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When we first started this blog, we had no idea where it would take us. We had the dream of one day making a few bucks from it, and beyond that dream was the idea that it could become a travel sustaining business that we could take with us on the road. We’ve gone through many stages in this blog and we’ve crossed a lot of milestones that we are very proud to have accomplished.

The following article is a chronological timeline of our blog and how it has evolved over the years, from a hobby on the side, to a full-time career.

Note: While I updated our income in this post in 2016, the evolution currently only reaches 2015. I hope to update it further sometime soon.

December 22, 2011: The Seed Of Travel Blogging is Planted in Delhi

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = N/A Twitter = N/A Facebook = N/A Monthly Income = $0

While surfing around the web in an internet cafe in New Delhi, India, Dariece stumbles across this article and says: “We should start our own travel blog. If this guy can make money doing it… so can we”.

February 17 – March 10, 2012: The Blog Begins In Koh Phangan

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 7 Twitter = N/A Facebook = N/A Monthly Income = $0

After a couple of hectic (but enjoyable months) travelling in India, we feel the need to relax on Koh Phangan, Thailand for a month. This is where the blog truly starts. We think of blog name ideas and I buy our domain www.GoatsOnTheRoad.com and take my first baby steps into the world of WordPress. This is where we make our first crucial mistake in blogging. We copy all of our blog posts and photos from our TravelBlog.org account and paste them into WordPress, republishing them and thus duplicating content (a big Google no-no). Nevertheless, the blog was born in Lighthouse Bungalows on Koh Phangan Island on February 17th / 2012.

March 28, 2012: We Upload Our First YouTube Video

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 17 Twitter = N/A Facebook = N/A Monthly Income = $0

After reading about the advantages of videos for blogs, I open a YouTube Channel for Goats On The Road, dust off my Final Cut Pro editing cap and publish this video:

Visual Arts Media was my favourite class in high school and editing videos and publishing them on our YouTube Channel remains one of my favourite parts of the job.

April 8 – 21, 2012: Mapping Out The Blog In El Nido

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 46 Twitter = N/A Facebook = N/A Monthly Income = $0

Once we reach El Nido in the Philippines, we again stay put for a couple of weeks. This is where the blog starts to get some structure. We sit in a touristy bar with a notebook, pens and a couple of melon cocktails and write down how we want our menus to look and where we will place the content of the blog. For every one answer, we have a hundred more questions and the development process moves at a snail’s pace. A month ago, I didn’t even know what WordPress was.

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April 21 – Mid July, 2012: Not Much Happens

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 209 Twitter = N/A Facebook = N/A Monthly Income = $0

At this point we’ve only pasted old blog posts and added a couple of new ones each month. We still don’t have an idea of where the blog is going, and because of this, it doesn’t get much attention for these three months.

July, 2012 – September, 2012: The Blog Evolves and Grows

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 425 Twitter = N/A Facebook = N/A Monthly Income = $0

During these first few months of teaching English in China, I pretty much ignore the site completely, but Dariece is adamant to keep at it. She continues to plug away adding interesting posts and pictures from our previous trips as well as new information about teaching English in China. Our stats are minimal after having the site for nearly 8 months. One day, I look at the stats and see that there was a jump to 200 page views in one day! This excites me again and instantly I’m back on board, helping Dariece.

September 11, 2012: We Finally Open A Facebook Page

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 425 Twitter = N/A Facebook = 1 Monthly Income = $0

Our second major mistake in blogging. We completely ignore social media for the first 7 months. Finally, on this day we open our Goats On The Road Facebook Fan Page (after we mistakenly opened a Group instead of a Page!) Our first post:

First Facebook Post

…riveting.

