Travel Blog Success: Why I Love This Course

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Travel Blog Success

Learn How to Make Money with a Travel Blog

Travel Blog Success

Travel blogging is not easy, and it’s not for everyone. But if you want to learn how to make money with a travel blog, this course will teach you the most important details.

UPDATE! Travel Blog Success has recently merged with Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging, another excellent travel blogging course. You’ll now get the best of both!

Are you interested in starting or growing a travel blog?

There is a common misconception out there that it’s easy. It’s not. Here are just some of the behind-the-scenes topics you need to master to make a living with your travel blog:

  • How do you set up a travel blog?
  • Why is SEO optimization so important?
  • How do you land free press-trips?
  • What should you charge advertisers?
  • What are best-practices for social media?
  • How do you speed up your website?
  • How do you get people to leave comments?
  • What should be included in a media kit?
  • How do you improve your writing & photography?
  • Why is a backlinking strategy important?
  • How do you approach companies for sponsorship?
  • What are the best techniques for increasing traffic?
  • How do you attract followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?

I’ve been running for over 7 years now, and I’ve learned a lot about this business. Unfortunately I’m not able to share everything I’ve learned in a few emails when other travel bloggers ask for help.

There’s just too much information, and I simply don’t have the time.

So when people ask me how to start a travel blog, I direct them to the incredibly comprehensive online course created by David Lee & Michael Tieso called Travel Blog Success (now merged with Superstar Blogging).

Travel Blogging Tips

Full of Useful Resources

Benefits of Membership

I’ve been using the course with great success for a few years now, and decided it was about time to give it a proper review. It’s one of the major reasons I now make a full-time living from travel blogging.

Since becoming a member of the Travel Blog Success community, my blog traffic and income have both more than doubled. I’m not the only one either. There are now close to 600 members benefiting from the detailed tutorials, forum posts, webinars, audio interviews, and a Secret Facebook Group (my favorite resource).

The course takes you step-by-step through starting, building, promoting, and making money with your blog. And you’ll have support from some of the top travel bloggers in the industry along the way.

Every blogging question you could possibly think of has already been answered in the TBS forums and groups. Not just by one person, but many.

You’ll acquire new knowledge, insight, feedback, and assistance directly from a friendly community of travel blogging professionals.

Experienced members become mentors, sharing what they’ve learned.

Travel Blogging Techniques

Learn Advanced Techniques from the Pros

How Do I Use It?

I’ve learned a lot from the Travel Blog Success course and community. I’ll give you just a couple of examples.

This blog used to be really slow. Using information & tools I discovered on Travel Blog Success, I was able to cut my site’s load time in half! This increases search rankings & traffic.

I had no idea how to pitch companies and tourism boards. That was until I read the lesson on Press Trips, listened to the expert audio interviews from Dave & Deb (, Gary Arndt (, and downloaded a few sample pitch letters used successfully by other TBS members.

My search rankings have improved a lot. I now have several articles on the first page of Google, regularly sending tons of search traffic, thanks to SEO techniques I learned from a webinar presentation by Matt Kepnes (

They have a Secret Facebook Group too. I regularly check it to learn about the newest social media tactics, advertising tips, troubleshooting problems, and much more. I also frequently share my own tricks there.
Like how to get featured on major media websites.

Travel Blog Success Group

Learn the Latest Tricks

Everything You Need

If you’re serious about becoming a travel blogger, and want to quickly learn how to build an audience and earn regular income from your blog, the Travel Blog Success online course & forums will show you the way.

It teaches much more than the basics – you’ll interact with & learn advanced tactics from the most experienced travel bloggers online.

UPDATE! Travel Blog Success has recently merged with Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging, another excellent travel blogging course. You’ll now get the best of both!

More Information

Product: Travel Blog Success (now merged with Superstar Blogging)
Useful Notes: This course is intended for people who are serious about becoming professional travel bloggers. You won’t see benefits unless you act on the information found there. They have a 30-day money back guarantee too, so you can give it a try.

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  1. Thank you for this great resource! I recently started my travel blog and have been wondering how to bring in more traffic and learn about SEO. I love how there is a live community out there to answer questions; guided learning sounds fun and easy!
    I can’t see the monthly payment option on the checkout page. It’ll be great if you can help me get that right. Can’t wait to sign up already! :)


    1. Hi Ankita! Thanks for pointing this out, I’ll update the article. It seems they no longer offer that option. But they do have regular sales — and one is coming up in January. Check back then and I’ll have the details posted here!

