As an experiment, I’ve been running WordAds on this blog for one month, and managed to earn a stonking $5.26.
In April the site had 9,744 views (average of 325 per day). May got off to a stronger start, with 2,570 views already (average: 428 per day), so between April 5th and May 5th I’ve had around 10,000 views. WordPress don’t give me any details about impressions, clickthroughs or any of that stuff, but I think it’s fairly standard practice for ad networks to keep site owners in the dark.
So it seems pretty clear that I should remove these WordAds. They are far from subtle, and they have been implemented in such a way that my theme has broken in a lot of little ways.
However, I’m not so sure I want to. $5 isn’t worth uglifying my site, but the alternative is to have adverts anyway and earn zero revenue from them. And as I complained in a big post last year, the adverts on WordPress.com sites can be shockingly bad quality.
For now I think I’ll keep the WordAds (assuming they want to keep me).
This post is semi-popular, so I thought I’d update it. So far I have earned a whopping $27.35. I’m pretty consistent in ‘earning’ just over $5 every month.