How To Make Money And Travel The World
It is many people’s dream to travel the world. But it doesn’t come cheap, planes, buses, boats, trains, food drink and adventures all cost money. But, it is possible to earn money while you travel. So here is my guide on how to make money and travel the world.
Ways To Earn Money
There are a few different ways you can make money online while travelling. Some will give you instant money (but not a lot) and some are more long term that require more investment in time and effort. The quick ways are good for buying a bus ticket or to pay for your next tank of fuel for your camper van.
If you are looking for a more long term solution, you can use your skills to work remotely, or even start your own online business. This will give you lots of flexibility and a nice income to ensure you don’t miss out on those once in a life time experiences.
Ways To Make Money
If you are willing to give your views on products, services, and politics, it is possible to earn money with needing any special skills. You can do this by filling in surveys.
Companies and organisations need information from the public for marketing purposes. Therefore, they actually pay people to fill in surveys to capture vital information for their marketing efforts.
All you have to do is go on to one of the many survey websites and sign up. You will be emailed alerts to surveys that need to be filled in. Once you have gone through the questions, you will receive cash or other rewards. You can get surveys on anything, which can be quite interesting and fun. Expect surveys for washing up liquid, politics, sex life and entertainment.
You are not going to earn lots of money from this. Someone who is dedicated to filling in surveys usually earn £200/$200 per year. But, the ones that really put the effort in can earn up to £800/$800 per year.
- Don’t leave your money in the survey account, claim it as soon as you can. This is just in case the website closes down and takes your money with it.
- Have a separate email address, as it will be flooded with emails and it is easier to find the surveys sent to you.
- It can take a while to earn money as you have no control of when the surveys are sent to you. This is a way to make extra money, rather than making quick money.
- Don’t lie on the surveys. This is because some survey companies cross reference your answers with previous surveys. So don’t say you are a 60 year old cage fighter if you are a 25 year old student, or your earnings can be wiped out.
- Keep an eye on your emails, you don’t want to miss out.
- Keep tabs on the surveys you have filled in. You don’t want to do the same one twice and not get paid for it the second time.
- Don’t pay to join. Why would you spend money to earn a little bit of cash. The organisations that require you to pay for a “survey kit” are usually scam artists.
- Refer a friend. You will get a little bit of money for doing this and it may be just enough to tip you over the threshold to get you paid.
Top 10 Survey Sites
Data entry is something you can do with very little training or experience. This means that is is really easy to get started. You don’t need a professional background to do it, making it accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. It is super easy to do too, so you don’t need to be worried about being in over your head.
Data entry is easy, but it is probably no surprise that it doesn’t pay particularly well. Some jobs pay better than others and the higher paid ones are quite hard to get, as people tend to hold on to them and not leave.
- You need to have basic computer skills, i.e. how to use one, install software and keep it safe from viruses.
- Typing skills are essential, as typing quickly and accurately is the main part of the work. You also need to be fine with checking over your work.
- You have to be organised, as a large part of data entry is putting things in order that are generally all over the place.
- There is a lot of repetition involved, so you need to be able to cope with sitting at your computer typing all day.
- Make sure your computer has a number pad, as this will make life a lot easier than using the number keys not he top row of your keyboard.
- You need to know how to use the standard software packages, such as Microsoft Office and their equivalents.
Top 10 Data Entry Job Websites
If you have a set of skills and a decent amount of experience in a particular field, you may be able to work remotely. Many people are using skills such as programming, consultancy graphic design, SEO and website design to make money while travelling.
This all depends on where you are in life. You may already have these skills, but if not you may have an end goal of living the remote lifestyle. If so I recommend that you get as much experience as possible and build your reputation. This way you will be have something to aim for to enjoy the lifestyle you really want.
One great way of earning money while travelling, is to document it in a travel blog. There are a few ways to monetise your blog, from affiliate links (I’ll come to that shortly) to advertising and promotions. Unfortunately, you won’t earn money as soon as you get on the plane though. It will take a lot of building before you leave. There are travel bloggers that constantly travel and earn really good money.
You can also write blogs as a freelance writer. I do a bit of this still for a holiday company when they ask me to. If you market yourself properly, you can make a nice living by doing this.
Copywriting is basically creating content in order to see something. This may be a product service or even a way of thinking.
Companies use lots of marketing material such as:
- Google ads
- Facebook ads
- Website content
- Press releases
Some companies rely heavily on copywriters to create this kind of content and pay them good money. To find these companies, you need to put in lots of work, showcase your talent and not expect too much money straight away.
