Monday, 30 November 2015

Travel Blogging For Money?

Hey guys, today a new type of post in an aim to mix things up a little. Travel is a hobby for many, going to new places meeting new people and experiencing different things outside our comfort zones.

It can be in your local area or a thousand miles away in a foreign land. Either way travel can bring us new experiences that make perfect blog posts. The only problem is everyone has a blog nowadays, most fall before they've even picked up steam whilst others gain momentum and reach a wide audience.



Consistency Is Key


The difference between the two? Consistency in blogging and consistency in SEO/social media marketing and keyword research. It's one thing to have pretty pictures on a page but another to consistently market your content to the right people.

My blogging took off once (traffic wise and financially) I took Robin Cockrell's Pajama Affiliates Blogging Course. I put my writing skills together with knowledge of SEO, social media, and keyword placement presented nicely in one neat package. Without that knowledge your blog will join the other 99% that fail to make it.

Along with the course you gain access to a private Facebook group where other like minded bloggers share their journey, help each other out and support each other through successes and struggles. A course is one thing but support afterwards is what makes or breaks it.

So you have the perfect travel stories in your head and photos on your computer hard drive waiting to get out into the world? What do you do next? First you'll need to set up your website and the best way to do this is on Wordpress. Use Bluehost or Hostgator for hosting and domains. There are plenty of free online tutorials that'll show you how to get set up.

Once your blog is set up and your have your domain in place start writing your posts, keep it conversational and fun, inject every once of your personality into your writing. This is something a course cannot teach, this has to come from YOU!

Fun Supportive Group


Then you can begin formatting your post for SEO, social media, getting keywords in the right places ready for Google to index and rank. This will get easier every time you do it and if you're having an trouble you can always pop into the group for support.

You'll learn how to edit and format each image on your hard drive for maximum exposure on Pinterest (great for travel blogs) and other social networks. Once you've done editing those photos why not upload them to Zazzle (a print on demand website) for another stream of passive income?

Then it's a case of consistently creating blog posts and tweaking old ones until you get the formula right! The most content you have the better you'll rank in Google and the more traffic and sales you'll gain.

  • You cannot plop up a blog and expect to become a millionaire overnight
 You're building a reputable business and if you're not in it for the long haul you'll not succeed. It's a long but very rewarding road and the support is always there when you need it. Everyone in the group is going the same direction just in our own respective niches.

It is thanks to the blogging course I'm planning my own gap year for 2016 and this post was a good way to put some ideas down for how I could possibly create my own travel blog as an extra stream.

So what are you waiting for?

6 comments:

  1. I have a travel blog. http://peace-love-travel-light.com brings in adsense and sells stuff too. Good luck!

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    1. I've seen your blog Heather :) really love the photos you have on there! Knowing you you've probably put them on Zazzle too. Thanks!

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  2. I've been blogging for 6 years and just scored my first 2 paid jobs. I am so excited.

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    1. You should be excited, all that work and you're beginning to see results. Keep going!

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  3. I love you Ash, I'm so proud of you. You get it when I sometimes feel like so many don't. Entrepreneurship is a Spirit and clearly you have it.

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    1. Thanks Lesley! You have so much wisdom to offer the world and I'm so glad it's not going to waste. It's definitely a spirit and the trick is to not let that spirit dampen.

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