Advertisements from the user side are not allowed on the free wordpress.com blogs (only VIP blogs and self-hosted wordpress.org blogs can have them). However, many wordpress.com users/bloggers think that there are no ads on wordpress.com blogs. That is not true. WordPress.com does show Google AdSense ads on free wordpress.com blogs to help pay the bills.
However, the ads are "discreet." The dictionary meaning of discreet is ‘careful not to cause embarrassment or attract too much attention by keeping something secret.’ You can yourself see the ads on your blogs. The ads are usually visible to users not logged in to WordPress and visitors who aren’t regular (which may mean that only a small percentage of visitors may be seeing them, so says WordPress). If you don’t want WP to show ads on your blogs, you can buy the no Ads upgrade in 30 dollars.
Here is an example of an ad on this wordpress blog. Some minutes ago, I searched in Google "save water hindi poem" and landed on one of my most popular posts: the poem on saving water. Just below the poem the Google AdSense ad was sitting. Here is the snapshot. This is how an ad looks like most of the time on the free wordpress.com blog:
Here is another snapshot from the highly popular Journalist Nita Writer’s blog. I searched "Maggi harmful" and landed on her Unhealthy Noodles post from my Safari browser in which I was not logged in.
Some people also think that the ‘possibly related posts’ that is automatically generated below your blog post is also an ad. That’s not true and one can disable them from dashboard> Appearance>Extras. I have disabled these links on my blogs which also means that my blog links does not show on others’ blogs [It's quid pro quo and I don't mind it].
Go ahead, search for keywords that will lead to your blog from a browser in which you are not logged in, and you will be greeted with surprise! It’s also fun!
So should you bemoan that wordpress.com is showing ads on your blogs. Not really. Other blog services show a lot of ads. WordPress is world’s best blogging platform and they need the money to pay for the rising traffic and focus on all the awesome free features (including almost 100 per cent uptime) they offer to users.
My blog now gets about 15000 hits per month and I am very soon shifting to wordpress.org and will self host with a reliable Irish web host Vade Internet Solutions. Click here to read all blogging related posts on this blog.