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Old Feb 25, 14, 6:22 pm   #16
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You are correct in regards to cc affiliate links. I'm not sure the other advertisers care but the wording will be similar in their agreements as well.
Maybe someday a former blogger will describe in detail how a points and miles blogger makes money and how much they make.

And hopefully that post will contain several images of women in bikinis!
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Old Feb 25, 14, 7:09 pm   #17
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Maybe someday a former blogger will describe in detail how a points and miles blogger makes money and how much they make.

And hopefully that post will contain several images of women in bikinis!
I'm sure someday a former blogger will be released from his or her NDA and give all the juicy details and numbers. As for the bikini photos, try the SI Swimsuit edition
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Old Feb 25, 14, 8:10 pm   #18
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for some of the bloggers their revenue is apparently not a secret
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Old Feb 26, 14, 6:38 am   #19
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for some of the bloggers their revenue is apparently not a secret
A couple of years ago, one of the bloggers reported that he paid quarterly income taxes (on his credit card). I forget the amount (possibly searchable on thepointsguy), but I calculated his income to be $250,000. Now I'm not an accountant, so that number may be higher/lower. However you look at it, it's a lot of dough (dollars/pounds etc).

Kagehitokiri, Since this is public, which blogger was sharing his/her revenue?
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Look at it this way ... Points Guy has at least 2 full time employees as well as Brian. Million Mile Secrets was advertising 2 full time jobs (with health insurance, to give him credit) recently.

My best guess is that TPG is getting over $1m pa. That is probably understating it given his readership numbers, which are public.

That would only require 30 credit card referrals per day at an average of $100, ignoring all other revenue streams.

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Old Feb 26, 14, 2:28 pm   #21
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Maybe someday a former blogger will describe in detail how a points and miles blogger makes money and how much they make.
Compensation — if any — depends on the business model.

Revenue can be in the form of a set amount per entry; a percentage of advertising revenue; a share based on unique views; a commissions from affiliate partners; or even a combination thereof, as some examples...
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Old Feb 26, 14, 2:50 pm   #22
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Compensation if any depends on the business model.

Revenue can be in the form of a set amount per entry; a percentage of advertising revenue; a share based on unique views; a commissions from affiliate partners; or even a combination thereof, as some examples...
Understood. The mystery is actual numbers.
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Old Feb 26, 14, 3:12 pm   #23
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My best guess is that TPG is getting over $1m pa. That is probably understating it given his readership numbers, which are public. That would only require 30 credit card referrals per day at an average of $100, ignoring all other revenue streams.
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couple of years ago...I calculated his income to be $250,000

Kagehitokiri, Since this is public, which blogger was sharing his/her revenue?
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Understood. The mystery is actual numbers.
i thought this was another thing that many regulars know, that is not posted on FT. i have heard specific numbers, and im not part of any of the group discussions off-FT. (like all the deals that are discussed off-FT, that are not posted.)

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Maybe someday a former blogger will describe in detail how a points and miles blogger makes money and how much they make.

And hopefully that post will contain several images of women in bikinis!
Some of the bloggers look good in bikinis, or even without them. Others, not so much.

I'm sort of surprised by the numbers for some of them, but the field is increasingly pretty competitive. Sex appeal can sell too.
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Old Mar 6, 14, 11:38 am   #25
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Some of the bloggers look good in bikinis, or even without them. Others, not so much.
Believe me when I say that you will never find me wearing a bikini...

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There's no question cc affiliates are the most lucrative but aren't easy to get until you're pretty established. From what I was told directly from affiliate marketers is that Amex expects 20+ apps a month, Chase 100+, Citi 100+, while Discover and Barclays have no requirements. I just started my site flymiler and I have a ways to go but any insight or advice from you guys would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Banks with Huge Advertising Budgets

When you consider that the banks are spending big bucks to advertise their credit card products on the Superbowl, the Olympics, the Oscars, etc, its interesting that they also have an interest in advertising in the blogosphere.

Where I think many of the blogs fall down, is by posting what looks like verbatim advertising from the banks, without an objective discussion of the pros and cons of various products.
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Old Mar 7, 14, 1:56 pm   #28
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There's no question cc affiliates are the most lucrative but aren't easy to get until you're pretty established. From what I was told directly from affiliate marketers is that Amex expects 20+ apps a month, Chase 100+, Citi 100+, while Discover and Barclays have no requirements. I just started my site flymiler and I have a ways to go but any insight or advice from you guys would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
First bit of insight - on an ipad, your menu bar runs onto 2 lines.

This is a 'feature' of WP - you need to check how the site looks on different bits of hardware. A line that just squeezes in on a PC can flip over in iOS.

Head for Points, you will see, has a chunk of empty menu bar space next to 'Contact' for this very reason.
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First bit of insight - on an ipad, your menu bar runs onto 2 lines.

This is a 'feature' of WP - you need to check how the site looks on different bits of hardware. A line that just squeezes in on a PC can flip over in iOS.

Head for Points, you will see, has a chunk of empty menu bar space next to 'Contact' for this very reason.
Thanks I'll look into that and thanks for checking out the site!
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Old Mar 10, 14, 2:08 pm   #30
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When you consider that the banks are spending big bucks to advertise their credit card products on the Superbowl, the Olympics, the Oscars, etc, its interesting that they also have an interest in advertising in the blogosphere.

Where I think many of the blogs fall down, is by posting what looks like verbatim advertising from the banks, without an objective discussion of the pros and cons of various products.
Social media marketing is where it's at, baby. Lots of bang for the buck!
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