7 Blogging Money Struggles

  January 26, 2022 blogging tips 🕑 6 minutes read
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Blogging money struggles plague virtually all bloggers early during their online careers.


Goodness knows I slammed into resistance financially on and off during my blogging career.


Most of us meat suits seem to acquire odd, bizarre or flat out whacky ideas concerning money. Aligning odd ideas with money kills your blogging campaign because one never prospers by thinking and feeling from energies of poverty.


I want to help you root out blogging money struggles in order to begin thriving right now.


Let’s dive in……


1: No Story Telling (or not Telling Your Story)


Tell your blogging story here and there.


Recount stories from your day. Recount stories from your life.


Here’s the kicker; link your story to your niche.


I link my stories to blogging tips. You link to your travel blogging, or blogging tips, or heck any niche you’re covering.


Draw parallels. Prosper.


I don’t care if you’re a:


  • College student
  • Working mom
  • Stay at home dad
  • Retiree


…you have 15,000 stories to tell.


You don’t have to have been:


  • Bitten by wild man in Kathmandu
  • Stricken by a stomach alien in Muhamma
  • Coked out in Cusco
  • Stalked by whores in Bangkok


…to tell a mean story.


Yes of course, each prior bullet point was a tiny little boring chapter of my life.


So ho hum I know.


Explain how you, the storyteller, can help your audience.


2: Being a Doctor and a Lawyer at the Same Time


Blog about 1 thing/topic. Do it well enough to rake in that chedda.


Be known for doing 1 thing to gain your audience’s trust.


That’s enough for this one.


Do 1 thing. Do it well.


A jack of all trades usually makes a pittance with each trade.


How could you find the time to master multiple blogging niches?


Pick your niche. Stick to it. Learn it inside out. Become a pro’s pro in that niche.


3: No Mental Homework


Before you touch your laptop each day realize this: money responds to your thoughts, feelings and actions.


If you are having a helluva time making money through blogging the culprit is within……you!


No worries! That is a most freeing truth because clearing out those inner, little, itty-bitty, nasty, critterish money demons is the way to start raking in that scrilla.


Ok for starters:


  • Spend 30 to 60 minutes on mindset training on waking
  • Meditate, visualize, affirm, pray or listen to hypnosis audio files….or do all of these things
  • Take short, frequent breaks through the day to stay light, calm and inspired


Go within. Strengthen your mind. Ferret out money limiting beliefs. Prosper.


4: Ad Frenzy


Devote virtually all of your creative energies to creating inspired, valuable, in-depth content if you’re struggling to make money blogging.


Add your second or third ads gradually, after you rake in some dough and develop a name.


Ads don’t make you money. Trust makes you money. People trust you based on the value you bring to the table – the in-depth posts, videos, helpful newsletters and free giveaways – and then they click on your ads.


Go light on ads. Go heavy on creating something that’ll knock my socks off.


Then I’ll click on your ads and then you’ll make some scratch and then, if you feel a genuine pull in that direction add an ad, or 2.


5: 1 Income Stream


Open MSI.


1 stream closes for whatever reason and if you have 3, 5 or 10 streams you can rest easy.


Slowly and steadily open 1 income stream after another stream.


Here’s how it works; say you enjoy writing like nobody’s business. Write, write and write some more daily to improve your writing skills.


Then you chance upon Blogging from Paradise.


You see a moderately handsome man who ‘s obsessed with shooting selfies in every possible tropical location on earth.


He tells funny travel stories. He makes vague references throughout his work. He seems like a kinda cool guy. Or a whack job.


Anyway, this guy prospers through various channels like generating ad revenue and by selling his eBooks on Gumroad and Selz.


He lights a spark in your mind.


“Hmmm….maybe I should be a freelance writer and blog coach and maybe I should write eBooks and sell affiliate stuff?”


At this point you want to do 2 things: keep writing each day. Aim for 2,000 words minimum. The money is in the writing.


Source IS the source of money of course but improving your writing skills makes your content valuable. Valuable content inspires people to pay the guy or gal who created the content, to coach them or to write their articles, or they pay these value providing bloggers by buying their eBooks or affiliate products.


So that’s A1: keep writing.


A2 is this: add 1 income stream at a time to learn the nuances of the stream. Over the course of weeks and months you’ll learn how to run a successful freelance writing business.


You know the drill. Hone your skills and add income streams patiently.


6: Crappy Driver


Sometimes people look at Kelli and I like we’re aliens.


Like, as if I wasn’t a broke ass pier guard 7 years ago.


I struggled because I was happy being comfortable versus being free.


I made comfortable decisions which kept me bound.


Fast forward 14 years.


I make freeing but sometimes uncomfortable decisions which free me more daily.


I found the right driver. That’s all.


I blogged to free me and to free you.


Naturally, I regularly move into inspired actions to free me and to free you.


Even if the actions are uncomfortable at times.


The thing is though I am enjoying these freeing actions more daily. Life’s becoming a big old playground from all over the world.


