10 Tips and Tricks to Earn Money From a Travel Blog
Today, I’m going to talk to you about how to make money travel blogging. You will not only get tips on how to travel for free or get little freebies here and there but a travel blog that is a real business, that makes money and can change your life.
If you haven’t read it already, I wrote an article ‘How To Make Money Blogging’. It may be a good idea to start there first to get a general idea on how a blog works and how you can make money from it. If your a total newbie and want to setup your first blog, you can Click Here and it will take you to the article.
Below you will find 10 top tips on how to make money travel blogging.
#1. Be Original
The most important thing that you can do is develop your unique niche. You have to find a unique way of standing out from the crowd so you become more recognisable. Yes, there are thousands of travel blogs but if you think about it, there are also thousands of restaurants all over planet earth. Does that mean you shouldn’t start and open a restaurant? Or that a new restaurant can’t be successful? No, absolutely not!
Travel blogging is a super young industry. It’s only been about around a decade. The best thing is, people can actually make life changing income with a travel blog now. So, when you think about it that way, if you can innovate and come up with a really clever niche, then you’ve got a really good chance of succeeding.
The deeper that you can go into a niche, the more that you can find your tribe of people who are also super into that thing. Now, you might be saying to yourself, “I have no idea what sets me apart.” That’s okay. It may come to you as you start, when you’re on the road.
Or if your like myself, I tried and tested tons of different niches but eventually you will narrow down and find the area that works best for you.
If you don’t know yet, just go, Just get started. One of the biggest things I’ve saw in my experience what stops people from succeeding is not taking action. It’s better to take imperfect action than no action at all.
#2. Write For Other Sites
Write for other sites, or guest blogging as it is known in the industry. In the beginning, you’ve got time to write for other people. You’re not super busy with checking your email or responding to comments because you probably don’t have any yet.
So, when you’re first starting out, use that extra time to your advantage by writing amazing content for other sites that points back to your site. This helps for search engine optimization. This also really helps for getting an audience. Now, the best way to approach people with your articles is to…
- Number one, have something really stellar that you’ve already written that has amazing images to go along with it and that goes with the subject of their site. So, someone writes about travelling in Southeast Asia, maybe it doesn’t make sense to approach them with an article about Spain.
- Number two, if you’ve noticed that they feature other bloggers, there’s a really good chance that they may say yes to you. But if you notice that their site only has stuff from them, maybe they’re not as open to guest bloggers and your time is better spent elsewhere.
The third important thing to think about is when you email them, have a clear pitch in mind. Lastly, make sure that you give the person time to respond before you approach other people with the same article. You don’t want to look spammy and like you’re just trying to get backlinks.
Whoever you’re approaching gets a lot of emails that are like that. So, you just wanna make sure that you come across as genuine, that they know that you’re also a travel blogger, and that you’re not trying to sneak a link in their for a company and that what you’re providing is going to give them value.
#3. Serving Your Audience
Pat Flynn, an American entrepreneur, blogger and podcaster says, “Serve first.” This is really good advice because if every time that you get started on something you think about how it benefits others, you’re more likely to find success.
Think about it. If you write an article that is just about me, me, me, then other people might not necessarily connect with it in the way that you’re hoping for. In order to have mass appeal, you wanna make sure that you’re really providing something of value.
Maybe that’s something that’s funny and makes people laugh and just brightens their day a little bit. Maybe that is the end all be all guide for whatever it is that you’re writing about. Another way is to make them feel really good about themselves and to be relatable.
If you write something that people can really connect with here, they’re more likely to think about you long after they’ve read the post and to wanna go back to your site to see updates. Put some soul into it and make it something that is appealing for people beyond just yourself.
#4. Know The Reason Why Your Doing It
It should be really obvious that you need to have a clear reason why you are blogging but a lot of people simply don’t. A really good place to start with this is Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk and his book, “Start With Why.”
This can help you conceptualise how you can come up with a really clear purpose because when you have a clear purpose and you always go back to this purpose you can clearly communicate that to other people and inspire action from them.
#5. Don’t be afraid to spend money
Most people I come across online always want the free options to avoid spending any money. You have to see this as a business, and growing a blog can produce life changing income. Investing in your business can speed up the process and ensure you achieve your goals a lot faster.
