Monetization – Affiliate Marketing: A New Program From Just For You

Affiliate Marketing is one of the sources of my monthly blogging income. Not the largest source, that’s Ads. There are many ways to do affiliate marketing but I will talk about one of the larger networks in this post.

One of the networks I use is I’ve been a member forever as they have a lot of travel partners. Basically, I pick a partner, agree to their terms, sometimes I get accepted immediately, other times I have to wait and sometimes I get denied. Par for the course I guess. but wait…

What CJ has done to help us with these denials is to create a program called Content Certified. This is where they pick some of the top programs and clears the way for you to get accepted into them. So all you really do is pick the ones that fits your brand and you’re almost always approved.


Content Pre-Approved Offers


They are looking for bloggers to join the program, so they created an affiliate program for referrals. Make sense right afterall, they are :-).

Now, they just don’t let anyone in, there are standards. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the sign-up page, read the info, watch the video, if you like what you’ve read, fill out the form a little way down the page on the right with your info. The important thing is where it asks for the Referral Code, enter 3501803. That’s how they know I sent you over and I’ll get a credit of $10 when you are approved. Total transparency there. The code is not required for you to sign up, so its totally up to you.
  2. The Content Team will screen all sign-ups to make sure they meet the acceptance criteria: the minimum traffic requirement (10k UMV is what they usually aim for), regularly updated & authentic content, tasteful site aesthetics, a privacy policy. No coupon or deal sites, please!

Once you get approved into the program, you will see that screenshot I have above, just Accept the programs that fits your brand, then get the code for the links, images, etc. place them on your assets and you are in.

So get in there and start making some money from affiliate links.The thing with affiliate links is to ensure that what you are selling matches what your readers want.

Are you using Affiliate programs?

Income Reports: Blog Monetization – 11 Travel Blogs Bare It All

Income Reports: Blog Monetixation - 11 travel blogs bare it all

Income Reports: Monetizing Your Blog And Telling The World About ItLet’s face it, no matter who you are at some point in your blogging life you’ll want to do some kind of blog monetization. Either directly or indirectly. Unless you are just blogging for the fun of it. And yes, people do that :-).

In the Internet Marketing (making money online) genre there are some bloggers such as Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income blog who talks about how he earns his living in details; lots of details. For me, it helps to put my ideas into perspective and sees what works and what does not. Plus its pure inspiration since I know the guy personally. And its still insane to see how much he makes on a monthly basis. Last month (April 2015), he made $123,853.51. No, not last year, last month! Now before you start going crazy about it all, he’s worked very hard at it and took years to build his traffic and always gives to this readers. I hope you are taking notes.

The things to learn from Pat are the following:

  1. Have multiple streams of income – he makes money from several ventures, the most of which is from hosting as everyone wants to be like Pat. Our readers want our lifestyle, so figure out how you can get them to live it.
  2. It takes money to make money – In April, it cost him $37,000+ to make $183,000+. That’s not small change, but when you are starting out this is a monumental sum. So don’t think you can make all this work immediately.
  3. Email Marketing For Travel Bloggers MarketingYou must have an email list – Since October 2009, my list is currently at 9,194 subscribers and growing. Pat’s over 100,000; this is where he gives, gives and then gives some more. It’s also where he can send offers to his readers as applicable. It’s the key to his business. How many are on your list? Do you have a list?
    Here’s a book I wrote to help you do just this. It’s a small price to pay based on what the book will teach you about building a list for your travel blog business. Yes, I said business as it is a business.

Sadly, not many travel bloggers talk about their monetary aspect of the business, but of course most want to know about it. This is why I try to broach the subject in forums around Facebook and when I meet bloggers in person. For some reason, it’s always uncomfortable talking about money, but the reality is that we need it to maintain our lifestyle. So why not talk about it?

I’ve met bloggers who are not that known that are killing it; they are making a living and living comfortably. Kudos!

I started a lame attempt at talking about my income, but realized that it takes a long time to get the report together so there’s not been one in ages. I’m working on getting it together and hopefully you’ll start seeing them monthly very soon. What I did realize though is that it really helps to do it as you see what’s working and what’s not. It also helped me to get a proper accounting system together. I’m using Wave. What are you using?

