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ON MY MIND
It’s been super crazily busy days. I am so glad I did not make it to Frequent Traveler University as I am barely keeping it all together after my trip to Norway! And I am rejecting potential clients left and right lately so I can bring this blog to you. Ok, I am kidding…I am rejecting them because they are not the perfect fit! “If client don’t fit, I won’t commit” (remember that OJ lawyer line with the glove?) I just made that up!
I am tormented on what to do with my blog…
AFFILIATE LINKS: WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM?
This is the BEST EVER response I have seen on the subject. It was posted by Seth of the Wandering Aramean in this FlyerTalk thread. I so agree with it! Seth, that was brilliant and so eloquently stated!
There is nothing inherently wrong with them. Like most marketing/advertising, when used in context they are subtle, helpful to the consumer (reader in this case) and everyone wins. When they start to skew the content, however, it becomes a more challenging situation. When, as a reader, I have to stop to consider whether the information is being shared because it is good for me or because it is good for the author that’s more of a problem.
There was a period of time when the revenue side of the points & miles blogging worlds wasn’t such big business. It was easier then to trust that the information you were getting was reasonably unbiased, or at least not motivated by the financial gain of the author. That is a much riskier assumption today vis a vis CC information.
There is also the part where content is being “invented” as a means to push more CC links. It isn’t compelling content without the blatant advertising layered in on top. Too much of that and the average value of the content overall goes down to a level such that it stops being worth parsing through chaff to find the wheat.
I also saw a tweet by Seth this morning that an industry exec said something to the effect of ‘forget miles, it will all be $$$$ based in just two years”. I think he may be off by a year, very likely not more than two!
The Points Traveler has a fantastic introduction to the Basics of Manufactured Spending.
Register for Starwood’s promo for double points for stays from May 1 through July 31, 2013 here.
Looks like so many fellow bloggers are at FTU. Perhaps they take it easy posting this whole weekend so I can catch a breather. Muchas gracias!!And just as I was typing this, Gary Leff at View from the Wing posted a wrapup of the Freddie Awards. I don’t get it….what is it with Marriott winning again so many categories, hmmm.
16 of the Cheapest ovewater bungalow and water villa resorts in the world. (HT to Million Mile Secrets and Miles to the Wild)
The World’s Tiniest Hotel Rooms. These rooms give Gary Leff horrific nightmares:-)
Under the Greek Sky. Timelapse Video. Wow!
ODDZ & ENDZ