I don’t need to push myself much; if you’re hungry to be free more than you fear doing uncomfortable stuff, you don’t need a motivator really.


You’ll do freeing stuff. Automatically. And you’ll love doing that freeing stuff.


7:  You Don’t Trust Yourself


There it is.


I said it.


As a guy who has not and has trusted himself (at least some of the time) I can assure you; if you ain’t making that sweet, sweet scratch through blogging you don’t trust yourself.


Have you ever wanted to whack one of those uber successful, inspired, blogging demigods in the face?


Jealousy is a factor. Envy? Check.


But at an energetic level you are resisting a successful blogger who trusts themselves because you don’t trust yourself.


Trust yourself by doing an absolutely, positively kick-ass job writing in-depth, pillar style content.


Enjoy the living stuffing out of the process.


Vibe high.


Then……here it comes……give away a bunch of stuff for free.


You are always good enough to make money blogging because money is in consciousness and no lack of consciousness exists.




See yourself in the light of truth.


Own your blogging errors.


Admit when you are wrong.


Accelerate your blogging success by correcting your blogging money mistakes.

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 9:31 am

    So do you spot any of these reasons on your blog?

    What solutions are you using?

    How do you prosper through blogging?

  2. Richard says:
    at 10:02 am

    Ryan dude.

    A seriously credible list of 11 reasons why most people will not make a banana blogging.

    Main things I took from this:

    1. Blogging for money. It’s ok to blog for money, as long as it’s not the sole reason. Blogs that do this stand out like a limping pooch that’s just been in someones headlights. They are limping to a goal, and one which they will never reach. I do it for the writing. I do it because I enjoy it. I love this whole online thing. If I didn’t make a dime next month, do you think I’d be gone? Absolutely not. But it happens. I stumble across interesting people *who have a story to tell*. But they can’t see past the dough. And because of that, I return a few months later to see some awful GoDaddy holding page.

    2. Income streams. I have a few, but nowhere near 200. It’s the only way to build and prosper. It’s awesome to wake to Paypal notifications, and payments from things you even forgot about. Spread the net and prosper.

    Sharing now.

    Oh and congratulations. On the whole wedding thing. I just saw it on an email now. Congrats, and all my best to yourself and Kelli.

  3. rajesh says:
    at 10:19 am

    It’s really nice blog and i can learn many things by seeing your blog and i am looking to learn many things from experienced bloggers and all your posts so long and worthy one’s.

  4. Anna says:
    at 11:30 am

    Ryan, great post as always!

    As much as I love all your reasons, I like #1 the best: tell your story. I actually find a lot of travel blogs REALLY boring because they all sound like guidebooks that anyone can write with a little bit of research (Top 10 Things to do in Chiang Mai!). Blergh. I don’t read any of those blogs anymore. Yeah yeah I know some of them are probably super successful blogs that make a ton of money, but still.. boring. That’s why I find your posts entertaining and actually read all 7000 words. You’re you and you tell your story while giving out valuable information.

    The one that hit home for me the most is not trusting yourself. I have realized that that is my entire problem. I am currently blogging for fun (#6), but hey maybe someday it’ll be for a living too. My new year’s resolution is to gain more confidence. Maybe I won’t make any money this year either, but believing in yourself is the first step, right? 🙂

    And lastly, your email notification also mentioned that you and Kelli are getting married. Congratulations!! Wishing the two of you all the best. 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:56 pm

      Anna you read it all? Good for you lol…..seriously I appreciate it and you are right; the entertainment aspect of travel blogging can be so prospering if we tell those stories. Thanks so much!

  5. Leigh says:
    at 11:46 am

    Congratulations Ryan & Kelli! Your blog is unique and very useful. Thanks for sharing! Keep blogging! Keep inspiring!

  6. The Travel Fool says:
    at 1:47 pm

    Great article Ryan and great ideas. I agree totally with telling your story and not blogging for money. In fact I may be doing the second part too well.

  7. Don Purdum says:
    at 2:56 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    WOW! You said a lot in here my friend and it’s all fantastic stuff.

    In your first point you talked about sharing stories and I agree that it’s important 90% of the time. However, it’s also important to know your audience and what they are going to be attracted to.

    For example, if you niche to accountants or law then you better get to the point. Stories ought to be short and concise in order to make the point and inspire a reason to take action.

    I really love that you mentioned focus on one thing and do it well!!!! So many are trying to find all these creative ways to talk with everyone about every way they can help them in order to make money.

    I get it. I’ve done it. However, I have also worked hard at figuring it out and you can really see what business I’m “really” in when you land on my home page now.

    I’ll close with “Make Friends”!!!!

    It’s because of the amazing friends I made that Adam Connell referred me to growthhackers.com and then I was discovered by SEMrush.com and was published yesterday.

    Just by having a blog community around me my article is blowing away most of the articles on the site in terms of comments and shares.

    That’s incredible!!!! Without friends like you it wouldn’t be possible to write about Google and Community and then see it backed up on an influential blog.

    It’s really mind numbing and amazing all that the same time!!!

