Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets

Welcome to Jetpack 4.5, available now for upgrade or installation. We’re starting the year in style with some very exciting additions and improvements that we can’t wait for you to try. This release includes:

  • Jetpack Ads (WordAds)
  • Brand new VideoPress
  • New shortcode support
  • More sidebar widgets
  • An update to our Terms of Service

Jetpack Ads (WordAds)

Jetpack Ads is a new, one-click simple feature designed to help you generate income from your WordPress site. Jetpack Ads is powered by WordAds — the unique ad program from WordPress.com designed exclusively for WordPress sites. Not only do we provide high quality ads, but after working with tens of thousands of users we have determined the best placements to guarantee both the highest revenue and most reliable compatibility across most WordPress themes.

Jetpack Ads Earnings

Jetpack Ads is instantly available to all users who have purchased the Jetpack Premium plan — no approval process required. Once you’ve purchased the plan, activate the feature in the Engagement tab within Jetpack. You’ll start seeing ads on your site right away, and can tweak ad placement settings and view your earnings on WordPress.com.

Brand new VideoPress

VideoPress is an ad-free, high-quality (HD) video hosting and streaming service designed for WordPress. We think it’s the easiest way to upload and share videos to the web while retaining full brand control on your site (i.e., no ads!).

Over the past few months, we’ve rebuilt the VideoPress integration with Jetpack from the ground up. When you start using it, you’ll notice:

  • No more complicated signup process — it just works.
  • Full integration with your media library — if you know how to insert an image, you now know how to insert videos with VideoPress.
  • The ability to upload videos from the Media Library or directly from the Post Editor.

You can view and edit video meta data from the edit media page in the Media Library, and insert uploaded videos into any post or page.

VideoPress is available to all users on the Jetpack Premium plan (limited to 13Gb) and those on the Jetpack Professional plan (unlimited).

New shortcode support

All users have access to fourteen new shortcodes that have been available on WordPress.com for a while. These new shortcodes enable you to embed content from services like Twitter and Spotify directly into a post or page.

An example of a Spotify embed using our new shortcode

An example of a Spotify embed using our new shortcode

The new shortcodes are:

More sidebar widgets

We’ve added quite a few new widgets for your WordPress site sidebars and footers:

  • Authors: display your authors on the front end of your site. Note: this widget doesn’t come with much styling, so it is up to the theme/user to style as desired.
  • Blog Stats: a simple stat counter to display page views on the front end of your site.
  • Milestone: adds a countdown to an upcoming event or milestone that you designate.

Update to our Terms of Service

We’ve updated our Terms of Service to include a Jetpack-specific section that describes Jetpack, clarifies how features within Jetpack work, and links to a support document that outlines what information and content is synced to our servers when you use Jetpack. Please give it a read and let us know if you have any questions.

As always, you can take a look at the revision history to see exactly what has changed.

These changes will take effect on March 1, 2017. By using Jetpack after this date, you agree to our updated Terms of Service.

Full changelog and thanks

If you’d like to see the full list of the updates and changes to this version of Jetpack, you can read the full changelog.

We hope you’ll love the new Jetpack features and improvements! Install it on your site or upgrade your current version today and let us know what you think. As always, your feedback is extremely important to us and you can send it directly through our Support contact form.

A special thank you to the contributors to this release – thanks for helping make Jetpack better:

Ajk Palikuqi, Andrew Duthie, Bartek Wilczek, Benyamin Shoham, Brandon Kraft, Carolyn Sonnek, Dan Wyman, Daniel Walmsley, Derek Smart, Derek Springer, Drew Butler, Elio Rivero, Enej Bajgoric, Eric Binnion, George Stephanis, Ignacio Cruz, Igor Zinovyev, Jake Oehler Morrison, James Nylen, Jared Wenerd, Jeff Golenski, Jeremy Herve, Josh Betz, Lance Willett, Marcus Kazmierczak, Marin Atanasov, Mark George, Michael Arestad, Michael Torbert, Miguel Lezama, Nicola Heald, Oscar Lopez, Patrick Rauland, Rastislav Lamos, Rich Collier, Richard Muscat, Ross Wintle, Sam Hotchkiss, Stanimir Dinov, Steve Seear, Stuart Dum, Thomas Guillot, Timmy Crawford, Weston Ruter, Xiao Yu, Yoga Sukma

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61 Responses to Jetpack 4.5: Monetize your site, brand new VideoPress, and many new shortcodes and widgets

  1. Sonster says:

    Can you show us examples of ads.

