A camping blog is a great way to earn an income while also helping people that are interested in this recreational sport.
I know when I got the camping bug I wanted to learn as much as I could and I read every camping related blog that I could find.
There were a lot of good ones to choose from and these bloggers were getting to make money while taking advantage of their favorite past time.
Being a blogger myself I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you how to take advantage of this opportunity.
Let’s see what the potential is!
How To Make Money From Camping Blog Ideas
Often times you run across websites that are promoting the idea of starting a blog.
The first thing that they do is start encouraging you to sign up for web hosting.
But you don’t want to just jump in without some kind of plan.
First you need to decide on some specifics of what your camping blog is going to be about.
There are many different sub categories that you can promote such as:
- Camping Cooking
- Camping Equipment
- Camping With Pets
- Camping Photography
- Camping Tips
- Camping & Hiking
You get the picture.
These are all sub categories that you can write content around to get traffic to your blog.
The Affiliate Business Model
Now just writing content isn’t going to help you earn any income.
You will need a way to monetize your camping blog and the best way to do it is with the affiliate marketing business model.
With affiliate marketing your basically selling other people’s products in order to earn commissions.
Let me give you an example of how it works.
Let’s say that on your blog you have category dedicated to the best gas stoves to use.
You would do reviews on these stoves and give your opinion on which ones would be the best for certain situations.
Basically giving the pros and cons of each.
Then you would place affiliate links in your review to these specific products on a merchants website.
When your visitors click on the links and make a purchase on the merchants website you would earn your commission.
Let’s Dig A Little Deeper
I found a good camping blog at bearfoottheory.com that shows how it is broken up into different categories and how affiliate links are used.
Below is the homepage that gives you specific categories to choose from in the navigation.
- Van Life
I clicked on the “gear” category to see how it was set up and if they were using affiliate marketing as her monetization method.
There was a blog post titled “How to choose the backpacking stove”.
They talked about the different stoves and and their different features such as weight, efficiency and functionality.
Within the post were affiliate links to different stoves that would be ideal for certain situations as shown below.
Any visitors to their website that click on these links will be directed to the sporting goods retailer REI.
REI has an affiliate program that camping bloggers can sign for in order to earn commissions from their referrals.
Where To Find Products To Promote & Earn Income From
If you want to sell and promote camping gear as well as other related products on your blog first you need to find merchants with affiliate programs.
Search Engines Are Your Friend
By using the search engines you can find a bunch of merchants catering to the camping niche.
Just type in the search bar “camping + affiliate” to get a list of merchants .
Here are just a couple of the Camping affiliate programs that I discovered with this technique.
They keep their affiliate program in house instead of using an affiliate network.
They have a wide selection of products and a well organized website.
Commission Payout: 10%
If your into bicycling and camping then this would be a great affiliate program to add to your camping blog.
Some unique products that are designed for carrying on a bike.
Commission rate: 8%
Another option is to sign up with an affiliate network.
An affiliate network has a list of merchants in the camping niche as well as many other niches.
So this can be a time saver because once you sign up with an affiliate network you have access to these merchants and you can apply to them to be an affiliate.
Some of the popular affiliate networks are:
- CJ Affiliate
Al lot of the bigger outdoors retailers usually are listed through affiliate networks such as:
- Eastern Mountain Sports
- CampGear.com (Summit Sports LLC)
- Trek Light Gear
Amazon Affiliate Network
Another possibility is signing up as an Amazon affiliate.
This is a favorite among bloggers in all different niches because Amazon is good at converting their visitors into buyers.
Which means that when you send a visitor to their site using an affiliate link from your blog there is a good chance you will earn a commission.
Another big advantage of being an Amazon affiliate is their product selection.
You might send a visitor to Amazon from your blog that purchases a sleeping bag for $50 but then also purchases a big screen TV for $1000.
You would get a commission on the total order.
So you can see how you can earn some good commissions signing up for the Amazon affiliate program.
How To Start A Camping Blog
Before you can start applying to the different affiliate programs your going to need a website.
Your also going to need to add some content to it in order for the merchants to accept you into their affiliate programs.
Fortunately the process of setting up your blog has been streamlined by many web hosts.
Here is how quickly you can set up a blog with the right web hosting company shown in the video below:
Its just a matter of clicking a few buttons.
The software of choice used by most bloggers is called WordPress.
Its a free open source software that has 1000’s of free themes available as well as 100’s of plugins for different functionality.
Adding Content To Your Blog
Once your blog is set up its time to start writing content to attract visitors and this is done using keywords.
Keywords for content marketing is important because keywords are what people are searching for in the search engines.
For example a keyword would be “best 2 man tent to buy”.
This is a keyword that someone would type into the search engine when they are in the buying phase.
Having a camping blog its possible that you would want to target that keyword.
This is where a keyword tool comes in handy.
The keyword tool will let you know if the keywords your choosing to rank your blog posts are too competitive or not.
Below is an example of a keyword tool that I use called Jaaxy.
I can tell quickly which keywords will be the best to use in my blog posts and which ones I should avoid.
You can also see what the estimated traffic will be if you get ranked on the first page of the search engines.
Very handy tool.
Where to Get Started
There is more to having a successful camping blog than just a website.
Every blogger no matter what niche they are in needs to get solid training from the beginning as well as stay up to date with the latest trends when building their online business.
Remember its not just a blog its an actual business.
So you have to treat it as such.
There are a lot of different courses available that offer to teach affiliate marketing but not all are legit and some are incredibly expensive.
But I stumbled across an affiliate marketing training course that was actually reasonably priced and they also offered a free membership to get your feet wet.
In other words you can sign up for free and test out some of the training as well as the blogging tools.
This is the same training that I used and I am still a member years later.
So if your looking to create a camping blog of your own to introduce the world to a fun recreational sport a great place to start is here with my free 5 step course.
A guide to get you started step by step.
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