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Reviews of products with links to third party sites

  1. I am considering starting a blog for gift ideas and reviews, and upon reading the Terms of Service, this bullet point stood out:

    By making Content available, you represent and warrant that: …the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing)…

    Obviously, as I will be offering gift ideas and reviews, I will be adding links of products to third party sites. Would this in any way affect my account on WordPress or lead to its suspension? I’ve also discovered that some of these websites offer affiliate programs; would signing up to these programs cause any issues?

    Many thanks in advance for your help.

  2. Affiliate links will get your blog flagged and suspended - there is a part of the Terms of Service about Affiliate Ads. I have seen many many people come through the Forum with a tale of woe about their site being suspended for affiliate links.

    Tons of links off site will at a minimum get your site attention. You might want to ask the staff when they open up the contact form on Monday about your concerns.

    I am not the staff but just what I have seen occur.

  3. Hey there,

    Thanks for the heads up! I have to admit that I didn't see anything about Affiliate Ads, so I'll look into it.

    I'll do that - I just got a little excited and impatient, and foolishly wanted an immediate response. Just wanted to ask so I don't get into any trouble later.

    Once again, thanks for your help!

  4. I have seen many people break the TOS and try and do a workaround to the TOS and argue various points in an attempt to do a workaround - their sites are all still gone

    You be welcome.

    Here are a few links that also might help

    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

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