How Travel Blogs Make Money: 10 Monetization Tips for Travel Bloggers

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  May 31, 2022 blogging tips ๐Ÿ•‘ 6 minutes read
El Valley de Anton Panama

El Valley de Anton Panama

 

(Updated 5/31/2022)

 

Before explaining how travel blogs make money I want to clarify that travel bloggers actually make the money.

 

Skilled, clear, confident travel bloggers who create and connect persistently condition themselves to prosper.

 

However, most new travel bloggers make the common mistake of believing that a thing like a blog does all of the work.

 

The rude awakening arrives as persistent blogging struggles. Eventually, most travel bloggers quit.

 

However, learning how to monetize your travel blog opens you up to a life of fun and freedom as you circle the globe. Keep these 10 monetization tips in mind.

 

Note; I decided to share practical blogging tips with mindset tips to give you a proper monetizing mix. If blogging were as easy as following practical tips every travel blogger would be a millionaire. Mindset training makes the difference between pro travel bloggers and everyone else.

 

Tie Your Why to Being Free

 

Know why you want to blog. Donโ€™t tie the reason to making money. Tie the reason to being free.

 

Purify your intent. Blog to be free.

 

Blogging to free yourself through traveling keeps you:

 

  • generous
  • patient
  • persistent
  • helpful
  • trusting in the blogging process

 

Monetizing actually gets easier as your intent becomes freedom focused because letting go of thing-motivators goads you to be the blogger who actually profits. This is why business titans stress how being passionate about your business is necessary for becoming successful. You need to love the gig whether you make 0 dollars of $1 million. Otherwise, you will quit sooner than later.

 

Do Not Rely on Sponsored Posts to Pay Bills

 

Sponsored post revenue is an advanced travel blogger advertising strategy.

 

Businesses pay $100, $500, $1000 or more to place sponsored posts on travel blogs with:

 

  • 1000’s upon 1000’s of daily visitors
  • a well-known brand
  • a hyper targeted readership
  • a loyal blogging community

 

New bloggers have little traffic, an unknown brand and not much of a targeted community. Obviously, businesses will not pay you $1000 to advertise their wares in front of no readers.

 

However, if you generously, patiently and persistently create and connect you can earn steady sponsored post income in the future.

 

Note; every thriving travel blogger worked for free for years just like any new travel blogger. We all walk a similar blogging journey in some regards.

 

Do Not Rely on Advertising Revenue to Pay Bills

 

Similar to sponsored post revenue, do not rely on ad revenue to pay your bills until you become a seasoned, professional travel blogger.

 

Ryan Biddulph, High Peaks Wilderness Area, New York

High Peaks Wilderness Area, New York

 

Advertisers pay for access to many thousands of hyper-targeted visitors on a daily basis.

 

Most ad networks pay little per click. Generating steady income through ad networks demands you to drive a heavy volume of targeted traffic.

 

Do the math. Google Adsense may pay anywhere from $0.20 to $15 per click. 100 clicks on a 20 cent add yields $20 USD but how many visitors does it take to get 100 ad clicks? Typically, many thousands of visitors need to visit a blog before 100 people click on a blog ad. Before you get too excited about those $15 clicks simply understand how specific niches outside of travel blogging yield this sky high rate.

 

Ultimately, you need to blog patiently for quite a while before earning a steady income through advertising revenue.

 

Sell eBooks

 

Selling eBooks establishes your authority, improves your writing and opens a passive income channel.

 

Consider:

 

  • Amazon
  • Gumroad
  • Payhip

 

as digital storefronts for selling your eBooks.

 

Check out my blogging manuals for ideas.

 

Connect with Folks Who Stand out from the Travel Blogging Crowd

 

Folks like travel bloggersย Sabina (Girl Vs Globe) andย Mapping Megan are brilliant story tellers, branding pros and social media wizards. Follow their lead for profitable travel blogging ideas.

 

Learn from the best to become the best.

 

Where can you find skilled travel bloggers?

 

  • Triberr
  • Facebook Groups related to travel blogging

 

Twitter hashtag searches related to your niche yields pro travel bloggers, too.

 

Network patiently.

 

Even though it takes being patient, connecting with fellow bloggers interested in your niche is the quickest way to make money because humans are dynamic.

