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4 Simple Ways To Earn A Bit Of Money With Your Travel Blog

piggy bankMaking money with your travel blog is easy – how much you make is a different story. I’ve previously covered how to make money with your travel blog and reviewed Nomadic Matt’s ebook of the same name but wanted to focus on some of the effortless ways to have a few cents roll in every month.

How you leverage and scale these offerings varies and with a single blog you’re unlikely to be rolling in the dough. You can however monetize what you already have with relatively little effort using these technologies.

Note: Before incorporating any advertising into your main travel blog spend the time to make it blend well with your site. Don’t just throw ad banners and links up at will without considering design. Otherwise you’ll end up detracting from your content which is your travel blogs most important offering.

1. Google Adsense

Most travel bloggers begin their monetizing efforts using Google’s Adsense program. Setting up an account is painless and Google lets you run 3 banner (text, image, and video) ads per page as well as a set of links. Basically whenever anyone clicks an ad you get a bit of money and more money if people buy anything from those sponsors. The content for the ads are determined by the content on a given page.

Adsense Advice:

2. Chitika

chitika logoChitika works like Adsense, advertisements based on search terms and you get paid per click. The only difference is that the ads only appear to people who find your blog through a search engine. This means Chitika won’t be visible to your regular readers. Chitika also doesn’t interfere with Adsense or violate any of the Google TOS.

Chitika Tips:

  • In my experience the largest Chitika ads placed above post titles worked the best.
  • Unlike Adsense, Chitika sends payments once a month no matter the amount earned. (Google pays per $100 you earn.)

3. Infolinks/Kontera

There are many in-text ad services but Infolinks and Kontera are both good companies with fair offerings. In-text ads pop up when the mouse hovers over them and like Adsense and Chitika you get paid per click. Both Kontera and Infolinks also let you restrict how many ads pop up on a given page and tweak the ad colors and look.

4. Traveler Affiliate Programs

There are a number of affiliate programs for products and services for travelers by travelers. You don’t usually get paid per click but rather a percentage of the revenue earned from a product or service sale. I’m only listing a select few below so please add some of your favorites that I’ve missed in the comments.

A Little Bit Of Change For Your Travels

In the coming weeks I’ll be talking more about moving on to the next stages of monetizing and sharing some of my personal experiences with my travel blogs and websites. Although these methods listed above probably won’t get you an airplane ticket anytime soon they might by you a beer every now and again without taking much of your effort.

[photos by: alancleaver_2000]

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  • Amy @ The Q Family December 4, 2009, 08:33

    Great advice! I didn’t know about infolinks or Kontera, will have to check them out.

    I just recently got my first check from Adsense after 2 years… woo hoo! 🙂

    • Anil P. December 4, 2009, 10:04

      Thanks Amy, and congratulations! I remember my first Adsense payout, was quite exciting 🙂 I’ve found Kontera pays out a bit more but Infolinks lets you tweak the ads to a further degree.

  • v February 6, 2014, 18:17

    had never thought about these ways of making money. maybe once i’m further along. thanks for the article!

    • Anil Polat February 8, 2014, 09:30

      Good luck and feel free to post here if you have any questions.

  • escapadist October 1, 2014, 12:33

    Yes, these are some of the easiest ways… provided that you have enough incoming targeted visitors and a high rate of clicks, impressions, leads, sales…
    I see nowadays more and more are using the embedded white label affiliate travel booking engines.

    • Anil Polat October 2, 2014, 14:07

      Absolutely that’s the key. If you don’t have readers, you’re not going to earn much at all.

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