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Links and affiliates confussion

  1. lashaunahinton
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    I'm a bit confused in regards to links and affiliates. I am an author and my poetry book is in post-publication. Can I post a photo of my cover and link it to amazon.com, borders.com, booksamillion.com, etc? Also, I have t-shirts that are printed through Uber Prints. Can that photo be posted and linked to their site? Or, do I need to have my blog hosted? If I have my blog hosted outside of wordpress.org, will I still be able to enjoy the benefits of being connected to the wordpress.com community (receiving likes, etc.)?

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

  2. Affiliate links are not allowed with one exception in italic lettering:

    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.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    You can advertize, link to and sell ONLY what you yourself create. No retailing or reselling anything created by anyone else is allowed.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

  3. If I have my blog hosted outside of wordpress.org, will I still be able to enjoy the benefits of being connected to the wordpress.com community (receiving likes, etc.)?

    No. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are completely separate. WordPress.org sites are like stand alone islands. There is no "community" like there is here at WordPress.com. For clarity read > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  4. Thank you so much, timethief! You have helped me make a decision. :)

  5. You're welcome and best wishes to you.

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