How to Make Money with Your Travel Blog (e-book review)


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You’re jaded. You started a travel blog, put a few ads on it, and hoped it would subsidize your travels. Three months and three dollars of Google Adsense income later, you’re ready to pull the plug.

Making money through a travel blog is hard, but it’s not impossible. It takes time, work and a little bit of know-how.

To help you out with that last point, Nomadic Matt has just released an ebook about How to Monetize Your Blog. I have just read it from cover to cover (so to speak) and can safely say that Matt’s ebook can help you unpack the mysteries of travel blogging for money. And Matt’s a guy worth listening to: his travel blogs earn him $3,000 a month – a handy sum when you’re a guy travelling perpetually.

Who is this ebook for?

How to Monetize Your Blog is ideal for newcomers to the world of blogging. It shows you how to set up, promote and monetize a travel blog. If acronyms like SEO and CPM mean nothing to you, this ebook is for you.

On the other hand, if you’re already well acquainted with things like affiliate marketing, Google AdSense and search engine optimisation, a lot of the material covered will seem quite familiar.

One thing I particularly appreciate about Matt is that he doesn’t pretend that travel blogging is some kind of get-rich-quick scheme. It’s not. Matt’s very right when he says you shouldn’t expect to make much money – if any at all – in your first six months as a travel blogger. But if you’re in this for the long haul, applying the tricks and tips here will help you establish a travel blog that can earn you a decent income.

My chief disappointment with the ebook was its design, which isn’t particularly conducive to good readability. But in terms of delivering on what it promises, How to Monetize Your Blog is well worth the $37 Matt is charging.

Buy now: How to Monetize Your Blog

Editor’s note: This post contains affiliate links.


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  • #1Traveling101

    This seems promising, can’t wait to take your advice and give it a try!

  • #2David

    As long as your dedicated and know the basics of affiliate marketing, a travel blog can be a great source of income, of course nobody should rely on it, but it is worth trying, especially if you have a lot to blog about.

  • #3rocky point rentals

    I found this post very informative! Good to know that we can make money with such things.

  • #4United Planet

    I feel your pain, travel blogging is definitely not easy. This book seems like it could be helpful and I look forward to picking it up.

  • #5NickM

    I never really thought about making money off of a blog.. but apparently it’s possible! Might give this book a looksie.

  • #6Shibby

    I really hope to make some money on my travel blogs in the future. Currently couchsurfing around Dublin just to keep myself entertained because that’s how much I love and miss traveling.

  • #7natasa

    Sounds interesting, well I could really use that extra income to keep travelling :)

  • #8Zane Claes

    A lot of blog writers (travel and otherwise) accept that their blog will make a fairly limited amount of money. However, once you have achieved some level of readership and fame you can (for example) write an eBook. This is where many bloggers end up making significantly more money than, say, advertisements on the site.

  • #9Baron's

    I still very much doubt that one can make money blogging….

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