Make Money Blogging: How to Monetize a Travel Blog

Many of you have been wondering how a person can live off a travel blog. I don’t blame you. It’s a surreal thought, as not that long ago a ‘blog’ was considered a private diary. Until these days many people often make fun of bloggers, and every time I introduce myself as a blogger the automatic response is: “Ok, but what do you actually do for work?”. People don’t believe you can make money blogging.

The fun fact is, that some bloggers are making way more money than top executives. The most obvious examples: Zoella – with her MONTHLY income exceeding $70,000; or Michelle who publicly announces her income every month – $150,000+. But don’t get too excited – travel blogging isn’t as simple as “getting paid to travel the world”.

When I started my blog in March 2014 after 7 years of traveling, I had no idea that I could make any money out of it. In fact, when the first client approached me I thought he was joking. However, not researching what to do and what not to do, was one of the mistakes I made when I started my travel blog.

LAST UPDATED: January 2019


How to Make Money Blogging?

After a lot of questions, let’s make one thing clear: Making money from a travel blog isn’t the same as making money as an Instagrammer or YouTuber. You can have a highly successful blog and not even have an Instagram account or have very few followers. You don’t need to make

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I’m sorry to tell you this first, but in order to make any money from your blog, you need to invest a lot in it first. I don’t mean financially, but you have to invest a lot of time and effort into your blog. A successful blog doesn’t happen overnight. Building your brand might take some a few months, others a few years and some give up before the ever make it.

Becoming a professional travel blogger is more difficult than most people think. There’s a reason why most bloggers quit after 6 months and that’s because most people don’t realize how much work goes into blogging. Many blogs that existed when I was starting out, vanished from the web as their owners gave up on them.


Questions to Answer Yourself Before Making a Choice of Blogging as a Business:

Are you sure you’re not just looking for a fun outlet?

Are you willing to sacrifice free time on your travels to answer emails, write articles, edit photos, etc?

Do you really want to be a public person?


How Long Does it Take to Start Making Money Travel Blogging?

There’s no a single rule or answer to this question.

You don’t need millions of page views per month to make money blogging. I personally know a few travel bloggers who make a decent amount of money with not the highest traffic or numbers of social media followers. It all depends on how do you want to make your money and what do you focus on.

One thing you should understand is that traveling full-time as a blogger isn’t going to make you rich quickly and quite often you’ll have to stop traveling in order to work. Ironically, in order to transform your blog into decent money making business, you need to stop moving all the time.

Most bloggers who run a successful website create temporary bases as digital nomads instead of traveling non-stop. A few months here, a few months there. There’s no other way to make money blogging – and I’m talking good money here. Recent popular cheap places to live for digital nomads are Chiang Mai or Bangkok in Thailand, Canggu in Bali, Playa del Carmen in Mexico.

Blogging Courses for New Bloggers

There are some courses that could explain everything more in-depth than I can in a single post. Unfortunately, there are way too many courses out there that simply can’t teach you much. Why? The author doesn’t know what he/she is talking about. Always check who’s written the course and investigate before you pay for a product.

After a recent scandal with a girl offering a travel blogging course without actually being a travel blogger and not providing much, people need to be more careful. Always Google their profiles to see if the course is worth your money, as there are way too many scams out there.

My personal tip: if their articles don’t come up in Google or there’s not much press coverage about their persona, do not bother with such ‘course’.

For instance, why would you trust someone with SEO if their own blog doesn’t even show up in Google if you search for their name? Would you trust someone with branding on Twitter when they follow as many people as they’re followed by? Or an Instagrammer who kept using follow/unfollow or loop giveaways methods to grow their account? You should not.

