WordPress.com bloggers are reporting “PopPressed”and “EcoPressed” advertising is now appearing at the end of their posts. It all began with FreshlyPressed which led to FoodPress which led to PopPressed and now EcoPressed. WordPress.com (Automattic) and Federated Media partnerships have been formed, and sites powered by WordPress.com aimed to redistribute content published on WordPress.com blogs and beyond are popping up all over. WordPress.com Partnerships: Popping Up All Over
I just started a wp.com class and for homework wrote 3 posts…rss feed, privacy settings are not open to SEO yet. I mean I am just starting.So it’s the luck of the draw. To date, I have somehow acquired “pop pressed” & “eco pressed” advertisements with thumbnail images which repeat across the bottom of all 3 posts. – Source
Scroll down the Features page to Advertising and you will see that WordPress occasionally runs Google Adsense and Skimlink advertising on our blogs to help pay for all the personnel, datacenters, servers and bandwidth required to host 15,000,000 blogs. Although they aren’t named in that page or in support documentaion I assume PopPressed and EcoPressed advertising is now part of the WordPress.com monetization scheme. If you don’t want the ads at the end of your posts you can purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade ($29.97).
The other side of the coin
It’s an interesting scenario here at WordPress.com. Let’s look at the blogger’s side of the equation. There are many different types of blogs being free hosted at WordPress.com. In a nutshell free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM cannot be used to drive traffic to third-party sites by means of advertising and/or affiliate programs (see “Affiliate marketing blogs below for more clarity”). No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed. E-commerce transactions cannot be conducted on WordPress.com blogs.
The only exceptions with regard to affiliate links are found here:
Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category. Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK.
If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links on your blog, you can hire a web host and undertake setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install or you can pay Staff for Guided Transfers to .org (Note: The theme you are using at WordPress.com will be installed and configured on the new site with the exception of premium themes. Premium themes purchased at WordPress.com are only valid here at WordPress.com.)
The cost of business blogging on a free hosted WordPress.com blog is paying for upgrades and/or a premium theme. Are you prepared to buy a domain, domain mapping, a theme and/or a CSS editing upgrade and a No-Ads upgrade and renew them all annually?
Updated with links to related forum threads
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