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  1. Yes, they are. There are instructions in the Support docs for that.

    Trust me, though, they don't get you anything. I've had mine for three years and I think only my sister and two friends have ever used it.

  2. Having read all this - I am rather concerned. My blog should, when fully established, have interesting general readership materially but also commercially oriented content related to kitchen design. With these posts I want to link out to other web pages (mine) where there is also content but - no bones about it - Adsense and affiliate links. The service will not be complete without them.

    What I am reading suggests that I might fall foul of the administrators of wordpress.com and that it is not easy to re-instate a suspended blog.

    I can't afford uncertainties and I am definitely in this to make money so being a .org user is probably the answer. If I use self hosted WordPress - is there a disadvantage in terms of SEO? Would it be harder to find?

    Could a .com site (with real content) link out to a self hosted site that had real content but also relevant affiliate links?

  3. Your plans make it clear that you are in a wrong place. Based on what you have said IMO you ought to be hiring a web host and setting up a wordpress.org install on your own domain.

    As fare as details go I strongly suggest that you communicate directly with Staff. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  4. Linking out TO websites that have affiliate links should be okay. Linking out VIA affiliate links, not okay.

    Also, staff have said that if the primary purpose of your blog IN THEIR OPINION is to drive traffic to external site(s) it will be deleted.

  5. Many thanks for your help.

    I am more or less resigned to the fact that I will have to have a .org install on a self hosted basis. Won't cost me anything - I have spare capacity.

    I still have concerns though. It does seem that the ground rules are somewhat open to interpretation - that we have to abide by the spirit rather than the letter. If I read the comments by Tellyworth and Raincoaster it seems as though my proposed usage might fall within acceptable parameters for .com. Timethief would suggest otherwise.

    I can't afford grey areas so the matter is settled. But WordPress does seem to have an ambivalent take on business. I appreciate that the system has be robustly defended against abuse. At the same time, if in good faith, in the course of editorial content I recommend products - then I want to be paid for this.

    I'd still like to know how .com sites (generally speaking) compare with self hosted. Does having "wordpress" in your address line give any advantage? Is the statement "Google loves wordpress" true?

  6. I can't afford grey areas so the matter is settled. But WordPress does seem to have an ambivalent take on business.

    Indeed those who are in business need to pursue due diligence and in this case that means communicating directly with Staff. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    I'd still like to know how .com sites (generally speaking) compare with self hosted. Does having "wordpress" in your address line give any advantage? Is the statement "Google loves wordpress" true?

    I leave that research to you.

  7. Very useful information. Thank you WordPress... I appreciate that. REAL BLOGGING...

  8. I'm really not sure why wordpress is so stubborn in not allowing their users to make money from their efforts. They would lose nothing from flipping a switch and letting bloggers monetize their sites.

    I love the wordpress blog system and it's light years ahead of blogger, but I had to move to blogger in order to monetize my blog.

    If I could make money here, I would still be an active member...and I'm sure that's the case for many, many other bloggers.

  9. Hello everybody,

    I am new to blogging and have a question. In my blog, I write reviews about games and toys. I have a link to the reviewed product on Amazon, but would rather have a link to the product at an online toy store that has a similar affiliate program (through affili.net). I understand that this is not possible but don't quite see the difference between this type of link and the link to Amazon. Can someone please explain?

    Thanks!

  10. @kinderglueck
    This is a peer support forum and Volunteers are not able to clarify this for you but Staff can. As the wordpress.com TOS states blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites, and as the policy re: types of blogs allowed and not allowed is already in place, any variation must be placed before Staff for clarification.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category. http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

  11. Thanks time chief, I have read the TOS. My blog's goal is to present interesting games and toys. The link is just a side-effect, and I just don't understand the difference between a link to the product I write a review about on Amazon or any other site. To me, it's the same.

  12. To Staff it may not be. That's why the support documentation instructs members to contact Staff.

  13. Thanks, will do that!

  14. Is these terms only about the blogs which are hosted at wordoress web site? or it is relevant to any blogs which are using WP and are hosted in other servers?