    Thanks for everything Ryan and this is another classic article!!!

    FYI – I just launched my new weekly podcast. We ought to record a 30 minute show before you leave the states. Let me know!!!!

    Have a great one Ryan!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:54 pm

      Don Amen to that! Love your comment, your take and yes, we’ll do a podcast for sure. Thanks so much on both counts and I’ll Facebook message you in a few 😉

  8. Andy says:
    at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for this Ryan, it took me a while to get to the bottom of this, but it was worth it. I will make more time for more mental preparation and focus even more on my own story. I’m struggling a bit to make some moolah off my blog right now but then again I think it also needs a little more time (and positive thinking). I do enjoy the journey though.

    Glad you are having fun with writing and congrats on the wedding!

    Yours, in a garage/office on the east coast of Australia,


  9. kelli says:
    at 6:05 pm

    Amazing as always. I loved the part about only getting excited about your autoresponder if you have an email fetish. I really liked your point about the driver…we all want to make money with our blog, that is all fine and good. But, you are right..when we make that the sole driver, we are doomed from the start. Like you said, money doesn’t give us over to itself..it comes through people. I also liked the part about telling your story. Unless you are blogging about something super-serious or information oriented, like giving tax tips, the average blogger would be well served by getting a bit personal to spice up their content. Great stuff as always and thanks for linking up to my post!

  10. Jane says:
    at 7:34 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    Congrats on your wedding, it`s in few days. Wow! I can imagine how super excited you must be. I think that you should consider having something like wedding party at the beach in Bali afterwards. That would be awesome.
    Congratulation on the paperbacks too. It`s wonderful how you grow and prosper. Fingers crossed for you to the future.
    Telling stories is a tip I find very useful for my blog. I don`t do that and I probably should; will think about it more.
    Having just one niche is what I heard a lot, and I still struggle to pick one. My blog is about healthy eating, safe traveling and positive thinking and I want these 3 topics to form a lifestyle. A lifestyle of a modern man mindful of this stuff. I`ll see how it goes. It`s hard for me to give up two of them.
    Thank you for making me think about it deeply. Have an awesome wedding. 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:39 am

      Thanks Jane! I’d meditate on your direction/niche and let the Universe answer you loud and clear 😉

  11. Neena says:
    at 8:56 pm

    Storytelling definitely makes a blog post more interesting.

    And I laughed when I read “I tried to get broke people to pay me money.” Such is the truth in blogging and any service related business.

    Really good points – but the best is not being a jack of all trades. It is so hard to narrow down a concept and write about that one thing day in and day out – even if you love the topic.

    The thing is that once you own the smaller niche it is far easier to branch out.

  12. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary says:
    at 8:56 pm

    I completely agree with #1 – tell your story. I find my blog posts with a more personal side are the ones are the most popular. Whenever I write a travel post, I try to create a story. If it is just dry information, the reader can just go and read Wikipedia.

    However, there is so much great information in this post that I could be applying to my blog but I am not. I have bookmarked your site and I will be back to re-read this article so I can put you advice into action!

  13. Irish Carter says:
    at 10:50 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Great lesson and article here you have written. Do you know why I like your site? You have story. You have knowledge. You tell it like it is. You make sense. You entertain. I can keep going but you get my drift. I love that it really is about telling the story and blog for people. Money will get to you if you are putting the right action behind it.

    I am back and forth on the audience part. I have a wide group of followers. Some are highly successful and others are just starting out. I’m not sure I would want to not follow the ones who don’t have the same level of success because they cant afford what I have. I suppose I have a balance.

    I am going to pray you don’t see a cobra. It scares me just the thought of it. LOL

    I have taken so much from your lesson. You are a great teacher. Thanks for all you do.


  14. Nick @ Goats On The Road says:
    at 11:25 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Great and long article. Very in depth. Congrats to you and Kelly on your Bali wedding! How awesome will that be?!

    Can’t wait to see some photos. Keep up the amazing success and prosper in 2015 and beyond (as a married couple)


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:36 am

      Thanks Guys!! Actually it’s an NJ wedding but still we’re happy for it lol……appreciate it and enjoy Mexico!

  15. Timothy Torrents says:
    at 12:38 am

    I see a whole bunch of these reasons on my blog, haha.

    I’m starting to write longer posts (thanks for the tip), include more stories, call to action, and pictures from my random trips. So I guess that’s not bad.

    But I have a problem. I can’t seem to find a topic to write about. I’m not really an expert on anything so I’m not sure if blogging is right for me. Still, I like writing, so I figured I would just write – and write – about whatever thoughts are floating around in my head until something happens. Worse scenario, I practice writing articles.

    Oh, and I took your advice, deleted the website, all the posts, but for some reason decided to keep the domain name. But I’m starting again, doing some things better, but still haven’t quite got it down yet. Guess it’s more like an experiment.

    Anyways, I’m rambling, I really liked this article and I’m learning a lot from you!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 11:35 am

      Tim so happy you let go dude! You’re on your way and hey, blog topics follow your passion. Vibe high, do your personal development.

