Can you answer my 3 questions about WordPress.com advertising policy?
I think the answers to all of these questions depend on whether or not you are paid, either in goods and services or in money, for the listings. Please clarify.
The businesses all pay a yearly fee to belong to the business association which covers a wide variety of services of which the website is just one.
There is no (additional) charge to businesses for the directory listing or the promotions page.
However businesses would have to pay to have an advert in the sidebar. If we couldn’t charge, then we wouldn’t bother doing it, we’d just stick to the directory listing and community information pages.
If you are paid to have an ad placed in your sidebar, that would violate our terms of service.
We do have an advertising program called WordAds, which you can read more about at http://wordads.co/
If you require other advertising, you might be interested in a self-hosted (WordPress.org) installation. There are no restrictions on advertising if you setup a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a WordPress.com blog, but there are some added responsibilities.
Please see this link to learn about the differences:
We have hosting recommendations at the following link if you are interested:
Seriously, any business or community/business oriented site should be on paid hosting.
‘Paid’ hosting is a bit of a misnomer though. There are lots of hosts out there that offer free hosting accounts. Even true paid hosting can be had for as little as $50-$75/year. Many include the domain name, but if they don’t, annual fees are usually less than $10 for most TLDs.
The WP software is free and even comes pre-installed on some hosting accounts. Plus there are a number of other programs and utilities not available here. Not to mention features like your own email addresses.
One or two of your sidebar ads could pay for a full year of hosting.
Thank you all for your comments. I think I will press on with WordPress.com and only change to self-hosting if the association decides in the future that they cannot do without “paid adverts” in the sidebar.
I’m with notawoodpecker on this. It’s my opinion that any organization that wants to benefit from advertising income (sponsored content, paid content, advertising banners, etc.) is best served by hiring a web host and setting up a self hosted WordPress.org install from the get go. When advertising to promote local business is the goal I advise not to waste any time and energy setting up here first.
Can I mention/link to what I’ve written? In particular, can I mention a book I’ve written and post a link to it on Amazon?
Yes, linking via an Amazon affiliate account is permissible, so long as your blog isn’t simply dedicated to just posting Amazon affiliate links.
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