My Travel Blogging Courses Recommendations:

  • Superstar Blogging – Why? It’s founded by Nomadic Matt – whether you like it or not, is the author of the most popular travel blog on the planet. He focuses on turning a blog into a business, optimizing SEO, and doing the more advanced pitching.
  • Making Sense of Cents – Why? Because you could definitely learn from someone who makes over $100,000 per month only from affiliates. Their Facebook group is also quite useful.
  • Smart Passive Income – Not a course, but many e-books. Why? Because you can definitely trust Pat Flynn. And his e-books are free if you subscribe to his email list.
  • Project Blogger – If you prefer an in-person course/retreat you can join my week-long course with max. 10 students.
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Not so glamorous side of blogging – in front of a laptop 😉


First Things First: How to Get Noticed in the World of Travel Bloggers?

You could think that with so many great travel blogs out there, you’ll never get noticed. You’re wrong. I’ve worked as a travel blogger and also with bloggers as a project manager matching influencers with clients, so I’ve experienced both perspectives.

  • Pick the Right Niche:

Also, if you want people to recognize you, talk about you and recommend you, you need to stand out. ‘Travel & Stories’, or ‘Full-time Couple Travelers’ isn’t a niche.

These days even ‘solo female travel’ isn’t the ultimate niche, especially when everyone claims they’re an ‘adventure’ or ‘off the path’ blog, which isn’t always the case. You need to narrow it down even more.

It’s not enough to just sell all your stuff and move to Southeast Asia. There are too many others already doing that. It’s a cliche, so try to be original.

I narrowed down my own tagline to: Travel with Purpose – Chic Adventure Travel. Do you see what I mean by narrowing your niche now? Now my new readers know that I blog about adventure travel that’s chic (not backpacking), adventure (not just luxury spas without adventure aspects), and on top of that I want to tell people how to travel with a purpose – learn something on the way, either by studying abroad, learning about the history and languages, and interacting with local.

  • Stay Consistent With Your Content:

Once you chose your focus, stick to it. If you’re a very budget blogger don’t suddenly go review luxury hotels (even if it’s sponsored) and vice versa. It will hurt your audience as if I started following you for budget travel tips and hostels I had a reason for it, I’m probably not going to be interested in a 5* hotel suggestions.

  • Check Your Facts:

Most importantly, don’t write articles on things you really don’t know much about and be careful with wording. I’ve read way too many articles from bloggers who, for instance, came to my past home base Playa del Carmen in Mexico and wrote posts on best things to do and ‘ultimate guides’ to the spot.

Most of these articles suck. Why? Because spending 2 days, or even a week, in one country will not make you an authority.

What should you do instead? Stick to telling a good story, share your thoughts on a place or simply post gorgeous photos. Don’t pretend you’re something you’re not – be yourself.

  • Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Bloggers by Looking at Numbers:

No matter what your niche is, don’t be scared that some bloggers have more followers than you. Numbers aren’t everything, especially during times when they can be easily manipulated!

When brands or tourism boards look for bloggers to work with, they try to fit their audience and yours. If you don’t have a clear focus it’s hard for anyone to work with you, which means no sponsored deals.

This was actually one of the mistakes I had been making for a long time – focusing too much on the number of followers, without an actual focus on the blog content.

Many brands out there would rather have smaller bloggers with a clear audience working with them, than those with huge numbers, if they don’t fit the focus. Make sure that information is explicit on your website (either in your About Me or Work With Me page).


  • Make Yourself Remembered

In order to build up your traffic, you need to do REALLY interesting stuff. Fun, sensational, meaningful, original. What do I mean by that? If I started my blog by writing ONLY about best things to do in Paris, Thai beaches, or living in Chiang Mai, it would not set me apart from hundreds of other bloggers. Almost every blogger has written about these popular things.

These articles aren’t wrong. In the end, people do want to know about these popular travel spots and they do well in Google search. But, it’s also important to cover destinations and ideas that aren’t covered by many out there.

Write some thoughtful pieces. I’ve never met anyone coming to me and saying: I really liked your best things to do in X article, but they remembered my long pieces such as this one or that one.

You can get popular by doing something original or/and funny. Good examples are: Janet’s flying GoPro story, Derek Entering US Border with a Bullet, or Matt’s stolen computer story.

