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  1. tryingtraditional

    I was recently accepted into an affiliate program for jill-e bags. I tried putting their html in a txt widget on my blog. The visual show up but doesn't link through. This is my first time trying to do something of this nature and I would appreciate any help.

    Thank you

    The blog I need help with is

  2. Please read these entries:
    TOS section 2, 5th bullet blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites
    No advertising at all except on VIP blogs
    Types of blogs allowed and not allowed

  3. If you wish to have a monetized blog you must hire a web host and get a free download of wordpress.ORG sogtware and self host it.

  4. tryingtraditional

    Thank you, I wasn't sure what was going on, but now understand.

  5. I looked up the url for the jill-e bags affilate program.

    Join the jill-e design’s Affiliate program and earn money recommending our beautiful bags to all of your friends and customers.

    Here's the relevant section from Types of blogs allowed and not allowed that I linked to above:

    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.

    This is a no go at Here we cannot sell anything from our blogs that we do not create ourselves.

  6. tryingtraditional

    timethief, I would assume this also would mean linking to Amazon products you use and want to recommend as well. I have no issue with the rules and will following the rules. Now I have to read up on what web hosting and wordpress.ORG are and if they are something I can do. Needless to say, I've blogged since 06, moved to wordpress from blogspot in 08 and have never moved much past posting from the dashboard. The banner edit was done by a friend in exchange for a dress for her little girl.

    I do appreciate your time!

  7. Yes, the only exceptions are VIP hosted blogs and:

    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.


    Best wishes for happy blogging. :)

  8. @tryingtraditional if you have a real blog with real content and real readers, we don't mind the occasional affiliate link to a reputable store (Amazon being the textbook example).

    The things that we absolutely don't permit are: banner ads; MLM/network marketing/get rich schemes; fake blogs; and spam of any kind (i.e. unwanted bulk comments/blogs/posts/emails).

    "real blog" is the key. Staff are willing to cut you some slack you have a real blog. If you're not sure, contact support and ask - they won't bite.

  9. @tellyworth
    Please clarify. She does not make the bags in question.

  10. tryingtraditional

    Here is where I get confused. I am a legit blog and I feel jill-e is as legit as amazon (not a pyramid scheme, get-rich quick site, or stacking of affiliate credits.)

    I've been blogging since we started the adoption of our daughters in mid-2006 and made the move to wordpress (good move, I love wordpress!) in June of 08. Iam casual blogger, I do not understand the hows and whys. I just like to go into "new post" type what I want to say, spellcheck, and hit publish. Some months I post 5 times a week, other months I am lucky to get 5 posts in. I'd say my average over the last year is 1300 hits per month. I am starting a 365 project with the hopes of forcing myself into learning how to use my camera and to have a year-long photo journal of sorts. I do expect readership to increase with posting daily, though not that much as I am pretty much just a mommy-blogger.

    As I said before, I have no problem following rules. I signed up and agreed to them, and that is fine. It kind of surprised me I couldn't link to the bag, I really like it and wanted to recommend it to readers that might be wanting to buy it. I would likely do the same with the occasional lens or even cookbook if I could figure it all out. But again, I have no problem following the rules :)

    I've seen other blogs do it, but I admit to being pretty naive as to the .com vs. .org so it could have been self hosted blogs that are linking to product they use and like. I spent the last hour and a half trying to figure out words like "hosting", "shell", "FTP", and the likes and I feel pretty confused and quite honestly do not want to mess with all that. The $20 a year I might make linking to jill-e bags would be eaten alive with fees from what I can tell.

  11. If it's a reputable, relevant store (and not MLM), a single sidebar link, and a real blog, I don't see a problem. The docs refer to Amazon specifically, but you can substitute another reputable store/site if there's something more appropriate. If you have a real blog about fishing, then we don't mind a referral link to your local fishing store that gets you a discount or credit or whatever.

    Again, "real blog" is the key. is for blogs. If your blog is a real blog that real people actually want to read, the odd affiliate link is no big deal - worst case, if it attracts some complaints, we might ask you to tone it down a little.

    The kinds of things the rules are intended to prevent are (including but not limited to) people who make many blogs, cookie cutter blogs with fake or stolen content, blogs plastered in blinking PTC banners, get rich quick schemes/scams, monetize your way to whiter teeth, guys in Elbonian internet cafes paid to create blog after blog after blog, and so on. Web pollution.

    Writing rules that catch those guys while leaving everyone else in the clear is hard, probably impossible. So we have to be a little vague.

    nb: clickbank, usercash, CJ and other pay-per-click services are so thoroughly drenched in spam juice that I'd advise against them even if your blog and usage falls within the rules, simply because you're likely to get caught in the crossfire.

