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WordAds for new blog?

  1. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    Is there any point to using WordAds on a new and/or low traffic blog? I am concerned that until significant traffic is achieved, the WordAds program might be a turn-off.

    The blog I need help with is westsoundbeernews.com.

  2. 1. There are already ads on your blog.

    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.

    2. There will be no WordAds payout until your 50% cut amounts to $100. USA.

    3. Who is your target audience? The answer is an important one.

  3. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    Thank you for your response!

    I am already paying for the blog. There should not be ads on it.

    My target audience is craft beer lovers. Ir seems to me that would be a decent demographic, but if there's no payment until $100, that would mean I would have ads for quite a while with no return and possibly lose customers (more attrition than new).

    Would you agreee?

  4. I am already paying for the blog. There should not be ads on it.

    No one here at WordPress.com pays for web hosting. We purchase individual upgrades that are very specific. If you did not specifically purchase a No-Ads upgrade then there are ads on your blog whether you are aware of them or not as I stated above.

  5. P.S. I have flagged this thread so it will be moved to the WordAds Forum for you.

  6. Some people with small traffic sites think that if a post goes viral they want to make sure the have WordAds on to earn money from that. You could apply and then have WordAds on pause. You can activate it yourself at any time.

    I don't know if there is a proven correlation between ads on a site and visitors leaving. Many of the biggest sites on the Internet have ads.

  7. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    Good points Jon. Thanks!

  8. cosmeticcalling
    Member

    Hi,
    I came across this problem recently. An Advert appeared on my blog - at the bottom of a post.
    I dont mind adverts, however I manage a beauty / cosmetics blog and having an advert so different to the field is not at all appealing. Is there any way that the adverts on my site can at least be about the field I am writing about?

    Alternatively if I upgrade to No Ads - can i still use Word Ads, and have beauty products advertised on my blog?

    I hope you can help as I feel im going round it circles trying to find the information.

    Thanks

  9. wordswithnannaprawn
    Member

    I've had the same dilemma, but if you write good content people will still want to read it, regardless of whether there is a small box of adverts.......plus.......how would you feel if you woke up one morning and your beernews had been freshly pressed?!! ..... I'm just guessing, but I think you might wish that you'd put WordAds on already if your traffic jumped into the thousands overnight! The other rationale is this; if you were writing a column for a magazine you would get paid more for your writing, plus, readers would be looking at adverts in whatever publication it was and skipping over them or reading something of interest. We all put time and effort into our blogs, it's not selling out to get a few cents for that :)

  10. Hello there,
    See the homepage for the WordAds program at WordAds.co. http://wordads.co/ There, you will find the application page as well as FAQs http://wordads.co/faq/ and a discussion forum. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/forum/wordads

    I dont mind adverts, however I manage a beauty / cosmetics blog and having an advert so different to the field is not at all appealing.

    Q: Can the ads be more contextual to the content on my site?
    A: Our advertisers are targeting your audience and covet being on your page because of the passion that your visitors have for your site. So the ads tend to be broad national campaigns, rather than highly targeted local or topical campaigns. We have found that the broad campaigns pay better. That said, visitors from countries outside the US and Europe will often see highly targeted local ads.

    Q: Can I choose which ads will run?
    A: Picking certain advertisers is not currently an option, but rest assured we do our best to maintain the highest standards for WordAds creatives. We do have some ability to block ads. If you see an ad that you find offensive or that you feel hurts your blog’s image, please take a screen grab and email it to help@wordpress.com.

    Alternatively if I upgrade to No Ads - can i still use Word Ads, and have beauty products advertised on my blog?

    What a No-Ads upgrade does is eliminate all advertising from your blog. 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.

  11. Also Selling your own ads and putting affiliate links is not allowed

  12. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    Weird. And I am still confused unfortunately. I purchased a $99 WordPress Value Bundle, and I assumed this would not allow ads and now I don't really know what I paid for! Maybe for the domain name?

  13. You should read the data before buying an upgrade. The $99 upgrade does include the No Ads upgrade, so there should be no ads at all on your blog right now. It also includes Custom Design (you can't upload external themes, but you can tweak yours if you know CSS editing), a custom domain, videopress for hosting videos, and a space upgrade.

    Word Ads actively decreases the number of ads on your blog relative to blogs without the No Ads upgrade. I've tested that.

  14. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    Thank you for your response! So I got what I thought I was getting, but I don't understand your last comment,

    Word Ads actively decreases the number of ads on your blog relative to blogs without the No Ads upgrade.

    What does that mean?

  15. If you don't have Word Ads or the No Ads upgrade, your blog may occasionally look a bit cheesy from the number of ads on it (note staff strongly disagree). If you get No Ads, it's clean, of course. If you don't get No Ads, but you do get approved for Word Ads, the cheesy ads are gone and only a few Word Ads ads appear. Overall, it reduces the number of ads on your blog AND you get half the income.

  16. cosmeticcalling
    Member

    Sorry I'm still confused... I have been looking at other beauty blogs, and their site does have advertising maybe 3 at the most (so would this mean that they dont have the No Ads upgrade?) but the adverts that they do have are very beauty focus adverts - either a beauty/cosmetic companies logo or a product. What I dont understand is how they achieve that... why is it that their site does not contain adverts from a different field to what they are blogging about and mine does? Also I read that you place the adverts in a discrete area on the bloggers page. The advert on my page is at the bottom of a post - on the main part of the page! Is there any way that I can ask for the placement of the advert to be changed and moved to the side panels at the bottom?

    Hope you can help,

  17. Please give us direct links to those blogs you're talking about. Beauty blogs and fashion blogs are frequently suspended here for unauthorized ads.

    "Discreet" is a subjective term. The ads are very prominent in my opinion.

  18. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    [quote]If you don't have Word Ads or the No Ads upgrade, your blog may occasionally look a bit cheesy from the number of ads on it (note staff strongly disagree). If you get No Ads, it's clean, of course. If you don't get No Ads, but you do get approved for Word Ads, the cheesy ads are gone and only a few Word Ads ads appear. Overall, it reduces the number of ads on your blog AND you get half the income.[/quote]

    Thank you so much for that explanation raincoaster!

  19. westsoundbeernews
    Member

    dammit. lol.

  20. Cosmeticcalling - yes if you want to send links that would help. You can send to support@wordpress.com and I can respond from there if you prefer.

    We do have a second layout that we are testing but it is probably less discrete than what you have. A challenge with advertising is that advertisers want to be noticed. Generally, they pay the most for advertising placements that 'above the fold' and prominent.

  21. cosmeticcalling
    Member

    Hi Jon

    Thank you very much for your help,
    I sent an e-mail to the given address and hope you hear from you or a member of the team.

    Thank you

  22. New Blog.
    Hi all,
    Maybe I'm just too new to this game, but I'm trying to figure out how to add the Word Ads as well. I have gone to the Word Ads site multiple times and tried to apply. Each time it tells me I need to login to wordpress. I do and it takes me right back to the page telling me to login. I am logged in to my blog on another tab. I know that it's working, but it doesn't let me even apply at Word Ads. What am I doing wrong?
    http://betterincruces.com/

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