I use WordPress as a writing and publishing program. I have my own domain address: www.MemeesMusings.com, which I pay WordPress to host for about $70 a year. If I am paying WordPress seventy bucks to host my site why can I not also utilize WordPress plug-ins to make my site even more cool, functionally as well as visually?
And, taking it a step further, why can I not monetize my off-Wordpress domain using something like Google Adsense for example? I am paying for a domain offsite, offsite, it’s not their site, it is my site. I totally get them not wanting us to make money on their site, but on my own site which I am simply paying them hosting fees for using their servers? That is how the rest of the web works, isn’t it? We pay, GoDaddy or whomever to use their servers but the site is ours and we can make money, sell stuff or whatever we want within the boundary of state, federal and world laws? Couldn’t WordPress make it so if someone is viewing our site via WordPress it is ad-free, but if it is viewed directly from the exclusive domain address couldn’t it have ads if we so choose?
It bugs me. I am writing content and WordPress is making money off my writing… or is it my vanity? I mean, I could be writing content for other websites and they would pay me for it… but I want my own site. Why can I not also make money off of my writing? I feel that I am giving all my money away to WordPress and yet feel like I am getting little for it other than a processing tool.
Anyway, just my rant for the day… perhaps I am about to spiral downward (ah, bipolar, I love you!)
P.S. (aka an added afterthought) I am sorry WordPress family and community, I do get a TON from you! I certainly did not mean to disregard the value all of you have in my growth!
UPDATE: I just found this article helpful and so I am going to share it with you: com vs. org>