Can I use Rafflecopter on my blog?

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  • #794567

    zephyrhill
    Member

    I’m just going by the TOS which say very clearly

    “Amazon.com and other select affiliate links are permitted so long as they are not the primary content of the blog in question. Other exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.”

    Key word there would be primary content. I may contact staff just to satisfy my curiosity but I’m not losing sleep over 1 or 2 links, and if in the rare event it was pulled I could avail myself of the appeals process.

    Again, thanks, you’ve all been very helpful.

    #794749

    sheilasmeow
    Member

    Man, this answers my question, which seems quite dumb to me that I can’t add this rafflecopter widget into my blog. I’m trying to host a giveaway and drive traffic to all places, *sigh* WP needs to get on it.

    #794750

    zephyrhill
    Member

    It IS frustrating, but I think if you reserve a dot com and “self host” then you can use Rafflecopter with WordPress. So…you have to pay for it.

    I wonder why free Blogger.coms blogs are compatible with Rafflecopter, but not free WordPress? Just curious.

    #794751

    raincoaster
    Member

    That is because the security restrictions at WordPress.com are actually much stricter than they are at Blogspot. Here we share the backbones of our blogs, so you’re exposed to the greatest security risk deemed acceptable by the dumbest person using your theme, which is why we have such code restrictions. Javascript exploits are one of the standard ways websites are hacked, and have in fact taken down an awful lot of Blogspot from time to time.

    #794752

    timethief
    Member

    Here’s an entry that states very clearly all the differences between free hosted WordPress.com blogs and self hosted WordPress.org installs. If JavaScript is a requirement for you then you need to hire a web host and set up a self hosted WordPress.org install http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
    Why? Because if you use JavaScript on a self hosted WordPress.org install then the only security risk is to your own site. Here at WordPress.com all blogs are on the same multiuser blogging platform and that means a single bad script would being down many blogs. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    #794753

    timethief
    Member

    @zephyrhill
    I feel like broken record in this thread. Has reading gone out of style or is there a language comprehension issue here?

    #794754

    timethief
    Member

    @sheilasmeow
    Just in case this applies, do note that the WordPress.com advertising policy states this:

    Paid or sponsored post content is also prohibited. http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    FTC disclosure announcement http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm
    PDF http://ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf

    #794755

    zephyrhill
    Member

    I posted again because I never really got a satisfactory answer to the question of by blogspot.com is mechanically able to handle third party apps and Javascript but WordPress isn’t, nor do there seem to be any comparable alternatives for those with the free blogs.

    I love my WordPress blog but running giveaways is extremely tedious for me (and my readres) using the comment forms. With blog giveaways so popular it seems like there should be some sort of mechanism that could make this easier for us.

    Are there anything tools out there that I’m not aware of?

    #794756

    zephyrhill
    Member

    “If Javascript is a requirement for you then you need to hire a web host and set up a self hosted”

    Again, I never said it was a requirement. Just that it, or something very comparable, would make my WordPress experience (and lots of other bloggers) so much smoother.

    Also, I cannot afford self-hosting right now. I’m starting small, like lots of other “mom bloggers,” and that’s something I’ll have to work up to as I get more subscribers. And the giveaways are one of the tools I’m using to reach that goal.

    #794757

    zephyrhill
    Member

    Sorry about the typos. I’m in a big hurry right now, got lots of irons on the fire!

    #794758

    raincoaster
    Member

    No worries. We all have typos and no Edit button here.

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