Posted by Chuck on February 7, 2019
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Published on February 7th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Rules for Leaving Referral Links/Codes on Doctor of Credit

A lot of people reach out to find out what the rules are for putting your referral links/codes in the comments to posts on Doctor of Credit. One reader mentioned doing a search and not finding anything, so I figured we’ll grace Google search engines with a dedicated post on the subject.

Rules:

  • DO NOT LEAVE A REFERRAL LINK/CODE IN THE COMMENTS ON ANY PAGE WHERE WE DON’T SPECIFICALLY SAY THAT IT’S ALLOWED. (Note to SEO gods: please get this line up there somewhere in the search.)
  • We occasionally allow referral links in the comments to specific posts. When we anticipate a large volume of referrals, we usually create a dedicated page for them. If expect few referrals, we’ll sometimes allow the referrals in the comments of the main deal/offer post.
  • Even when we do allow referrals, be sure to read the rules carefully. For example, we’ll typically write to only leave the referral link without any additional information. In that case, don’t add “thanks” or anything else of the sort. We’ll also typically write that you should only leave referrals as top-line comments; don’t leave your referral as a ‘reply’ to another comment.
  • Referrals which don’t comply with the rules stated will be removed. Repeat offenders will be banned from commenting.
  • Never, ever leave your referral more than once in the comments of one post. If you don’t see your comment show up immediately, please, please give it some time as it goes through moderation. It’ll usually come through within a few hours, but sometimes may take a day or two. (Here’s Why Your Comment Isn’t Showing Up on the Site.)
  • We often close the comments for referrals after a given amount of time to prevent abuse and to reward regular readers.

Our main goal in having referral threads is to get some bonuses to regular readers of the site. Before using a referral from the comments, consider spending a minute or two to find a referral from a reader who you recognize as being helpful to the DoC community. You can also click the “i” at the top of each comment to see the commenters history. And – if comments are open – leave a reply to let the person know that you used their referral. (If comments are closed, you can try replying to the reader in the comments of a different post by looking at their comment history.)



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Eduard
Eduard

Thanks, very clear and concise. 🙂

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

You have significantly more patience than I would in your place.

Are people (or rather, email addresses) banned from commenting after violating these instructions?

William Charles

In some cases, yes.

Rolando
Rolando

A much needed addition to your best in class site. 👍

Cece
Cece

Someone here used my referral and it was awesome. Thanks for having a clear space for referral links to be posted sometimes even if it’s a pain.

DS
DS

Is there an easy way to find these referral pages? For the life of me I can’t find them.

PJM
PJM

Yes, it would be helpful to have a permanent link to a listing of all approved referral pages.

William Charles

Usually you can just search for ‘referral’ and it’ll show the most recent threads. If you’re looking for a specific referral post just do a google search for “card name referral” or similar.

Zalmy

Please use my referral. If this is against the rules, please remove.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/referyourcard

Thanks!

😉

SteveH
SteveH

Not sure how to accomplish but the other issue is when the referral website post gets cross posted to Facebook, it is always confusing as it says to leave comments with your referral. And then people leave comments on Facebook with the referral instead of the actual website post.

William Charles

Yeah that’s ok, I don’t think many people are getting referrals from the comments section on the FB post

Gadget

First off, I want to say, I am immensely grateful you guys William Charles Chuck allow referral links. My family has certainly benefited!!! Coming from someone who has tried to help DoC moderate the referral pages without any power to do any correction, I feel your pain. I can understand not wanting to make the referral pages stand out, as that will provide a honey pot for the lurkers and spammers. I know everyone has ideas, but I made this suggestion before. I think the dedicated referral pages should be reset/erased every so often, whether that be a year, 6 months, whatever the time-frame, and then locked sometime after to avoid abuse. I can also understand not wanting to reset reader/contributor content on your site, because they provide info, context, and DP’s that would be erased, but “Used yours” and “Thanks” and “Appreciate it” is not useful. If you want to be really coordinated, you could put out a schedule of when the reset will occur in advance, but I know, that just adds more work for you. Problems I see: The links get old: I believe the top few posts are the ones that often get the majority of the referrals, some of which may be maxed out, or so old that they no longer have an account so the referral is wasted. The person that signs up typically gets paid still so the new user is happy, but bigger picture, another ACTIVE DoC community member lost out. Mobile phone browsers: I think the top few links posted being the breadwinners is partially due to the fact many of the longer pages stops downloading when using mobile versions of the referral page, at least for me when I am on Android Chrome, and pretty sure I tested Dolphin as well. I assume this is a WordPress issue/bug, which means every long page has tons of missing reader comments. Workaround is, on my phone, I have to accept the desktop version of the page, and then I need a microscope/zoom in to read the page and see all the comments, and most people aren’t going to do that. Research is just not going to happen: I don’t think the majority of people are going to do research who is most deserving, as long as they get their piece of the pie from being referred. Justifiably so, they are more focused… Read more »

JuicyJosh
JuicyJosh

Gman, I have never seen the read more button on a comment. I think you need to post this on your blog and link to it. Sheesh ;). Fwiw, I only use the referrals of DoC contributors I recognize.

Gadget

Hey man, I was on a roll. Read more button is a thing. Just my 3.5 cents. Blog? I have no such blog. And you aren’t the “most” and “many” I was referring to. Go order some more 75% off flowers. BTW, Sam’s Dosh posted.

daniel
daniel

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