Have you ever wondered, “can you actually make money travel blogging?” (Don’t be shy, you’re only the zillionth person who’s asked me that). Happily, the answer is yes! In my first full year of travel blogging, I earned $22,000. The growth I saw was enough for me to quit my job and commit to blogging full time. Here’s how I monetized my travel blog, and how I’m planning to double my earnings next year in my first year of full time travel blogging!
It’s the holiday season, and that means one exciting thing: you can ask people to buy you stuff! YAY!! Most of my wish list is either travel or food related (or extremely boring yet practical stuff like “socks”) but there are a LOT of things I secretly wish someone would buy me to help fuel my blogging addiction. Even if you aren’t putting these gifts on your wish list, you can put them on your OWN shopping list and treat yo’ self. Treating your blog like a business means investing in your own success. Here are some of the tools that I’ve personally invested in for Practical Wanderlust and my social media strategy site, Slaying Social!
I get asked a lot of questions about Pinterest from my Pinterest Consultation clients, and I do my best to answer each one individually. But sometimes, the same questions comes up over and over again. So I’d decided to answer these frequently asked questions as part of my Pinterest Makeover Series! Because it’s educational for you, but also it saves me a lot of repetitive explaining. Today, we’re focusing on one that a lot of people wonder, but for some reason, not a lot of people want to admit to wondering: what do I DO on Pinterest? Do I just sit and wait for the traffic to roll in? What am I missing here?! Here’s everything you need to know to drive traffic to your blog from Pinterest.
I started my blog less than a year ago. Now, I receive 50k page views monthly. Everyone always asks me what the secret to my success is. Perhaps they expect me to reply with some pithy answer like “follow your dreams and work hard” but can we get real? That’s useless. Can’t nobody develop a traffic-driving strategy based off of dreams. So let me be totally honest with you. The secret to my blog success is Pinterest. And I strongly feel that a kickass Pinterest profile is a necessary foundation to a highly converting, high-performing, traffic-driving Pinterest profile. It’s kind of like a house, or so I hear from people who aren’t riddled with student-loan debt (*sob*).