Posted by William Charles on August 27, 2017
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Published on August 27th, 2017 | by William Charles

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Why You Should Support Sites You Enjoy

Something that I’ve noticed is that some of my favorite sites either don’t post anymore or post a lot less than they used to. This is something that frustrates me because no matter the niche I love reading sites that produce quality content. I’ve asked people why they stopped blogging and the answer is always the same: readers didn’t support the site enough. Most people will think that I’m just talking about financial support but that isn’t the only way to support a site.

How Can You Support A Site?

  • Be an active contributor. I’d say 90% of the user submitted content on this site comes from less than 1% of the reader base. Imagine if everybody contributed? You can contribute to Doctor of Credit by providing useful comments or by letting us know about a deal/trick we haven’t covered before.
  • Share the site and your favorite content. The only way for a site to grow is if you share the site itself (on social media, forums, reddit, with family & friends). If one post gets a lot more page views than the others then I’m more likely to try and produce more content that’s similar.
  • Say thank you in a meaningful way. One of my favorite parts of this blog is receiving an e-mail or comment from a reader saying thank you. Even better is when they say why they are thankful (e.g “thanks for the site, it’s made my heaps of money” is really nice but even better is something like “thanks so much for your site, thanks to it I’ve been able to take my family on an extra vacation next year”).
  • Provide constructive criticism. No site is perfect and most blog owners really appreciate criticism if it’s done in a constructive way (bad: “**** you you piece of ****, this site looks like **** on mobile” thanks for ruining all the deals” good: “Hey will, the pop up on mobile asking for e-mails is really annoying. Have you thought about changing it?”)
  • Support it financially. Most blogs/sites will make it clear the ways you can support it. For example you can support Doctor of Credit by using our Amazon or eBay links.

Final Thoughts

I hate that some of my favorite blogs no longer exist because they weren’t supported properly by their readers. I think readers often think that blogging is a lot easier than it actually is. You just set it up throw some ads on it and you’re rich. If there is a blog you like (and especially if it isn’t this one) I really encourage you to show some support to that blogger. There is no point in complaining about bad content all the time if you’re not doing anything about supporting good content.

Also just want to say thank you to all of the readers that have supported this site. Without you this site would not be nearly as helpful as it is and I doubt I would still be blogging at all.



98 Responses to Why You Should Support Sites You Enjoy

  1. Mike says:

    Thanks homie.

  2. Ryan says:

    I’ll go first.

    This blog is fantastic and has made me and my wife thousands of dollars.

    Thanks Doc team!

  3. David Wade says:

    Hey Docs,

    I have no clue how you can sleep at night putting out this blog.

    No really, you are amazingly prolific and I’m in awe of the amount of content you generate and the quick way you respond the posts both here and on Reddit.

    Really do you get any sleep?

  4. Daniel says:

    First blog i can think of that died out a bit is Travel is free, such an amazing blog, genius perspectives, I still visit it frequently hoping for new content

    • Traveler says:

      I Fully concur-Really miss Drew’s amazing posts.

    • MM says:

      I’d love to hear Doc’s own list, but I assume Travel Is Free would be right up there. 100% is for me – it’s actually maybe the only one I can think of off hand. To me, it was like a travel-focused version of DoC – unique, focused, rich with concrete info. Really great blog.

  5. Sa says:

    DoC is the only blog I comment on. Our hobby is really well covered here. Unbiased too. I will use your links once in a while.
    Once I asked if it matters that i have adblock on for this website. William or Chuck responded that it is ok. I still do not understand that.

    • Most people that use adblock are unlikely to generate us much revenue anyway, I’d prefer people to block ads if they find them annoying. We try to use ads that aren’t too annoying but at the end of the day I’d prefer if people read the site with adblock than don’t read it at all.

  6. Too good 2B! says:

    I read this site daily in combination with reddit. The information here is always much more accurate than any other site I’ve ran across, and you get solid responses from everyone at DoC as well as the fellow readers. I’ve also been able to get some great bonuses using this site that I never would have attempted, because of the great content and the data everyone contributes. Keep it up you guys!

  7. Pam says:

    I cannot thank you enough DoC! Your blog is the best I have found and it has made my a bunch of money (and is helping to fund a three week trip to Europe in early 2018!). I have learned tons and always recommend DoC to friends.

    Thanks for all you do!

  8. Jelena says:

    I’d love to say thank you to you guys. I’m on track to make $2,500 in bank account bonuses within my first year of attempting them. I never realized they were available until I found this site.