 

For example, it takes a long time and ample work to rank on page 1 of Google. However, in a far shorter period of time and with less work, a rabid fan who comes across your blog may buy all of your products and hire you for your services too. Humans do not robotically think in terms of algorithms, backlinks and domain age. People who love what they see may buy your offerings 5 minutes or even 1 minute after seeing your blog for the first people. We are loving, dynamic, passion beings who can help each other prosper much quicker than things.

 

Engage in a genuine blogger outreach campaign to connect with fellow travel bloggers.

 

Profit by being generous, patient and persistent in bonding with blogging buddies.

 

Video: 1 Common Blogger Outreach Mistake

 

ย Offer Blog Coaching Services

 

Blog coaches 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

 

Coaching is a fulfilling way to earn blogging income.

 

Be a Freelance Writer

 

Be a freelance writer to profit through your writing skills.

 

 

 

Pedasi Panama sunset

Pedasi Panama sunset

 

Freelance writing, or ghostwriting, is a simple way for travel bloggers to monetize abilities they already possess.

 

Prepare to venture outside of the travel blogging niche for freelance writing jobs. Feel free to specialize as a travel writing freelancer but consider other niches to receive greater opportunities and income.

 

Keep an eye on job boards at sites like Problogger.net.

 

Publish a freelance services page with rates to find ideal clients.

 

Express Devout Gratitude for What You Have

 

Appreciate what you have to receive more.

 

Travel bloggers often struggle to make money for the scarcity problem in their minds. Instead of feeling more whole and complete most feel lacking. Feeling lack creates lack in your experience.

 

Create a gratitude list. Feel good about what you have. Feel grateful about the people in your life. Appreciate your travels.

 

Gratitude is an instant conduit to good. Feel good to attract prospering ideas, people and circumstances.

 

Create Content that Knocks Peopleโ€™s Socks off

 

Create long form content to boost travel blogging profits.

 

Detailed, in-depth content:

 

  • boosts Google traffic
  • increases reader time spent onsite
  • positions you to increase blogging profits

 

For example, if someone visits your travel blog after querying a location on Google this targeted individual likely:

 

  • expresses a strong interest in your blog, products, services and embedded ads
  • sticks around for a bit to browse your blog

 

Similar to someone who visits an offline store, highly targeted Google traffic gradually buys your stuff, hires you or clicks your ad embeds as they stick around on your blog for a long enough time.

 

Connect with Me

 

Drop a blog comment below.

 

Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

I can be a helpful travel blogging resource. Even though most posts on Blogging From Paradise relate to blogging tips I also published a few hundred travel blogging related posts. Some posts rank on page 1 of Google even though I predominantly blog about a different niche.

 

Reach out to me. Check in. I love meeting new bloggers.

 

We can help each other succeed by connecting and co-creating.

 

Conclusion

 

Put in the time and work now.

 

Be patient.

 

Travel blogging is neither an impossible venture or walk in the park. Do not allow struggling travel bloggers who never learned sound strategies from pros dissuade you. Nor should you let manipulative travel bloggers who claim that going pro is as easy as publishing a few Infinity pool images on Instagram and collecting cash and comped hotel rooms delude you.

 

Travel bloggers go pro by following simple strategies persistently.

 

Keep your fun and freeing intent at the front of your mind.

 

You can and will succeed.

  1. dannielle says:
    at 10:29 am

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

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:25 pm

      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!

  2. Mandie Sanders says:
    at 11:11 am

    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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    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

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:23 pm

      4th coming soon Mandie ๐Ÿ˜‰ My absolute please, and wow….so THAT’S why Sabina’s blog looks awesome….well done!

    • Martina says:
      at 6:35 pm

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 7:33 pm

        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.

  3. kelli says:
    at 2:00 pm

    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.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 2:14 pm

      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:
      at 3:03 pm

      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..

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 3:15 pm

        I like it Subhas, cool topic ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Meg @ Mapping Megan says:
    at 5:20 pm

    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

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:00 pm

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Michel says:
    at 6:34 pm

    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

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 6:59 pm

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

  6. Anna says:
    at 7:55 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Would you say that that’s your single biggest income source?

