One of the biggest headaches regarding monetizing my blog has been trying to reach out and establish new relationships with brands or PR firms in the travel industry. I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve sent out that have never received a response, either because they flat out ignored it, or because it got buried by the 800 million emails from other travel bloggers all looking for the same thing. And they say competition is a good thing. Pfftt.
I have to consider myself lucky that I have a good, stable job that allows me the freedom to pursue an endeavor like this, because I’m obviously failing at my efforts here. A LOT. Can you imagine if I had to actually rely on blogging just to put food on the table? My Lord.
Business2Blogger is a site that helps connect bloggers with brands and marketing firms, providing us with opportunities to either make money via brand promotion or earn free products. The kind soul who put me on to this service had herself earned a few free video cameras and the privilege of driving a Chevy around for a month. Hey, I’ll take it! (not the Chevy, the cameras.) =D
It certainly beats making cold pitches to people in the travel industry who don’t know me from Adam, that’s for sure. Hopefully Business2Blogger will be just one of many communities I can find to help me build inroads into this hyper-competitive marketing field. And who knows, maybe I won’t be able to reach the point where I can make a living this way, but if I can at least earn enough to fund all my traveling adventures, that alone would be worth the effort.