    This is valuable to me because I’m a stay at home mom who homeschools. We are by no means a struggling one income family, but I appreciate that I’ve been able to contribute financially to the family in my spare time. After taxes it’ll be about $1,981. That’s a lot of field trips, curriculum, and enrichment activities.

    Additionally, we had a large sum of money sitting in a .01% BoA checking account. We knew we should move it, but laziness kept me from researching it. I found your site, started digging, and now that money is actually earning us an extra $500 this year. We can’t put it in retirement or anything that would lock it up because it’s money we’re saving for a house.

    Also, did I mention I’m a stay at home mom who homeschools? Virtually free wine doesn’t hurt either 😉

  9. Guy Bucktastik says:

    This stupid sites looks trashy on mobile, you deal-ruiners outta get outta town.

  10. PF1 says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for all the great work that goes into this blog. It is my daily must-read.

  11. Ray says:

    I love DoC because you have no bias either way. If something is good or bad, you say so. A lot of other sites have become shills for this credit card or another just to make money. Next time I shop Amazon, I’ll be using your link.

  12. fathiss says:

    I have cut way back on reading travel blog content because so many bloggers have turned to trash gossip columns under the guise of travel. This is the only one I read faithfully because it is succinct, relevant, and does not use those crappy click bait titles. A truly honest site.
    And yes, thank you for saving me countless dollars. I don’t keep track, but I am sure I am saving well over $3,000 per year on deals I would never have found on my own (I’m counting travel points as real dollars because they are to me).

  13. barschools says:

    Thanks for all you do Doc. This is my daily go-to site. I’ve done over 1k per year in bank bonuses for the last 3 years. I have a week long vacation in Jackson Hole, WY coming up next month thanks to a Marriott travel package that I learned about here. It also earned me the SW companion pass for two more years. Too many tips, tricks, and deals on here to mention them all, but this site has been a very valuable asset to me. Keep up the good work guys!

  14. Lincoln boy says:

    Your site is my go to site and I use your content to reference some important facts. This is the site that I open first every morning no matter where I am. Please keep up the wonderful work!

  15. Abey says:

    Doctor of credit has literarily given me and my girlfriend two free round trip tickets to Sydney and Melbourne Australia and two free round trip tickets to Tokyo Japan! (With the 3x Citi AA non-24 language for each of us).
    This blog i accidently found 2 years ago by googling something about credit cards related.
    Since then i have refreshed this blog more then
    3x daily.
    Before finding this blog i had around 10 credit cards and i didnt know that i can even apply for a business card. As of today i have 107 credit cards…
    Among others i learned how to add amex offers to each card by opening multible tabs and that saved us so much money from Chewy to Boxed to Lowes and so on.
    Plus i realized overtime that other sites are sometimes a little biased with certain stuff so when they post a deal or something i have to question if i can fully rely on them unlike here where i just follow blindfolded.
    Lately i have even opened a whats app group with over 100 members where in a different language we have credit card Q&A and new credit card deals/offers and for the source we always link to this site.
    If doc had a donate to site option i would have given today $500 in appreciation.
    Thanks again William, Chuck and Sirtheta for all the hard work. We love you.

    • barschools says:

      107 credit cards? Good gawd! I thought I had a lot with 20. I bet your slightly over 5/24. : )

      • Abey says:

        Im around 80/24 😉
        Now i get declined for every card other then Citi or Amex because of excessive credit applications or too many inquiries last 12 months.

        • Curmudgeon says:

          80/24? Are these legit credit cards or are you scraping the bottom of the barrel with mall store cards (like the pretzel place, or the store filled with crap advertised on tv but no one bought so now it’s sold in the mall, etc)?

          I didn’t even think there were that many cards worth getting. Either way, congrats!

  16. Alisa says:

    Thank you Doc.. This is my go-to site. I am a relatively new churner (less than 2 years) and I have benefited SO much from the information I’ve learned from this site in the past year, including the various Amex partner deals (Boxed, the insurance one, Amazon, etc), bank bonuses and the other sales. I am a full-time teacher, and this site allows me to travel well and to “pay my way”.

  17. avi says:

    OK, I’ll bite. Doc, we all appreciate both of your hard work but don’t you think it’s time to reconsider your stance on credit card referral links as your readership can then support you properly? Ultimately it’s in your best interest as you have proven your integrity already. Take frequent miler for instance. I don’t think any less of him for his credit card referral links as they’re there but he’s not pimping them. Anyway tyvm for all your good content.

    • barschools says:

      I agree. We know you guys are trustworthy. Credit card referral links wouldn’t change that. Give us more ways to support you.

