You can’t advertise on WordPress, can you?!?

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  • #157283

    A while back I was told that advertising was “disallowed” by the people at WordPress. However, I just noticed the ” I Can Has Cheezburger?” which constantly shows up as a top blog — might as well just give them free advertising… Anyway, they have advertising on their blog. I noticed they do have a direct domain, but why are they publicized on WordPress? It’s a little odd… In my opinion, but I’m not a pet person, it’s a silly blog…nevertheless, it racks up the traffic. I wonder if it’s an internal blog in WordPress? Some wordpress staffer blogging and giving themselves’ free traffic by putting in the “top blogs” all the time? Just curious…and I’d love to know what the polic y is on advertising.

    #157535

    timethief
    Member

    There is no blogger initiated advertising allowed on wordpress.com blogs, except for those like the one you name which is a VIP blog. http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/12/08/adsense/
    http://wordpress.com/vip-hosting/

    more coming

    #157536

    judyb12
    Member

    Cheezburger is a VIP blog. See more about VIP hosting here:
    http://wordpress.com/vip-hosting/

    #157537

    timethief
    Member

    ummm judy please give me a chance to finish typing and fetching links as i only have one hand to work with

    #157538

    judyb12
    Member

    sorry; we were posting at the same time. I didn’t realize i was supposed to wait until i was sure no one else was going to answer the question. I didn’t even know you were working on this.

    No problem. See ya.

    #157539

    timethief
    Member

    no problem i just wanted you to know i’m clumsy and i’m slow and that’s why I had already left a “more coming” to indicate i wasn’t done yet :) yikes! and now it’s too late to remove the more coming …*lol*

    #157540

    scopettg
    Member

    therealsouthkorea’s curiousity I also have before… Hahaha…

    I think I did asked here or where before how come it seems almost always the same few sites were at the front page. And as a good and friendly blogger I am, I did drop by to add comments. But gradually, I realize there are always the same ‘quiet’ people.

    In that case, I suppose the solution is to join my forum (which is still under fixing), cos at my forum, I allow people to promote their blogs and such.

    Whether Cheezeburger is a silly blog or not… That’s not polite for me to comment. But I think everyone’s blog is unique. So… that applies to Cheeze.

    Scope.

    #157541

    scopettg
    Member

    Aside from that, I also hope WordPress would keep VIP VIP while not suppressing the other blogs just to make VIP grow faster, in unnatural manner. I am reluctant to see wayward competition in such manner.

    In a way, we can pay USD2/= to have 10000hits a day to some service. But, what’s the point? Hahaha… If anyone wants to promote their blogs, other than joining me, they can also go to China’s many ‘commuity centres’. But the problem is, China netizens may not be able to reach USA server. But those western netizens in China centre will be able to.

    Regards. And hope this helps.

    Scope.

    #157542

    timethief
    Member

    @scopettg
    “You can’t advertise on wordpress can you?” was the question. And what you are posting does not help because it does not answer it. Besides that both myself and judy had already answered the question previous to your two posts. :)

    #157544

    scopettg
    Member

    Hi Timethief,

    I thot he was pondering what I was pondering as well. Hahaha…
    From how I intepret him, he was wondering about advertising or promoting his blog. But he just wonder how come it was also those few blogs which made it onto the front. :)

    Actually, you also ‘solve’ my puzzle as well in this.

    Scope.

    #157545

    timethief
    Member

    Actually, you also ‘solve’ my puzzle as well in this.

    That’s good – happy blogging. :)

    #157546

    scopettg
    Member

    It’s getting better to have you around, Timethief.
    Maybe I can be what WordPress VIP someday as well. :D

    Imagine those people who saw my edited pictures… But Western friends won’t really understand most of them, I suppose. You happy blogging too!

    Scope.

    #157877

    jmorrow50
    Member

    I found a loop-hole. You CAN advertise on wordpress.com without VIP status! All that you need to do is to invent and manufacture your own product, create a shopping cart website: http://www.arthroleve.com, hire a fullment and customer service company, film a TV commercial, post the TV commercial on youtube.com, upload the TV commercial to a vpod site, add vpod to your blog: http://jmorrow50.wordpress.com/, and for the low price of about half a million dollars, you too can be advertising on wordpress.com for free!

    #157878

    raincoaster
    Member

    Har.

    No, people have had their blogs terminated for video advertisements too.

    #157879

    Sounds like a bargain to me, where do I sign up! :-)

    If you want to report him to see if he’s playing nicely with the rules, while viewing his site, click “blog info in the blue admin bar, go to “report spam” and tell support about him. That is what they have suggested. The check out every claim.

    #157880

    mattalgren
    Member

    So still no advertising or selling things like t shirts and such?

    Are we in the community supposed to be reporting blogs that we find doing such things?

    And if so, is there a list of VIP blogs so people don’t waste their time reporting wordpress.com blogs that are allowed to sell stuff?

    #157881

    If you see one you think violates the terms of service, then in the blue admin bar at the top of the page (while you are logged in and at the site) select “report as spam” from the “blog info” pulldown and let staff know. Include why you think it violates the TOS.

    #157882

    mattalgren
    Member

    But I don’t think it’s spam.

    It’s not that I have a problem with a t shirt link on the sidebar of a blog I visited this morning. I’m just trying to get a handle on what’s allowed and what isn’t so I can keep from breaking TOS. I know this is a bit of a touchy issue and that the response in the past has been fairly mushy, but I’m asking sincerely.

    I’m honestly not sure where we stand right now. If I’m not allowed to sell stuff, I’d rather find out up front instead of taking my chances.

    #157883

    That is actually how staff has told us to report them. I thought it was a little weird to, but just say in the form that you think they are violating the “no advertising” part of things.

    #157884

    jmorrow50
    Member

    Well, I was only joking around in my previous post. A little ploy to drive some traffic and for that I apologize. My site includes the latest medical research information on dietary supplements and I’ve spent countless hours working on it. Any information posted on my site is referenced to published medical research. Yes, I do work for a company that makes only two different dietary supplements, one for promoting joint health and another for premenstrual syndrome. The content of my blog includes medical research on all types of dietary supplements–sports nutrition, weight loss, osteoporosis, cancer, and other various conditions for which my company does not sell or make any related products. Please visit my site and be assurred that it is 100% not spam and is simply an information resource for dietary supplements of any nature. Also please feel free to ask questions about any type of dietary supplement ingredients and I will do my best to answer your questions with references to the latest medical research publications. I recently switched from blogger to wordpress and want to be a welcome member of this community.

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