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Answer to a FAQ: How much do blogs get paid for affiliate link conversions?

Answer to a FAQ: How much do blogs get paid for affiliate link conversions?

Old May 9, 13, 9:32 pm
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Answer to a FAQ: How much do blogs get paid for affiliate link conversions?

According to fresar:

a list of the Commission Rates the bloggers get

American Express Business Cards
Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN US $100.00 Per approval
Gold Delta SkyMiles(R) Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN US $100.00 Per approval
SimplyCash(R) Business Card from American Express OPEN US $100.00 Per approval
Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN US $100.00 Per approval
The Business Gold Rewards Card(R) from American Express OPEN US $200.00 Per approval
The Business Platinum Card(R) from American Express OPEN US $300.00 Per approval
The Plum Card(R) from American Express OPEN US $200.00 Per approval

American Express Consumer Cards
American Express (R) Gold Card US $180.00 Per approval
American Express(R) Premier Rewards Gold Card US $315.00 Per approval
Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express US $100.00 Per approval
Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express US $110.00 Per approval
Blue Sky from American Express® US $120.00 Per approval
Gold Delta SkyMiles(R) Credit Card from American Express US $225.00 Per approval
Starwood Preferred Guest(R) Credit Card from American Express US $160.00 Per approval
The Platinum Card(R) from American Express US $280.00 Per approval
True Earnings(R) Card from Costco and American Express US $110.00 Per approval

Applied Bank Cards
Applied Bank(R) Secured Visa(R) Gold Credit Card US $28.00 Per approval
Applied Bank(R) Visa(R) Business Card US $24.00 Per approval
National Express® Secured Visa® Credit Card US $28.00 Per approval
Platinum Zero® Secured Visa® Credit Card from Applied Bank® US $28.00 Per approval

Barclays Bank credit cards
Barclaycard(R) Rewards MasterCard(R) US $38.00 Per approval
Barclaycard(R) Rewards MasterCard(R) - Excellent Credit US $90.00 Per approval
The Frontier Airlines World MasterCard(R) US $125.00 Per approval
The Premier Miles & More World MasterCard(R) US $150.00 Per approval
The US Airways Premier World MasterCard(R) US $125.00 Per approval

Capital One Bank Consumer Cards
Open Sky(SM) Secured Visa Credit Card US $20.00 Per approval

Credit One Bank
Unsecured Credit One Bank® Visa® Credit Card US $15.00 or $22 or $30 per credit rating

Discover Bank Consumer Cards
Discover it™ (18 Months) US $105.00 Per approval
Discover it™ Card US $105.00 Per approval

Discover Bank Student Cards
Discover it™ for Students US $100.00 Per approval

Equifax Products
Equifax 3 Bureau Credit Report and Scores US $20.00 Per approval

MBNA Canada Bank cards
Best Western MasterCard® US $100.00 Per approval
Platinum Plus® MasterCard® - 0 for 10 US $100.00 Per approval
Sony Card MasterCard® US $100.00 Per approval

My Cash Now payday loans
My Cash Now cash advance US $15.00 Per valid application

SimpleTuition.com student loans
SimpleTuition student loans US $1.25 Per valid lead



Synovus Bank (First Progress)
First Progress Platinum Select MasterCard® Secured Credit Card US $45.00 Per funded
The First Progress Platinum Elite MasterCard® Secured Credit Card US $45.00 Per funded

TransUnion Free Credit Score
TrueCredit - TransUnion Credit Monitoring US $20.00 Per approval
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Old May 9, 13, 9:53 pm
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No wonder the field is rife with folks shilling the same stuff everybody else is shilling.
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Old May 9, 13, 9:56 pm
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
No wonder the field is rife with folks shilling the same stuff everybody else is shilling.
It's a good old fashioned gold (card) rush!
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Old May 10, 13, 12:54 pm
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I'm thinking of starting a blog. I'll kick back $20 to anyone who signs up for the American Express(R) Premier Rewards Gold Card through my link. I've found it to be the most useful credit card ever. Ever. It can cure most major diseases*, flipping it will tell you which way the stock market is going to go with high accuracy** and it will get you a date with Desiree from The Amazing Race.***

Mike



*All major diseases are excluded from this claim
**High accuracy is 50%, which we believe to be higher than 49%
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Holy cow. $300+ for the PRG! Seems the blogs would've preached about this card more with that referral income.......rolls eyes.....

And my favorite blog post this week was this....not said sarcastically.....

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewan...-signup-bonus/
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Old May 15, 13, 10:48 am
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Holy cow. $300+ for the PRG! Seems the blogs would've preached about this card more with that referral income.......rolls eyes.....

And my favorite blog post this week was this....not said sarcastically.....

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/thewan...-signup-bonus/
Great blog post.

