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How to Make Money Blogging Steps & Make a Fortune Traveling

Updated on December 12, 2015

Did you know: Blogging income is one of the most easiest ways to start making money online and can be started at no cost to you?

THEAMERICANWRITER - Dec. 12, 2015 | 09:57 CST

AUSTIN, Texas - How to make money blogging is quite common in today's world. But there are some people who still do not know how to get started blogging to earn money. There was an article about '5 People Who Make a Fortune Traveling' and like most news articles, they don't really go into much detail let alone tell you how exactly to get started with such a thing. I don't complain because it gives people like me something to elaborate on. In that particular article most of them (the five people mentioned in that news article) traveled and blogged about their travels. Did the article mention how to start a blog? Well of course not. Why would they do that? They are a news site not a how-to, educational type of site.

So here is how to get started, if you are interested in making money through blogging about your travels (or any topic for that matter). Based on my experience as a web developer, I've taken the time to detail out a handful of steps to get you started right now.

One set of steps is the free way (that won't cost you a penny) and the other way is the paid way. Most beginners start out the free way because they are unsure if they will make any money at all so they use free options as basically their testing environment. And once they see they are making money, then they are either motivated to continue with the free option or motivated to go the paid way by self-hosting their content (which offers more opportunities for increased revenue) and some keep the free option since it's already gaining traffic and then start a new blog going the paid way.

Keep in mind that blogging is basically setting yourself up for auto-pilot income. You post once and so long as people remain interested in what you type, the ads on your pages, and can find your content in search engines or through social shares, you could ultimately have forgotten about any single post and still be making money off of that one post 5 years down the line. That's one of the beauties of the Internet.

I don't like a lot of chatter when it comes to how-to material, so without further ado, let's get right into getting you started.

Now that you know how to get started, which approach will you take?

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The Free Way to Make Money Blogging

  1. Get a free account to blog (e.g.
  2. Get a Google Adsense account (e.g.
  3. Log into your WordPress acount and start posting articles about your traveling experiences, creating interesting headlines as your titles.
  4. Go to your Google Adsense account and get codes for ads to put on your WordPress site.
  5. If you aren't going to learn search engine optimization (SEO) for the world to find your pages through search engines, then use social media (e.g. facebook) to tell all of your friends and family about your new travel blog to help start bringing in traffic to your site.

Traffic increases the potential of some of that traffic clicking on those Adsense ads. No traffic means no potential of earning any money from clicks on Adsense ads. Never click on Adsense ads on your own site, though. Google will likely shut down your Adsense account if you do. They've been around for a long time so can detect accidental clicks from people who are clicking on their own site's Adsense ads on purpose in attempts to cheat their ad system. Do not tell people to click on your Adsense ads, that's another thing that will get your Adsense account shut down.

Blogging Income the Paid Way

Most people eventually end up doing this at some point because of the control they get. You can start out this way or do it later when you feel you want more control over your revenue and optimization of your site.

  1. Buy a domain at a domain registrar (e.g. at is extremely popular and one I use regularly to buy domains I own).
  2. Buy web hosting (e.g. at I don't use GoDaddy for hosting, I usually go with a different host from the domain registrar. I can name off a list of hosts, but keeping it simple by naming the same as the registrar named above as to not overwhelm you with options and too many steps to get you started. I've done development work for clients who hosted with GoDaddy and GoDaddy's hosting is easy to use. Just pick the cheapest hosting GoDaddy has to offer. You just need a blog anyway, so don't need a ton of space and features. Host all of your videos at YouTube and use the embed code to add to your site. Why? Because you can monetize them with Adsense (increasing opportunities to make more money) and also because videos are huge, your host will charge you a fortune to host videos on their servers. YouTube is free and again a simple way to add Adsense ads to them. So pick the cheapest hosting plan GoDaddy has to offer and if you'll be adding videos use the YouTube embed code to add to your site. If they have one just for WordPress hosting and it's the lowest, then go with it. Again you don't need a ton of space and all that for a simple blog about let's say travel.
  3. Install the Wordpress platform on it. Most hosts have a one-click install feature for WordPress. If you want to do it manually, then you can get their script from
  4. After you install the WordPress platform on your site, log into it and start posting.
  5. You can do this before of after you start posting, doesn't really matter so long as it gets done. Go to and open an account. This is where you'll get codes for ads to put on your site.
  6. Once you have an account opened, go through the process to get your ads (self-explanatory within your Adsense account), and copy and paste the code into your site.
  7. If you aren't going to learn search engine optimization (SEO) for the world to find your pages through search engines, then use social media (e.g. facebook) to tell all of your friends and family about your new travel blog to help start bringing in traffic to your site.

