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Tuesday, 6 November 2007

How To Monetize Your Travel Blog

When I first started this blog, its purpose was to let my friends and family back home keep an eye on our lives teaching English in Korea (and to track my calorie intake). Also, this is going to be one heck of an online travel diary when I want to look back on our experience in Seoul. There have been many interesting things I wanted to post about. Well, today I'm going to talk about how to monetize your travel blog. This could be the post some of you have been waiting for...or not!

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.

Google Adsense
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!

Auction Ads
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?!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for offering the tip so generously. Your blog is really fun and informative.

Ben said...

Hmmm I understand why you're doing this and GOOD for you for making money. To be honest i rather enjoyed your blog until it started to get bombaber with banners and that Kontera word highlight thing. Personally i think it cheapens your site and makes me not want come as often as i used to. It really throws me off.

I have friends who are in the business of webtrafficking and making money off banners but they certainly dont use their personal sites. What they do is they build hundreds of sites with different themes like guitar lessons , dog sites ect.. they put a bunch of banners like this site and they end up making good amount of money....

Im just disapointed that your doing the same for a personal blog. Not that my opinion matters but it would be nice if you just created a seperate website about korea and keep info there with all these ads and than keep a seperate personal weblog such a this. To me personal blog + ads dont mix properly to the point that i dont want to come back cuz its rather annoying.

Putting that aside. I find web marketing fascinating ( when its not intertwined with personal blogs) im really curious to know if this has been profitable for you? If you might be willing to share a ballpark of how much money you make in a month? I know lots of people who do this but they do it on a much larger scale and i see alot of people starting to do it aswell.

I hope i didnt insult you by giving my honest opinion. I truely enjoyed your site but now with the added crap all over the place its making me want to read elsewhere. But alast im but 1 person soo who cares eh? hehe.. Anyways good luck with your ventures.

Sun Shine said...

hey buddy such a good website but i am surprised that why i did't know about your website i think u never post your stories on www.laadi.com my all friends use laadi.com to search for new and latest stories anyway good work Keep it up i will tell all my friends about this.

Gdog said...

Anonymous: thanks for posting a comment!

Ben: Thanks for giving me your honest opinion, no offense has been taken. I hope you continue to visit my blog! The purpose of this blog is give people an insight of what an experience teaching English in Korea can be like, and that's what I'm doing. Cya next time! :)

Jon Allen said...

Thanks for the tips.

As a result of reading this
I've finally taken the plunge
and signed up to try and make some money from my blog.

I've signed up for TextLink first.
(Your link takes you to the page for Buying ads, rather than submitting a blog, but I hope you still get a referral credit or such like anywy)

I'll let you know how I get on.

Debo Hobo said...

Thanks for the ideas. I wanted to however point out that there are many other option besides Google such as AccessoryAds.com & Bidvertiser,Commision Junction and LinkSahre just to mention a few. I use all three of these on my travel blog and they are producing quite well for me.

There is also WidgerBucks and they are giving money away by starting you off with $25 buck. Stop by my blog at Debo Hobo dot Com and check it out. Sign up through my blog and we all benefits.

Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the guy above. I don't have a problem with earning a few buck off your blog, but I think you've gone overboard.

Create interesting and compelling content and the money will follow. Doing it for the money is always obvious. Especially when there are so many ads on one page.

I mean, there is an ad that says give me 60 bucks and I will review you. Kinda cheapens the integrity of the site, don't you think?

Gdog said...

anonymous: Thanks for your feedback, I will take it into consideration. :)

Frank said...

Interesting text. You have a nice blog. Keep it up!

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