When I tell people that I want to make it as a travel blogger, many still ask HOW. How would you live off it? How would you earn and pay bills? Well I am still asking these questions myself. I am still not making actual cash, but I did get a hotel stay for a review in the gorgeous Heritance Kandalama for example. I think that is a good start for where I am with my blog anyway. Slow and steady wins the race they say. I am still working on it and trying to dip my fingers in all the pies.
One of the things I thought might help me get some direction into HOW I could possibly monetise my travel blog was attending travel related conferences such as the World Travel Market, Blogtacular, Summer in the City by Youtube and Traverse. All were held in London. I went to their educational sessions and social media panels.
How to Monetise Your Travel Blog?
- Affiliate Links (Very slow Passive Income)
Such as Amazon affiliates, Shop Style and Skim Link. When you insert these links in posts and people click and buy, you get a small percentage (%2 to %8)
Here are previous examples I have written with links:
- Santorini Hijab Friendly Look book
- The vlogging camera I swear by
- My travel tech kit
- Brand Sponsorships
They either pay you to represent/mention/use/place/model a product or sponsor a trip/activity/flight or stays.
- Content Creation for others
Bloggers have trained themselves in so many skill sets and they are able to produce written and visual contents for their own blogs and others.
- Providing services/ e-courses
When the blogger have an audience interested in something then it's only logical to create an e-course that satisfies the markets needs and bring in a steady income Examples:
1- Normadic Mat and his various travel blogging, vlogging and photography e-course on the Super Star Blogging platform.
I myself took the took the Art of Travel Vlogging e-course.
2- Thomas Norman with his The Travel Video Academy
3- The Travel Hack and her Blogger course.
- Selling merchandise
This has worked for some bloggers or vloggers where they collaborated to sell a product like (t-shirts etc) to generate some income. Examples:
1- Mr.Ben Brown
3- Psycho Traveller
- Writing and selling books
Blog posts are all written content, so it makes sense to turn that into a book. Especially if there is a complex or a useful story.
World of Wanderlust
I bought one of her books on solo travel to encourage me to do it, so these books sell! I think I bought most travel books (story ones and tip ones).
- Speaking engagements
Speakers get paid at conferences and if you have an inspiring story to tell you will be invited or you can just pitch yourself to be a speaker.
As you can see most of these methods are even more work than just writing posts or making videos. Making an income is not straight forward, but some people love the challenge.
Another amazing source of information is Video Influencers' Youtube channel