  2. Greetings from Waterloo, Canada, Matt! I’m a first year student in university, finished a gap year before starting university and determined to have a nomadic life after graduation. What would you recommend for things to do right now market myself or prepare my self for future travel blogging? Learn video editing? Keep on practicing writing styles (in university anyways)? Perhaps start a casual blog dedicated to my travels?(Since I do love photography and writing but everything are not organized into a blog)? I intend to relocate myself to experience living in various places I’m interested in, language acquisition is my biggest interest (I speak Chinese, English and Spanish), photography is another highlight and the authentic cuisines too, all one all, the culture itself. I understand blogs and videos are quintessential lifeblood of fueling and sustaining oneself on the road. So, what are your recommendations and what do you think would be the best time to start TBS?
    Many thanks for your patience to read, have a nice day!

    1. Hi Jack! The answer to that is all of the above. In my opinion, the people who have the best chance at succeeding with travel blogging are those who can do a little bit of everything well. I’m attempting to improve my video these days — which means spending hours watching other videos and online tutorials trying to teach myself.

      If you’re serious about using a blog to help fund your travels, start learning as much as you can as soon as possible. Because it takes a lot longer than most people realize to get good at this.

  3. Hey Matthew,

    I have some questions before subscribing too:
    – I am currently travelling in between (means with a base, and short travels once a month). I want to travel longer in about a year. Does it make sense to follow the course in this state, or are there lots of building up infos that you could only use when you are more or less full time travelling?
    – I have a WordPress Site and want to keep using it. Is it possible, or does the course start with tipps and hints how to programm your site in HTML? (maybe these questions seem a bit detailed, but I´ve seen so many sites now that I am not sure which course/technic etc is really helpfull). So…
    – Do you shoot all your photos with the GoPro? And which laptop do you use (mainly the question is about the power the machine needs to function well and be light)…

    Thanks a lot for answers!

  4. I’m a huge fan of your blog! I’m in the planning stages of starting my own. Do you use mailchimp or aweber, or which do you recommend?

  5. I’ve been travel blogging for a little less than a year now, and have been looking into different resources that can help me take my site to the next level. I recently came across Travel Blog Success and it seems like a great choice. Before coming across TBS, I read a lot about the online travel writing/phtography etc classes with MatadorU. Do you know anything about what would be the benefit in choosing TBS over MatadorU ? As much as I like blogging, my ultimate goal is to write for a travel magazine. Do you think TBS would still be helpful?

    I hope you can help! Thanks :)

    1. Hi Jessica! I’ve not taken the Matador classes, but I’ve heard good things about them. If you want to focus on travel writing for other outlets, my guess is the MatadorU program will be a better option. TBS is more focused on building up and making money with your own travel blog.

  6. I just went to TBS and it says the price is $347. Did they raise the price or do I need some special code or what?

    1. Hi David, yes they raised the price. I hadn’t updated this post yet. The course is expanding rapidly and the FB group is very busy, they’ve hired on some people to help manage the community.

      However they do have periodic sales, and when they do I promote them. The best way to know about the next sale is to sign up for my email updates:

  7. I think I will give this a go. I’ve been driving myself INSANE constantly researching all there is to know about the travel blogging world. It will be nice to work through guided lessons as a way of learning the way.

    1. Exactly. Sure you can learn it on your own, but it will take at least 3x as long, and you may be concentrating on the wrong things. The group discussions are the best, as you learn what really works from those with more experience. I still learn new things in there!

  8. Thanks for your inspiration on your post on how you fund your travels Matt, as well as this review. That post was an extra wakeup call for me as to why I’ve not making money on my site or YouTube videos. You just earned your affiliate commission! Just joined thru your site. Cheers! <3

  9. I just come on your blog and find that How To Build & Grow a Travel Blog..I think it help us.

  10. Thanks for this – It might prove to be useful as I am currently taking a step back from the money making side of blogging before deciding where and how to go forwards with it.

  11. Hi Matthew,
    I’m also a new reader of your wonderful blog. I come from China and I’m preparing my RTW travel now. I started my own travel blog two months ago but it’s in Chinese. I write it in Chinese because a) my Chinese is definitely better than my English =D. b) because of the popularity of the Chinese social network, I think I can attract more readers if I write my blog in Chinese. I have heard of TBS before but I’m wondering if it’s gonna be helpful to my Chinese blog. What do you think?
    All the best,

    1. Hi Scott, the techniques you will learn there work around the world. Actually there was a recent discussion on the Facebook group about writing articles in more than one language. There is no reason you can’t have an English and a Chinese version on the same site.

