10 Monetization Tips for Travel Bloggers

September 26, 2014 76 thoughts
Fiji....is.....beautiful.
Fiji….is…..beautiful.

 

“Please please PLEASE, I am praying for a sponsored post! Please please PLEASE, I am praying for advertisers to scope me out!”

I can hear it. The quiet, or not so quiet, desperate plea, chanted by way too many travel bloggers.

I have a secret to tell ya: the idea for Blogging from Paradise was hatched in September of 2013. Yep, a year ago, I met a few travel bloggers who wanted to monetize their blogs effectively, but were solely dependent on sponsored posts and ad revenue to foot their bills.

They were sick of traveling home just to make money, to fund their trips.

Wouldn’t it be nice to become a full time, island hopping, professional blogger?

Of course it would.

Now since I’m a bit silly, or I needed to let go my old way of thinking and working, I waited until the Universe forced my hand in June of 2014 before I started Blogging from Paradise, both the blog and the eBook series.

But I have my travel blogger buddies to thank because without them sharing their insights with me I’d never have thought about the neat meld: mixing my experience, and my blog, so nicely.

 

Blogging from Paradise and Monetizing

 

Here’s the thing: I rarely if ever talk money on my blog. I sell a lifestyle. I sell being free. Money is but one channel through which you can become free. But going forward I may include more mention of “monetization” because Kelli and I did not pay for plane tickets to Fiji with clam shells, sheep or bubble gum wrappers.

Being able to make cold, hard cash afforded us the ability to leave our employee days behind so that we could become island hopping, globetrotting, full time professional bloggers.

Knowing how to monetize your blog and working with that knowledge persistently can help you crack the “lifestyle engineering code” I often speak of. Kelli and I are blessed. Right now we’re living in Savusavu, Fiji, with one of the best views on earth from the crib.

We’re 50 meters high, above the bay, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean to our left. Even the locals say this is quite possibly the best view on the island, and maybe, in all of Fiji.

How in the hell did a former security guard on the dole in New Jersey become a professional blogger, who’s living in Fiji now, and who’s traveled the world non-stop for 40 months? I learned through trial and error how to monetize my blog.

You don’t need to do the trial and error thing. You have my blog, my eBooks, my blog coaching services/know how and 5 year’s worth of experience to access, at the click of a mouse.

 

Mind Games and Work Games

 

Today, I’m doing things RB-style. Or Blogging from Paradise style.

All the practical tips/monetizing channels won’t do jack squat for the poverty conscious person. Until you improve your mindset you’ll be blind to my helpful practical/monetizing channel suggestions.

So we’ll dive in to both the mental and physical aspect of molding your travel blog into an income-producing, lifestyle-engineering tool.

Water’s looking delish in Savusavu today so let’s get down to it.

 

Tie Your Why to Being Free….

 

….and tie that why to taking people with you.

I experienced a seismic shift by tying a “freeing why” to this blog, some 3 months ago. I went from trying to make money, to desperately trying to make money, to making some nice change….with my old blog…..to starting my new blog, Blogging from Paradise, with the intent that:

Me, explaining where I am, via beverage bottle.
Me, explaining where I am, via beverage bottle.

 

I am free to travel and prosper, and I want to take you with me.

Know why you want to blog. Don’t tie the reason to making money. Tie the reason to being free, like, being free, to be location independent (yep no more trips back home to make money for your trips….now you can go back home just to visit your family)….and intend to make your readers free, too.

Changing my blogging reason “why” to being free:

In the early days I always wanted to be free, which is why I became a pro blogger many years ago, and why I generated the income to do so many years ago…..but the real fine-tuning came 3 months ago and I haven’t looked back.

Travel bloggers, purify your intent. Blog to be free. This helps you detach more and more from money outcomes, which makes you uber creative and which of course, magnetizes you to prospering ideas, and to money.

