Google Adsense is often the first step towards monetizing your blog. Thousands of blogs make money online thanks to those text-based advertisements, that show up above the post.
Google Adsense is still the king of online advertising for bloggers. This might change soon if WordPress has its way. WordPress has announced WordAds, an advertising program that will show Ads on WordPress powered blogs. This is being done with a tie-up with Federated Media.
Who Can Apply for WordAds?
Any WordPress.com user can apply but there are some details that are needed to qualify for signing up for WordAds.
The blog needs to be publicly visible and also have a custom domain.
WordPress.com users usually stick to the free service even if it has decent traffic. Most bloggers are not professional bloggers. WordAds might serve as a carrot for many bloggers to upgrade their accounts to custom domains and get WordAds.
WordPress.com has been growing a lot lately, with over 50,000 WordPress powered blogs everyday. This means there is a huge opportunity for WordAds to succeed with small publishers who might not find Google Adsense relevant or even might not qualify for Adsense.
As a blogger will you prefer WordAds? Do drop in your comments.