      • Timothy Torrents says:
        at 1:12 am

        Cool, thanks for the link, I didn’t know you wrote a book about that, but at this point, I would be surprised if there was a subject you didn’t write a book about. I’ll check it out, maybe grab a copy when I have a bit more cash.

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 12:49 pm

        LOL yep I cover a few topics 😉

  16. Agness says:
    at 5:27 am

    Great tips! I am not blogging for money, but it’s good to know what tactics you can use to make money from blogging.

  17. Lorraine Reguly says:
    at 3:11 pm

    I totally agree with you, Ryan. Telling stories is important, and this tactic offers MANY benefits, including allowing your audience to learn about you and connect with you on another level.

    When I first began blogging, people loved my stories and my honesty. I used to blog on True Tales Tuesdays. Something got lost, though, when Wording Well was created. I began to focus more on my business. When I began my author site, I got back what I was lacking with Wording Well. I now blog on True Tales Tuesdays on Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There. 🙂

  18. Sachin says:
    at 9:19 pm

    Today I get my problem solution about why site not make Money…… After getting thus awesome article I read with fully attention and get solution …. All things clear define …..
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  19. Mar says:
    at 12:43 am

    Hey! Good suggestions and solutions, will do my best to include them in this year;s resolutions and hope to catch you somewhere in Asia soon. I go to bali often so I will make sure to stop by if we don’t meet in SG

    Safe travels! And careful with the snakes, lizards and most important of all, the mosquitoes! they always eat me alive…!

  20. The Guy says:
    at 1:52 am

    Hey Mr B,

    Anther highly informative and detailed analysis from your good self.

    I think if as you say people can stay focused in a niche and answer peoples problems by providing solutions they will gain trust. This whole idea of story telling is often advised since it provides a personal nature which engages people. A personal story which explains what emotions and experiences you go through will find a reader going through a similar situation. Once they hear what worked for you then they will consider if it works for them.

    Multiple income streams is very good advice. No one should ever depend on one stream for their living. If the plug is pulled then the walls come crashing down. Obscure example I know but look at the news in the last 24 hours. The Swiss Franc was released from being pegged to a fixed exchange rate with the Euro. It sent currency markets into turmoil and some financial institutions have gone broke overnight – why? – because they had too much exposure to the Swiss franc.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and enjoy the new house sitting assignment 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:49 pm

      Wow TG not obscure at all; loved it because it’s telling and powerful. Thanks so much for reading and sharing and yep, plenty of Bali images coming soon 🙂

  21. Heidi Wagoner says:
    at 3:44 am

    You are too funny! Okay, where do I begin. First of all you need a comment box after each section. I kept wanting to converse with you along the way, but had to wait until the end! 🙂

    Love the personal stories and sometimes we may share a bit too much. I laugh when we meet some of our readers and they know more about us than we do. They remember that little something from a blog post, which they related to, when we just rambled on about and vented. It is wonderful.

    I can relate to the too many hats problem for sure. That is what I am trying to do! Be a typical Libra and keep balance and peace for all. Stop it Heidi! Okay message taken.

    Yoga, meditaion and the like…I know it is good for me. I know it works! Why don’t I do it regularly? Get off the rear and get it in gear! Okay another message received.

    As far as the housesit, we love house sitting! You never know we may end up in Bali in the next few months and come over for a visit. After we finish in Cambodia, it is back to Thailand, Malaysia and then somewhere else. Possible Bali or the Philippenes. Who knows. Once I take off some of my hats and do my meditation a bigger world will present itself. Thanks for the reminders Ryan! Phew, sorry for the 700 word comment.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:47 pm

      No Heidi thank YOU for the awesome comment! Appreciate it and I hope to see ya I mean I know I’ll meet the Wagoners one day 😉

  22. Mi Muba says:
    at 6:14 am

    Hi Ryan

    First of all hats of your choice of image selection. I can say for sure nowhere in blogosphere one can find this type of images that have no imaginary approach and directly reflecting the way of living you are enjoying nowadays.

    All the reasons are damn good and one can’t differ with any one of them. The best part is that you also mentioned the solution of each and never let the readers think what to do for solving these problems.

    I like most the one you mentioned as “becoming doctor and lawyer at a time”. It is so common that one plays multiple roles jut to be jack of all trades but eventually he comes to know this is an age of specialization and one needs to be focused in his each blogging chore.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful tutorial.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:46 pm

      Mi hey I appreciate that 😉 I do intend to make the images stand out and couldn’t pass on me being in a robe issuing hood-like edicts. Thanks dude!

  23. Neamat Tawadrous says:
    at 3:46 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Long time I didn’t visit here since last year!! Happy New Year and hope you are doing well!!!

    Great tips and reasons Ryan!! Story telling is a great way to grab people’s attention and I need to work on incorporating more stories into my blog posts.

    I totally agree and what I like most of your tips is to master one thing and become the go to person in that one thing. I hate to go to a blog and every time, it is a subject totally different than the last and sometimes it is never in relevance with their tagline and the same goes with the ads.

