Blix WordPress SEO Theme version 3 was last tested on WordPress 3.1 and no issues found.
Update June 2014, the free Blix AdSense WordPress theme hasn’t been updated for around 4 years, have no plans to update it in the near future. If you are looking for a free AdSense WordPress theme use the Talian 5 AdSense theme, looking for a WP theme with AdSense, Chitika, Kontera, Infolinks and custom ads built in, plus awesome SEO features see the Stallion Responsive Premium theme (not free).
Consider Blix as an archived WP AdSense theme, will probably have issues with latest version of WordPress.
AdSense Ready WordPress Theme Blix
The Fresh design is a popular WordPress theme, apparently ported from another popular CMS.
Fresh with AdSense + SEO is now FREE
Blix is Widget compatible, works with the new widget feature added to WordPress 2.3 (no theme editing needed).
Targeted AdSense Coding: New option from Google AdSense, we’ve incorporated this feature into all of our WP themes including Blix. The targeted AdSense coding can not be used with popular AdSense addons for WordPress, unless you edit your theme manually.
I’ve worked as an SEO consultant for around 10 years and guarantee you will not find better search engine optimization WordPress themes (free or premium WordPress SEO theme) online today than my WordPress SEO themes.
WordPress Blix theme with Google AdSense and SEO Optimisation
The first screenshot shows the home page of Blix theme. You can see one of the three Google AdSense ad units in the screenshot, this is a 250×250 ad unit that floats to the right at the top of the content of the first post only for those using the Blix template.
This location is one of the most clicked areas (AdSense hot zone) and so by utilising this location this ad unit almost always performs well.
You will find the same ad units and placement for all pages of the blog, which will maximise AdSense revenue.
The second screenshot shows a single post page, this is where individual posts are shown (like the page you are reading now).
In my experience it’s these pages that will create most AdSense revenue, especially the 250×250 square unit within the main blog post content (it’s a real hot area).
Further down the page is the third and final ad unit, out the box it’s set at 336×280 (large rectangle to catch leaving visitors), but there’s an easy to use options page where ad unit sizes and colours can be changed, so changing the size doesn’t need a PHP programmer or anything :-).
Blix with AdSense + SEO Installation Instructions
1. Unzip the zip file.
2. Edit the file adsense.php within the /blix-adsense-seo-03/ folder to include your Google AdSense code (read the readme.txt file for more details, very easy to do).
Note: Adding your unique Google AdSense publisher code (your pub-##### number) is the ONLY required change needed to the entire theme to make the theme ready to turn your WordPress blog into an AdSense residual income stream.
3. Upload the entire folder to your WordPress themes directory (via FTP, just like any other theme you’ve tried out).
4. Log into your blogs dashboard and under Presentation select the new Blix theme and you are done.
The Blix AdSense + SEO theme out the box uses blended ad unit colours and large ad units for maximum CTR/AdSense revenue. If you wish to change unit colours and/or ad unit dimensions this can be achieved by editing just one file. If you don’t like the 250×250 sized ad unit for example, no problem a few minor changes and you could have a smaller 180×150 ad unit. Don’t like image ads, again no problem specify text only ads.
Search Engine Optimization and WordPress Themes
Most WordPress themes aren’t too bad SEO wise when downloaded directly from their original creators, but there are always improvements that can be made for maximum SEO impact and the Blix theme was no different.
The Blix AdSense + SEO ready theme includes-
Optimized title elements (and meta tags, though they aren’t very important these days). Take a look at the title of this page, note it’s keyword rich and lacks the name of the site (for SEO reasons). This SEO coding is used on all version 03 WordPress themes from this site.
Optimised headers, for example on blog post pages like this one the name of the blog is NOT within a H1 header, (every theme I’ve used has a H1 header that holds a link to home page, this is not good SEO wise). Instead the title of the post is within the H1 header and the link to home is ONLY a H1 header on pages that lack a true keyword focus like the monthly archive pages. On category pages the category name is used for the H1 header.
Optimised anchor text of links.
All in all a well optimised AdSense ready theme.
Blue Blix WordPress Theme
Created a new version of Blix with a Blue colour. Blue Blix is this theme with blue colours AND a slightly wider (90px extra) content area allowing the use of the 336×280 AdSense ad unit at the top of the content.
Blue Blix with AdSense + SEO is now FREE