Wordpress.com Suspended for Violation!?!?!

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Anyone had this?

I had a blog, was building backlinks to it and that blog linked to my money site.

Just went to update it with more UNIQUE content and get this:

"BLOG TITLE" is no longer available.
This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
For questions or concerns, contact WordPress.com Support.

Anyone else?
#suspended #violation #wordpresscom
  • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
    Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

    Anyone had this?

    I had a blog, was building backlinks to it and that blog linked to my money site.

    Just went to update it with more UNIQUE content and get this:

    "BLOG TITLE" is no longer available.
    This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
    For questions or concerns, contact WordPress.com Support.

    Anyone else?
    Which is why you should never build your business around third party sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomM
    Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

    Anyone had this?

    I had a blog, was building backlinks to it and that blog linked to my money site.

    Just went to update it with more UNIQUE content and get this:

    "BLOG TITLE" is no longer available.
    This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
    For questions or concerns, contact WordPress.com Support.

    Anyone else?
    That right there is against their T.O.S.
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  • Profile picture of the author manicmethods
    My business isn't built around third party sites. It was just a small blog I was building to target a keyword for one of my money sites. Was building backlinks to this, using the same method I always use but have NEVER had this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    1. wordpress.com is not owned by you: they provide you with a free blog = they ARE third party in this equation.

    2. Seemingly, you have never read their TOS. Do it now: Terms of Service — WordPress.com

    the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, 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, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
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    • Profile picture of the author manicmethods
      Alright, chill out a little Istvan.

      Thanks everyone else.

      I was saying that my whole business does not rely on third party software or websites. I didn't say wordpress.com isn't third party.

      I very rarely (like most) read the T&Cs of anything.

      I have been using Wordpress.com to build an extra tier in my backlinks, and have been using it for years and this is the first time it's been taken down, that's why I was asking.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

        I very rarely (like most) read the T&Cs of anything.
        I promise I'm not trying to sound "preachy" but, one way and another, that would be a really good habit to change, you know?

        Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

        this is the first time it's been taken down
        You've had a lucky run, then: I strongly suspect this is the first time anyone "flagged" one of your blogs. That's all.
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        • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I promise I'm not trying to sound "preachy" but, one way and another, that would be a really good habit to change, you know?
          .
          I usually learn from your posts, and you obviously know marketing online better than me, but I couldn't disagree more with this particular point.

          The reason is that we all download stuff on a regular basis, and so much stuff comes with pages and pages of legalese in tiny print. Even if we do read it, I doubt those of us who never attended law school could even understand most of the language.

          I would much rather just follow the advice of more advanced people, than try to make sense of the mind numbing, incredibly lengthy TOS of most sites, softwares, etc.

          Once you've spent 20 minutes trying to decipher a single page of the legalese, you realize that almost everything you read is just obvious stuff you would have followed anyway without problems.

          The only exception I can see is if you are making most of your income from one particular site, then you probably should spend a few hours wading through their TOS. Otherwise, it's a huge waste of time, and by the time I finished, my eyes would need a day to recover before I could even start actually using whatever it is.

          Just my 2 cents, and no offense-like I said, your advice is usually excellent and informative, but I bet you couldn't find one marketer in 1000 that actually reads the TOS for every piece of software they use, and for a good reason. (In fact I bet if you're really honest, you'd have to admit that most of the time, you don't read every word of those spirit-draining documents)
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          • Profile picture of the author Paperchasing
            Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

            I usually learn from your posts, and you obviously know marketing online better than me, but I couldn't disagree more with this particular point.

            The reason is that we all download stuff on a regular basis, and so much stuff comes with pages and pages of legalese in tiny print. Even if we do read it, I doubt those of us who never attended law school could even understand most of the language.

            I would much rather just follow the advice of more advanced people, than try to make sense of the mind numbing, incredibly lengthy TOS of most sites, softwares, etc.

            Once you've spent 20 minutes trying to decipher a single page of the legalese, you realize that almost everything you read is just obvious stuff you would have followed anyway without problems.

            The only exception I can see is if you are making most of your income from one particular site, then you probably should spend a few hours wading through their TOS. Otherwise, it's a huge waste of time, and by the time I finished, my eyes would need a day to recover before I could even start actually using whatever it is.

            Just my 2 cents, and no offense-like I said, your advice is usually excellent and informative, but I bet you couldn't find one marketer in 1000 that actually reads the TOS for every piece of software they use, and for a good reason. (In fact I bet if you're really honest, you'd have to admit that most of the time, you don't read every word of those spirit-draining documents)
            Yet, you had time to post six paragraphs explaining why you don't have time to read the TOS for things you're using for your business. That doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? And most TOS aren't in legalese, either, but I guess you wouldn't know that if you're going out of your way not to read them?

            Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

            A WP Expert or not, his tone was extremely demeaning.

            And to all the people saying why didn't you host the WP site yourself etc. Well because I (and VAs) create these Wordpress type sites extremely often. I'm talking a few a week, imagine how much that lot would cost. No thanks.