    I am not in your email list yet, I will sign up right now but I want to say congratulations on your marriage to Kelli which I knew from the comments above. Wish you a happy and blessed life together.

    Thanks Ryan for a great share as always. Enjoy your weekend ahead.

    Be Blessed,


  24. George Meszaros says:
    at 8:26 pm

    As usual, I really like the depth of your post. It is always nice to know when someone put a great deal of work into a post. It is something most are not willing to do.
    I am actually finishing up a nearly 5000 word post about startups. It was a lot of work, but I am very proud of it too.

  25. Tat says:
    at 4:54 am

    Loved your stories in the post, they’re the kind that makes me happy that I’m just reading about your travels and not doing the actual travelling 😉 Your solution to not trusting oneself is an unusual one, but I can definitely see how it can work.

  26. Dave Cole says:
    at 8:44 am

    Fantastic post, Ryan! I’m going to incorporate the mental homework to my daily routine. That really does make a difference and its butterfly effects are unbeatable.

  27. DNN says:
    at 1:52 pm

    So I hear you’re from California in your vernacular, Ryan? You said “scrilla.” Haha! (smile)

    Do you normally write 1,000+ word blogs when you post? How did that work out for you from the beginning vs writing short blogs?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:14 pm

      Haha Drewry NJ all the way but I guess Cali’s creeping in 😉 I found my 7K posts get a ton more burn and all that good stuff. Thanks dude!

  28. David says:
    at 3:22 am

    Hi Riyan.., Very nice post. I visited your blog for the first time and I’m busy since an hour reading all your island style blogs 🙂 and the only thing I wonder is how you manage to do this.. Great blog buddy

  29. Frank says:
    at 8:28 am

    Holy shit, you like to write! I have to admit I skipped a few sections…
    But always entertaining and I picked up a few tips as well.

    Costa Rica taxi drivers. Can’t stand Costa Rica and you’re not the only one who’s paid $30 for a 10 minute taxi ride. Too many gringos and not enough enterprising Ticos – result are the prices for anything touristy you want to do there. I’ve vacationed in Switzerland; but have never paid the kind of prices I’ve paid for sub-par attractions like some of the places in Costa Rica. La Fortuna was the worst…I get upset whenever I hear Costa Rica or “Pura Vida”. Got real sick of people telling me Pura Vida all the goddamn time while ripping me off.

    You’re right about stories; like almost hitting a water buffalo crossing the road, having a cobra coming into the house in Zambia. I’ve had a few of those but haven’t included them in my posts. Here in Thailand there was a recent story about a huge python (or cobra?) coming out of a woman’s toilet and attacking her. Spanky always tells me to kid the lid on. But imagine being on the throne downloading the brown file when a snake decides to say hi? Scary.

    Got it, more stories 🙂 And I agree, nothing turns me off like too many ads or sponsored posts. I know a few bloggers who’s blogs I enjoyed reading…but then every 2nd post became a sponsored post and I stopped reading. Bloggers start losing their voice when they do that.

    Fun post and congratulations on Bali! We’ll be off to Croatia in early spring.
    Frank (bbqboy)

  30. Carol Amato says:
    at 3:14 pm

    Hello, Ryan,

    Congrats on getting another house sitting gig, and again in Bali, that’s wonderful!! Hey, was wondering…Do you only house sit in that part of the world because of the exchange rate? Would you ever want to house sit in Europe or does the Euro Dollar prevent that? Just curious.

    Uhmmm, with all those critters running around, do you sleep behind a barred door and underneath netting every night? I would! LOL

    I’m a Christian, so I believe in God, but I absolutely believe it was not your time to go and that there is an awesome purpose for your life here on Earth. Wow, you went through a lot and lived to tell about it! Just about made me re-live my experience of being hit by a car in New York.

    You’ve certainly accomplished a lot of cool things, which are valuable to others, so I’m sure you have found that to be fulfilling.

    You’re absolutely right, stories are powerful and the solution. No one relates to another human being like when they’re engrossed in a personal story being told with passion.

    I couldn’t agree more, mindset is everything. I’ve really been focusing on this in the last few years, but didn’t in the beginning of my online business. What a huge improvement when I did. Amazing lift in the standards of thought and action. Wow!

    Enjoyed your stories, but for me, I’d prefer them to be broken up in a series of blog posts…That’s just my preference in consuming content. 🙂

    Congratulations to you and Kelli – so happy for you!!

    Have a great weekend.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:43 pm

      Carol thanks so much!!! For your congrats, for your comment and for your support. Oh yes, we zero in on that part of the world because of the exchange rate and also we love warmth year round 😉

  31. Derek Freal says:
    at 4:20 pm

    Sheesh and I thought some of my 3,000 word articles were too long hahaha. Nah I kid. But on a more serious note I take pride in being one of the minority in that I read every single word. Thank you for everything but now let me ramble on my thoughts:

    #1 I’ve been attending TBEX for years and they always stress how your blog is a brand, you are a brand. Me, personally, it was hard for me to accept at first. “Who the fuck am. I? Why should anyone care about me?” But that’s just my own disdain for celebrities and all those people obsessed with themselves, as opposed to my own self-loathing. Nowadays some or my posts are all about me but most others, including the bulk of my top posts (in terms of traffic and email inquiries but not always comments). I’m trying to mesh together both in a way that all readers can enjoy. Here’s some info, here’s me doing crazy shit, here’s some info, there’s a video, here’s more info, there’s oh shit look at me I’m partying with Yakuza.

