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  1. archcityonline
    Member

    I've created a page titled "Shop". This page appears on the menu at the top of my blog.

    Visitors to my "Shop" page can follow a link that will open a new window to my Shopify store.

    After reviewing TOS, this doesn't seem to violate any policies, but as a new user I just want to be certain.

    Thank you for your time.

    The blog I need help with is italiantraditions.net.

  2. There's and excellent comparison of wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG differences prepared by Staff at the following support documentation link.

    WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
    WordPress.com is a hosted blog service. You do not have to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server. WordPress.com does not permit uploading themes or plugins. WordPress.org is free software. You can install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    This is the link to the support documentation entry re: types of blogs allowed and NOT allowed at wordpress.com. Please take note of this particular section posted 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.http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    It's also important to know that wordpress.com blogs cannot be equiped for ecommerce. Those with free blogs being free hosted by wordpress.com are restricted when it comes to advertising. . Please see here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/ There are also code restrictions which can be viewed here. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/ In addition the ToS disallows wordpress.com blogs being used to drive traffic to third party sites.
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    Provided we are selling ONLY what we ourselves create and not retailing or retailing goods or services created by others then we can use contact forms and/or PayPal donation buttons. Please see:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact-form/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

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  3. @archcityonline-tt has given you some excellent info, but the bottom line is that this is a decision for WordPress.com Staff/Support. Contact them directly and explain exactly what it is you intend to do.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  4. archcityonline
    Member

    @timethief - I reviewed the TOS and earlier forum entries before posting here, but to my mind the TOS are just not clear enough for me to know what is allowed and what isn't as it pertains to my question. Thanks for your reply.

    @justjennifer - I have done as you suggested - I guess I'll just wait to hear from them before investing any more time in this project. Thanks.

  5. @archcityonline
    I'm so glad to hear you contacted Staff because that's what was stated in the information at the links I provided.

    If you are in any doubt, please contact support for clarification.

    Best wishes for a speedy reply. :)

  6. WordPress.com staff replied to my question within a few hours! Thanks everybody.

  7. You're welcome and happy blogging. :)

  8. Glad you got a quick reply and hoping it was the one you wanted! :) Welcome!

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