Interview Series: Jo Fitzsimons

Ever wondered how to make it as a freelance travel writer? Jo Fitzsimons is here today to discuss how she makes a living while traveling the world.

In this interview you’ll learn:

  • How to effectively pitch travel publications
  • Why dealing with “naughty” clients is inevitable (and what to do about it)
  • 3 easy steps to start your writing career off on the right foot

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Interview Series: Lauren Monitz from

Lauren Monitz (iExplore)Lauren Monitz is the Online Marketing Manager at iExplore and has some great “lessons-learned” and information to share.

In this interview, you’ll get a unique perspective on what it’s like to work for an online travel business, and how you can apply this to your own blog.

Ready to get started?

Then let’s roll…

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Interview Series: Matthew Kepnes from

There’s no doubt about it: NomadicMatt is one of the most popular travel blogs online.

Now’s your chance to find out how he did it.

In this interview, Matt Kepnes shares his experiences, straight out the gate until now, including dos and don’ts, traffic sources, and more.

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Interview Series: Bret Love from

Bret Love (GreenGlobalTravel)You’ve heard it before: focus on your brand.

But no travel blogger nailed brand like Bret Love and Mary Gabbett. They are the “big fish in a small pond” when competing in the green travel market.

In less than a year, they built a very popular blog and partnered with the World Wildlife Fund, International Expeditions and several tourism boards…

… and in this interview you’ll discover:

  • How Bret and his partner Mary quadrupled their traffic in the past sixth months (visit their site and you’ll see why…)
  • Why you should hire interns, like, yesterday
  • The stupidly simple secret to social media success

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Interview Series: David Lee from GoBackpacking

David Lee is a genius. Why? He registered the domain name in the late 1990s.

Now, he’s taken his travels - and website - to the next level, offering advice on traveling and travel blogging.

You’ll learn:

  • The best way to stay in touch with your audience
  • How David grew GoBackpacking to over 200,000 pageviews per month
  • What accounts for over 70% of his traffic
  • Two hidden benefits to hiring writers instead of guest posts
  • Why your posting schedule attracts different people (and how to leverage this)

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Interview Series: Andy Hayes from

Andy Hayes (SharingTravelExperiences)“If you’re making money - and if you’re a business, that’s the idea - you need to figure out how much revenue you need to be happy.” -Andy Hayes

Sound advice.

Andy Hayes runs the popular blog Sharing Travel Experiences, which focuses on the Value Luxury niche. Pretty smart, huh?

Now it’s your turn to hear what Andy’s got to say about branding, business and monetization.

In this interview you’ll learn:

  • How to work with advertisers and sponsors
  • The secrets behind working with PR agencies
  • Three other markets travel bloggers should be in (but aren’t)
  • Why travel agents may be the missing piece to monetization
  • A few other juicy tidbits on the business side of blogging

Ready? Then…

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