Ways To Make Money With A Travel Blog

Starting a blog based on something that you have passion for should be motivated as much by your desire to talk about it and to find like-minded people as it should be about the money. However, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the question of how you’re getting paid. After all, unless you’re well-off enough to retire, as is, you should be getting paid for your labors, even if they are labors of love. To that end, we’re going to look at some of the ways you might be able to get paid as a travel blogger.

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Promote for them

If you’re able to convince travel brands that you’ve got the audience that they’re trying to reach through their digital marketing strategies, then you might well be able to arrange it to create a promotional post for them. Promotional posts, as the name implies, are designed to promote products and services, to inform your audience of them, and to help generate clicks and revenue for the businesses you’ve partnered with. An essential part of taking part in promotional posts, however, is to make sure that you’re partnering with businesses that offer goods and services relevant to your audience, or it can come across as ingenuine.

Become an affiliate

One of the most common ways to make money in any blogging niche, not just travel. Becoming an affiliate typically means having a link to a business’s website somewhere in a post that you have written. Unlike a promotional post, businesses typically prefer that affiliate blog posts are more on the subtle side, and not outright advertisements. That said, you can still get some money from every click that goes from your website to the business in question, so good placement of that link is key.

Plan a good trip

One of the major roles that a travel influencer plays is in helping guide would-be travelers to the best spots. From the best views and nights out to the best hotels and storefronts, you might be able to make some money by recommending the right thing to your followers. With some travel apps, you can become a visual trip planner, taking photos and leaving reviews of places you have been and stayed. Some apps will offer you a cut of the money earned by these businesses if your photo and recommendation lead to a new guest signing in.

Sell your photos

You might think that no one wants to pay for your holiday snaps and, well, you’re not entirely wrong. You’re not likely to get any money from the snap of you going down a log slide or the like. However, excellent location and landscape photos can be very popular indeed. There are plenty of places to sell your travel photos online, from stock photo websites to other travel service websites. Your ability to capture the very best visual aspects of the places you visit can net you some extra change if you’re willing to give up the full rights over your photography.

Make videos too

You shouldn’t be keeping your travel experiences to just the written and photographic form. One of the ways that content creators can make money online is by creating videos that are posted on sites like YouTube, which can start to offer advertisement revenue if you get enough views. Recording a great travel vlog can be just as lucrative as writing a post that goes viral. What’s more, it splits up where your earnings are coming from, helping you diversify your income. This can be vital if one of your sources of income becomes unavailable or unviable.

Get paid to travel

The notion of having all of your travel expenses covered by a brand might sound like a dream come true for many. However, that’s precisely what paid press trips are. As the name implies, you’re paid to take on a trip, often visiting specific areas or making use of specific services in agreement with the local tourism board. The one thing about these trips that might hold some back is that they are not as flexible as some may want, with some tourism boards wanting you to follow pretty tight itineraries.

Travel is one of the most popular blogging niches, supporting a huge industry, including many businesses that are more than willing to partner up with the right influencers. Following the tips above, finding the deals that suit you, and building a strong industry network can lead to some real money coming your way. However, you’re going to have to work at it.

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