I’ve been thinking about starting a travel blog for many years, but in the end always got overwhelmed with doubts. Wondering if I’ll have enough motivation to keep it running. Having no experience in blogging and SEO. Being afraid that buying a server and domain would be throwing money down the drain… What finally encouraged me to create a new blog was the Travelista.club ad.
At first, I was quite dubious. Sound too good to be legit? And that one very negative review circulating the web… However, after wider research and rethinking the idea, I decided to give it a shot.
Worring about privacy?
What I liked the most, was the fact that you don’t have anything to lose, even your personal data! To prevent fraud and scammers, you have to sign in with your social media account (Instagram, Facebook or Google+), but you don’t have to reveal any of your personal information and can go anonymously. Yup, Facebook usually is quite private, but there is no problem to hide your identity on Instagram or create Gmail dedicated to the blog.
Don’t have a blog?
Second great thing is that you don’t need a smooth running blog to sign in. Although if you have, you can use it. Travelista.club guides you on how to create a new blog, as they don’t accept ones from free domains and require you to buy one. A newly created, empty blog doesn’t stand in the way from getting the first job. Although, as it doesn’t have any deadline it’s good to develop your portfolio before submission.
Paid domain is too expensive?
Purchasing a domain was my biggest doubt. What if I quickly lose my motivation? What if I decide that blogging isn’t my thing? Wouldn’t it be just throwing money down the drain? In fact, it isn’t! The suggested hosting site is GoDaddy, where the first year (hosting + domain) costs only about 16$ (or $20 AUD). While the first job is worth… $40 AUD! So even if you give up on your blog after submitting your first article, you’ll make a profit of $20.
So how will I get paid?
The payment comes via PayPal in Australian Dollars, smoothly in time on the first Friday after approval of the submitted article (it goes throw a small review before getting posted). You also get info about when exactly your article will go public so that you can prepare for sharing it on your blog and social media.
What about getting the jobs?
As I mentioned before, the first job is guaranteed. It’s a $40/1000 words “Write a Local Guide” with an unlimited deadline. In my case, it was a short guide about small Estonian city – Viljandi.
Next ones, supposedly, are depending on your blog rating (A – a fully developed portfolio based on the training, B – a partially developed portfolio, C – a barely touched portfolio with little content, D – the portfolio is offline, or has errors) and the number of readers (~2000 Readers – Excellent performance, ~1000 Readers – Good performance, ~500 Readers – Average performance, ~200 Readers – Low performance). It may seem difficult to achieve and discouraging, but in fact, you don’t have to overwork yourself for a nice rating. My blog started with a B rating, despite having only 3-4 articles and got promoted to A with 7.
Waiting for the second (and next) job may take quite long, but even if you won’t grab the attention of outside clients you can get a new offer from Travelista.club and it’s affiliated sites. My second job came after 2,5 month from submitting the first article.
Freelancing with Travelista.club – worth it or not?
Besides the guaranteed payment and first job, Travelista.club gives their freelancers also access to the free online training. Covering everything, from writing posts, through SEO, further to sharing on the social media and monetizing your work. Submitted articles are credited with your website, so you can also advertise your blog and gather a bigger audience.
If you’re looking for freelancing opportunities and would like to earn money writing articles about your travels (or other topics – they have affiliated pages about technology, style, fitness, health and Apple products), Writers Academy is a great choice! And remember, that you can sign to become Travelista.club freelancer, not only from any country in the world, but also with a new blog.