September 18, 2012: We Open Google Analytics

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 425 Twitter = N/A Facebook = 55 Monthly Income = $0

Our knowledge of blogging grows and we start to realize that it’s important to know how many people visit our site. I open Google Analytics to track our statistics and quickly become obsessed with checking them every day. A bad habit that takes years to break. Our first day of tracking stats shows 69 people visit the site. Our first 30 days of tracking (8 months after opening the blog) looks like this:

Our First Month Of Google Analytics
Stats from September 18th 2012 – October 17th 2012

October 18, 2012 – We Join Twitter

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 1,225 Twitter = 1 Facebook = 65 Monthly Income = $0

Over a month after joining Facebook, we decide to open a Twitter page as well. With one follower, our first post reads:

First Tweet

November 4, 2012: We Are Featured On Lonely Planet

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 425 Twitter = 5 Facebook = 77 Monthly Income = $0

Dave and Deb over at ThePlanetD.com generously allow us to publish a guest post on their blog, despite our lack of traffic and writing experience. The article: “The Many Faces Of Travel“, then gets syndicated by The Lonely Planet and we have our first big “As Seen On” moment! Thanks Dave & Deb!

November 10, 2012: Deb Accidentally Gives Me A Goal

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 1,991 Twitter = 61 Facebook = 79 Monthly Income = $0

Today I email Deb to thank her for allowing us to publish a guest post on her already established blog. I ask her: “When did you start seeing a major increase in traffic” and she replies: “It wasn’t for a couple of years before we passed that magic milestone of 30,000 unique visitors / month”. Deb doesn’t know it, but she’s just given me a goal that I become obsessed with and don’t end up accomplishing for 2 more years.

November 14, 2012: I Find The Top 100 List

Today I stumble upon Nomadic Samuel’s Top 100 Travel Bloggers list and leave this comment and I am stoked by his reply:

Nomadic Samuel Comment

December 6, 2012: We Make Our First Income From The Blog!

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 2,352 Twitter = 223 Facebook = 86 Monthly Income = $588

At the end of November, we work very hard opening a Goats On The Road Shop on our website which sells t-shirts, pens, calendars and pictures. Not surprisingly given our lack of traffic, the only buyers are friends and family. Our first payment comes to the order of $187.92 USD from my generous brother Justin. Other friends and family also purchase some items, but we close down the store after Christmas when we realize that we’ve exhausted our customer base.

Our First Payment

January 1, 2013: Our First Major Site Redesign

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 4,986 Twitter = 333 Facebook = 100 Monthly Income = $0

At the end of 2012 I have a breakthrough and finally figure out how to edit CSS. This starts a slippery slope into a very messy and disorganized site that eventually needs a lot of fixing. We launch the redesign on January 1st 2013 and it looks something like this:

Old Site

January 3, 2013: Our First Major Guest Post

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 4,986 Twitter = 334 Facebook = 101 Monthly Income = $0

Like true veteran bloggers, we time an important guest post right after our redesign (probably by accident). Mike Richard of Vagabondish accepts our article: “Lost In Translation: A Gallery Of Ridiculous Signs From Abroad”. On that day, we see 1,608 page views to our site, 8 times more than any previous day… Thanks Mike!

February 16, 2013: We See Our Names In Print For The First Time!

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 3,937 Twitter = 551 Facebook = 136 Monthly Income = $0

After reaching out to Nikki, founder of Southeast Asia Backpacker, to ask if I can guest post on her site at the start of 2013, she gets back to me and asks if I’d like to be published in her magazine!

We've Been Published!

2 months later we’re published writers and we receive our copies of the magazine in China! We are jumping up and down with joy and bragging to all of our teacher friends.

Click to page 40 in the magazine below to read our story:

http://issuu.com/southeastasiabackpacker/docs/magazine_issue22/40?e=1267933/3329126

June 20, 2013: We Make Money From Advertising

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 9,450 Twitter = 1,032 Facebook = 339 Monthly Income = $508

Our first advertising commission is a big deal and we owe it to Nomadic Samuel who adds us to a Facebook Group where bloggers share advertising contacts. We don’t have any solid contacts of our own at this point, but our first campaign pays us $175 USD (which at the time was only $167 CAD because our dollar was so much stronger). We make $508 USD total in the month of June. Whoo-hoo!

July 3, 2013: We Launch Our First “Guest Post Bomb”

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 22,747 Twitter = 1,003 Facebook = 1,689 Monthly Income = $1,155 

Today we manage to publish 18 articles on 18 awesome blogs. This is, by far, the single largest catalyst to our blog growth and social media following to date. Our traffic spikes, plateaus and we are very excited to see a 60%+ sustained increase in readership.

