glad happy6 asked this, very informative suggestions here! im a total newb (uh oh, i can see your eyes rolling) and just started the whole blog thing but for sure want to put ads/affiliates/etc on my blog site for $$. been reading a lot in this forum and the net, so to be clear, on yourdomain.wordpress.com you can not use your own advertising, paypal, etc?? as mentioned apparently you can.... but how do you "host" your wordpress blog elsewhere? can you transfer you wp site over to another host? does it involve php knowledge? i must be overlooking something. can anybody shed some light? thanks sooo much for your help!