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Making Travel Blog Money

Posted by CrankyCarrot on 6/1/2011 at 13:19

I was wondering, has anyone, anywhere, ever been able to make money off a travel blog?

My very basic understanding of internet commerce leads me to believe that you can get a little bit of revenue from advertising on a website, provided you have enough traffic/hits.

Youtube has some kind of rewards deal where if your little movies get enough hits they offer to put ads all over it and give you a cut of the profit. I had one vid like that, but I haven
t seen baht-one from it.

I guess you'd have to have a ridiculous amount of regular subscribers to make any kind of a living off it, like my fellow Australian, the foxy Nat Tran. I heard she makes $300aud a day off her little comedy pieces. That's completely unverified info though.

Be pretty sweet to have a fun job you can do from anywhere in the world. A Carrot could travel forever...

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 6/1/2011 at 18:17

When the view count cracks a hundred on this, I'm just gonna assume no one knows anything about it.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/1/2011 at 18:43 admin

It's an entire industry and I'd hazard a guess many of the people trying their hand at it haven't put a deposit on a beach house just yet. It's a long hard slog and the people I know who are making a living off it generally come from a business background and treat it as such. Yes you can make money doing it, No it's not easy and expect to spend an awful lot of time in front of the laptop!

If you want some pointers to some good starting points, let me know.

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Posted by 5acrefarmer on 6/1/2011 at 19:35

If I was YouTube I'd put ads wherever I like and take all the money. It's my website after all. You would have to be sensationally exciting to have a travel blog make money which means a lot of exciting travel, the ability to communicate that and the time to do so. I used to follow a blog of a Canadian guy who lived in Japan. His blog won some minor awards (no money involved) but when he went back to Canada his blog was a bore. Surprising how much work there is to keep a blog/website up and running and keeping it interesting.

Blog for your own amusement. That's what I do.

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Posted by somsai on 6/1/2011 at 21:21

After 5 years I've got $20 in my ad sense account, I think. Haven't even checked Exotisimo. I think their adds just make my blog look cool. I'm keeping my day job.

That said, people write and maintain blogs on many subjects and actually make money, or so I've heard.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 7/1/2011 at 13:38

Hmmm. So it can be done - it's just really hard and really rare.

I figure as long as I'm taking photos and creating content for Facebook, I might as well put it up somewhere where I'll at least have a remote chance of earning some payola.

And you never know when someone might need a written piece on this or that, or photos of monkey frolicking in a fountain or something (I'm well prepared for that now)...

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Posted by 5acrefarmer on 7/1/2011 at 14:52

I know of people who have receive money (or offered money) for their good photos they upload to Flickr.

There are two types of blogs that I know of. Free blogs like mine at the bottom here have the hosts name in it. Eg: Wordpress. If these blogs become popular than the host can make a few coins by placing ads in the blog.
Blogs that don't have this are really websites and may be using blog software. So there are some minor costs involved to keep it up and running but if you can get someone to advertise on your site you get the coin.
I'm sure there is more to it than I know about.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 7/1/2011 at 18:07

My concern has always been that I'll get that precious photo someone wants to buy, but because I've put it on Facebook they own the rights and the profit.

If that's not the case with Flickr, maybe I'll chuck em up there from now on and just link from places like Travelfish and Facebook.

PS Exactly how much and for what kind of photo did some people you know get paid?

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 7/1/2011 at 18:09

@Somtam - "If you want some pointers to some good starting points, let me know"


Yes, I want some. Gimme!

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Posted by 5acrefarmer on 7/1/2011 at 20:26

Sorry Cranky but I don't know the details because I never cared in the first place.

Why upload anything of worth to Facebook!?!

I would assume that if some entity sees a photo it wants to use it would need and pay for the hi-res original version not the dumbed down small version you'd upload to Flickr or elsewhere.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 7/1/2011 at 21:55

"Why upload anything of worth to Facebook!?!"


I guess because it's an easy way to share pics with friends in a hurry. I haven't got a flickr account... yet. Been using photobucket and tiny pic (when the guesthouse IP isn't blocked for violating terms of use)


"I would assume that if some entity sees a photo it wants to use it would need and pay for the hi-res original version not the dumbed down small version you'd upload to Flickr or elsewhere."


That makes sense. So I'm also going to assume Flickr can be accessed by anybody, including third party businesses looking to buy images, whereas FB is typically restricted to my penniless friends.

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Posted by SBE on 8/1/2011 at 18:42

Quick question. How did Facebook manage to make $355 million in profit in the first nine months of last year? What does it sell exactly? And who buys whatever it sells?

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Posted by neosho on 9/1/2011 at 09:28

SBE.......Facebook sells your personal information to companies to market products to you. If you are signed in and go to another website, they track that and everywhere else you go. It is the "holy grail" of marketing information. Although still a privately held company, it is now said the valuation is $50 billion. Everything you do, Facebook collects, compiles, and sells. They are projected to have revenues of $30 billion in a few years.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 9/1/2011 at 10:41

They sell targeted advertising, sure, but to say they collect info about other sites visited while you're logged in to FB..? I'm pretty sure that violates something. What's your source on that Neo?

