For months, years even, my Pinterest traffic had been falling. I was something of a Pinterest ninja a couple of years ago, enjoying up to 1000 Page Views per day from Pinterest. Over time this Pinterest traffic has fallen to a pathetic 150 clicks per day. Was my Pinterest broken? Had I got myself a shadowban? I'd tried everything to fix it, bouncing between Tailwind, … [Read more...]
What is a Digital Nomad?
A digital nomad is somebody who is nomadic - ie. they travel. They are location independent in that they are not tied to one place by work, school, posessions, pets, car loans, friends or family. The digital part refers to their income , they control their business and their income online. They can work from anywhere in the world from their laptops. Some work crazy hours, some just a few hours a week. We have a collection of posts below on what it's like to live and work as a digital nomad.
For the last few months a small group of us has been coming together to talk blogging. Most of the other members of our group are beginners but there's also me ( Hi, I'm Alyson, this is my main blog and family income source) and a few more seasoned bloggers and creatives. In the summer we made our group a paid, formal enterprise. I was stretching myself too thinly, repeating … [Read more...]
I've been asked to write this post on the basics of SEO by a member of our private travel blog group and, well, I've been meaning to do it for a long time and I'm in the mood so let's do it! SEO is my jam, I find it fascinating and you'll generally find me immersed in Search Console data, studying SEO trends and algorithm changes. Such things as professional SEOs exist, I'm not … [Read more...]
I have so many people in our Facebook group, Living Differently, who are about to start, or have recently started a blog or website that I thought a one off, comprehensive list or guide, a check list, would be a great idea to help them on their way. It will also help me stop repeating myself. These days everyone likes to have a printable pdf for lists and guides like this and … [Read more...]
This will be a short post. I'm having one of those unsettled days where I think far too much. I find it's often best to put troublesome ideas down in writing and share them. That way they're easier to acknowledge, process and move on. If I were to ask you what you thought were the hardest parts of being a digital nomad family, what would you answer? Would you think it was lack … [Read more...]
Creating content for blogs or websites is more of a science than an art. Each blog post needs to have a series of elements, correctly executed to maximise your chances of ranking high on Google. If you don't rank high on Google, you just won't get search traffic. You may do well with growing and gaining other types of traffic, different types of content, promoted in various … [Read more...]
Hi there, so you're as crazy as us ! Great to meet you. You're thinking of selling everything you own and setting off to travel the world. We did just that. We were that family that sells everything to travel. We didn't sell everything but we sold a lot and we were on the road full-time for 6 years. When we eventually returned what were we glad to still have, what do we wish … [Read more...]
Subscribers are pretty important to any blogger, not just travel bloggers. If Pinterest shut down, if Google de-indexed you, if Zucherberg pulled the plug, you'd be left holding your list. Now, I'm guilty of saying that getting blog subscribers isn't the be-all and end-all that others make it out to be and for me, to this point, that's absolutely true. I've never had much … [Read more...]
What to blog about? What content should you create that will bring you lots of traffic? There are a few different options but I'll tell you that the bread and butter of my website is giving people facts. They want hard information, first hand experiences and maybe a little reassurance that the thing they're doing or place they are going is a good idea. They want to know how to … [Read more...]
This is the post that has to be written, how we get to travel full time or even permanently, as a family. We're not unique, there are plenty of other globe trotting full time travelling families on the world circuit, but to the vast majority of people what we do sounds far from possible. But we do it, and we've been doing it for almost 5 years. It's time to explain how we … [Read more...]
To create an effective blog and generate a steady online income, you have to spend a little money. This is something I wish I'd realised years ago rather than struggling using every second-rate free tool I could find. Some free tools are great, sure, we use many here, but the premium versions are often mind-blowingly better. Some of the plugins and tools below are free, others … [Read more...]
So you want to start a blog? Or maybe you've already started and, just like I did, dived in without really knowing what you're doing. Hold your horses, let's backtrack a little. I've already given you this post, 6 steps to start your blog ( opens in a new tab), I'm sure you've seen it, that's the nuts and bolts. Let's talk a little more about why and how to blog and some … [Read more...]