To off-set the costs of providing free hosting to millions of bloggers, WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this, despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, because they did not read the ToS. Many also fail to read the advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s).
Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.
10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
If the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts then what you are seeing is WordPress.com generated advertising. Look for the About These Ads link.
WordPress.com does not use text enhance or text link ads or pop-up ads or links in comments. If you are seeing those then that’s a browser-ad-on issue, or in some cases, it’s from adware embedded into free games downloaded from the internet. See here: Bloggers: Beware of Adware.
If what you are seeing whenever you save or update a post or page is an automatically added code/script block at the end of posts and pages that you can’t delete then see here: Malware Targets Macs and Windows PCs
All of WordPress.com ads are family-friendly. If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it, upload it via Media -> Add New to your Media Library and let Staff them know it’s there for them to view.
To eliminate all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs we can purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.
Monetizing Your WordPress.com Blog
There is only one advertising program called WordAds at WordPress.com for blogs on their own domains. No blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work or products created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by WordPress.com. Affiliate Marketing blogs, paid content and/or sponsored content is not allowed. For details click these links:
types of blogs
terms of service
There is no upgrade you can purchase that changes any of foregoing. If you do require an eCommerce site, advertising, affiliate links, paid and/or sponsored content you can hire a web host and get a free software install from WordPress.org.
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