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    @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.



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



    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… :(



    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.


    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,]



    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!



    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.



    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.]



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



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



    Yes, they are. There are instructions in the Support docs for that.

    Trust me, though, they don’t get you anything. I’ve had mine for three years and I think only my sister and two friends have ever used it.



    Having read all this – I am rather concerned. My blog should, when fully established, have interesting general readership materially but also commercially oriented content related to kitchen design. With these posts I want to link out to other web pages (mine) where there is also content but – no bones about it – Adsense and affiliate links. The service will not be complete without them.

    What I am reading suggests that I might fall foul of the administrators of and that it is not easy to re-instate a suspended blog.

    I can’t afford uncertainties and I am definitely in this to make money so being a .org user is probably the answer. If I use self hosted WordPress – is there a disadvantage in terms of SEO? Would it be harder to find?

    Could a .com site (with real content) link out to a self hosted site that had real content but also relevant affiliate links?



    Your plans make it clear that you are in a wrong place. Based on what you have said IMO you ought to be hiring a web host and setting up a install on your own domain.

    As fare as details go I strongly suggest that you communicate directly with Staff.



    Linking out TO websites that have affiliate links should be okay. Linking out VIA affiliate links, not okay.

    Also, staff have said that if the primary purpose of your blog IN THEIR OPINION is to drive traffic to external site(s) it will be deleted.



    Many thanks for your help.

    I am more or less resigned to the fact that I will have to have a .org install on a self hosted basis. Won’t cost me anything – I have spare capacity.

    I still have concerns though. It does seem that the ground rules are somewhat open to interpretation – that we have to abide by the spirit rather than the letter. If I read the comments by Tellyworth and Raincoaster it seems as though my proposed usage might fall within acceptable parameters for .com. Timethief would suggest otherwise.

    I can’t afford grey areas so the matter is settled. But WordPress does seem to have an ambivalent take on business. I appreciate that the system has be robustly defended against abuse. At the same time, if in good faith, in the course of editorial content I recommend products – then I want to be paid for this.

    I’d still like to know how .com sites (generally speaking) compare with self hosted. Does having “wordpress” in your address line give any advantage? Is the statement “Google loves wordpress” true?



    I can’t afford grey areas so the matter is settled. But WordPress does seem to have an ambivalent take on business.

    Indeed those who are in business need to pursue due diligence and in this case that means communicating directly with Staff.

    I’d still like to know how .com sites (generally speaking) compare with self hosted. Does having “wordpress” in your address line give any advantage? Is the statement “Google loves wordpress” true?

    I leave that research to you.



    Very useful information. Thank you WordPress… I appreciate that. REAL BLOGGING…



    I’m really not sure why wordpress is so stubborn in not allowing their users to make money from their efforts. They would lose nothing from flipping a switch and letting bloggers monetize their sites.

    I love the wordpress blog system and it’s light years ahead of blogger, but I had to move to blogger in order to monetize my blog.

    If I could make money here, I would still be an active member…and I’m sure that’s the case for many, many other bloggers.



    Hello everybody,

    I am new to blogging and have a question. In my blog, I write reviews about games and toys. I have a link to the reviewed product on Amazon, but would rather have a link to the product at an online toy store that has a similar affiliate program (through I understand that this is not possible but don’t quite see the difference between this type of link and the link to Amazon. Can someone please explain?




    This is a peer support forum and Volunteers are not able to clarify this for you but Staff can. As the TOS states blogs cannot be used to drive traffic to third party sites, and as the policy re: types of blogs allowed and not allowed is already in place, any variation must be placed before Staff for clarification.

    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.

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