It’s always been your dream to travel and get paid to do it.
But how do you create an income for yourself while moving around?
Starting a travel blog comes as the obvious answer.
The next question, is how to make money off of your travel blog?
You know it’s possible, but don’t know how to just yet.
Starting a blog is easy, but making money off of it is difficult and takes a lot of time, effort, and patience on your part.
This article is for travel bloggers who are ready to take their blogs to the next level and earn money from it.
I’ll outline advice and tips about how to make money off of your blog.
Let’s begin so you can get back to blogging!
Write Content Readers Find Useful
Writing about your daily life as a traveler is fun and easy. It’s great for your friends and family who want to vicariously live through your travels. Other than that, no one has a reason for coming to your blog.
You need to create something useful for strangers who want to travel as well.
Subjects such as budgets, planning, sightseeing recommendations, photography, a good narrative, and other related topics are things new visitors can find useful, not only entertaining.
The key is to balance writing about what you love – travel – and what people want to hear. FInd an angle to share your experience in an informative and engaging way.
What do people want to read about and how to track it?
Go to online forums, Reddit, and Quora and look up travel related questions people are asking.
Ask your readers what they want to see if you already have loyal readers and followers.
If you share an interesting or unique travel story add tips and advice on how someone could enjoy similar experience, readers’ imagination will be stirred
Put Yourself in Interesting and Unique Situations
People want to read about interesting and unique stories.
Your stories could be inspirational, challenging, emotional, shocking, or even life-changing.
Your activities need to be interesting that take a unique spin on an old topic or creating a completely new and unique one.
Guest blogging is great first step to get your name out there as a blogger.
Guest blog for sites that already have a big audience and lots of followers. You can put links to your blog in your article or sometimes the website will let you write a short author bio.
It helps you target the audience you want and builds your credibility and brand as a travel blogger.
Before writing for different travel blogs, check carefully where to ask for such an opportunity. It also helps if you know the blogger or have some type of relationship with them.
Don’t just write for any travel website that allows you to. Think if writing for that particular one will help direct quality traffic back to your own blog.
Link Social Media and Your Travel Blog
Stay active on social media if you want to eventually earn a living from your travel blog. However, don’t want to waste too many hours on there. Just be efficient about it.
Set up a schedule of when you’re going to post on your social media accounts you can stick to. It helps to post when people are more likely to be scrolling through the Newsfeed or Instagram. You can figure this out through Facebook and Instagram analytics.
Don’t simply post, though, also comment and respond to questions. Try to create a community and stay engaged with your followers and fans.
Be Your Own PR Agent
To really get your blog noticed, you have to feature yourself on big press media outlets.
You have to actively look for outlets that will want to feature your work.
Here are the steps to find the media outlet for you:
- Research media outlets that sometimes feature travel pieces.
- Connect with professional writers and authors on LinkedIn. Share their articles mentioning their names and yourself. Ask them a question or even compliment them.
- Write a polished piece you can easily submit when asked. It has to be something interesting and unique, where you twist it so people can relate or get something out of it.
- The last step is to finally reach out and pitch an idea to them.
After developing a connection with a media outlet or writer, you have a higher chance of being selected and featured on their site.
SEO and Your Blog
Search engine optimization is the art of adjusting your content and keywords to get noticed on Google search results.
If you don’t know how to do it, take the time to research or hire a professional if it’s within your budget. There are many basic on-page optimizations that are easy to understand and apply. Regardless, they can help with ranking big time.
Use Email Lists
Arguably, even more important than social media is building and sustaining an email list.
Your truly loyal readers and followers will sign-up for your email list. Email has a more personal touch than social media and it directs traffic back to your travel blog.
When you send an email, people are more likely to read it if it’s interesting. Whereas, on social media they can just scroll past it.
How do you build an email list?
There’s two tricks:
- Offer something valuable to your readers. It could be tips you don’t mention on the website or a link to a book you helped write.
- Offer giveaways to your readers is also a way create an incentive.
All in all, making money off your travel blog requires some planning and effort… Just like traveling itself!
If your spirit is pushing you to roam the globe, then making your fingers traverse the keyboard won’t be that hard. Adding some concentrated effort and a touch of adventurous entrepreneurship to the mix, and the stories you have to tell can very well form a global community of like-minded people.
Of course, creating something of value is not easy. If it were, would it be really valuable?