I am new to blogging and would like to make money while doing something that interests and inspires me. I paid WP to change the blog's address from 'www.laruejacob.wordpress.com' to 'www.laruejacob.com.' I get a decent amount of hits per day and my application to WordAds has just been accepted. However, I am now learning, that in order to actually profit, I may need to actually go about this differently. In order words, use a web host, purchase the domain name on a site like "GoDaddy" and then do the installation of "wordpress.org." I am honestly confused and seeking out guidance because I know that by having to use WP as a host and server I can't use GoogleAdsense and the like. So essentially:
1. If I stayed with what I currently have going for me, what other forms of ad/affiliate links can I use, which ones are recommended?
2. Having done what I have done--is it worth the effort, time and money to actually go buy a domain name, move my blog to BluHost, so that I can then profit better?
3. If I go with number 2--and make the aforesaid changes, do I need to know css code to make posts, insert pictures and the like?
Any information would be highly appreciated!
The blog I need help with is laruejacob.com.