affiliate linking vs custom domain

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    could you please explain where the line is when it comes to affiliate links, before and after buying a custom domain upgrade, can i use wordAds then? affiliate linking piece at needs extension and point by point explanation!
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    There is no blogger initiated affiliate marketing or advertising allowed on and I strongly recommend that you read the Types of Blogs doc referred there. It gives more examples of what is a good fit and what is not.

    If you buy a custom domain upgrade, you can apply for the WordAds program. and I also recommend reading the FAQ and forum discussions on WordAds as well.

    If you want to run your own ads, then you’ll probably want to look at hosting your own install of WordPress.



    And in case I wasn’t clear in my above explanation, buying a custom domain doesn’t give you the ability to post your own ads. WordAds is the special advertising program run by



    thanks! so advertising on wordpressdotcom is for or VIP setups, an ordinary user can’t run adsense type ads program on even after no ads upgrade, {i was under the impression, there is another upgrade after no ads, where one can run ads (other than wordads) but has to share the revenues with automattic}

    only way to get/earn money on (ordinary not VIP) is after custom domain upgrade and then wordads {application might be accepted or rejected on the basis of your content, traffic and other parameters}

    well thanks for clarifying Jennifer!



    there is a way to earn money on your blog, use affiliate links.
    if you write on a product, and want to earn money, simple change the links to affiliate links.

    there is a few plugins that do that, like:

    or you can do it manualy to each link using



    Taking @alotan‘s advice is a great way to get a blog suspended



    @auxclass you are right if one uses @alotan‘s words for blogs better run instance of wordpress on Amazon AWS free (1 year, though) and do whatever one want to, i wanted to know about the line that divide affiliate advertising and wordads



    There is only one advertising program called WordAds at and it’s for blogs on their own domains. This is the homepage for the WordAds program: There you will find the application page as well as FAQs.

    Aside from a blog being accepted into WordAds, no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work or products created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by

    The only affiliate link exception is found here:

    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. Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK.

    If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links you can hire a web host and get a free software install from Refer to >



    thanks for the information and collecting them in one place, automatticans need to clarify on the support site, its even more important now as they have discontinued the private support queries resolution via email (forums now public answers are better for others too can use the information/clarifications)

    non-commercial or abusive use of blogs is prohibited, thus addressing the spam that waiving off these restrictions would generate.

    few things i would like to say:
    linking to your own content is not affiliate advertising,
    linking to content like say posts/tweets etc is good and not prohibited, but promoted in the form of embedding via blackbird pie/native embed code for twitter and trackbacks for blogs.
    non commercial linking to products should be encouraged, and i believe Automatticans wouldn’t mind these for not every reviewer would have a self hosted blog on a custom domain.
    content, innovation and research should always be encouraged.
    thanks wordpress for open source software, free blogs and other services!



    I hope you are aware that this is a peer support forum where Volunteers provide answers to questions posted. We don’t engagae in debates as we have no role to play in the decision-making process. I provided the correct answers as did 2 other Volunteers. We can do not more for you here. Best wishes with your blogging, regardless of where you decide to blog.

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