Rejected: Your Article Contains Advertising or Affiliate Links

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 5th Feb 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/eve3-bz7/
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Wikinut encourages writers to add links into their articles, but certain types of links are not permitted, including those that advertise or allow the writer to earn money from other sites. These are specifically excluded by Wikinut's terms and conditions. Writers should learn good practices and obey the rules of the site, doing otherwise will lead to rejection.

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Every week there writers post articles here on Wikinut that include links to other articles around the web. Linking is generally seen as a good promotional tool, indeed links being available on each post has a positive impact on your work, however when you are using a general writing site, like Wikinut, there are rules that must be adhered to. That is the reason for highlighting this issue at the current time.

A link that is either classed as advertising or allows the poster to make a profit through affiliate activity on another site is not permitted here on Wikinut. Indeed on the many general sites that I have written at few, if any, allow such links. If you are creating an article on Wikinut then do so without either advertising or providing affiliate links, including such links will end in having your submission REJECTED!

Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions are clear on the type of material that is not permitted, stating "content we do not publish..." includes that which is "designed to generate any commercial activities, including but not limited to third party affiliate schemes or sales."

Generate Commercial Activities

What is a commercial activity?

It is important to understand what is seen as promoting commercial activity. I have previously stated "many things we write about have a commercial interests associated with them and it is sometimes tough to determine where the line should be drawn in the sand."

If you were writing a restaurant review, for example, it is permissible to include one link to their home page during the course of the review even where that home page includes prices and other commercial information. This is an exception that operates for reviews ONLY.

In general writing about any topic such links are NOT permissible. If writing a general piece, for example about SEO good practices, then the inclusion a link to a specific company's page that covers products, prices, discounts, or deals would be classified as either advertising or generating commercial activities such links are NOT PERMITTED by Wikinut. There is good reason for excluding these, because many of the people who write such articles to link with commercial pages are paid by the company to generate links to that commercial website and creating articles is one way of ensuring links are generated. In doing so they are breaching Wikinut's terms and condition that prohibit writers from advertising.

Links to Commercial Websites

Ever reader should be aware that it is possible to link to commercial website, the restriction applies to those pages that are deemed to have commercial interests. It is permissible to link to pages that provide:

  • About pages - those pages which tell you about a company in general or a specific product.
  • General information - Pages which provide a variety of details about the product but contain no pricing details or "Buy Here" links.
  • How To Instructions - These are pages that are designed to help people who have already purchased a product get the best use out of it. Many prospective customers look here as a pert of assessing a product's viability to their needs.
  • Tips & Tricks pages - These are very useful to anyone having the product

The general rule is that if a site contains prices, or options to buy the product then such a page is seen as generating commercial activity and therefore BANNED. You must remember this rule is applied consistently, whether the product is a pen retailing at 99 cents, or a specialist gas turbine which is sold for $15 million. This rule also applies to non-profit organisations and will therefore forbid a writer from trying to solicit donations for a charity.

Third Party Affiliate Schemes

What is a third party affiliate scheme? This is an important question that must be understood. Everyone signs up for multiple website these-days, some of them include options to invite your friends to earn extra cash and if you want to do that it is a decision for you to make, but you must know that such links are not permitted to be added to your Wikinut post.

Let us suppose for a moment you found a website called onefantasticdeal.com, that was a membership club that offered discount shopping for consumer electronics, household products, and appliances, (this site doesn't exist at the time of writing) but as a part of membership you can obtain extra discounts by signing up friends and family members. Please email all your friends and family members you wish to have them participate. You may even write a review for Wikinut about the site, but what you cannot do is is post your affiliate code within your article or post a link to the site that contains your affiliate code.

The Same Rules apply to Comments

Recently I have seen comments made by a user of this site that provides an affiliate link within the body of a comment, you should be aware that such activity is identical to spam comments that have been placed on the site by advertisers.

Links and HTML code is not permitted within the body of a comment and may be deleted if it is found, furthermore any user that persists in making such comments is in danger of having their account TERMINATED.

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Author of "Is your Business Ready? For the Social Media Revolution"

Social media consultant, with C-Level background.

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author avatar brendamarie
9th Feb 2016 (#)

Peter thank you fort the great information.

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author avatar King Butler
9th Feb 2016 (#)

Thank you Peter. A very timely post for such a time as this on February 9, 2016 A.D. and forward.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Feb 2016 (#)

Peter, thanks for sharing such an informative article. I thought it was well presented and that makes it easy to understand.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Feb 2016 (#)

brendamarie, King Butler, Nancy Czerwinski - It is my hope that those who regularly infringe these rules pay attention.

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author avatar spirited
9th Feb 2016 (#)

I realise the timing of such an article is appropriate now, due to the recent change in our not being able to earn anything here from our writing.

Maybe some writers stayed on here hoping to make still some money by their doing just this.

On the other hand, instead of just thumping down these rules again to us, might they in fact be reviewed now given the change in revenue sharing.

