1 affiliate link per blog..clarification please?

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    tellyworth
    Staff

    There’s some confusion over the definition of “affiliate link”, so let me expand on that.

    An affiliate or referral link to a reputable site like Amazon.com, your favorite camera store, craft store or similar, where you make a commission or get a discount for referring sales – these are generally fine in the context referred to above (i.e. real blog, original content, discreet and appropriate link). But no banner ads or spamming please, and no blogs that consist of nothing but “buy now” links.

    “Affiliate links” as in clickbank, usercash, megabuxcashmillionstrafficpro, affiliate/network marketing programs (including those masquerading as fitness/forex/weight loss/cosmetics/etc), paid/sponsored posts, text link ads, lead generation affiliate programs, paid links to porn, drugs, casinos, payday loans, and whatever other potemkin “legitimate product” the Get Rich Quick crowd are selling this week = no no no.

    This is stated on our Types Of Blogs page, albeit briefly:

    http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/

    Again, “real blog” is the key. If you have a real blog with real content and link to something we don’t allow, we’ll warn you with an alert in your dashboard and ask you to remove it. That’s ok, we’re not going to punish you for it or yell at you or take your blog away. We like real blogs and do our best to keep them around even when they inadvertently break the rules.

    And to clarify “real blog”, we mean blogs written by and for humans. Copy-pasting a bunch of content from ezinearticles or amazon reviews does not a real blog make.

    I’ll defer to Mark on any of the specifics if he’d like to chime in.

    #377135

    mark
    Staff

    The problem with writing exact details here is that everyone think they have a ‘real blog’.
    Every day I get people saying they wrote every word, that there is a social need, it’s only a couple of links to the store and after all, aren’t penis extenders genuinely useful?
    Or it’s an acaiberry diet, or steroids, or FREE CASH!!, googlesecrets, mlm schemes, wallpaper downloads, herbal-weightloss-libido-increasing-make-money or some other crap. These people genuinely believe they have an absolute right to ads, affiliate links, to blog here and lower the tone. So they read a thread like this, see a link or two is good and start using them. Which is not how it’s done as we say.

    The best thing you can do is create the blog as you intend it to be and then ask. That means we see the real deal and you get a proper answer. Yes it’s subjective but it cannot be any other way. I do try to keep things even.

    Really – just ask through Support. But do have something to show – it makes things so much easier.

    In the end though we are doing this because we want people to want to blog here.

    #377187

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Wow, thank you tellyworth and mark for probably one of the most informative threads on this topic I’ve seen yet.

    Bookmarked, faved, added tags and will refer the umpteen number of people a week who ask this same question again and again.

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