July 18, 2013: We Travel As Bloggers For The First Time

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 22,747 Twitter = 1,011 Facebook = 1,598 Monthly Income = $1,155

Today we head into Mongolia and it marks the first time that we are travelling while earning an income online. The blog only makes $1,155 USD this month and while it doesn’t nearly cover our travel expenses, it’s a nice supplement.

January 26, 2014: We Work With Our First Hotel

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 29,388 Twitter = 5,061 Facebook = 3,349 Monthly Income = $1,100

After a few months travelling around Central Asia, making minimal earnings from the blog and not really having the time to grow it, we return home to Canada for a visit and then take off to Mexico on January 18th. On January 23rd, Dariece sends out our first email pitches to hotels and gets a reply from Casa Hamaca in Valladolid, who hosts us for 5 nights in exchange for exposure. We are beyond excited at this opportunity.

February 8, 2014: Our First Tour Company Partnership

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 24,762 Twitter = 5,321 Facebook = 3,526 Monthly Income = $1,012

Today we email Toon at MexiGo Tours and ask if he’d like to work with us. He agrees and sends us on two wonderful tours around Valladolid.

February 15, 2014 – I Team Up With My First Dive Shop

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 24,762 Twitter = 5,825 Facebook = 3,530 Monthly Income = $1,012

Today I nervously call the owner of MexiDivers in Tulum and ask if he’d be interested in partnering with Goats On The Road in exchange for complimentary dives. He agrees and I jump up and down with joy. I haven’t paid for a single dive since.

Emiliano Carefully Inspecting My Equipment For The Refresher Dive
The First Dive I Ever Worked For

February 17, 2014: We Make The Top 100 Bloggers List

Ya!! Today we’re so stoked to see our name next to 99 amazing bloggers. What a great feeling!

On top 100 list

February 18, 2014: Our First Press Trip!

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 24,762 Twitter = 6,328 Facebook = 3,539 Monthly Income = $1,012

Our friends Casey & Dan over at ACruisingCouple.com give us a contact for the Riviera Maya Government Tourism Board and Dariece shoots them a quick email. A couple of days later we have a reply and on February 18th we meet Jessica at the bus station in Playa Del Carmen and she shows us around the entire Riviera Maya for 4 days. We stay in the luxurious Hacienda Tres Rio Resort and for the first time in our blogging lives, we feel like we’ve made it!

press trips mexico
Our First Press Trip! Partnering up with the Riviera Maya Tourism Board in Mexico

April 2, 2014: We Start Our First House Sitting Job

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 29,398 Twitter = 8,091 Facebook = 3,782 Monthly Income = $2,926

Today we land in Grenada and meet our beloved dog, Spare and his wonderful owners Julia & Peter. Grenada marks a very serious shift in the blog where we start turning it into a business and spending more time working on it. The focus of the blog also shifts from purely a budget backpacker resource, to a complete resource for people interested in travelling forever.

House sitting allows us to live in beach front paradises for free, click here to learn more!

March 15, 2014: We Finally Hire A Designer

After a couple of years of trying to do it myself I finally give in and hire a real pro, Scott at EldoWebDesign.com. He pimps our blog and helps in more ways than we could have imagined.

June 12, 2014: We Start Our First Steady Freelance Writing Job

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 29,772 Twitter = 10,000(!) Facebook = 4,095 Monthly Income = $1,225

Today we are very excited because we’ve just locked down our first, reliable salary from writing. Travel Pulse offers us a twice weekly column which helps to get our name out there, and puts a bit of money in our bank.

July 1, 2014: We Reach Our Traffic Goal!

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 30,002 Twitter = 10,000 Facebook = 4,171 Monthly Income = $1,760

When I open up my analytics, I see that we’ve finally passed the traffic milestone that Deb had inadvertently tempted us with nearly 2 years earlier. 30,000 unique visitors is a huge deal for us, but it’s time to up that number to 50,000.