    • James B. says:

      Hi avi,

      The #1 issue when a blog starts using credit card referral links is that the banks place restrictions on the site’s contents. Most banks do like MS and thus ask the sites that use their referral links to take down articles on MS and other content they do not like. This might be in the banks interest, but it is not in the interest of the site’s readers.

      The banks want blogs to be a marketing platform for their products and services.

    • Biggie F says:

      Yeah, I wish that there were some sort of tip jar. Like others have said, your info is timely, accurate, comprehensive, and imaginative. I make lots of money on it and save or earn lots of points. I would like to pay something back — support you guys and other people, because, hey, look at all these great testimonials (love Jelena’s, for example). But I tend to forget the Amazon thing.

    • Hi Avi,

      It’s not something I’ll reconsider. A few reasons why:

      1). If we add them there will be some readers that won’t trust our reviews as much due to this perception of bias (even if there is no bias).
      2). You give up some editorial control when you have them, there are some subjects they won’t let you talk about (when I had the links it was churning bonuses and reconsideration numbers but don’t think that’s the case anymore).

      We make enough from the site to stay motivated at the moment so it’s not something that we need to do. Hope that makes sense.

      • Rose says:

        Thanks Will, I totally agree with your reasoning here, and that’s why I am on Doc every single day, just to look for unbiased reviews/deals. I truly appreciate your team’s effort to keep the sanity, it’s definitely admirable!
        I’ve already bookmarked your Amazon link so I can support this blog through that, and will try posting more comments in the future.
        PS: I do love the new desktop pop-up notification function, it’s very informative and not annoying to me at all.

  18. whiteseal says:

    This blog is awesome and is the only blog I go daily. Very appreciate for all you do. I just started last year and what an eye opener. I learned so much in a short time and making almost $3000 just on the bank acct sign up bonus this year to help pay part of my daughter ‘s college tuition. Thank You, Doc.

  19. Raj says:

    Absolutely best site.. I started using this website only couple of months.. thanks a lot chuck.

  20. The list of dead blogs is endless!

    Did some research on it:
    http://travelbloggerbuzz.com/a-deep-dive-into-the-miles-and-points-blog-space/

    Doc’s post is right on. The motivation to continue blogging gets recharged by the support blogs get.

    Go out of your way to support blogs to keep them from…moving on.

    The three I can think of that used to be on my Love/Like Blog Review lists:

    Travel Is Free
    PointsCentric
    Lazy Traveler

    I have NO doubt all three would still be blogging away if the support was higher.

    Now if we only kept from promoting pure credit card marketing “blogs” and ones using hideous click bait that would be great 🙂

  21. Billy says:

    I’d still love to see a PayPal donate button this site…

  22. Matt P says:

    Another way to support the sites you like is to turn off ad-block. I only turn it off for my very favorite sites, like this one. Luckily, DoC doesn’t have a lot of obtrusive ads and even some relevant ones I’ll click on occasionally.

  23. Peter S says:

    Great site, great unique contents and very good reader contribution.

  24. Erik says:

    Thanks for ruining all the deals.

  25. MP says:

    I greatly appreciate your work and help, Will! I’ll try to contribute.

  26. Josh says:

    I appreciate all you do, Doc. Coming here to get an unbiased view of data points, best cards, and best deals has been invaluable for my family and has been such a breath of fresh air. I use your EBay link in lieu of earning the percentage back.

    Feedback: It sounds like you have gone on a trip or two, have you given any thought to trip reports? I would be interested and I am thinking others would be, too, unless they are already posted somewhere?

    • jf says:

      Trip reports I usually only would read on /r/awardtravel but I think it would be great to have some here as well!

    • I thought about doing trip reports but I’m not going to do them. For me the ruin the trip, I’m too focused on trying to report on the trip than fully enjoying the experience. I’ve found over time I’ve actually read less trip reports as well as I don’t want to know 100% what to expect

  27. MP says:

    Thank you so much for the hard work that you put in, day in and day out. I hold your opinion on our hobby in much higher esteem than any other blog’s! Even when I try to be more “agnostic” about reading (e.g. using MilesFeed), I always reach the same conclusion: you’re the best!

  28. UPS guy says:

    Unbiased content is why I come here and try to contribute when I can.

  29. quasimodo says:

    DoC is hands down the most clear and comprehensive site and unbiased. DoC has saved me money with Amex Offers and clear analysis of various credit cards. Gotten a few bank account bonuses that I probably would not have done. Sometimes I still visit Travelcodex, Frequentmiler, or Travelisfree but end up usually just reading DoC. I’ve clicked through the Amazon and Ebay links a few times in the past few months. Thanks WC.