  • Network & Ask for Advice

Networking is another important key to success. Too many bloggers see other travel bloggers as competition. While it has some truth to it (you’ll learn more about it when you start networking), it doesn’t change the fact that that they can also be helpful colleagues.

You obviously won’t be bonding with every blogger out there – like in a normal life, not everyone likes each other. You’ll build your own network of people you get along with. This means you may want to interact with them on social media, via email, or attend conferences.


Recommended Travel Conferences:

  • Travelcon – New travel conference that’s planning on replacing now falling apart TBEX. Bloggers aren’t the only speakers, as the organizers also invited many marketing industry professionals.
  • WTM (London) – It’s the best place for networking not only with fellow bloggers but also with brands. PR agencies are there, airlines, tour companies, airlines and many others.
  • ITB (Germany) – Another trade show, so a perfect opportunity to network with many tourism boards, brands, airlines and more.
  • Traverse – It’s a great travel blogging conference, but mostly Europe/UK oriented. I found their lectures quite good
  • Women in Travel Summit (USA) – The only travel blogging summit by and for women.
  • Travel Massive – Not a conference, but a great meet-ups base for anyone interested in travel.
    Networking at TBEX Florida in 2015

    Drinks with friends at TBEX Florida back in 2015.

You Don’t Need to be From the US, Canada or UK to Be a Successful Blogger

While the majority of established and successful bloggers are from English speaking countries, you don’t need to be a native speaker to succeed. Not every native speaker is a great writer, but make sure that your content is understandable. Get a proofreader or install Grammarly if you’re worried about your language skills.

While the market is usually catered for the English speaking market, there are many great bloggers who either aren’t from privileged countries (myself included) or simply decided to write in their own language. There are many ways to make things work, no matter what do you feel comfortable with.


How to Promote Your Blog

  • Social Media

Social media channels is an obvious way of promoting your blog, but it’s not a reliable option. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you don’t even need Facebook or Instagram to own a successful blog.

Posting your articles on your Facebook might have worked some time ago, but these days with the platform limiting post reach of content creators it’s not anymore. You really need to spend a TON of money on advertising for your post to be seen.

A similar thing is happening to Instagram right now (not surprisingly, since it’s owned by Facebook) that people’s posts are seen by less and fewer followers every day. My unpaid (not promoted) posts used to reach about 50% of audience half a year ago, now it’s even unlikely that 10% of my followers will see them.

If I relied solely on the promotion of my posts on Facebook or Instagram this blog would have no audience.

  • Pinterest

I separated Pinterest from other social media channels since it’s a powerful tool. Pinterest is less of a social media channel and more of a search engine.

You can drive a TON of traffic from Pinterest to your blog and some bloggers get over half a million monthly views from Pinterest.

  • Working on SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a very important part of blogging and takes way more time than writing your content. What exactly does it mean?

It means that when I type, let’s say like in the example below ‘Marrakesh Morocco’, certain articles will come up. As a user, you’ll probably click on some of the articles that show up on the first page of Google, right?

When people find my articles on Google, I don’t need social media promotion of this article anymore. Ironically, if a bigger Instagrammer’s content goes viral and people will suddenly want to visit Morocco because this Instagrammer will be doing ME a favor.

How come? Most people will want to do more research than just look at a pretty photo. If they type ‘Marrakesh Morocco’ they’ll find my article with tips, hotel recommendations, and more.

I can’t teach you how to optimize your articles in this blog post (if anyone claims they can do it in one blog post they’re lying to you because they’re many methods), but it’s something I teach during my Project Blogger course.

  • Newsletter

Another source of driving traffic to your website is having a newsletter subscription. You can have a pop-up to subscribe to your newsletter on the blog and utilize your email list later. You can also use Bloglovin to get your readers to follow your content.


