Why no AdSense on wordpress.com is a good thing
I’ve given this quite some thought after I moved my academic and scholarly blog from TypePad to WordPress. I do miss not seeing my AdSense on my blog, but on the other hand, it looks much cleaner now. If I compare my visitor stats before and after the move, the number of page views has actually increased dramatically; does this mean my visitors are stopping by and reading more of my pages, because it looks more professional without ads? Or is it just that WordPress SEO works better with Google?
To make money or to make no money
Anyway…I’m not blogging to make money. I want people to go to my site for their research, to learn and be inspired; I’m not selling anything. So AdSense or no AdSense doesn’t really matter. However, it was nice to get that $100 check every 10 months so, for the last 5 years. On the other hand, now without having to pay for TypePad, I really don’t need that money. Less worries.
A strict no commercial content policy
WordPress has a strict policy on no commercial content that is rigorously enforced. No AdSense, no Pay-Per-Post, no clickbanks, no affilate marketing, no traffic drivers for make money online sites, zero, nothing, nada. I like that. What that means is that when I search for something on wordpress.com I am more than likely to really find what I am looking for, not some spam site. And even if I don’t find it, I will find other quality content that will make me stay and read…maybe that’s why my visitor stats have increased too; people know I’m not after their clicks = money.
WordPress – splog-free?
Is it really true? I commented on Hailin’s blog the other day, who had a short post on wordpress.com and typepad.com, where I mentioned that wordpress.com wasn’t exactly spam free. Despite the no-spam-policy there are still plenty of splogs to be found. You just need to know where and what to look for. This prompted a response from Matt Mullenweg from WordPress who pointed towards an article promoting why WordPress is virtually spam free. But is it?
Spam reported = Spam deleted
The article is right on one thing, though. There is indeed a very low tolerance on spam. For the past couple of weeks I have been actively splog hunting on wordpress.com and have I report every single one I have caome across, even when in doubt, assuming that WordPress’ staff is better than me in judging what is spam or not. Every day I find 5, 10, 15 splogs that I report. It’s so easy: When logged in to WordPress, and when you are on a spammy site, simply click the “admin bar” that is always at the top of your screen to “report spam” or to “report mature content”. Usually there is an immediate response from WordPress and within a few hours at the most I get a confirmation e-mail saying that the site has been suspended or deleted or whatever they do to it. Matt is right, WordPress does take spam seriously. Getting an answer on my spam reports is even faster than getting an answer from WordPress Support, which is also one of WordPress strengths, and which now is even 24/7.
Non-commercial is good for you
I haven’t found any evidence for this anywhere (evidence as in a reliable article on the Internet), but I think that one reason why WordPress blogs usually rank high in Google search results is that they in fact are virtually spam-free. Google knows that, I think, and I’d love to hear Matt’s comments on that proposition.
So here I am, then, living my new blogging life, on wordpress.com, without AdSense. Am I enjoying it? Yes. Am I sad? No.
Or is it welcome back Adsense?
Is there really no AdSense on wordpress.com?