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When we started this whole blogging thing back in 2011, we never thought that we would have come this far in such a short amount of time. We’ve spent countless (enjoyable) hours online, plugging away at this thing we call Goats On The Road, and today we’re proud to say that we’ve accomplished a lot of the goals that we had first set out for ourselves. Here are a few of our blogging accomplishments that we’re extremely proud of.

1. Sustaining Travel By Blogging: On our first trip, we blogged for fun. On our second trip, we started a website with our own domain (goatsontheroad.com), and by the time we were embarking on our 3rd trip, we were starting to make some money from the site. Although we’ve had a couple of months where our blog earnings have completely covered our travel expenses, for the most part it has just been a buffer that helps us to stay on the road. We may not quite be at a point where we’re financially sustainable from blogging, but we’re getting closer and closer every day.

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2. 30,000 Readers a Month! This is one that we’re extremely proud of. When we first started blogging, we reached out to top bloggers who are still at the top of the game today. I remember asking Dave & Deb how long it took them to get healthy traffic on their site ThePlanetD and they told me that it took them 2 years to reach “the magic number of 30,000 unique visitors”. Today we’re proud to say that we’ve reached and surpassed that marker and it was one of the major goals we set from day 1 on the site. We love writing articles, taking pictures and making videos and it feels amazing to know that people actually enjoy what we do. Thank-you readers.

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3. Having Press Trips & Accommodation Offered For Our Work: This is a very rewarding aspect of travel blogging and one that we weren’t entirely sure how to approach. Luckily, we have lots of support from numerous bloggers who have graciously helped us to understand the logistics of this aspect of travel blogging. We were unable to find companies willing to work with us in Central Asia because, well… there isn’t a whole lot of tourism marketing going on there. But now that we’re in Mexico we’ve been offered hotel stays, tours and entrances to sites in exchange for articles and videos written by us. It’s very gratifying to know that companies are willing to offer us services in exchange for our hard work.

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Enjoying The Pool Area At Casa Hamaca, Mexico.

4. A Social Media Presence: This one has been Dariece’s domain since day one and I have to say, she’s done a hell of a job. We’ve recently reached over 5,000 twitter followers and over 3,500 Facebook fans. These numbers are nothing compared to the amazing clout of bloggers like Vagabondish, Nomadic Samuel and Uncornered Market, but we’re still working on it and we really enjoy communicating with our readers through these channels. We are also the chiefs of a social tribe with a reach of over 1 million followers! By the end of the year we expect to triple these figures and we’re really looking forward to connecting with new people.

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5. Having Our Work Published In Print: In 2012 we were contacted by Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine and they offered to feature one of our articles (10 Off The Beaten Path Places In Southeast Asia). We sent them our pictures and within 2 months we had a crisp copy of their magazine in the mail. Our article was a 4 page spread and we love the way they put it together. Being that we’re both aspiring writers and photographers, it felt great to see our work in print, especially in a funky magazine like Southeast Asia Backpacker. In 2013 we were also interviewed and published in a UK Economics Magazine.

Our Article In Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine Issue #22

We’re Happy Where We Are, But We’re Always Trying To Improve.

Goats On The Road has been by no means an overnight success. We’ve seen some bloggers skyrocket to the top and we’re really happy for them to be able to do so. Our journey has been a long one, with plenty of mistakes made along the way, but we’re ecstatic to say that we’re reaching a place in our blogging careers that we’re happy with (wow, we can call it a career). We’ve both spent the past 5 years of our time with absolute freedom, doing exactly what we want, when we want. Our lives have been a perpetual honeymoon, filled with excitement and adventure.

Here's To Our Accomplishments

We thank each and every one of our readers for helping us to get where we are.  One of our favorite aspects of travel blogging is the ability to connect with people and help them to live a freer life. We’ve replied to thousands of emails and hopefully we’ve made some positive changes for our readers.  For us, travel, culture  and adventure have defined our lifestyle, but the idea was always to inspire others to live a more fulfilling life, doing whatever makes them happy. Lately we feel that we have been able to do so.

