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  1. I've recently thought about upgrading my site to use Custom CSS...but before I do I wanted to know if I will have the ability to put Google Adsense Ads on my website. I know that you cannot do that without the CSS upgrade...and I didn't see anything on the FAQ about it.

    Any help regarding this issue will be most appreciated.


  2. No, you can't. The ONLY upgrade that allows paid advertising is the VIP upgrade, which costs several hundred a month if you even qualify in the first place.

  3. Wow that really sucks...I guess I'm stuck with custom WP...

  4. This spells out what the CSS upgrade enables you to do.

  5. *low whistle*

    wow... really.

    right now I have a wordpress setup on my own self-hosted domain. to avoid the agony of having to keep on patching and updating my wordpress install, I was considering moving to to move the four blogs on my current domain, I'd be looking at $10/year for domain redirection x4, plus $15/year for custom CSS x4, that works out to $100 a year. I could afford that if I could keep my Google ads (which earn me maybe $150 a year or so), but not if I have to give up Google ads.

    i can't understand who can afford all these add-ons without the means to add low-level monitization. i guess wordpress understandably doesn't want to be hosting piles of spam blogs, but still, what about us little bloggers who use a bit of advertising to pay for the hosting and whatnot?

  6. Question. I well aware that we're not allowed to put ads on our blogs now but what about this paragraph that's way way down on the bottome of the 'features' page? Does anyone know how long it's been there?

    To support the service we may occasionally show Google text ads on your blog, however we do this very rarely. In the future you’ll be able to purchase an upgrade to either turn the ads off or show your own ads and make money from your blog. "

  7. It's been there quite some time. The Google text ads appear on some blogs and the upgrade to turn them off or show your own are not available.

  8. Should be "upgrade IS not available"

  9. Hmm, that's kind of misleading to prospective customers. I say 'customer's because although is free many people pay to that makes us customers. If it means the VIP thing then it should say that.

  10. So you have to be a trust fund baby, independently wealthy and blogging for the heck of it to use wordpress? I just wanted to add an Amazon search box because I review books. Guess I'll have to move my blog to Who can afford to keep a blog going without ads??!

  11. If you review books on amazon you can still be on WordPress. If you read the TOS, it says this:
    Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (”Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). To be clear, examples like people writing original book or movie reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.
    I.e. you can still use direct product links to

  12. Who can afford to keep a blog going without ads??!

    @weddingsoon-I must not understand what you mean. is a FREE blogging service. Other than your valuable time, what exactly can you not afford about it?

  13. If reviewing books and linking to Amazon is your retirement plan, you'd be better off panhandling. I make a living from blogs, but that wouldn't be my choice of most effective route to riches.

  14. joysbestgiftsproposal


    I have a blog named " Best Gifts Proposal" []

    I would like to add "Google Adsense Ads" but I can't

    Please advice



    For gods sake, read the thread, read the terms.

  16. My advice? Read the thread.

  17. In the FAQ, it said that wordpress was thinking about adding a feature to display ads. Is this feature still being considered and, if so, what time range are we looking at?

  18. It's been there for about two years that I know of, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

  19. Frankly speaking, I for my part hope they never add AdSense. A wide range of customizable pre-scripted widgets would be a lot more attractive to me than AdSense.
    And reading this, I understand why WordPress may be hesitant to put on AdSense:

  20. @wpvstp
    Thanks for posting that link. Very informative.

  21. In a way I hope they will allow adsense - that would take care of people who get their knickers in a twist and get pissed off at people in the forum ... because they themselves didn't read the terms.

    I personally would be willing to pay to get rid of ads completetly.

  22. You're welcome. I came across that site looking for ideas about protecting my content. With regards to the article, of course WordPres is not really splog-free, just type "make money online" in Search and you will see, but on a whole, there's very few of these splogs, compared to, say, Blogger.

  23. @wpvstp-interesting indeed. Very clever in fact.

  24. Google Ad Sence is not allowed on WP, that goes for any ads where you make money. Maybe in the future, it will be available, but I'm not sure. Many people move to Blogger just so they can use adsence, but their editor isn't as good as WordPress. You could also buy your own host, and run a blog. Then you could use ads.

  25. I recently asked about whether there were plans to set a mid-range upgrade between nothing and VIP where you could run ads, and was told flat out no, there's nothing in the works right now.

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