Links to commercial entities in blogs

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1. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Can someone remind me please if we're allowed to include links to companies in our blog entries, or is that considered too much like advertising. I'm drafting a blog about our trip to see the Northern Lights in Norway and would like to link to the website of the company we did a tour with as they were really excellent. I'm naming them in the entry so people could Google them, but I'd like to include a hyperlink too if that's permitted? I can't remember the rules and there's nothing in the FAQ to help me! Thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5582 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

You most certainly can. In general the rules for the blogs are more lenient than for the forum, but even on the forum this would be allowed.
From the forum rules:

Any website postings that look like they are only there to promote a website rather than help other members will be removed.

They key word is "only". For new members, sad experience has taught us that 99% of the time that a link to a company is included in their first posts, that dropping that link was the entire reason for posting. But for established members like yourself, we have the trust that you're posting here for other reasons than for promoting this one company, and so the link is just fine.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Aug-2020, 17:55 GMT by Sander ]

3. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sander, very helpful - both for this post and future ones :)

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

I post links all the time Sarah and it's never been a problem. I treat them like the old Tips on Virtual Tourist. Many of my blog entries have links to hotels, restaurants, tourist sites and even local bus tour companies that we have used and were mentioned in the blog. When someone asks a question on the Forum, if appropriate, I will include a web link in my answer so they don't have to Google it.

The rule is against advertising your own business, not against recommending places you've enjoyed or found helped you when traveling. Those are good things to post.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2247 posts) 34w Star this if you like it!

The idea is to keep it useful rather than full of spam.

To achieve this the best thing for us to look at is intent.

The intent of you regulars in posting links is to help, entertain and inform - and that's a valuable contribution to the site so bring it on and thankyou for making the site useful.

On the other side of the coin, if the intent of a new poster appears to be promotional then it gets deleted.

Spotting the two different classes accurately is the challenge.

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