July, 2014: I Build Our First Independent Press Trip

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 30,002 Twitter = 10,000 Facebook = 4,171 Monthly Income = $1,760

After emailing and talking on the telephone with dozens of companies in Grenada and the Grenadines, Dariece and I embark on our first “independent press trip”. I call it independent because we aren’t going through a tourism board. I independently contact each company and put together a press trip that works for us. We spend 3 weeks of luxury in the Caribbean celebrating Dariece’s 30th birthday before returning to Grenada for our second house sit.

grenadines travel
Our Fully Comped Trip To SVG

October 1, 2014: We Sign On With Credit Walk

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 35,331 Twitter = 10,790 Facebook = 4,389 Monthly Income = $5,351

In the past year, we’ve been very focused on saving money for travel, travel hacking and the economics behind living abroad permanently. Credit Walk is Canada’s Credit Card Resource and today they offer us a column on their awesome blog where we get to write about the finance of long-term travel. It’s a great learning experience for us and again, helps to fund our travels.

October 1, 2014: We Are A Top 50 Most Trafficked Blog

Matt Stabile of The Expeditioner adds us to another prestigious list, The Top 50 Travel Blog list! This one is cool because it’s based on traffic, meaning that of the blogs that applied, we’re among the top 50 most popular. How cool is that?!

October 12, 2014: We Become SEA Backpacker Ambassadors!

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 35,331 Twitter = 10,596 Facebook = 4,739 Monthly Income = $5,351

Remember that awesome magazine we wrote for back in 2012? Well today we have a Skype call with the publications founder, Nikki Scott and she offers us ambassador positions for SE Asia, South America and Europe. This means that we get to travel around, reviewing hostels, hotels, tours and travel companies in exchange for writing about them on the Backpacker websites. We’re not paid for this position, but we get awesome perks, great contacts and some cool colleagues (Nikki included).

October 25, 2014: We’re Published In The Globe & Mail Newspaper

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 35,331 Twitter = 11,601 Facebook = 4,743 Monthly Income = $5,351

On October 14th I was contacted by an editor of the Globe & Mail to talk about our experiences travelling in South Africa. 11 days later we have our names in Canada’s most read newspaper and online (a killer link for our blog). My mom takes this picture and sends it to me:

Mom Globe & Mail Newspaper

November, 2014 to January, 2015: Not Much Happens

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 53,746 Twitter = 15,198 Facebook = 5,192 Monthly Income = $4,107

For over 2 months we neglect the blog (to an extent). We have family come and visit us in San Pancho, Mexico and basically enjoy a 2 month holiday, working only a couple of hours / week on average. It is a good test for the blog to see how it holds up without constant attention and we’re surprised to say that our traffic actually increases. Nomadic Samuel once wrote an awesome post about the 3 stages of blogging and in it he states: “Some signs that you’ve reached this stage include traffic not dropping off significantly when/if you haven’t posted in a while”. We’re happy to have reached phase 2 🙂

January 3, 2015: We’re Published in The Vancouver Sun Newspaper

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 53,746 Twitter = 15,198 Facebook = 5,192 Monthly Income = $4,107

A few months back, I pitched an article to The Vancouver Sun titled: “5 Must-See Off-Track Locations” and they accepted it! Today our name appears in another one of our country’s most read newspapers and we receive a generous commission for our efforts. I’m also stoked to say that Dariece pitched an article this month and it will be published in The Province on Sunday, March 29th. (Click below to see my article)

Vancouver Sun Article P.1 Vancouver Sun Article P.2

January 16, 2015: We Join Up With Hostels Club

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 53,746 Twitter = 16,000 Facebook = 5,200 Monthly Income = $4,107

Just as we head out back on the road, we form an awesome relationship with Hostels Club who agrees to host us in every hostel, hotel & B&B we stay at in Mexico & Central America. This is an excellent partnership for us and it definitely helps our business and our bank accounts.

January 31, 2015: We’re Featured On Forbes!

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 53,746 Twitter = 16,000 Facebook = 5,200 Monthly Income = $4,107

Thanks to our fellow blogger and web-friend Jazza over at Nomadasaurus.com, we’re introduced to Alexandria Talty of Forbes.com (yes “the” Forbes), who interviews us about teaching English in China. This is, by far, our favourite “As Seen On” moment!

