Automattic and Federated Media show WordPress.com users the money (well, the ads)

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In an agreement announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in October, Automattic and Federated Media Publishing have made a deal to bring advertising rights to US WordPress.com users. No specific details about revenue sharing or ad appearance have been released yet.

This is a pretty big step forward toward more full monetizing WordPress.com publishing. In case you’re not familiar with WordPress.com’s advertising rules, in the past free users were unable to place ads and generate revenue from them unless their traffic was high enough. This new deal will give WordPress.com bloggers the ability to opt in, no matter their traffic levels. No further details have been released yet.

What are your thoughts about this deal? Would having the option to advertise ever entice you to try out WordPress.com more than you do?

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  1. I think having the ability to customize the theme for free and run plugins would make it more enticing.

    If I want advertising, I have ways to put it on my site, so I wouldn’t need the FM+WP relationship.

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