This article is inspired by a lot of our readers and travel coaching clients who have been asking us about how we started Two Monkeys Travel last May 2014 and grew it from there…We don’t claim to be experts, and we know that we have a long way to go, but we’ve come a long way in a short time. This is the first time we have ever written a travel blog and we are learning and growing every day. This is not your typical “How To Do Guide”, but instead our online diary of what we have learned and achieved since May 2014, to rebranding last October 2014 and finally starting to earn our first money from the blog last November 2014.
Blogging is the general term used for someone writing or documenting about things based on his or her own opinion on any topic such as fashion, career, money making, and of course Travel. Travel + Blogging seems to be the perfect combination if you already love writing in your travel journal but to be honest – it’s completely different!
Jon and I only started our Travel Blog last May 2014 after talking to a guy we met in Bodh Gaya, India. He mentioned that there was a girl who visited there before from the Philippines funding her travels by travelling! And we were like: “What? How? Is that even possible?” We had been travelling for quite a while by that time (almost one year) and had been paying for all of our expenses and we thought that our volunteering gigs were savings enough! But no, there are travel bloggers out there in the world, travelling for free! To be honest, our initial motivation was just to get discounts on Hotels and tours but the more I learned about this field, the more I realized that it’s not just about getting Free Stuff. It’s actually a respectable career that requires hard work and determination… I highly commend all of the travel bloggers who started this before us and still doing it.
After six months of a love-hate relationship with our blog, we have been able to grow our social media to the next level with great interaction from the right audience. We are relatively new, yet we currently have 90K to 150K Page views every month and are finally earning money by monetizing our blog with Affiliate Marketing. We signed up with Affiliate Window (this is where most of our income are coming from!), Webfluential and Share A Sale, all are FREE to sign up. Basically the Advertisers will pay you commissions when you sell their products on your website – we usually earn from Booking.com, Hostelbookers and other accommodation companies aside from running social media campaigns. I’ll talk more about it in the future!
So here’s the honest step-by-step guide on how we did it – including the mistakes we made and tricks and techniques to grow faster. (Here’s the Part 2: How to Make Money from Travel Blogging)