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Earn with travel sites (affiliate programs + local partnering) goal 10k+ month

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by m.rvs2141, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    I have posted the method some time ago https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/m...-in-travel-niche-prove-to-work-method.814252/. Method completely based on true story, due to political problems in the country I targeted, tourism market there is failed, I have been waiting for reopening but it has never happened.

    I had to move to other place and now I am at Carribean, firstly I worked for local tour operator at Internet marketing department. After 6 years of online freedom, working for someone was a terrible experience. When you work on your own, you are the one who makes plans, taking decisions, control expenses and decide where to invest and what to buy for your business. Long story short: the contract is finished, I will never work for someone again and I am here to build again from scratch my travel empire.

    Some friends asked me: why again you are building travel sites? Actually, an answer is easy, I have been working in travel industry for over than 15 years, the most money I made online was from travel niche. I enjoy traveling, I was making living from travel industry till today in 5 different countries and maybe you would not believe, but travel market has plenty of low competition keywords and untargeted markets, the only tricky part is monetization, but during this journey, we will talk about it a lot.

    Plan in Short
    • I will target 2 different destinations
    • All sites will be in 2 languages (English and Russian)
    • Sites will be divided into 3 groups. The first group will focus to make money withing travel affiliate program, second by partnering with local suppliers and third will combine both mon. methods.
    • I have 2 different counties to target, don't want again to put all eggs in one basket.
    I will start with 4 sites: will add more during process

    Site 1 - Destination 1 - Monetization with Travel Affiliate Programs

    I target very popular European holiday destination, when I did kW research I was surprised to find plenty of hotels names (Hotel keywords) with high search volume and low competition when I have done deeper research came out good keywords for blog posts, flight tickets etc. But before you excited and decide to build a site around this keyword and make money from hotel booking affiliate programs, read next paragraph.

    Very important point to run travel affiliate offers on travel sites is ti check how tourist getting there, to some countries travel agencies selling all in one tour packages (tickets, hotels, transfers, insurance). But there is plenty of destination where most visitors are independent tourists, they do research, buy tickets, book hotels, renting cars etc.

    So it is very logical if most tourist coming to the country with all in one travel package, your conversion rate with hotels and tickets will be close to 0, but if country popular with self-travelers, then you have a good destination to work with.

    In my next post, I will share more things I know about market and keyword research in travel niche. And we talk about travel affiliate companies, payouts, comission and conversion rates.

    Site 2-3 - Partnering with local suppliers + travel affiliate offers

    Both sites will target the same country and will have mostly same content but in 2 different languages, most tourists like 85% who come to this travel spot, talk these languages and happy I, as one of them is my mother tongue. This 2 sites completely different from site 1, as like 95% of tourists coming here are buying prepaid tour packages, so most income we will make partnering with local tour companies. I will not add any hotel keywords, but car renting, taxi, airport transfers etc can work good with affiliate offers, apart of it, you can sell books(travel guides), maps.

    Site 4 - Local partnering or travel Affiliate program

    I did not plan to make this site, but during keyword research, I find this:

    https://gyazo.com/bcb9237676b9fff572c6d7ad4e7aebe2

    It is small popular attraction withing my niche, the main keyword has 1800 monthly searches, you can see competition above and second popular keyword is 800 monthly searches and 2nd and 3d places in a Google search are youtube videos. From every booking, you can make average 150-200$ and all that you need to do is to forward it to your partner. It is a good site to make some cash fast as ranking for this keywords would not be an issue, apart of it, you can easily find niche blogs to build links with good price. I find affiliate program within this niche, but working directly with the supplier will make you more cash.

    I plan to add more sites, but currently, I can't handle more work and invest more than I planned.

    NEXT POST:

    - I have mostly done with keyword and market research, I will put it all together and update you tomorrow with details, advice and my toughs keyword research for travel sites.

    - Choosing design and engine for my sites, I will share with you premium travel templates and I plan to edit one of them for travel affiliate widgets and banners, will share edited version with you.

    - I will need to count amount of articles I need to order/write

    I hope some other member who works with travel niche will join the journey, give advice, exchange links, experience etc.

    If you have any question regardint travel niche feel free to ask, I help where I can.
     
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  2. PUT0M0N0

    PUT0M0N0 Regular Member

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    Good luck! Sounds very insteresting!
     
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    Interesting, I'm Following
     
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    Loved your guide and now your journey. You're spilling out all gold.

    Following and Good Luck.
     
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    This will be a great Journey for sure, I'm following.
     
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    nice journey! i'm working in a similar niche, the only difference is that i'm not using an affiliate program but working with locals. maybe we can help each others.

    Good luck.
     
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    Interesting journey! Goodluck with it.
     
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    Best of luck on your journey sir
     
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    Good topic, same niche but not monetize for the meanime.
     
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    sounds like a great journey ... i follow
     
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    What about the laws? In my country(Italy) to do same thing you must become travel agent or something similar even if you are only redirecting clients...
     
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  13. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    In most countries, you should pay taxes from income, in some places you can go around in some no. Same with affiliate earnings, you should pay taxes from that, same with partnering with locals, you both can make an agreement, when you start to earn good, it will be not a problem to even officially register a company. For sites 2-3 I plan to official register company, as company I have worked for, would not be happy to know that I start my own travel business here
     
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  14. StefanRafa

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    I run a travel niche website i would love to exchange ideas!
     
  15. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    I would say that most of the income I had, always came from local partnering, at the same time affiliate marketing require much fewer actions from you.

    Someone on my other thread wrote, that method I posted is very obvious and I 100% agree, it should be like this.

    Lets look to another obvious method that can make you money in travel niche.