Travel blogging has taken us around the world and back again, and we see no end in sight.

Thank-you for reading.

*Update: We just accomplished another one of our website goals by making Nomadic Samuel’s Top 100 Travel Blogs list! It’s amazing to see our name up there with so many awesome bloggers!

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We’re Pro-Bloggers! 5 Accomplishments We’re Extremely Proud Of

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48 thoughts on “We’re Pro-Bloggers! 5 Accomplishments We’re Extremely Proud Of

  1. Congrats to both of you!!! We recently launched our blog (8 months ago) and are just starting to see our future take shape with possibilities. It is so inspiring to read your stories and see the two of you on your trek. What better way to live than to spend it with your best friend, traveling, and working at something that you love! We are actually planning to leave our jobs and sell / store our items for a few years to travel. It’s just impossible to see and do all the things we want with our limited vacation time. Plus, we also would love to continue to pursue our passion and see what we can make of it.

    Thank you for the post and inspiration! Happy Travels!

    Liz & Josh
    http://www.peanutsorpretzels.com

  2. Congratulations! You’ve really got a lot to be proud of. I’m pretty new to the blogging game but hopefully one day I’ll be able to boast some of these accomplishments. It’s not as easy as it looks. Keep up the good work!

  3. This is wonderful! I find 5 especially impressive, and see why you’re proud of these achievements. I can only hope to be half as successful as you guys. Rock on!

  4. I actually noticed you entered the top 100, yesterday, when checking the nomadic Samuel’s list.

    I’m not surprised you got there actually, you’re not only humble, funny and honest, but you also put a lot of hard work to keep on going. Most blogs die after a year or so, when people see “no one is listening to me yet!”. You also have your own style, your own identity, which is very important.

    From now on, life will bring you wonderful surprises, you’ll see 🙂

  5. Glad to hear you guys are pursuing your dream! You’re right, there’s no way to travel the world with limited holidays off of work! Congrats on your success so far, I’m sure it’ll only continue to grow.

    Cheers 🙂

  6. Thank you Yara.
    We appreciate all your kind words and support you have given us, it means a lot! Just keep writing the way you do – your story is fantastic! We wish you nothing but the best 🙂

    Cheers

  7. Thank you for sharing this! As a new blogger of only 4 months, it can be discouraging sometimes when it seems I’m not making as much progress as I’d like. Congrats on your success. 🙂

  8. Congrats!!! We love following you guys. We can relate on so many levels. So awesome to see where you’re at and the goals you have met. We’re plugging away on this end too and we set off on our 2 year RTW in 5 days!!! AHHH!! hope to meet up with you two somewhere! 🙂

  9. Woohoo! Well deserved. I remember I was introduced to your blog by two CSers we hosted on their RTW trip before we left on our own. Keep on rocking.

  10. Congrats, guys. You’re showing us all that hard work and perseverance, plus some smarts, can make a travel blog actually pay off. Continued success!

  11. You’re doing very well…especially for only being around for 4 months! Nice work. It took us over two years to get to this point. Keep plugging away 🙂

    Cheers and happy blogging.

  12. Hey Guys
    Massive congrats on your success, you should be very proud (which I’m sure you are), and I’m chuffed for you. Hard work, being consistent and having the passion to travel, write, photograph and share it always pays off. Reaching Nomadic Samuel’s top 100 is unreal! Keep up the awesome work, you’re an inspiration 🙂
    Cheers
    Anna

  13. Congrats! That’s amazing and something that I sincerely hope lies in the future of our blog! We’re relatively new to the playing field, and it’s daunting at times, but the success stories are exciting, and in the end it’s the travel and the experiences that count! The ability to share it with the world is just a bonus!