March 6, 2015: We Become “Hovel Hunters”

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 55,000+ Twitter = 17,600 Facebook = 5,650 Monthly Income = Not Sure Yet!

Thanks to our friend Will Hatton at TheBrokeBackpacker.com, an awesome website called HovelStay.com agrees to have us on as “Hovel Hunters”. As such, our job is to find cool accommodations for under $99 around the world and write about them on the Hovel Stay website (like this one)! This is a great way for us to share some of the awesome places that we stay in, while helping to put some extra cash in our pockets. Thanks Will!

Today: Where We’re At (March 26, 2015)

Monthly Visitors (Unique) = 55,000+ Twitter = 17,600 Facebook = 5,650 Monthly Income = Not Sure Yet!

Today, the blog is humming along at a good pace. We feel that we’re always learning and growing, but we are happy with how far Goats On The Road has come. Our earnings from the blog more than cover our travel expenses and we’ve teamed up with some pretty great companies as well. We’re now at around 56,000 Unique visitors / month (70,000 Total Visitors) with over 100,000 monthly page views. Stats definitely aren’t the most important thing in blogging, but after the 30,000 milestone set by Deb, we’re very happy to be where we are now.

location independent

As you can tell by our salary as well, the life of a travel blogger/freelance writer is an inconsistent one. Some months we make upwards of $5,000, while others we only make around $1,500. We plan to get a few more regular columns under our belt in the upcoming months to help to even out our income streams.

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We’re currently making a shift in our blog and lifestyle. We find that travelling full-time (as we’ve done for the past couple of months), presents many challenges to our blog and online business. We simply don’t have time to complete all of our projects while moving around every 5 – 7 days.

We’ll now be travelling for a month or so, and then renting an apartment somewhere overseas and living like a local for a couple of months at a time (check out our current home in Guatemala here). We’re very excited about this new idea because it will give us the opportunity to share with you just how affordable and attainable the dream of living in paradise can be. We’ll be visiting inexpensive destinations and reporting on exactly how much our food, accommodation, and living costs are for the duration of our stay, as well as sharing practical information on the laws, taxes and visa regulations for expats and travellers living abroad.

This article took an extraordinarily long time to put together so I hope you guys enjoyed it and for all of you aspiring travel bloggers out there, hopefully you can learn from our mistakes and maybe be inspired by our story. A special thanks to everyone mentioned in this article (and those we missed) who helped us along the way. We love being a part of such a great community.

Thanks for reading guys!

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Are you a blogger? What were your biggest ups and biggest downs? Feel free brag and moan in the comments below.

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From Hobby To Career- The Complete Evolution Of Our Blog

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Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift are the owners and founders of Goats On The Road. Together they have been travelling and working abroad since 2008 and have more than 20 years of combined experience in online business, finance, travel and entrepreneurship. Their expert advice has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider,  WiseBread and Forbes and they also spoke at the World Tourism Forum in Istanbul about the business of travel blogging.

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161 thoughts on “From Hobby To Career: The Complete Evolution Of Our Blog

  1. Thank you so much for this post. Our blog growth has definitely picked up over the last couple of months, but we’re still looking for that extra push – it’s really interesting to see how and when yours came. But it’s clear you have both put a lot of effort into it! Congrats!

  2. This is really interesting, guys. It’s fascinating to see how your readership spiked and grew and your income along with it. Good luck, and hope it keeps going this way from here on out!

  3. Thanks for the comment Emily. I think it’s important for bloggers to share their progress and their ups and downs! it’s great to be part of such a good community 🙂

    Cheers!

  4. Thanks a lot Sam 🙂 We appreciate the support and comment! We’ve always believed in being open about our stats and income so that others can have a good point in which to gauge their blogs too – it took us a long time to get where we are, but we’re happy we stuck with it!

    All the best to you two as well 🙂 Cheers.

  5. This is a fascinating post! I haven’t yet decided if we’ll at some point try to monetize our blog, for now it’s just for fun while we’re living in Kyrgyzstan but if we decide to next year when we move I’ll be referencing this for sure. Thanks for all the information.

