One of the top-rated posts on this morning’s Freshly Pressed page is entitled — ‘Book Pick – Confessions of a Public Speaker.’ Interestingly, this isn’t from a WordPress.com blog at all — it’s a direct link to the Amazon.com page for the book.
I’ve no objection to advertising appearing on the WordPress.com start-up page, since it’s clear that WordPress need to make their money where they can.
But as a general rule advertising should be clearly identifiable as such — for example, Google have a reasonable display model here. By contrast, WordPress are today featuring an advertisement undifferentiated amongst the popular blogposts and this could be misinterpreted as intentionally misleading.
The blog I need help with is thepriceoflove.net.
Interesting…I wouldn’t have noticed that if you hadn’t told me about it…it even has the wp.com Amazon affiliate link in it. Maybe they just got tired of people complaining about the Google Ads they’re displaying on our blogs, so they decided to try something new? That said, I do agree with with on that advertising should be clearly marked as such, or at least stand out from the content in a way that marks it as advertising.
We’re going to be doing promos of books by authors who use WordPress (and are friends) in that space every now and then. Of course I love blogs, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like a book to communicate a long-form idea and really tell a story that can change the way you think.
Maybe Word Press should have it’s own shopping page or maybe one for recommendations, etc.
The flickr blog is also showcased on Freshly Pressed. The other day it was kittens–which is why I noticed it for the first time and clicked on it– today it is four seasons. I am a devoted flickrite, so I’m accustomed to reading the blog on flickr. There is a lot of synergy between flickr & WordPress, but did not realize their blog is WordPress.com. .
Ooooh, I don’t like that. I don’t like that one bit. Not if it ONLY goes to Amazon. That’s promoting Amazon (which gets 40% per book, I believe) rather than the author, who typically gets between 7-15%.
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