  30. ted says:

    Thank DoC, since learning about this site in February this year, I’ve made over 3K+ (Bank bonuses, Credit Card bonuses, netspend referrals, plastiq referrals, gift card deals) that helped me pay off my debt in consumer credits. I now have a credit score of over 790+ and no debt. Thanks a lot!

  31. NinjaX says:

    damn you, you piece of jank, this site looks like crap on mobile. also thanks for ruining all the deals.

  32. Jason B says:

    Would love if you would put a tip jar link up. Thank you for the great work!

  33. Jason says:

    My wife and I took a trip to Greece, and have taken kids to Hawaii because of this blog and a few others. Now working on a Disney trip on January with bank account bonuses thanks to DoC.

    Awesome info that I recommend to others who want to know how we afford such awesome travel on an average salary with 4 kids and a stay at home wife.

    Thanks for making our life much more adventurous.

  34. Andy says:

    Thanks for telling readers how to support your blog. I did not know so this is helpful. I appreciate your unbiased blog. Thank you for your service to our community.

  35. Vic says:

    Everybody please turn your AdBlock off for DoC.
    Ads being displayed (without viewer clicking) is also generating revenue for Google, therefore for the site as well. DoC don’t accept donation, don’t have credit card affiliation links, don’t receive incentive for any of the financial products they write about; turning off AdBlock is the least we can do.

    Also Will, please consider starting a Patreon. It’s a very good way to keep a stable stream of income from blogging, and it’s okay to not give anything extra to the Patrons. Many creators on Patreon don’t give anything extra to their Patrons, such as Kevin MacLeod (one the most prolific royalty-free music creator) and Primitive Technology, so feel free to just start a Patreon without providing extra content. We have benefited enough from reading your blogs daily, and just want a way to say thank you.

    • I don’t want readers to feel pressured to donate, as I’ve said before we do OK from the ads and it’s enough to keep motivated. This post is more about readers rewarding other sites they find helpful.

    • Ace Malik says:

      How does a site generate if ads arent even clicked, i might have to google that

      I will turn mine off, some sites just really over do it that they ruin it for other clean sites

  36. YRK says:

    Love this site. Just gotten my 1st cc 2years back and wished knew about this beforehand.
    Only site which I can think gives reviews of ALL credit cards unbias and also mention those cards target audience( which many others dont).
    Just a suggestion to put a donate button of any kind and alot be more than happy to pitch in considering how much we made cuz of you
    Thanks

  37. Brian says:

    You’ve made me thousands of dollars. I always tell people in the churning community it would be amazing if you could actually quantify how much money DOC makes for people. Maybe take a survey every year or something. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog; hope you make a lot of money off of it too!

  38. Brian says:

    On top of that, you guys should accept Bitcoin tips. For all the money you’ve made me, I would definitely throw some cash your way to support you guys.

  39. Peter says:

    DOC, thank you. Nothing I can write that hasn’t been already written in above comments. Your blog is like a daily ritual for me. Thank you for everything you do.

  40. Chuck says:

    Thanks to everyone for their warm and kind words. That wasn’t the goal of this post, but appreciated nonetheless!

  41. miles says:

    We need some DoC merch. Maybe tshirt or stickers. But in a serious tone, you guys are the greatest and unbiased blog for our hobby. Love everything you put up, and thank you.

  42. Andrew says:

    I legit appreciate the invaluable information you and your team at this site provide. Honestly, 80% of the knowledge I have regarding the credit card world comes from this website alone. Thank you. No other site goes out of their way to explain in plain English what’s what and how to maximize opportunities, day after day. Great work. Thanks a billion… miles.

  43. Charlie says:

    You guys do a great job of getting deals and great content out with quality. I know how much time it can take just to research things so with the amount of research you must do and the volume you put out should be commended and supported. I order through your links and will continue to do so.
    Thanks!

  44. Justin says:

    Thanks for everything, Will (and Chuck). You have single-handedly opened my eyes to the world of (nearly) free travel and have significantly impacted my financial bottom line. There are a handful of individuals who have really impacted my life, and although we have never met, you are one of them.

    The only complaint I have is that you won’t let me use your referral links!! Haha.

    You are great at quickly covering deals. Does your day job allow you a lot of flexibility so that you are able to cover things quickly?

