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Get Thee Thy Own Domain

Posted by Melanie Phung on Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 6:49 pm

I was just taking another tour of the Blogsvertise FAQs and came across this little tidbit:

“We are no longer approving WordPress blogs [for inclusion in the Blogsvertise program] because WordPress has made the decision to delete blogs with paid content on them. Sorry, please consider submitting another blog for consideration.”

It struck me as way over the top that WordPress would just start deleting accounts because it contained paid links and I was surprised I hadn’t picked up any stories about this before, given that I follow the industry very carefully. I did some digging around and found this item from November.

The WordPress terms of service include several restrictions on what can be posted, including: “the Content is not spam, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites.”

After another read-through I determined that you’re not allowed to use their hosting and domain if you’re going to use your blog for commercial purposes; but that it’s fine to use the WordPress publishing platform to post paid content, affiliate links and that type of stuff to a blog that’s on your own domain and host.

This actually seems quite fair to me. If you’re going to be using up their bandwidth, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for them to ask that you not profit off a service they provide to you for free.

Whether you’re intent on monetizing your blog, or you just want to be seen as credible, you absolutely need to get your site onto its own domain. If you’re successful — apparently you can earn up to $10,000 in a month with PayPerPost — the domain registration and hosting fees will absolutely pay for themselves.

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