Update: September 18th, 2008. If you are willing to shell out 30 credits per year for an upgrade then the long awaited option of having an ad-free worpress.com blog has just been announced.
Although many bloggers are unaware of it wordpress.com has been running Google adsense ads and contextual text ads on our free hosted blogs for over a year now.
“Why? To allow us to focus on free features in addition to paid and to offset costs of rapidly rising traffic.”
In addition VIP hosted bloggers are allowed to advertise on their wordpress.com blogs. But the times they are ‘a changing.
This is what we find on the wordpress.com features page by scrolling to the very bottom under the title Advertising.
“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.”
There has been a tremendous amount of discussion on the wordpress.com forums throughout the course of this last year as can be verified by the seachbox results . For the latest update take particular note of Toni and Matt’s quotes in this pertinent thread.
In that thread Matt has assured those who are concerned about how much money wordpress.com has been making from the advertising on their blogs that they will be given an idea of just how much to expect prior to the introduction of the upgrades.
“… when we launch the Ad Control upgrade it will tell you how much money we think you will make on your blog based on your traffic so you can decide whether you’d like to ‘go professional’ or not.”
It’s important to note that we cannot have blogger initiated advertising on our wordpress.com hosted blogs at this point in time.
It’s also important to note Section2, 5th bullet of the Terms of Service states that wordpress.com blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites.
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