 

DO NOT Rely on Sponsored Posts to Pay Bills

 

Many travel bloggers follow the herd. Natural tendency, I get it. But people will pay you *regularly* for the privilege of posting to your blog once it’s a privilege to post to your blog.
Privileged blogs:

  • Are beautifully branded
  • Are community-oriented, meaning a bunch of folks follow and comment on your blog
  • Drive steady traffic
  • Have serious social proof

Now it’s OK to monetize through sponsored posts but it’s not OK to rely on sponsored posts as a source of steady income. At least, for the type of income it requires to buy plane tickets to Fiji, and to become a pro blogger so you can circle the globe full time, like Kelli and me.

Move sponsored posts toward the bottom of your monetizing strategies.

 

DO NOT Rely on Advertising Revenue to Pay Bills

 

In 5 years as a blogger I’ve made roughly…well….little, through ad revenue, and through sponsored posts. On the flip side, I’ve made….well….a bunch, bunch, bunch more through offering my services.

In truth, travel bloggers, you can make a fortune through any channel if you don’t depend on any 1 monetizing channel.

Many travel bloggers follow the ad revenue route as a primary ways and means of monetizing. Unless you’ve been featured on National Geographic, and The Huffington Post, and CNN Travel, and unless you’ve created a branded, high traffic, clever blog, full of riveting images, and content, you’ll struggle to become a full time pro blogger by generating ad revenue.

In short, new, or even vet travel bloggers, rarely become famous in days, or weeks, or months, or even, years…..so that means no add revenue for years in most cases, which means many trips back home, to work, to build your savings, to fund your travels.

Move ad revenue – like sponsored posts – to the bottom of your list.

 

Sell eBooks

 

I just released a fun, prospering eBook for my travel blogging buddies (#3 in my series, writing #4 now).

Blogging from Paradise: How My Wildest Travel Experiences Can Help You Become a Successful Blogger

Pick it up to learn how to monetize your travel experiences, because I know you have a bunch of them to recount.

I’ve also published 2 other eBooks – and an eBook combo – here:

Blogging from Paradise eBooks

I’d appreciate you til eternity if you can share those pages with your travel blogger buddies.

Selling eBooks establishes your authority, improves your writing skills, strengthens your travel blogging brand and of course provides you with steady, persistent cash flow.

Many travel bloggers give away eBooks for free. All well and good, but if you’ve struggled to monetize, sell a few or a bunch, too. Don’t rely on advertisers to come to you, with money in hand. Create something inspired based on your travel experiences to help your audience and to monetize your blog intelligently.

 

Connect with Folks Who Stand out from the Travel Blogging Crowd

 

Folks like my travel blogger friends Rambling Mandie, Sabina (Girl Vs Globe), Mapping Megan, The Guy (Flights and Frustrations) and Lash are brilliant story tellers, branding pros and social media wizards. They are really, really good at connecting with folks to expand their presence.

They each understand that blogger outreach makes your travel blog go. Because we can’t do this on our own; we need the help of skilled, authority bloggers who will inspire us, promote us and who’ll bless us with prospering ideas.

So promote the heck out of folks, not looking for anything in return, and you’ll connect with so many friends who’ll help you in so many different ways…..including, helping you monetize your blog.

 

 Offer Blog Coaching Services

 

Does your blog look great? Have you blogged for months, or years? Well, you can likely offer your experienced, expert opinion as a blog coach for a fee.

I offer blog coaching services (clickie clickie) to help travel bloggers:

  • Gain clarity in picking their specific niche
  • Gain clarity in building their brand
  • Build a professional, income-generating blog
  • Engineer a freeing lifestyle of extended travel
  • Boost traffic
  • Monetize intelligently and effectively

You can do the same if you have 6 months of experience both building your blog and observing other top travel blogs.  Spotting patterns on successful blogs – including your own – helps you see what works, and what doesn’t.

