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Monetize your Site: Affiliate Linking

Affiliate Linking

You can add affiliate links to your WordPress.com content as long as the primary purpose of your blog is to create original content, and as long as the code for the ad is supported.
When blogging about books you’re reading, music you love, clothes that strike your fancy, gadgets you’re drooling over, or whatever interests you and your readers, feel free to post relevant affiliate links using either text or images.
There are a few restrictions in what affiliate programs are allowed. We do not allow affiliate links for gambling, get-rich-quick schemes, multi-level marketing programs, disreputable merchants, pornography, malware, or phishing-type scams. We also do not allow sites that exist primarily to drive traffic to affiliate links.
An easy and popular way to get started affiliate links is Amazon! Read our support documentation for specific instructions on adding Amazon Affiliate links to your content.

Sponsored/Pre-Written Posts

You can publish sponsored posts on WordPress.com. We define a sponsored post as any content that promotes a specific product or service, which you were encouraged to post by the company or individual who makes/sells/provides it. Including this type of content on your site typically results in some kind of compensation for you in the form of payment, freebies, etc.
We do not allow sites where the vast majority of content is sponsored content. Sponsored posts also may not include any content that violates our Terms of Service

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Selling Physical and Digital Products, and Requesting Donations or Tips

With the WordPress.com Business Plan you can sell anything directly through your website with tools like WooCommerce. This free plugin (with paid extensions) lets you sell products, handle shipping, collect taxes, and more. You can find more information in WooCommerce’s guided tour videos.
With all WordPress.com sites you can sell your handmade products, art, books, or digital products such as ebooks or courses on your site using your PayPal account. You can also solicit donations or tips from your readers using the PayPal button or link. For more information on setting up a PayPal button or link in your content, please refer to our step by step guide.

Refer WordPress.com program

If you focus on WordPress in your professional or educational life, you are eligible for the Refer WordPress.com program and you could earn rewards promoting WordPress.com and Jetpack plans.

Additional Resources

  • Put Your Money Where Your Blog Is: Should You Pay for Traffic?

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