Make Money from A Travel Blog; From $3k a Month to a Millionaire
I’ve wanted to share this concept with the travel blogging community, and my readership, as a way to motivate other would-be travellers and travel bloggers to get out there and do it and to show that it really is possible. I can’t believe it’s true, but you can make money from a travel blog. I’m personal proof of that. I now earn around $3000 per month from One Step 4 Ward through a series of things. And if I can do it, anyone can.
EDIT 2020: *I wrote this post back in 2011! I was going to delete it, but I think it serves as nice motivation and inspiration for how far a travel blog can take you. I’ve since made $2m USD from my travel blog! My advice? Start your blog today! You can use my SUPER EASY guide about how to start a travel blog here, takes about 20 minutes, and about $10 or so to get started.
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Making money from a travel blog within the 1st year of blogging
I’ve been toying with the idea for a few months whether to mention One Step 4 Ward’s earning potential in a post or not. The last thing I want to do is come across brash and boastful. Then I remember back a year or so ago when my blog was getting 10 hits a day and I read Nomadic Matt’s thoughts about a successful travel blog and how perseverance is key etc. I stuck in there, and waited, and stuck in there and waited until, lo and behold, an amazing thing happened and the first advertiser was knocking on my door.
That was about 10 months ago, I was in Ethiopia and I nearly hit the roof in excitement. “Some dude want’s to pay me $50 to put an advertisement on my website, wow!!” I shouted, to anyone who would listen (which was no-one apart from my best mate beside me). Less than a year on and I don’t need to work to travel anymore, brilliant.
Lots of people email me every week asking how I fund my travels and previously I’d say from savings, from a working holiday in Australia, from teaching English but the reality is now I’m a professional travel blogger and I love it.
If I can do it, so can you!
In a further bid for you to understand how possible this scenario is for you too, I want you guys to understand something. My design skills are awful (I have none). Moreso, my programming ability is non-existent. And my writing is average at best. I’m certainly no James Joyce BUT I do have a real passion for living my life, for seeing the world and having no regrets. And through some quirky twist of fate, the internet is rewarding that with an ability to generate revenue through travel blogging. So don’t you think it’s time to jump on the bandwagon?
So if you’ve done a bit of traveling before then get started and when you’re getting 10 hits a day and think “f*ck this”, maybe you’ll remember this post. Who knows, in 18 months time you could be location independent, writing a blog post like me on how you make money from a travel blog too, enough money to live your dreams indefinitely, referencing me and this article as your inspiration, with a redesigned lifestyle allowing you to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. There’s nothing holding you back. Happy Travels.
EDIT 2020; 9 YEARS LATER!
WOW, I’ve just reread this blog post. What a beautiful journey it’s been. You can read about my life now in 2021 here. From $1k a month blogging to $3k a month when I wrote this. I topped out at $60k one month, and now I’m free, building my dream house in Northern Thailand. Guys, don’t hesitate. Start your blog, live your dream. It’s possible. Email me if you want to learn how I can help!
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Final thoughts on how to make money from a travel blog?
This post is old. But like I said, I don’t want to delete it. It serves as a reminder how far I’ve come, and how far you can come. If you want some actual blogging tips, check out:
How many pageviews you need to make money from your blog
FREE ways to promote your blog
Travel blogger salary; How much a travel blogger income can be
How I made $1m in 3 years blogging
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