You can be a copywriter from anywhere in the world and earn big money, but your success will depend on how good you are and how well you market yourself. You need to get a reputation of being able to deliver good content that gets results.
It is a great idea to focus on a niche that you are interested in and one you can create credibility in that area.
The Best Way To Earn Money While Travelling
I live in the French alps. I travel a bit, but I am extremely happy with my location of choice. My online business gives me similar flexibility that someone living on the road would need. I get to go snowboarding when I want to, so I can take full advantage of the great conditions. In fact, as long as I complete my weekly tasks, I can choose my hours. Sometimes, I will need to work late at night and say no to going on the mountain, but in general I can choose my working hours.
So, what is this amazing business that lets me be so flexible? It is affiliate marketing.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate marketing is when you promote other people’s products and services. You can do this by creating content on a website, Youtube or social media. In return, you get a commission for each sale that goes through your website.
How Does It Work?
I am going to explain with an example. Below is a snowboard available from an online shop called Blue-Tomato.com.
If this post you are reading now was a review of this snowboard, and you liked what you saw and decided to buy, you would click on the button to buy it. This would take you thorough to Blue Tomato and if you bought it, I would get 7% of the sales price. This is because the button contains an affiliate link. It wouldn’t cost you any more, you probably would even realise that I would get money for your purchase.
This is a pretty simple business model. It is performance based, so you get rewarded for your efforts. The seller loves this business model too. This is because they get targeted sales from people that are actively looking for products of this type, rather than casting a net of advertising trying to catch some sales.
How Much Can I Earn?
How hard you work, the niche you choose, the affiliate program you are a member of and the products all determine how much money you can make. However, it is perfectly feasible to earn £30/$30 per sale. Check out the infographic below.
As you can see, this may be worth your while. It will pay for a lot of plane tickets or even a nice camper van for your travels.
What Is Involved?
There are a few factors involved with creating an affiliate marketing website.
Choose A Niche
This is your first step, as you need to target an audience. A niche is a group of people with a common interest. Therefore, you need to identify a suitable niche to work with. It is really easy to think of a niche that you are interested in. But, before you say “I’m going to create a XXXXX website, you need to do some careful research. This is because not all niches are equal, also, you really need to make sure your niche has a few characteristics.
The first thing, is that your niche needs to be focussed. It is really tempting to choose a niche that would appeal to lots of people. For example, I chose the “food and drink” niche for a website that totally flopped. This is because it was broad. I thought that appealing to vegans, barbecue lovers, smoothie drinkers, rum drinkers, bakers, chocolate lovers, coffee drinkers etc all on one website will earn me loads of money. I was soooo wrong as it was too broad, meaning I had lots of completion and the visitors didn’t find enough relevant stuff on it for them. The vegans were put of by the the stuff for the meat lovers. I may have worked if I had a team of people churning out lots of content, but it was just me.
What I should have done, was base a website around one of those subgroups.
Your niche should also be something that you have a passion for or at least have an interest in it. If you choose a niche just because you think it will make you money, you will get bored of it and you won’t put the required amount of care and attention in to it.
Choosing a niche that is part of a fad is also a bad idea. This is because people will stop looking for it and you won’t make any money. Likewise, you really need to choose one that has a good following, but ideally with low competition.
If this sounds like a lot to cope with, don’t worry as there are some great methods to help you choose your niche. Check out my full guide on the button below.
Build Your Website
Some people manage without a website, but this is just making life difficult for yourself. Many affiliate programs require you top have a website before they will let you join.
This is when you need to decide on your domain name. Your domain name needs to:
- Relevant to your niche – You don’t want any mismatches here
- Brandable – Some people use their name, but this all depends on their niche
- Have room to expand – Once you have established your website in a niche, you may want to expand, but you won’t be able to do that if your domain name restricts you
- Have a .com suffix – If you choose a .org, .biz or something similar, your website won’t be perceived as very professional and may damage the authority status you are aiming for
Your website will need a host. There are lots of hosts out there and one are really cheap. However, cheap isn’t necessarily good. Many of these hosts are slow, unreliable or not secure.
A great option is Blue Host, they tick all the boxes and are not too expensive. All my websites are hosted through Wealthy Affiliate, but I’ll come to that later.
Most affiliate websites are WordPress websites. WordPress is a platform that allows you to add loads of features and functions to your website without needing to know any code. It is all done with plugins and themes. This is a very user friendly way to build a website.