Everybody see that story about how Zuckerberg (FB founder) was spotted in a BKK bar recently. And here I am a month too late. I was gonna friend him. Then give him a noogie for selling me browsing stats to the highest bidder.

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Posted by tezza on 11/1/2011 at 15:04

I average around 50cents a day from Adsense from my blog.

Gotta say the reason I signed up to Adsense was it was the only way I knew at the time to get a VISITOR VIEW COUNTER on my site - and a secondary thing, a thanks to GOOGLE for hosting my stuff on BLOGGER at no charge.
I feel a bit guilty on that second point that my READERS' TRIP REPORTS is advertisement free - but I know some people are hesitant to contribute if they think I'm gonna be driving an M5 because of their efforts.

But hey, 50 cents a day over maybe 100 days between LOS visits buys me a few Chang beers, so I aint complaining.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 13/1/2011 at 08:48

It all adds up. Some day I hope to be making Singha-money.

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Posted by Krabiman on 13/1/2011 at 18:24

more money in porn

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 14/1/2011 at 16:35

That's plan B.

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Posted by tezza on 16/1/2011 at 13:41

I dunno - I applied for an "opening" (hur hur hur) as a stud on a local extreme-workout of the reproductive kind video - producer dude told me I would have to pay.
STREWTH!!

On a more serious note - I've always considered my site as an appendix (????) to TRAVELFISH and other travel forums - I strarted it because I got tired of writing the same old stuff on travel sites over and over - a url is sooooo much easier.
But because of family commitments (an elderly rel who need me to take her to the doctors', do the shopping, do the listening [deaf] etc) I can't visit LOS or anywhere else enough to keep things up to date. So I am looking at you guys to send TRIP REPORTS. Remember, the site is ADVERTISEMENT FREE!!
FIONA - I want to hear about those east Indo places!

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 20/1/2011 at 01:48

Hey Tezza,

What country were you applying to in to, err, try your hand (shall we say) at being an AV star?

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 13/3/2011 at 14:22

@Somtam - long hard slog is right, but you gotta start somewhere...

Here's my blog, as of mid March 201. It's threadbare. I don't even know how to put my Carrot pic up on the main page, but dammit, it's a start.

http://crankycarrot.wordpress.com/

Can everybody please go there 50-60 times a day and leave only glowing feedback?

Thanks and cheers etc,

CC

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 30/3/2011 at 12:18

Ok, so now I made the blog look less cruddy. I'm especially proud of my carrot logo and banner pic - even though it was kind of a waste of a carrot. I guess I could have still eaten it.

Does anyone know if biro ink is digestible?

PS Single gents looking for love, check out roller-girl. She's 28, single and very fast:
http://crankycarrot.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/minimum-wage-on-wheels/

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 1/4/2011 at 19:04

"Can everybody please go there 50-60 times a day and leave only glowing feedback?"


Currently getting about that many hits a day - I know it's all you bizzy lizzy! Thanks ;l0
So far I've earned zero dollars!! Maybe I should advertise rain ponchos or something?


It's probably good exposure though - and there's nothing I like more than exposing my gross toe wounds!

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Posted by Rasheeed on 11/4/2011 at 11:31

This thread has included (click below) far too much self-pro(click below)motion. I (designer of jaredscambodia, your source for information and stuff) am here to put (did you know that Banlung has pizza now? I know...) an end to i(click below)t.

Actually making a real website is pretty easy and cheap. I pay like $8 a month and it's all mine. Learned a little of this and that, picked up some cheap software in Phnom Penh and BAM! It can get addicting though. Definitely spending more time than I should. But I do have USD0.24 in adsense money to spend...

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 11/4/2011 at 21:13

"This thread has included (click below) far too much self-pro(click below)motion."


I can't believe it took this long for somebody to notice/comment.


0.24c is more than I've made. Hat's off to you, Rasheed. And while that hat is off, can you toss some spare change into it?

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Posted by Rasheeed on 11/4/2011 at 22:16

Dude. You have enough for a hat. You don't need my money.

'sheeed

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 12/4/2011 at 09:32

I already mailed my only hat back to Aus and the ones they sell here have giraffes and frogs sticking out of them >:(

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Posted by Rasheeed on 12/4/2011 at 12:38

Huh. I like to think that if there was still any wildlife up here they would wear hats as well...

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 12/4/2011 at 21:43

Enough about that, let's get back to shamelessly hyperlinking my blog :)~

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Posted by Rasheeed on 13/4/2011 at 06:36

You learned to hyperlink. You are on your way... somewhere.

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Posted by CrankyCarrot on 13/4/2011 at 12:48

Yeah - now I just gotta find a sponsor to pay me 0.08 cents to smother the site with ads.

Made more money working in a call centre ...but had way less fun ;)

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