Advertising Policy Clarification for Anime Bloggers, Youtube Channel operators, etc.
A number of our Forum members either participate in or run their own anime-related blogs, websites, YouTube channels, or other similar sites/services/channels. The staff do wish to encourage this sort of active participation in the larger anime community outside of this forum. However, we would like to clarify our Advertising Policy as presented in the Forum Rules to help everyone understand the cases when blog/external site links are either permitted or forbidden.
The most relevant Forum Rule is Rule 2.6 Do not advertise your products, services or events. A key portion is underlined in the quote below.
We do permit blog/web links to appear in your signature, per the Limited Advertising Exception, provided these links are relevant and useful (i.e. not Spam). Beyond that, if you wish to provide a link to relevant content from your blog/website that will contribute directly to the existing on-topic conversation in a thread, we would ask that you add direct value to the thread by being part of the active conversation and providing unique commentary in the thread itself.
Also, as a reminder about related rules, any links you do post on this Forum may not contain any sort of referrers or tracking ids. You may not link to any site where members are asked/required to register, or where you receive compensation for the visit/click. (Incidentally, posters may also not use or link to any file or image hosts that provide compensation for views/hits/clicks.) Further, you are not permitted to cross post the same (or "practically the same") reply in multiple threads.
Limited exceptions may be made to the above points in certain cases. If you're not certain if your post will be allowed, please feel free to contact a member of the staff and ask for clarification and/or permission. (As it says in the quoted rule above, we do allow advertising in certain limited cases provided you contact us beforehand.)
Thanks to everyone for your attention and understanding!
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