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Advertising on WP Blogs... will it happen?

  1. When I first joined WP 5 months ago, I learned ads on blogs were not allowed but was hopeful a change would be in the works because of this statement on the "features" page: "In the future you’ll be able to show your own ads and make money from your blog."

    I am just wondering why they do not allow it? I would gladly pay a yearly fee, like I did to host videos to do this. I have built up a strong readership and have several inquires to advertise on my blog. I am now trying to figure out how and where to move it, so I can make it profitable... I have just put so much work into it I hate to have to move it.

    Are they really planning to make this change, as stated above? Why would you not want this option?

    The blog I need help with is piewacket.wordpress.com.

  2. lararossignol
    I'd love to see it, but there are those here who are anti-commercialising the place. When I can afford paid for hosting I will look at going over to Squarespace.com and/or consider Drupal and Joomla as alternatives to WordPress.org.

    As far as I can see WordPress.com have been talking about allowing ads forever, if they can't make a decision then when my finances allow it I will. And I am afraid it will be bye-bye WordPress.com.

    The themes are too limited, their upgrades are to expensive (and often still limited) and no, or very limited, commercialisation is a killer in the modern world. WordPress.com are making it harder for me to be a blogger not easier.

  3. I registered myself to google adsense and they give code for advertisement but when I paste it on my blog nthing happend :(

    So please tell me that how can I put google ads & search bar on my blog(wordpress.com)
    is it possible?

  4. [opinion]
    I've come to the conclusion that I don't care one way or another if someone advertises because in both browsers I use, Firefox and Safari, I have adblock installed, so I will never see your ads, and if one should happen to sneak through I just zap it and never see it again.

    Adblockplus for Firefox has been downloaded 56,377,313 according to their page at Mozilla, and the number of people downloading and installing such extensions for their browsers is growing daily.

    Adsweep as I understand it is now available for Google Chrome and Opera as well, and as word gets out, there will be a stampede to download and install it.

    And even though building an adblock addon for Internet Explorer requires an advanced degree in rocket science, there is a way to do it using the built-in filter capabilities in IE without much effort.

    The base of gullible ad-clickers, I expect, is going to dwindle over the coming years so I wouldn't quit my day job is I were you.
    [/opinion]

  5. the sacred place
    Perhaps I could advertise ad blockers, $1 a time for a download. What is there about 140 million WordPress blogs?

    Mind you, I'd have to work out how to create one first.

    As a second point (and probably off topic) the number of gullible humans has never decreased, nor is it likely to in my admittedly cynical opinion. Have you seen the standard of political debate lately?

  6. the sacred place
    As a secondary item Opera has ad blocking built in. You just right click on any page item and add it to a black list.

  7. mbbs8bmc
    Sorry man, missed you there.

    No Google AdSense can't be added to a WordPress.com blog. If you want to use it you will need to go over to a self-hosted blog and install WordPress.org or another free hosted service like Blogger.

  8. sacredpath - you want a free ride - we get it. There's no reason that content providers who are creating valuable information shouldn't be able to make some money. If advertising dies, free content dies. Plain and simple.

  9. I agree futuretireco. Where would TV be with advertising. A lot of the blogs I like have very pretty ads geared toward things and products I am interested in. I really do not think it is bad thing and blocking it in the end may do more harm than good, imo.

    @ Mike, I too have considered squarespace and will check out the other two.

    What I really do not get is how what I do with my blog has anything to do with anyone else. It just seems like such an unnecessary restriction.

  10. futuretireco is wrong. I make a living (barely, in this market) on blog advertising, and I can tell you that what's happening is that the ads are skewing for the lowest common denominator, ie people too out of date, ignorant, or plain stupid, to have ad blockers installed. I mean, I know John Chow personally. I know what I am talking about here. We used to run ads for Saks Fifth Avenue; now we run ads for Walmart.

    As for whether WP.com will allow advertising, they do right now with the VIP program. I asked staff directly earlier this year about something more mid-level and reasonably priced and they said there was nothing in the immediate pipeline.

    From a management point of view, providing a free blogging platform is one thing; providing a free blogging platform with a great support forum and staff is something WP.com does very well. But providing a free blogging platform with a great support forum and staff that also supports ads? Have you SEEN the forums on affiliate advertising sites? It's way too much to take on. Blogspot only does it because Google owns it, and they want a huge footprint for their Adsense.

    The easiest thing is to get hosting, which costs as little as $10 a month, install WordPress software (which is free) and transfer your blog over intact. That way you can probably even get the same theme.

    I've used Blogspot, Drupal, Joomla and I don't know what else, and I like WP.com the best. I like it better than my independent, ad-supported blogs using WP software, because I know how rich ads can(t) get you and I'd far rather be famous anyway. It's each person's decision, but what I'm saying is it's not practical from WP's perspective to have ads unless they also own the ad platform. S0 don't hold your breath.

  11. There's no reason that content providers who are creating valuable information shouldn't be able to make some money.

    True, and rightfully so. However, that depends on every individual's possibilities, needs and/or goals. If you want to make a living or have an extra income off the content you provide, sure, why not. But if you can afford to provide valuable content without advertisement so that others can benefit off your knowledge or services, then advertising is not necessary.

    If advertising dies, free content dies. Plain and simple.

    Not really. Again, IMO, it falls on what your needs/goals are, and how affordable it is for you to provide something without advertising. For instance, I provide services and information for free without putting ads on me blogs or sites because I can afford it (besides, I really dislike the idea of serving ads to my readers/users). Here are some of the sites/blogs I'm talking about:

    http://www.email-encoder.net
    http://sandboxskins.mycoolrealm.com

    I can afford to do this because a) I have a full time job, b) I have freelance projects, c) Today's web hosting prices are very affordable… you spend more money ordering pizza on a weekend than what you pay for hosting in a month.

    In my case, I like sharing my knowledge with others because, I believe, I'm paying forward for what others have taught me.

    Again, that's just me, and obviously my situation, needs and goals are much more different than yours or anyone else's.

  12. @futuretireco, "if advertising dies, free content dies" is simply not true. There was high quality content on the web long before their was advertising on the web, and there will be as long as there is a web, and in my experience the highest quality content typically ends up being on sites where there is little or no advertising. It's passion for a particular subject that drives good content, not ad revenue.

    In fact in my experience setting up sites for people, when advertising is brought into the mix the focus all to often shifts to maximizing ad revenue rather than producing high quality content, and in many cases the content actually shifts to bring in more ad revenue.

    Again, this is my opinion based on my experience and observations.

    You have a right to advertise if you wish, and I have a right not to be confronted with dancing flash bunnies selling the multi-colored condoms or the latest anti-aging cream made from toenail fungus.

  13. True, Raincoaster. But it wouldn't necessarily have to be free. They could still offer the basic free service as they do now and charge, say, $4.99 a month for an option to put ads on a blog (as opposed to $30pa to remove them).

    But it is somewhat immaterial at the moment to me as I can't afford to pay for any options or hosting either way. It is just that the option would be nice. And $60pa by several million users could pay for a lot of support.

    Still, good of you to take the time to answer.

  14. Thanks. I definitely think that in the distant future, when/if they offer that option, it'll be priced higher than low-end independent hosting, more like $30 a month or so. In my opinion, they'd want to deliberately drive ad-running bloggers to independent hosting, for simple support reasons. Half the ads we run are Javascript, which isn't allowed here; imagine the outcry if they allowed advertising, but didn't allow the software than runs half or more of the ads on the web!

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