Not on Blogger or WordPress.com you dont!

It won’t surprise any long time WordPress.com bloggers to see what’s not allowed on the WordPress.com platform is likewise not allowed on Blogger, but I thought new WordPress.com bloggers would benefit from gaining some insight into Terms of Service Violations.

In January 2008, Blogger started to act on removing the massive numbers of  splogs  and spam blogs on blogspot sub-domains. Among them were splogs automatically filled with stolen content sucked up through RSS feeds and posted as duplicate content.  Blogger Staff also began to focus on blogspot blogs being used for other  illegal purposes such as hacking instructions, porn distribution, and spam distribution. All of these were in violation of  Blogger Terms of Service and the efforts of Staff led to closing  a significant number of splogs and banning those who were in violation of the Terms of Service.

The work of removing blogs for ToS violations from any blogging platform is ongoing, so it’s not surprising that in 2011 we can still hear those who were in contravention complain the they were given no warning prior to their blogs being deleted. After a blogger complained to me about not being able to appeal the closure of his blogspot blog I did lots of reading on the Blogger help site.

I located an excellent thread that lays out some facts worth examining and have posted excerpts from it below.  It wasn’t the only thread I located and the best were all answered or posted by nitecruzr.

Spam Appeal Guidelines – April 2011

“If your blog has been falsely classified as a spam (hacking, porn) host, we apologise.  Nobody gains, with genuine, non spam Blogger blogs being deleted or locked falsely.  Given the fact that automated spam detection is not yet a perfect science, Blogger Support is always willing to investigate any reports of false positive spam reviews, politely posted here in the forum.”

That being said, before you request an appeal, it’s worth describing a few examples of what Blogger regularly removes, as part of its zero tolerance policy to abusive / inappropriate content:

– Affiliate marketing.
– Content created with scripts and programs, rather than by hand.
– Content or links referencing referral-based activities such as GPT, MMH (“Make Money from Home”), MMF (“Make Money Fast”), MLM (“Multi-Level Marketing”), PTC, or PTS.
– Content scraped from other blogs / websites.
– Copyright Infringement.
– Large blogs with multiple, unfocused / unrelated subjects.
– Links to Illegal Downloads / Streaming / Torrents. *

* If you are looking for an excellent blogspot blog on ethical practices and the ins and outs of Blogger blogging, I’m recommending nitecruzr’s

Blogger and WordPress.com: The Differences

On one hand, WordPress.com has been displaying advertising on our blogs since 2006. As the ads do not display to us when we are signed and as many bloggers use browsers with Ad Blockers you may not have seen them. The ToS section 9 that you agree to in order to get a free hosted WordPress.com blog states this, the features page states this, and so does the advertising entry in the support documentation. The bottom line is that if you do not wish to have advertising displaying on your blog you will have to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

On the other hand, no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted WordPress.com blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by WordPress.com.  So if your plan is to use a free hosted WordPress.com blog  to promote affiliate links, get rich quick programs, banner ads, and/or o house solely or mostly of duplicate or automatically generated material, or is part of a search engine marketing campaign, then WordPress.com is not the place for you.

The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program. The exceptions noted in support documentation with regard to affiliate links are found in Types of Blogs.

To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon, or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category.

As well as reading the Terms of Service every WordPress.com blogger ought to read this important section in the support documentation.  If your blog been deactivated then you will have a warning notice on your dashboard with a link in it. Please click the link in the notice so the ToS department receives your request for a review.

20 thoughts on “Not on Blogger or WordPress.com you dont!

  1. I didn’t know we could use Feedburner on WordPress. Of course, there’s a lot I don’t know about WordPress. Thank goodness I have you. :-)

    I like the new look as well.

        1. If you are using WordPress.com subscriptions they aren’t transferable. If you are using Feedburner they are. What you will lose is any authority and page rank your .wordpress.com sub-domain URL earned. They are not transferable to your new domain.

          It takes approximately 4 – 6 months to regain the traffic and page rank and authority.  Why you are moving to an install is beyond me as there is no “wodpress.org community” to speak of, unlike here at WordPress.com. In order to promote your blog on a wordpress.org install you will have to devote lots of time to social networking as that blog will be akin to an island.

          Also if you think you are going to make a significant income from advertising and/or affiliate sales then – think again. See > Setting up a self-hosted WordPress.org install

          This is not to say I don’t wish you well because I do. It is to say I’ve been there and done that I and I’m immune to the hype that circulates to the effect of moving up. It’s not a move up. At best it’s a lateral move that costs money to make and those who make it and who aren’t focused on becoming pros don’t earn much more than pocket change over and above the costs associated with web hosting and managing their own install.

        2. Just last week I made the transition from .com to .org. First, timethief is right. The commitment level to teching your site increases exponentially, so tread carefully. I’m an IT guy by day and it was intimidating. On the subscriber front, you’ll lose your WordPress subscribers (which is to say, other WordPress.com users who follow your blog through the WordPress interface), but you CAN take your email subscribers with you (you’ll need a plug-in, but it can be done).

          When contemplating the move, you’ll want to look to see how many of your subscribers are coming to you through WordPress and how many are signing up by email in order to make an educated decision. I did lose a few, I’m afraid.

  2. I’m surprised that the affiliate marketing is against Blogger rules, as I’ve seen so many people using Amazon Associates advertising, and in fact (as far as I recall) Amazon lists Blogger as one of the sites that is acceptable for it. Also, isn’t it so that Blogger has a Javascript widget? I’m confused about that, I must say.

    1. As long as it’s a Google product or officially approved Google affiliiate no problem. LOL – – if you get my drift. It is true though that Google is tightening down the screws though regarding the rules.

  3. Very helpful, thanks TT. I think we all tend to focus on the “free” aspects of WP.com and forget about the ad policy and the restrictions. Can’t say I mind spam blogs getting the hook, though… : )

    Maybe someday U.S. politicians will offer a No Phone Solicitations Upgrade to constituents, forcing us to pony up to avoid their obnoxious robo-calls, et. al. Resulting revenues would probably eliminate our national debt!! : P

    1. I agree that w WordPress.com bloggers tend to focus on what’s free. Those who depart from here and go to Blogger to make money from blogging make very little. Bot Blogger and WordPress.com Staff spend a considerable amount of time ridding the platforms of sploggers and spammers. I too detest the robo-calls.

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