Can I host a giveaway on my free WordPress blog?

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  • #1666842

    I have been given the opportunity to write a product review on my blog. For my time and original content, I will receive a credit to use with the company that is asking me to do a review. The company is also offering to give one of my readers a $25 credit to use at their store. I have researched the company, I believe their products are of good quality and their products are something I would share with others. Am I able to do this on my blog? I am required to post a link to the company’s site of the product that I am reviewing. I have read the terms of service, but I am still unclear as to whether I can do this or not. I appreciate your help.

    This is the company I have the opportunity of working with: http://www.minted.com/

    The blog I need help with is whyileftmyjob.wordpress.com.

    #1666953

    I am confused because the following post seems to support giveaways on WordPress: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/blog-giveaways/

    And I can’t find anything in the current Terms of Service that specifically states that I cannot post sponsored reviews or host sponsored giveaways: http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    Maybe I am not looking in the right spot.

    I have already turned down the opportunity to host the giveaway, but I would still like some help with this topic so I know how to proceed with these types of opportunities in the future. Thanks!

    #1666954

    raincoaster
    Member

    You are being sponsored for this, so the answer is probably that it is banned. Sponsorship itself is banned. You’re not JUST getting the item you’re giving away. I will flag this for staff ruling.

    #1666955

    Thanks for your response!

    #1667098

    gracejiyoung
    Member

    Hi Aimee!

    Sorry for the late reply, but I just asked our Terms of Service team and they say it’s A-ok! You can have a sponsored giveaway on your site.

    We now allow sponsored posts and giveaways as long as the primary purpose of the site is not to direct traffic elsewhere or intended to scam readers :)

    Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

    #1667100

    Sweet!!!! Thank you so much for getting back to me! Just to clarify, it is a free WordPress blog that I have.

    #1667101

    gracejiyoung
    Member

    You’re welcome! Have no upgrades is completely fine :)

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