Earning Money from your site

Monetize Your Site

We know monetization is important for many site owners. We encourage and support, with some restrictions, the many methods of monetizing the hard work you put into your blogs and sites. Read on to find out how you can turn your website into a source of income.

We have created a dedicated section in your dashboard called “Earn” to put many of the options detailed below at your fingertips within your WordPress.com account.

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Selling Physical and Digital Products

With the WordPress.com Business Plan you can sell anything directly through your website with the WooCommerce plugin. This free plugin (with additional extensions) lets you sell products, handle shipping, collect taxes, and more. You can find more information on the WooCommerce website.

With the WordPress.com Premium Plan you can accept credit card payments for physical and digital goods using Pay with PayPal on any page or post.


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Pay with PayPal

Pay with PayPal allows you to accept credit and debit card payments on your WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled sites. Whether you’re selling a physical or digital item, collecting payment for a service, or asking followers to show their appreciation financially, you can add a Pay with PayPal button to your site in a few clicks. The feature is available on Premium and Business plans on WordPress.com and on Premium and Professional plans on Jetpack sites running version 5.2 or higher. Learn more about Pay with PayPal.


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Payments

Payments let you collect recurring revenue from your site visitors and it can be used for anything from memberships and subscriptions to ongoing donations in support of your website. When a visitor signs up, you’ll start receiving regular payments from them — either monthly or yearly — creating predictable earnings for your blog or website. Provide subscriber-specific content with the Premium Content Block in the editor. Learn more about Payments and the Premium Content Block.


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Premium Content

With the Premium Content Block, create monthly or yearly subscription options to share select content with those who pay for it – text, images, videos, or any other type of content. Only subscribers paying you monthly or a yearly fee will be able to see the content. Offer different subscription levels, customizing the premium content available at each visitor. Click here to learn more.


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Requesting Donations and Tips

With any WordPress.com plan, you can solicit donations or tips from your readers using a PayPal button or link. For more information on setting up a PayPal button or link in your content, please refer to our step by step guide.

You can also use Payments to accept ongoing credit card payments for recurring donations, tips, and support of your creative work.


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Advertising

If you’d like to make money on your WordPress.com site with advertisements, WordAds is the official WordPress.com advertising program available for site owners. The program features ads from external ad networks such as Google, Facebook, AOL, and more. Learn more about WordAds.

Who is eligible for WordAds?

Advertising through third-party ad networks like Google AdSense, OpenX, Lijit, BuySellAds, and Vibrant Media, or selling advertising space on your site, is only permitted on sites that have the WordPress.com Business and eCommerce Plans. Sites on the WordPress.com Premium, Personal, and Free plans can use WordAds, Affiliate Linking, or Sponsored posts to generate advertising revenue.


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Affiliate Linking

You can add affiliate links to your WordPress.com content as long as the primary purpose of your blog is to create original content, and as long as the code for the ad is supported.

When blogging about books you’re reading, music you love, clothes that strike your fancy, gadgets you’re drooling over, or whatever interests you and your readers, feel free to post relevant affiliate links using either text or images.

There are a few restrictions on what affiliate programs are allowed. We do not allow affiliate links for gambling, get-rich-quick schemes, multi-level marketing programs, disreputable merchants, pornography, malware, or phishing-type scams. We also do not allow sites that exist primarily to drive traffic to affiliate links.

An easy and popular way to get started with affiliate links is Amazon! Read our support documentation for specific instructions on adding Amazon Affiliate links to your content.


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You can publish sponsored posts on WordPress.com. We define a sponsored post as any content that promotes a specific product or service, which you were encouraged to post by the company or individual who makes/sells/provides it. Including this type of content on your site typically results in some kind of compensation for you in the form of payment, freebies, etc.

We do not allow sites where the vast majority of content is sponsored content. Sponsored posts also may not include any content that violates our Terms of Service.


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