This is how I would like my website to continue. I write my story, I publish it and hope I can get some one to help me out and in return, I display their logo and some text, linked to their own web page. I clearly state that they are sponsoring me and I express my thanks.
The 3 pages in question are focused in and around the town of Karakol in Eastern Kyrgyzstan.
People who are reading these stories are mostly those, who are Googling: Karakol to Kegen, hitchhiking Karakol to Almaty and Ala-Kul lake trek.
My stats show, that even though there are links to the said 3 pages on Caravanistan, Lonely Planet forum and some FB pages, most of my page hits are from organic searches.
The people who are hitting on my pages are those who have shown interest in the Karakol area. The sponsorship is directed at these people.
This is encouraging!
My whitemonkeytravels blog has been live 3 months now. 3 months since I started submitting my pages to Google in the hope that some one will click on the link to my site when they are Googling what ever it is they are looking for.
I set up my SEO, so that my pages come up trumps based purely around my own Googling methods.
It may not be the best way but it works very well. I don't have FB, I don't have my own domain and I don't have a WP based website.
I have maybe 100 pages that are 'live'. And 20 that I have re constructed using CSS coding and really focused on with the SEO. It's an on going labour of love. Squeezing tweaking sessions into my long, very low paid, working days.
And where is all this leading? Well for the moment, with a few bike rentals, map and gas canister sales and some proof reading for a friend in Hong Kong, I am merely surviving. But I hope I can accumulate enough cash to get home at the end of the year. I need to be travelling to write new stories. New stories with new possible sponsors, spreading the word, slowly but surely.