Experience of Monetizing My Travel Blog in 2019 [Does it Make Money?]

How to Monetize Your Blog and Earn from it? Latest Tips that Work in 2019.

I am partially active on Quora and try to answer questions on digital marketing, blogging, monetization and, most important how much a travel blogger earns? Now before you get curious about me and how much I make from my travel blog, I encourage you to read below a small disclosure.


I am Nilabh Ranjan, a full-time employee and a part-time blogger & I am in the digital marketing field for 3 years now. When I started in 2016, I was zero and even struggling to install WordPress on my domain.


I learnt & still learning everything by own or following some great influencers in this field. I started monetizing my travel blog from 2017 and since then, my blog TravelEscape makes some decent money that covers my admin expenses, my freelancers' writers pay, small marketing bills and above all a great motivation for me to keep going despite all challenges.

Now, after all this disclosure, one thing is super clear that I am not your typical blogger who earns 5-7 figures money per month or year and therefore, why would you listen to me.

The answer is also very simple, if you are the one who spent or planning to spend good dollars on your blog or in courses after getting influenced by your guru or blogger and still lost in the deep jungle of marketing & digital world and does not know what to do, then my article on relevant ways to monetize your travel blog or simply any blog would surely help you, provided you listen and do it correctly and sincerely.


I understand everyone who is connected in the blogging field surely want to make money right? Then this post will give you some great actionable strategies that you can implement for your blogging career.

However, do understand one thing that one size doesn't fit all and hence whatever and however worked or works for me, it may or may not work for you. However, a good and sincere start with commitment is what needed.


Let's look at the top 5 ways I monetized my travel blog to earn money. I followed & implemented these strategies once I have quality contents and traffic for my blog and hence suggest you do the same.

  1. Google AdSense revenue - the smallest chunk of my revenue size, around 25$ per month. However, it helps me to get motivated and who doesn't want some $$?

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  3. Affiliate marketing revenue - for the travel blog, it's like you recommend a stay and get some commission from the OTA site like booking.com- around 100 $ per month. For example, my blog post on Rishikesh resorts fetched a good number of bookings for me.

    snapshot of my Booking.com: The largest selection of hotels, homes, and vacation rentals affiliate earning

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  5. Sponsored Content - This is the lion share of my revenue for my blog, it works like the brand give us content or I write for them and promote. They give suitable compensation for this- around 400 $ per month.

  6. Selling your services in the form of Courses/tutorial - Adhoc I set up a basic course for selected student, only whom I find genuine and need genuine help in blog monetization.

  7. Selling physical products. You must think to monetize your blog by either selling your services to your client like paid SEO audits, content writing or selling physical products like T-shirts, branded merchandise etc. However, it sounds easy than doing.

Before you start monetizing or selling your services or products to your potential clients, think very straightforward, why they will purchase from you when they have so many options out there in the market?


Having said that, make your own story else you'll end up nowhere if you try to copy others formula or journey. Knowing how much money another blogger/entrepreneur makes is NOT going to help you succeed.

Think about it, we all know the net worth of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. Knowing their income does not help us become billionaires.

However, understanding and focusing on the right metrics will help you set smarter goals which as a result will help you succeed in your online venture.


In respect to the question asked, I'll try to answer purely from my digital marketing journey. I made over 2 lacs as part-time from my travel blog TravelEscape.

If you want to learn these step by step, visit our growing Facebook group Digital cafe. I will see you there :) - also comment your query for any information required on blogging / digital marketing. I am committed to helping you to realize your dream.


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