At WordPress.com, we sometimes display advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills. This keeps free features free! The ads your viewers will see are determined by their location, browsing histories, and other factors.
We screen the ads we display for mature or illegal content. Sometimes, however, you or visitors to your site might still see ads you object to — for example, ads for political causes or products you oppose. We do not endorse the content of any ad, and we encourage you to inform your audience that ads are not selected by site owners, but rather generated by our advertising software.
In some cases, you may want to avoid displaying ads on your site altogether. We know some of you want to have full control over your site’s appearance. To eliminate ads on your blog entirely, you can purchase our WordPress.com Personal, WordPress.com Premium, or WordPress.com Business plans. This might be of particular interest to business sites in order to eliminate any possibility of competitors’ ads displaying on their domains.
Note: VIP and WordAds users/blogs are able to run their own ads, but standard accounts are not. See this page on advertising for more information on running ads on your blog. In addition, this does not remove the WordPress.com footer credit.