This is a straight copy paste from wordpress.com as at 8th oct 2018. But use the link for more upto date advice.
Far too many of us wp.com think we have to go self hosted and move to wp.org to make money blogging.
In the next few weeks i am sharing weekly posts on blogging terminology. Which will speak of .org vs .com.
I am not planning to monetise my blog for sometime, but even after seeing a dozen videos say wp.org is better i am happy to find .com offers something. Because i right now dont want the headache of self hosting. And my gut says wp.com is trying to offer an eaier solution for non techies via wp.com.
I am not an expert on .com and i dont have a .org site.
Anyway read below ..this is what wp.com offers to you right now today.
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.
NEW Simple Payments
Simple Payments lets you create and embed credit and debit card payment buttons on your WordPress.com and Jetpack enabled sites with minimal setup. 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 Simple Payments.
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 or Business plans have automatic access to the WordAds program and can set up advertising on their sites immediately.
- WordPress.com bloggers, who are using a Free or Personal Plan, have moderate to high trafficand appropriate content also have the option to apply to the WordAds program.
- Only sites with a custom or mapped domain can apply.
If you’d like to self-manage third-party ad networks like Google AdSense, OpenX, Lijit, BuySellAds, and Vibrant Media, those options are available on the WordPress.com Business Plan. Sites on the Premium Plan and below can run WordAds, which optimizes buyers including Google AdSense but they cannot self-manage ad networks.
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.
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.
Selling Physical and Digital Products, and Requesting Donations or Tips
With the WordPress.com Business Plan you can sell anything directly through your website with tools like WooCommerce. This free plugin (with paid extensions) lets you sell products, handle shipping, collect taxes, and more. You can find more information in WooCommerce’s guided tour videos.
With all WordPress.com sites you can sell your handmade products, art, books, or digital products such as ebooks or courses on your site using your PayPal account. You can also solicit donations or tips from your readers using the 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.
Refer WordPress.com program
If you focus on WordPress in your professional or educational life, you are eligible for the Refer WordPress.com program and you could earn rewards promoting WordPress.com and Jetpack plans.
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