Different Ways of Making Money Blogging

Here are the most common ways of making money blogging. However, this doesn’t mean that these are the only ways. I’m obviously not a blogging guru and not even the ‘best’ bloggers out there know everything about every method out there.

The purpose of this article isn’t to tell you what to do, but show you different ways of doing things, so you can pick what works for you and what doesn’t.

Sponsored Content

Paid blog posts are those where you place a link, or give a mention, to someone who paid for it. This might be in the form of a sponsored review, a guest blog post, a sidebar link, or an advertisement in a newsletter.

It’s a very popular strategy for less experienced bloggers, as many SEO companies just want to add a link for $30-$160 or give you a guest post including a link.

It may seem that including a link to your post for money (I was selling links for a while when I started blogging), or receiving some free content, might be an easy way to make money. But, these days I don’t recommend doing it long-term. It makes your blog spammy and your readers will eventually turn off (since crappy guest posts aren’t what anyone really wants to read).

More importantly, it can also give you a penalty from Google. As a result, your blog will have lower DA, lower Trust Flow, and you’ll never rank high in Google for any posts.

If it’s a big branded campaign (not just a spammy link) you can definitely discuss it if a product or service meets your satisfaction. Lifestyle or mommy bloggers make a bank on writing sponsored household product reviews.

Social Media Promotion

There are many ways of earning money on social media. One of them is takeovers. Companies pay ‘big influencers’ to take over their Instagram and Twitter to gain more followers. It’s a fun and easy way to get money. I say easy once you actually build your social media channels (what isn’t easy).

There are also opportunities to get paid to place an appropriate hashtag or product in your feed. Quite often you can even use an affiliate link.

In the past, I’ve also got paid for hosting Twitter chats, but personally, I’m not a big fan of them. On social media your possibilities of collaborations are endless, so pick and choose what do you like.

Examples of my sponsored social media post: Facebook or YouTube

Instagram Marketing

I put Instagram separately since there are many people out there who make a full-time income JUST from Instagram. I always look at Instagram sort of separately from other social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube.

Instagram is very visual, therefore the most popular travel accounts won’t be those with great stories of off the path adventures. Many users don’t even read the captions, sadly (you can see a perfect example of not reading a caption from comments on this post).

In my case, I treat my Instagram differently than my blog. On my blog, I talk more about history, politics, culture, or give travel tips. On Instagram, I try to post photos that look aesthetically good and including a lot of fashion.

You can get paid to post a photo on your feed permanently or temporarily, or just do Insta Stories.

This is my example of a branded Instagram photo: here

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate income is where you place an affiliate link in a blog post and try to make a commission when people buy the product through your link. This can be a good way to make money, because you can recommend something you love, without counting on sponsors. In order to make money from affiliates, you should focus on good, useful posts that will always be useful.

Here’s my example of a post that does well with affiliates: How to Plan a Budget Trip to Fiji

There are many different affiliate programs out there. Instead of signing up for a different program with every advertiser you want to promote, it’s better to join affiliate networks. Among the others: Awin, Commission Junction, Share A Sale, Amazon, Impact Radius, eBay Enterprise, or Commission Factory.

In my opinion, it’s the best source of income, as it’s passive if you optimize your content correctly. You don’t have to depend on new clients or constantly chase new projects. Both the content and your income are out there working for you even when you’re sleeping.

Display Advertising

Ad networks allow website owners to place advertisements on their websites. In my opinion, unless you have a pretty decent traffic (60k+ Unique Visitors (not views) per month) it won’t bring you much money. You also need to remember to place the adds in a subtle way, not to make your blog look spammy.

I currently use Mediavine network for my ads, as it pays out way more than AdSense.

Destination Campaigns (Paid Press Trips)

There’s a huge difference between sponsored travel and making money from traveling.

Destination marketing campaigns are based on invitations from tourism board, hotels, or tour companies. At the beginning of anyone’s blogging career, those projects will be unpaid – with flights, accommodation, food, and activities covered. But the longer you blog for, you will be compensated for the time spent on such trips.

