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Can You Make Money Blogging on WordPress? [The Brutal Truth]

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If you want to make money blogging with WordPress, you might not even know if it is possible? Can You Make Money Blogging on WordPress?

You should know that there are two WordPress sites that you can use for your blog.

One is WordPress.com pictured here:

Can You Make Money Blogging on WordPress

One is WordPress.org pictured here:

Can You Make Money Blogging on WordPress

WordPress.com VS WordPress.org


The biggest difference you are going to notice between WordPress.com & WordPress.org is who is hosting your website/blog.

When you use WordPress.com, they are hosting your blog and this means that they have control over it. On the other hand, if you are using WordPress.org, you host your blog through a hosting company like HostGator, BlueHost, etc. and you have control over the site which means no higher power (lol) is going to delete your site at a whim. (Yes, I have had it happen)

Which Version of WordPress is Better for Making Money?


If you put your blog on WordPress.com, you have limited options for making money. You can get a share of some ad revenue if you serve WordAds on your blog. You only get a small share of the ad revenue though.

WordPress.org is a much better solution for earning money on your WordPress blog. If you are super NOT techie then you might want to start there, but otherwise – don’t. WordPress.org all the way.

Can You Make Money Blogging on WordPress? – Yes & Here’s How


Ads – When you have your own blog (self-hosted) on WordPress.org, you can use your total control of your site to be able to serve ads from clients that you personally acquire or you can serve ads from my favorite choice Google Adsense.

Google Adsense home page

The reason that I like using Google Adsense to monetize my blog is because they are marketing geniuses. They follow your visitors around on the internet and keep showing them ads for things they are interested in.

Since they are seeing ads of things they have already shown interest in, that makes it much more likely that they are going to click on the ads & that makes you money.

Affiliate Marketing – Another of my favorite ways to make money through my blog is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is when you market a product or service from a company that allows you to be an affiliate in order to collect a commission whenever a product or service is sold.

So, the answer is – YES! You can make money blogging with WordPress. And you have plenty of options to do so.

What are you going to blog about? Drop a comment below and let us know. 🙂

18 COMMENTS

    • Heidi,

      Yeah, I think it is a little annoying and tricky to tell the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org whenever you’re new, but whatever. lol I am pretty sure they won’t change it for us. lol

  1. Thank you for such great information. I didn’t know that there were two WordPress websites. I am glad that I am using WordPress.org as I have control over my making money efforts.
    It works so well for online businesses.
    Great article

    • Thabo,

      That’s awesome. I am glad that you are using WordPress to make money. It’s a great opportunity for people anywhere in the world to earn extra cash. It does take commitment and time, but it is definitely worth the effort. 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by Linsey. Sometimes it is the simple things we don’t understand about online marketing and SEO that keeps us from getting ahead to the next part of our plan. I remember when I accidentally created my blog on WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org lol…

  2. Useful information and short and to the point. I have considered Google AdSense but my concern is the adds overtake my content. Is that a problem for you? I do see your content is broken up by these adds which makes it hard to follow your content.

    • Curtis,

      Thanks for stopping by. Sometimes the placement of Google Adsense on WordPress is unfortunate because of the settings but if you experiment and tweak it, you can fix it to flow in your content instead of overtaking it.

  3. I wonder just how many people know the difference between the .com and .org? I for one didn’t pay much attention to it really, but now I know. I guess we have all heard of Google Adsense but I hear that Mediavine is a better option. What are your views on this? Thanks for the information.

    • Mick,

      Unless you are learning how to start a blog or aren’t happy with how your site is operating and want to make a change, it isn’t that important to learn about different WordPresses. lol

      As for Mediavine, it isn’t a good option for small websites that aren’t getting a lot of visitors already. They require that you have 25,000 or more sessions that are in good standing with Google (in the last 30 days) before they will even consider you for their program.

      Communication from Mediavine

      If your blog is at that level then it seems to be a good option.

    • Vicki,

      Awesome. I can remember when I first started learning about WordPress through Wealthy Affiliate about 9 years ago. I thought that my head might explode. hahah… I didn’t know what a landing page was, how to create a hyperlink or anything technical. The persistence and consistency required to make money with WordPress or anything else is totally worth the time and effort. 😀 Best wishes with your blog.

  4. Wow, I had no idea there was 2 types of wordpress! This article is really inspirational as I too have only just started creating websites through WordPress and like you did at first, I feel like my head is going to explode. This post gives me great inspiration. Thanks!

    • Darren,

      I am glad to hear that you are inspired by the post. Learning how to build websites in WordPress, writing copy, building email lists, all of these things were super stressful to me in the beginning. I didn’t know what to write about, what to say, how to select a niche – NOTHING. lol So, if you ever feel worried about your progress, it’s okay. You’ve got this. Keep learning and building your site. You’ll make mistakes, but you can correct them and get better. 😀 Learning how start a blog with WordPress becomes more fun once you get into it. 🙂

  5. I actually never knew there was both a wordpress.org and a wordpress.com and after reading I agree … wordpress.org all the way! While I’m still relatively new, I’ve started blogging about one of my passions, running. I only just recently used Google Adwords, but it was relatively simple to install and include on my website. Are there any other good Ad services you’ve come across? Or is sticking with Google the safest way to go? Thanks for sharing!

    • Jeremy,

      That’s super awesome.

      Another distinction to know is the difference between Adsense & Adwords. Adsense is for publishers to publish the ads from Adwords. Just in case you’re talking to a marketer and don’t want to get your wires crossed with them.

      As for other ad networks, there are a lot of different ones but some of them have major requirements and even though revenue share might be higher, I’m just not convince you make more money since Google is a super smarty pants with getting people to click.

      As a matter of fact, I just sent $49 on a product that I clicked to through Adsense and downloaded a free ebook on another ad that I visited. They definitely work for both publishers and advertisers. 😀

      Keep at the blog. That’s a great topic.

  6. Great share Jessica. These can be really useful especially to beginners looking to make money online. You can definitely make money thru blogging. It may not happen as quickly as you want, but if you remain consistent with your content and always provide value, it WILL definitely happen.

    Thanks and Good luck!

    • Nathan,

      Great name (my oldest son is Nathan). 😉

      There are so many pie in the sky make money online deals that it can be discouraging for newbies. Making money through blogging on WordPress as a beginner is possible, but usually it does take a good bit of time.

      Thanks for coming by!

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