Going Ad Free on WordPress?

When I first started my blog with WordPress, their policy was that they would try to be as ad-free as possible, but that to keep the site a free service for bloggers, they would occasionally and unobtrusively add ads. At the beginning, I never noticed the ads, but as the number of blogs and the cost of doing business has increased, so has the number of ads. (At least it seems that way.)

I can go ad-frimagesee for $30 a year, but I don’t know if this is a necessary expense. The ads, including videos, generally appear at the bottom of individual blog posts. Sometimes the ads seem disruptive and not at all in keeping with my posts, but I don’t know if this makes a difference to readers. Many readers are also WordPress users, so they understand about the ads, and I’m not sure it matters about people who stop by accidentally, hoping for . . . whatever it is they were hoping for.

So, is it important to go ad-free, or do people simply take the ads as a matter of course?


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

18 Responses to “Going Ad Free on WordPress?”

  1. american phoenix rising Says:

    The ads don’t bother me, but that’s just me and I use the free one with ads myself.

  2. LordBeariOfBow Says:

    Don’t worry about the ads, I read your posts regularly and if there are ads I’ve never seen them, and if I did I’d ignore them; I’m impervious to them. I don’t know if ads appear on my site but I doubt it, they would not get much of a viewing, I think in the 3 years or so I’ve been toiling away I’ve had less than 6k hits.
    I visit many WP sites during the course of the day and I can honestly say I’ve never noticed or seen or read/looked at an ad.
    My advice? Save your money!

    Cheers B. 🙂 🙂

  3. Wanda Says:

    Pat, I don’t think it’s worth the money. I don’t see the ads anymore on any site. I mean they’re there, of course, but I tune them out. I would think that most of us do that.

  4. rami ungar the writer Says:

    I don’t see ads that often, and when I do I usually ignore them. I wouldn’t pay the expense. There’s so many better expenses that money could go to.

  5. Carol Says:

    I can’t say that I’ve ever seen an ad on your blog, Pat. Maybe I’m just oblivious to them, but even if I noticed one, I wouldn’t read it anyway. I use WordPress, too, and while I see the unobtrusive square that says “some viewers may see an advertisement in this space”, I don’t know if anyone has ever actually seen one there. $30 per month, ($360 per year), sounds like a lot to put out for an informal blog. If I were going to pay for my online presence I’d invest in a good website, or in my own domain name … neither of which I’m inclined to do right now.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Just goes to show I should double and triple check my work. Going ad free is $30 per year. I wouldn’t pay $30 a month for anything online. I think my website is about $30 a year, too. I’m not really sure why I keep that — I use this blog as a website.

      • Carol Says:

        Ha! I didn’t even question it because I’ve never checked the cost. I’m using my blog as a website, too. If I had books to promote I think I’d add a page for them, but I still don’t know if I’d pay $30.

  6. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Many sites have those annoying pop-up ads (sometimes put there by the sites themselves) that cover up what I’m reading. If WP did that, I’d pay the $30. As is, I think I’ll save my money for a new book or two.

  7. Paula Kaye Says:

    I haven’t even noticed ads on your site

  8. LordBeariOfBow Says:

    I notice you get WP for US$30.00 per annum, I am paying US$99.00 pa – AUD$113.00pa, I wonder what I’m getting extra for my money,

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      The thirty dollars is if I want it ad free. Right now, I don’t pay anything at all, not even for all my extra pages.

      • LordBeariOfBow Says:

        Perhaps I should ask what I’m getting for my money, they sent me an email saying they were about to hit me with another $99 next month and not to worry they’d just take it :), that’s what I call service

        • Pat Bertram Says:

          How big of them to just take the money. Yes, do ask what are you paying for. I have WordPress, which I don’t pay a single penny for, and I have a website that costs about $25.00 a year. I have five pages on that website plus 2 emails.

  9. Kathy Says:

    At first they annoyed me on my blog but I figured it wasn’t worth the $30 and we all ignore them anyway. Now I don’t give them another thought.

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