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Over the past one and half years of blogging, I’ve been asked the same questions over and over from like-minded bloggers and readers.
Well, it’s about time that I’ve put all these questions and answers into one post instead of answering questions via e-mail or within comments that no one else can access easily!
More knowledge = power so read on to find out how I make money blogging, what tools I use, what my expenses are, and more.
How do you make money blogging?
I make money blogging in all different ways: sponsored posts, affiliate links, referral codes, travel writing, and more. This is such a loaded question that I detail everything in this post about how I made $1,000 travel blogging. It’s not much, but it’s a start!
Aside from money, blogging brings a lot of other benefits like non-monetary compensation of hotel and travel, or even better, increased networking opportunities. I also talk about this in my post about how to make money travel blogging.
How much do you spend monthly on blogging?
I spend $4 a month on hosting and $7.5 a month (yearly plan of $89) on Tailwind because I am cheap! There are so many free resources and tools online that I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a bunch of money on your blog, especially if it doesn’t make that much money yet. I don’t buy into the whole “You have to spend money to make money” bit when it comes to blogging.
One time, I spent $30 on a travel blog course but realized quickly, I could’ve gotten this information from Google if I searched a little bit harder. Of course, if you don’t have the time to find your own answers or want to accelerate your blog, buying a blog course or working with a blog consultant is worth it. It all depends on your goals.
Hosting your own website is essential for growth, and so is having a good hosting company. I’ve been using Bluehost since 2009 now and love it. I first started out using them for a photography site I had and now have six sites with them! See more reasons why I love hosting with Bluehost.
Tailwind is quite important since Pinterest is the largest social media referrer to my blog. I highly recommend getting it as it’s worth every penny.
To take advantage of Tailwind, spend once a week, or even once a month, filling up your Tailwind feed with previous posts you’ve written. Schedule it to group boards and boards of your own! Tailwind will Pin your Pins for you at optimal times and cuts down the time you spend on social media while maximizing the reach of your Pins.
This is no longer a monthly cost, but it’s important to mention that I paid for a theme right from the start. I knew for how big I wanted this blog to get that a free theme wouldn’t work.
That’s why I chose from these feminine WordPress themes.
I loved my theme so much that I bought from the same designer again for my new blog and another for my sister’s blog.
Whatever theme you decide to go with, make sure they have good customer support and that their themes are SEO friendly, fast and easy to use!
Want more free blogging tips? Join my Facebook blogging group.
What tools do you use for blogging?
It is extremely helpful in telling me when the best time to post is, what my readers’ interests are, what keywords I should be using, and what social media I should focus on.
What camera do you have?
I used to have a Nikon D90, but at two pounds, it was not fun carrying around this bulky camera while traveling.
I tried out the Olympus Pen E-PL7 ’cause I heard it was a great camera for traveling and blogging (I mean, I said it so myself), and I really liked it when I had it.
But then I got the Sony A6000, and woah, it’s blown my mind.
For such a small camera, the quality is amazing, and I love that it fits in so many of my bags and purses that I don’t have to think twice about bringing it out.
I also got the Canon 6D because I wanted even better quality, and that’s what you see mostly on my Instagram feed lately!
Come say hi to me on Instagram by the way.
How much time do you spend on social media each day?
Ugh, social media is a doozy (I can’t remember the last time I used that word…). I used to spend 2-4 hours a day on social media when I first started but that’s because I didn’t know how to focus on one or two social media platforms.
Now I spend most of my time on Pinterest and Instagram because Pinterest brings me 60% of my traffic while Instagram is fun and has a large potential for sponsorships. So, to answer your question, I spend about 30-60 minutes a day on social media posting photos on Instagram, engaging with the community, and pinning to Pinterest.
My advice is to focus on one to two social media platforms. They should be the ones that bring you the most traffic or have the most potential for traffic or ones that you enjoy using. Don’t let social media stress you out!
What’s the hardest part about travel blogging?
The hardest part about traveling blogging is that I’m blogging about travel! Despite all those posts that say that anyone can travel (which I don’t believe in), traveling is a luxury. It’s not something that anyone can do at any point in their life. Besides monetary reasons, there’s work, family, and other obligations that prevent people from traveling.
So since this isn’t something that people do all the time, getting page views and traction on a travel blog is much more difficult than getting a lifestyle, yoga, or finance blog started. Those types of topics are things that people need or search for everyday since it can be part of their daily routine whereas with a travel blog, they mostly come to it when they need specific answers for a specific trip. Automatically, that limits the pool of readers that your blog can reach.
Nonetheless, travel blogging is rewarding knowing that the people who come to my blog are getting quality information about their trip, which is most often a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I want to help people get the most out of their trips so I’m ok with blogging about an industry that isn’t a part of peoples’ daily lives.
Have any other questions to ask?
Do you have any other questions to ask about blogging? Ask me in my free Facebook blogging community where I will answer your asap!
Thanks for stopping by! xo.