WordPress.com is now offering free blog ads. Offering space for text, images, and links, blog ads are an effective way to advertise your blog or website. Blog ads have no character restrictions, so you can include detailed information about your products and services. Whether you’re in the mood to write something short and sweet, or need more space to lay out your plans, WordPress’ blog ads can do it all!
WordPress Free Blog Ads gives you money for everything you write about. You can get paid to publish content about relevant products and services that are displayed on your sidebar and blog, or when visitors click on the ads. You will earn money from every ad that is shown by a network of thousands of publishers. Join WordPress Free Blog Ads today, post a product review, spread the word and start making money now!
The real power of WordPress comes from plugins, which allows you to do almost anything you want with your website. There are currently more than 30,000 free plugins available on WordPress.org repository alone. Thousands of paid plugins are available from various other sources as well.
Plugins allow you to do anything you want such as build email list, create an eCommerce store, and more.
When we say anything, we mean anything. If you can think of some cool feature to add to your WordPress.org site, then there is a good chance that someone has already created a plugin to do just that.
Google AdSense: Pay Per Click (PPC) advertisements
Have you ever wondered how Google makes money despite all the free services they give you? It’s through Adwords (PPC advertising).
Pay Per Click (PPC), also called Cost Per Click (CPC), is the easiest form of monetization for a website/blog. PPC, as the name says, is pay per click advertising. You post the ads on your blog and get paid if someone clicks on it.
How does it work?
People advertise their products/services through a PPC company (Adwords in case of Google). PPC companies display ads on various platforms. The advertisers are charged only when the ads are clicked and websites/blogs that display the ads are paid only when someone clicks the ads. Some PPC companies even pay you for page impressions (number of visits on the page where there is an ad).
There are many PPC companies, but Google AdSense is the most popular one (Imagine how much money there is in PPC that a company like Google survives on it).
PPC is an easy way to make money with a blog. But, to place ads on your website, you must first apply for it.
I would recommend you to apply for Google AdSense. But many people get rejected because of their strict policy. In case, you didn’t get approved for Google AdSense, here are the alternatives.
Check Ad Network reviews before you apply for them.
You can apply for Google AdSense here.
Before you apply, make sure your website/blog has enough original content. Follow this official blog for everything about AdSense.
Once your AdSense is approved, you need to place the ad code on your website.
If you are not familiar with codes, this task can be daunting.
However, since you are on a WordPress blog, you can use plugins like Ad Inserter to place ads.
If you are using our Premium WordPress themes, you can easily place ads from the customizer.
Many people make a living with PPC on their website/blog. But, to make a good amount of money through PPC, your website needs to have a decent number of visitors.
But, there’s a bigger bummer– Ad Blockers.
According to stats, about 26% of the Internet users use Ad Blockers so you are losing an average of 26% of your PPC revenue.
But, don’t worry, there’s a way!
Our WordPress themes, Numinous Pro and Metro Magazine Pro, have an in-built Ad Blockers detector. So, if you use one of those themes and your visitors have Ad Blocker enabled, the user will get a customized message asking them to disable Ad Blocker. Hence, increasing your PPC revenue. You can try our free WordPress themes and if you need more features, you can always upgrade to the premium version.
You can display Ad Blocker notifications (with your own custom message) in three different formats: completely blocking the content of your website unless the user disables Ad Blocker, Pop-Up notification and floating notice.
Advantages of PPC:
- Good and easy passive income. Once you put the ad codes on your blog, you don’t need to do anything else. Relevant ads will be shown automatically.
Disadvantages of PPC
- No clicks on the ad, no money. You won’t earn much only with page impressions.
WordPress.com offers a limited set of themes for you to install. Some of them are premium themes with prices starting from $50. Nonetheless, there are only a couple hundred themes available for WordPress.com sites.
On the other hand, there are thousands of themes available for self hosted WordPress.org sites.
Place display ads.
Often the simplest way to monetize WordPress is through display advertisements. These ads may appear on your pages as static displays, popups, and/or native ads. It may even make sense to install a WordPress theme with ad space if you think this is the right direction for your website.
The two most common payment models for display ads are pay-per-click (PPC) model and the pay-per-impression (PPI) model. In a PPC model, you receive payment whenever someone clicks on a display ad on your site. In a PPI model, you’re paid whenever a user sees an ad. PPC models will earn you more as long as users click them at a consistent rate.
To place display ads, bloggers partners with advertising networks, companies that pair advertisers with websites to host ads. Your network pays you for your ad clicks/impressions and determines which ads will appear on your site, so be sure to choose a reputable network if you opt to show ads.
Far and away the most popular ad network for WordPress is Google AdSense. AdSense is free, easy to use, and supports the widest pool of targeted ads of any network. It operates on the PPC model and gives publishers 68% of the profit from each ad click, a competitive rate.
AdSense isn’t the only option, however — there are plenty of Google AdSense alternatives to try as well. Some offer better payouts, and others have looser content requirements to become a partner. It’s worth some research into your options before defaulting to AdSense.
Ads are a common route for newer bloggers to generate passive income from their blogging efforts. However, there are some things you should know before trying yourself:
- Reputable networks like AdSense have pretty strict requirements you must meet to become a partner. One common requirement is having an existing catalog pool of quality blog posts. Brand new bloggers likely won’t be eligible on this basis.
- You’ll need a good amount of traffic to earn significant income from display ads alone, let alone a full-time salary. Some ad networks have a minimum monthly traffic requirement to even get started.
- Users generally find ads occasionally useful at best and frustrating at worst, especially if you place too many per page. A blog cluttered with distracting ads can damage trust with your readers.
- Many users install ad blockers or develop “banner blindness” — both are obstacles to display ad monetization.
Still, display ads are one of the easier ways for bloggers to generate passive income, as long as they have enough content and traffic to bring clicks and impressions. You might choose this strategy as a step toward something more lucrative.
Your Own Brand
With a self hosted WordPress.org site, you get your own domain name. This domain name is your brand identity.
You surely don’t want to share your brand with a web address like JohnSmith.wordpress.com when you can get a domain name of your own. We have a list of some awesome tools and tips to pick the best domain name for your blog.
With most WordPress hosting providers, you get your branded email address like email@example.com which looks really cool on your business cards.
WordPress.com allows you to get your own domain name for $13 per year. But this domain will still be hosted on WordPress.com servers. You don’t get any email service for your domain name. If you want an email service for a domain you purchased from WordPress.com, then you will have to buy email service from one of the email service providers for extra money.
You write articles about some services/products related to your niche and the companies pay you.
Companies will approach you for sponsored posts if you are already famous. But, if you are a beginner, you need to make a plan and approach related companies with good proposals.
This method might need a little bit of people skill.
Some companies might even ask you to post a certain number of articles per month. Or, even ask you to place a custom ad on your website.
The benefit of this type of monetization is that you can charge your own rates. And, if you have yearly contracts, you know how much you earn.
You can earn by posting a sponsored post on your social media pages as well.
However, do not write biased posts because it might affect your credibility in the long run.
Just because companies are paying you doesn’t mean you have to write only the positive aspects of the service. Write genuine experiences about the products because what matters more is the trust of your visitors.
Advantages of Sponsored Post:
- You can set your own terms and conditions and rates.
Disadvantages of Sponsored Post:
- It is a little bit hard to find companies if you are a beginner. Also, sometimes you might be a little bit biased towards “your companies” while writing about their services.
Our WordPress Free Blog Ads plugin informs you which ads are shown, how often they are shown, as well as providing statistics on how many times the ads have been viewed and clicked on.