There are 3 ways you can invest money into your business.
– 1. Education:
All of the skills I have learned over the years were learned by purchasing online courses. There’s a lot of trashy products out there, but also many good ones.
One of the best blogging courses I have ever purchased is Traffic Rebirth. It’s an excellent course, jam packed with quality content and and step-by-step video training. You can see my full review of Traffic Rebirth by clicking HERE
– 2. Paid Traffic:
Building up organic searches with SEO is something you have to do, and it has great benefits in the long term, but this can be a slow process. You can use various paid traffic methods which will allow you to start seeing results a lot faster.
Traffic is obviously a huge subject and something I can’t go in to in too much detail here, but you will find tons of information on traffic on this blog.
– 3. Tools, Software, and Plugins:
When it comes to blogging, there are a number of essential tools that you will need to get going. Here’s a list of just some of the tools you will need.
You will need hosting right from the start, as this is where your blog is hosted online. The next list are tools that you will not need straight away, but are also essential for your blog to be a success.
When it comes to running a travel blog, there are so many aspects of the business you have to juggle. You have to write regular content (which can be very time consuming), research, looking after all of the social channels, plus much more!
This can be very time consuming, and we only have so many hours of the day to do all of these tasks. Especially if you currently have a full time job, kids or other family commitments.
One of the easiest ways to get more done is to outsource some of the tasks. You don’t have to pay expensive for this, you can find people on places like fiverr where you can get all kinds of tasks done by freelancers for very cheap.
In the beginning, you probably will be bootstrapping and doing most of this on your own. But as time goes, don’t be afraid to hire other people to help you. That’s how you can grow.
#7. Lazer Targeted Focus
In the beginning you may feel like you have to do absolutely everything. If you try to do everything at once, you’re just going to be able to give a little bit of attention to each thing.
Focus on one thing at first, and then over time, gradually add other aspects and other traffic sources. Focus on writing good quality content, and pick one traffic source until you master it and you become a bit more established.
You will get a lot better results by focusing and working hard on one aspect, and then building up from there over time.
8. Competitor Analysis
In the beginning it’s very important to do some market research. See what other bloggers are doing and what works for them. Ask questions in Facebook groups, become part of the community so that you at least have an idea of what the current environment is like.
But once you establish yourself, don’t pay attention to what anyone else is doing anymore. It can kill your creativity when you’re comparing yourself to other people and no matter what, the more that you look at what other people are doing, the less you’re going to have your own unique light shining.
Logging onto Facebook or reading other blogs can waste multiple hours of your time without you even realizing it. I’m not saying you should stop reading blogs for pleasure, but there is a line at which point it starts to be unhealthy for you and your brand. Instead of trying to do what everyone else is doing, do you.
#9. Resist The Urge To Fake It
It can be really tempting to buy followers because it’s hard to see really small numbers in the beginning and feel good about it. But doing this is pointless if you’re not making real connections with real people.
So, the most important thing you can do to try to find those real followers is again to hone in on your niche, find your unique gifts, really develop those gifts without paying too much attention to what other people are doing and not playing games to look like you’re more popular than you actually are.
You see people doing black hat techniques either to look like they have more readers than they do or more followers and engagement than they actually have. Well, those people don’t really last, they might look super popular now because they shot up real quick, but these stars burn out fast because they’re not actually stars. It’s not about having millions of fake followers. It’s about having 100 real followers.
#10. Never Stop Learning
The industry is changing really fast, always. So, the more that you can learn and innovate, the better you can do. Again, that goes back to being willing to spend money on courses. Just don’t get into the habit of buying every shiny new course that get’s released.
This can actually slow your progress down, or even stop you progressing at all. Only purchase new products or software if it is beneficial or compliment’s what you already do.
Hope you enjoyed this article on how to make money travel blogging. If your thinking of starting a travel blog, the most important thing for you to do is take action. Don’t worry about all of the tinny details or potential problems. Just learn as you go along.
When you get good at the process of getting up good quality content, you can then find various ways of monetizing your blog, and start earning money with it.
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