    You should not be a genius to know that people who going vacation want to bring back home memories and emotions, I would say more that we live to gain new memories and emotions. So logically there will be a lot of people who will look for a photographer.

    • So let's make list of popular travel spots and add to it word ''photographer" for example Costa Rica Photographer/Photographers (lets take like 20 random travel spots and check search volume and competition)
    • When you find place with good searches and beatable competition, we can have a look at local photographers and prices
    • Make deeper keyword research and find related keywords which can help to sell photo shooting
    • Create Site, List few photographers, you can create an account for them, so they can add and edit photo services, normally you can ask about 20-30% from listed price.
    Sounds obvious again, but let's see if it could work in real life, the competition you see bellow is according to Keysearch software, you should not stop at this point, you should check backling profile with ahrefs and check competitors in semrush or manually or with other tools you are familiar with.

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    Here is top 10 competitors for Maui Photographers, it is just examples but if you do additional research for Maui you will find plenty of keywords GIRLS looking for when searching for photo shooting, at the same time it is famous wedding destination and you can combine photographers and wedding planners at one site. With SEO traffic + Instagram hashtag commenting you can have a good and targeted traffic, about Instagram hashtag spamming in travel niche I will talk letter, it works better than with any other niche.

    I am off for today, need to go to birthday party.

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  16. noobetic

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    Exactly, while it's very obvious it's very rewarding. At the same time i have an advantage as i live in the same city that i promote, so i know very well what the tourists like and search for.

    Another thing that can be done, is create new activities that no one offers and tourist may like. For that you can visit big sites (like getyourguide.com) and search for activities that can be provided to your visitors and no one else has.

    I have a question, in your post you spoke about seo and some other traffic sources, what about paid sources like facebook ads or Adwords do u use them ?
     
  17. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    Day 1

    Site 1 - Destination 1 - Monetization with Travel Affiliate Programs

    1) I scraped all hotels and resorts from booking.com within country by destinations (it has mainland and Islands) I end up with 5 different travel spots inside one country

    I have used content downloader for this task but I am pretty sure it can be done with scrapebox. https://gyazo.com/d283651909f05625e5d93cc0bff49b39
    I added scraped hotel names to keyword research tool and currently picked 10 for each travel spot with a good amount of searches and low competition. I did not go for 10k month searches,
    I selected hotels with 1600-3000 monthly searches, but I have checked ratings and recent booking on major sites, so I know people buying these hotels and compatition is beatable.


    2) For each hotel, I've ordered article, currently 30 000 word of content + 10 000 blog posts, we have personal agreement 10$ per 1k words, but on BHW he charges a bit cheaper here is link

    3) I have built website based on WP premium travel template (you can download few templates in next post)

    4) I start to edit template to feed my travel affiliate company - I work with travel payouts for more than 6 years and never had a single issue with them, You can check travel affiliate program, when I finish editing I will share template with you, it will have proper widget placement, banners etc, to increase click rate and hotel and ticket searches, which plays major role in your conversions, as most booking affiliates work with cookies, so if you referral someone, you will earn if he will book within 1 month any hotel or ticket.

    5) I setup plugins, added site to major search engines, created webmaster and analytics account, submitted site maps, optimized site. I don't see reason to talk a lot about onsite SEO as this subject was discussed plenty of times and there are some good posts from forum veterans about it.

    Site 2-3 - Partnering with local suppliers + travel affiliate offers (Russian and English)

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    ) Both Sites are life

    2) I ordered articles some time ago, currently, I have 35 tours added to site and 12 blog posts

    3) Domains of this sites are memorable and brandable, so I paid for unique design and currently waiting for coding part. I prefer brandable name, then keyword domains, I think in travel niche is very important as major role playing reviews, logo, and colors of your site. I plan to sell excursions, create signature trips, for someone who buys good amount of tours we will give T-shirts with our logo as a present. Out the main idea about this 2 sites, that company owned not with real people, but with a fictional character. I have done the same thing for one travel agency, they had some funny videos on youtube and people who even did not plan to buy services from them, know the name and how these characters look like, hope you got the idea.

    For example, Everyone who spend few days in Phuket or Pataya in Thailand, when hearing ice cream song know that seller is somewhere near.

    So we are planning to make some cool video for youtube with created characters, funny stories, run competition on our site, like find 10 hidden "characters" and get free tour.



    Site 4 - Local partnering or travel Affiliate program


    1) Purchased niche related theme, as I told you before it is single service as example (wedding, fishing, golf, parasaling)

    2) I call local companies who arrange this kind of service and find one who was interested, we agree on fixed amount they will pay for each sell, there is only 2 prices for group and private excursion.

    3) Ordered 20 blog post, each 700-1300 words and another 5 k for about us, home, services and faq pages.

    4) The partner I find is using checkfront to manage bookings, he just created a partner account, so I can embed products to my site and we both can see statistics.


    If you need premium travel templates please check next post
     
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  18. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    Here is 3 themes you can use, For site 2-3 I am using redesigned CityTours Theme (it does not look like any more as original one)

    For site one I am suing CityTours theme without much editing, I am working to implement travelpayoutswidgets there, to have better conversions, I will share it with instructions when I am done.

    All template purchased by me, nothing to worry, I will share more

    https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/download-travel-themes.949757/
     
  19. Alaindeloin

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    Really interested by your thread.
    For hotels, which referral do you think is the best ? Same for flights.
    Thanks.
     
  20. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    I am working with travelpayouts.com for several years, I am quite happy with them, the main reason I am using them because they have several programs under the same roof. For Russian market, they have car renting, apartments, tickets and hotels. For English currently only tickets and hotels, but I spoke to my affiliate manager, they gonna add much more this year.

    At the same time, you can test several affiliate partners and keep one that converts for you best.
     
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