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A Travel Blog or a Business?

Published on June 16, 2013 By Tim

As I’ve mentioned on this travel writing blog several times and in the travel writing newsletter, I was a speaker at the TBEX conference earlier this month in Toronto. My talk was titled “Beyond Your Blog: Expanding Your Publishing Empire.” If you missed it attending another one at the same time or couldn’t attend TBEX […]

Where Art and Commerce Meet

Published on August 8, 2011 By Tim

Or…where the left and right brain come together in the mind of a writer. There’s a great post over at Copyblogger called Confessions of a 21st Century Writer. There’s nothing steamy in it—unless you count the six-month stint the writer had as a barista (after quitting a promising career as a lab scientist.) It’s a […]

Ad Networks and Why They Suck

Published on June 1, 2011 By Tim

In Travel Writing 2.0, I run down most of the ways that people make money from a blog or website they run themselves. One method I get asked about a lot, but rarely recommend, is an ad network. Yes I use ad networks on some sites and yes they pay a few bills, but in […]

The Four Stages of a Successful Blog (and How to Promote at Each Level)

Published on March 4, 2011 By Tim

This is a long post, but bear with me. Sometimes you can’t give good advice in soundbites and despite what some self-appointed gurus will tell you, creating a successful blog is a long-term process, not a series of tricks and shortcuts. I’ve launched five travel-related blogs now and here’s how it usually plays out. Stage […]

Audience First, Money Second

Published on October 21, 2010 By Tim

One thing that current print freelancers have a lot of trouble adjusting to is the reality that, like it or not, succeeding in the new digital landscape often means first spending time “writing for free.” I’ve gone round and round with my own book publisher about this. She runs the very successful and respected Writers […]