When you’re scrolling through Instagram looking at photos from the most successful travel bloggers, competing with them can seem impossible.
However, with the right amount of work and a good strategy, generating a substantial income from travel blogging is entirely possible. Read on for our tips on how to get started.
When you first ask yourself “how do I monetize my website?”, advertising is likely to be your first port of call.
General website advertising works on a ‘pay per click’ basis, so how profitable it will be for you depends on how much traffic you get. However, it is possible to negotiate competitive rates by reaching out to companies directly.
2. Affiliate Marketing
This is a great way to monetize your site when you’re just starting out and don’t yet have your own products to sell.
Join an affiliate program and search for companies selling products that your readers would be interested in. This could include companies like Agoda, Lonely Planet, and Air BnB.
When a user buys a product through an affiliate link on your site, you’ll receive a kickback.
3. Offer Exclusive Content
If you provide great content that your readers can find value in, some of them will be willing to pay for access to extra posts or videos.
This requires investing a lot of time and producing a large amount of content for free before you can convince people to pay. However, it’s worth it to build a following.
4. Sell Digital Products
You can also sell your own digital products. The most popular way to do this is to create e-books.
Spend some time creating e-books packed with valuable information that your readers will love. After that, you can promote them with short blog posts.
5. Give Advice
When people see you making a name for yourself as a successful blogger, plenty of them will be thinking, “I want to monetize my website, too!” You can take advantage of that.
You could do this by selling online digital courses or offering one-on-one coaching sessions. You could even sell virtual tour packages. Lots of travelers are willing to pay for a Vatican tour Rome, or inside tips for the best spots to eat.
In order to do this, you need to build a strong reputation. That doesn’t mean you need to be making a million dollars from your travel blog, you just need to offer great content. It helps if you have a niche, too.
Build an Audience Then Monetize My Website
To make money from your site, you need to generate a good amount of traffic, including a base of long-term, loyal followers and new clicks via third-party sites.
In order to do that, you need to provide compelling content on a regular basis, promote your site on social media, and have a great SEO strategy.
For more information, see our post on how to start a travel blog that attracts an audience.