Depending on the size of your audience you can ask tourism boards for either a day rate or a trip rate for projects. To give you an idea an established blogger should charge about $6000+ for a campaign. If there are a lot of deliverables you can even get paid $20-50,000.

Here are some examples of my past destination campaigns: Visit Long Beach or Marriot International in Aruba

I said projects, as a LOT of bloggers and people confuse FAM Trips (group press trips) with destination campaigns. Some people are put off by these, claiming they don’t always like group tours. Don’t worry – destination campaigns don’t always mean press trips with other bloggers.

Once you’re more established, there are many projects out there where you have a total freedom as long as you deliver what you promised (eg. photos, articles, videos, etc.).

Another example of an individual destination campaign project: Paris Tourism or iAmsterdam

Branded Content

Brand marketing is slightly different than traditional advertising. They’re either short or longer-term projects with bigger brands, who’re willing to invest some proper money in exchange for valuable content. In contrary to link-building marketing agencies who don’t really care about bloggers as long as they get a link on their site.

Brand marketing involves (usually) big, always respectful brands. These companies have decent budgets, so what’s not to like about earning good money to work with a company you love?

I don’t think it’s good to take every single comp, press trip or campaign that lands in your inbox. It’ll make you look like a sell-out to your readers.

My recent example of branded content: here

Freelance Writing

Many bloggers are paid to write travel-related articles for other websites. It’s easy to get a copywriting job once your name is known from your blog. They need content, you have experience and stories. Who would you be writing for? Smaller websites who’re willing to offer payment, other bloggers who need writers, or bigger publications such as BBC, News.au, Daily Mail, etc.

Standard payment for this type of freelance work can range from $50 to $1000, depending on the length of the article, publication, how much research or photos are needed, etc.

There’s constantly a discussion of whether you should be writing for free or not, as many big publications – Huffington Post included, don’t pay their writers. It’s your call. Being published in a bigger publication might help to boost your blog, but I’d not recommend doing it long term.

Here are some examples of my articles on other websites: News.au, PlaquePsoriasis, Hecktic Travels

Public Speaking & TV appearances

Once your blog is established and you become a specialist in your niche, you can be hired to talk about it. There are plenty of conferences out there willing to invite travel bloggers & destination specialists to speak at their event. Again, not for free.

Same goes for the TV. You can be invited to talk about your travel experiences, and/or share photos. I personally spoke at the conferences in Orlando and Austin and appeared on Polish and Mexican TV.

Selling Photography

I rarely sell my photos online, but I know many people who do it on a regular basis. How do you sell your photos and to whom? Shutterstock, companies, tourism boards, airlines, etc.money


My First (and Only Ever) Approximate Income Report:

Why am I sharing it? Simply because I want to give an example of how travel blogging earnings could look like. Also, because everyone’s definition of success and full-time income is different. I had funny situations when my blogging friend and I had a chat about an affiliate income – one of us said she’s making next to nothing from it, the other one said she was making a lot of money from it. In the end, it turned out that we’re both making the same exact amount of money.

RANDOM MONTH IN 2018 (I CAN’T SAY WHICH ONE BECAUSE OF NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS):

  • Social media promotion – $150
    Some months are good, some months are bad, some months you don’t want to share anything. I did one Facebook post for a client.
  • Instagram promotion – $1800
    Promotion on my Instagram account and/or stories.
  • Display Advertising – $3524
    The amount of money I made from display ads. It varies every month though.
  • Own Products – $200
    I used to have an e-book and presets, but I don’t actively promote it.
  • Destination Campaigns – $7,700
    You can do a few campaigns months if there’s work or/and if you feel like it. Some months I don’t do any, others I can do three.
  • Affiliate Income – $1483
    All my affiliate income combined. While it’s not yet impressive, it’s definitely growing every month.
  • Branded Content: $1600
    Some months are good, some months are bad. Some months you just don’t want to work for anyone other than yourself.

