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  1. I want to change my domain to a dot com, instead of .wordpress.com. I've already got the domain registered. Now what?

    P.S. I didn't register my new domain with WordPress.

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

  2. Have you checked for information in the Support documents? If so, where did the problem come up?
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/add-a-domain/#i-already-have-a-domain

  3. I did a little bit, but I am confused. I just wish I could talk to someone directly!

    One of my concerns is.. I have been approved with some affiliates and I want to be able to display the banners in my posts, but with wordpress.com, I cannot do that.

    Another thing is, I just don't know where to start. I've already paid for the domain, so now what? Do I have to purchase the $13/year thing for it to be mapped or what?

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

  4. Don't do the domain mapping if you want to display affiliate adverts. That is against the Terms of Service on WordPress.com.
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    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://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/affiliate-link

  5. Please understand that there are different kinds of WordPress:
    .com and .org
    If you want to do affiliate adverts/banners, then you must find and pay for a host and be responsible to fix any problems which happen:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  6. Here is this, which I was looking for:

    Same Rules Apply – The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/register-domain/

  7. Okay, so I still am not understanding what my next step would be.. When I go to Store > Domain, the only options I have are to buy something.

  8. No, you want to head over to WordPress.ORG if you want affiliate advertising on your site. If you do that on wp.COM then your site will be suspended for violating the ToS.

    If the adverts are not necessary for your site, then you should be fine on wp.com, but if you need the affiliates, then you must use wp.ORG. (Or some other hosting/software system)

    http://wordpress.org/

    You will pay for your domain name (which you already have), then pay a company to host your site. The name alone does not mean you will be live online.

    The software to run your site is free from wp.ORG, but you may or may not want to purchase a theme. They do have free themes you can use.

  9. If the adverts are not a deal breaker for you, then just follow the instructions on the first link I showed:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/add-a-domain/#i-already-have-a-domain

    It will cost you $13 per year, per blog.

  10. Thank you! I appreciate your help!

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