I am a digital nomad at heart and even though I can’t afford the fast paced travel that many nomads out there are aiming for (mostly because I also travel with my family, including a 2.5 years old son), slow travel is working great for me. However, it doesn’t matter if you visit 30 cities in 30 days or just one country in 3 months: you’re still a nomad and, most likely, you would never say no to some extra money. I sure know I wouldn’t!
Many of my nomad friends – and you meet a ton of amazing people while on the road – are, however, not really digital nomads. They don’t make money using the beast and easiest method to make money in today’s world: by working from anywhere using the internet. Most are just working hard for a few months or years, then spend all their savings making their dreams come true and traveling the world. It’s a constant race to save as much as possible then travel as much as possible. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.
While this is obviously still a great method and it definitely works, there is one question that I ask all the nomads that I meet and are not trying to make any extra money via blogging or the internet: “Would you really say no to getting more or less extra money for your travel, by doing the thing you love the most?” Of course, the answer is usually no. Nobody would say no to extra money and the chance to add at least a few days of extra travel from basically no work – as I consider doing things you love “no work”.
Why should ALL digital nomads have a blog?
When I started blogging, I was making zero money from it and I hated it. Today, you can check out my income reports and I manage to score around $3,000 per month which doesn’t make me rich, but offers me some nice extra money to spend on traveling and improving my lifestyle. The best part? It’s from writing about things I love. In your case, that would be your travels.
Just think about how many amazing stories you have. Think about your great adventures, the ton of incredible photos you have, the cities you visited, the places you saw… all these are pure treasure. Even though the blogging world is saturated by travel related blogs and websites, the demand is always there. People love to travel, people love to read about the experiences of fellow travelers, people keep reading and searching for information. You can succeed. You WILL have people reading you, you WILL be able to make at least some extra money for the road (or a big pile of bills if you are lucky!)
You could spend one hour per day – or more if you can – while relaxing after a bath in the sea, while resting after a long hike or during a ride: you could spend that time to write an article about your adventures (or really, anything else!) then publish that on your blog. You will be surprised to find out how many people would love that. This is an opportunity and by not doing anything, by not trying, by ignoring this for whatever reasons you have, you miss out on something big. You miss on some extra money for your travel. You personally sabotage your own dreams!
I think you should change that right now! And change is a lot easier than you think!
But wait… isn’t it too complicated to install and run a blog?
Most people are afraid about the fact that it’s way too technical to install a blog and then run it. But the truth is that everything is extremely simple and all you have to do is to be able to click some buttons: you will set up your blog in minutes, have it online in minutes and then all you will have to do will be to start writing the articles and see the money flowing your way. It’s that simple!
Here are the insanely quick steps that you have to follow to start your blog today and not miss on making extra money (each day you waste is money you lose, basically!):
1. Set up a hosting account with a cheap but reliable provider (like Bluehost or Hostgator). If you are not 100% sure that this is something you might be doing one year from now, you should only go for their cheapest option and you will always have the chance to upgrade later. So sign up to any of those and you’re 90% done! If you opt for HostGator, enter my coupon code: DigitalNomadBlogging and you will get a discount of 25%. What can be better?
2. Now log in to your account and choose your domain name (you might receive one for free from the hosting company, depending on the plan you chose, or you will have to buy one for around $12 per year). It’s all easily doable in their control panel – just click the buttons and you’re done!
3. After you have the domain name, all you have to do is to use your host’s panel again and click the button to install WordPress – they will do it for you for free.
4. This is it! You are now a proud blog owner and you can start making money by writing about things you love.
It is that easy to start a blog and you should do it now. You should know, however, that it’s not a “get rich over night” scheme – it requires some work and it you will not make money instantly, but it’s all worth it in the long run. If you keep reading my blog or blogs that talk about blogging, you will certainly become a pro in no time and you will start making money without a problem. You’re reading this article, so you’re definitely on the right track!
Just think about the fact that I make $3,000 per month blogging. Think about the fact that you could be making more – many are – or even less, but you would be making extra money! Now decide if this is an opportunity you afford or want to throw away. And be honest with you: if you don’t have a blog, now it’s time to change things and make it happen. Now it’s your time to shine, now it’s your time to take your dream to the next level.
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