How to Make Money with a Travel Blog

How to Make Money with a Travel Blog


hello guys I am Kristen from be my
trowel muse nice to see you you’re looking really
nice today sorry shameless flirting welcome to another fabulous episode
about how to make money with your travel blog so if you have seen part one which
is basically how to start a travel blog this is step two on how to make some
dead cash with it obviously travel blogging is an awesome job it allows you
to go around the world and hopefully get paid to travel and to
provide content that is really valuable for other people that is the key so
today we’re going to talk about how you can make money doing various different
things related to and directly from your travel blog so let’s have a seat and get
started alright so maybe I’m going to break a few hearts here but before I get
into it I just want to emphasize that Travel blogging is not a way to make
money quickly this is a long game not a get-rich-quick scheme anyone who tells
you that you can make a bunch of money with a travel blog within a few months
is foolish this comes down to two big reasons why you need an audience and you
need to establish trust with Google in fact you need to establish trust with
the whole world before anyone’s going to part with their cold hard cash
so that you can make money with your blog so to be completely honest with you
and this is a very common reality it took me about two years of doing all
this other stuff related to my blog before I was making enough money from my
actual blog to live off of but don’t despair because there are a lot of
things that you can do that your blog can help you to get so that your blog
can eventually be your main source of income so let’s get started
number one is to find freelance writing opportunities there are a lot of
freelance writing opportunities out there and some of them paid pretty
alright you’re going to start off a little bit lower while you’re still
establishing yourself but in time you can get paid more and more to be
some articles that will help you not only with SEO because you’ll be getting
backlinks but you’re also going to get exposure and experience and money so use
your blog as a resume and you’re going to look attractive to editors because
you’re going to have a social following and you’re going to have this glowing
resume of all of the things that you can do like photography and hey you’re
already out there traveling and then the more of these writing gigs you get the
more that you’ve got a portfolio use your blog as a springboard to get other
work at first and there are a ton of websites that list all of the areas
where you can look to find freelance writing work click on the blog posts
that’s linked in the show notes below I’ve got all of the resources that I
reference in this video on that blog post and it will help you get on the way
to making some money number two is freelance for other
bloggers when you can this is going to require networking most likely so I
would suggest either looking at social media and meeting up with other bloggers
at meetups or if you notice that you’re both in the same place at the same time
you can reach out and see if the person wants to collaborate maybe offer to take
photos for them if you notice that they like to be in their own photos I know I
would be cool with that offer to buy them a cup of coffee I don’t know go to
industry trade shows and events and just generally Network online on the Facebook
groups and look for opportunities where you could be maybe a virtual assistant
for someone if you can get one of these opportunities it’s a great way to learn
number three put affiliate links in your blog posts
early but don’t expect to make much money from them right away I’ll give you
an example month four of my journey around Southeast Asia which is where I
began my blog so basically in month four of my blogging I made a packing list for
Southeast Asia that is now one of the most visited pages on my site and so for
years now Google has been presenting the a resource to people when they’re
searching for a packing list for Southeast Asia this is passive income I
did it once and I don’t have to worry about it again so even though it took a
while for me to make money off of it now it has been a hugely beneficial thing
that I did way long ago think about the products and services that you love and
rave about that you’ve tested yourself and write blog posts to recommend them
now there are good ways to do this and there are bad ways to do this there are
a lot of really good resources online to help you figure out how to write a good
affiliate post I’ve linked those as well as the blog post to take a look and just
make sure that every time you recommend something you’re always putting your
audience first number four think about putting ads on your site now this is not
something that I would do until you’re around twenty or thirty thousand unique
visitors per month however this is a really good way to make money off of
your blog because you’re getting passive income for everyone who visits your
website and some of these ad networks paid pretty well so yeah at first I
didn’t really like the way that the ads looked on my site because I was so used
to seeing them without ads for years but it is a great way to keep the site going
with its increasing costs and eventually you may find that ads are a good idea
for you to media vine is one that I use and I would recommend so eventually
think about putting ads on your site because it’s a great way to make some
passive income number five if you are good at photography which I highly
recommend you get good at it if you want to be a successful blogger it’s kind of
a must in this day and age think about selling your photos you could do that on
stock photography websites although that’s not a easy way to make a lot of
money it is one thing one piece of the puzzle or the pie or whatever that you
could think about adding diversification is really important anyway
