Setting Up Free Blogs, What Should I Be Careful Of?

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Hey Warriors,

I am planning on setting up many free Wordpress blogs on many niches selling affiliate products from Amazon, Clickbank and maybe eBay. Is there anything I need to be careful about to avoid getting my blogs banned and removed?

I will obviously be putting the important piece of text about how I get paid from the clicks and sales generated by the blogs, complying with the FTC rules but is there anything else I should know about.

Does Wordpress allow affiliate type of blogs?

Thanks,
Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author Curt7
    One thing to keep in mind is if you use Adsense, only put it on just a few blogs. Google tracks them with your publisher number, and ties them all together.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Originally Posted by Adam Carn View Post

    but is there anything else I should know about.
    Yes - Wordpress.com (the free one) don't allow commercial blogs of any kind.

    If you want to go the free route - try webs.com who actively encourage ecommerce blogs. (edit - I originally put weebly.com - they might allow commercial sites too)
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Carn
      Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

      Yes - Wordpress.com (the free one) don't allow commercial blogs of any kind.

      If you want to go the free route - try webs.com who actively encourage ecommerce blogs. (edit - I originally put weebly.com - they might allow commercial sites too)
      Thanks for that Rose, What about Blogger.com?

      Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    Hi Adam,

    Originally Posted by Adam Carn View Post

    I am planning on setting up many free Wordpress blogs on many niches selling affiliate products from Amazon, Clickbank and maybe eBay. Is there anything I need to be careful about to avoid getting my blogs banned and removed?
    Yes. Free blogs.

    Get your own hosting account(s), and build a Wordpress blog(s) where you have control.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by Adam Carn View Post

    I am planning on setting up many free Wordpress blogs on many niches selling affiliate products...
    Sorry, bad, very bad plan.

    Wordpress(.COM), where you can get free blogs, doesn't allow anything like that. It's against their TOS - read it! <== and this is the answer to your basic question, i.e. "what should I be careful of". Always read carefully the TOS

    You need an alternate plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adam Carn
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Sorry, bad, very bad plan.

      Wordpress(.COM), where you can get free blogs, doesn't allow anything like that. It's against their TOS - read it! <== and this is the answer to your basic question, i.e. "what should I be careful of". Always read carefully the TOS

      You need an alternate plan.
      Thanks, don't you just hate reading terms and conditions? LOL

      Adam
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Truong
    One very important piece of advice I can give ya is...

    Be very careful with the use of trademarked names it can land you in deep water very quickly.

    I had to learn that for myself, the hard way... it almost ruined me. So you can learn from my mistake.
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    • Profile picture of the author innocent07
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      buy your own domain and host your WP blogs there, it would be better in the long run, and you have less to worry about.
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      • Profile picture of the author Azfi
        My suggestion:

        1) Create blogs as many as you can on wordpress.com and blogger (I called them as LINK BLOGS).
        2) Make sure your Link Blogs DO NOT have any ads.
        3) LINK them TO your MONEY BLOGS (your main money making website).

        So your MONEY BLOGS will increase in SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    The one problem with free blogs is that you don't actually own them. So you could find them taken down overnight.
    Pointing free blogger type sites back to your main site which you own can only be a good idea.
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    • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
      Originally Posted by Adam Carn View Post

      Hey Warriors,

      I am planning on setting up many free Wordpress blogs on many niches selling affiliate products from Amazon, Clickbank and maybe eBay. Is there anything I need to be careful about to avoid getting my blogs banned and removed?

      I will obviously be putting the important piece of text about how I get paid from the clicks and sales generated by the blogs, complying with the FTC rules but is there anything else I should know about.

      Does Wordpress allow affiliate type of blogs?

      Thanks,
      Adam
      If you are using sound IM tactics, the ONLY reason to use these types of sites is for (a). powerful backlinks. (b). fast indexing of newly launched sites and (c). passing link juice to your money sites.

      Originally Posted by Curt7 View Post

      One thing to keep in mind is if you use Adsense, only put it on just a few blogs. Google tracks them with your publisher number, and ties them all together.
      UPDATE:

      Don't put any Adsense ads on them...

      Don't put any Clickbanks products on them...

      Don't put any CPA offers on them...

      Don't put any affiliate programs on them...

      Use them for natural backlinks and be done with it.

      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Sorry, bad, very bad plan.

      Wordpress(.COM), where you can get free blogs, doesn't allow anything like that. It's against their TOS - read it! <== and this is the answer to your basic question, i.e. "what should I be careful of". Always read carefully the TOS

      You need an alternate plan.
      The alternate plan is to use them for backlinks...

      Originally Posted by Azfi View Post

      My suggestion:

      1) Create blogs as many as you can on wordpress.com and blogger (I called them as LINK BLOGS).
      2) Make sure your Link Blogs DO NOT have any ads.
      3) LINK them TO your MONEY BLOGS (your main money making website).

      So your MONEY BLOGS will increase in SEO.
      Azfi has got the picture!!! He hit the nail on the head with his three steps. Follow that formula and you'll start seeing some success.


      Originally Posted by andybeveridge View Post

      The one problem with free blogs is that you don't actually own them. So you could find them taken down overnight.
      Pointing free blogger type sites back to your main site which you own can only be a good idea.
      I've been using these sites since 2006 and HAVE NEVER had one taken down. Not one! By June I'll have over three thousand of them and adding more each week. But remember, this is just one source of backlinks for me and for my network.

      None of these sites have ANY advertising. All they have are short articles with natural backlinks.

      One last thing, if you don't read and undestand the TOS of each service, you will most likely get slammed! BE ADVISED; none of them like affiliate marketers; there may be a few exceptions but not many. However, they do love content and natural backlinks.
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      • Profile picture of the author donnyh
        I don't know if just using them for backlinks is making the best use of em. What if they end up ranking high in the SERPs?

        Definitely don't put adsense, that earns peanuts.

        But I wouldn't mind throwing a couple of affiliate links on there.

        Think about this: if someone comes to this blog of yours looking for an eBook, and you send em to your money blog which forwards them yet to another page for the eBook, don't you think conversions will decrease? So many page jumps.

        Just stick the eBook affiliate link on the blog itself and ALSO link them to your money page.
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        • Profile picture of the author Crew Chief
          Originally Posted by donnyh View Post

          I don't know if just using them for backlinks is making the best use of em. What if they end up ranking high in the SERPs?

          Definitely don't put adsense, that earns peanuts.

          But I wouldn't mind throwing a couple of affiliate links on there.

          Think about this: if someone comes to this blog of yours looking for an eBook, and you send em to your money blog which forwards them yet to another page for the eBook, don't you think conversions will decrease? So many page jumps.

          Just stick the eBook affiliate link on the blog itself and ALSO link them to your money page.
          In theory what you are saying sounds GREAT! But in reality, most of these sites, DO NOT allow bloggers to directly link affiliate programs to their sites. They employ the same TOS as EzineArticles and other top article directories.

          To be honest, if they allowed AF links, trust me when I tell you; I would be the first one exploiting that opportunity. It would be a no-brainer! But those are their rules not mines.

          You can search the WF and finds numerous threads started by individuals ranting, whining and complaining about their blogger and wordpress accounts being deleted. These individuals go so far as to say what done to them was unjust, when in fact, each and every incident I've researched the person did in fact violate the TOS of the provider.

          To answer your question, I have plenty of blogs they rank high and have high PR... I use them as previously stated - for backlinks and to pass link juice. When you REALLY understand link juice, you'll understand the power of these sites and why you should only use them for the purposes previously stated!
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