Wordpress - Can I use the free one ...

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... to advertise a service?

This is not a plug, I have disabled my sig until I get a reply to this question.

I have finally dragged myself back out of the doldrums and taken my own sort of action. However, I need a blog. Is it allowed to use a free wordpress blog to advertise services or is it a no no?

I will buy a domain name shortly, just need a slight fund increase, but wanted to get started with this blog right now.

Also, does anyone know of a reasonably priced timekeeping softwear please?

Thanks in advance.
K
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    Are you talking about a blog hosted on WordPress.COM? If so, no.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    If by "free one" you refer to the hosted blogs at wordpress.COM - no they do not allow commercial (read: money making) ads on your blog. Read their TOS; it is stated there clearly.

    For the second question: this thread my help (it was posted today)
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-now-free.html
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  • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
    I was, thanks for the information Dan and for the information and link Istvan.

    On to plan 'B' (I don't have a plan 'B' )
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

      On to plan 'B' (I don't have a plan 'B' )
      Plan B could be Blogger...
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      • Profile picture of the author Lady
        Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

        Plan B could be Blogger...

        Excuse me are you saying that Blogger.com will allow a free account to generate money for the end user?

        That is good to know if that is the case. One must always be as legal as possible. Thank you for the idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author NetInvestor
      Hey Katie,

      there are many free hosts out there, where you can get a free domain and also can use databases and transfer them later... tht means you can install wordpress without problems... only penalty is that it takes time to get indexed..so you need many backlinks and some good seo...what is not the biggest problem... but it still takes some time..

      cheer,

      Patrick
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
      Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

      I was, thanks for the information Dan and for the information and link Istvan.

      On to plan 'B' (I don't have a plan 'B' )
      yes, you can use blogger to advertise. it's a free blogging site owned by google. Also, since blogger is owned by google you can market it as much as you want and send targeted traffic to it without getting sandboxed (your site buried).
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  • Profile picture of the author stfu
    If you would buy the domain pretty soon then you could set up your site on Blogger with all the articles n stuff then later migrate to your self hosted wordpress site. Search engines would soon recognize your move and follow you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lady
    Let me know Katie how it turns out for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
    Blogger will allow that? This isn't a IM sales site, I am just selling me, well, my services.

    Erm, no, not those sort of services.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by Lady View Post

      Excuse me are you saying that Blogger.com will allow a free account to generate money for the end user?

      That is good to know if that is the case. One must always be as legal as possible. Thank you for the idea.
      Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

      Blogger will allow that? This isn't a IM sales site, I am just selling me, well, my services.
      Just read their TOS carefully to make sure your particular use will be okay. But, so far as I know, they are far less restrictive than WordPress.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author safe as houses
    what about wordpress.org.

    Or do they have the same rules as wordpress .com
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by safe as houses View Post

      what about wordpress.org.
      Nothing about wordpress.org. Nothing that is related to the OP question.

      That is NOT a site where you make a blog. It is the site from where you download a script (software/blogging tool) called "wordpress" to be installed on your own host.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kitty Kiki
        2 types of wordpress: wordpress.com(free service) and wordpress.org

        With wordpress.org, you are installing the software into your hosting. That means you need a domain name too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
        Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

        Nothing about wordpress.org. Nothing that is related to the OP question.

        That is NOT a site where you make a blog. It is the site from where you download a script (software/blogging tool) called "wordpress" to be installed on your own host.
        Yes, Istvan is right. I was not enquiring about wordpress.org, which is what I shall use when I get a domain name. It was a specific question about wordpress.com. (known also as ' the free one')

        Thanks to you all for your helpful replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author samlb
    I also recommend Squidoo since it's build for ads. Blogger's advantage is really with ranking in google since they own it. Hub Pages can also work with Ads.

    You may want to check out YOUTUBE if you want to profit without a website via commercials. Make it interesting and informative. You'll need an onscreen recording video software though and power point if you want to run slides in your video. Think of it as you own recorded WEBINAR.
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    • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
      Originally Posted by samlb View Post

      I also recommend Squidoo since it's build for ads. Blogger's advantage is really with ranking in google since they own it. Hub Pages can also work with Ads.

      You may want to check out YOUTUBE if you want to profit without a website via commercials. Make it interesting and informative. You'll need an onscreen recording video software though and power point if you want to run slides in your video. Think of it as you own recorded WEBINAR.
      Blimey! Video? ME? I want to attract clients not scare them to death!

      I'm not too keen on Squidoo, it never really worked well for me before.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kitty Kiki
        Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

        Blimey! Video? ME? I want to attract clients not scare them to death!

        I'm not too keen on Squidoo, it never really worked well for me before.
        I understand..I have built few lenses...2 of them have a very good overall lensrank..but almost no traffic..I don't understand that..who cares about lensrank when i all need is conversion right?

        Just putting it out.
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      • Profile picture of the author samlb
        Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

        Blimey! Video? ME? I want to attract clients not scare them to death!

        I'm not too keen on Squidoo, it never really worked well for me before.

        Then Blogger would be the best bet for now.

        You could also write a report on the benefits of your product and self-publish them on many e-book directories... you can even sell it at very low cost and have links to your Blogger page...
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