My Credit Card Affiliate Links will be Removed on Monday, November 10 at 12PM CT
Good evening everyone, I wish I were here with better news, but unfortunately on the eve of #westcoastdo, I received an email from my credit card affiliate network that my Barclays credit card links will be deactivated Monday, November 10 at 12PM CT. Shortly after noon, I will remove all Barclays credit card links from my blog.
Over the last year and a half, I have slowly and steadily lost all the great credit card links, from Chase, Citi, American Express, Bank of America, Discover, US Bank, and now Barclays. With the loss of Barclays, I will only have links for secured credit card, which I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy. The loss of credit card affiliate links is probably a result of very low approval numbers (I am too small for the banks to bother keeping) and the manufactured spending topics I often discuss probably didn’t help either.
It is kind of ironic, really. When I started my blog in May 2013, I had all the great credit card links and none of the site traffic. Fast forward to today, the situation has completely swapped. In a few days, I will have no credit card links and much greater site traffic. The timing was terrible, but also a blessing.
Losing the best credit card links forced me to talk about other topics besides signing up for credit cards. I’m not happy to see the credit card affiliate links go, the income from just a few credit card approvals per month was terrific, I’m not going to lie. I’m not too sad either. I receive a decent amount from advertising (hopefully the ads aren’t too annoying), affiliate income from Amazon and Ebay is pretty good (remember to click the links to the right before you begin shopping), and I’m extremely proud of the site I have built from nothing. I love waking up in the morning and checking my site stats: 4,100+ page views yesterday thanks in large part to my Evolve Money post.
First a warning: please do not apply for any credit cards just because my links are going away. If you were planning on applying for any Barclays credit cards over the next 3 days, please consider using my affiliate links one last time. These are the only Barclays links I current have and you can find the links on my credit card page.
- NFL Extra Points Credit Card
- The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®
- The Carnival™ MasterCard®
- The Wyndham Rewards® Visa Signature® Card
- The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card
- The Priceline Rewards™ Visa® Card
- The Choice Privileges® Visa® Card
- The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great weekend everyone!
P.S. I have a really interesting story to share in the next few days: US Bank FlexPoints to the Rescue when Throw Away / Hidden City Tickets Backfire. Very amusing story, I must say!