But even more awesome is the back-and-forth between Seth and Gary in the comments there! ^ A Boarding Area steel cage match!
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Old May 15, 13, 5:36 pm
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So that amex that they went link crazy with is worth $180? wow... gary mentioned that it was the biggest results he'd seen from his application links in a recent post. given his vast reach, its not hard to assume that he had 110 referrals (and thats a LOW estimate).... thats $20k?! gosh, 550 referrals is $100k.... not bad for a days work
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Old May 16, 13, 3:36 am
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Originally Posted by freeloader View Post
So that amex that they went link crazy with is worth $180? wow... gary mentioned that it was the biggest results he'd seen from his application links in a recent post. given his vast reach, its not hard to assume that he had 110 referrals (and thats a LOW estimate).... thats $20k?! gosh, 550 referrals is $100k.... not bad for a days work
110 is a low guess. My little UK blog seems to generate 50-75 applications when I make a big splash on a new card offer (from which I am not usually paid a penny) so Gary must be able to get 300 or more.
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Old May 16, 13, 6:44 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
110 is a low guess. My little UK blog seems to generate 50-75 applications when I make a big splash on a new card offer (from which I am not usually paid a penny) so Gary must be able to get 300 or more.
wow... 300 is $50,000... for ONE post on ONE card on ONE day. that's insanity.

no wonder bloggers will sacrafice their first born for affliate links (and will find loopholes when they can't qualify - ie milevalue). and will do anything to keep the banks happy

I'm really interesting what the banks talked about during that "BACon" session. Not that any of them would dare print it. But i do wonder - any rules about pushing better offers? talking points for blog posts? "gifts" for the attendees?

i'm guessing that the "country-club" blogger atmosphere was in FULL effect that weekend...
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Old May 16, 13, 11:50 am
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wow... 300 is $50,000... for ONE post on ONE card on ONE day. that's insanity.

no wonder bloggers will sacrafice their first born for affliate links (and will find loopholes when they can't qualify - ie milevalue). and will do anything to keep the banks happy

I'm really interesting what the banks talked about during that "BACon" session. Not that any of them would dare print it. But i do wonder - any rules about pushing better offers? talking points for blog posts? "gifts" for the attendees?

i'm guessing that the "country-club" blogger atmosphere was in FULL effect that weekend...
Almost enough to make you want to start a points and miles blog and get in on the gold (card) rush, innit!?

What is BACon!?
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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post
Almost enough to make you want to start a points and miles blog and get in on the gold (card) rush, innit!?

What is BACon!?
Boarding Area Coference.
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Old May 16, 13, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
110 is a low guess. My little UK blog seems to generate 50-75 applications when I make a big splash on a new card offer (from which I am not usually paid a penny) so Gary must be able to get 300 or more.
I'm really in the wrong business...

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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post
Almost enough to make you want to start a points and miles blog and get in on the gold (card) rush, innit!?

What is BACon!?
All the Boarding Area bloggers flew in the colorado for a conference and social gathering. from what i pieced together, there were some CC presentations from the affliate channels as well

seems like i get more cynical of the blog industry by the day. its fine that they capitalize it, whatever. Certain bloggers can call me one of the "angries" but whatever. On FT, people give advice with expecting anything in return, and the advice is generally in the best interest of the person who asked for it. A lot of bloggers peddle information that benefits them - and then act altruistic for providing it!

The worst part is the info is either misleading or not in the best interest of the receiving party. i left a comment on this post, but it never made it on the article:

http://www.frugaltravelguy.com/2013/...at-381-12.html

"This week we’re showing you how a family of 4 can get 5 nights in Maui for just $381.12." Recommendation? AMEX Gold rewards business card (Avios)... what's not clear in the article is that this advice ONLY works if you are traveling from LA, and LA only. anywhere else, it will cost you much more - either in points or dollars. So this recommendation is really only for the 5% of us who live close to LAX.

unless you are familar with the AVIOS program (which most "rookies" aren't), its pretty easy to think that this plan would work for anyone. But it wont, at least not as advertised

Closing line

"With just 4 credit cards, it is entirely possible for a family of 4 to travel to Maui with minimal out-of-pocket cost." right - IF you live in LA... kind of a big if there
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Old May 17, 13, 1:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
110 is a low guess. My little UK blog seems to generate 50-75 applications when I make a big splash on a new card offer (from which I am not usually paid a penny) so Gary must be able to get 300 or more.
Bear in mind that banks don't pay for clicks or applications, they pay for approvals.
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Originally Posted by ctownflyer View Post
Bear in mind that banks don't pay for clicks or applications, they pay for approvals.
And bear in mind the incessant reminder that calling reconsideration with Chase is a piece of cake turning a pending/denied application into approval making most of these applications through affiliate links approved.

This also goes hand in hand with the incessant reminder that "anyone who sells stuff on ebay has a business" or that "a stay at home mom can also have a business too."
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