Make Money From Your Travelblog PART 1
BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com is a travel blog dedicated to helping people find the best countries to retire cheap. It was an idea of mine that started last year when I decided to quit working full time and just start living as a travel blogger. The top 2 questions I get asked are “Do you really make money blogging? And how much?” That is usually followed with, “Can you show me how to do it?”
Here’s how you too can be an impoverished but amazing travel blogger.
First of all I don’t make a ton of cash blogging. It basically has paid for itself year one. I’m hoping eventually that it’ll eventually pay for itself and pay for my bowl of $1 Pad Thai, but it’s a bit by by process. But if you want to do it, and don’t care about being rich instantly here are the steps I took.
1. Figure out what you are going to write about. If you’re going to have a website or blog that is going to make money you need people to visit it. Give them a reason. I made BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com for people with the same goal as me to find the best country to retire in. What are your readers wanting? It’s super easy to stray into journal/diary/Facebook status type articles. Be wary of what real value a stranger is getting.
2.Name your website. I know this sounds silly, but really take the time to make a good name for your website. It should be memorable, not too clunky and be easy to spell. Look for words people are searching for in your category. If you want to start a website on best places to eat nachos in Edmonton for example, I suggest “Nacho Quest Edmonton”. If you are wondering what other words Nacho Lovers are searching for use Keyword search. Bonus tip, I personally hate any website which uses “clever” spellings. Spell it correctly. You’ll be working with people who may not have the best grasp of English or spelling. For example “BobsEZtravel5ite.stupidname.com” (In my head Bob decided to make a travel site with $5 deals, that’s why he made the word site 5ite…..get it? ) The reason I hate “clever” names is because, people are lazy, if they misspell or forget you’ve lost them. They’ll be off doing something else.
3.Make your website. I like WordPress because it’s relatively easy and has good SEO options. If you don’t know what SEO here is a good site for learning. SEO BLOG. Building a website will take between 47 minutes and forever, depending how picky you are. It took me 40 hours to build BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com originally, but it is a work in progress. I have uncounted hours on it, and right after this article I’m going to be revamping it again.
4.Add your adlinks. Decide how you are going to get paid. If you want click links, this is where you are going to start. Google Adsense. I use Adsense, but there are a lot of options. I’ll get into this more as we go along.
If you like this article, and have finished all the steps on page 1. Head to Part 2 to learn more. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)