But there are a few bloggers who are kicking it and actually telling you about it on a monthly basis. Here they are:

  1. Bryan from Wandering Gourmand –  Generates most of his income from freelance writing
  2. Hannah Finch and Dan Cortazio, from –  This Australian and Brazilian combo makes their tally from direct advertisement to the blog. It was fun reading their report as I actually recognized some of the places they mentioned in Brazil.
  3. Kirsty Henderson from Nerdy Nomad – This Canadian travel blogger makes most of her earnings currently from selling maps of Kigali. I needed a map to tell me that Kigali was in Rwanda.
  4. Samantha Wei and Yeison at Mytanfeet – This couple based in Costa Rica makes most of their income from affiliating with local tour companies.
  5. Sebastian from Travel Work Live – Looks like he makes it from Affiliate Marketing and a coaching program [newly added]
  6. Susan Gourlay from Digital Nomad Wannabe – Makes most from advertising and affiliates.
  7. Will Tang Travel Blog Breakthrough – Varies, but looks like freelance writing although he tries a few different things from month to month.

If you know of anymore, let me know and I’ll keep updating this list.

And here are five blogs that used to do it but have stopped, but you can still find good information about how they monetized that may still be valid:

  1. Gadi and Tun from Being in Awe – stopped in April 2014
  2. Dave and Vicky from A Couple Travelers – stopped in January 2014
  3. Jacqueline from Escape Normal – stopped in January 2013
  4. Sabrina Iovino from Just One Way – It’s not really a monthly income report, but she wrote a post in January 2014 that documents several months and talks about how she makes money
  5. Tish from Travel Tish) – stopped in October 2014

How do you monetize your blog? Please leave a note below and let me know.

PS: Internet Marketer Joel Comm has just updated his Adsense Secrets book and the Kindle version is free on Amazon until June 7, 2015. Get it here.

Join And Get Paid For Your Influence looking for influencers

In April 2014, I got featured as Influencer of The Week by The I was pretty thrilled to be chosen. Quite a few others have been chosen as well. You can see them here. looking for influencers looking for influencers

The idea behind the site is to match bloggers with brands; simple.

Once you are signed up, go to Opportunities in the navigation and you will see all the open opportunities. i.e. Brands who have available offers.

Offer can be a fixed rate gig or you get paid for referrals and/or sales. Some of the offers allow you to set your rates, so its quite flexible.

They sent me an email today offering an incentive for both you and I if you sign up and get a sponsor to work with you. Here’s the gist (from the email):

We’ve just launched the internet’s best referral program, and we want you in it!

What is it?

Simply refer other influencers to themidgame between February 24, 2015 and March 23rd 2015, and if they get sponsored you BOTH earn $100, up to 10 times!

Say WHAT? Yes, you read correctly, you can earn up to 1,000 USD PER referral!

But wait, there’s more!

We’re sponsoring over 100 influencers in themidgame in the next two weeks, so if one of your referrals gets sponsored, you can start earning money from your referrals immediately. 

We’re currently looking for influencers in travel, fashion (male and female), fitness, health, technology, art, food and wine! Invite your influencer friends now and they could get sponsored for any of our upcoming campaigns.

Check it out now!

TBEX Talk: How To Build And Market To Your Email List

How To Build and Market To Your Email List

How To Build and Market To Your Email ListAt TBEX 2013 in Dublin, Corey Taratuta of and I spoke about email marketing and how to build an email list as well as its importance.

We’ve loaded our presentation below for your review. In addition, I did an audio recording and am in the process of reviewing it, here’s hoping it was a good one.

If you have any questions at all leave a comment below and/or drop Corey or myself an email.

Please leave a comment and let us if you are currently building a list in your business. If not, why not? What is holding you back at this time? If you are already building a list, please share some nuggets for your fellow bloggers and travel industry professionals.

Audio (62.6MB): 

Here are the Action Steps for the Slide of the same name. These are the things you should do once you have finished the presentation. Do them this week please:

  1. Set Your Goals
  2. Choosing A Service
  3. Decide which fields to use
  4. Setup the opt-in forms on your blog

Leave a comment below and let us know how you got on.


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