Earn income by displaying high-quality ads on your site.

Jetpack Ads is a one-click feature designed to help you generate income from your WordPress site. Jetpack Ads is powered by WordAds — the unique ad program from We provide more than just high-quality ads: we’ve also determined the best placements to guarantee the highest revenue and most reliable compatibility across most WordPress themes. Our experience is based on working with tens of thousands of users over the years.

Activating Jetpack Ads

Jetpack Ads is available to anyone who has purchased the Jetpack Premium plan or Professional Plan — no approval process required. Once you’ve purchased the plan, activate the feature under Jetpack → Settings → Traffic. You’ll start seeing ads on your site right away, and can tweak ad placement settings and view your earnings on

Controlling Ad Placement

You can control where ads are placed on your site by adjusting the settings in your site’s Dashboard, at Jetpack → Settings → Traffic → Ads

ads information box displaying the various options

You can also use the Ads widget to place an ad unit in any widget area on your site, from Appearance → Widgets.

Finally, you can use the [wordads] shortcode to place an ad unit within the content of any Post or Page.


You can manage your earnings on at

ads.txt File

An ads.txt file is a file publishers can use to identify who is authorized to sell their inventory.

When Jetpack Ads is activated, an ads.txt file will be automatically generated. You can view it at (replace with your own site url).

You can also include custom ads.txt entries to Ads settings under Jetpack → Settings → Traffic.


Ads are enabled. Why don’t they show up?

If you have any plugins for minifying JavaScript, try deactivating those and see if it helps.

Ads are shown on my site. Why don’t I see any earnings?

Earnings are calculated daily, so if you just recently activated ads today, check tomorrow. What you see here is an estimate that will be finalized around the second week of the following month. Payments are sent on or about the last day of the following month. If you earned less than $100 in a given month, your earnings will carry over to the next month instead.

Why do I only see ads?

It’s normal to see only ads for the first 24 hours or so after activation. After a day or two, you should start to see ads from other advertisers.

Why do I see Google ads?

We work with a wide variety of advertising partners, so it’s likely that you will see ads from various other networks.

Can I customize my ad placement beyond the settings provided?

You can add custom filters to your functions.php file to disable ads in certain locations.

You can then combine those with conditional tags to remove ads on specific pages.

You can add the code snippets above to your theme’s functions.php file or to a functionality plugin.

What format are the ads?

  • Ads in posts/pages are Medium Rectangle size (300×250)
  • The ad at the top of your site is Leaderboard size (728×90)
  • The ad widget lets you select either Medium Rectangle (300×250) or Wide Skyscraper (160×600)

If you have more questions about how ads work, you can read this document.

Note: By activating ads, you agree to the Automattic Ads Terms of Service.

Have questions? Feel free to contact support for more personalized assistance.

Privacy Information

This feature is deactivated by default, and unlocking/activating it requires an upgrade to the Premium or Professional plan. It can be deactivated at any time by toggling the Enable ads and display an ad below each post in the Ads section from Jetpack — Settings — Traffic in your dashboard.

Data Used
Site Owners / Users

In order to process payments via PayPal, the following site owner-related information is utilized: site owner’s email address, physical address, site URL, and site ID.

For compliance with US tax regulations, we also collect whether the site owner is a US Resident (or based in the US), and if so, we collect tax reporting information including Social Security Number or US Tax ID, Full Name or Business Name, and physical address.

Site Visitors

We collect and send the following information (made available from the visitor’s browser) to our Demand Partners: IP address, geographical data (derived from the IP address), user agent, operating system, device type, unique user ID (randomly generated identifier), current URL, and IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) interest category.

Data Retention: Log data (IP address, geographical data, user agent, operating system, device type) is stored for 30 days. The unique user ID is stored in cookies and is retained for 1 year.

Activity Tracked
Site Owners / Users

We track when, and by which user, the feature is activated and deactivated.

We also track updates to the user’s Paypal email address (so that we can continue to successfully process any payments).

Site Visitors

We track ad impressions, video-related events (i.e. pause, mute, 100% plays, etc.) or errors, and ad click events.

Various cookies are used for the following purposes: delivering targeted advertisements to specific visitors, storing user identifiers, and collecting anonymous ad platform stats.

Data Synced (Read More)
Site Owners / Users

We sync options that identify whether or not the feature is activated, as well as the site’s current approval status (i.e. is this site approved to participate in the WordAds program?).

Site Visitors


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