Dear Friends, Question to you all, have you read the terms of service of wordpress.com lately. It is a good read, and you will be surprised wordpress.com is super cool about making money from your blog. I have a staight copy paste from the terms of service on affiliated as at 8th oct 2018.
I think everyone talks about wp.org as the only way to make money. But, honestly if you are not a massive business wordpress.com really offers a good deal for the non techie.
So here from tos on wp.com
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 in 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.
So guys, gals, rethink your thoughts for self hosting. Honestly, i think wp.com could be a viable option for monetising your blog .
Anyway this my humble opinion.