Originally Posted by MySmallBiz
I was just wondering... why wordpress doesn't allow you to post adsense or affiliate content on their free platform? They want you to use wordpress.org instead and pay up to be able to add other type of content. If blogger allows you to, why not wordpress?
Because Blogger is owned by Google. They allow you to use Adsense because Adsense is theirs.
Wordpress.com on the other hand, have to earn by placing their ads on your pages. I'm not 100% familiar with the wordpress-hosted blogs but I think that's what the deal is.
Originally Posted by mktgbiz
Soooooooooooooooooooooooo.....why not go with the freebie?
Let's not forget the value of the domain name. Getting a free subdomain promotes wordpress.com so the more popular your site get, the more credit they get. And if they have ads on your pages, they earn.
I'm not sure about wordpress not allowing affiliate ads & adsense...in this case I suppose it's better to go with blogger as adsense is an integrated feature.
The disadvantages with subdomains is credibility...EVERYONE knows it's free. So if you're promoting a product or telling people you're earning a lot through the certain affiliate...anyone with brains won't believe you because it's apparent that you have no money to spend on a cheap domain + hosting. Same thing if you're trying to sell a product through a subdomain, it's almost a joke for anyone actually willing to listen to you.
People are more willing to trust domains.
If it's just for personal blogs, then a subdomain will suffice.