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Wordpress services and adsense.

  1. Hello,

    I have a question regarding the wordpress services. I have been using it form some time and it has been good. But
    I have some doubt regarding Asense.

    I don't find very correct the ideea of blocking the Adsense from the blogs and only using it just very rarely, just when you(wordpress) want to. It's easy to say that on WordPress there is no possibility for adwords or adsense only beacause of a "philosophical, moral" reason. But then again offering a very expensive alternative, on wich you get a pretty large income. There should be an option with monthly payments for only a small area on someones blog, were we can put the adsense, couldn’t this be a good solution?

    It's unfair, and that's why I am going to leave wordpress, I've lost a lot of time with this blog, it's a pity, but I don't like hearing unfair reasons for not being able to put at least one Adsense, and then the wordpress can put them when ever where ever they want.
    No thanks.

  2. This is policy, and is something none of us volunteers have anything to do with policy. On the features page it states under advertising that advertising is planned as a paid upgrade in the future. When that will be only staff could answer.

  3. By the way, for those that may need a little extra pocket change, self-hosting a blog using the software you can download from wordpress.org is actually quite inexpensive, and you have complete freedom to do whatever you want (within the limits of the agreement with the hosting company). If you want to turn the entire blog into an advertisement, you can do so.

    Unless you get hits in the tens of thousands per day though, don't expect any big money. Perhaps you might get a lunch or two per month from a fast fooderia.

  4. It's easy to say that on WordPress there is no possibility for adwords or adsense only beacause of a "philosophical, moral" reason

    That's not the reason we can't have adsense. The reason we can't have adsense are as follows:

    1. We can't post javascript as there is currently no way of sanitising the code, and unchecked code is a security risk
    2. Free adsense encourages splogs
    3. If they let us have adsense for free they can't able to make money out of an adsense upgrade at a later date
    4. Allowing us to add adsense units would interfere with their own adsense placement.

    Have fun on blogspot :)

  5. @w.a.n.k. you could let users put in their Adsense pub-id so the displayed ads are on their own Adsense account - without users letting insert arbitrary javascript
    But I guess you are right about nr 2, 3 and 4...

    @decoinfo : as you say, Adsense is indeed used very rarely, I documented on my blog the trouble you have to go through to actually see it :-)
    http://pascal.vanhecke.info/2007/11/21/making-money-with-adsense-without-annoying-the-community-wordpresscom/
    Yet I think there's even more demand for a paid upgrade to a completely ad-free blog. I am pretty sure there are people out there willing to pay some money for that, I'm just wondering whether it's possible to make that a profitable for WordPress.com, let alone more profitable than running their own ads.

  6. ... I think there's even more demand for a paid upgrade to a completely ad-free blog. I am pretty sure there are people out there willing to pay some money for that ...

    The bloggers I know who were willing to pay to have the adsenseless crappola removed from their blogs last summer have all gone to self hosting.

  7. Not ALL of us.

  8. Well you and I are here but not ALL of our blogs are here.

  9. I would pay. But considering I want to keep my blog hee rather than selfhost it, I'll have to live with this.

    Maybe we'll get an adfree blog upgrade as a christmas 'present'?!

  10. We take lots of steps to ensure that nothing looks sploggy, for example on a short post that we would normally show an ad on we don't because we don't want to shadow the content.

    You should only ever see one ad block on your screen at normal resolutions, if at all. The whole system is tweaked constantly and I believe it looks good on every page now, and if it doesn't it's a bug.

    apparently, that must be a bug... either your post is not short enough.

    anyway, that six-o-ads-pack per page is supposed to qualify as an exceptionally tasteful addition, which merely emphasizes a post contents without casting a slightest sploggy shadow upon the blog.

    and the limits have not reached their maximum as yet: "Up to three ad units may be displayed on each page." although, "No Google ad may be placed on pages published specifically for the purpose of showing ads, whether or not the page content is relevant."

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