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Monetizing the blog

  1. Sir,
    Can I monetize my blog, with Ad Sense or placing ads on it?

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

  2. No you cannot. WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read features page, or advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

    In a nutshell no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
    Reference links:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://vip.wordpress.com/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links you can hire a web host and get a free software install from http://wordpress.org Refer to > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  3. Did this rule not recently change? I've read WordPress signed a deal to allow ads soon.

    http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/federated-expands-long-tail-ad-empire-wordpress-135925

  4. There is no telling when that will be implemented and what the details of it will be.

  5. The article concludes with:

    Federated’s ad options will become available to WordPress.com bloggers starting in the first quarter of next year.

    However, as we members have not read anything in the WordPress.com blog as yet we can only point to existing ToS policies and support documentation.

  6. Oops! I forgot to mention Matt's blog post on the "Federated Media deal which will give high-end bloggers access to run advertising from FM. ..."

  7. My end is the VERY highest.

  8. Go ahead and get an independently-hosted WP site and do what you like.

  9. With adcents (intentionally spelled that way) don't quit your day job. Most bloggers I know are lucky to pay their hosting costs running adcents.

    There will, it appears, be some advertising options for bloggers here at wordpress.com in the first quarter of 2012. There just isn't anything now.

  10. I don't think I want any ads, permitted or not. Unless I am personally selling something, which I am not yet.

  11. I've had over four million hits on my WP.com blog. Since the introduction of this program the COMBINED earnings of it and my external blogs have added up to $55.

  12. Planning a holiday in Tahiti soon then, I see?

  13. And most of the people that cry the loudest about ads - when you look at their site they are lucky to get 800 page views or 200 people a month - fine potential for ad traffic looks like to me.

  14. As a web designer, this is one of the things I dislike having come up, and it will at some point come up because a client has done a webinar or attended a seminar at the local Holiday Inn on getting rich off internet advertising.

    For us 99%'ers, it simply does not happen.

  15. You know and on the post by Matt, this is the most interesting bit.

    ...will give high-end bloggers access to run advertising from FM...

    That to me says high traffic sites with original, high quality, content. This isn't going to be something for the masses from how it sounds.

  16. Yep, I have a post about it on WPcomMaven, as does tt, and until and unless there's some official word, then we're all just guessing.

  17. Original, high quality content? If you want to take advantage of the coming ad service you should probably start stealing photos of kittens.

  18. I'm going to shout to the skies if I don't qualify. Especially considering my drop in traffic is due to WP.com's changes in the tag pages.

    Also for the record I have a "High end booty." Just in case that needed to be said.

  19. Does "booty" have a different meaning in Canada?

  20. Ask Johnny Depp. He was talking about Kate Moss's ass when he mentioned the High Water Booty.

  21. @raincoaster

    I'm going to shout to the skies if I don't qualify. Especially considering my drop in traffic is due to WP.com's changes in the tag pages.

    Seconded! Also note that I have a two and 1/2 octave range. Yes siree I can shatter wine glasses.

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