    #2 This is a hard one for me, although my subjects are not as varied as the ones you listed. I cover off-the-beaten path adventures and locations (unfortunately the very phrase of which has become too mainstream for my taste, but it guess that’s better for organic traffic) and motorcycle travel, but I bounce between budget travel and luxury, and yes do write about both as well. Get sick of either when I do it for too long and have to switch. Then I throw in my crazy rants, rambles, adventures and mishaps, just to spruce it up. I know I need better site organization to make it easier for readers to find what they want, but that’s something I started on over xmas just didn’t finish because I’ve been putting my clients first with my leak cell signal — with which I am using my iPad to type all this novel. However I do believe we’ll get to that 😉

    #8 Yup, it wasn’t until I developed multiple streams that I started actually making enough to fund my travels entirely. For anyone else reading all the comments in addition to this article (get a life — no, I kid…you damn well better comment before you decide to suddenly get a life) definitely DO start developing multiple revenue streams…instead of reading comments like this 😉

    #9 I free myself on my blog, perhaps to much. I speak about things I’ve done that are illegal, namely my habit of smoking something besides tobacco in every single country I’ve visited — all 25 — except for one (it’s the UAE, since I know you’re curious); things that I’ve done are immoral, or at the very least controversial, such as my annual culinary achievements best of (with photos); and I do it all while dropping the f bomb which did in one case get me locked up and deported — which as you recently read (I do believe). This is also why I don’t take any guest posts on my blog or let my VA handle my Twitter — people would no it wasn’t my voice, it wasn’t me. However I do have the other half of my site (just theHoliDaze.com, no “blog” instead of “www” where I have over 100 authors — but the complication of those two separate sites trying to be one has lost many potential regular readers (and subscribers) and also complicated the navigation issues.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:42 pm

      Derek, your blog SCREAMS you!!! And even though you may get in a bit o’ trouble sometimes I swear, the blog fits you to a T. You have the “real” travel blogger niche down pat. Thanks for the awesome comment AND for reading every word!

  32. Andy Willis says:
    at 5:45 pm

    Hey Ryan
    I’m really enjoying reading your blogs and trying my best to take in all the useful tips and insights.
    There is a lot for me to take in as a relative newcomer to blogging world but I’ve succeeded in other parts of my life by persistence and I will be striving to do the same here, it’s just a matter of watching, listening, learning and building it into practice.
    I have bought 2 of your ebooks whilst reading this post so I guess that’s testament that what you talk about in the post and what you practice does actually work.
    I’m off to Bali for a month in late March and would love to catch up with yourself and Kelli in person, hopefully you guys are still there then, I’ll email you.
    Keep up the great work and thanks again for the inspiration.

  33. Paul Manning says:
    at 5:46 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for another of your excellent articles. I think it’s your chatty relaxed style that fits so well with your lifestory and your brand.

    Story. You are so right – again!

    Telling one’s own story really is the key, and it’s long been the way people who have no past experience of public speaking are coaxed into the terrifying “first-time” that they have to stand up and talk…

    By telling your story, even if its just who you are and what you do – you own it. You are the authority – and you can speak with confidence.

    If you own it, then it’s natural, it’s genuine – it’s your brand!

    Thanks again, and congratulations to you and Kelli on your wedding plans!


  34. Gaurav says:
    at 2:39 am

    Hello, Ryan,

    I enjoyed reading your article. The way how you write and explain is outstanding.


  35. James McAllister says:
    at 4:00 am

    Hi Ryan!

    I honestly feel like I could write a 1000 word response to everything you post because there’s SO much great information.

    Instead I’ll just comment on the points I have the most personal experience in.

    #1 Stories. I love hearing them, so I knew early on that it would be good to integrate them into my content. I feel they really help the reader connect with the author on a more personal level, because like you said – everyone’s story is unique. Feeling like you know somebody goes a long way when it comes to promotion. I’d be far more likely to buy something from a good friend than a door-to-door salesman, that’s for sure.

    #2 This is still an issue for me. I used to work on a ton of different sites at the same time as well as an eBay business. These days I’ve narrowed it down a ton but still do a lot of extra stuff as well. I suppose it’s time to narrow it down further and focus more on whatever is giving me the best value for my time.

    #3 Mindset. I’m glad you talk about this because it’s SO important. I also meditate regularly and it’s one of my most beneficial practices. Glad to see it’s growing in popularity here in the US.

    #4 Another problem I had for a while. I’ve realized in most of the niches I work in, it’s a better use of my time to raise prices and build a premium brand image than to focus on doubling my number of buyers.

