I’m asked all the time, so I’m writing it down once and for all. Here are my best tips to make money blogging. Blogging funds our life, 2 adults, 2 kids, full time travel. We’re 100% legitimate and the money comes from the blog, not selling courses. We genuinely love travel and sharing the world with our readers, we’re going to continue to be travel bloggers not course sellers. So here are some pointers and tips to help you make an income from your blog or website. These tips aren’t in any particular order and not in huge detail because I’m not writing a book here, but I hope you find these useful. You’ll find more on how to make money travel blogging in the blogging section of this website.
How to Make Money Travel Blogging
I am so sick of reading that making money from a travel blog is hard, it’s not, it’s actually pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. The problem is, most people don’t have a clue how it’s done and repeatedly bash their heads against a brick wall before giving up in a huff. It’s not about writing, it’s not about stories, it’s about understanding the internet and how it works.
Be Genuine and Love What You Do
I hate fakes and I’m sure you do too. Don’t be one. They’re too easy to spot and you’ll turn people off. You have to love this game, it’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s addictive. If you find it a chore you’ll never put the hours in.
Multiple Income Streams
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, create multiple income streams and get them set up as early as possible. Install Adsense, join all the affiliate schemes you need, get some Amazon sales pages set up, get stuck in to earning, early!
Know SEO and KWR Before You Start
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Keyword Research (KWR) are probably the best way to get eyes and credit cards onto your website. Social media and email subscriber lists work too, but your Google search traffic is vital and you’ll only get that with good SEO and good KWR and targetting. Don’t write a post until you understand the purpose of that post in terms of either pleasing and attracting subscribers, giving solid information to build your reputation and authority, making money or attracting people ready to spend.
A Quality Site
Your site needs to be fast, mobile friendly and have great SEO. This tends to come with good hosting, a premium theme and good ( often paid) plugins and tools. You have to spend a little money to make more money.
Affiliate Income is About Targetted Traffic
It’s 99% pointless to put some random affiliate links into posts or into your sidebar. The people reading those posts aren’t looking to buy whatever you want them to buy. The skill lies in getting the people on the point of purchasing onto your pages. Get them there via Google search ( SEO and KWR) or from social media.
Just Get Them to Amazon
Amazon knows how to get people to buy. If you can get your reader to Amazon, half the battle is fought and won.
Content and Adsense Revenue
I had Adsense performing well, I’m with Mediavine now, which gives me an insanely good income, but you can’t join a premium advertising agency like that until you’ve got good traffic. Beginners have to start with Adsense. Keep people looking at your Adsense ads longer and draw their eyes and their time, to the places the ads are. Keep content long to allow more ads to display. Know that “above the fold” is premium ad space. It’s not rocket science.
Climb the Google Search Results as Fast as Possible
Grow your DA through legitimate link building, create quality, long, information packed content, keep your readers on each page as long as possible, keep them on your site as long as possible, get plenty of social shares and get your on-site and on-page SEO right. All these things will tell Google that your site is one they should be showing high in their search results. Also, don’t target keywords you don’t have a chance of ranking for, try to find something a little obscure when you’re just starting out.
Do NOT get involved in spammy sharing groups and link exchanges. It will come back to bite you in the bum, as they say. Be genuine, be real, don’t try and cheat the system.
But how to make money travel blogging? What are our income streams? More on that in this post on how to start a blog and make money, and this one on affiliate sales. That’s it for now, a quick 10 minute response because somebody asked the question. I’ll add more tips to make money blogging as I think of them. This post has no affiliate links, little SEO, it’s too short and I did no keyword research, but it’s genuine and I hope helpful and I know exactly how to fix up a post to boost its traffic further down the line. There is a formula, blogging is a science, not an art. I hope I can help you with that. Leave me a comment if you have questions.