  45. Peter says:

    I’ll echo the sentiment in some of the comments above…

    I started out in this travel/cc/hacking hobby on TPG and OMAAT. They are great, and visually more appealing than most others, but after a while they get repetitive (sign up for this card with my link and fly on this lie-flat seat!) and out of touch (here’s a 12th review of the Park Hyatt Maldives and the bell boy’s vest is fantastic).

    What slowly grew on me and kept me coming back are Frequent Miler for the fantastic in-depth analyses, and Doctor of Credit for the amazing depth and breadth of knowledge content. This site particularly presents the world from such a bank insider sort of perspective, and taught me so much about products, rules, patterns, formulae… the kind of stuff that I didn’t think anyone would ever bother with, and now I cannot live without.

    And yes I am wealthier now than I would have been thanks to Doctor of Credit.

    I’m particularly grateful for posts like this one because it shows how the Doc is a human being who cares about his readers and fellow bloggers, not just some content-publishing robot on the internet.

  46. Ryan Martin says:

    Thanks for the heads up. Love this site and the useful posts. Will definitely look to contribute more! Thanks for all you do.

  47. mommafrica says:

    So are you saying that the 10-20 times that I check back here daily is not enough for you?

  48. churnobsession says:

    Thank you very much DOC…I absolutely love doc for saving my money and sponsoring atleast 4 vacations with your guidance…I always pass this knowledge mine to my friends…

  49. zalmy says:

    Will and Chuck.. I read this blog every single day, I’ve made $3,275 in bank account bonuses this year entirely because of you, and have flown many flights and stayed at many a hotel thanks to you. The only other site that offers content this good is DansDeals (forums), but you lay it out in way easy-to-read format. Thanks for all you guys do!

  50. zalmy says:

    I’ve referred many a friend here, as well

  51. Information Booth says:

    Hey Y’all! I just discovered this site in March of this year. I have a MA in Professional Counseling, but have been off work for 7yrs while caring for my terminally ill partner of 24yrs. After she passed away this past Dec., I began to search for a new hobby. These past few months, my mom and I have made thousands of $ doing deals and bank bonuses. With this $, I’m going to be able to go back to work and continue to enrich the lives of others the way that this site has enriched mine. Thanks, again, for all you’ve done for me. Love in Christ.

  52. Laura says:

    This website is so thorough and well organized that I can’t imagine how much harder it would be to travel hack without it. This site has helped me understand CC rules and find many lesser-known but amazing sign-up bonuses. The data points for what counts as a CA or not for funding bank accounts is priceless. You guys are awesome, thanks for all you do!

    • m says:

      I’m very impressed with the organization of this site too. Deal calendar is great. So many details to keep track of!

  53. Curmudgeon says:

    A donation has been made in your name to The Human Fund.

    🙂

  54. m says:

    Thank you. Just discovered your blog recently and have been checking it often. Great info and deals.. 🙂 So far though… I haven’t really done any serious ms yet… anybody willing to mentor a noob? Supposedly there are “secrets” no one seems to be willing to share.. I’m personally not interested in travel- my current goal is to ms and bank bonus my way to enough cashback to make my minimum payments for the next year. I might be able to float 15-20k but can’t get direct deposits for the bank. Realistic? Or rediculous?

  55. Trevor says:

    Will – you guys do an excellent job. Often times (today even) you are the first blog I’ll recommend to folks dipping their toes in the water of miles and points. Even before my own!

  56. Shannon says:

    I love your site. Your my #1 site I check multiple times a day. I also follow you on twitter. I love the mix of deals and the succinct posts you have. I’ve saved a lot of money and made money from deals posted to your site. I comment when data points are needed or if I have something helpful to ad. I really appreciate that you post multiple times a day. You save me a tremendous about of time searching for the good deals. Thank you!

  57. Nancy says:

    Thank you for supporting us smaller bloggers through your news round-up links and posts like this! I really enjoy writing, and I hope that the blog I write for can continue for a long time.

    Doctor of Credit is such a valuable resource to so many people.

  58. calwatch says:

    Honestly it’s amazing you haven’t burnt out yet. Thanks for all you do.

  59. Mary says:

    So glad I heard about you from ThePoints Guy and AT101! I appreciate what you do. Thanks!

  60. Lee says:

    This post inspired me to make my first comment. Thank you, I’m currently overseas with the military so churning has gone on the backburner for me, but the coverage of bank account deals is great and I can accomplish it from anywhere. I’m also a big fan of the seemingly random deals on giftcards/ebay bucks, so thanks to the authors on this site for all the valuable information.

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