Want to have a super cool travel blog that makes you Internet famous, gets you free stuff and also contributes to your income, or perhaps all of it?
Don’t we all…
When I first started in this blogging game, I did it to share my passion with the world. It had a purpose of its own, but I never really knew what all blogging could do for me in the long run. Back then, there wasn’t an awesome resource that taught me all the tricks of the trade to help promote, grow and monetize my website in record time – at least not so much advanced.
Now, though, things are quite different, and blogging is competitive and popular. The idea of using it to make a living is out there, and bloggers want a piece of the action. And, why not? It seems like the ultimate way to pursue travel dreams and work for yourself, a life goal that many would kill for. Lucky for you newbies, and you oldies (like me), there are resources out there to help you jump-start your travel blogging CAREER (you can make blogging your official job, believe it or not!), one of them being Travel Blog Success.
Travel Blog Success has just been upgraded (to stay current & add more content) and is reopening on March 22, 2011 (in a couple of hours and ticking), and here is how it can help you.
First Impressions of Travel Blog Success
I had heard around the block about Travel Blog Success. I mean, how could I not? It is run by David Lee of Gobackpacking.com, a person that has been around in my virtual life for years, starting from when we were all putt-putting our days away on the BootsnAll message boards. He did the whole round-the-world trip and then decided that a normal working life was not the life for him – and that’s when he pursued his blogging to full-time levels. He’s been through it, and made it a success, and now he is using his knowledge to teach others the ways of the travel blogging industry.
Because it was run by our beloved @rtwdave, I had no doubt it would be a useful resource, but it wasn’t until I was given behind-the-scenes access this past week that I was able to see just how full a resource Travel Blog Success really is.
See, I’ve been around in the travel blogging world for years, but I never took it “seriously” in the sense that there’s a certain algorithm that could bring you more traffic and make you stand out in the crowd (because now there is quite the crowd of travel bloggers on the market). I always like to think I know what has to be done to take my blogging to the next level, but the reality of it is that knowing what to do and actually focusing and putting it all into practice is another challenge altogether.
With Travel Blog Success, though, there’s the knowledge, support and the proof to backup and justify taking the time to do it right. Being successful with travel blogging is not an overnight thing, and let me tell you, it is a very frustrating process to be working hard day in and day out to not see the big gains just yet. Just the other day on Twitter, I was complaining about guest blogging and how it takes up a lot of my time, yet I don’t see any direct money from it. It’s frustrating, and even though I said I was done with it, it was just me venting to the world. It’s for times like that, that having the support of TBS is vital because I can go in, read the reasons of why it is so important, see proof and be reassured that you are in fact working towards a bigger goal.
Plus, there’s Dave’s personal support, which he gives as much as he can through the lessons, forums, monthly conference calls and then some. It’s like having a personal trainer for your travel blog’s fitness.
What’s Inside Travel Blog Success?
Uhm… everything? Ok, ok, gross over-generalization, but seriously, there is information and resources for just about every step and aspect of travel blogging from hosting and naming your site to leveraging your blog to get advertisers and even press trips. TBS touches on travel photography, video blogging, SEO (the dreaded word!), engagement tactics, blog layout, social media and marketing to name just a fraction of what’s discussed. (Of course, what you get is dependent on your level of access, but we’ll talk about that later.)
I actually logged in and read through all the lessons and thought that the usefulness and depth of that knowledge was helpful even to myself. Like I said, I know heaps and heaps about the travel blogging world now, but sometimes getting an outside perspective really helps you take a different approach to something you look at every day.
And to help there are audio interviews, links to other amazing resources, case studies, and the feedback and support from other bloggers in the group.
Discover Your Weakness & Improve
For me, I think my main weakness is marketing myself. It is just plain hard to do, and it feels weird sometimes. I know I know a heck of a lot about travel, but coming out there and tooting my own horn feels dirty. This is one of my weaknesses, and I love that I’m not alone. There is a whole section in both the Premium and Professional account levels dedicated to helping you realize that marketing yourself is just another essential part of the travel blogging process.
Who is Travel Blog Success Right For?
Anyone that’s wanting to reach some travel blogging goals, big or small. Seriously, if you take a look at the blogs from some of the individuals that signed up in the past, you will be amazed at what they have achieved in the time since they took the plunge (Y Travel Blog is a great example).
Honestly, though, newer bloggers will benefit the most. Older bloggers like myself could gain from the course more if it is about staying focused, networking, having support and molding a new approach.
But, the Membership Fee? Is it Justified?
Only you can decide if joining TBS is the right decision. If you are serious about making your blog big and bad-ass, then joining could be a tax write-off anyway.
What you’ll get: the tools to making your blog awesome (but remember that you have to put the work in to make it happen!) from someone that has done enough to make $36k in one year off of his blogging lifestyle. You can’t argue with results.
Did TBS Pay You to Write This?
No money, just free access to the site. I know, this review is full of positives because I really do think there is a great deal of information on the website. I wish I could have seen the back-end last year when it first opened to compare the improvements. Either way, it is pretty detailed, and if Dave didn’t write about it, he gives you the links to the sites that did. It is what it is, an online course. There are certainly not grades, but I’m sure the goals you make and reach are what’s going to let you know how you’re doing along the way.
>> Check out Travel Blog Success for yourself.