Is it okay to put a link on my basic WordPress blog that readers may click on to purchase my books?
Yes. It’s even okay to use an Amazon affiliate link.
WordPress.com allows bloggers to insert text affiliate links within post and page content to most third-party affiliate programs, provided they are not the primary content of the site in question.
Image affiliate links in posts and pages and any banners, affiliate links in sidebar or footer widget areas, are still considered to be advertising and are not allowed on WordPress.com blogs.
NOTE: If you have a online shop with a shopping cart somewhere else online you can create a custom menu and add a custom link to it.
NOTE: Only those who have purchased that upgrade can equip their WordPress.COM blogs for ecommerce transactions. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/ecommerce-is-now-available-on-wordpresscom?replies=1
Actually no. Authors are allowed to use an image of their book as an affiliate link; they always have been allowed to do so.
Thank you both for responding. So if I am understanding your responses correctly, on a free (basic) WordPress site, I can list a link that will take my blog readers to a book payment website. Raincoaster stated imaged links are ok, but timethief said no. Can WordPress staff please verify if an imaged link for book sales for only one product is acceptable? Thank You!
I apologize. raincoaster is right. “Authors are allowed to use an image of their book as an affiliate link; they always have been allowed to do so. ”
Thank raincoaster … lol :D
Thank you, raincoaster, along with timethief’s corrected info!
It’s fine to wrap an affiliate link around a button or image as long as that image isn’t an actual advertisement. You can also include a button to purchase on PayPal.
We also now have partnerships with ecommerce services if you upgrade to the Business plan: http://en.support.wordpress.com/ecommerce/
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