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Showing posts with label Success Stories. Show all posts

How To Turn Your Blogger.com Into An Award Winning Travel Blog

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As I wrote in my previous post, blogger.com is a great beginner friendly, FREE blogging platform offered by no other than Google itself. Even though this blogging platform has its own limitations, it also has many advantages :

  • many free gadgets ( plug-ins ) and themes
  • multiple blog accessibility ( you can create and manage as many blogs as possible and access all of them from one dashboard )
  • its very SEO friendly ( after all, Google loves its blogs ! )
  • Google gives you unlimited bandwidth ( so you won't have to worry about "high traffic" especially when you're just getting started )
  • have no worries or fear about the security of your blog; Blogger.com blogs are secured as far as your Google account is secured.
  • monetize your blog from the start with Google AdSense, third party ads and banners, affiliate links

One of the biggest "concerns" many "professional bloggers" have is that because your blog is hosted on Google's server, it can be deleted by Google any time. From my personal experience, if you use blogger.com with the compliance of Google's rules, you'll be fine ( and yes, I did have a few blogs deleted by Google for not following the rules ).

Personally,  I believe that Blogger is a great platform for beginners to use ! But as I mentioned in my video, you would need to spend some time and effort to make your blog look professional. 

Till recently,  I thought my blog looked decent, before I came across "Just  Chasing Rabbits" blog.

How To Turn Your Passion For Adventure Travel Into A Profitable Business

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You don't have to be a professional outdoor guide, or a sponsored pro athlete to get paid to do what you love. In my previous post "Teach Yourself A New Skill",  I wrote about Jyoti Raju who was on a the verge of suicide, and was about to throw himself off a cliff. Instead, he taught himself rock climbing, climbed that cliff, and became a famous climbing and acrobatics performer.

When you combine your passion, hard work, and a bit of luck, opportunity will present itself. Just don't count on passion alone. While enthusiasm is a great place to start, it's not enough to sustain your business for the long term.

That's exactly what Becky and Kevin from Surf.Work.Travel would tell you. You have to work hard to build the life around your passion.

Kevin who is a law graduate, and Becky, a biology major, worked in various surf schools around Europe, got hooked on surfing, and wanted to continue to share that epic feeling. In 2011 they founded Hong Kongs’ first professional surf school, bringing international standards of safety and stoke to the local community.

8 Simple Steps To Starting A Successful Travel Blog

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Here is another "run of the mill" blog post on the topic of "how to make money travel blogging". If you had a chance to read our previous post about Matthew from Expert Vagabond, you won't find a whole of lot of new information in this post.

And, honestly, this what the whole "blogging business" is all about : there are just a few basics that can be learned, and implemented by ANYBODY.

You don't need any special skills or knowledge to start blogging. It's like writing a diary : you simply put your personal knowledge and skills into writing.

And because many popular blogging platforms are very easy to use, anybody without any computer programming skills can do it !

In her blog post "8 Simple Steps To Starting a Successful Travel Blog", Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps blog covers very basic steps to starting a travel blog.

Just like Matthew, she suggests tips on choosing the name for your blog,  using Wordpress themes, hosting services, getting a logo, adding plug-ins...

Travel & Fitness Blogging Tips From Pros : Hybrid Athlete

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There are tons of fitness and health blogs and websites out there. Many are run by professional personal trainers and coaches as a tool to provide extra value to their existing clients, bring in new ones, establish yourself as an authority in the field, and may be, to generate extra revenue through the sales of fitness related products and information.

But you don't have to be a personal trainer to start your own online business. If you're passionate about fitness and a healthy lifestyle, starting your own blog  is a great way to share your love for fitness with others while making "some money" on the side.

Recently I came across a blog post "Build A Business" by Joe Vennare that offers great advice on how to start your own fitness business.

As a matter of fact, his very first advice is just that - DON'T start a blog, start a BUSINESS !

Think about it ! If you've been "into fitness" for a while ( and hopefully, not planning to stop :)), why not turn it into a long term project ?!

Travel & Fitness Blogging Tips From Pros : Expert Vagabond

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I've been following Matthew from Expert Vagabond for a couple of years now, and because he loves adventure travel as much as I do, his blog is one of my favorite ones.

Besides sharing his adventures, and travel tips with his readers, he also wrote a few great blog posts about how he got started as a travel blogger, how he made money from it, and how he'd become a professional.