The confusion between WordPress.com blogs and the self-hosted WordPress.org blogs is generally one of the first distinctions those new to blogging have to make when setting up their WordPress blogs.
Now users of the former can more easily make a few quid off their blogging skills with the release of a new feature called WordAds. Jon Burke, head of advertising at WordPress, announced WordAds in a post that broadly swiped at the heavily used competition, Google’s AdSense. Burke writes:
Over the years one of the most frequent requests on WordPress.com has been to allow bloggers to earn money from their blog through ads. We’ve resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn’t terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google’s AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad. You pour a lot of time and effort into your blog and you deserve better.
WordAds is a partnership between WordPress and Federated Media, and interested users are encouraged to fill out a form linked on Burke’s WordPress blog post to get in on the program and start making money off their blogs.