Travel bloggers should monetize MAINLY through offering services. Once you’ve learned a skill, and offer the skill as a pro, you’ll understand why Kelli and I have been traveling the world for 40 months as pro bloggers.

We didn’t wait around for advertisers to offer us money. We learned in-demand skills, and we offered our pro services to develop consistent, lasting sources of recurring income, to pad our savings and of course, to fund our travels.

 

Become a Freelance Writer

 

I’m a ghostwriter. I write content for people who want to hire bloggers to write their content for them.

Freelance writing, or ghostwriting, is a simple way for travel bloggers to monetize their skills.

One note: you’ll need to venture outside of your travel niche, to write about other topics, to make a living doing this…but what seems sweeter to you?

1: Traveling back home to work a job, or to do odd jobs, to make money, to fund your trips?

Or….

2: Traveling full time by researching different topics, and by practicing your writing skills daily, to land paid jobs?

I went with #2. Sure hasn’t hurt me.

Write, write, write, and seek out jobs on boards like Problogger.net.

Monetize your blog intelligently by attracting recurring, persistent work, and income. Develop bonds with clients. Over deliver. Write to hone your skills and research other niches through Google to cover a wide range of needs for a wide range of clients.

 

Express Devout Gratitude for What You Have

 

Do I seem like a happy guy? I am. I have down moments but I am largely grateful. I felt rich the second I woke up. Not because I was looking for riches, or Paypal payments, or checks, or for my pension to have jumped overnight, but because I chose to feel rich, through the process of expressing devout gratitude for my life and everything in it.

Money, and money-making, creative ideas, both form a beeline for the grateful person.

Work on your inner world. Be grateful. Watch how easily you’ll monetize your blog and just observe how freely money finds you.

 

Create Content that Knocks People’s Socks off

 

Money responds to value. So knock people’s socks off with long form travel blogging posts peppered with brilliant imagery, in-depth content and yep, with your unique blogging voice.

This takes work, but again, if you value freedom, and nonstop travel, above all else, you’ll put in the work.

Challenge the time excuse. Challenge the family excuse. Challenge the travel excuse.

5 years ago I was a broke, fired security guard who never left the country, or was never on a plane. My last vacay was in 1989 to South Carolina.

5 years later…look up and down my blog. I over delivered, and impressed folks, because I valued freedom above all else, and worked to hone my writing/blogging craft, and in so doing became a pro blogger.

Create monster value. Work to do this. Value your freedom, to stay inspired. You’ll monetize your travel blog like a boss.

 

Connect with Me

 

This blog and brand is for you.

I’ve engineered a freeing lifestyle and want to share my insight with you.

Leave me a comment.

Buy my eBooks. Hire me. Gobble up my 2000 to 3800 word, free posts, going back to early July.

Learn from my failures, and successes, to cut your learning curve. You can do the full time, pro blogger bit, because I did it with ZERO blogging, traveling and business experience.

I believe in you.

 

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon to help you with your most painful blogging mistakes. If you're struggling with your blog and feel overwhelmed with blogging information overload, Ryan can help you increase your blog traffic, comments and online income with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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76 Comments

  1. Shamsudeen Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Happy new year. I was checking for something on Google and saw this headline, got curious though and decide to drop by my friend’s blog hoping to find awesome while I have a break in paradise.

    The 10 blog monetization tips you shared are super awesome for bloggers not alone to travel bloggers.

    Thanks for writing, do have a wonderful start to the year.

    • Shamsudeen thanks! Likewise my friend…..hope you’re enjoying 2016 a bunch.

  2. Hey Ryan, your blog is super inspiring. Just started my own blog and learning the ropes. Bought one of your books too and thats helping me out. I really admire your ability to write so prolifically and that is something I also aspire to. Also finding my ‘voice’ coz I know when I relax into it I can create engaging content. Thanks again!

    • Relaxation is HUGE….love that note and thanks for buying and reading.

