Monetize my blog
That’s not allowed – PERIOD.
You cannot post any advertising on your blog here at WordPress.com. There is only one advertising program called WordAds at WordPress.com and it’s for blogs on their own domains. You apply to WordAds by asking for an invitation. You wait a long time.
WordAds Staff check out your blog and if and only if it qualifies they contact you and implement ads on your blog.
Aside from a blog being accepted into WordAds no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work or products 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. Paid content and/or sponsored content is not allowed.
There is no upgrade you can purchase from WordPress.com that changes any of that. If you do require an ecommerce site, advertising, affiliate links, paid or sponsored content 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/
No blogger-initiated ads are allowed here. If you have a custom domain you can apply for the WordAds program (no guarantee you will be accepted) and if you have a legitimate review or product blog you can now use a single affiliate text link in the body of your post. That’s IT.
The only things you can sell on WP.com blogs are products that you, yourself create and/or services that you personally provide. For an online store with a shopping cart you need an independently hosted blog using WordPress.ORG software.
If and only if you are marketing only what you create and have a online shop with a shopping cart somewhere else online you can create a custom menu and add a custom link to it.
You have a photo / education blog – you could try selling your own pictures, you can sell things you PERSONALLY make –
Yes, indeed I visited the blog and then posted this https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/monetize-my-blog-2?replies=6#post-1546178
Actually, I got an email from staff: now you can use affiliate ads in your posts. Just not in widgets etc. You can use them to sell, presumably, anything legal.
I actually did refresh but it was a bit ahead of your submit
You have got to be kidding.
If that’s the case and Staff do not create separate forum for all affiliate marketers then self hosting will be looking great to me.
Because I answered support questions on another site for years where affiliate marketing blogs were allowed. I have never ever met a more intellectually challenged and obnoxious group of sploggers than those I experienced there.
I strongly suggest that Staff create a separate forum for that ilk of blogger and keep them off these support forums.
You have got to be kidding.
Sorry she is not kidding – I told Jackie Dana that there goes the neighborhood when I replied to her email
I haven’t had a chance to read my email in any of my accounts today as yet and know I don’t want to. I try not to go near email until after 5:00 PM or I don’t get anything done. Unless Staff set up a separate forum and hire one of the Staff wannabes to put up with that ilk of blogger then this support forum will become a zoo of money grubbers, with no manners and if my experience bears up then most of them will be equipped with the IQ of a kumquat.
yes I have noticed some of the kumquat’s – but I think you are being generous today
There will HAVE to be a separate forum. And it stands to reason that nobody would help out there unless they were paid.
Agreed. It’s definitely not workable as a peer support sub-forum. However, I’m sure there are bound to be Staff wannbes that we are tripping over here that would be glad to be hired to do that, no?
OK, so… it seems that I am able to include affiliate marketing in my blog. I present photographic techniques and the gear used in the shoot. The gear is available at the affiliate’s web site. I get a small kachung when someone buys via one of the ads in my blog.
So, just confirming… is this acceptable?
Kind regards – Michael
WordPress.com now allows our users to insert their own text affiliate links within post and page content, as long as they are within the context of the post or page. These can link to Amazon or other third-party affiliate programs. Image affiliate links, and any affiliate links in widget areas, are still considered to be ads and are not allowed on WordPress.com. If users would like to run ads on their sites, we offer the WordAds program: http://wordads.co
Thanks time thief and others for your help. I found the material below at: http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/ and it seems to clarify the affiliate advertising policy.
“WordPress.com does not permit the use of affiliate links in blog widgets. We define affiliate links as:
Links to external services and vendors that include a unique identifier within the link destination to tie the link to your account…
I also looked at what WordPress considers blog widgets and the general text area is not included.
Here is the URL and text: http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/
“Widget is a fancy word for tools or content that you can add, arrange, and remove from the sidebar(s) of your blog.”
Note, it says these are related to the sidebar and not the blog text space.
Hence, I am still confused over the policy, but these two entries seem to support what I would like to do – include specific ad images for one affiliate in the text entries in my blog.
One more item, in reviewing wordads.co it appears to be controlling all of the ads and does not provide affiliate benefits. In my case I am only interested in one company’s affiliate ads. Using them I can direct readers to the specific piece of gear I discuss in my blog.
Hi Michael, I am checking with our team about the affiliate ad policy and the affiliate links in your blog. I’ll let you know as soon as I have more information for you. :) Thanks for your patience with this!
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