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Plug-ins to allow amazon widget

  1. As a work-around to the security features of, are there any plug-ins I can install that will allow me to place the amazon widget in my sidebar?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. No. Sorry but tThere is no FTP access to blogs and we can't install plugins. Please read >

    In a nutshell free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM cannot be used to drive traffic to third-party sites by means of advertising and/or affiliate programs (see next section for more clarity). E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on wordpress.COM blogs. No retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed.

    Affiliate marketing blogs
    The only exceptions with regard to affiliate links are found here:

    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.

    I am sorry, but advertising is not allowed on free hosted blogs. The only exceptions are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and very high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.

    If you require an ecommerce site, advertising and/or affiliate links on your blog, you can hire a web host and get a free software install from In that case, please see the information at the link below to learn about the differences between free hosted blogs and software installs for self hosting.

  3. That's was what I was afraid of. Thanks anyway. One more question though. If I was to use, would I be able to transfer my blog from If so, how much does it cost to use

  4. You would need to register a domain name, hire a web host such as godaddy, dreamhost, etc., then install and configure the software from wordpress.ORG. Figure an average total combined monthly cost of $10 to $25.

    You will then be responsible for all installations, all upgrades, all backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you have to figure it out and fix it.

    You need to be comfortable with using an FTP client and at least some knowledge of web site management is a plus (knowing what htaccess and php.ini files are and how to modify them.

    Just a note on advertising: Most people only make about $100 per year on average (which typically doesn't cover their costs) unless their sites get up over 1000 hits per day, and generally it takes about 2500 to 5000 hits per day before you have coffee money.

    In other words, don't expect to get rich and don't quit your day job.

  5. what about paid accounts? I just paid the $17 to register a domain via WordPress? is that still excluded from Amazon widgets?

  6. @bacchus713: Even if you paid for domain registration and mapping, the rules are the same: no plugins. See note below ("Before upgrading - important notes"):

  7. @bacchus713 - paid upgrade for the Domain Mapping does not get you Amazon anything or any other advertising etc - it just gets you a fancy name.

  8. Thanks for the info. So, even though I acquired the domain through wordpress, the rules of no advertising still apply?

  9. Yes. Please read -> ("Before upgrading - important notes"):

  10. That is correct - no ads and all the other Terms of Service also apply.

    you can however host your blog elsewhere and still use the registered domain by changing where the name-servers point.

  11. thank you very much for the information.

  12. You're welcome from me.

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