  3. Great advice. I’m glad I found your site! It’s good to connect here. I’ve been getting frustrated with blogging this year, as my income is probably half of it was last year, yet my stats double (130k uniques a month, 91k Twitter fans, 21k fb ect). I like your bit about making your reason for this be freedom, because that is my reason. I quit a very high paying job to travel the world and be free, and starting my blog was just a way to sustain it. after 5 years of constant travel, and 2 years blogging, now that it has really grown, I feel like I should get to the next level… I just need to find my own product that I can use to monetize, and try to figure this out better! hope we can stay connected!

  4. Current, I am running a small India related travel blog with a few thousands visitors. I only use Google AdSense to monetize my blog. In near time, I am planning to offer travel packages through affiliate networks.

  5. Hector Says:

    Hello Ryan! Thanks so much for this valuable information. BTW I enjoyed your post about Arnold Schwarzenegger @ Matt Woodward’s blog. Keep the great work!

    • Hector much appreciated! Yep that Arnold post was so fun to write. See you soon 🙂

  6. Worli Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Nice Tips! Travel blogging is a careful balance of opinion and information and setting up a successful travel blog like your is a daunting task. Producing a quality travel articles, ability to connect with readers and most important monetizing with different means is not at all easy 🙂

    • Well said Morli! We need that balance to draw in readers and to be authentic. Thanks so much 🙂

  7. Jody Says:

    Hey Ryan,
    Thanks for all the useful advice. New bloggers, like me, really rely on expert advice to get going (and KEEP going)…so thank you!

    • Jody, awesome! So happy to help, and keep on keeping on. Following experienced folks just makes your job so much easier. Thanks much.

  8. Dariece Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Great advice here about not going for sponsored posts. I can’t imagine getting penalized by Google and losing our traffic! Our site is our baby and it’s just not worth it. I do agree that it’s important to share, share, share! Not just sharing other blogger’s articles around on social media, but giving a shout-out from time to time (like you did!), sharing advice on forums, sharing press/advertising/freelance contacts and of course, sharing great content on your own site!

    The connections you could make could be live changing. You never know… 😉

    Thanks for sharing yet another super informative, inspirational post.

    Cheers from my paradise, Grenada!

    • Dariece, Yep, those bonds can even create co-interview opportunities 😉 Love your take on that, and adding Grenada to our list. Thanks so much!

  9. Great techniques and creative tips!
    Also, congratulations for having achieved this – you even managed to live in paradise! 🙂
    Not many travel bloggers can say this…

    • EH, much appreciated! I feel grateful, and I want to bring as many folks with me through sharing my experiences. Have a great week.

  10. Hassaan Says:

    Ryan,

    Great Blog. Travel Blog isn’t an easy thing to manage. It’s one of the things I have on my list, but I don’t see it in near future. I’ll keep in touch with you.

    Good work.

    • Hassan it helps to have your full energy invested, for sure. Thanks so much.

  11. Akash Says:

    Nice tips, sure help me! Thanks for all tips. BOOKMARKED!!

  12. Martina Says:

    I’ve been spending too much time on Facebook – I went to “like” your reply, lol. Ah well. Like. 😉

  13. Martina Says:

    Hey Ryan

    Thanks for another great post full of useful info – but no thanks for inspiring me and distracting me when I’m supposed to be working!! Shame on you!! lol. (Shame on me, haha, focus is something I need to work on…)

    I just wanted to comment on and expand upon the point you made about the why of the thing and freedom.

    So many people – in life in general, not just in the blogosphere – are so focussed on money they lose sight of the true point of life. They view accumulating dollars in a bank account as the sole point, like accumulating points in a video game (or even a board game in you’re old school like me and love Scarabble with Nana).

    But money itself doesn’t actually *do* anything. It sits there. And while it sits there, it achieves… what, exactly?