    I'll ask Mark to chime in and confirm what I've said, since he usually makes the final call on individual cases.

  12. Thanks so much Telly :)

  13. What tellyworth says is right. Your blog is sound.

    "guys in Elbonian internet cafes" made me laugh.

  14. What tellyworth says is right. Your blog is sound.

    "guys in Elbonian internet cafes" made me laugh.

  15. He made me laugh also. Thanks for the clarification you two. :)

  16. tryingtraditional

    Thank you everyone, I really do appreciate the input and will mark the thread resolved. (BTW, I too got a chuckle out of that one.)

  17. I know this blog has been 'resolved' but just wanted to chime in a thanks to tellyworth for the explanation.

  18. My blog has been suspended.
    It was a damn real blog where i was giving my advices and sharing my experience for online investors.
    In the blog there were some links with my referral in it (affiliate links), and it was mainly due to having the chance to better help ppl that eventually would have subscribed under me.
    It was *not* created to make money, nor to drive ppl to websites (as the disclamer clearly said), but still it has been suspended.

    I asked for some clarifications and all i got (twice..) was a copy paste of the rules.
    I didnt even had the chance to have a clear answer nor to fix it and eventually remove banners or links or whatever the problem was.

    I must say im really disappointed for the awful support service of wordpress.

  19. @testhyip for future reference please don't hijack forum threads

    If your blog was hosted here at you would have received a message on your dashboard with a link to contact staff we as forum volunteers can't and won't help with this kind of matter for the sole purpose this is between you and staff so please re-frame from posting any future postings or threads pertaining to your blog suspension and use the contact link to get a hold of staff and just in case you don't have the link you can contact them through this link

  20. "People that eventually would have subscribed under me" = MLM or pyramid scheme. Even if you really believe in that business, the fact is that Automattic staff do not, so you must not make blogs for them here.

  21. @t3ck i contacted em, and as a reply i had an automated copy+paste of rules. I asked 2 times if i can remove links or anything thats wrong or fix it in any suggested way but still no decent answer.
    @raincoaster well i can see a hundred of blogs like mine hosted here and none of em is having problems. I even asked what did i do wrong compared to those, but all i can have are those automated answers (and these blogs are still online...).
    All i was looking for is to understand and eventually modify it so it can go back online.

  22. If you see a hundred blogs like that, report them.

  23. My Blog was just suspended, too. I only had it for six days and posted about my diet on there. I only had one link which was to a page with diet advice. I really don't understand how I have violated anything. I put a lot of work in this. I hope they will reactivate my blog... :(

  24. G'day
    The technical support forum forum is not the place to bring your TOS violation issues to. This is an issue that strictly between and Staff. The notice posted on your dashboard will have a link in it - follow the instructions, click the link and refrain from posting here on this issue again.
    Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation.

  25. sweetdesignrelief

    I understand much better after reading all of this. I had been trying to add the Martha Stewart affiliates link/code and was unable to. All of the above is why, right?
    Thanks in advance,
    [Link removed please refrain from posting link signatures for the sole reason they are not allowed here in the forums _T3CK,]

  26. Just to be clear, because I am a little confused....if I pay
    for a hosting site using software, can I use an
    affiliate program then? I know the site I am trying to link to
    is a legitimate sight, I purchased the ebook myself and love it.
    The author recommended me to her affiliate program, but it is
    through Clicbank. I also really like WordPress and don't want to
    violate any rules. However, I would like to be able to get credit
    for people visiting the author's site via my blog. Thanks!

  27. @kaylynn40
    Yes. If you hire a web host and download free software from and export the content of your blog out of it and into the blog you can advertise.

  28. However, if you remain at advertsising for clickbank or using your blog to drive traffic to a third party site is a no go.

    In addition to AdSense-type ads, please do not use the following services on your blog: sponsored / paid posts including PayPerPost, ReviewMe, and Smorty; affiliate / referral links to the following domains: usercash, clickbank, clickhop, cashrocks, payingcash; clicktrackers (and any similar) and any promotion of the “I made a million on the internet and so can you” type of advertising (i.e. MLM, network marketing, cash gifting, etc.). Please check our page on types of blogs for more information about what content is and isn’t welcome on

    [Strong tag fix. -Alex M.]

  29. RATS! I'm sorry I left a strong tag open. I only meant to put clickbank in bold lettering.

  30. I'm just wondering if paypal donation links are allowed, I haven't really seen anything on either side.

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