    #8 I still don’t understand the people that rely on one income stream. It’s a horrible idea for a ton of reasons. It would sure suck after all, if that income stream was wiped out and you were left with nothing. Diversification of income was a huge focus of mine in 2014 and I’m looking to offer even more this year.

    I’ll keep it to that. Thanks again Ryan for the awesome post, and congratulations on your marriage!

    – James

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:20 am

      Love the idea of raising your prices to build a premium experience. Awesome comment James thanks so much!

  36. Craig says:
    at 10:25 pm

    Hi Ryan – Been by your blog a few times, but this is my first time commenting.

    You mean I read this entire post (ok, well I skimmed some of it), only to find that you summarized it at the end for me.

    So I’m reading and reading and thinking to myself, what in the world does this have to do with your blog not making money. Now normally if I come across a post on a another blog that isn’t hitting the mark with me, I’m gone. But you sucked me in Ryan. Spitting cobra’s, pythons, rogue taxi drivers. I just kept reading and reading.

    I was fully expecting to see some of the same stuff I’ve read over and over. You know, have different income streams, grow your email list, network, blah, blah, blah… What a pleasant change of pace and great read.

    Your story is where the money is at. Missing the emotional bond with your readers. Ok, that’s brilliant. I get it. There are so many blogs out there, and a ton that provide really useful information. But really we’re all the same aren’t we? That’s what really sets your blog apart from others. It’s telling the story. Definitely something that I need to work on, and it could easily fit into the scope of my blog. Now you’ve got me motivated.

    Great post Ryan, and pretty sure I’ll be back for more. 🙂

  37. ndinsmore1@gmail.com says:
    at 6:34 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Another amazing post!

    Great advice about telling your story. It totally helps readers to get to know you better which builds trust between you both.

    I think one of the biggest mistakes bloggers can make is not having an about page


  38. Jacob says:
    at 11:34 am

    Ryan, what a doozy! There are so many tidbits to take away for me. I write about money, which is often difficult to make exciting. You’ve reminded me that I absolutely have to be entertaining or I’ll fade.
    Great stuff.

  39. Amish Furniture says:
    at 2:22 pm

    So many great tips in here, especially for someone just starting out. Good luck with all that you do, not that you’ll need it!

  40. Deborah Tutnauer says:
    at 9:04 pm

    Hey Ryan!!

    Congratulations again! I might start every comment off with that for the next few months, as getting married is really cool…even though you can do everything not married as you can married …making that full on, in the eyes of the law commitment thing to another wonderful human being is still so very very special.

    I often save reading your blog posts Ryan until I can seriously sit back and savor every word. I’m a get to the point kind of person, so initially I got a bit bored with the travel stuff and skimmed to some meat. But now that I know you better, I literally read every word because you are funny and real and hide valuable nuggets within verbal images of poisonous snakes in the toilet.

    By the way… if even highly acclaimed bloggers don’t tell me a story within their information, I’m out of there!! – my attention is better served elsewhere if I am not being engaged and educated at the same time. I have two Master’s Degrees and in retrospect, since most of it was educational but not particularly entertaining, I”m not sure now how I read through all those text books and stayed focused. I was a bit of a goody two shoes back then – though I did structure my second Master’s Degree so I went to school 3 days per week and skied 4 days per week!

    Just yesterday I was on a private coaching call with a client. We were speaking about his latest blog post and all the great information contained therein. But then I said, “The only thing missing from that post is you.” . Silence.

    In my years online I have found that people make the jump in success, prosperity, abundance mindset and the like when they can let go of their fear of being truly seen and release the shackles of doing it in a way that someone told them they were supposed to, whatever IT is.

    Isn’t that really what this beautiful post had shared at it’s core? Withing the 11 things is the message to BE WHO YOU ARE and let it out in your writing. Live without fear and trust in abundance. Take the road less traveled with your head held high, if it’s what brings you joy and allows you to bring joy to others.

    The details of each point were awesome. But my big takeaway is that!

    Thank you Ryan.


    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:26 pm

      Deborah I LOVE the entire comment and gotta say, your bold text paragraph is…..IT! Brilliant, and 100% my experience in life. Thanks so much!

  41. Gabor Kovacs says:
    at 6:25 am

    Very inspiring and fun read, I am glad that I came to your site, Ryan! I will soon read your other pieces also, when I have some more time, as some of the post titles already intrigue me!

  42. sherman smith says:
    at 7:09 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    If I had 11 hats I will tip them off to you for each point that you made here. I definitely vibe with this as you mentioned here.

    I have to admit, when i started reading at the beginning, I was becoming impatient and want you to go into the topic. But I’m glad that I read it, and saw that you were creating the plot! That was clever of you.

    Stories is the ultimate when it comes to blogging. For me i have fun telling my salsa/IT/School district stories. It loosens me up and makes it easier for me to relate it to the topic of choice. Fun is what it’s all about and people are attracted to people who are having fun with what they do right?

