It’s starting to get weird just how many writers I meet that also have an overwhelming love for travel.
Because I unashamedly try to combine writing and travel as much as possible, I’ve produced an eBook about how to make real money from travel blogging.
So if there are any aspiring travel writers out there looking to learn how to make money from travel blogging, here’s a free little extract on how to make money writing for other people’s travel blogs.
How to Make Money Writing for Travel Blogs
You don’t particularly need to be out on the road to start writing for travel blogs; if you’ve been to a fair few places and enjoy the whole process of seeking out new cultures and landscapes then that should be enough to start writing for some travel publications on the web. I’ve written some of my best and highest paid travel blog posts while sitting at home in my pajamas dunking biscuits into coffee.
The fact is, travel companies need well-written and useful travel content for their ever-evolving websites and blogs and it’s not actually all that difficult to get paid writing gigs with many of them. It’s just a matter of researching which companies you would like to work for and then pitching a few ideas to them via email (explaining why you’re the best person for the job of course).
If you do have your own travel blog then this is the time to link to it to showcase your travel blogging talents. Not only will you get paid for your post, most companies will also include a link from their website back to yours, which is a great way to get additional traffic to your site.
How travel blogging for others can become a regular and reliable income for you
The great thing about everybody needing great content online these days is that not only does the content need to be quality, it also needs to be regular. By its very definition, a blog is something that is constantly added to – it’s a process. A travel company can’t start a blog and then stop after the first three posts. Their readers (i.e. customers) and Google would simply walk away, leaving their reputation in tatters and their profits shot to bits.
Which is great news for travel bloggers like you and me!
As the travel blogger, you are the expert here so when you pitch tell them that their blog should be updated twice a week, or once a week at least, and that you’ll kindly take care of all their blogging needs for the fantastic price of ‘$X’ per week. (No, I’m not going to tell you exactly what to charge. What I will say is that I don’t advise you should be charging much less than $50 for a short post once you’ve proven yourself as a good writer.)
If the travel company is large and uses lots of blog contributors then consider offering a series of posts so that you can rely on the regular income. This type of work suits the intrepid vagabond lifestyle perfectly if you’re that way inclined – a blog post on the best ways to pack for an African safari here, a narrative piece on getting off the beaten track in Mongolia there. The actual ideas you pitch are your call a lot of the time, mainly because travel companies constantly need fresh and engaging ideas to captivate their readers and potential customers…
So what do you think? What are your thoughts on how to make money writing your own travel blog and that of other travel companies? Is this something you want to get into but find there’s something holding you back?