WordPress sent me a message about something new they plan to do called Native Sponsored Posts. This was the message:
“WordPress.com has started testing Native Sponsored Posts. This is an extension of our advertising program and will have the same controls and restrictions as our standard ad placements. You may see these Sponsored Posts running on your sites as we expand testing. They may be promoting WordPress.com content, marketing initiatives, or brands. Longer term, we hope to offer Sponsored Posts to our users as a way to help drive traffic and promote content discovery. For any questions or issues, see our Native Sponsored Posts FAQ.“
Long story short unless someone has a paid plan, WordPress plans to impose these ‘Native Posts’ which may even run counter to the bloggers message, values etc.
It is one thing to have ads but sponsored posts and imposing posts by other bloggers? I am not a fan of this idea at all.
What do you think?