  6. Wow that’s really inspirational! Planning to write our recap too but dont know how to write it, thanks for this inspiration! It’s funny that we’re in the same circle of blogging friends and ambassadorship but havent been collaborated, hope soon! Positive vibes guys! <3

  7. Sounds good Eric! It’s a great way to make money and travel full time, we love it 🙂 Oh, and we also love Kyrgyzstan! Which city/town are you in?

    Cheers.

  8. Heyyyy!! I was thinking that recently. We’re a part of so many different groups and businesses, yet have never worked together. Crazy! Let’s do something..thoughts? 🙂

  9. You guys are so so inspiring! I love this post, and it’s really giving me the kick in the ass to get back on the grind 😉 Blogging isn’t easy, but you both are such a testament to what can happen with dedication and staying true to your brand. Can’t wait to see you in May and catch up in person 🙂

  10. Thanks for the timeline, as a fairly new blogger is very interesting to see your experience. I still have a long way to go but I have just started making an income through my blog by using it as a resume for freelancing. I have just completed my 6th paid assignment for Hipmunk and have even got my first pay rise! I am hoping to get more unique visitors in the next 6 months then will start pitching companies for partnerships while I am travelling.

  11. Great article Nick and Dariece! It’s fascinating to see how your blogging journey has unfolded, and it’s wonderful that you’re generating a good income out of it. I know a lot of bloggers will benefit from you sharing this. You guys are real inspirations! 🙂

  12. Very inspiring. Thanks for letting us in on your journey. I’m just about to hit the one-year mark, and I’m still just excited to see my numbers going up regularly. I’ve been waiting to establish myself before looking for guest post opportunities. You’ve inspired me to pursue that goal now. Looking forward to reading more about your success in the future. Thanks for paving the way.

  13. Thanks for sharing your blogging journey. It can be a bit disheartening when you are wondering whether it’s really worth writing something for a few hundred people a month to read so it’s great encouragement to know that others started there too and have made it work.

  14. Thanks for that post guys, it’s really encouraging!
    I keep on thinking that ours is going nowhere but reading all of that is giving me some hope and is pushing me to try to accomplish more, push more and get out there.
    And I’m kind of where you guys use to be: teaching in China!

    Wishing you all the best guys and that your success keeps on growing like it is doing! Well done !

  15. Thank you for being so open, this was really interesting. SeemsI need to do some guest posts!

  16. Great write-up! I will bookmark this post as a reminder for my goals. I’m actually quite on a track, so in a 1-2 years I hope to be where you are now. You guys will be my ‘the Planet D’ ;)! Also love your first Facebook post haha! Cheers, Manouk

  17. I loved reading this because it was open and honest. Putting it in a timeline was excellent. I did laugh when you said that you put up a Facebook group rather than a page. I stuffed ours up so many times and didn’t know who to ask for help. In fact I should put up a timeline of how many mistakes i have made, but I think that this is all part of the learning process. Huge congratulations to you both.

  18. Such a great article! Very inspirational and encouraging reading! You gave me hope! 😀
    Thank you and keep up the great work! 🙂

    Happy travels!

  19. Nick & Dariece! This is such a wonderful article on the timeline of building a sustainable brand and blog. The work you’ve done is amazing. We’re hoping to bump our traffic up too in the next few months and agree with you that traveling full time and maintaining a blog is extremely difficult!!! (as we have learned). We can’t wait to just settle down at a house sit this coming Winter and give it a hard push. Thanks for the great article. Cheers!!!

  20. Fellow Canadian here (Vancouverite actually) saying I love this post, thanks so much for sharing it! We’re a couple of years behind you having started our perpetual life of travel in October 2013 so I’m excited to see your timeline. It gives me some solid goals along with inspiration and determination to keep going. I also really love how you have credited everyone who contributed to your success along the way. I am firm believer in the strength of community and paying it forward and it seems that you guys have a similar mindset. If you’re looking for a protégé let me know!

