Is MLM Marketing Blog allowed on WordPress.com?

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  • #760799

    aisajib
    Staff

    Hi Everyone!

    I was looking through the Terms of Service but as always I find it too difficult to search for answers in there. So I thought a better way to ask people related to WordPress.com with more knowledge than mine. My question is, is it allowed to create a blog solely for the purpose of promoting Multi-Level Marketing? I mean, the content will not earn me revenue, but will be used by interested readers for learning purpose about the benefit of joining a specified MLM company. However, it will also be mentioned that joining under the blogger’s referral would earn the blogger certain points which end up in rewards from the company.

    It’s more like affiliate marketing, but in a different approach.

    The blog will be informative to new people who are interested in knowing the process of earning in the concerned MLM company. If anyone is interested, they can join through the reference of the blogger (if necessary, no referral link will be placed if it goes against the policy of WordPress.com).

    I was wondering if anyone has a clear knowledge if this kind of activity on a blog is allowed in WordPress.com network. Thanks in advance for your reply.

    The blog I need help with is aisjournal.com.

    #760905

    The answer is: No.

    #760906

    aisajib
    Staff

    I’m not sure if you actually read the entire post carefully. Because I find no reason for it to go against the policy as long as no referral link or banner is placed on the site. Would you care to read the post again carefully, absurdoldbird? Thanks.

    #760907

    raincoaster
    Member

    Absurdoldbird isn’t absurd in this case. MLM marketing is SPECIFICALLY barred here.

    #760908

    timethief
    Member

    Absolutely not.

    Reference links:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
    http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/

    In a nutshell no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM

    The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.
    http://vip.wordpress.com/

    If you do require an ecommerce site, MLM, advertising and/or affiliate links you can hire a web host and get a free software install from http://wordpress.org Refer to > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #760910

    timethief
    Member

    Adsense, Yahoo, Chitika, TextLinkAds and other ads are not allowed on free WordPress.com blogs. …In addition to AdSense-type ads, please do not use the following services on your blog: sponsored / paid posts including PayPerPost, ReviewMe, and Smorty; affiliate / referral links to the following domains: usercash, clickbank, clickhop, cashrocks, payingcash; clicktrackers (and any similar) and any promotion of the “I made a million on the internet and so can you” type of advertising (i.e. MLM, network marketing, cash gifting, etc.). Paid or sponsored post content is also prohibited. Please check our page on types of blogs for more information about what content is and isn’t welcome on WordPress.com. http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    #760911

    timethief
    Member

    @aminulislamsajib
    Are those enough reasons for you?

    #760912

    aisajib
    Staff

    I’m not sure if it goes directly under the title “MLM Marketing” because through the blog only information will be provided. More like how-to articles and technical features. If a person wishes to join through the blogger’s reference, they will have to first contact the blogger through his blog’s contact page as there will be no referral link or banner placed on the site as per WordPress.com terms.

    To me it does not look like these content fall under any form of advertising, reselling, Adsense, Chitika, Referral Links and so on. I know about VIP hosting and heavy traffic advertisement option and I’ve worked with WordPress self-hosted in multiple blogs. I just wanted to make sure that these type of how-to articles fall under what WordPress.com states “I made a million and so can you” type of blog.

    #760915

    timethief
    Member

    @aminulislamsajib
    If business is your occupation then due diligence is required and that means going directly to Staff. Here’s the link http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

    #760916

    raincoaster
    Member

    The blog will be deleted.

    #760917

    aisajib
    Staff

    Ha ha. I have WordPress Support Staff email address saved in my contact book in Gmail. I’ve contacted them a few times so writing wordpress in the TO field brings up WordPress.com support email address.

    I was here to find a rather quick answer to my question.

    Thanks anyway for being quick and responsive. I really appreciate that. @timethief

    #760918

    timethief
    Member

    To me it does not look like these content fall under any form of advertising

    To me creating a blog solely for the purpose of publishing posts that promote MLM schemes to others amounts to driving traffic to MLM sites.

    #760920

    raincoaster
    Member

    It doesn’t really matter to us. You asked a question, we answered it. No matter how much you don’t like it, the answer doesn’t change.

    #760921

    aisajib
    Staff

    Again, I said there will be no direct links. So how do you end up saying ‘driving traffic to MLM sites’? I don’t understand.

    #760922

    raincoaster
    Member

    It doesn’t really matter to us. You asked a question, we answered it. No matter how much you don’t like it, the answer doesn’t change.

    #760924

    aisajib
    Staff

    Are you always in that rude mode? Don’t start an argument here as I didn’t. I asked a question, and you (specially timethief, your responses were of a word or two) replied. I then asked back and timetheif replied. I see it from a discussion point of view. If I have a question about it you don’t say I don’t like it. Because of the strict rules WordPress.com network is full of clean and real blogs. If I were not to care (thus the question of disliking), I’d just go start blogging about it instead of asking a question here.

    #760925

    raincoaster
    Member

    It doesn’t really matter to us. You asked a question, we answered it. No matter how much you don’t like it, the answer doesn’t change.

    #760926

    aisajib
    Staff

    And one more thing, it doesn’t matter to anybody else. People here answer to others’ question not because it’s a big deal that someone from an unknown part of the world has got a question, but because they simply like to help others. In your tone, it’ll end up being like it doesn’t matter to me so why would I even talk further about it.

    Some questions cannot be answered in short. Or may be they can, but when the questioner has to know more, a bit details is necessary. Especially as long as the conversation is sensible and on the point.

    #760928

    timethief
    Member

    @aminulislamsajib
    Your part of the world is not unknown to many of us. That’s not the point. The point is that Volunteers answering these questions point to WordPress.com policy and that’s what I did. We don’t interpret policy because that’s not our role. Staff make and interpret policy and contacting them is the correct way to go when practicing due diligence to make sure what you plan will not result in a deleted blog.

    #760929

    MLM sites are shut down here on a daily basis, links or no links, but contact staff so they can tell you that personally.

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