It's been 11 months since I submitted
White Monkey Travels
to Google for indexing. Some weeks I put in more than 80 hours of effort into it and this is the result. A travel blog with a difference with just a handful of dedicated followers who click maybe 2x a week. I am of course very grateful to each and everyone of you who have clicked, it's just that I need a small army of fans.
I have this idea that my pages can rank higher the more people who visit. I have no idea if this is true or not but even if it's just a myth, I love checking how many people are clicking! and seeing how high my pages are, especially since I was told many times that getting a page ranked top spot on Google simply won't happen if I didn't switch to WORDPRESS and/or have my own domain (without the .weebly.com part).
So what have I gained 'financially' from my efforts? Here's a detailed report:
• For linked text and logo on blog post Batumi to Odessa Ferry got me 1 free night (10Gel) at Retro Hostel in Batumi, Georgia and 50% discount on 1 night (45UAH) at Eko Hostel in Odessa.
• For linked text and logo on
blog post Karakol to Almaty and Visa Extension in Karakol
got me an initial cash payment of 500som from Ethno Café Dastorkon in Karakol. For sending them guests in the summer of 2017, free meals, commission and a life time of friendship.
• For linked text and logo on the same post and Cafés for the Digital Nomad in Karakol
cash payment of 1000som, friendship and endless coffees from Vista Coffee in Karakol.
• For linked text and logo on the blog post Cafés for the Digital Nomad in Karakol got me a few free coffees and friendship from Lighthouse Café in Karakol.
• For promotion, linked text and images on the blog post Jet-Ögüz Rock Formations got me a free 3 day stay with food and friendship from Emir Guest House in Jeti-Ögüz.
Missed opportunity, linked text and images for a post that didn't happen about hitchhiking the Transfagaras Highway in Romania.
If I were to return to Karakol at any given time, I could probably get 10 more cafés and tour agencies to agree for linked logo and text promotion in exchange for cash BUT honestly, a return to Kyrgyzstan in the near future simply ain't gonna happen. Though it's fun wheeling and dealing and getting results, companies agreeing to my offer, it's not exactly lucrative. It ain't even enough to be called 'beer money', let alone call it an income. But it was the start and I could see how I wanted to proceed.
It was always my idea, write a post about some place and put the logo of some small business that was relevant to the post and would be attractive to the reader . Small time sponsorship! I could have gotten a print shop in Karakol to sponsor me but where is the relevance for a traveller?
So why don't I have Adsense and affiliated links plastered ALL over my website?
The short answer is: To make it worth the while for the blogger, you need traffic and LOTS of it. And that's something I don't have. You get paid 2 or 3 US cents, when the viewer clicks on any link and purchases the relevant item. I don't know the stats of how many visitors in 100 actually proceed to the checkout having clicked on any link but I would give a ball-park figure of 1 in 500. That's per day. 500 per day. I'm struggling to get 20. So you see? You need to have 10,000 visitors a day, everyday and you might be able to buy a plate or rice.