First I’d like to say that in theory you’re not allowed to advertise anything on your WordPress.com hosted blog unless you’ve made it yourself. Or something like that. Anyway, WordPress.com has been putting ads in your blogs and showing them to unregistered visitors. But now you can show ads to everyone and earn a couple of bucks.
In order to register your blog for WordAds you need the following:
- A WordPress.com hosted site, with its own domain. (you can’t have a .wordpress.com blog )
- A PayPal account
- A country of residence (those of you who live in outer space can’t use WordAds)
How cool is that?
Anyway, you can apply here. It usually takes a couple of weeks to get accepted. It is possible not to be accepted, based on the type of content you have on your blog, but I’m not sure how they judge blogs, so we’ll just skip this part and pretend that I never even mentioned it.
I got accepted in a week or so.
Once accepted, you’ll start seeing ads on your blog. One thing though. Make sure your theme supports ads on the home page, because otherwise all the views from your home page won’t earn you anything.
There are two options: you can either have one ad on your home page and at the end of each post and page (like I do) or you can choose to put a triple add unit – as a banner, in the right side widget thing area (I think it’s called a sidebar) and at the end of each post. But for the triple add unit thing you’ve got to be personally selected or something. I haven’t been, so I can’t tell you more about that.
In theory, you earn $1 for every thousand page views. But this is a very rough estimate. Ads shown in Europe and North America pay more than those shown in other parts of the globe.
After your get accepted, you’ll see a new setting called WordAds in your dashboard. Settings – WordAds. There you can find a button to disable WordAds, you can choose to show ads to every visitor, every visitor except WordPress users, and no visitor. If you have the no-ads upgrade, that really means no ads.
Then you have to fill in some info about you, nothing too complicated, especially if you don’t live in the US. Paypal address and some other stuff.
Then you have your earnings tab, which is going to be the most exciting place on your dashboard (that and the stats thingy)
Every month, basically around the 20th, your earnings will go live. Sometimes they show partial earnings (don’t panic when you see those.) When you earn $100, you get paid via PayPal at the end of that month. So let’s say you start running ads on the 1st of November. Around the 20th of December the Earnings tab will update, showing you that you’ve earned $100.01, and you’ll get paid on 31th of December. Give or take a couple of days.
There isn’t much else to say about this. It’s a take it or leave it thing. The ads are pretty much harmless, from what I’ve seen. And you get to earn a few bucks. Yeah, you need an insane amount of traffic to actually earn money, but that’s besides the point here.
And now for some questions (you can pretend that I’m a cop if you like).
Do you run WordAds? If yes, what do you think about it? If no, what do you think about it? What do you think about ads in general? Do you like them, hate them?