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Can I add a link to my .com site on a wordpress.com blog?

  1. I have created my own product which I am planning to sell. I want a greater control over my site in terms of affiliate products, eCommerce store and provision for adding ads in the future. I am planning to do it outside WordPress. However I want to share informative content like how to guides, etc, via a WordPress blog . Now my question is, apart from sharing my content, can I post a link to my eCommerce site outside (in the posts and/or on a separate page)? I don't want the hassles of setting a WordPress.org site. That is can I start a blog say: abc.wordpress.com and add link to my site abc.com (either at the end of posts or on a separate page) ?

    The blog I need help with is scimpossible.wordpress.com.

  2. I want a greater control over my site in terms of affiliate products, eCommerce store and provision for adding ads in the future. I am planning to do it outside WordPress.

    Here's what gets a free hosted WordPress.com blog suspended:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    Read this too please http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/what-is-the-best-way-to-use-zazzle-store-builder-on-wordpress?replies=6#post-1165886

  3. Bottom line: No you cannot create a free hosted blog and put links at the end of each post to drive traffic to a third party site without getting your blog suspended. See the Tos section 2 and 5th bullet down on yellow background.
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

  4. timethief, although I am disappointed to see the answer. I appreciate the prompt reply from you.

    I sincerely think a giant like WordPress should have more friendly policy towards eCommerce stores as more and more people will be asking this question. Although I know this is not the right thread to express my opinion, I am hopeful that in future WordPress will think over being more open towards eCommerce solutions.

  5. Why? They have no reason to encourage for-profit ecommerce sites when that functionality is amply looked after with the WordPress.ORG version of the software. Wp.com is a turnkey blogging solution with no plugins, external themes, iframes, javascript, or raw flash. That basically rules out ecommerce completely. You want to teach a horse how to fetch a frisbee. Why not get a dog for that instead?

  6. For the reason the dog is not yet well trained.

    I totally agree that .com is first a blogging platform. Although there might be people using .or, as I mentioned in my first post that WordPress.org comes with a lot of work. Time is something I cannot afford. That is why I I thought that there could be an easier way.

    However those were my personal opinions and WordPress might have its own views. I respect them.

  7. @alhadkaple
    You're welcome.

  8. If you cannot afford to put the work in to make your business a success, your business will not be successful. It's not that hard.

  9. I agree that making the move to WordPress.org is not that hard.
    WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate.
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    Here's a brief summary of the step to take to do that.

    1. Hire a web host http://wordpress.org/hosting/

    2. Set up a WordPress.org install and equip it with a theme and plugins.
    http://wordpress.org/themes/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/

    3. Export your content out of your WordPress.com blog http://en.support.wordpress.com/export/ and import it into the install.

    4. Purchase a site redirect upgrade from wordpress.com
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/ or if you have domain mapping then update the nameservers http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/domain-management/

    5. Transfer subscribers and stats. See http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/moving-your-subscribers/

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