also includes a variety of customization tools. Change the colors of the site, switch fonts, and take advantage of the built-in reviews system. Ad-Sense might just be the best WordPress theme for AdSense.
3. SocialNow by MyThemeShop
Viral is a sharp and clean AdSense theme. With a classic blog layout, it’s terrific for publishing stories, news, and tutorials.
As you’d expect, SocialNow has social sharing integrated throughout the design. It’s also well-optimized for SEO. This social AdSense WP theme comes with three slider types, 11 custom widgets, and two layout options for the blog.
SocialNow comes with basic ad management allowing you to include advertisements before and after post content as well as in any widget area (includes the sidebar).
4. Sensational by MyThemeShop
Sensational stands out with a unique three column layout. The three columns provide more space to include ads and other content above the fold. Even with the dual sidebars, Sensational still manages to maintain a clean and spacious look.
The Sensational theme can work wonderfully for a blog, but it also has layouts that will support multi-author magazine sites too. You can see from the demo sites that it can be adapted for any niche.
Sensational comes with over 35 features. Most notably, there are four layouts, responsive image sliders, unlimited color palettes, and click-optimized Google AdSense placements.
5. MyBlog by MyThemeShop
Minimalist and modern, MyBlog is a beautiful AdSense ready theme. A great design like this immediately establishes credibility and shows visitors your site is current.
MyBlog strikes a balance between headlines and images. The large, oversized post titles are sure to increase clicks and get people reading more on your site. Combined with attention-getting images, this theme will keep visitors captivated.
MyBlog has eight pre-designed homepage layouts making it a versatile choice. It also comes with two slider types, social buttons, and two layout types for post pages.
6. MagXP by MyThemeShop
Most of the themes listed so far cater towards bloggers, but MagXP is for magazines. Use it to publish tons of content and easily support multiple authors.
With a magazine theme, you get lots of content layouts and widget areas. That means more locations to place AdSense widgets and increase your click-through rates. MagXP has multiple demo sites showing off its versatility. Regardless of the layout, the site is media-rich with large sliders and featured images for every article.
MagXP includes a drag-and-drop system for designing the homepage. It also comes with a built-in review system, so you can quickly publish professional product reviews. Author boxes, custom widgets, and social sharing buttons take this theme to the next level.
7. Truemag by StrictThemes (Themeforest)
When’s the last time you saw brown used on a website?
Truemag manages to create an original and absolutely beautiful aesthetic with its sophisticated use of color, typography, and space. Don’t be fooled by the good looks; this theme comes with plenty of functionality “under the hood” too.
First things first, how are the ad placements? Truemag has “hotspots” throughout the theme in key ad locations. These ad units are responsive and sized to ensure Google AdSense ads will display correctly regardless of the device used to view the site. In total, there are nine different ad locations.
When it comes to customization, Truemag gives you full control over the colors, fonts, and more with the powerful admin panel. It’s also WooCommerce compatible, so you can add a store filled with products of your own or as an affiliate.
8. Jannah by TieLabs (Themeforest)
TieLabs is known for building extremely robust and customizable news and magazine themes. Jannah is no different.
The Jannah theme is full of nice touches. It’s beautiful and fun to use. As you browse the demo, you’ll notice the excellent use of color and small animations that improve rather than distract from the design. Jannah has many news site features like a trending news ticker in the header and today’s date, mega menus, search, and plenty of ad placements.
Everything in Jannah is customizable down to the mobile nav menu. The menu and logo styles and placements in the header can be arranged any way you can imagine. The page builder allows you to create completely custom layouts. There are even 15 layouts for the sliders themselves.
If you plan on publishing a news or magazine site to optimize with AdSense, you’ve got to check out Jannah.
9. Grimag by StrictThemes (Themeforest)
Another theme by StrictThemes, Grimag is a clean magazine theme with numerous ad placements. The layouts are crisp and easy to browse, and the menus provide clear navigation.
You have options when it comes to this ad-optimized theme. Grimag can be used for publishing a lot of content due to its magazine-style design, but can also be used for blogging. Thanks to its integration with both BuddyPress and bbPress, you can build an entire community on your site complete with forums, user profiles, and direct messaging.
Like Truemag, the ad units and Grimag are responsive. They work flawlessly with Google’s responsive ad technology. Grimag also includes quite a few customization features for common modifications like colors and fonts.
10. Authority by MyThemeShop
Modeled after award-winning internet marketer Matthew Woodward’s site, Authority is designed for profitability.
This AdSense optimized theme is well-suited for lucrative content creation. It would work great for a solo writer but can be adapted for a multi-author blog or even a shop thanks to its WooCommerce integration.
The Authority theme prides itself on performance. It’s optimized for fast page loads and is completely mobile-friendly. Add in search engine optimization, and this theme is ready to perform.
Pick from four unique homepage layouts, implement special shortcodes, and customize much more with this flexible theme. Authority comes with multiple widget areas for displaying ads plus special placements in the header, before post content, and after post content.
Which AdSense theme is right for you?
When it comes to ad clicks, the design of your site can make all the difference. Even moving one ad a little higher on your site can have a huge impact on clicks and earnings.
These themes are among the best choices for launching an ad optimized site. They all have similar aesthetics, so focus on features and flexibility in addition to the design you like best.