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Can I open a page with a shop?

  1. Hi,

    I know I can't open an e-commerce or something similar in wp.com and I can't use other ads but I've seen a service with an e-commerce hosted with their platform that I might be interested too.

    So my question is: can I open a page and link that page to another commercial service? With another ads service too because it's hosted somewhere else? As I'm not sure I prefer to ask. It would be like having an external forum linked to a page with google adsense there. But it's a store.

    Thanks :)

    The blog I need help with is italianeography.com.

  2. I believe the answer is no, but i'm sure an expert may back me up or put me down :)

  3. While you can sell your work on your blog, no blogger initiated advertising, retailing, or reselling of work created or services provided by other people is allowed on WordPress.com.

    This link will give you instructions for using a Paypal button on your blog:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    If you require e-commerce/shopping cart functionality beyond this, you might be interested in a self-hosted (WordPress.org) installation. There are no restrictions on e-commerce if you set up a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a WordPress.com blog, but there are some added responsibilities.

    Please see this link to learn about the differences:
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    We have hosting recommendations at the following link if you are interested:
    http://get.wp.com/hosting/

  4. Hi macmanx,

    Thanks for your answer but, just to be sure, technically the e-commerce won't be on wordpress.com it would be http:// store.mydomain.com and the address will be linked to the label. The commerce is not embed in a wp.com page. It's like having the label Forum, and then people click on the label or the "page" and go to another domain store.mydomain.com with the e-commerce.
    Is it not allowed that?

    Ps: I know the differences .org .com but I'm fine like that for now.

  5. So from what i read i was nearly right :)

  6. That would be fine as long as your blog isn't nothing but another storefront.

  7. well, the blog would be this: http://italianeography.com and I'm in the queue for the Wordads program too.

    I'd link this store.mydomain.com to one menu page, like Apps, or Forum. So, clicking on the menu label, people will go to an external hosted service. Is it ok then in this way?

    thanks for your help macmanx

  8. It would be okay IF the primary purpose of the blog isn't to direct people to the e-shop. If you blog about your products, that's fine, but the kind of blogs I've seen suspended have had links to the e-store in every post, a header text that drove people to that site, widgets that told everyone to go to the shop, etc. A header link saying Shop is fine.

  9. Well, that's fine for me, it would be just a link on a label on the menu as I said, nothing more. But they're not my products in any case. It's like talking about books all the time, with a link to a bookstore, nothing more. It's not my primary purpose, not even a secondary, it's just a plus for the readers.

  10. They're not your products, but you want a link to them in your HEADER? Why?

    Or are you just talking about you want to link to products on an ecommerce site because you're talking about the products? In that case, just link to them. You're not making any money from them, so it doesn't matter.

  11. I earn money from the e-commerce, not so much, but it's a service. Let's say that in my bookstore I put only the books I recommend, sold, managed and hosted by someone else. Let's say like a small ibook, or a small personalized amazon store.

    So when people click on the label "shop" or something like that, they go to an external service, with my store and the products recommended by me. I earn if they buy them through that service. The space taken on my blog, at the end, will be the space of a label, o slug.

  12. Ah, I see.

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