Tired of sitting in that cramped cubicle all day? Wish you were off visiting some exotic, tropical island? Daydreaming about the day you can tell the boss to take this job and shove it and hop the next plane to Paris, or London or the Bahamas? If you love to travel and own a laptop you can make money online as a travel writer. Start packing!
You have a couple of avenues for making money online as a travel writer. You can either freelance and sell your articles to webmasters who need travel related content, or you can set up your own money-making travel-related sites. Let’s take a look at how each would work.
Make Money Online As A Freelance Travel Writer
Travel writers are in demand now more than ever before. Every website on the Internet needs content and not every Internet Marketer loves to travel. If they live in Boise and need information about Belize for their website, then they’re going to have to hire someone to write it for them. And that someone could be you.
To find webmasters in need of good travel articles you can visit freelancing sites like Elance.com or Freelancer.com. You’ll always find listings for travel writers on these sites. When you visit these sites you’ll get to fill out a profile that describes your service. Make sure to include that you’re a travel writer and even mention the cities you’re familiar with.
It’s also a good idea to start your own travel blog and blog about every place you visit. Talk about everything – the weather, the restaurants, the hotels, the attractions, even the people you meet. The more content you put on your own blog, the more visible you’ll be in the search engines. That makes it easy for a webmaster to find your blog and when he does he just might contact you and ask you to write for him.
Make Money Online With Your Own Travel Blog
Who knows more about what travelers are looking for than someone who travels himself? Again, starting your own travel blog is one of the best things you can do. Not only will it help you be found by people who want to hire you to write, but you can also monetize your blog and make money on your own.
Check out Commission Junction for some great affiliate programs that have to do with travel. Or use your Amazon affiliate link and sell luggage. You can also sell advertising space to hotels, restaurants and attractions in the cities you’re blogging about.
If you travel a lot it’s best to set up a blog for each city, using a different domain name for each one. This will help you rank better in the search engines which means more people will see your blogs.
How To Get Started
If you’ve never done any type of online content writing you’ll need to learn about things like search engine optimization and keywords. Keywords are the words that people use to search for information online and it’s important to know what they are and how to use them so people will find your articles. Search engine optimization covers a lot of different areas but in this case you’d want to understand enough to know how to write an article that will be found by the search engines.
Writing for the Internet is a lot different than writing for a newspaper or magazine. You still need to answer the basic who, what, when, where, and why questions but you need to do it in such a way that the search engine bots can easily understand what you’re talking about.
If you’re interested in article writing for any reason, whether it’s travel or any other niche, and you haven’t a clue where to start, I highly recommend EzineArticles.com. Ezine is an article directory which you can join for free. They have some of the best online article writing tutorials and videos I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been doing this for a while. Mind you, I’m not praising anything else about Ezine. I run hot and cold on that site. But they do have an excellent training program that can’t be beat by any of those $27 ebooks you see.
If you just want to set up a basic blog then you can register for free at Blogger.com or WordPress.com and be online in a matter of minutes. You can also create free Squidoo Lenses or free HubPages. If you’re planning to create a whole network of monetized travel blogs then you’ll want to purchase a domain name and hosting. Domains can be had for as little as $10 per year at Dynadot.com or Godaddy.com and hosting, which is also very inexpensive, can be found at BlueHost.
What Do Travel Writers Write About?
Travel writers write about everything that has to do with travel. The weather, the scenery, the attractions, the best hotels, the best restaurants, how much does it cost, how to save money, how to pack to get through security, how do you get a passport, what to do with pets while you’re gone and on and on. Whether you have your own blog or you’re freelancing, the more information you provide the better.
If you love to travel but can’t escape the 9-to-5, or if you’re already a traveler and you’d just like to pick up some additional income, then you should think about becoming a travel writer. Your experiences and observations are worth a lot of money in the Internet Marketplace. So get your bags packed and get a move on. You could be making money online as a travel writer.