It’s certainly been an interesting year for me at Going Awesome Places and Travel Blog Breakthrough so I hope you don’t mind me rambling on about how 2014 went. It’s been definitely extremely interesting to look back on the evolution of my blog to where I am now and I think there are a lot of learnings that can apply to most travel bloggers out there.
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With this being the holiday season, I figured what better time than to do a little reflection of the year of 2014 that just passed. I honestly didn’t have anything planned before I hit the record button so sorry in advance if it is a little incoherent.
All I had written down on my sticky note was the following on topics I wanted to touch on:
In this particular episode, you will learn
What you will learn in this podcast
- Taking blogging way more seriously this year
- Travel Blogger’s Toolkit
- Freelance writing with CopyPress and #HipmunkCityLove
- Sponsored writing bringing in most of the income and being careful about what opportunities I take
- First year doing press trips and having success pitching and recognizing the opening of doors
- 10K Twitter follower mark
- Starting of Travel Blog Breakthrough
- Focus on monetization
- The natural evolution of a travel blogger
- Travel Blogger’s Toolkit as an experiment – The “just do it” mentality
- The #TBB podcast
- Pitching success
- Stagnant growth of visitors (600-800 a day)
- SEO and link building
- Not being engaged enough on social media and sucking at Pinterest
- Diversifying traffic and doing a better job at Pinterest
- Income goal – $2000/month
- Travel Blog Breakthrough success
- Growing the newsletter
- Product success
- Create a membership site
- Build long term partnerships with brands
- Udemy course coming out soon on “The Top 10 Tools Every Blogger Needs to Know About”
- Travels in 2015
- Affilliate Summit
- Clearwater & St. Pete’s press trip
- Quebec press trip
- Whistler trip
- China trip
Links mentioned in this episode
As promised, here’s that letter I wrote to Siteground for reasons why I should go to Affiliate Summit.
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Happy holidays everyone! I have some big guests coming on the show in the new year so can’t wait to share that with you. Bring on 2015!
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