For those preparing to travel long-term, blogging is almost becoming an expected component of the trip. Being a travel blogger myself, active on twitter, I see new people eagerly jumping into the travel blogger sphere every week. Blogging while traveling offers many positives for your trip, but the ultimate question is, “Can a blog pay for your travel?”
Blogging can be an excellent tool for sharing your experiences with friends and family on-line. From across the world you can hop on the hostel computer and upload your pictures for all to see. You can write a story about your latest adventure or cultural awakening. And most important to me, you have an on-line record of all your travels. Aracely and I even kept an on-line daily journal of our activities every single day.
Others might be improving their skills in a field they have always dreamed of working in. Web design, photography, writing and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) are just a few skills that you can work on while operating your travel blog.
Negatives of Blogging
Travel and blogging is difficult to balance and must not take away from your number one priority of travel. It also depends on what your priorities are at that moment. For some that have been blogging for years, the priority may shift more towards the business side, rather than the travel. Maintaining a travel blog as a potential business while traveling is a challenge that requires a lot of time management. If you are just updating your blog for your own personal account of experiences, then the pressure doesn’t exist as much. To succeed as a business however, you must constantly focus on updating your blog through added content, SEO management and networking.
Managing Blogging & Traveling
Blogging and traveling can co-exist peacefully. Decide what approach your want to take during your travels. Maybe you can document all your travels and blog about it when you return. If this is your first time traveling, focus on the trip and maintain the blog when you have extra time. There are many different approaches available for you where you can do both.
Travel Blogging Income
I think like any other money making entrepreneurial business, we tend to focus on the best case scenario. It’s good to know how much you can achieve, but it’s just as healthy understanding where the average lies.
Blogging does not yield much income for the majority of people. It’s a lot of work for little reward, especially in the travel blogging niche. You have a better chance making money writing about politics, sports, gambling or porn. But, for many of us, travel writing or photography is our passion.
Okay, so now we are stuck with travel blogging. Can I pay for my travels by blogging about them? No, not travel blogging alone. That is the answer for the majority, if not all, of bloggers in our community.
A blog won’t make money, by simply creating it. After creation you must focus on SEO and content population which will eventually lead to a Google Page Rank and increased visitors. After your blog has achieved this step you can begin negotiating for some advertising or affiliate sales. Advertising and text link building is not the only source of income, but it’s typically the first type of offers for payment your will receive. Okay, so then it’s $1,000 a month and I am ready to travel for free right? Not so quick. $1,000 is a lot of money for a blogger and most of us will never achieve that amount. This is the reality I think you should be aware of.
Develop a product. Top blogs don’t just blog, they sell. Nomadic Matt has developed several ebooks including “How to Monetize Your Blog,” which I purchased early in our blog’s development. Dave at GoBackpacking.com manages the web community at TravelBlogSuccess.com, of which I am a member. Christine at AlmostFearless.com has written “30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel the World“, is currently producing an independent film and is consulting with Nomadic Matt at CGMK Consulting.
Blogging alone is not going to pay for your travels, but blogging can be the beginning of an independent digital lifestyle. If you are just starting out creating your travel blog, understand the journey to earn an income is long and requires tremendous creativity.