    I met a guy recently who loved the idea of travelling as much as I do, who loved hearing about my stories and the unusual places I’ve been. Hey, most Fijians haven’t even heard of Mongolia, let alone been there. But when I said he should travel himself, his automatic reaction was no, no way, not possible. Why not? He can’t afford it. But why not? He’s on a decent, professional income. He’s got enough money for a short term trip to somewhere interesting, for sure. But he’s so focussed on building the number in his bank account that any major purchase would count as a major setback. He even buys things like furniture and electronics on loan schemes so as to not lower the overall number of “points” in his account – even though this means those things will cost more in the end!

    Money is not the goal. Money is a means to an end. It’s essential, of course, because we live in a capitalist society and we can’t exactly change that. But money is simply the tool that buys the experiences, the objects, the things that make life enjoyable.

    I traded in a promotion in an extremely secure job back in Australia at the start of the year for a year working at an NGO in Fiji. I swapped an income well above the mean wage in Australia for one well below Australian minimum wage. People who didn’t know me very well thought I was crazy, to give away a job like that. But that job would never have given me the freedom I have now. Yes I have to forgo my love of daily lattes. But I get to go places like the Yasawas and Leleuvia on my weeks or weekends off. Totally worth it, IMO.

    That was a pretty long winded way of saying it, but yeah, you’re spot on. Money is NOT the point. Freedom is.

    Anyway, better get back to it. 😉 (And hey, even though I’m still in the 9-5 (well 9-4:30 – gotta love Fiji), at least my work is interesting!)

    Martina 🙂

    • Martina, PERFECT! I’ve nothing to add at all, because you sum up exactly how I’ve engineered my life. Kudos to you for letting go what was not a match, to find a freeing match here in Fiji. Bravo!…and thanks so much for sharing, I so appreciate it.

  14. marc Says:

    Awesome post. Love your insights. I’m trying my best to become a great blogger and give great content away. Just started my site. I travel different area 3 months at a time to fully digest the region. My wife is a traveling nurse it helps. We have been traveling with kids over 5 years and it’s wonderful to travel. I get bored if I stay more than 3 months in one place. I will follow your ideas and hopefully be independent soon. Thanks again 🙂

    • Marc, way cool! It must be so much fun to travel with your kids too. Ditto on 3 months. We love Fiji, but hit that 3 month mark last week, and we’re looking forward to the 27th when we do Bali….although we’ll miss here big time. Thanks much.

      • Marc Says:

        Thanks Ryan, Yes, its really fun to travel with family even though sometimes its tough.:). We are in Palm Springs now for 3 months and started to explore the area. So much to see and blog about. Have fun in Bali. I heard that its a great place to be. Enjoy fiji until then.
        Cheers
        Marc

        • Will do Marc! And enjoy Palm Springs yourself, I’ve heard similar things about that spot. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend 🙂

  15. LIz McGee Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Although you target travel blogs here your advice rings true for any blogger.

    I also highly agree with having a product or service of your own to offer. There are so many great ways on the web to do that, particularly with passive income. Creating e-books are one of the best passive income opportunities on the web.

    All your advice is spot on really. Knowing your ‘why’ offering great content, having gratitude, all of it is key but none of it’s for the blogger that’s not serious. It takes work and ambition. But in the end it’s an awesome lifestyle.

    Great post Ryan:-)

    Blessings,
    Liz

    • Liz, thanks so much for your insightful share. Really it is about knowing why and being grateful for where you’re at, to grow through your blog. Appreciate it.

  16. Love it, Ryan. “Create monster value.” Yep, that seems to be the key. On to the drawing board I go …

  17. Ian Roberts Says:

    Ryan – I truly dips me lid. I had heard that you were a deadset legend – and now I’m convinced. Your words are certainly something to mull over. Many thanks

  18. Drewry Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I like your blogging style very much. You take lots of quality time into crafting really great blog posts. And, it’s quite lengthy too, which is definitely a good thing for readers and search engines.

