Learning How to Get Brand Partnerships for Travel Bloggers

If you have a blog that is growing in popularity with an engaged audience, odds are good you are starting to think about working with brands (or have even worked with some already). If you are still in the early stages of it all, figuring out the best practices can be a bit of a challenge

Bloggers, Brands, and Tourism Boards is a Teachable course prepared by one of the world's top travel bloggers, Amanda from A Dangerous Business, that covers this very topic.

We were given access to the course by Amanda to provide feedback as we have been friends and blogging colleagues for years, and we were quite impressed with how complete this course is for all things blogging partnerships.

Today, we want to share a brief review of why that is!

Disclaimer: As noted above we received this course complimentary to provide feedback to Amanda only as we have been friends and colleagues for quite some time. We were not requested to write a review and are doing so at our own discretion. Outbound links are affiliate links, however.

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Affiliate Marketing For Travel Bloggers – Course Review

If you ask any major blogger what income streams they have on their website, odds are good it'll follow a fairly predictable pattern- display ads, affiliates, and sponsored contents almost universally round out the top three.

Display ads and sponsored content are easy to explain; bloggers are paid in exchange for a certain kind of promotion.

Affiliate income is, well, not as easy.

On the surface affiliate marketing is simple- a blogger recommends a product and makes a commission when they make a sale. Most promote products they already use, love, and write about, making it an attractive way to earn money on things they were going to write about in the first place.

But implementing affiliate marketing and becoming successful at affiliate marketing it are two drastically different things, and it is at this point most bloggers shrug and say their affiliate process is “a work in progress.”

We're no different in this regard and have spent years trying to perfect our efforts into affiliate marketing.

So when our friend Amanda from A Dangerous Business asked if we wanted to provide feedback into her course, Affiliate Marketing for Travel Bloggers, we were in- not just to help her out, but also to see if we could learn anything new along the way.

Today, we want to share our thoughts for others who may be in a similar position and are considering purchasing this course.

Disclaimer: As noted above we received this course complimentary to provide feedback to Amanda only as we have been friends and colleagues for quite some time. We were not requested to write a review and are doing so at our own discretion. Outbound links are affiliate links, however.

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OptinMonster Review – Increasing Our Blog Subscribe Rate with Ease

Optin Monster Popup

We no longer use OptinMonster as we have decided to reduce our plug-in load on our sites in order to maximize site speed. However, we stand by our review below as published.

For the longest time we've been quite resistant to installing pop-up opt-ins on our sites. It wasn't so much that they annoy us (like most, we're desensitized to them) but it was more for the fact that we never knew how to do it right on our own and couldn't afford the services that do it for you.

As with many topics on blogging, if you're not going to go at it with the best you've got, it is probably not worth pursuing at all.  So we didn't.

It wasn't until we finally dealt with the cost and decided to purchase a pro license for Opt-In Monster ($199/year) that we truly realized what we were missing.

This is something we should've done a long, long time ago.

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TBEX Review – Is It Worth It For a New Travel Blogger?

Full TBEX Conference Session

Empty TBEX Conference HallAh conferences. They are both my favorite and least favorite parts of any industry.

On one hand you have the potential to learn a lot, make industry connections, meet other professional travel bloggers, and hang out with friends you probably haven't seen since the last conference.  On the other hand you have absolutely zero clue if you will take home anything valuable for the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars you will spend to attend them.

When it comes to TBEX I have mixed feelings, and my overall outlook isn't so great.

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