    2. Wondering how you have being going with the Chinese blogging, would you care to send me a link to it? There is definitely a lot of potential audience in the oriental countries.

  12. Hello Matthew,

    I’m a new reader and just signed up to TBS thanks to your suggestion. Love your site and what you’ve created. I look forward to building our travel blog and turn it into a successful income stream.

  13. I appreciate your detailed review of the site and learning how TBS helped you to improve the time of your site- that’s something I need to work on. I’ve spent some time checking out Travel Blog Success lately and the 35% off is too good to pass up. I can’t wait to dig in and learn how to take my site to the next level. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Now something else to consider purchasing on Cyber Monday! Decisions, decisions… this doesn’t involve the freezing cold which is another great bonus.

  15. Did I read ‘discount code’? While this sounds like an incredible place to hang out with everyone and learn some amazing things, every penny saved helps us to continue travelling…lots of coupon love???

    Looking forward to picking everyone’s brains over there!!!

    Thanks Matthew for the inspiration!

  16. That seems like a really good resource for travel bloggers. It can be such a wide-open field for people who have no clue what they are doing.

  17. Hey Matt!
    Couldn’t agree more! I joined TBS a few months ago and it has been a great help, the forums is great and has a lot of info and the FB is excellent, i always go there and ask silly questions and everyone is very supportive and Helpful.

    Michael T also offers site assistance in SEO and other site related matters, he helped me set up the Email sign up i have now!

    Highly recommended course!

  18. I wanted to take advantage of the 35% off but I don’t have a pay pal account, can you accept a credit card? By the way thanks for the great review Matthew that inspired me to make the purchase in the first place.

    1. PayPal accepts credit cards Nicki! They make the link kind of tricky to see though, as they’d rather people sign up for an account. There should be a link that lets you pay by credit card.

  19. John — I couldn’t agree more about the potential of building your own blog, and in the process, brand.

    I have nothing against all my freelance writer friends, but I believe the potential will always be greater if you’re focused on building something you have complete control over versus always writing for others.

  20. That’s seriously awesome that so many writers are making a go at travel blogging professionally. I’m not in that field directly, but I often do travel-related posts on various blogs for my clients.

    As difficult as it might be, I think building a successful blog from scratch still has more potential than the old world of travel writing, where you had to pitch stories to a rapidly-diminishing number of publications, hoping that one of your inquiries would finally knock down the right door for you.

    Being able to get your content out into the world and then working to build a fan base is definitely better than struggling to get past the gatekeepers of the print world. Plus, if you do want to go that route, it helps to have a blog with a substantial following when pitching your pieces.

  21. Hey Matthew,
    I have just signed up!
    Seems your post came at the perfect time, just when I was starting to feel like I was floundering and at a dead end with my blogging efforts, I had a read of your blog and hey presto there it was. You truly are a champion and thank you for the help…
    Fingal :)

    1. No problem Anwesha. The course is full of great ideas to do just that. Finding new readers can be hard when you are just starting out, it helps to have some direction about what works & what is a waste of time.

  22. I have to laugh, because after our exchange the other night on facebook (about cage diving in Africa), I thought to myself that I wished I knew your secret to monetizing the blog. TA DA!!!! Thank you Matthew. Maybe one day I’ll tell you all about how you inspired me.

    1. The course has helped me a lot. There are many ways to make money from a blog. You won’t become rich, but it is possible to make a living from it. I’m planning to detail the different ways I earn an income while traveling in a future post.

  23. well it sounds a bit expensive but since Matthew recommends it, I’ll give it a try. I’m a budget traveler and need to earn money somehow. Thanks a lot, I really hope it helps me :)

    1. We’re doing our best to keep TBS affordable.

      Once you discover how much money it’s possible to make from a blog directly, as well as using it as a platform to sell your own products and services, then our cost to join will seem like a small investment.

      It’s a lot easier to learn from everyone who has gone before you then to try and learn from scratch. I believe that’s why our members say the forums and Facebook group are their favorite part of the community.

  24. I’ve been thinking about signing up to something like this for a while now – sounds like it helped you heaps, cheers for the promo code :)

    1. No worries Chris. One of my favorite parts of it is the ability to ask a question in the group, and get an answer the same day from someone who knows what they’re talking about. A lot of helpful people in that community.

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