            It's been working up until this blog and my method hasn't changed, that why I started this thread initially, to see if they were having a sudden crack down or what?

            I wasn't expected to get so much negativity and to be told the basics of the basics of the basics.
            I don't see anything "extremely demeaning," or even close to demeaning, in his post at all, unless there's an unlisted edit that I don't see. And you're being told "the basics of the basics of the basics" because you asked the basics of the basics of the basics, and you could have found the answer in five minutes had you actually looked at the TOS. I'm not really seeing what's got you so worked up.
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          • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
            Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

            when I install software, the last thing I want to do is spend 3hrs of my life reading the T&Cs. You know what it's like.
            BS... - at wordpress.COM nobody installs any software.
            And their TOS is one single page in plain English.

            Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

            The reason is that we all download stuff on a regular basis, and so much stuff comes with pages and pages of legalese in tiny print.
            Same as above: BS.
            We are talking about wordpress.COM. No freaking download.

            You guys both just like to argue and waste everybody's time. None of you took a few minutes to actually read the wordpress.COM's Terms. Because if you did you wouldn't post nonsense.

            Read the TOS.
            Learn the rules.
            Don't post nonsense.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michele Miller
        Why should he chill out??? He is a WP Expert and was trying to help you.
        So you just thank everyone else? Get over yourself and listen to people like him. He will help you and he is a dedicated person to this.

        Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

        Alright, chill out a little Istvan.

        Thanks everyone else.

        I was saying that my whole business does not rely on third party software or websites. I didn't say wordpress.com isn't third party.

        I very rarely (like most) read the T&Cs of anything.

        I have been using Wordpress.com to build an extra tier in my backlinks, and have been using it for years and this is the first time it's been taken down, that's why I was asking.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I guess you were "building backlinks" in a way that was unacceptable to WP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

    that blog linked to my money site.
    And there's your answer, right there.

    You were using it to generate traffic for and/or backlinks to a monetized site. That's "commercial", and wordpress.com is really for "hobby bloggers only".

    You can (sometimes) get away with it for ever, if nobody ever "flags" it. But it takes only one "report" (by a competitor, possibly?) to have your blog removed, so it's just not worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author manicmethods
    Cheers Alexa. It would be a habit that is really good to change, but when I install software, the last thing I want to do is spend 3hrs of my life reading the T&Cs. You know what it's like.
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  • Profile picture of the author iw433
    Wordpress is the worse for suspending sites. There are a lot of other properties you can use. I just don't bother with wp, so just move on and don't worry about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley C
    I used to sell services through a WP blog, years ago. It got taken down exactly as yours did.

    It's definitely a better idea to get a web host and install WordPress yourself. You can make regular backups and you have full control. If your host ever screws you, you'll have backups to fall onto.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryK
    You're using a wordpress.com blog for monetary gain. That's the violation. Get a domain name/host and change to wordpress.org. Someone has flagged you.
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  • Profile picture of the author feliciayapsl
    Have your own domain & install wordpress site on it. Not on their own server. It's very risky.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

    Anyone had this?

    I had a blog, was building backlinks to it and that blog linked to my money site.

    Just went to update it with more UNIQUE content and get this:

    "BLOG TITLE" is no longer available.
    This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
    For questions or concerns, contact WordPress.com Support.

    Anyone else?
    If you read Wordpress.com 's terms of use you'll find they don't want people using their blogs as backlink farms.

    I'm not saying that was your intent, but Wordpress like Google (Panda) want people to stop using their products to game the system. They're instead interested in people who blog for a real interest other than building links.

    Think about it. If you were in their shoes wouldn't you do the same?
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Wow. I don't believe I just read that. No wonder our mods are so damned busy in here.
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  • Profile picture of the author manicmethods
    A WP Expert or not, his tone was extremely demeaning.

    And to all the people saying why didn't you host the WP site yourself etc. Well because I (and VAs) create these Wordpress type sites extremely often. I'm talking a few a week, imagine how much that lot would cost. No thanks.

    It's been working up until this blog and my method hasn't changed, that why I started this thread initially, to see if they were having a sudden crack down or what?

    I wasn't expected to get so much negativity and to be told the basics of the basics of the basics.
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    • Profile picture of the author Laurie Rogers
      Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

      A WP Expert or not, his tone was extremely demeaning.

      And to all the people saying why didn't you host the WP site yourself etc. Well because I (and VAs) create these Wordpress type sites extremely often. I'm talking a few a week, imagine how much that lot would cost. No thanks.

      It's been working up until this blog and my method hasn't changed, that why I started this thread initially, to see if they were having a sudden crack down or what?

      I wasn't expected to get so much negativity and to be told the basics of the basics of the basics.

      Dude there's all kinds of software out there to mass install and run multiple blogs on a server - some a bit tricky, but do your home work and you'll find some.

      I will never understand why people always want the cheap or lazy way out to making money online. You want money, spend it, you want results, work your butt off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
    Sorry if I spoke out of turn or offended anyone. Istvan, I was replying to Alexa's post which was telling someone to change the "habit" of "rarely" reading TOS documents-not sure how that means wordpress only, but pardon me if I'm wrong.

