A lot of guys want to write about travel. Good reason too, and I can’t blame them. Once you’re on the road, it’s easy to churn out fresh and interesting content.
Then though, eventually the question comes up of how to make money from a site like that. Generally speaking, you’ve got a few options. All of them have positives and negatives.
Today though I’m just going to talk about #2, and take a look at their business model. Many guys ask me how they could start a travel blog. Generally I tell them don’t even bother. I certainly wouldn’t consider This Is Trouble a travel site. On top of it, many want to start a blog based off a singular one week/month/etc. trip. That’s not enough to keep a site going.
The reason my niche sites like Ukraine Living and Eastern European Travel have seen some success is because I’m on the road all the time. 10 months a year. It’s not difficult for me to keep finding new things to write about. But you can bet your ass if I went to Asia for six months I’d start running out of things to write.
Here’s generally how the structure of these sites works.
7% commission is not that high in the grand scheme of things. That’s barely above what Amazon pays their starting associates, and everyone is quick to hate on them.
It’s not worth it until you hit high traffic numbers. Think of them as one small funnel in the grand scheme of things. A “nice to have” so to speak. It’ll buy you a few beers, but it won’t buy you a house.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
PS: This is the kind of gold I drop when I do private consulting, which you can get for free. Kind of.