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Internet businesses to earn money while travelling

WestportClan

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  • Added on: November 19th, 2010
Does anyone have any successful experiences of running website or internet businesses to earn an income while travelling or living abroad? I'm trying to get going with a ideas and it would be good to see some examples of people who are managing to make a living online whilst on the road.

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  • Added on: November 20th, 2010
I can't say that I have had much success myself but I know a couple of people who make a few thousand a month through their websites:

www.nerdynomad.com

www.gobackpacking.com
Follow my travels through Central and South America: www.talesofagringo.com

Chebasaz

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  • Added on: November 20th, 2010
I plan on funding the bulk of my RTW through my websites. As of now my primary website is not travel related, but makes a comfortable amount. I do plan on starting a website to document my own travel and also plan to monetize that.

The important thing to remember is that content websites are rarely a quick way to make a sustainable income. Before any internet marketers jump all over me, I'd like to point out four words in the previous sentence -

"Content" = you have no product but information and income is gained through advertising and affiliates
"Quick" = less than a year. I didn't break $1k a month on my primary site until the 12th month being live.
"Rarely" = more and faster can be done but isn't common. Even micro-nets and such take time to build.
"Sustainable" = a steady cash flow, month after month. I wasn't after a quick surge of money

oDesk and Elance are another two possibilities after looking at your websites. Coming from someone who has spent a ridiculous amount of money on Elance in the last year, the number one thing I look for in providers is reliable and quality performance. If you can show that you can keep your deadlines, deliver quality content and are willing to communicate with the customer to ensure satisfaction; you can do extremely well. You may have to work for peanuts at the beginning until your reputation is established, but find a few steady clients and then increase your rates.

NomadicMatt and NerdyNomad both do a great job at monetizing their sites. It may not be a bad idea to use them as an example. That being said, they both write extremely well and make visiting their site a pleasure. All the monetizing in the world doesn't help if you can't keep a reader's interest. ;) There are quite a few others here that you can find by scanning signature lines. I've spent many a day just cruising travel blogs of B&A readers.

Just some food for thought and good luck!
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

WestportClan

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  • Added on: November 21st, 2010
Interesting links Chebasaz. All these sites seems to be generating revenue from advertising in one way or another, rather than providing services. This whole idea of building links to your website in order to gain higher rankings in Google is driving me crazy. The common theme that I keep coming across is peopel talking about spending hours upon hours writing articles laden with links and submitting them to various article submission sites. Just seems like a fancy form of spamming to me. Or paying for "link building services" to generate links. Again, just seems like spamming. It's driving me up the wall at the moment.

Chebasaz

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  • Added on: November 21st, 2010
Building backlinks is important, but content is king. Organic traffic goes where people find the most value. Google's entire purpose for existing is to point them in the direction of quality search results. If you answer the reader's question (even if the reader doesn't know what that question is) your traffic will grow.

Don't worry too much about the backlinks right now. Concentrate on content and work on backlinks when you need a break. If you're writing good content, it should go on your site.. not on an article database.

That being said, advertising and affiliates will only get you so far. If you want to make serious money, you need to either sell your own services or products. Chris Guillebeau is a prime example of this - http://chrisguillebeau.com/ Of course, you'll need the traffic first.

Edit: There's a few people here that provide services while on the road. The one that springs immediately to mind is Jenny at http://www.whereisjenny.com/ If that sounds more your speed, you may want to reach out to her. There are others around here as well.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

-Rudyard Kipling

AsiaBill

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  • Added on: December 24th, 2010
In recent years we have met an increasing number of professional on-line poker players, Texas hold em is the most popular but there are 2 or 3 other games played also. Some of these guys have been making a living doing this for many years. For U$100 / year you can register with a service which allows you to check out your opponents' tournament win / loss records. Some play choose specific time periods to play like 3AM to 9AM here in the Philippines when a larger number of American housewives are playing which help improve their odds according to them.

Mortgage brokers and Insurance transcribers are two other jobs which can be done on-line as well.

Regarding websites producing enough income to travel perpetually I only know of two old friends, both German who created porno member sites, one Chinese American Winston Wu with a dating and relationships abroad site and one world traveler, also from Midwest USA, Andy Graham Hobo Traveler who has traveled and been supported by his website income for the last 12 years, now in Ghana West Africa.
Feel FREE to ask us questions about living, relocating & traveling in the Philippines; learn more by visiting our website.



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