If you want to make money from blogging then you need to approach the endeavor like a business. That means making an investment.
I began with a free blog from blogger thinking I would ease my way into it. It was a natural decision since I didn’t know squat about blogging (never even had a myspace or facebook page). That was back in August 2010 and since then there has been a huuuge learning curve. So much to know, so much to figure out, so much that will frustrate the hell out of you.
So if you want to make money, save yourself the frustration of trial and error and take the fast track to creating a professional blog that can take you places by making an investment. For me that investment was signing up for lessons in blogging, specifically travel blogging.
I stumbled across Travel Blog Success about a year after Dave had started it and right before he upgraded it. I did a little bit of research, found some reviews and even emailed Dave directly. At the time it seemed like a big leap but I decided to go for it. It was great timing for me since it was what I had been searching for and I got the pre-upgraded price. I joined in December 2010 and since then I can tell you it was also the best investment I have made, hands down.
What TBS offers
Building a Foundation: setting goals, hosted v. self-hosted blogs, picking smart domain names, options for blog design, intro to WordPress, design concepts, SEO.
Creating Content: writing for an online audience, engaging with readers, offering unique resources, role of photography & storage solutions, video blogging.
Developing Traffic: intro to metrics, facebook, twitter, stumbleupon & reddit, guest posts.
On the Road: strategies for blogging from the road, mobile technology.
Making Money: email lists, advertising (text links, banners, affiliate marketing), writing for money (reviews, advertorials, freelancing), developing digital product (ebooks & membership sites), marketing tactics (launch process).
Growing A Business: networking & conferences, press & sponsored trips, recordkeeping & business tips, lifestyle of a digital nomad.
Audio interviews with established travel bloggers. Learn how they’ve earned traffic, influence, money, and free trips.
Forum that gives you the opportunity to discuss concepts in the course, on the Blog, or in the audio interviews.
Network with other travel bloggers, from various backgrounds and all experience levels.
Request and receive honest critiques on potential domain names, blog designs, and content.
The ability to request or share advertising leads, either by public post or private message.
Premium members have access to monthly coaching calls (lead by Dave), where they can ask questions live or listen to the saved recordings at their convenience.
Who is behind TBS
David Lee, a travel blogger who spent 20 months (Dec 2007 to July 2009) traveling the world building his audience and online income along the way. David’s blog, GoBackpacking.com, currently receives 35,000 unique visits and 120,000 page views per month (source: Google Analytics, March 2011). Go Backpacking is supported by contributing writers and photographers from around the world. In 2010, David earned $36,000 (or $3,000/month) from travel blogging. The majority of it was generated from his primary travel blog, GoBackpacking.com. Both of David’s travel blogs, Go Backpacking and Medellin Living, were finalists in the 2010 Weblog Awards (http://2010.bloggies.com)
In the interest of transparency, David publicly posts his monthly and annual online earnings from travel blogging.
If you want to get serious about your blogging (especially travel blogging), this is the best way I have found to take your ideas/blogs/goals to the next level.
There are two levels of membership: Basic and Premium.
$99 – Basic Membership
$129 – Premium Membership
When I started this blog, I was very hesitant about making such big expenditures. Now I realize how much potential my blog has and wouldn’t think twice about dropping $129 for what Travel Blog Success offers. I am a regular contributor on the forum. I have received great feedback on my site, valuable tools to make it what it is today and I still review the lessons on occasion.
So if you want to make money from blogging, click on the banner and make the investment in Travel Blog Success.
I am not only a member but also an affiliate, which means I receive a small commission if you sign up from a link on my site. Once you sign up, you too will have the opportunity to be an affiliate. So if it was my blog that introduced you to TBS, don’t forget to sign up from a link on the RightSide Guide! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly. Thanks and happy blogging! -Casey