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Earning online with WordPress has become a little easier for some bloggers who use the platform. WordPress is highly regarded in the blogging community for its easy of use, flexibility and the ease with which posts rank highly in search results.

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Of course, the ease of ranking in search depends on whether the pages of the site are optimized. However WordPress makes this easy as well, offering suggestions for tags, related links and even images that can be used freely with your other content.

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Some bloggers use the free version of the site, that is, WordPress.com. They will now be able to make use of WordAds. The option has been made available to all users of WordPress.com, the free version of the platform.

With WordPress.org, you can choose your own domain name related to one topic or another and self-host your site. With WordPress.com, you do not have to self-host but you have the freedom of paying a fee to use your own domain name if you so desire. Customizing your domain name has its advantages. For one thing, you get rid of the clunky identifier that is attached to blog names for sites on the free version.

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In addition to that, when you pay for a domain name you are more likely to get what you want. Often, when you want to choose a name on the free platform, someone else has already taken it.

WordAds will make it possible for WordPress.com users to generate direct income using their blog, once they own a domain name. People who use WordAds get paid via PayPal and can deposit money form PayPal to their bank account. Learn more about WordAds in the official FAQ here.

I think that just as people who use Blogspot, the free version of blogger, have access to Adsense ads, it is good for bloggers who use the free version of WordPress to also have access to their ad network. It gives advertisers access to as wide a network as possible.

I think this move makes WordPress more competitive. It gives them greater reach and allows them to post advertisements on more secure content online.

Remember, if you self host your WordPress blogs by downloading the software from WordPress.org, you will not be able to use WordAds. WordAds is only for blogs on WordPress.com that have a unique domain name that does not include ".wordpress". Hopefully, this will change in the future.

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Kieran Gracie 3 years ago

I use the free version of WordPress and find it easy to set up a website with it. Your point about ads is a good one - surely everybody would be a winner if they were allowed on "my" version. Good Hub, voted up and useful. Thank you, jtrader.

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jtrader 3 years ago Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Keiran.

Jon Burke 3 years ago

Can you please edit to correct: "Some bloggers use the free version of the site, that is, WordPress.com. They will not be able to make use of WordAds. The option is limited to users of WordPress.org, the paid version of the platform."

WordAds is actually for WordPress.com bloggers. You can apply at WordAds.co.

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jtrader 3 years ago Author

Thanks for clearing that up Jon. I thought it was strange.

Perhaps you could share more on the application process.

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jtrader 3 years ago Author

I am not sure if WordPress changed the rules at some point but I remember that when WordAds was introduced, bloggers had to have a custom domain in order to use it on their blogs.

I checked with a few others and it seems that this was the general understanding at the time. It may also still be the case since I haven't seen any information to the contrary.

Jon, can you please clear up some of these questions for us? Thanks.

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jtrader 2 years ago Author

Okay, someone just asked about this. Bloggers on WordPress.com who need a domain name can pay $18 per year to get it. This is a paid upgrade that is available to WordPress.com users.

You will not lose any of your traffic. Traffic from the old address will be redirected to the new custom domain.


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Vin Chauhun 2 years ago from Durban

I don't anything about hosting and this domain thingy--do I get my domain thru Wordpress or do I have to register at some other site, and get hosted? Sorry for the daft question.

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jtrader 2 years ago Author

If you already have a blog on WordPress.com, all you'll have to do is click on the link that invites you to upgrade to your own domain name. Since your blog is already hosted on WordPress.com for free, you will not have to pay for hosting anywhere else.

To get your domain through WordPress and continue getting hosting for free, click on the Stores tab when you are logged in. Click on My Domains, then click on Register a Domain.

If you want to get your domain name through another provider, WordPress makes it easy to map that domain name to your blog. You do not have to get a domain name through WordPress but doing so will be less work for you.

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