Same as with the free way, if you have no traffic, then you will have zero potential to make any money. And all will be for nothing unless you just want a private blog for therapy or an online diary of some sort. But then that would defeat the purpose of this entire how-to article, now wouldn't it?!

Differences between Vs

Also, the differences between and Both of these domains and services are owned by WordPress. is for people who want to host WordPress on their own servers, which gives you more control over the content and features you can add to your site. is for people who do not want to worry about hosting, domains and all that. Downside is you don't have full control over your "site" which is really just a sub-account within the site ( Like you are limited to what you can put on there. In essence, is sharing their site with you, by allowing you to become a writer (a.k.a poster) and post up content (e.g. text, photos, videos, etc) within their domain under your chosen username. And with sharing comes a set of house rules. So keep that in mind because if you don't abide by their rules, they will shut down your account at will and can do so without warning. And if you are gaining any income, there goes your income. So if you go this route to make money, then make sure you read their house rules thoroughly and abide by them. That goes for any site who is sharing their space with you.

Remember, with hosting it yourself (a.k.a self-hosting), the only rules you have to follow are to ensure you aren't breaking the law, which is what most web hosts are concerned about in their terms. Other than that they don't really care what you put on your site so long as it's legal. And that means you have a lot more control over your site in design, content, and revenue.

Hubpages Another Free Way to Start Blogging for Income

Don't want to worry about figuring out where to place the Adsense ads for a potentially higher number of clicks (clicks means revenue)? Then join that allows you to share in their revenue. All you have to do is add your Adsense ID into your Hubpages' account. Hubpages staff deals with the ad placement on pages aspect of it. After all, they make money by helping you make money. Downside, your articles are not guaranteed to be approved. They want quality. So make sure you follow their guidelines to increase your chances of getting your content to be and remain published. And create catching headlines as titles for your posts, at very least. Use words that people would likely use as a search term, too. Just a tip.

Does it take a lot of time to type up an article? Yes, only if you don't know what you're talking about. On the other hand, it will take very little time, if you do know your topic well. With formatting, adding a couple of elements, and posting this, it took me about 50 something minutes for over 1500 words worth of value to you -- all sitting at home in my pajamas. Simple. So it's highly recommended to write about what you know so it doesn't seem like a chore and takes very little time each time you sit down to write something. Nobody likes feeling like they are working a job. Do what you love and it'll be effortless.

For People Who Prefer Writing by Hand Vs Typing

Also, if you're the type who prefers to write instead of typing, then there is a pen I came into knowledge about some months ago that basically allows you to write and it's recording what you write on any type of paper. And after you can connect it to your computer and it'll translate it into a text file of some sort and you can copy and paste that into your travel blog and make any further edits before publishing. It's a really neat concept.

I personally bought the one shown below because I was curious to see it for myself. I don't use it much but sometimes it comes in handy if I'm in bed and want to write a dream real quick and go back to bed and connect it to my computer later to automatically transcribe it to text, instead of having to get out of bed, turn on my computer and blah blah blah from there. I know there are others on the market like it, but I have no idea how they work. I bought the one below because I like that I could use any paper. The others I've found on the market require a person to constantly buy their special paper/notebook to work. And that gets pricey. So I went the smart way and found one that worked with any type of paper.

Smartpen / Digital Pen As Seen on Amazon

IRISNotes 2 Express Digital Pen Scanner for Windows
IRISNotes 2 Express Digital Pen Scanner for Windows

It was originally $53.99 back in June this year, but I paid only $38.98 out of pocket since I had stored up Amazon gift cards from a friend that I hadn't used. So I used that towards my purchase.


For People Who Prefer Speaking Vs Typing or Writing

You can use any voice recognition software. Microsoft Windows 7 comes with one built in. Just open the start menu and type in 'windows speech recognition'. If you want something more accurate, I'd recommend Nuance's Dragon Naturally speaking software or their Swype Keyboard Android app that includes their Dragon Dictation feature. Unfortunately, the Android app requires an internet connection to work, but the app cost me only 99 cents. Their software for your computer does not require internet connection, however, is a lot more money like $99 or more unless you can find a deal to get it cheaper.

One Final Tip for Blogging Income

Don't sit around waiting for a click to happen. You'll drive yourself mad. Just continue posting and over time the clicks will start happening. There is no guaranteed time line when that will happen. Depends completely on your traffic and if anyone has found your content to even read and see ads. Some readers are not interested in ads so don't click on them. Some readers are. You'll learn what type of readers you have over time.


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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right that the more articles you post there, the more traffic you attract. You really need to get engaged with social media as well. HP is a good platform if you don't want the hassle of maintaining your own site.


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