The Automattic venture, WordPress.com, that allows you to have your own blog similar to Blogger/Blogspot, is now allowing its bloggers to monetize their Blog.
Called WordAds, this service helps WordPress.com bloggers to allow advertisements on their blog and earn money. WordPress has partnered with Federated Media to provide advertising representation to their Bloggers. While WordPress.com was primarily against advertisements, saying that WordPress.com is meant for personal blogging and should not be monetized – and users who wanted to have advertisements should move to self-hosted WordPress – this recent move is really appreciable for those who would like to make some money blogging.
WordAds is voluntary and interested users can signup provided they match their criteria – 1. Only publicly visible blogs, 2. Should be on a custom domain, 3. Selection is based on traffic, user engagement and language used on the blog.
If you’re interested in WordAds, you may apply for it on their WordAds Application page.