Linking to Amazon Associates
As you noted above, There must be a real blog and not just pseudo posts designed to drive traffic to third party sites. The only exceptions to the no affiliate links policy are found here in italics:
Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”, etc). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category. Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK. http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
I feel like I’m having the same confusion as tryingtraditional in this thread. I do appreciate your time and efforts.
I feel like I’m a real blogger (or at least pretending to be one as I’m just starting out), trying to cover real books and generate real followers. Down in the discussion, it sounds like tellyworth says that “If you have a real blog about fishing, then we don’t mind a referral link to your local fishing store that gets you a discount or credit or whatever.” I guess I think I would fall into this category. Could someone clarify if my blog doesn’t fall into this category. My intent is to throw one Amazon Affiliate link in my posts for readers to purchase books from. Whether or not it’s an Amazon Affiliate link, my intent is to throw a link where a reader can purchase the book I’m reviewing, but I would obviously have a preference towards a site that kicks back a little for referrals.
The information at these links clarifies exactly what gets a blog suspended at WordPress.com:
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