    My question to you is

    1. Do you manually write this content daily on your PC keyboard?

    or, do you

    2. Use speech recognition to create and publish blog posts daily?

    I admire your persistent blogging and dedication. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Cheers,

    Drewry

    P.S. What are your views on Commission Junction, LinkShare, ShareaSale, and Affiliate Window?

    • Hi Drewry, I write each post on my laptop. I have no views on each site really, never used them, but I love Selz 😉 Thanks so much.

  19. Lash Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    thanks much for the mention. Great meeting you & Kelli at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and keeping in touch since then.

    You are certainly accomplishing impressive things with your brand new blog here. Wowie, running!

    I can attest to one of your main messages here about trying to rely solely on advertising/sponsored posts for income. Not a good strategy!

    Your advice to offer products, create eBooks and write on the side are good ones. Thanks for the tip about writing in different fields/genres. There really doesn’t seem to be much out there for travel writing.

    As for creating SUCCESSFUL eBooks – ones that sell and make money – I think it’s really super important to know how to launch, market them and get endorsements from authority figures. Otherwise, it’s quite likely you’ll write eBooks – which take A LOT of work, time & effort – but never sell any of them. I attribute much of you great success with this eBook series to having the great shout-outs from those big authority figures, who’s friendship you’ve established over the years and waaayyyy before you launched any books. :)) Of course, the content is fantastic too, else they would not have shouted you out. But with killer content and no expert marketing, shout-outs and endorsements, they could just be sitting here going nowhere.

    In any event, thanks for the reminders about other revenue channels for blogging successfully. 🙂

    cheers, Lash

    • Hi Lash, Likewise! So happy we connected about a year ago….ditto on marketing. If we help others, and promote the, aggressively, we’ll find our work and eBooks and blogs promoted aggressively, and the sales will rack up. Thanks SO much Lash for the comment, and enjoy your travels.

  20. Linda Bibb Says:

    Ryan, this is probably one of your best posts so far – at least of the ones I’ve seen. 🙂 You obviously put a lot of thought and work into the quality of the content, and it shows.

    We’ve not bothered to monetize our site until now. It wasn’t a priority; we focused on creating good content and name recognition instead. Your post comes at an opportune time as we are now ready to explore our options for monetizing our site. However, like you we are not focusing on sponsored posts and advertising revenue. I think the key is establishing yourself as an authority.

    Sharing your post on social media (Thank you, Triberr!).

    • Linda, I appreciate that. I will do the list-style posts again; had to take a little break for a week or 2. Yep, go for that authority, and since you’re developing your nicely you’ll monetize effectively. Thanks so much!

  21. The Guy Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    First and foremost thank you ever so much for the mention. I feel very honoured to be mentioned in the same sentence as such a group of bloggers I greatly admire.

    I’ve only just got back from a wonderful week away on a Greek island with my wife so I have a lot of catching up to do. Receiving notice of this as your latest article has provided an extra boost of energy to the task in hand, thank you 🙂

    You are right, as well as with Mapping Megan (who is an absolute star) we can’t rely on one sole source of income.

    It is true that it can take a long time to become an established and highly respected name in this blogging world. Diligence and a thirst to keep learning is what will win the day. That is why I keep coming back to you Ryan because you share your experiences and I learn from your information and techniques. You trial and error things to find what works best.

    Fair play to you brother, keep providing the value. And once again thanks for the mention.

    • TG, so happy you enjoyed your trip 😉 My absolute pleasure, as I love how you have built your blog and your brand. Thanks so much.

  22. Reginald Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    This is INSANE! Among all those blogging travelers, I am sure no one is MORE qualified than you to share this information.

    I love the part where you share about “not focusing on one monetizing method”. I always believe making more money with various ways and you nailed it!

    Thanks for sharing and keep it up man.

  23. I’ve just stumbled on your blog, excellent tips – I’m bookmarking this page.

  24. It’s very inspiring! I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years but my blog doesn’t make money :)…

    • Hi, Thanks so much….As a suggestion I’d go with a paid hosting service, and also, keep on making buddies, and keep writing, and writing, and writing….you can do it!