  15. All answers in this forum apply ONLY to blogs hosted at WordPress.com. Each web host will have their own terms of service, but most allow advertising.

  16. I really do understand most of the rules and have learned from my first time on here. When I found out the hard way (LOL) that you cannot use ANY kind of Affiliate link.
    My question is, in regard's to linking, is there a rule that we cannot link to our own website that we have control over? My website is hosted with Go Daddy.

  17. In fact you are incorrect: you are indeed allowed to use certain affiliate links, under certain conditions, and you are well advised to run it by staff in advance, as we've advised repeatedly in this thread.

    While under normal circumstances there's no reason not to link to an external site, I'm going to jump to conclusions and figure that "007marketing" is not a normal blogging circumstance, but a marketing one. Again, I suggest you run it by staff.

    While I have several blogs and link between them on a daily basis, staff reserves the right to nuke blogs if they believe that the WP.com blog exists primarily to drive traffic to another website. And I've seen them do this, repeatedly.

    Ask staff if what you have in mind is okay.

  18. thesacredpath
    Staff

    You cannot advertise at wordpress.COM. Did you bother to read this thread at all before spamming these forums? Obviously not.

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  20. @raincoaster, lol!

    Funny. :) I cleaned it up even though he deserved it... nice one, tho.

  21. What's the difference between an affiliate and a "featured sponsor" -- complete with flashing blinky? Is it okay if I were to have a featured sponsor blinkie in my sidebar if I did not post a link to that site within the text of my blog post?

    Are 15 flashing blinkies ok?

    Sorry. I'm quite confused.

  22. Never mind. A bit more research and I found the answers myself.
    : p
    I'm sorry for asking first and looking later.

  23. I'm confused. I have a blog about religion and politics -- micah6 -- and a blog for sermons, etc. from my worship service -- altworship.
    I recently began writing about bible study for Suite 101. They pay "royalties" by the ad click. They also encourage writers to put a widget on our blog, referring folks to our articles. There is no suggestion that anyone reading my blog (it has very little traffic anyway) should click on an ad -- in fact, they discourage my suggesting any such thing; it's called click fraud. But I would like to increase traffic both to my blog and to the articles on Suite 101. I'm not writing them for money, really. (Good thing. my 13 articles in 3 months have made $10.64).
    My question: May I put a Suite 101 widget on my blog site? If so, how do I do that? If not, may I link to the articles without the widget?
    Thanks

  24. The answer is "no".

    See here > http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.

    reference: http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

  25. If you wish to contact Staff then please do. Also will you please link your wordpress.com username to your wordpress.com blog?
    http://micah6.wordpress.com/

  26. Well, flashing blinkies are appallingly tacky. There's that.

    I've worked with Suite101 and with respect I have to disagree with TT. Since the widget links to YOUR articles and not just Suite101 in general, it's probably okay, but you should ask staff for the official OK.

    The Suite101 widget is, as far as I can remember, javascript. If it's HTML-only you should be able to use it. You are, after all, a writer promoting your own work, just on a different site. If we couldn't do that, I wouldn't be able to blog at all!

  27. I reviewed you site and wonder if you think ClinkBank is an illegitimate site for the use of affiliate work? I also note that you want me to buy a domain name, which I assume will move me to .org.
    Since I have other blogs on .com that are not affiliate orientated does that mean that everything I have done with you will be banned?
    The next question is what terms does .org include that may exclude my efforts.

  28. ClickBank will get your site suspended.

    Buying a domain name is NOT the same as moving to .org and does not exempt you from any of the terms of service.

    All questions about .org are best asked at the .org forums.

  29. thesacredpath
    Staff

    The wordpress.ORG software has to be installed on a third-party web host such as godaddy, or bluehost, etc. WordPress.ORG does not host blogs or websites. It only distributes and supports the wordpress.ORG software.

  30. If your blog qualifies (around 50K views a month), you can now signup for Skimlinks via WordPress Ad Control. It turns all your links into affiliate links (where applicable) and you split your profits 50/50 with WordPress. So WordPress is allowing monetization now for the blogs with high traffic.

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