1) There are unofficial reports that the increased bonus on Chase Ink and Bold will end on May 31st. I’ve mentioned before that it is a very good offer and does pay me commission. But what if you are debating between Wells Fargo Propel and Chase?
I would pick Propel. The reason? Chase will most likely bring this increased bonus back next year, though no guarantees. Wells Fargo is very unpredictable and could pull their offer at any time permanently.
2) A full recap of first week’s Daily Getaways deals HERE
For most families, the only worthwhile deal is Choice promo, which I will highlight next Monday.
4) Through May 19th, you can get 15 percent back on certain store purchases by going through Ebates (my link).
5) There were some changes made to Barclaycard Arrival. You can now redeem the points for campgrounds, timeshares, tourist attractions, buses and taxis (coded as travel expense). It also comes with chip and pin technology, handy for overseas travel.
7) Via MMS blog, you can now pay your bills through Evolve service by using your credit card. No need to buy Visa gift cards anymore. Tread carefully, especially with CITI. Read more on it HERE
8) Southwest has increased the sign-up bonus on all their co-branded credit cards to 50,000 points. The only version that pays me is Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier card.
9) Just a side note. I’ve noticed that my commission is not tracking properly. I found out because I have applied in my husband’s name, but my affiliate site didn’t show approval. I’ve noticed quite a few clicks over the last few weeks, but none are tracking.
If by some chance any of you have applied and got approved, please let me know. Either send an email or comment anonymously on this post on what card you got on which date, so I can follow up with my rep. Thanks in advance and sorry to bother you. The joys of being a credit card affiliate!
On my mind
Ever since I started blogging, one of the marketing strategies suggested over and over again is to leave comments to get the name out there with a back link to your site. Some consider this practice a bit spammy.
I don’t comment that much on blogs. But when I do, it’s because I feel I have something to contribute. Yes, I usually (not always) leave my website’s name as a signature because it’s a customary thing to do and it represents the viewpoint of my blog.
Frankly, I haven’t seen that much traffic from it and it never sticks around, at least not in my case. So why bother?
If a blogger asked me not to leave a back link in the future, I would be fine with that and wouldn’t take it personally.
You’ve noticed that I often link to other sites because my goal is to gather the most useful information in the industry, applicable to a regular family. There is no way my blog can do that all on its own.
I have noticed a bit of a double standard. If a well-known blogger comments with a back link, it’s because they are supportive and a mentor. If a new blogger does it, it’s spam. Why is that? A well-established blogger is much more likely to convert readers to their site.
Anyway, to all of you fellow bloggers: What are your thoughts on the whole back linking debate? I am genuinely curious. Everyone’s thoughts are welcome, back link included.
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.