    I wish you both continued success and happiness in whatever you do from here and I will be following along, figuratively and possibly physically in some case ( but not in a creepy stalker way )

    Cheers and happy travels 🙂

  21. I haven’t read such an inspiring article for a long time. Thank you very much for sharing it with us. I am a very new blogger and apart from your great tips you give me strength and hope. Keep the good job!

  22. Love this article. Very helpful and now I have a goal. I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now, but only started to think about it in terms of how I can make a living from it, or at least travel more. I’ve not yet reached that 30,000 mark and honestly I am not sure my content will do that. I think that it’s good content, but a lot of it was written before I had long term in mind. Some evergreen articles, but could use more. Plus I could really use some good exposure luck such as you guys had. 😉

    A blogging highlight for me was being nominated for the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards. I love Italy and it’s my most frequent travel destination second to California.

    My next blogging highlight was an article that almost immediately was embedded in google and made it to number 2 position in the search engine within days of publishing.

  23. Hey Guys!

    Thanks for the comment. You two rock and have a lot of other stuff going on as well as your blog, don’t sweat it 😉 I can’t wait to see you as well, and meet little Jack! Will be good times for sure.

    Cheers 🙂

  24. Awesome stuff you two!! Love how you set it up in a timeline and I do believe you it took a while 😉 It’s inspiring and I like how little spikes and gigs give you new hope and yes, frantically checking your analytics every day hoping your efforts are paying off, totally know what you are talking about 😀 Keep going, I think it will be good to go a bit slower and I too rent an apartment for weeks or months somewhere beautiful and affordable, looking forward to reading about your experiences with this!

  25. Great stuff and congrats! Fantastic to see successful bloggers! I still feel like trying to find my own two feet in here, but eventually will get there 🙂 Very inspiring story!

  26. This was great to read, I’m only a few months in with my blog and definitely still at the ‘obsessively checking stats’ stage, which can make for pretty bleak reading some days… But this gives me hope! 🙂

  27. This post is wonderful. I am a fairly new blogger at TrekkingGreen.com and have been feverishly researching how people are making it work. Thank you for the very insightful post!

  28. We live in Balykchy, the very run-down , industrial looking town you passed as soon as you hit Issyk-Kul. It’s not exactly a tourist destination but living here is adventurous to say the least! Let me know if you make your way back here, you’ve only scratched the surface of what to explore in this crazy country…

  29. Wow, such an inspiring article. Thank-you! I hope you continue to head onwards and upwards!

  30. Hey guys,

    When we started blogging, you were one of our favourite bloggers and still are 🙂

    So happy to see goatsontheroad grow from strength to strength – love your idea about travelling for a month and “living” for a couple of months as a local – we are planning to do that starting from June too.

    Here’s to more recognition and rewards. Cheers !

  31. Hey guys,

    Fantastic post! Thanks so much for sharing We love to keep tabs on what you guys are up to and where you travel. It looks like you appreciate good food and coffee too, which is very similar to us!

    We definately agree with you about it being difficult to write good blogs/content whilst ‘constantly being on the go’. We’ve just spent 7 months travelling through Central Asia, Iran, Mexico, USA, Cuba and Canada, but haven’t really found much time to write about our experiences cos we were busy travelling….poor us, right..hahaha

    We just touched down in Slovakia (one of our home aways from homes), so this month it is all about relaxing and hopefully some writing about all the fantastic places we just explored and of course, all the wonderful food we indulged in along the way! Keep up the good work guys, and congratulations that all those years of hard work are paying off for you go keep up this awesome lifestyle.

  32. Just wanted to say thanks Nick & Dariece for taking the time to put this together and congrats on hitting some milestones. A great idea to put it into a timeline too. I found this both helpful and inspiring.

    Cheers!

  33. I’ve read through this article for the third time now, and learned something new with each session. Thanks for all of the effort you put into such a useful and interesting article. I remember seeing your blogs on travelblog.org and that was the day that I really opened my mind to possibilities of long term travel. As a newbie to the blog/web world, I’m still dreaming of a future with more travel, while making the most of weekend exploring trips close to our current home base. Best of luck on your many journeys and perhaps we will meet on the road someday!