  2. David Coleman says:

    I was hoping this release might include support for 360-degree photos as was recently added to WordPress.com. Any ETA on when that might be incorporated?

  3. Enri1968 says:

    Hi, are the new shortcodes avaible only for the blog.wordpress.com? Or wp site alone? Thanks

  4. I hope this new WordAds better than before 🙂

  5. Marc-André says:

    Are there any plans to enable selfhosted WordPress sites with jetpack premium subscription to be visible in the wordpress.com reader?

    • Jeremy says:

      We’re definitely considering adding Jetpack sites to WordPress.com Tag Pages! However, before to make that change we need to have all systems in place to avoid abuse and to make sure no inappropriate content can be added to the Reader Tag pages.

      Keep an eye on this blog; whenever Jetpack sites start appearing on Tag pages we’ll let you know!

      • Marc-André says:

        I can’t wait for that. 😉 I’m on worpdress.com at the moment but I love the idea of more flexibility while still appearing to the wider wordpress family in the tag pages. 😀

  6. Jenn Rian says:

    Are JetPack Ads (WordAds) still only available on WordPress.com or can it now be used on self-hosted WordPress.org sites as well?

    • Hi Jenn, yes they are now available for self-hosted WordPress.org site as well. This version of Jetpack (4.5) makes it possible to do exactly that, however please note that a Premium subscription is required.

      • jimmywags says:

        So we’d have to pay a minimum of $99/yr to even run an ad thru WordAds? What are the chances of earning that back?

      • Jeremy says:

        we’d have to pay a minimum of $99/yr to even run an ad thru WordAds?

        That’s correct. Our new Ads feature is available to Premium and Professional plan customers only.

        Once you purchase one of the plans you will get access to multiple Premium features, like Site Backups, Security Scans and automated threat resolutions, video hosting, and more. Jetpack Ads is another of those Premium features: you’ll get access to an ad network that’s curated for quality, optimized for geographic location and locale, with ad placements that are guaranteed to work with almost any theme. Find out more about the other advantages of Jetpack Ads here.

        You can also learn more about the different Jetpack Plans here.

        If you’d rather build your own ad network, rotate ads, and manage ad placements yourself, you can do it for free with a plugin like this one.

        What are the chances of earning that back?

        That will depend on factors like the number of daily visitors on your site, and their location. You can learn more about how earnings are calculated here.

        I would also recommend that you consider the other features I mentioned above in your calculation. As an example, if your site is hacked or if one of your plugins includes a security vulnerability, our security features will protect your site and help you solve any issue very quickly, thus saving you a lot of time, and money!

  7. Melanie says:

    Hi, since the new version the widget “Top Posts and Pages doesn’t work anymore. Please can you fix it?
    Thank you

  8. Laura Plumb says:

    i am trying to upgrade to this version 4.5, but keep getting a fail wit this note, “An error occurred while updating Jetpack by WordPress.com: The package could not be installed. The package contains no files.”

  9. Only1.blog says:

    Are those earnings real because i guess they are edited !! How can they be fixed without any cents ( will 0.0) . Does anyone know the average CPM for 1K views . Does cpm increase when users click the ads ? Are these ads optimised for phone users because i keep seeing the same get.blog ad in my phone since i pirchased the domain . Can someone send me a screenshot of my page from the phone ? Viral111.com Thank you

  10. Admin says:

    Hey Guys, upgrading to premium but still can’t see an option for adverts? Help

    • Jeremy says:

      Can you please use Jetpack’s Debugger module to send us some more information about your site, so we can take a closer look?

      1. Go to the Jetpack page in your dashboard.
      2. Click on the Debug link appearing at the bottom of the page.
      3. Click the link that says “click here to contact Jetpack support.”
      4. Fill in the description box and your name and email address.
      5. Click the “Contact Support” button to send us the debug results privately. It’s best not to post this information here in the comments, as it contains private details about your site.

      Thanks!

  11. Paul says:

    Now if you can fix the bug where it suggests I click ‘connect jetpack’, even though it was working perfectly up until a couple versions ago, I might actually be able to use it again…

  12. Erik Wright says:

    What is the revenue split for AdWords, I mean WordAds? (It’s like RedTube vs YouTubeRed all over again:P)

  13. Brad Griffin says:

    Can someone check and see if VideoPress embeds is compatible with Sensei

  14. Studio 72 says:

    Where do I go to see the pricing for Jetpack Premium and Pro?

  15. Nick says:

    At the risk of sounding like a complete newbie; What does this mean?
    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/databa14/public_html/bottle-lamp.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php:1995) in /home/databa14/public_html/bottle-lamp.com/wp-includes/rest-api.php on line 480

    This warning now comes up with the new JetPack 4.5 version. Prior versions never indicated an error before.

