So you’ve had it with 9 to 5? You want to be location-independent? Work from anywhere in the world? Overlooking a beach in the Bahamas, cruising the Mediterranean Sea, or resting luxuriously in a five-star hotel. It’s the dream… but how do you get there?
One way people are beginning down this path is by blogging. You see them having fun in the sun, traveling to exotic places, snapping underwater photos; all the while being paid to do it! Needless to say, there is plenty of work to be done on the backend and the initial process can be so frustrating that many give up before they really get going! But it doesn’t have to be like that.
How do I start a blog then?
The basics of creating a blog are not so difficult, you can have your very own operational website in three easy steps:
1.) Think of a cool name then purchase that domain (if available) through domain.com, it costs under $10 to claim a .com name; other services such as hosting and design are also available as add-ons. That takes us to our next step.
2.) Register your domain with a website hosting service; you can do this directly through domain.com for $3.75/month or through another party such as BlueHost. There are many out there, it’s just a matter of finding one with a good reputation that fits your needs.
3.) If you opt for a Wordpress site (the most common) then you can install the program files and begin choosing a design. You may like one of the many free templates WordPress offers, or a premium template, or perhaps you need a helping hand. DesignCrowd is a one-stop-shop for all design-related projects and operates on an interesting concept: once you specify what you need, designers will bid on your project thereby giving you a greater amount of choice while cutting down on cost. You even have the option of creating a design contest and receiving dozens of ideas before choosing one!
By this point, you’re well on your way to becoming a blogger!
I already have a blog and I’m not living “the life”
Maybe you already have a blog or write as a hobby but aren’t at the point where you can quit your day job and live independently. There are plenty of ways to branch off on your own as a travel blogger: freelance writing, sponsorship, brand ambassadorship just to name a few. Travel Freedom Podcast has kindly made a list of 18 strategies to start making money from your blog
Do your homework!
One thing that flies under the radar so often is the importance and value of education. Would you know how to fix a car without learning auto mechanics? Or how to operate without going to med school? So how will you know the steps in creating a successful, aka money-making, blog without first investing in some sort of education? Here are two highly recommended courses for helping you get the most out of your blog:
1.) Travel Blog Monetization course, formally known as Travel Blog Monetization Summit, brings in successful bloggers from around the globe and offers practical step-by-step advice on what you need to do to start making money now! You can even access the first ten lessons for free until November 16th through this link.
2.) Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course: Take it from someone who earned over $300,000 with just one affiliate product. Michelle takes you through everything from “what is affiliate marketing?” to “what to do when something goes viral.” It’s a valuable course with practical advice for both new bloggers and those looking to take it to the next level.
You have the abilities and tools to achieve location-independence, it’s just a matter of taking advantage. Now.