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:

  • Reflection
  • Successes
  • Failures
  • Goals
  • Upcoming

In this particular episode, you will learn

What you will learn in this podcast
  • Reflection
    • 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
  • Successes
    • Travel Blogger’s Toolkit as an experiment – The “just do it” mentality
    • The #TBB podcast
    • Pitching success
  • Failures
    • Stagnant growth of visitors (600-800 a day)
    • SEO and link building
    • Not being engaged enough on social media and sucking at Pinterest
  • Goals
    • 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
  • Upcoming
    • 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
      • Orlando
      • #Sinternship
      • 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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Will Tang

I'm the writer behind Going Awesome Places and through its growth, I've learned a heck of a lot from trial and error. I have a passion for helping others succeed and through TBB my hope is to empower you with what works (and what doesn't) so you know exactly how you can take your blog to the next level.

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