  16. Bheru says:

    Hope in new update Jetpack Ads (WordAds) will be a great thing to us

  17. munjiatigbo says:

    How do you make payment for the ads and how much per click or views.

  18. kingscrown says:

    VideoPress-question: is it possible to disable the conversion/encoding process when you post a video? I’d like to handle the conversion myself, before uploading, to control the quality of the video.

    • Jeremy says:

      That won’t be possible. The conversion happens on our servers after the upload is complete, so that’s not something you can easily control or change.

      If, however, you’re not satisfied with the quality of our conversion process, send us an email with some examples. We’ll be happy to look into it and see what we can do to improve things.

      Thanks!

  19. Pinofy says:

    Wow! This Update is great!

  20. Swag says:

    I was about to buy the Jetpack Premium plan for Jetpack Ads, but I realized that you only pay publishers via Paypal. Paypal allows users in my country to buy online, but it doesn’t allow them to receive money. If you could offer alternative payment methods such as Payoneer and Electronic Bank Transfer, then you would get a lot of sign ups. For now, I am sticking with progressive adnetworks such as Adsense and Yahoo Bing Ads.

    • Jeremy says:

      Paypal is indeed the only option right now, but we’ll publish a blog post here if we ever add more payment options.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  21. fuminicom says:

    Great update! Need to try thanks!

  22. Hallo,

    I have few question about this Jeptack Premium Plan especially related to wordads advertisement :
    1. If i buy Jetpack premium plan for my blog, is the wordads automatically will be activated or there will be some approval process to run this advertisement in our blog?.
    2. Is Jetpack premium plan only applicable for blog that use english as the main languange, or as long as we already used Jetpack premium plan then all blog (whatever the languange) eligible to run wordads?.

    Thank you very much for your answer,

    • Jeremy says:

      Once you purchase the plan, you can activate the Ads module and start displaying ads on your site right away. There is no approval process. That is true regardless of your site’s language.

      • Hi Jeremy, Thanks for the answer.

        I need some information from you about these few things before i decided to buy this premium plan.
        1. Is it different between wordpress premium plan and jetpack premium plan?. If i already have wordpress premium plan from wordpress.com then should i buy this Jetpack Premium Plan?.
        2. If i already have blog in wordpress but i hosted it in the self-hosted company such as bluehost, rapidgator, etc,. Can i join this Jetpack premium Plan. If yes, then how to buy and activate this plan from self hosted company?,

        Thank you very much.

      • Jeremy says:

        1. Is it different between wordpress premium plan and jetpack premium plan?. If i already have wordpress premium plan from wordpress.com then should i buy this Jetpack Premium Plan?.

        WordPress.com Premium Plans are only available for WordPress.com sites, hosted on WordPress.com. If you’ve just created a new site, hosted somewhere else, you won’t be able to use that WordPress.com plan there.

        2. If i already have blog in wordpress but i hosted it in the self-hosted company such as bluehost, rapidgator, etc,. Can i join this Jetpack premium Plan. If yes, then how to buy and activate this plan from self hosted company?,

        If you have a self-hosted WordPress site and wish to use a Jetpack Premium Plan on that site, you’ll need to install and activate Jetpack first. You can do so by clicking on this link. Once Jetpack is configured, you’ll have the option to use the free version of Jetpack, or to purchase one of our plans.

        If you already use the Jetpack plugin on your self-hosted site, you can go to Jetpack > Dashboard > Plans in your dashboard, and you’ll be able to purchase a Jetpack Plan from there.

        I hope this helps!

  23. alexstoehr2015 says:

    Hey there, i cant find anything about CPM or CPC – could you put this information somewhere (or more visible)?
    Should be a nobrainer to get more signups, as everyone is searching for these informations. 😉

    BR

  24. Sulfen says:

    It doesn’t make sense why you would charge people to put monetize their websites. The free tier doesn’t have moentization but the $3.50 per month one does. I know that the backups alone make it worth it but still…

  25. Angel says:

    Hello Jeremy, I’m using WordAds on my site, but with the AdControl Plugin and the ads are showing, but the earning is 0. My site gets 20k daily visits and I want to know if the stats are updated only monthly.

    Also, is https://wordpress.com/ads/earnings the only panel to check ads stats?

    • Jeremy says:

      Yes, you can view your earnings on WordPress.com only. It’s worth noting that earnings are calculated monthly. If you just recently switched ads on, it may take up to a month before you start to see earnings in your account.

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