  25. Carol Amato Says:

    Hey, Ryan – even though I’m not a “travel” blogger, I do love to travel, and I love to monetize, so…. Am interested in your article. 🙂

    Wow, that first picture of Fiji is so pretty. Tops of the mountains for sure. I live in Montrose, PA, and there isn’t anything higher than us right here.

    The leaves are changing, and it’s so beautiful right now, but it’s not even peak yet.

    Love the “tie your why to being free” – absolutely agree with this. Freedom of time and space is definitely what we have, and when my husband is done with this tour, we will be heading to Italy, at least that is the plan now. Haven’t seen my new granddaughter about to be born in a month, so that may change. Ha ha

    Connecting with folks who stand out is a definite must. I recently met Rambling Mandie, and really enjoy our chats.

    I’m not a freelance writer, but I could have been. I thought about it more than once but never took the plunge.

    Yep, gratitude attitude is what it takes – always thankful and appreciative of where you are, and planning where to go, with once in a while looking back to learn specific lessons that will spur us on to increased excellence! 🙂

    Loved your article, Ryan, and already shared it on Triberr and now on Twitter…

    Take Care,
    – Carol

    • Thanks SO much Carol and those Fiji pictures are something else, right? What a spot, so thrilling. Have a fun week.

  26. Elizabeth Says:

    SO happy to have found your blog, and also to see you mentioned my good friend Lash who I got to meet in KL a year ago! In fact I found your post from her sharing it on Facebook! She is an amazing woman. Happy to have purchased one of your books and look forward to reading more!

    • Thanks SO much again Elizabeth 🙂 Lash is awesome. We met last year and hit it off right away. Fun blog, great stories she tells. Thanks Elizabeth look forward to seeing you soon.

      • Elizabeth Says:

        That is fantastic you got to meet her as well! Maybe we will meet up one day; we’re currently based in Phuket.

        • Really? About my fave spot in the world. We stay in Rawaii, and although won’t be back soon, we will be one day. Where are you staying in Phuket?

    • Lash Says:

      Hey, hey Kiran!

      Aww, thanks, Miss. Takes one to know one! You are equally amazing. :))

      That’s great you found Ryan’s blog through me. He’s definitely doing a very impressive job here! Running from the moment he hit ground.

      cheers, Lash

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  28. Anna Says:

    Another helpful post, Ryan!

    I’ve been thinking about monetizing my blog lately (though my readership is nowhere near where I want to it be), but I have no idea how to actually do it. Actually the reason I started my blog was because I felt pressured to make some sort of online income. But I didn’t really think too much about *how* to actually do it until recently.

    A lot of lifestyle bloggers make a good living from sponsored content and blog sponsors, but this game seems to be very different for travel bloggers. And I just assumed that you need to get really popular first in the blogosphere if you want to start selling any kind of service, or have ad clicks.

    I like your advice of writing a lot every day to hone your writing (I just read your other post on short vs. long blog posts). My main problem still comes down to lack of confidence to actually be able to make a living doing it. And I am definitely a very slow writer at the moment. After I’ve honed my writing, then I think freelancing may seem like a feasible option. 🙂 Would you say that that’s your single biggest income source?

    I hope you and Kelli have a great weekend!
    Anna

    • Hi Anna, I feel if we write, we can generate steady income through absolutely any channel….simply making writing our #1 priority opens us to abundance. Thanks so much 🙂

  29. Michel Says:

    Really nice post. I am a bit jealous that you are living a live as a travel-blogger. I am trying to become a blogger myself. I have a personal blog but I am far from being what I consider successful.
    Yours and good luck
    Michel

    • You’ll get there Michael. Stay subscribed, gobble up these updates, work smart, work on your mindset, and we’ll be neighbors. Thanks!