and photography is a really good one get good at photography look for maybe some
gaps where people need stock photos where they aren’t being offered upload
them to a free or maybe even a paid site and maybe you can get some cash out of
that another good way to make money is to sort of use Instagram as your
portfolio and to get paid freelance work from that most of my paid work actually
does come from Instagram so I get a lot of offers from brands and destinations
to come photograph either something that they’ve created or a really cool thing
in their destination and to promote it on my channels so for me photography has
been a game changer number six make videos and monetize them YouTube videos
like this theory when you’re watching you can put ads on them and get passive
income from that too now you need a pretty big audience for this to actually
be something that makes you money but that’s always our goal here so if you’re
creating something of value which I hope this video is then you will attract an
audience that eventually will love watching your videos and every time you
put something else out there it can maybe make you a little bit of money
number seven get paid to go places that is the dream right get paid to go travel
go on campaigns go around the world filming and photographing and all you’ve
got to do is write about it I think this is a really common misconception about
travel blogging when I’m on a campaign I am usually working from before sunrise
until way after sunset making sure that I get every shot that I could possibly
need because you only get one chance to get this right paid campaigns can be
super awesome but just make sure that it is a destination in an itinerary that
makes sense with your brand because otherwise it could end up hurting you in
the long run just make sure that you’ve really hammered out the details and that
every is something that you actually can
deliver as well number eight this is a big one develop your own products I have
written a couple of books one is about how to solo travel the world for the
first time by yourself it is everything from getting over the fear to saving up
money to making it look good on your resume to learning how to travel for
free how to buy the plane ticket how to take care of health care and
immunizations and all that finding work on the road stays safe and joying it
getting the most out of it so that is something that had multiple benefits for
me it makes me money but it also established me as an authority on solo
female travel so think about what you are an expert on and maybe you can write
the book on it I also have tours so this is another product that I offer where
people can book a tour to come travel with me and it’s a really cool way for
me to just provide another opportunity for people to get out there and travel
and experience the world so think about what you could offer people that would
provide value to them and that would make their lives easier and that would
be exciting for you to put out there too now a big misconception I see about
products is people start their blog and immediately they work on a product to
sell build your audience first you need a Minimum Viable audience before you can
start selling products don’t put the cart in front of the horse so to speak
number nine now this is something that I don’t see a lot of people doing but I
actually think would be a genius idea start a podcast podcasting is huge right
now and there are a lot of topics and travel that aren’t really being covered
right now so I think that starting up a podcast would be a great way to network
with people because people often love giving interviews and it’s a good way to
kind of strike while the iron is hot on a facet of the industry that not a lot
of people are actually doing right now and the final thing number ten think
about public speaking and this is something that’s probably
only going to come after you’ve been established for a little while but
public speaking is a great way to make yourself an authority on the topic that
you are speaking on of course and you never know it was going to be in that
audience if it’s a big-time trade show that one speech could actually change
your life this is not something that I have a ton of experience with but I
would love to do more of it just have yet another thing that you can offer to
the world I hope that you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up let me know
what you thought in the show notes below if you have any questions or if you have
other videos like this that you would like to see make sure that you watch my
other video on how to start a travel blog if you haven’t seen it yet there’s
a lot of great tips in there for how to stand out from the crowd and subscribe
for new videos every Wednesday see you guys soon bye

12 thoughts on “How to Make Money with a Travel Blog

  1. I think YouTube allows you to grow a following much more quickly than organic searching on google, and you don't have to limit your content to travel.

  2. No matter how much research I do I still CANNOT understand what you and others are doing right! I have been on Instagram promoting the hell out of my page with cool ass photos and I wrote a book as well, and I have only 300 followers smh. How the hell do you build a large audience?!! I have tried everything I can imagine and I feel like all these pointless photos and videos are for nothing. I’m not getting tons of followers so I can’t monetize anything. Meanwhile I see people saying they are traveling and making money with hundreds of thousands to millions of followers. I feel so stuck and I’m honestly depressed because I want to travel for a living. I want to make this work, I have been trying to make this work but it is going nowhere. People make it seem so easy but it’s not. I really feel like people aren’t being honest about what they are doing to make money while traveling

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