Automattic and Federated Media announced of rolling out WordAds on WordPress.com based blogs to help user make money from their blogs by showing high quality ads from brand advertisers.
"'WordAds,' which is 100% optional, will let bloggers make money from their blogs by showing "high quality ads from brand advertisers" - this is where Federated Media will come in," said WordPress.com team blog.
"Not every" WordPress.com blog will be eligible for the program. According to the sign-up page, "Only publicly visible blogs with custom domains will be considered for this program."
And, that the selection will be based on "level of traffic and engagement, type of content, and language used on a blog."
If you are interested but don't have a custom domain, you can quickly sign up for a custom domain for your blog(s).
Also, in the annoucement blog post, Automattic's Jon Burke threw out an interesting stat saying:
"there are more than 50,000 WordPress-powered blogs coming online every day"
From the blog post:
Over the years one of the most frequent requests on WordPress.com has been to allow bloggers to earn money from their blog through ads.
We've resisted advertising so far because most of it we had seen wasn't terribly tasteful, and it seemed like Google's AdSense was the state-of-the-art, which was sad.
You pour a lot of time and effort into your blog and you deserve better than AdSense.
Blogs are unique and they shouldn't be treated like every other page on the internet. There are more than 50,000 WordPress-powered blogs coming online every day, and every time I explore them randomly I'm always surprised and delighted by how people are using the platform to express themselves.
As a WordPress user you're breathing rarefied air on the internet: the Creators, the Independents. Creative minds aren't satisfied being digital sharecroppers on someone else's domain, and you want to carve out your own piece of the internet and have a space that you're proud of because it's so… you.
If your interested you can apply for the WordAds on WordPress.com program here.