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Stay in fab hotels for free – how to get sponsored stays through your travel blog

by Heather Cowper August 19, 2012
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Travel the world and stay in top hotels for free? Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well yes and no. My travel blog at Heatheronhertravels.com has enabled me to stay in some wonderful hotels, apartments and holiday homes in the last 2 years, either paying nothing or a much reduced rate, but I’ve had to work hard for the privilege. You’ve heard the saying ”There’s no such thing as a free lunch?” … well there’s no such thing […]

Is now the time to take sponsored posts on your blog?

by Heather Cowper July 26, 2012
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I’ve been taking sponsored posts on my travel blog at Heather on her Travels for 18 months now and a trickle of enquiries has now become a steady stream, if not a river of requests. In the last 6 months since all the Google updates (I get my Penguins mixed up with my Pandas) there’s been a noticeable shift in the requests I receive, away from the banners and links in the sidebar and towards sponsored posts. Many advertisers and […]

How travel bloggers make money from their blogs

by Heather Cowper August 23, 2011
How travel bloggers make money from their blogs

This article is based on a talk I’m giving to a group of London Bloggers this week on the ever popular topic of how Travel Bloggers make money from their blogs. I’m giving an overview of some of the main ways that travel bloggers make money and some examples and links that you can explore more thoroughly at your leisure.

What should I charge for advertising on my blog?

by Heather Cowper August 17, 2011
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A common question that bloggers face when they start trying to make money from their blog is what to charge for advertising. Perhaps you are thinking of approaching some advertisers or you’ve already been contacted by an agency looking to place text links, widgets or banner ads. On the one hand you want to charge a fair and commercial rate that reflects your blog’s true value but on the other hand you don’t want to frighten away advertisers by overcharging.

How to make a podcast archive and video archive page for your blog

by Heather Cowper August 11, 2011
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If you’ve ever wanted to make a video or podcast archive page for your blog, this post will tell you how. I’ve been beavering away at my travel blog at Heather on her travels, producing both videos and podcasts from most of my recent trips. My aim is to make my travel blog a rich and multi-media experience so that there’s something easy to consume wherever you are and whatever you enjoy.

01 How Top Travel Bloggers monetise their blogs – podcast

by Heather Cowper April 19, 2011
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In Podcast 01 I interview four well established travel bloggers, who are making money from their travel blogs, about the different strategies they use to monetise their sites. We cover different income streams such as advertising from contextual and banner ads, sponsored posts and commission from affiliate products. We also hear about some less obvious strategies such as contextual ads on photographs, and fees for speaking, writing  and consultancy.

Why you need an About page for your blog

by Heather Cowper January 6, 2011
All about the About page on my blog

In this article I share how I reworked the About Page of my blog at Heatheronhertravels.com and why you need a great About Page too. This article was originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com. I spent a good few hours re-working the About page on my blog at Heatheronhertravels.com and thought I’d share with you my new, improved version and why it was worth the effort. The aim is to improve my blog making it something that will attract lots of readers […]

How to keep your travel blog alive when you’re not travelling

by Heather Cowper December 18, 2010
When the magic fades - keep your travel blog alive between trips

In this article I’ll share some ideas on how to keep your travel blog fresh and alive even when you’re not travelling. This article was originally published at Heather on her travels here. You’ll remember how it started. The idle flicking through the travel guide in the book shop. The fleeting glance in the travel agent’s window. The checking out of websites when you should have been working on something more serious and important.

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