  30. Fantastic tips Ryan – especially about not relying on one form of income to pay the bills. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that a steady income is only going to come in from blogging if you have multiple streams of revenue going at the same time.

    Thankyou so much for the shoutout – privileged to be named in your article!

    Have a great weekend!

    Meg x

    • Hi Megan, Amen to that and it’s my full pleasure. Keep those multiple streams of income open to make your life easier. Thanks and you too 🙂

  31. kelli Says:

    Hey Ry
    Amazing tips here as always. It wasn’t until I started my own blog and got deeper in the world of bloggers that I discovered a large number of travel bloggers did not travel full-time. I just assumed most of them did. Your advice about not relying on posts and ad revenue was spot-on and may be a bit disappointing for some to hear. Like you said, once you build up a real presence, those channels could definitely open up for you, but you can’t proceed with building the blog with that as your primary intention.

    • As you know KC I am all about thinking positive but we need to vibe super high to attract these channels consistently. Thanks so much for your clear insight.

    • Subhas Says:

      I love this job..blogging is like redefining ourselves..we all are different..every people have some own specialty..

      I run a ghost website..some people laugh..some enjoys..I am happy atleast some are there who likes my work..thats all..

  32. Hey Ryan!

    Thanks for the honest look at monetizing a blog. And for yet another shout out – have I mentioned lately how awesome you are? 😉

    With the way Google is currently coming down on sponsored content, you’d be foolish to rely on that as a source of income right now anyway. Until you’re a highly established blogger who attracts top-quality companies, publishing sponsored posts can be risky.

    I’ve actually turned away people whose content I didn’t feel was high enough quality to be on my site. Crazy for a 5 month old blog, but I wouldn’t sacrifice my long-term goals just to make a quick buck.

    You already know that my ‘why’ is being free as well. Free to travel, free to help others achieve their dreams, and free to work every day in my yoga pants. 😉

    Freelancing is a great way to monetize your skills without depending on your blog to be your primary source of income. Being desperate to make money off your blog is never a place you want to be in.

    My freelancing work is primarily web design as opposed to writing, but it pays the bills just as well.

    I love that you mentioned me next to the fabulous Sabina, because aside from the fact that she’s my favorite female travel blogger, I recently helped her out with the redesign of Girl Vs. Globe.

    Since her new site launched, I’ve had 3 emails from people wanting to hire me for freelance design jobs (thank you, Sabina!!)

    Just another example of how connecting and promoting others really does pay off. Creating excellent content & connecting with influential people = success.

    I’d say congrats on the 3rd eBook, but you’re such a machine, you’ll probably have the 4th one out by the time I hit ‘post comment.’ Haha, congrats anyway!

    Have a great weekend, Ryan – sharing this, of course!

    Mandie

    • 4th coming soon Mandie 😉 My absolute please, and wow….so THAT’S why Sabina’s blog looks awesome….well done!

    • Martina Says:

      Hey Mandie

      Just wanted to say thanks for the tip in your comment about sponsored content and Google! I’m new at the whole travel blogging game and not looking to monetise right this second, but I’m lining up my long (medium?) term goals for my site at the moment and sponsored content is something I’ve seen plenty of established travel bloggers using. But now I’m definitely going to research the implications of such a move before I consider it!! From your knowledge, are there some types of sponsored content that are more “dangerous” than others?

      Btw, I love your turn of phrase saying that you aim to work every day in your yoga pants. Definitely something to aspire to, thanks!!

      Martina 🙂

      • Hi Martina, Some sponsored posts work well but they need to be fully aligned with your blog, and brand. If you’re super clear on making sure it’s a fit, you should be fine in this regard. Thanks so much.

  33. dannielle Says:

    So useful, thanks! Will share on twitter. I’m just trying to boost my blog’s audience at the moment – any advice?

    • Create really in-depth content and make friends in high places, by promoting authority bloggers through your blog, and on social media sites. Thanks for tweeting Dannielle!

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