TOTAL = $16,457

As you can see I definitely don’t make millions from blogging. The income isn’t guaranteed for the next month and it could double, triple, or bring me very little money instead. I’m not planning on publishing my income reports all the time – this is just an example.


I hope I managed to answer your question about how to make money blogging and how you can earn money from a travel blog. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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47 Comments

  1. Dec 2, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Very good article about the blogging. i have a blog website i been doing over 3 years, made a little bit on affiliates and article submission from guests
    i still add content to my site. it is just at a stand still
    i feel i could really make it more successful
    but need help.

    i been a follower to your blogs and FB for a long time, i follow many other travel people as well
    not looking for a free promotion here just extra advice or better direction on this

    once again you do amazing posts , very entertaining and informative

    thanks and look to your kind response

  2. Dec 3, 2016 / 12:08 am

    I just started blogging in March and agree that it is a lot of work! I only do it part time (I work full time so it’s more of a hobby) so my ability to focus time and effort can be limited. Building an audience requires a lot of work as well. I appreciate you outlining it all here and the realities of how much you can make from it!

  3. Dec 3, 2016 / 7:50 am

    Hi Anna,

    I am a young university student and have been blogging for about 1.5 years now but totally rebranded and started again 6 months ago. I cannot of full time but do my best to make ends meet!

    Thanks so much for this article, it’a great to hear it from a real perspective! Posting your income breakdown also helps to show how variant it can be depending on the month.

    Lucy
    Travel Textbook

  4. Dec 3, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing, great read!

  5. Dec 3, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing all of this information. It’s inspirational to know that there are so many opportunities out there for people who work hard and are truly passionate and skilled. Keep up the good work!

  6. Dec 3, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Wow! Your post has so much useful information in it! Thank you for sharing this. I’m tanking on the monetary side of blogging, so the examples are extremely helpful. Did you take Nomadic Matt’s course as well? I’ve been curious about that one.

    • Dec 3, 2016 / 4:02 pm

      Not every part – since it divides into photography, writing, business, videography (it’s a lot lol!), but I went through the content. It’s extremely detailed course, so might feel overwhelming at first. I’d recommend taking it slowly 😉

  7. Dec 3, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    These tips have been so useful! I’ve tried to monteize but working full time makes it hard.

    • Dec 3, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Monetizing a travel blog while working full-time can be tough. But I wouldn’t give up for sure 😉

      • Dec 4, 2016 / 10:46 am

        Hi Anna
        This is a really nice guide. I am in he same boat as Cathy here. But I see potential in blogging, as long as you are consistent and keep on going.

  8. Dec 3, 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Great stuff, Anna! I love that you mentioned not only sources for earning money, but suggestions for setting yourself apart as a blogger so that you can actually get traffic and reach people. That’s so important, and your examples are great! I’m also curious to hear more about the affiliate course you’re taking. That sounds like it could be super worthwhile!

    • Dec 3, 2016 / 5:11 pm

      Will post an update when I’m done with the course 🙂

  9. Dec 3, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Hi Anna,

    This is packed with valuable information! And I must say not all bloggers are willing to share their tips and secrets on how they earn through their blog, so we really appreciate you writing this.

    I agree that blogging takes time and it requires a lot of hardwork and dedication. My blog is about two years old and I am beginnging to get emails about sponsored posts and fam trips and I think its a good start, a reminder that I am on the right track 🙂 I’ll just continue blogging and traveling and will keep your tips in mind.

    Thank you!

    Regards,
    Jon

    • Dec 3, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Definitely Jon! Thank you for your kind words. Happy travels!

