I did not have any intentions to monetize my travel blog in the beginning (probably because I had no clue what I was doing) but as I learned more about the online world of blogging (ie ProBlogger and John Chow) the notion of making money online peaked my interest. So, to answer your questions and emails I am going to explain a few pointers on how to monetize your travel blog should you wish to do so! Here are some of this blog's best moneymakers.
When Google's shares aren't hovering over $700US/share or when they aren't releasing news about their new mobile phone OS, Google Adsense is by far the easiest way to monetize your travel blog. How to get started? It's fairly simple. First you sign up for an account, then you configure your ad blocks, and after that just copy and paste some HTML code. The secret for maximizing your revenue is experimenting with ad placements and colors. After that, the money comes to you, baby!
Text Link Ads
You may have noticed that the fine folks at Flying Cows Consulting, one of the top recruiters for finding you a job teaching English in Korea has an exclusive link on the top right of this blog. That's because they have taken advantage of Text Link Ads' extensive blog network, where advertisers can purchase text links on blogs or websites related to their business. In this case, Flying Cows Consulting has made an excellent choice with their investment on my blog, as The Daily Kimchi is the number one search result for the term "teaching English in Korea blog" on Google. That drives traffic to my blog, which in turns sends traffic to the Flying Cows! One of the easiest ways to monetize your travel blog, since you do nothing for it! Sign up here!
For the long time readers out there, you might have read about my involvement with ReviewMe, where advertisers pay to have reviews of their website posted on a blog. Looking for a place to stay? Look no further than HotelReservations.com! Looking for a job teaching English in Korea? Look no further than Flying Cows Consulting to find you that perfect job! This is how ReviewMe works, and if used properly it can make you $3000/month! Definitely worth signing up for!
This ad network searches the text on your blog and highlights certain keywords that will suggest sites of similar interest. It's been on the blog for a while now--although it has not been the best network out there, it still works. I give credit to John Chow for giving me the heads up on this one.
For those that may remember AllAdvantage during the Dot Com era, everyone was happy to receive checks in the mail for surfing the web. Well after going bust, the company is now back as AGLOCO. Although checks haven't been sent out yet, getting in early with this network is definitely the key. When I get paid, I'll let you know about it! Read more about it here!
This service displays ads from eBay auctions on your blog. Although it started slow out of the gates, I did eventually get paid. I recently re-introduced it on my blog so time will tell if the service picks up. Right now but they have just revamped their service, so it would be worth checking out. It's very easy--just sign up to the service and paste the HTML code on your blog (hey, if I can do it, so can you!). Sign up here for Auction Ads.
Now this network is not about monetizing your site, but is one of the easiest ways to get more traffic to your blog! If you look to your left, you should see the BlogRush widget installed. Basically it is one big network of blogs showing up on other blogs, which benefits everyone. According to my stats I've received quite a few hits from BlogRush. If you want more traffic to your travel blog, sign up for BlogRush here.
When I first started out blogging I had no idea about the possibilities out there. I managed to stumble upon some excellent websites and learned a great deal of information. So this is where I'm passing on what I've observed to you. If you have been considering monetizing your travel blog, this is now the time to do it! Some of these services that I've listed might work, and some may not. However, the beauty is testing out which ones will make you money and which ones are duds. Check out the links on the left hand side column of my blog for more info!
If the following post didn't get you excited, than maybe this will (for you sick and twisted people out there!): German Style Saugage Omurice--good 'ol Omuto Tomato food porn. Is it me, or is this picture not very appetizing?!