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Old Mar 31, 14, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by Philatravelgirl View Post
Go to a TBEX or one if the many other "travel blogging" conferences and you meet lots of bloggers living on the road full time or traveling on press and sponsored trips (I don't agree you should take a free trip to somewhere you wouldn't stay normally but that's just me) - the points travel group is a small subset of blogs represented there.
I started my blog (philatravelgirl.com) to write about the actual travel experience once I burned miles in J to safari, Easter island and RTW that I didn't see on BA or for that matter when researching solo travel - I'm making no money from it and while I have a few ideas long term I'm just trying to build readership and travel vendor /PR contacts.
Nice attitude! And a fun blog...as good a trip report as the rest.

BTW, don't feel bad, I fell victim to the weekend LH CDG strike debacle over, appropriately, Thanksgiving weekend myself last fall. Turned our CDG-MUC-IAD into a CDG-FRA (because, randomly, THAT flight was not part of the CDG strike )-MUC-IAD.

And, fwiw, I have always said CDG pat-downs make TSA 'back of hand' crotch checks seem downright G-rated.
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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post
Nice attitude! And a fun blog...as good a trip report as the rest.

BTW, don't feel bad, I fell victim to the weekend LH CDG strike debacle over, appropriately, Thanksgiving weekend myself last fall. Turned our CDG-MUC-IAD into a CDG-FRA (because, randomly, THAT flight was not part of the CDG strike )-MUC-IAD.

And, fwiw, I have always said CDG pat-downs make TSA 'back of hand' crotch checks seem downright G-rated.
Thanks for the kind words. LH was quite confusing to me, I still haven't flown them -lucky you that your FRA flight operated - I just wanted to see if I could get a duck from my first flight.
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Old Aug 18, 14, 1:43 pm
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Cm across this link link list on how to start a blog and monetize it last weekend:

http://www.thetraveltester.com/how-t...tting-started/
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Old Aug 18, 14, 1:47 pm
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Cm across this link link list on how to start a blog and monetize it last weekend:

http://www.thetraveltester.com/how-t...tting-started/
The link does not work for me:
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Old Aug 18, 14, 4:15 pm
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This, whilst out of date, is a very realistic guide to what you can earn from a travel blog (as opposed to miles and points):

http://www.travelblogchallenge.com/t...urvey-results/

See q2 with over 70 per cent making under $500 per month.

The readership numbers on this site http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/w.../press-and-pr/ which is one of the best know British travel blogs are also enlightening.

15,000 uniques per month and 44,000 page views. That is under 10% of what I do on Head for Points.
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Old Aug 19, 14, 1:35 pm
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The link does not work for me:
Works fine here (Northern Sweden)
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Old Nov 11, 14, 2:59 am
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Some more details on how travel bloggers get to review 'product*':

http://thetravelhack.com/blogging/ho...free-products/

* Product means:

When I say ‘product’ in this post I mean actual physical products as well as travels, flights, hotel stays, experiences, days out, meals. Basically anything you’ve received for free. This post does not just apply to travel bloggers, it applies to all niches
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Old Nov 11, 14, 3:50 am
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Thanks for that. It is a surprisingly realistic piece.

If I worked out the number of hours of additional work involved in my Qatar Airways-funded trip to Qatar last month, I promise you that you would not consider it a freebie in any sense of the word.
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
Some more details on how travel bloggers get to review 'product*':

http://thetravelhack.com/blogging/ho...free-products/

* Product means:
The disturbingly skinny silloiettes on that blog give me the creeps.
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Most useful post ever but why doesn't she promote credit card offers?

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Old Dec 1, 14, 6:39 am
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Most useful post ever but why doesn't she promote credit card offers?
Because out the land of the free (capitalists) selling cards doesn't earn you any serious cash
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Originally Posted by howtofreetravel View Post
Most useful post ever but why doesn't she promote credit card offers?
There's more than one way to skin a cat
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I think many people drastically overestimate how many bloggers have enough traffic to get offers of "free" stuff.
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I think many people drastically overestimate how many bloggers have enough traffic to get offers of "free" stuff.
To be proactively offered it, correct, not many.

However, if you are willing to spend hours on the phone calling hotels to beg and have $5 to buy some fake Twitter and FB followers on Fiver then you really don't need any readers at all.
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How does one obtain bank CC affiliate links

I've just launched a blog - http://MyPointsBlog.com, so readership is near-nil. But trying to provide good quality content. Don't know that I've accomplished that with so few articles to start with. However, I'm wondering, what does it take to get U.S.-based bank CC affiliate links? Is there a way to apply to Chase, Amex, and the others? Or is it Don't Call Us, We'll Call You?

I like Google AdSense because the process seemed fair. You submit your site, then wait to see if approved. While approved, I've only made 30 cents in the first week. Hope to become Fiddy Cent, so to say, by the end of next week. But it's going to be a grueling process trying to monetize via AdSense, I suspect.

Which leads me back to my question about how one obtains CC affiliate links. Since this post is quite old, thought I'd bump it up and see who and what shows up. And please, don't be cruel--to a heart that's true. :-)
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