  10. Dec 4, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Hi Anna,
    Thanks for sharing a great and useful article about blogging. We started to blog this year and yes it is a lot of work! However passion is driving us so even though we spend a lot of time for the blog, we do enjoy it! We will post more content in January as we are taking a year off to travel and plan to spend at least 6months in South America. We liked how you structure your post and we learnt a lot from it so thanks for sharing those valuable informations with us 🙂 We recently got sponsored by few brands that we really like and are really happy to represent them. Some people say that we are lucky. Yes we are but we also put a lot of effort, time and perseverance for it to happen! Even though we are not big bloggers some other brands are starting to contact us but we decided to decline few of them as they don’t match our philosophy 🙂 Keep up the great work Anna! We love your blog! Thanks for sharing those precious tips with us 😉
    Patrick and Cécile

    • Dec 4, 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Exactly – you need to put a lot of effort into it. I’m very happy that it’s going great for you guys! Enjoy South America!

  11. Dec 4, 2016 / 2:02 am

    I have read a lot of blog posts about making money as a full-time travel blogger before. It’s nice to see an updated and recent post explaining the way that most travel bloggers make money.
    I guess it is still quite difficult to make a full-time income if you aren’t willing to take sponsored posts or trips unless you have a decent readership and make money from affiliates or do freelance work for others. In this case, it seems like you can make money by travelling but not from your own blog.

    Great post!

    • Dec 4, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      It depends what kind of full-time income we’re talking about 😉 The wast majority of bloggers out there make money by freelance writing or/and have other source of income. I actually doubled my affiliate income recently, so I hope it’ll continue to grow and will make me way more money in the future. I know it’s possible 🙂

  12. Dec 4, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    This post was super helpful for me who just started making a career of my travels a couple of months ago after 3 years of doing it as a hobby.
    It’s very hard to know how much money to ask for when doing your first freelance writing jobs, press trips, social media exposure etc.

    Even small amounts or doing stuff for free in exchange for products seem like good deals when you’ve gone from paying everything yourself, but I’ve quickly realised that I should not work for free, and when I’ve asked for money it’s never been a problem.

    Such an exciting business to be in and thank you for sharing actual numbers – makes it easier to know that you’re often worth more than you might think 🙂

    Thanks for the post and say hi to Matt from me! 😀

    • Dec 4, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Matt says hi back 😀

      Glad you liked the post dear! I’d say never work for free… I see quite a big amount of people featuring products for free, which in the end kills the industry 🙁

  13. Dec 4, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I really like how this article is honest and down to earth. I first came across your blog when you wrote about traveling with eczema (something I myself deal with ;-)) and remembered your brand ever since – which is a good example that being personal is important!
    By the way, I hope your skin is doing well 😀

    • Dec 4, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      That’s great to hear! Thanks dear 🙂 My skin is actually way better now when I’m on methotrexate 😉

  14. Dec 5, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Hi Anna

    Thank you for sharing. It’s refreshing to hear an honest account of what it takes to make a successful blog. We have been blogging for about a year and targeting older generation within the same age range as us 50+ It’s a long hard slog alright but hopefully wort it in the long run. I totally agree that you need a niche.

  15. Dec 6, 2016 / 4:55 am

    Love this post Anna! Thanks for sharing. Blogging is a lot more work behind the scenes than people realize:D

  16. Dec 20, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Nice post & good info! I myself just started up a blog as a hobby and hopefully one day can be one of my main source of income 😉

  17. Jan 26, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    This was such a thoughtful & well written post, Anna, thank you! I really look forward to following your blog. 🙂

  18. Jan 27, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Thanks for the great information. I’ve had my blog for almost four years, but since I have other sources of income I haven’t tried to make a serious income from it. I do it mostly because I love history and travel, but this post gave me a few great ideas!

  19. Feb 1, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Hi Anna, thank you for your reply to my email and recommendation of this article. It is very useful to me as I would like to start monetizing my blog. I really like the recommendation of the courses which I am going to look into. Ściskam, Daria xxx

    • Feb 1, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      My pleasure dear! 🙂

  20. Feb 2, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Thanks for your honest post, Anna! And loads of useful information 🙂

  21. Sujata
    Feb 27, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    These are true tips anna. This is Sujata, I was also looking for money making tips while traveling and found your simple & straight article.