    Thanks for the share Ryan! I hope you have a great rest of the week! Stay away from those Spitting Cobras by the way 😉

  43. Thomas says:
    at 12:24 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    First I want to commend you and a great job on what you have and are doing with this site. I don’t want to dare say its a blog because it is doing so much more and you are helping so many people and are making money doing it. Its a blessing, a business, a project, hobby, and life changer. I have read so many of your posts in the past 24 hours. Just found the site yesterday so I have be catching up on what you are doing and have to offer. I have taken so much of your input and advance and have already put it into action. I removed those stupid adsense ads from my site – it wasnt inline with what I am trying to do. I created my first 3k word post, and I feel like for the first time I told my own story about what I am doing and not what people want to hear.

    Some of my biggest failures came in building sites where the first goal was to make money. How can you make money happy? How can you make money trust you? You need to write for the readers and in the end those who want to follow you and know more about your journey will support you. I really need to start commenting more. I use to do that for some of my other successful sites and I have dropped the ball a lot lately. Thanks for getting me to FOCUS. I think that there is a movie called “Focus” coming out soon. Imagine that.

    Fear seems to suck so many people in and they never get a grip or hold on their lives. I refused to be one of those people and coming to your site as with many others I have followed you need to find people that have your vision. It may not be the same business idea, or whatever but the believe in themselves and what they can do. Thanks again for the kick in the rear and speaking on how things are. I know you are island hopping but if you ever get the chance stop by Delray Beach its a great little place to visit.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:56 pm

      Thomas great points! And oh yes, Delray Beach is beautiful from what I’ve heard; added to the list. Thanks much!

  44. David Hartshorne says:
    at 6:24 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Just popping over from Richard’s recommended post.

    Thought it was about time to say hello!

    Its not my first time here. I’ve read a few of your ‘epic’ posts and I also bought your book “How To Create and Publish a Successful eBook”. I’ve not travelled in your part of paradise, but I do love spending time in Spain at our apartment – its hot and dry, compared to wet and damp UK! So for me, that’s paradise!!

    There are some great tips here about setting your focus on the correct things and plenty for me to practise on.

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    – David

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:15 am

      David thanks so much for stopping by and buying an eBook! Much appreciate your support and hey, Spain is paradise to me. Can’t wait to visit one day. Thanks again!

  45. Sayantan Mahato says:
    at 5:45 am

    Hey Ryan,

    What an amazing post! You are literally the greatest story teller I have ever came to know. Your blog is an source of inspiration for me, and never fails to deliver. Perhaps your ability to get content from every thing of your life attracts me to your blog.


  46. Adrenaline Romance says:
    at 6:46 pm

    We haven’t monetized our blog yet, but we’re planning to do it sometime this year. Your advice will surely help us. 🙂

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:33 am

      AR, that sounds great. Your blog will take off even more when you monetize. So many good products and services you’ll be able to create. Thanks for reading!

  47. Sarah Sees World says:
    at 12:28 pm

    Long read, but definitely, definitely worth it. As someone who has just recently stumbled on to the tip of the iceberg of making money through blogs and other passive income streams and also loves to travel, consider me blown away. I have done so many of these dumb mistakes in the past with my other blog and now I see it.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:08 pm

      Hi Sarah, yep I figure, if you’re posting, may as well make it an eBook, right? 😉 Ditto on those errors. We really can learn from our mess ups. Hey, congrats on prospering through blogging. Keep up the great work!

  48. Amanda says:
    at 9:29 pm

    Hey Ryan, great tips! I especially agree with find 1 thing and do it well. For the past year we’ve been trying to write for a broad audience but in the end it really turns people off. They click on the site and don’t know where they fit in. This year we are really trying to narrow down and focus on what we do do well.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:41 pm

      Amanda that’s so the way to go. Get specific and you can drill down, and target your ideal reader easily. Thanks for commenting!

  49. Jesse says:
    at 2:09 am

    Nice case studies and I really love your idea of comparing common things with blogging issues,

  50. Shawn says:
    at 3:13 am

    I voted to you i am with you my friend. I my self hold my bag making business in India, i want to grow in this field i need your support with best wishes that would be enough to help to reach on peak.

  51. Lara Sein says:
    at 2:59 am

    Hello Ryan,

    Your way of presenting those realistic problems together with their solutions is a golden source of inspiration. I especially like when you mentioned the practical tips as my readers are basically looking for those all day long.

    Thank you for this precious resource of information.

    Lara Sein

  52. Peter del Norte says:
    at 11:00 am

    Great website. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you for your sweat!

  53. Ceme says:
    at 11:23 pm

    Highly energetic article, I loved that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

  54. Peter North says:
    at 1:55 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your
    efforts and I am waiting for your next write up Ryan. Tally ho!

  55. Prince says:
    at 1:24 am

    I love it when individuals come together and share views.
    Great site, stick with it!

  56. Anthony Little says:
    at 2:48 am

    Hi Ryan
    I enjoyed reading. Your blog love stories telling and other teaching with in your article super cool thank for sharing

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