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Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

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Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

Seriously, and the one below with affiliate ads is ok? I'll follow your blog on my own Ben.

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1. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

Blog link?

2. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

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3. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

Join the club Ben... Many posts of mine got deleted before I knew about TA's weird rules.

And I got criticized for being annoyed about it. People told me to get over it or go away.

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5. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

I share your frustration Ben. When people ask about tips for things to do in Amsterdam and I link to my web page full of exactly that: things to do in Amsterdam... TA sees that as 'self-promotion'. ???! I am just trying to help visitors have a good time and find some hidden gems!?

Probably the same reason they deleted your post...

The weird thing is it *is* allowed to link to www.spottedbylocals.com which has the same type of tips as my website only their site is bigger, and: commercial.

At the same time TA send me these ridiculous emails saying 'Did we tell tou how much we appreciate your contributions? Well a lot!' Yeah because they can make tonnes of money on it.

Oh well I decided to just stick to their crazy rules because I still enjoy helping visitors have a better time in my beloved Amsterdam.

Edited: 9:28 pm, September 17, 2013
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6. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

I didn't delete it I was amazed it was deleted. Like I said in the one deleted, I love your posts.

Sorry for being cryptic.

Edited: 2:49 am, September 18, 2013
Amersfoort, The...
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7. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

Ben, none of the DEs here have the ability (or usually wish) to delete any posts. There is some kind of TA policing system which kicks in.

As we have previously advised Cecile. That is the way it is, live with it or move elsewhere. There is nothing we can do to change things.

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8. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

And just to help you understand what TA does allow, Ben:

- it is allowed to link to content that is not your own (such as spottedbylocals, booking.com, other people's blogs etc)

- it is allowed to link to blogs that are also run by sisters of TA, for example Pijlmans does that for his tips about things to do in Amsterdam with kids. See this thread: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g188590-i60-k43600…

- it is allowed to post a link to your blog or site 'as a signature' below your post but *not* allowed to say anything about it in the post (like: "see/follow the link in my signature" is not allowed)

- it is not allowed to make a second TA account and link to Ben's blog as if you are a different person ;-)

Don't ask me why....

Edited: 4:37 am, September 18, 2013
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9. Re: Monument day 14-15 September - Where did you go?

To clarify: it is only allowed to specifically link to your own blog *and* say something about that, in case that blog is on Virtualtourist (where Pijlmans' page is hosted for example). And maybe TripAdvisor has other sister sites that I don't know of.

Edited: 4:40 am, September 18, 2013
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