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.
“Will there ever be ads allowed on wordpress.com blogs?”
It’s a question that is frequently posted to the wp.com forum and, it’s often posted on weekends when staff are scarcely seen. It’s usually posted by a blogger, who has not located the FAQs and is not aware of the following:
(1) blogger initiated advertising is not allowed on wordpress.com blogs;
(2) the only exceptions made are for VIP bloggers;
Most importantly, it’s a question that volunteers answering forum questions do not have the answer to. The volunteers answering questions on the forum are your fellow bloggers. They, of course, do not have any role to play in the formulation of Auttomattic’s corporate policy for wordpress.com and, they are not any more in the know about corporate policy development than the bloggers posting such questions are.
WordPress.com support hours are Mondays – Fridays from 8 AM – 4PM (Pacific)
There is a blue “support” button that you can click on the top right hand corner of any admin side blog page in your wp.com blog during support hours and to put your question to them. But, don’t hold your breath while waiting for a reply.
I think we can intuit that any IT corporation with over 1 million users is not going to leak information about a new policy to one blogger at a time. It seems more reasonable to assume that news of such a change will be made by way of a public announcement delivered by Automattic’s management.
It also seems reasonable that if you are a blogger who wishes to have a monetized blog, that you will be better served by hiring a web host (it’s not expensive) and downloading the free software from wordpress.org.
And, if you scroll to the very bottom of the Feature page I have linked to and look for “Advertising”.
Reference: Types of Blogs
Adsense and Ads Off Upgrades
Planning to Self-Host Your Blog