The real deal here is do you believe you ARE already Rich and therefore anything you do, including travel blogging will make you richer financially…?
Can Travel Blogging Make You Rich? Want to Make Lots of Money? Don’t become a Travel Blogger…Pkjulesworld Investigates!
So, a friend asked; hey Julie, do you guys really make money? “Does travel blogging make you money?” How the heck do you do it?
These questions stopped me in my tracks…You see, I believe I am rich and I live a rich life…in every sense. But for the non-believer….
Let’s dissect this baby, shall we? Does blogging make you rich? The answer is 100% heck yeah…
Well in the beginning…crickets. But that’s the same with most new venture or business on or offline!
And the above can be your portion if you don’t SEE You getting paid via your blog and MONETIZE it…but I jump the gun here!
Due to years of thoughts and sayings like:
“money is hard to come by”,
“it’s hard to make money”,
“business is hard”, esp. online business etc…
Is it a surprise then, that making money from travel blogging or any kind of blogging can be a long shot for some?
Strictly if YOU ARE NOT open to receive and believe the hype that making money is hard! Bear with me here….
Before I dive in, here is how to become a pro a travel blogger…
Okay, welcome back. For most people, making money from a travel blog is incredibly difficult…
Okay I said it. WHY?
Because they are not givers. They want mucho traffic without giving back or giving value! Most treat their blog as a hobby, consciously or subconsciously! Somewhere to keep their friends, family and mates informed or jealous about their whereabouts! So, they don’t really put in place or invest in systems and tools to monetize that baby and make it rain cash on you sooner or later!
Some post their content and wait for the manna to fall…Hello!
Read my e-lips…Blogging is not a hobby or enterprise to get into if you think all you need to do is post your content and money will come by magic.
It used to, for the pioneers and early adopters. For the rest of us…
We gotta get jiggy with a little something called traffic getting and Social Media Sharing…Before we can make some moolah and purposefully get rich in the financial sense.
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By the way I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that you can still get great organic traffic. A load of it from Pinterest. And I teach you how in my signature course the Ultimate Pinterest Roadmap.
Do yourself a favour and learn how to leverage Pinterest for your blog; travel or otherwise. Or you will forever be stuck on social media posting all day for a trickle of organic traffic! Learn the basics of white hat SEO and attract some sponsors.
Come on, fess up though, for most bloggers, money is the driver…
Although for us, the primary motivation for this website was to share with more people the amazing concept that we are part of…To help more people tick off their bucket list items at your current budget. And live a more fun filled life!
In other words, our aim for pkjulesworld was global impact and #FreedomMotivated! You see we already had a business blog and brand!
It’s all about traveling, experiencing all the world has to offer, creating peak life experiences and creatively sharing them.
We are part of an increasing number of travel bloggers earning a part or full time living. Yet sadly, I can say with confidence that few are actually creating an income through just writing a blog post or 100 and selling google ads or whatever else they may offer…
In fact, what looks like a care-free digital nomad or laptop lifestyle for most bloggers is anything but.
Most travel bloggers cannot duplicate or sustain the sporadic and random success they create. Only a few have actually found a way to monetize and keep that tap flowing via travel blogging.
Would you believe that I did write about the life of a digital entrepreneur and that’s exactly what I said?
It’s a life commitment running a business on or off line. The reason why our travel blog took off faster than most is because we had taken 3+ years to build up a following. So, the various ways we monetized, which I go into detail in a bit, took off as well and started bringing in an income too!
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I cannot say this travel blog income would sustain a family, or even a single person yet…(It would in a developing world though).
This blog is a year and half old though and it is growing every day. Brands reach out every week to collaborate with us…And that’s one of the ways you get paid to blog!
That’s why I highly recommend you plan your strategies well , if creating a job replacing income is your goal for starting a travel blog or blogging in general. In that case I highly recommend the Blog Profits Academy to get your website set up for money making!
Otherwise I highly recommend you don’t quit the day job yet! Why Julie? After all you did…
Well my advice is, use your job as your Investor. Use that steady income to give your blog half a chance to grow and build an audience! Once you start making some money, scale up whatever you are doing that is bringing in some income until you earn more than your current JOB income. That is when you Fire your boss just as this guy did…a must watch!
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Now would then be and is the time to pursue your passion and live life on your terms as your own boss! And on that note, I’ll let you in on some secrets…Shh 😉
We use the following means to make blog income:
- Sponsored Posts – we keep these to a minimum as we wish to stay authentic!
- Side Bar Adverts – You can only do this if your site is self hosted, otherwise the rates of pay can be pants! This means getting a domain like rccace.com …We use Godaddy.com they are pretty cheap!
