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How to Retire to a Life of Travel through Blogging

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My wife Kelli and I just booked a month long trip to Qatar yesterday.

We will be house sitting in the world’s wealthiest country for the month of February.

Although living in spots rent-free through house sitting rocks it feels good to earn a steady income online while circling the globe.

Paying bills, enjoy travel without worrying about spending money and being able to rent an apartment or home if a house sit to our liking doesn’t pop up are all possibilities because I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

I have traveled the world for almost 6 years as a full time blogger and want to help you do the same.

If you want to retire to a life of travel through blogging, follow these tips.

1: Go for the F’s

Blog for fun. Blog for freedom.

When you decide to become a full time, traveling blogger your monkey mind may make excuses to keep you in your comfort zone. If you are blogging predominantly to have fun and to free yourself you will maintain the very energy you need to:

  • detach from outcomes
  • blog with love
  • become prolific
  • build friendships with top bloggers

all of which help you build a full time, traveling blogger career.

Blog on a topic you feel passionate about. Following your fun makes the work, the reward, and all else – money, traffic, etc – is the icing on the cake. Said icing will grow nicely when you are obsessed with following your fun, with pursuing your passion.

2: Learn from the Pros Who Have Been there

Natalie Sisson of The Suitcase Entrepreneur is one of the digital nomad pioneers in our niche.

She teaches entrepreneurs how to build a life of freedom so they can travel the world while they prosper.

Follow her blog. Buy her courses. Learn from the pros to create a freeing lifestyle through blogging.

3: Monetize through Manifestation, Not Manipulation

If you want to travel all over the world while running a professional, full time income blog you better monetize based on your creations, not based on manipulation.

Profit by creating helpful content. Not by trying to coerce, force or convince people to buy your products or to hire you for your services.

Totally different energy between manifesting and manipulating because manifesting comes from doing things from a place of love (you’ll make a ton of money through this approach) and manipulating comes from doing things from a place of fear (you’ll either go broke with this one or you’ll make money but will be terrified to lose it).

Create helpful content on your blog by writing blog posts, by creating videos and consider starting a podcast too. People love inspired, entertaining content, complemented by robust products and services. Delightful duo for raking in cheddar as you circle the globe.

Monetize your fun. Meaning, learn and add one income stream every 3-6 months that you love working.

I love writing. So I:

  • write and self publish eBooks
  • freelance write
  • convert my eBooks into audio books

I also love being on camera. I love talking too. So I:

  • create audio courses
  • create video courses
  • create combo audio and video online courses

Monetizing based on your passions – and doing so by creating helpful content on your blog – slowly and steadily boosts your profits while doing the travel bit.

4: Logistics Stuff

OK, on to the logistics side of traveling the world through blogging.

  • pay all bills online to be prompt
  • buy a VPN for establishing a secure connection in public WiFi spots and to log in to sensitive financial sites in flagged nations with a high volume of hackers
  • either have mail sent to a parent’s, friend’s or relative’s house or simply buy a PO Box
  • Have a friend of family member check your mail once a week, at least, to catch any time sensitive correspondence
  • consider house sitting as a way to live rent-free in some sweet spots
  • before you travel call all banks and credit card companies to place a travel flag on your cards
  • consider living in places for a month or longer to really get a feel for the location and to immerse yourself in the culture
  • pack light and do laundry more frequently; doing laundry is inexpensive in most spots but dragging around tons of luggage may cost you more on flights, and in the back pain department

Resource

If you need help retiring to a life of travel through blogging read my eBook How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging.

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Do you want to travel the world through blogging?

Ryan Biddulph inspires you with his courses, 100 plus eBooks, audio books and blog at Blogging From Paradise.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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