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Give Me Fuel, Give Me Fire, Give Me Adsense I Desire

Yeah, ok it’s a bad rewrite of a fantastic Metallica song, but it seems appropriate at the moment.

Want to get the wp.com community fired up? It’s really easy, just mention Adsense. It would seem that there are five threads running on the forum about the same thing.

There was a new (posted to today by both Matt and Podz) thread about the same thing but it would appear that it has been deleted.

Now, personally I hate the thought of advertising on blogs. I go to a blog to read the blog, not have the reading interrupted by an ad for something potentially completely irrelevant. I like the wordpress.com policy on no ads, it will keep sploggers and ad blogs off wordpress.com. I entirely agree with the current policy, and where it refers to advertising such as Adsense that’s cool.

In the deleted forum thread, someone (poppy8sd I think) tried to call out Scoble for having links to his books for sale at Amazon and Barns & Noble. Oh dear. Can’t cope? Want it that much? Write a damn book!

Of course, if having advertising means THAT much to you, cough some of your pennies, get hosted and run your own WordPress. I believe Matt said something similar.

That said, Lorelle pointed out this announcement about

contextual adsense test tonight on WordPress.com to see if it’s worth investigating or not.

Matt says they are investigating it as a way to “keep the lights on”. There is much more to the post than that so I suggest you go read it.

That’s fine Matt. If you give people adsense or other advertising you’re gonna get the sploggers.

Want my suggestion? Keep the free services running without advertising. Create a payment scheme that will offer subscribers facilities such as advertising, more themes (maybe with more control over CSS, although, I think that’s a recipe for disaster!), more widgets, and some other Gucci features that I can’t think of right now. Something I did see the other night is Canvas. That gives users control over colours, themes and layout without needing HTML/CSS access. Perhaps that could be investigated as a “paid” feature, or at least something similar.

It will help pay for the server uptime, give the users that are shouting about it most what they want and will still keep the sploggers at bay.

Until then – The wordpress community should stop bitching and whining about what they can’t have for free and celebrate what wordpress.com does give them for free:

  • Secure blogging.
  • Excellent support.
  • Widgets.
  • Mostly great themes.
  • Security.
  • Regular new features.
  • No requirement to know CSS and HTML/PHP for those that just want to write.
  • Dr Mike – Support Guru
  • Security.
  • Fantastic uptime. Due mostly to security.
  • Podz
  • Oh, did I mention security three times in the same list? Can’t think why. Oh, hang on, yes I can. No Javascript ability to screw it up like on Blogger or MySpace.

    So, stop bitching, stop whining, enjoy what you’ve got and go write something!

    Update: I was reading back through one of the many threads on the subject and Podz put it just beautifully:

    Here you get
    – a free blog
    – free hosting
    – free bandwidth
    – free support
    so I think you should appreciate that as it says in the FAQ we do not want this site to turn into some sort of adfest where people pimp the forums even more just to get traffic just to get clicks. We don’t want people yelling that they want better placement, different ad sizes, conditional displays. We don’t want them complaining that they want another companies ads. We don’t want them complaining that all they get as ads for blogs. We don’t want people setting up masses of blogs purely to generate an income (“Please can you make it so when I post to one blog it auto posts that to my other 41 …”).

    This site, believe it or not, is for blogging.

    Saying what you do elsewhere with wordpress software gets you precisely nowhere – in fact it may even take you back a step.

    And in case you hadn’t taken marc’s hint – be polite around here please.

    (And never assume anything about me or anyone else.)

    You’ll need to read the start of the thread to understand the last two sentences, but I think I would be a little insulted about being told

    So you are anti capitalist communist? I have a ton of adsense on one of your Word Press applications on another server now!

    Well done “Chip Langford” you seemed to piss most of the community off with just those two sentences!

    Update 2: Matt May be testing ads, but he also says:

    Also I don’t like the idea of people blogging for money. Blog because you love writing, blog to communicate, blog because you can’t do anything else. Don’t blog just for profit, it’s too personal to sell it so cheaply.

    Amen Brother!


    July 27, 2006 - Posted by | Blog, Blog Spam, blogging, Geek, wanker, Widget, widgets, WordPress, Wordpress.com


    1. Great title. 🙂

      Comment by Matt | July 27, 2006 | Reply

    2. I think I’d have to agree with just about every word on this post.

      Are the amateur bloggers here really going to generate enough money to make this worthwhile?

      There’s a reason that many people use FireFox, and that Adblock is one of the top extensions. It is because ads are annoying.

      I agree with you that wordpress.com should remain ad-free.

      I appreciate your perspective, because you helped me to to look at this from another angle. Thank you.

      So that means, that I support the policy of no ads on wordpress.com.


      Comment by Brent | July 27, 2006 | Reply

    3. Thanks for the leads to canvas for wordpress. I belatedly posted my credit to you and gratitude as well on wank’s blog. I assure you that no offence or oversight was intended when I wrote on the forum and put up the links crediting you just slipped by me.

      The ablity to customize without hacking at code means security will not be comprised. Do I think that there should be pay for service/features WordPress blogs that allow above. There seems to be some minority who think that aadvertising? Sure but I won’t be queing up for one. 🙂

      Turning now to the soft underbelly of the “we wanna make money” agrument, have you noticed that speaking agaionst anything that may carry with it the remote possibility of money making is considered sacreligous by some? Well, I’m betting that those who object share many ccharacteristics with your co-worker, the wanker.:)

      And HOLA! :O whoever the bastard is – he or she is definately a howler so I’m putting him or her on my blogroll for future reference.

      As for me I’m keeping my girls ^^ up, if you know what I mean.;)

      Comment by timethief | July 28, 2006 | Reply

    4. I really like the idea behind Canvas, but would something like this ever be possible on wordpress.com? That looks amazing!

      Comment by Brent | July 29, 2006 | Reply

    5. @TT: No problem at all hun! I speak against ads because I really don’t want to see them – If it makes me that unpopular then so be it. I wonder how much we can upset Poppy8sd speaking against them?! 😉

      Indeed, The Bastard is certainly an interesting read. First “real” post is an eye opener for me, I can tell you!

      @Brent: Probably not Canvas in its current form. Wank mentions in the forum about the licencing for Canvas:

      Could be problems with the licensing. The Canvas licence isn’t GPL and specifies no commercial use, so they could be in the weird position of allowing free users access to its features and denying them to paid users

      So, The AutoMattic team would either have to work an agreement with the Canvas designers or develop their own version. Perhaps it would be ideal to make Canvas one of the paid options and spring a little dosh to the Canvas devs…

      I played with canvas on one of my self hosted blogs and it looks ok. There aren’t many themes for it yet – they are specifically redesigned with Canvas Support and it doesn’t play nice with Opera. Other than that it’s a nice little application. 🙂

      Comment by Jimbo | July 29, 2006 | Reply

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