- Affiliate Links & Marketing – We are affiliated to several brands and receive a commission between 5% – 60% every time someone buys through our links!
- Banner Ads – Ditto for self hosting!
- Product Promos and recommendations
- Multi-Level Marketing
- Joint Venture posts – Only with a more authoritative site where we get link juice, otherwise we have set prices for partnerships! You need to have grown your social presence and traffic for this to work!
- Giveaways – we do as few of these as possible…prdominantly because brands expect the giveaway to be your remuneration!
- Paid Trips – In exchange for a promo post…These are lots of hard work. So unless the deal is right this isn’t a holiday its a JOB! So we charge a fee, it can be anything from £350/trip to £95/day! You can Check out our media kit for inspiration. We Never do it for Free unless we get a full family holiday to a 5* resort out of it!
- Working with brands e.g. reviews via blogger outreach
Of course, we are open to more ideas. Concepts to serve our audience better, because as stated earlier our travel blog aim was to Impact, to Empower, Educate and entertain!
How Else to Make Money on a Travel Blog?
As stated in our post on becoming a professional travel blogger, once you start attracting some blog income…You can pay for your overheads like: domain, web hosting, premium themes, affiliate auto-ships. You can then go ahead and play bigger to attract even more income.
How Julie? Glad you asked….
#1. Invest in coaching.
But this is spending money Julie?
Yes, my dear, you INVEST in you, in the right resources, in learning HOW to market your content, attract traffic, generate leads and You will never loose. Plus, you won’t have to blog daily or post on Social media daily…you will hire other people to do that for ya! 😊
#2. Definitely invest in Marketing
Well, its a business mate! So get some Facebook advertising or better still Pinterest marketing in. This is to attract targeted traffic to your affiliate products. Again, we teach you how to leverage Pinterest via the Ultimate Pinterest Roadmap course. A video experience in bite sizes to get you a ton of traffic and sales via Pinterest!
I can say with confidence that waiting for ONLY organic free traffic will be the most expensive decision you ever make.
You see even for the organic, we have Virtual Assistants to take on social syndication for us, and other admin tasks. This allows us to focus on what we are more qualified to do; to build a profitable and sustainable travel blog and business!Our travel blog aim was to Impact, Empower, Educate and Entertain! #makemoneyonline #travelblogging Click To Tweet
For Aspiring Back Packers:
Listen, whatever you do, don’t go backpacking until you have mapped out how you will maintain your travels and live a decent life. Note I didn’t say a lavish lifestyle because most digital nomads just don’t! They simply LOVE to travel and see new shores.
Once you are off, I suggest you opt for a developing country like: Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, etc. This is so you can stretch your funds out longer as you find new ways of creating more! Again, Ryan Biddulph can tell you more!
I’m a big fan of finding that city/country where you can live with a higher standard of living, for less. For instance, surprising as it may seem, UK was that for us. Much higher standard of living, and we have learnt how to make our dollar go far!
In other cases, you get to assimilate into a new culture, learn a language, and even meet the love of your life! 😉
Definitely, until you make a steady 3-4k per month, it is advisable you don’t buy a mortgage or expensive cars if you intend to hit the road. How about staying with friends or family to save for your travels!
Once on the road…You still gotta earn to live…
Be sure to leverage your skills, or keep a side hustle going until your travel blog matures and pays you some…Some people do ghost writing, social media marketing and consulting, graphic design, freelance copy writing, guest posting, teaching your language, use techie skills like coding and html via Freelancer.com, fiverr.com etc.
It is very essential to find a hustle that’s location independent. So, try and find work or gigs that can do that for you, better still if it can be done online!
For instance; I coach entrepreneurs how to leverage social media esp. Pinterest and solid build a business all done online! I can work anywhere and I do also promote my primary business pretty much anywhere…So my business is truly location independent, as long as I got a tablet/PC and an internet connection…I am good to go!
For internet, be ready to use it where you find it; cafes, hotels, restaurants, libraries etc. But run a tight ship with Internet security, fire wall and anti-virus software on your gadget. Don’t scrimp on that if you use public Wi-Fi!
Travel blogging Yes or NO?
We say heck yeah, lol…Yes you gotta network SMART and for some even hard! We email PR companies and are immune to rejection. Its par of the course, you get through the NOs before you get that fat YES!
Keep your ear to the ground by attending hospitality events, the right events, Who do you know, keep em close. Of course, do whatever it takes to make your ravel blog profitable!
I think you got the basics and the picture on how we make money as travel bloggers and entrepreneurs. So now…
If you know you’re ready to start making a steady income from your blog, and you wish to learn what the best social media marketing techniques are today, check out our most popular course – The Affiliate JetSet Academy: The 4-C Formula to your first 10K online.
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Julie Syl Kalungi