    I hope you and Kelli have a great weekend!
    Anna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:49 pm

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Elizabeth says:
    at 4:39 pm

    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!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:46 pm

      Thanks SO much again Elizabeth ๐Ÿ™‚ 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:
        at 12:53 pm

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

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 3:40 pm

        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:
      at 7:47 pm

      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

  8. Carol Amato says:
    at 12:50 am

    Hey, Ryan – even though Iโ€™m not a โ€œtravelโ€ blogger, I do love to travel, and I love to monetize, soโ€ฆ. Am interested in your article. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wow, that first picture of Fiji is so pretty. Tops of the mountains for sure. I live in Montrose, PA, and there isnโ€™t anything higher than us right here.

    The leaves are changing, and itโ€™s so beautiful right now, but itโ€™s not even peak yet.

    Love the โ€œtie your why to being freeโ€ – 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. Havenโ€™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.

    Iโ€™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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Loved your article, Ryan, and already shared it on Triberr and now on Twitterโ€ฆ

    Take Care,
    – Carol

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:57 pm

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

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:56 pm

      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!

  9. Reginald says:
    at 12:55 pm

    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.

  10. The Guy says:
    at 2:08 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:36 pm

      TG, so happy you enjoyed your trip ๐Ÿ˜‰ My absolute pleasure, as I love how you have built your blog and your brand. Thanks so much.

  11. Linda Bibb says:
    at 5:57 pm

    Ryan, this is probably one of your best posts so far – at least of the ones I’ve seen. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!).

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:56 pm

      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!

  12. Lash says:
    at 7:57 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    cheers, Lash

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:55 pm

      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.

  13. Drewry says:
    at 11:24 pm

    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?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:34 pm

      Hi Drewry, I write each post on my laptop. I have no views on each site really, never used them, but I love Selz ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much.

  14. Ian Roberts says:
    at 6:07 am

    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

  15. LIz McGee says:
    at 5:23 pm

    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

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:35 pm

      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. marc says:
    at 5:25 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:34 pm

      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:
        at 9:00 pm

        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

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 2:32 am

        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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Martina says:
    at 7:02 pm

    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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:32 pm

      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.

  18. Martina says:
    at 7:40 pm

    I’ve been spending too much time on Facebook – I went to “like” your reply, lol. Ah well. Like. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Hassaan says:
    at 2:44 pm

    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.

  20. Escape Hunter says:
    at 3:56 am

    Great techniques and creative tips!
    Also, congratulations for having achieved this – you even managed to live in paradise! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Not many travel bloggers can say this…

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 3:09 pm

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

  21. Dariece says:
    at 7:22 pm

    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… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing yet another super informative, inspirational post.

    Cheers from my paradise, Grenada!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:09 am

      Dariece, Yep, those bonds can even create co-interview opportunities ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love your take on that, and adding Grenada to our list. Thanks so much!

  22. Jody says:
    at 2:47 pm

    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!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:25 am

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

  23. Worli says:
    at 7:28 am

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:42 pm

      Well said Morli! We need that balance to draw in readers and to be authentic. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Hector says:
    at 12:35 pm

    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!

  25. Shabina Thasariya says:
    at 8:03 am

    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.

  26. Justin @ True Nomads says:
    at 6:33 am

    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!

  27. theaspiringdigitalnomad says:
    at 10:33 am

    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!

  28. Shamsudeen says:
    at 10:00 am

    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.

  29. John Ravi says:
    at 4:27 am

    Hi Ryan,

    It was such an amazing share! I have this dream of doing travel blogging on my bucket list, and I see myself doing it in a few years. I learned several things from this article that will help me when I finally start travel blogging. I really appreciate you sharing this. I have a few friends who want to start it too, and I am sure all of them will learn a lot of things from this. Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing article, it was extremely insightful and helpful.

  30. Rob Dyer says:
    at 5:04 am

    Great to see you calling it as it is Ryan.

    The net is awash with “blog and get rich/earn a passive income” junk that not only is misleading but causes so many people to go into the whol blogging world with no realistic view of what to expect and what they’ll need to do to actually make a success out of it.

    Bestter still, you consistently provide no-BS information and yet you continue to inspire countless others around the globe with your vision for what is possible.

    That ain’t easy – and I and millions of others, love you for it!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:07 am

      Rob you rock my friend. As long as we keep helping aspiring travel bloggers with honest tips we will slowly but surely help more folks do this gig professionally.

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