Are free versions allowed to run Adsense?
or any kinds of Ads?
No is the answer to your Google Adsense question. 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, soon to be replaced with the WordAds program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
If your blog qualifies for the WordAds program then you will be able to participate in the future. It’s not for new low traffic blogs. It’s a program for mature blogs that secure 20,000 or more page views monthly.
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/
Ok few more questions
1. If I purchase a “WordPress Value Bundle”, will I be allowed to advertise?
2. Will my blog age (which is 7 months now) be restarted if I switch to Premium?
3. Once on Premium, will my site be as easy to find on Google as when on free version? Like say when searching for “beautiful summer hawaii pictures” in Google now, my free WordPress blog is the number 1 result. Will it be the same once I switch over ?
thank you so much
Purchasing any upgrades does not in any way change the fact the blog is free hsoted and must abide by the very same ToS and policies. There is no upgrade ypu can purchase that allows you to advertise. The same rules apply to us all.
2. Purchasing a domain mapping upgrade means the age is the date of the domain mapping purchase and activation.
The authorrity and pagerank earned by the .wordpress.com sub-domain blog belong to it and they are not transferable.
The reason we purchase domain mapping is so that all the URLs from the .wordpress.com root blog when clicked seamlessly redirect to the same content in the post under the new domain URLs.
The pagerank and authority the blog earned was earned by the .wordpress.com URLs and belongs to them. It’s not transferable. so what that means is the domain starts from zero. In about 4 – 6 months time the content will all be re-indexed by search engines under the domain URLs and all things being equal the blog will probably have the same pagerank and authority it had prior to purchasing domain mapping.
If you do not renew your domain mapping then all those domain URL’s are broken and the blog reverts to the old .wordpress.com URLs. Then all those broken links are there for months until the search engines like Google index them again under the .wordpress.com URLs and clear their caches (3 – 6 months).
I didn’t know the answer to these questions either, good to know thank you!
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