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Can I add a section for readers to be able to purchase the books reviewed?

  1. My blog is primarily for reviewing books, as well as an online book club to connect readers. I would like to add a section of books that include links to purchase the books being reviewed and the books being read in book club for convenience to my readers. Is this allowed?
    Blog url: http://whimsicalreader.wordpress.com/

  2. No blogger initiated advertising and online stores are allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

  3. But I dont want to advertise or host an online store. I just want to provide links to the books we are discussing so people may find them easier.

  4. Yes, you can do that as long as they're not affiliate links in a Store section. So non-affiliate links in a Buy It Here section should be fine, or affiliate links in the actual reviews might also be acceptable.

  5. I provided the link above for you to the support doc that contains the only exception. See the italicized section below:

    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. Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK. http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

  6. Okay. Thank you. I kept finding bits and pieces of information in my searches and was having trouble piecing them together. Thank you all for clarifying.

  7. Best wishes with your blog.

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