Attract your Audience
To make any money at all, you need visitors to your website. The great thing about this, is that you don’t have to pay for adverts and promotions to do it. This is because you create your content in a certain way using the proper techniques.
The idea is to help people with problems that they are trying to solve. They will search for the solution to their problem in a search engine like Google using a certain search term or keyword. This means that the most relevant content to help them solve the problem is at the top of their search or at least on the first page.
Therefore, you need to create your content in a way that shows Google that it is the most relevant and has all the necessary information for that keyword. Your content could be a guide or a review, with the affiliate link to a recommended product or service that will solve the problem.
Keyword research is the first thing you should do before creating content. It isn’t difficult and doesn’t take long to come up with a huge list of keywords to base your content around that will last you months.
I mentioned affiliate programs earlier. These are what tracks the sales through your website through affiliate links. They generate the links for you so you can copy and past them in to your content.
If you can think of a product or service, there is a great chance that you will be able to find an affiliate program for it. For example, you can join the Amazon Associates program. This is the Amazon affiliate program that allows you to earn money off anything that you can buy from Amazon. There are some rules to follow, so it is worth reading up on this before hand. If you are caught breaking the rule (intentionally or not), they will close your account and that is bad news if all of your links are from Amazon.
You can join affiliate networks. These are websites with agreements with hundreds of advertisers with affiliate programs. The big advantage of this is that it is easier to find them and to manage. They also manage all your payments from one place, so you don’t have to keep going to each affiliate program for all the things you are promoting on your website.
Where Do I Learn About Affiliate Marketing?
There are a lot of training resources for affiliate marketing out there. I have done lots of research on this as I wanted to make the right decision before I started my own business.
There are lots of shouty people on YouTube videos with Ferraris claiming that they have the key to overnight success. They don’t, but they are earning lots of money from selling eBooks and poor quality training. The thing is, you don’t know what they are actually offering until you hand over your credit card details.
I was still trying to decide if affiliate marketing was for me while I was researching training resources. So, I really wanted to try some training for myself and if possible get some hands on experience of affiliate marketing before I handed any money over. These “gurus” were putting me off and I nearly looked for alternatives to affiliate marketing all together. But luckily, I found Wealthy Affiliate.
What is Wealthy Affiliate
Wealthy Affiliate is primarily a place where you can learn about starting an affiliate website from scratch. The training is very comprehensive and really easy to follow. One of the things I liked about the training, is that you get a number of tasks to complete at the end of each lesson. This means that you don’t miss out any important steps.
I signed up to the Free Membership, to go through the free lessons. You get 10 free lessons and two free websites to play with. This means you get first hand experience in what it all entails without having to go all in and trust an unknown person that they are going to give you quality information after paying them.
Of course, the free membership is quite limited. You can start a business using the information it gives you, but it probably won’t be very successful. Once you have done the free training, you will know if it is something you want to continue with, upgrade or walk away. There is no pressure to stay, all you need is an email address.
If you realise that you want to continue, I recommend going for the premium membership. This is way more comprehensive and gives you everything you need to make your website successful while you are travelling.
Not Just A Training Platform
When I was talking about building a website earlier, you may have thought that it is a bit awkward. It isn’t really, but it is much easier with Wealthy Affiliate. It haas its own website builder, that will give you a WordPress website in less than a minute. They also have fast secure hosting with SSL certificates. This means that it is secure too, which is normally an extra cost.
You also get access to Jaaxy. This is a keyword research tool, that gives you all the information that you need to write content that people will find.
One of the great things about Wealthy Affiliate, is that you are not alone in your journey. There is a huge community of other people in the same business that love to help. If you have any issues or you are stuck with something, just ask the community. Additionally, if you have any technical issues or questions, there is a great Helpdesk that will get back to you within minutes.
Before You Start!
I want you to know a few things before you jump in to the world of affiliate marketing. The first thing, is that it takes time to earn money. This is not something you quit your job for and expect to start earning money straight away. Therefore, if you are thinking about starting a website to fund your travels, I suggest you start sooner rather than later. You need to build it up, it takes months to earn any pennies at all. You can of course supplement your income with surveys, data entry, copywriting etc to help you get going.
My business is in affiliate marketing, it gives me flexibility and enough money to do what I want in life. But, I am very dedicated to ensure my business is successful. It takes a lot of hard work, consistency and dedication to make it in this business. However, if you do it properly, you will reap the rewards and that is pretty sweet the you are sipping a cocktail on the beach in Bali.
What Do You Think?
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