Do you dream of drinking fruity drinks with umbrellas on an exotic beach? Riding camels in the Egyptian desert? Do your thoughts immediately wander back into reality when you ask yourself how you are going to pay for such travels? Here are five ways to make money travel blogging without having to ask your customer if they want fries with that.
AdSense. Notice those ads on websites that blink? Typically they are Google AdSense ads. Did you know that you can put them on your travel website and with every click your audience initiates you earn money? In order to make good money using AdSense, serious prep work must be done first. Specifically, using search engine optimized (SEO) keywords will help to draw traffic to your site. This increases the chances that viewers will click on these ads. Fortunately, Google will target ads that relate to the theme of your travel blog.
Affiliate sales. Instead of creating your own product you can save time and promote someone else’s product on your travel website and receive a commission when someone purchases it through your link. This can be incredibly lucrative as long as you choose the right products for your site. It has to make sense in conjunction with your travel blog. The more relevant the better. One of the most popular sites to find products to sell is Clickbank.
Article writing. In addition to writing articles for your own site you could write articles for other people’s websites. Bloggers are always looking for good quality content on a consistent basis. Utilize websites like Elance and Fiverr to find clients willing to pay you to write original high quality articles. Another option is to write for content sites such as Yahoo! Voices where you can write on just about any topic you want to and get paid for it plus performance payments.
Sponsorship. This method is usually offered when your travel blog has been established and running for a while. It has to be a win/win for you and the sponsor. Sponsors will pay you to put an ad on your travel website or they can pay you to review their product or service. Many travel bloggers are invited by hotels and other travel industry professionals on vacations to encourage them to write about their stay. In order to keep such sponsorships, you have to make sure that your travel blog is the best it can be with consistently great high quality content that readers love.
Information products. For those who have always wanted to write that book or teach a course on travel, creating your own informational products can be a great way to make money. The best part about this is that you only have to create the product one time. Then you can sell it over and over again forever. This is an example of a passive income. Additionally, you can also position yourself as a subject matter expert and published author.
All of these methods make it easier to continue traveling without the obligation of a brick and mortar job. It allows the flexibility needed to come and go when you want to and concentrate on your travel excursions. It isn’t difficult to do in the sense that you can do it but it takes a lot of work. Some methods won’t see a steady profit for several months and in some cases a couple of years. The more you diversify and take advantage of all methods the better off you will be to move toward making a good living from your travel blog.
Source: Personal experience