If you have arrived at this site, it likely means that you are intrigued about the mysterious world of Travel Blogging and if it’s a career that may be for you. You may have seen young men and women who have given up their 9-5 work week to travel the world and embark on worldly adventures, reading a book on white sandy beaches, and immersing themselves into foreign cultures. It sound’s erotic, mysterious, and may have awakened the inner vagabond within you..
Travel Blogging for Dummies – Guide For Curious Newbies
So, first of all… Let’s slow down.. It’s a big world out there that awaits you, but let’s not quit that steady 9 to 5 job yet that pays your bills. First, you need to be aware of how hard it really is to be a travel blogger and the sacrifices you must make. “Travel Blogging for Dummies” is not only a guide for the inexperienced bloggers to help give them direction in an occupation that has little guidance, it’s for the seasoned travel blogger who just wants to make their blog more engaging and successful.
Brief History of ME
To sum things up, I hated my 9-5 job and was willing to do whatever it took to take my life into my own hands. Even if this meant living on the edge of my seat for a few years as I struggled to make ends meet. I became my own boss, and each new day brought a level of excitement that was never known to me before.
I was the CEO, the manager, the editor in chief, and the low level entry typist that had to put ideas on to paper (or screen)… For the first time in my life, the direction (whether it be good or bad) was the direct result of each action that I took. I was the Director and Executive Producer in the remaining chapters of my life. Just making this conscious decision was a scary one to say the least, but one that looking back I do not regret in the least. So, how did I start out?
I began my “Online Career” in affiliate marketing. I signed up to to all sorts of affiliate marketing programs that pool merchants together that you can sign up for to sell products for. I still do this today and it is a part of my income stream. My two favorites that I use are Shareasale and Avantlink. That’s not to say that there aren’t many others out there to choose from. I had the most success with these two. They are totally free to join and you can choose from 100’s of online retailer’s to sell for. I must disclose that I get a $1.00 lead if you sign up to them.. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t even begin to embark on a travel blog career if I wasn’t making some residual income on the side to help this all be possible!
Enough About Me…. Can Anybody Be a Travel Blogger?
The answer is NO, absolutely not! Travel blogging takes commitment and the desire to put out interesting and engaging content. When I began making posts I was terrible.. I was of the belief that “If you build it, they will come”… Using my favorite movie “The Field of Dreams” as a reference, it definitely serves a purpose here. If you make a blog post, traffic doesn’t not come overnight and you can’t expect an endless line of cars stretching for as far as the eyes can see just waiting to give you money to save the farm..
Unless you have James Earl Jones as your personal assistant and Shoeless Joe Jackson playing ball in your backyard, it’s not that easy. There are millions of posts out there. Quite frankly, most of them are crap. Many posts are just littered with click-bait ads (more on that later) to entice you to click one of their ads and the result is a bad user experience. I suggest, don’t sell out for the quick buck… Or quarter… If you want to be good, then be good.. If you want to be a well respected travel blogger, follow my guide for newbies and grow your craft. The concept isn’t that hard, but it’s easy to sell out for an easier way. The easier way isn’t the best way if you want to live the life of your dreams and be sipping margarita’s beachside in Bali.
What Is In “Travel Blogger for Dummies Guide for Newbies”?
There are many things that you will need to learn, but writing a 10,000 word post would leave you overwhelmed. You will need to learn about social media, how to get your site listed in Google where it can actually be seen, how to network with fellow travel bloggers, how to naturally attract others to link to your site, and so much more.. Your head would spin if I threw this all at you at once.
The good news is that none of what I will tell you is especially hard. From newbies, to novice bloggers to well seasoned world travelers. If Travel Blogging is indeed what you want to do for a living, then nothing that I will say will scare you off.. The road to your personal paradise isn’t paved with gold. At least not in the beginning.. Your path at the moment is a trail that is filled with brush, leaves, puddles and rain.. You need to clear a path and you will see everything all come together and soon (maybe you and I) will share a drink in a far off land and talk about our journeys we have encountered on our real life as being a successful Travel Blogger!
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