    I realize you are the wordpress expert, but I probably still won't read their agreement if I'm not even using them. Please ignore my posts from now on, as I have no wish to waste any more of your time by arguing BS.

    Paperchasing-yes I'm guilty of wasting time, but I choose how. It doesn't take but a minute to write six paragraphs when most of them are 2-3 lines long. I do that because it's easy on the eyes-I guess that's a theme with me. Beg your pardon as well, and anyone else that's offended.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicelife
    Sorry for your Suspension :-(

    However ...

    This has happened to me a couple of times as well, I would seriously recommend you to never ever build your main website/blog on anything other than your own hosting with your own domain.

    Just my 2 cents ....
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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    The suspension sound like learning the a lesson the hard way. It should possibly remind others walking the same path to take care.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Which is more time-consuming?

      1. Spending a few minutes/hours to read the TOS to make sure you don't violate them or

      2. Ignore the TOS, spend days/months/years building a site and then have it deleted because you didn't do #1?
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      • Profile picture of the author dfs_dean
        The way I look at all this is, either I'm serious about my business or I'm not.

        If I am serious about my business then I consider 3rd parties or other service providers to my business somewhat as partners. As such, I will take the time to learn what to expect and what not to expect from my business partners. And, I will learn the expectations that my business partners have of me.....what I should do and what I shouldn't.

        I accept the responsibility to know the agreements I enter into. My business is too important to me to simply assume I have a vague or general understanding of the business agreements, or worse, that I don't need to worry about them.

        But I guess that's just me and the way I am.

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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    That is way you should never use blogs for serious business. You don't own them.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetMan
    I believe if one wants to download and install software on his local machine and disregard the TOS, that is one thing. However, using what someone allows you to use on his property, on a PUBLIC server for free, one should, at the very least, READ and ABIDE by the rules. That is the least of things, otherwise indeed one should prepare to "pay" one way or another. ...

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  • Profile picture of the author GetKane
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    It's time to bite the bullet and just host your own WP install. As William Wallace would yell, "Freedom!".
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  • Profile picture of the author Super Warrior
    From your title it seems like the site 'wordpress.com' was suspended by its host
    due to violation of TOS..... LOL!
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    • Profile picture of the author mentormatt8
      It doesn't make too much sense to read the TOS, first, it is a lot of legalese, hard to read, second, you don't know what part of TOS they enforce and what part not, third, these sites change their TOS often, so again, more waste of time reading, comparing, etc.

      It took me less time to search on google, find this thread, and realize that wordpress.com is for the hobbyists only.

      Makes me think they should have used a different TLD

      Just publish and see if the posts stick. If they don't, put the site in your wastebasket.

      If they don't appreciate your writing, move on.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Greg guitar View Post

        I usually learn from your posts, and you obviously know marketing online better than me, but I couldn't disagree more with this particular point.

        The reason is that we all download stuff on a regular basis, and so much stuff comes with pages and pages of legalese in tiny print. Even if we do read it, I doubt those of us who never attended law school could even understand most of the language.

        I would much rather just follow the advice of more advanced people, than try to make sense of the mind numbing, incredibly lengthy TOS of most sites, softwares, etc.

        Once you've spent 20 minutes trying to decipher a single page of the legalese, you realize that almost everything you read is just obvious stuff you would have followed anyway without problems.

        The only exception I can see is if you are making most of your income from one particular site, then you probably should spend a few hours wading through their TOS. Otherwise, it's a huge waste of time, and by the time I finished, my eyes would need a day to recover before I could even start actually using whatever it is.

        Just my 2 cents, and no offense-like I said, your advice is usually excellent and informative, but I bet you couldn't find one marketer in 1000 that actually reads the TOS for every piece of software they use, and for a good reason. (In fact I bet if you're really honest, you'd have to admit that most of the time, you don't read every word of those spirit-draining documents)
        Greg, once you've actually read a few TOS, you discover that most of them only have 2-4 sections you need to decipher. The rest is usually boilerplate inserted by the lawyers because other lawyers will look for flaws if something goes south.

        Once you know what to look for, it only takes a few minutes to look for the terms that really affect what you want to do. And most of those are written in reasonably clear English because sites want users to follow the rules. Making them obscure doesn't help that goal.

        Originally Posted by manicmethods View Post

        A WP Expert or not, his tone was extremely demeaning.

        And to all the people saying why didn't you host the WP site yourself etc. Well because I (and VAs) create these Wordpress type sites extremely often. I'm talking a few a week, imagine how much that lot would cost. No thanks.

        It's been working up until this blog and my method hasn't changed, that why I started this thread initially, to see if they were having a sudden crack down or what?

        I wasn't expected to get so much negativity and to be told the basics of the basics of the basics.
        Then why create the thread in the first place? Were you just getting it off your chest? Expecting a huge wave of sympathy or rage that wordpress.com would let you build yet another link farm? What's the point?

        And what's the point of continuing to argue about it?
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