Case Study: The Pros and Cons of Writing an eBook

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After reading How to Write a Super Sexy eBook in 2 Days Without Losing Your Mind,  I instantly knew that writing an eBook would be a great learning experience, and hopefully, a new source of income.

As a travel blogger, I had writing experience, but had never compiled my writing into an eBook.

I also loved that writing an eBook would cost nearly nothing, except my time.

With plans to move to Barcelona, I needed to increase the income from my website to support myself.

Here’s my case study on the pros (and cons) of writing an eBook…

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10 Timeless Blogging Lessons Learned from World Travel

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Texas BBQ is serious business.

You know travel’s good for the soul…

… but did you know it’s good for business, too?

It’s true.

After three INSANE years of world travel, I’m going to share with you ten business lessons I’ve learned around the world… and how you can use these to improve your own travel blog.

As billionaire Richard Branson once famously said…

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How to Write Travel Stories That Sell

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“How do I get paid for my travel writing?”

It’s a common question here at TBA.

And fortunately, we’ve got an expert lined up to answer all your questions.

In this MASSIVE guest post, Leyla Giray from reveals how she became a successful travel writer… and how you can, too!

She originally released this as an eBook but was kind enough to share this info with Academy members (so be sure to thank her in the comments!)

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How Travel Bloggers Really Make Money (And How You Can,Too)

For many, travel blogging is a hobby. 

They share travel stories with friends and family and making money from it never really crossed their mind.

This message is not for them.

Other travel bloggers, however, do make a full time income from their blog and let me tell you…

They look at things differently. More importantly, they measure things differently.

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31 Brilliant Business Lessons From Successful Travel Bloggers

I’m not a stalker.


Sure, I follow people without their knowing it (on Twitter, anyways)…

But you know what?

I’m tired of it. Tired of waiting… and watching… and wishing I was one of those successful travel bloggers.

So I did something about it. I stopped stalking - and started talking.

I asked ten popular travel bloggers to spill their secrets on how they transformed their love for travel into a popular blog.

Best part? They did.
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How to Build Raving Fans And Make Money… Without Blogging

I’m very excited about today’s lesson.  

It outlines a simple process for growing your readership, increasing page views and, yes, making more money… without lifting a finger.

I know… that sounds spammy, sleazy and too good to be true.

But it’s none of those things… if you do it right.

You will need a few things for this lesson. After you read it, set aside an hour to do your assignment. I guarantee you it will be the most valuable hour you ever spent on your blog.

In fact, I’ll bet you never look at your blog the same way again.

Let’s get started…

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4 Ways to Create Kick-Ass Products

You read the last lesson, right? 

If not, you should. Because we covered why travel bloggers should create their own products (if you want to make money, build relationships with your readers and afford your next plane ticket).

So if you haven’t already, read the last lesson before tackling this one.


In this lesson, we’ll look at how to create your own travel product. It’s super easy to do and shouldn’t take more than a week.

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7 Ways to Make Money Travel Blogging (and 7 to Avoid Like the Plague)

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The truth is, you can make money with a travel blog…

… but it takes a LOT of work to get off the ground.

It’s like a rocket ship.

Your travel blog requires a tremendous amount of effort just to get off the ground…

… but once you do get it off the ground, it gets easier and easier (and hopefully reaches orbit where it practically moves itself).

And once you have the traffic, it’s time to monetize your blog.

But I must warn you: choosing the right mix of monetization techniques is more art than science.

While some monetization methods work great for everyone – creating your own products, for example – others (like public speaking gigs) are more of a personal preference.

So in this spirit, here are 7 smart ways to make money with your travel site:

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Travel Writers: 37 Publishers Who Pay

Travel writers need to be in two (or more) places at once…

Before we begin, I’d like to say something…

Here at Travel Blogger Academy, I show you how to run your travel blog as a business.

Therefore, writing for other publications (especially print) may not be the most effective route for two reasons…

  • Reason #1: Most do not pay all that well (though a few on this list do)… and…
  • Reason #2: Print publications don’t lend online benefits. They don’t build links to your site, get shared on social networks or help with SEO. Plus, they don’t send as much traffic to your site (in most cases).

Having said that, getting your name out there is a good thing. And while many of these sites don’t pay much, it can help pay the bills (especially if you’re traveling abroad).

So here’s 37 publishers who pay:

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3 Types of Travel Blogs (and Which Pays Best)

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You’ve only got three choices…

… and depending which you choose, your blog either blossoms into a wildly profitable, scalable business – equipped with an army of writers, recurring passive income and the possibility of a six-figure buyout…

… or it sputters along like a near-dead VW bus along the frigid Icefields Parkway.

You’ve only got three choices… those are two of them.

But the third option kills it.

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