Remember that website you found during a mindless web-browsing session full of amazing pictures of beautiful scenery with interesting travel stories?
It made you wish that you could visit those places too, and maybe, one day, have your own travel stories to share with the world.
But then you let out a sigh, and return to the daily grind, forgetting about your dreams.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be a journalist for some fancy new publisher to get paid to travel the world and write stories.
In fact, if you can string together a few sentences that make sense, then you can become a travel blogger with absolutely no problem.
And there’s a good chance you already have a few travel stories on your belt, stories that people would love to hear about.
So if you want to learn how to become a travel blogger and get paid, this article will show you exactly how to do it.
Instead of reading travel stories, it’s time to write your own.
How to Become a Travel Blogger and Get Paid:
What you’ll need:
- Camera (or a smartphone)
- Access to the internet.
- A Sense of Adventure.
Since you already have a computer, a smartphone, and a sense of adventure; I’ll show you how you can find the remaining items and start working on your own travel website.
We’ll pick up the coffee along the way.
Contrary to what you might think, to become a travel blogger all you really need is access to the internet and a computer.
Thankfully, we can connect to the internet in most countries, though some countries have more spotty internet than other.
Nevertheless, we won’t need the world’s fastest internet to publish articles on our website.
So if you already have a laptop, and some clothes, then you have everything you need to become a travel blogger.
Starting a Website:
First, we’ll need to start a website.
To create a website, we’ll need a domain name and a hosting company.
The hosting company I recommend is called Site Ground.
I tried others, but they were always lacking in certain areas.
So far, I’v had no problems with Site Ground, and their service is incredibly fast.
Started a website is quite straightforward.
Once you link your domain name and hosting company, the next step is to install WordPress.
(With Site Ground, this is really simple)
And then you can start customizing your themes and working on the content of your website…
Time to Write:
Blogging is all about writing articles that are interesting and peak people’s curiosity.
Want to know a secret?
Most bloggers don’t make much cash.
In fact, most bloggers don’t make any cash at all.
They don’t make cash because they don’t treat their website like a business.
Most bloggers write about their feelings or whatever topic pops into their head; there’s no real direction.
And the bloggers that do make money from their website have hundreds of published posts!
So it will take some work.
Blogging is fun, but it doesn’t have to only be a hobby; it can be a business too.
With a little business savvy, any blogger can turn his or her website into a cash machine.
I mean, it would suck if we put all this effort into creating a website and writing articles only to receive nothing in return.
It’s kind of a waste of time.
We want to get the most out of our hard work.
There are a few ways you can make money from a website, I listed the most common methods below.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Articles
- Your books.
Most bloggers don’t have any of the above on their websites, and then they wonder why the money is not coming in.
Personally, I don’t like advertisements, and I especially don’t want to stick around if a website is full of blinking ads.
In fact, that’s one of the reasons I installed Ad-Block on my browser.
Advertisements are quite irritating and tend to distract you from the content of a website.
I could probably make some more cash from this website if I stuffed every empty space with an advertisement.
But that makes website’s look ugly and it bothers visitors; something I don’t want to do.
Online business follows a basic formula.
Traffic + Content + Offers = Cash.
The content on your website should lead people to offers, targeted offers.
Writing content and including offers is actually the easy part.
The hard part is getting enough traffic for anything to convert.
To get traffic you need to be consistent.
Write an article. Share it on social media. Link to it from other articles. Send it to your email list.
Market the shit out of it.
And then start working on another article.
Continue this process for a few months and you’re bound to see some decent results.
The thing is it’s hard to make a habit out of writing everyday, it’s difficult to come up with article ideas.
And that’s where most people drop out.
It’s no wonder there are so many ghost-websites out there.
I struggle with that too; sometimes I don’t write for a couple of weeks, other times I write everyday.
And sometimes I write everyday and end up deleting my entire website after a few months.
I’v done it a few times!
But one thing that has worked for me is to work on your blog in increments.
Dedicate an hour or so to it everyday, and then maybe a couple hours.
Try to do this for a few days in a row.
Once you reach that milestone, rest a bit, and then try to reach another milestone.
Not everyone has the time to work full-time on a website, and you don’t really have to either.
Of course, the more time you invest in it, the sooner you’ll see results.
But you can take your time with it too.
Have a Direction:
As I mentioned earlier, the core problem with new bloggers is they lack a sense of direction.
Their blog doesn’t really have a purpose. They don’t know why their writing in the first place.
And honestly figuring out the purpose for your website is sometimes complicated.
Chances are there are a lot of ideas floating around in your head.
And you want to write about a whole bunch of topics.
But a website should only revolve around a couple core topics.
The best way to learn how to make money online is to just start.
Start making a website. Start advertising a service. Start building a list.
You’ll learn as you go!
Thanks for taking the time to read this article, leave a comment if you have any questions.