This is a review of 25 Travel Blogging Secrets- Money and Blog Successfully by Vago Damitio. A few things upfront so that you know where I’m coming from:
1) I’m not getting paid for this review, although I did receive the report for free under the agreement that I post a review.
2) The links here go to Amazon.com for which I’m an affiliate. So if you do buy the report then I get a very very small (did I mention small?) commission.
3) I am uncertain if it is wise to post this review.
Now that we understand each other, let’s dive into the report.
Under the Hood
Vago presents the 25 tips to blogging that have helped him earn tens of thousands of dollars through his travel blog. At a short 5 pages this is not an extensive study of the travel blogging world, but it is a pretty comprehensive list of very important aspects of blogging, and travel blogging in general.
Tips 1-7 are of a general blogging nature. This covers everything from how to save money on a unique theme and logo, to making sure people can connect with you.
Tips 8-15 are all about Making Money. We all (at least here on the TBC) want to make some money and Vago does a good job of offering some concrete advice. He lists his top affiliate money makers which by itself is a very useful resource.
Tips 16-22 are all about Content and Blog Creation. This section deals with how to get great content, how to set yourself apart in the large field of Travel Blogging.
Tips 23-25 deal with Marketing and Promotion and here he offers some ways for bloggers to outsource the marketing side if that is not their strength.
In general, I learned a few things and was happy to see a number of strategies that I employ myself. I like that it was not too long or overwhelming. Many new travel bloggers need help just getting started and can easily quit early if they feel overwhelmed by everything that goes into creating and maintaining a successful travel blog.
At a price tag of $7.99 (available on Kindle) I’m not sure the information is worth it when you can buy a similar, full book for the same price. This is not to say that the report is not valuable, just that I don’t think it would be worth it for me.
Each of the sections, while relevant, are a bit too short. I’d like to see more concrete examples and steps for new travel bloggers to take to put each of the suggestions into action.
If you are a new travel blogger, and you are looking for a place to start then 25 Travel Blogging Secrets- Money and Blog Successfully might be worth your while. This is why I hesitated to give this review. For the more experienced blogger out there I don’t think you will find anything earth shattering that will turn your blog around. In fact you can easily find most of these tips floating around the internet.
But for the beginner, or those who do not want search endlessly, this could be a nice way to get started. There is a value in having a strategy, that has worked, presented all in one place. However, I’d rather see some more meat on the report to justify the price or a reduction in price.
Of course I may just be influenced by the cheap price of e-books in general these days…which is not great for us authors but which certainly has made the buyers happy.
Have you bought the report? What do you think?