What would be the problem if limited linking in this way was now permitted.

I suppose the main problem would be the ferrets that would come along and wildly exploit such a small opening in the rabbit proof fence, if they saw a small rabbit run through.

Promoting inwards used to be allowed, but not promoting outwards.

Perhaps we had limited control over this though.

Some unethical people "pinch" our writing sometimes and use it in their own blogs, web pages, as content etc.

Some do acknowledge us though and provide a link back to our original writing.

In the past, some readers of their site might have been prompted then to go to wikinut, and check out our other writing.

This would lead to more views, and so more revenue for us.

Not anymore.

I think these sort of doors to obtaining revenue should be again revisited, instead of just more locks being placed on them now.

I get you point, and applaud your article Peter, I am just again questioning the need for this policeman like policing given the lack of earnings here now anyway.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Spirited, to be clear promoting inward (towards other Wikinut pages) is not only allowed it is encouraged. The only thing that is rejected about outwards promotion is to pages whose main purpose is to have you buy the product.

Let me point out that it is not the people making comments here that are breaking the rules.

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author avatar spirited
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Yes, thanks Peter.

I just like to talk from the other side of an issue sometimes.

I know links to our other articles are encouraged, and a link to one of our writings on other writing sites, such as mylot, is perhaps ok too, as long as, like you say, it is not to, "have the main purpose of trying to get you to buy a product."

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author avatar Mariah
10th Feb 2016 (#)

I totally agree with your points Peter, we are a comminuty writing site and that has often been abused by so called 'writers' joining the site for purposes of freelance advertising revenue.
If the wikinut rules had permitted that then fair enough,but the rules of the game are there for all to see that it's not permissible and have been broken by many.
Legalities relative to the operation of the Wikinut will make adherence of the advertising rule much more prominent now and we don't want to lose the site through
random chancers ignoring that.

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author avatar Mariah
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Spirited I respect your point of view and the principle behind that,I can see where you are coming from on this in theory, but it in practise it wouldn't just be the members here who would be party to advertising revenue earning, it bring in all kinds of people, not real writers, businesses touting for 'free advertising' where everything and anything could be published
It's a potential minefield and would totally elimante the community writing spirit of wikinut as we know it.

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author avatar spirited
10th Feb 2016 (#)

I agree with you here almost totally Mariah.

As it is I have been accosted quiet a few times even here on wikinut by such scammers who somehow must have slipped through the keyholes.

Some try to chat me up for some reason, others try to get me to go to their website.

I always go to their home page first, and most of these types have no articles written here. They have just joined for other reasons.

You are right, of course, we do not want to encourage these sorts.

As I told Peter, I just like to add another side to a debate sometimes.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Mariah, I agree "we don't want to lose the site through random chancers ignoring that". I saw a comment from a long-time user who included a web link inside it (complete with affiliate code) I had no choice but to delete it. Putting them in a private messages is one thing, but comments or articles has always been forbidden.

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author avatar spirited
10th Feb 2016 (#)

The contacts made to me above (see my above post) by these scammers found a loop hole, in that they could send me an email through this site, even if they couldn't get an article approved that had such a link to their web-site in it.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Spirited, I believe Mariah is right in saying that allowing free advertising would put the site in danger.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
11th Feb 2016 (#)

Spirited, you are right that people can get messages directly to you by bending the system, but thankfully it is only a rare occurrence.

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author avatar spirited
10th Feb 2016 (#)

Yes, I agree with you and Mariah Peter. This is indeed so, I think too.

Many of the advertisers on this site still also have not been cleaned up by Sam yet either.

I have sent him at least two or three emails recently about the bogus "flash player updater virus" prevalent and displayed on nearly every page here that I go too, but so far he has done nothing about this.

To install a legit Adobe flash player, you must go to their web site to do so, and it is a free program also.

These false ads claiming to do this install other garbage on your computer too.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
11th Feb 2016 (#)

Spirited, you have to realise that advertising is not controlled by Sam it is controlled by the company providing the advertising widgets.

Tat "flash player" ad is a bad one I agree, but when I see it is normally when my flash or java is out of date, but I go to the correct source to update my machine.

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author avatar spirited
11th Feb 2016 (#)

That ad is there regardless if your flash player is up to date or not.

I go and check mine too, (on the Java page) and it is invariably already up to date.

Actually though, if Sam is "the boss" of this site, some responsibility for this must fall back onto him, to my mind anyway.

Either get rid of this advertising company from the ones he uses altogether, or send them a stern message to lift their own game, and to get rid of this particular widget from their platform of ads.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jun 2016 (#)

Thanks for valuable info

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author avatar Nancy juliet
24th Aug 2017 (#)

thanks for your information

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author avatar Tranquilpen
24th Feb 2018 (#)

WOW! Peter, here is total confirmation to Spirited's comment about no one taking responsibility for the ads.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Feb 2018 (#)

I get rid of them when I see them

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