    Thanks for adding this info. I’m going to select one of the destination for travel from your destination list to go around.

    Thanks again!

  22. Visvas India
    Mar 27, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I really enjoyed how you broke down the process of starting a travel blog into manageable steps and sections. It was a great, easy to understand read! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Jun 16, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these details, Anna! We’re just starting out with our travel blog so this has been very interesting and helpful to read!

  24. Jul 8, 2017 / 1:06 am

    Is adwords like adsence?

    • Anna
      Author
      Jul 8, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      No, these are two different things. Adsense are ads on the website. Adwords are paid keywords in Google.

  25. Aug 3, 2017 / 1:18 am

    Hello,

    Thank you so much for this article. We just started our own new couples travel blog with a niche in romantic destinations. We learned a lot from this article and love all the tips and links you provide to other related content. You’re such an inspiration! thank you.

  26. Oct 27, 2017 / 11:05 am

    You are such an Icon! I admire you. A well explained details that answered what I am looking for. PERFECT!

    Thank you for being transparent for us…. You will never be forgotten.

  27. GG
    Oct 31, 2017 / 3:04 am

    Very informative. I think another niche you have established here is about how you can travel adventurously, even if you have health issues. It is one thing to go around the world in good health or even deal with a temporary injury, it takes a whole new level of courage and inner strength when the issue is a lifetime. So glad the methotrexate is working for you and that side effects are limited. I think you are inspiring many by your example. I like your no nonsense blunt approach too. First time seeing your blog, until now just looked at one blog for this type of travel (other than friends). I don’t mean one should exploit their condition to make money, but you must be getting an audience for this and helping people altruistically, and just being a good person should have its just rewards. Speaking of altruism, I like how you are careful about the animals you encounter (e.g., your article about lions) and helping the locals, not the governments (Zimbabwe, Cuba).

  28. Feb 8, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    This is a really interesting and informative post. Good job! keep it up, hope to read your other updates. Thanks for this nice sharing .

  29. NSIM
    Mar 28, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Very insightful article. Helps me narrow down the monetisation strategies that would be a fit for me.

  30. Jun 10, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    This is so good and a lot is learnt from here on how to blog and never give up on your blogging,Thanks for sharing this is worth sharing.

  31. Sergeo
    Jul 12, 2018 / 10:25 am

    This is really an awesome list for monetizing a blog if you have under 1000 visitors a month because most of the new blogs dealing in b2b industry takes a lot of time to attract traffic in thousands.

  32. Aug 20, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    This is the most comprehensive article on how to make money travel blogging. Thanks for the share, Anna. Lots of people get into the travel niche without willing to spend hard work and time on it.

  33. Sep 22, 2018 / 1:59 am

    Great read and wonderful tips! I loved how your personality came through and how honest you were about various types of income generation. Thanks so much!

  34. Nov 22, 2018 / 1:50 am

    I know this post is old, but it’s still very interesting. I’m sure all these sources have grown. How the heck do you grow Instagram so fast though?

    • Anna
      Author
      Nov 22, 2018 / 9:48 am

      It’s not old, I update all my posts regularly 🙂
      Truth to be told, these days it’s way harder to grow Instagram at all comparing to how it used to be 2-3 years old.

  35. Feb 6, 2019 / 12:47 am

    Hi Anna, just wanted to jump on and show my appreciation for this post. You write so well and your content is incredibly valuable! Thank you so much for putting in so much effort to assist your readers and other bloggers. As you briefly touched on, lot of content available (particularly paid content or e-courses) certainly do not provide valuable or even honest insight into the world of blogging and I can hand on heart definitely confirm the information you have gone over in this blog is more definitive and helpful than any other I have read or anything I have paid for thus far (and I read A LOT of blogs) haha! You are amazing, and I respect you so much! Thanks again – Emma, My Meraki Travel xx

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