|Taken from theCHIVE, see last link.|
ON MY MIND IS RENAMED JUST FOR TODAY:
ANOTHER ONE GOES THE CREDIT CARD AFFILIATE LINK ROUTE
Extremely disappointed that The Flight Deal is going this route! I have featured this site here before and I receive their tweets as texts. Even when they refuse to add Detroit! (hint). Today they posted this “Our 3,000th Post & Future Plans“. First, congratulations on a great accomplishment! And near the end this excerpt:
In order to do the above, we will need to monetize the site because costs are becoming more than just beer money. Since our launch in August 2011, we’ve had minimal monetization elements on our site. We’ve had Google adSense for a short amount of time and occasionally, we throw a TopCashBack link into our deals. But we haven’t had a real monetization plan for the site. To provide better uptime, deals, and content, we will need to bring:
- Display ads
- Affiliate booking links for airfare / hotels
- Limited credit cards affiliate links (and we do mean very limited)
- What started as a joke on Twitter might become a reality – The Flight Deal Logo T-Shirts! Our creative team is on it.
- The monetization elements will roll out slowly in the 2nd quarter.
I guess we should be around to judge what “limited” means. Look, I understand about all this and believe me I know about the money side of the equation. And I really have no problems with what TFD is trying to do but the credit card angle sure surprised me! It just does not fit this site and leaves a bad taste. If TBB ever thought about monetization (after so many things that need to be done first…which are happening in a pace slower than a turtle) it would likely be done the way Frequent Miler does it. Concentrate on the content and content alone and throw them babies in a separate tab. Hopefully my wife and family/friends can click them and recoup some of the costs and endless hours of labor producing this site. Maybe next year…if I am still blogging:-)
Four Seasons hotels will finally start a loyalty program! Rumors are running rampant that members will get free Internet, woohoo!
Avis balks at the free weekend rental deal. From PointsHoarder. Shocked, just shocked that this happened! (HT to The Wandering Aramean). The reaction after these deals get canned is amusing. “How can Avis cancel my $0 rental, I have the confirmation number” blah blah. Did I go for this deal? No, I drive a free Mercedes remember:-)
There appears to be a little bit of a discussion going on in the miles/points blogosphere about traveling to controversial places. Here is a different take on the matter by Adam at You Went Where “Why There Are Some Places I ‘ll Never Go: Human Rights, Social Responsibility and Travel“. I would not go to the Maldives after reading up on it. I had no idea about Singapore but I do have family there and like it (besides I am not so sure these laws are enforced!). Arab Gulf countries I think are a little bit different. Almost every worker there is there because they want to be there! Darn economics again. When I asked a cousin why she went there to work, she replied “Money is really good”…Not much happening in Greece these days as far as jobs go you know. Regarding the LGBT matter, I always supported whatever the individual wants to do. If they do not want to disclose it anywhere on their blogs, well it’s their blog! But I do find it a bit odd hiding it! As far as I am concerned, we are all people and hell yes I hope the Supreme Court rules for equal rights for ALL soon! I think by 2020 we will all look back and laugh that we were even talking whether gays should legally marry! My 2 cents.
You ‘ve never seen water like this. From Matador Network. Must see super awesome pics!
Photos of Planes Flying Directly Overhead. From Twisted Sifter. WOW! Aviation geeks will love this!
Tet: The Craziness of Lunar New Year in Vietnam. From Legal Nomads. Wow, what a beautiful post!
City in the Clouds: Dubai from the 85th Floor. From Bored Panda.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Crazy Mother Nature. Unbelieavable pics! From theCHIVE.
Video of a baby giraffe standing just after 30 minutes after being born. One of the cutest things I have ever seen. Mommy giraffe is a good mommy!