  14. Thanks a lot Anna! It’s been a lot of hard work, but we really enjoy what we’re doing. Making Samuel’s top 100 list was definitely a goal of ours! It feels great to be listed among so many fantastic bloggers 🙂

  15. Goats,

    It’s been a pleasure following you two on your journey. Your success as travel bloggers is as admirable as it is enviable. Congratulations on your growing following! All the best from China.

    Kevin

  16. You guys are among my favorite bloggers and I’m happy to see that you’re doing so well. Congratulations, 30,000 unique visitors a month is amazing!
    We’ll be leaving Canada later this year for long term travel and intend to dedicate a lot more time to the blog, can only hope to have half the success you guys have had.
    Keep up the great stories!
    Frank (bbqboy)

  17. Congrats on reaching these milestones. I always wonder what being a “pro blogger” is and what goals I should aim for. I am close to 30,000 visitors, so I guess I can see that number as a goal to try to obtain very soon. Looking forward to seeing where this takes you next. 🙂

  18. Just thought I would congratulate you on not only your blog development (which I hope to emulate one day very soon!), but also a no bull article. A lot of hard work goes into blogging, and you deserve the rewards which are starting to come your way.

  19. Thanks a lot Dave,

    You’re absolutely right, a lot of work goes into blogging…and I don’t think everyone realizes that! I’m sure some people think that we have a “slack” job and are just on vacation practically every day! But that’s not the truth at all, we spend hours on the site and put a lot of love and thought into it…it’s really nice to have been receiving some extra perks lately 😉

    Thanks for the comment!
    Happy Blogging.

  20. Excitedly, you both journeyed into the Unknown, facing many fears! Desiring to share your Heartfelt experiences along the way to inspire, assist and inform others! All the abundance of your Giving, it is beautiful to See the Receiving now! Such Great Joy filled Adventures coming to you! I Love your saying of: CareFree! DebtFree! PlanFree! I Am SO very pleased and happy for you! Play On!

  21. Thank you for the kind words!

    We’ve loved the entire journey of becoming “pro bloggers” from the very beginning when we made numerous mistakes to now where we are able to inspire people, share our story and are able to be sponsored on some trips as well!

    It’s been a great ride 🙂

    Thanks for following.

  22. Congratulations! It sounds like you guys have had a very rewarding blogging journey so far and I wish you best of luck in your future travels, as well as continued growth and rewards for your blog! I just started mine a couple of months ago, and so far I love every minute I’ve devoted to it, but it’s always great to see success like this and know that it’s possible, and that over time things can keep getting even better. So thanks so much for sharing some of your blogging story & milestones. Keep on travelling and keep on blogging!

  23. Congrats! What a life!
    Two blissfully in love couples tapping away at their computers. Drinking cocktails in the pool. Roaming the world whilst the blog pays! Don’t change a thing 😉

    Thanks for the inspiration to keep chipping away at it.

    Xo

  24. Very cool and inspiring. It is indescribably strange to know there are other people like us out there. I honestly never knew there are so many others traveling the world non-stop. If you don’t mind a bit of bitter with your sweet, I blathered on the topic of blogging because it perplexes me. http://www.sunshinekessler.com/2014/02/on-travel-writing.html

    If I had known travel blogging was what it was when we got started, I might have put more effort into it. But I don’t follow or read blogs, so how would I have known? My partner and I have a steady freelance writing gig, we have been nomadic for 5 years, and usually have money to spare at the end of the year. I had never considered diversifying my business in this way to become “professional” blogger as we never knew such a thing existed.

    Now we are like, damn, we could have been doing this all along? Time to build our brand and take it to the next level. It is extremely frustrating not getting instant gratification. Two years? Yikes.

  25. Sunshine, I read the post you suggested and it sounds like you’ve got a bit too much bitter 🙁 We’re very happy with our decision to become travel bloggers but it sounds like your decision is not without its contradictions. If you dislike travel blogging, I’d say stick to who you are and continue to freelance. We do both and for us, we enjoy the sweet and see no need to be bitter.

    It took us two years to make money, but our gratification has always come from the chance to help our readers and write things that they may enjoy.

    Best of luck.

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