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. You will find many of these options available at My Site → Tools → Earn. Read on to find out how you can turn your website into a source of income.
Comparing Payments Options on WordPress.com
Watch an overview video covering all of WordPress.com’s payments features to learn more:
Selling Physical and Digital Products
With the WordPress.com Business and eCommerce plans you can sell anything directly through your website with the free WooCommerce plugin. The plugin (with additional extensions) lets you sell products, handle shipping, collect taxes, and more. You can find more information on the WooCommerce website.
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 Jetpack Security and Jetpack Complete plans for your self-hosted site. Learn more about Pay with PayPal.
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.
Watch a how-to video on adding the Payments block to your website.
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 and customize the premium content available at each level. Click here to learn more.
Watch a how to video on adding the Premium Content block to your website.
Memberships and Subscriptions
Both the Payments and Premium Content blocks allow you to create subscriptions or memberships on your website. Learn all about creating a paid membership site with WordPress.com from our special tutorial site with more information and step-by-step information to get going.
If you’re just getting started, we recommend watching this video on what memberships are and how to add them to your website:
Requesting Donations and Tips
With any WordPress.com paid plan, you can solicit donations or tips from your readers using the Donations block.
You can also use Payments to accept ongoing credit card payments for recurring donations, tips, and support of your creative work.
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?
- Users upgrading to the WordPress.com Premium, Business, or eCommerce plans have automatic access to the WordAds program and can set up advertising on their sites immediately.
- Only sites with a custom or mapped domain can apply.
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 plan can use WordAds, Affiliate Linking, or Sponsored posts to generate advertising revenue, while the WordPress.com Personal and Free plans can use Affiliate Linking, or Sponsored posts.
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.
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.