  34. What an amazing timeline! Most bloggers could dream of that. Hard work pays off and everybody can see how much passion and commitment you guys put into this blog!! I’m so impressed by your monthly income! What are your income streams? Happy travels and keep inspiring us with your photos and stories!

  35. Really interesting and inspirational to read how you worked up to being successful travel bloggers! Well done to you I can see how much hard work you have put in but it’s reassuring to know the journey you took to get there and that you also learnt alot as you went along. I also made the same mistake when I moved to a self hosted blog I exported/ copied all my old content so I’m trying to sort out my duplicate content. How did you do this – was deleting the old blog enough?

  36. Very nice post indeed! My boyfriend and I just started a travel blog (after 4 months of very hard work) and we’d like to make it a full time job but there are still a lot of things to do and learn!! The road ahead might be long, we might never make a successful blog, we’re aware of that but we’re passionnate about it and we’d like to truly give it a try and work our asses off on it in order to have no regrets later. Your post is very inspiring and motivating and it would be awesome to check in 2-3 years from now and be like “we made it!”. Thank you for this 🙂

  37. Thanks for putting this together. It was interesting and insightful to see what you have gone through and how long it has taken you to do it. My wife and I have kept a blog of our travels to Europe for our friends and family to be able to travel along with us. This last Christmas I got the hair-brained notion of rewriting the everything and trying to make it more appealing for a wider audience. Not so very worried about making a lot of money, but getting to a place where we can get some perks would be very nice.

    Again, thanks, and look forward to reading more, and seeing the next Youtube installment.

  38. Right on! You guys rock!

    You wouldn’t be where you are today if you didn’t persist and keep hammering away at it *every* day =)

  39. I absolutely adore your blog & you guys are such big inspirations for those of us in the travel blogging industry! You deserve everything you have gotten as it certainly is a testament to all your hard work
    Keep at it and we’ll certainly be reading every word!
    Simone & Dan
    www.theaussieflashpacker.com

  40. I want to thank you for this comprehensive post and show that is possible, not all bloggers like to share how much they earn. I think is very important to contact companies and find your own voice to be well suceed.

  41. Guys, this is a very inspiring and motivational post! I still credit you guys for turning me on to backpacking through Mozambique which was an amazing experience. I had thought about ending my blogging after returning home from expat life in Africa but your blog motivates me to keep blogging, not so I can make money or anything, but just to blog because I enjoy sharing my travels with the world! Keep up the awesome work guys!

  42. I know, right, there’s so much to see and do in Kyrgyzstan! We’d love to go back 🙂

  43. Hey glad you liked the article and congrats on making $$$ from blogging! Enjoy the ride 🙂 How did you get started with Hipmunk? Did they contact you?

  44. Hey Josh, Thanks for the commenting and glad you enjoyed the article. I hope other bloggers do benefit from this and I hope they see that if they stick with it… money and some level of success will come! I just wish the top bloggers of the world would post something like this so we could all see just how far this blogging rabbit hole could go! Too bad it’s not appropriate to say: “hey Nomadic Matt, how much do you make?” haha.

  45. I think you can start looking for guest posts even before you established yourself (although it looks like you already have). There’s no better way to establish one’s self as a blogger than to be seen on other blogs in the same niche. Best of luck guest posting, we’re open to articles if you’d like to post here 🙂

  46. Hey Toni, glad you enjoyed. We had many moments along the way when we thought “will we ever make it?” (still do have those type of thoughts on a different level), and it’s all about just sticking with it. A few hundred people / month isn’t bad and that can quickly grow! Plus, those few hundred would probably be pretty bummed if you gave up 🙂

    Cheers.

  47. You’re welcome! We thought our blog was going nowhere lots of times, but we kept at it. Hopefully your English teaching job doesn’t have you working too many hours and you can put some into the blog! Everyone feels like their blog is moving slowly because blogs do take a lot of time, but before you know it there will be more traffic, money and opportunity.

  48. We’re all about being open on this site, especially when it comes to money. I think it helps people to better make proper business decisions when they can see the possible rewards. Glad you liked the post and good luck on the guest posts!

  49. Hahah, thanks. Hopefully more inspiring than daunting 🙂 It takes a long time but the rewards are definitely worth it!