WordPress Premium – Questions


Who out there has used, or is currently using, the WordPress Premium plan?

If so, I have a few questions. I’m considering making the jump.

  1. “ability to monetize your site with ads” -How does this work?
  2. How many views equals “X” for revenue?
  3. If you transition, do your previous posts come along, or are they wiped out?
  4. Additional thoughts / pros vs cons.

Thank you! I’ll ‘see’ you in the comments section.


24 thoughts on “WordPress Premium – Questions

  1. I have the Premium plan because I didn’t want random ads on my blog. And you would have your own domain name. (https://mtaggartwriter.com instead of https://mtaggartwriter.wordpress.com)
    1-I didn’t want ads for other products on my blog so I didn’t look into this feature.
    2-no clue
    3-Your previous posts still appear. You can keep the same blog theme you have now or change it. I had to update a few of the images when I switched themes.
    4-The only downside for me: I have different sizes of my prints. So although one can incorporate PayPal buttons on the blog, these buttons don’t have the capability of variations.

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  2. Okay, so here is what I have for you – I have the ability to put ads on mine but I don’t – I don’t know about you but I only get about 100ish views per day. I think that is about $5ish per month. I see another blogger get about 150 likes per post ( I don’t know how many views she gets per day, I just see the likes on posts) and she is very happy that she is now earning $100 per year to pay for her premium blog. Honestly, if I could find a way to go back and not lose any of my posts I would go to the free site as I am now paying to not lose any of my material or followers. Hope this helps!

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  3. I started my blog using Premium and I love it! However, I do feel that I should’ve started with the basic for the first year just to get the hang of blogging first and get in some traffic. I can’t compare Premium with Basic because I never had it but I will continue to keep my Premium for sure! I tried the business for 30 days. It was great because of the SEO tools but it’s for me quite yet. Maybe in the future.

    There’s also WordPress.org as well and is more popular with entrepreneurs. It’s cheaper
    and you have more flexibility with what you can do with your website, including SEO tools but you will need to provide your own hosting like Bluehost, which isn’t very expensive.

    As far as monetizing, it will only benefit you if you are bringing in a shit ton of traffic, something like 100,000 views within a month. It’s based on the ads served. You get paid the most from American viewers but if they have ad blocker, it doesn’t count.

    Hope this helps.

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  4. I am not on Premium, but reading the comments of users have been enlightening. I hope I could probably jump into premium in the future, or probably host my own site via wordpress.org blogs.

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  5. Matt I have the premium plan. I’ve had it for over a year now. #3 – everything looks the same to your readers. Every post is correct. You just have the opportunity to change your domain name. (Like dropping “Wordpress” from your title.) This makes it great for indexing and for readers new and old to remember your site name.

    #4 interestingly, I saw the number of visitors (not followers) drop to ONE-QUARTER what they had been. My views went waaaaayyy down after the switch. I almost pulled the plug right then and there because of it. I talked to another blogger who had the same experience, he actually DID go back the Basic plan because of it.

    #1 – I don’t monetize my site, but you can if you want. I believe it’s a penny per click. Meaning they choose what ads to put on YOUR site and then every time a reader clicks one of those ads, you get one penny. Thing is, because they are using advertising through you, WP pushes your site to more readers. Because those companies are obviously paying WP for those clicks. Soooo… that’s how advertising works. But personally, I didn’t want ads and that’s one reason why I pay for Premium is because I get to turn advertising off, unlike Basic.

    So #2 is going to depend on how many followers you have and how many of THEM click on your ads. See right now as a Basic member, you have ads on your site it’s just that WP gets all the money for those clicks. That’s how they spin it.

    More questions? Maybe I can help, ask away.


    • Hugely helpful, thank you, Tara. I’m torn. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet. I like the thought of creating revenue..but I doubt I have enough views to gain enough clicks to make it worth while. I wonder why the heck your visitors dropped like that??? Any idea why? That’s crazy..must have been very frustrating.

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      • I have no idea. I know that I was getting about 6k and that first month it dropped to 1.4k. It went very slowly up since then but I still have never got to those numbers I was at before the switch. I had at the time kept my content exactly the same, same posting habits. I did NOT change my theme. The only big thing I did was change my domain name and turn off ads. I am convinced it’s a punishment for the lack of ads. See WP isn’t making money from those companies off my site now, so why push my blog anywhere? It’s makes sense from their business perspective, even if II sucks from mine. That said, I long ago met my personal goal of 250 followers. I am content. I don’t care about money (as I am a neo-hippie minimalist) in that I am not motivated by it, nor do l want to be rich and famous. For me, I just wanted to touch a few lives and maybe make a difference in a few of them. It would be great to sell books and get my work out there too.

        I’m not sure what the answer is for you and your journey… but you could always try it out for a couple weeks and see if the other benefits are worth it to you.

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  6. I’m just on basic, but I do have my own web domain, for two out of three of my blogs. So if that’s what you want, you don’t have to upgrade to premium; just upgrade to having your own domain. Caution: I did that several years ago, and haven’t confirmed if it’s still possible under WP’s current packages and options.

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