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No. Don’t Do That.

Do not promote your products in my comments.

Dear Reader,

While I am delighted that you offer me your eyeballs for a few moments out of your day, I have a favor to ask.

PLEASE.

The comments on Medium are not the place to promote your goods and services.

They are not a place to hijack my other readers (or anyone else’s) to get them to buy some gadget or hire some astrologer who SOLVED ALL YOUR LIFE’S PROBLEMS.

While I am happy for your enthusiasm for your magic Tarot Card reader, your magic green glop, your magic medical devices (I just looked that last one up, it’s ONLY just under a thousand bucks), you may not post that shit in my comments.

This is against the rules, it’s rude, and it disrespects all of us who write here, read here and hope in every possible way to avoid the social media and advertising sewage that is so prevalent everywhere else. Kindly, the best I can tell, it strikes me that this is a place that offers something of an oasis from that crap. When I can’t fill my gas tank without my orifices being invaded by ads, I am very happy to be able to contribute and read in a forum that is protected from that.

Medium is NOT everywhere else. And as such, kindly, and with respect, you may not pitch whatever you have to sell on my comments thread. I can’t speak for anyone else, but my guess is that it’s probably not much welcomed on their threads, either.

You want to sell your stuff, kindly, learn how to sell.

You want to have a thriving business, kindly learn how to run a thriving business.

But Medium is not where you do that. You show up in my threads, you get reported and blocked.

Read the rules. Understand the rules. Please respect the rules. Here’s what the rules say about promoting third-party products and services:

Ads, Promotions, and Marketing

  • Third-party advertising and sponsorships are not allowed. You may not advertise or promote third-party products, services, or brands through Medium posts, publications, or letters. This includes images that indicate brand sponsorship in a post or letter, or as part of a publication name or logo. (author bolded)
  • Images functioning as third-party ads are not allowed. Inline images or embeds that link out and function as banner ads for third-party brands are not allowed.
  • You must disclose affiliate links or payment for a post. Affiliate links, such as link out to Amazon with your code, or any other link out where you will receive a commission or other value, are allowed in posts. But, you must disclose somewhere in the post that it includes affiliate links. If you have received payment, goods or services, or something else of value in exchange for writing a post, you must still disclose this fact in writing within your post (as per FTC Rules and Guides).
  • Multi-level marketing content is not allowed.

So, Dear Reader, if you want to discuss something that happened for you in article form that describes how something has benefited you, be my guest. Medium will determine whether it looks like a sales pitch, but you and I take that chance.

Hell, I have. But I don’t sell those products, I don’t get paid for those articles, and I don’t get money if someone clicks through.

You may not hijack my thread to promote your products. That’s poor form. Bad manners. And frankly, an abuse of the right to be on this forum.

You have a very nice day. You won’t be reading my posts any more.

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