Blog Does not Comply with Terms of Service?
Finding your blog deactivated is quite troublesome. Both because I write everything and believe in it wholly, and also because you, my readers, find a message purporting I have violated Terms of Service or implemented some promotional scheme, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.
On that note, I’ll start the new year with an apology to all who found the site down matched with a positive outlook for 2013–full of interesting content, connection and communication here on SolsticeSon’s Celebrational Servings.
Blog suspension explained:
Aside from crisp air, sunshine, a feeling of renewal and tired legs from dancing into the new year, I woke up in 2013 to find a message from WordPress.com:
If your blog is designed to promote affiliate links, get rich quick programs, banner ads, consists solely or mostly of duplicate or automatically generated material, or is part of a search engine marketing campaign, WordPress.com is not the place for you. Please use the Export feature to move your content to a more appropriate hosting service.
Occasionally we make mistakes. If you believe we have misclassified your blog, please click here to contact us as soon as possible so we can fix the problem.”
Bamboozled as to what could have violated the Terms of Service, I contacted them straightaway believing it was in error. After roughly 36 hours someone responded, pinpointing the issue and it was resolved.
Turns out my most recent post, What’s Your Daily Motivation?, had a link from a site that, for one reason or another, is not allowed on WordPress.com. The system automatically checks for it and takes your site offline if located.
After a suspension, I won’t mention which site sparked the issue, but it does make you wonder how many sites are not allowed on WordPress.com. It would certainly be handy to know.
The link is removed and things are back up and running. I apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to the new year ahead with you.