Ebook review “Making Money from Travel Web Sites”

Sounds like everybody’s dream, right? Traveling and living from it. Not to work to be able to travel, instead to live and travel, financing your life by the same travel that makes your life worth living. Sounds like a sales pitch, right? Or is it your dream also? The here reviewed ebook was downloaded from a site with the delightful name “Retire young and wealthy” (web address at the end of the article). So what is behind the sales pitch? First of all, before I get into the nitty-gritty detail of a review: Yes, this ebook is worth downloading! It could be improved with some re-writing, but the basic information is there and the information is sound and good. For the download link, see end of article. The book is free and contains valuable information, so go for it! Now the review proper:

Mike, the author, has managed a difficult task, to put together an extensive, 51 pages, ebook that covers a wide array of subjects regarding web site building and monetizing these web sites. The layout is clear and the font is easy to read, something a lot of people overlook when creating their fancy looking ebooks. The Table of Contents gives the whole project a professional look, but unfortunately the titles are not linked to the chapters, making it a bit of a scroll up and down experience when reading it the second or third time. Also the web site address on the bottom of each page is not clickable, costing Mike for sure some visitors as the book goes around the internet.
A very nice touch is the lack of a sales pitch! This book provides the basic information you need to start to build web sites for profit and doesn’t try to sell you “further secrets”. There are a few affiliate / referral links to recommended services and web sites, but nothing else. Nothing you have to buy into to get more, needed, information. The layout is nice, with only one picture, the cover so to speak. I don’t know, but perhaps having a little pic for each chapter might liven things a bit more up. Especially as I always connect Travel with photography, but that might be just me.  To round the lay out review a bit up, I would strongly suggest next time to let a second person proof read the book. It is not really bad, but there are still some typos, page breaks that went wrong and punctuation that could be improved. Don’t do your own proof reading. Only very few people I know, can distance themselves so far from the text they wrote, to read what is written and not to read what they wanted to write.  Now to the content proper:

The first time I opened the book it was like “Making money from travel web sites”??? That should be a niche and not 51 pages long!!! After I read this book a couple of times, I smiled and thought ‘It is written like a blog, not like a book.’ Nothing wrong with being a blogger 😉 but when it comes to preparing your content for an ebook, not a blog, then it is better if you start to think like a writer -and like a ebook reader!- and not like a blogger! The content is great, but it really could do with some condensing and streamlining. Or perhaps it would be even better broken down in 2-3 ebooks, on the lines of “Making Travel Web Sites”, “Promoting Travel Web Sites” and “Monetizing Travel Web Sites”. You even could give the first one away for free *Warning: Evil Thought* >>> and sell the other two.  I would also add a glossary to explain all the “funny internet terms” like ftp and html.
Another think that could do with improving is to concentrate more on the “How to” and less on the “Why and What”. Some simple recipes to “cook” a web site up would have been nice. Also the idea of “niche” is coming a bit too short. Remember a web site about “Travel America” is harder to make successful then “Travel Riding Holidays in Vermont”.
To finish it of, there is something I learnt from this ebook and that really got me thinking. That is the tip of carrying always a sound recording device with you during your research for your travel web site. It made ideas spring to my mind, like recording the sound of ocean waves on a lonely beach or the old folk songs performed during a festival. There are more points I could mention, but you should really go ahead and download the ebook and read for yourself:

Web site: Retire Young and Wealthy Ebook (free): Make Money with Travel Web Sites

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45 comments to Ebook review “Making Money from Travel Web Sites”

  • I would be attracted to this book alone because it doesn’t have a sales pitch, which I know are proven to work, but I feel like I get so many sales pitches every day that I am totally over them.

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    @Chuggin
    You are so right! If I see a sales pitch page or a buy this, only available xyz hours email / offer I am out of it. Especially if they give me pop ups when I try to close the web site in question. So it boils down for me that the best way to “sell” something is to sell nothing, if you know what I mean, SY

  • Thanks for honest review. All of your points are valid and perhaps I will work on a new version.

  • hospitalera

    @Mike
    Hope I was not too harsh, feel free to send me the link to the new edition also, SY

  • @hospitalera. Not at all. It’s been a while since I looked at it when I posted the link and it obviously needs a bit of work. I hope though, it can help someone looking to get started and you can’t argue about the price!

  • hospitalera

    @Mike
    You are right, the price is great! And the content also, SY

  • I’m running a travel website and i make decent money out of it.I think this book will be quite useful for me to know more about this travel field.Thanks for the Ebook.

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    @Us Traveler
    Go ahead, and give thanks to the person that wrote it, not me 😉 SY

  • I think apart from good content,photographs etc .The main thing in success of the website is its ranking in search engines.If this is considered during designing and developing phase of web building then its much easier to get higher positions in search engine and resulting in high traffic and good revenue.

  • hospitalera

    @Girona Airport
    You are right a blogger has to start to think about SEO before even starting a blog or web site. SY

  • Hi,
    I have a travel website but i don’t understand how to earn the online money.
    Thanks for sharing

  • hospitalera

    @ aditya

    Which part do you not understand? Buyers, products or both? SY

  • Actually yes, it is a dream of mine! Another great eBook review, keep them coming.

  • hospitalera

    @Ste
    Will do, and live your dream, don’t just dream your life 😉 SY

  • @hospitalera, more easily said than done, but I’m working on it!

  • hospitalera

    @Ste
    Don’t give up! SY

  • “Another think that could do with improving is to concentrate more on the “How to” and less on the “Why and What”.” Agree. People just love to find tips, how-tos, guides that could make their lives easier, especially when taking that dream family vacations.

  • hospitalera

    @Stevey
    Yep, help people to solve their problems and you win a friend for life 😉 SY

  • i have several blog with travel niche…got some nice adsense through it..

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    @ dharma
    You are right, travel niche sites and adsense go very well together! SY

  • Running a travel website is too difficult because there is a large competition out there.

  • It takes time for websites to convert in to cash machine.

  • I have a travel website which offers cheap vacation packages in US.I offer a lot of places in US.This ebook will be really helpful for me. I have downloaded it and i will go through it by this week.

  • hospitalera

    @ sam
    ROFL, is that the reason you are having / promoting one? Scratch that, having / promoting two???

    @Parker Anderson
    Lol, I was wandering why you called your site vacationpackagestogo and don’t offer anything in Togo, West Africa 😉 Took me a while to discover that you mean “to go”. Do you get a lot of traffic Togo related keywords? SY

  • manu

    I download above book and read it its fantastic. Now I started working over the tips written in it and I am experiencing the change so early.Thanks for sharing it.

  • hospitalera

    @Manu
    Tell us how it goes! SY

  • monika

    i read that book its very good i will start working on it let you know the results.keep posting this useful information.

  • hospitalera

    @Monika
    Looking forward to it! SY

  • Vi

    @hospitalera, thanks for review. I read couple other books targeting travel websites, but I probably will stop reading as most of these books are the same “Making Money from […] Web Sites” (you can put any keyword instead of […]) except may be one part – affiliates which can be specific to particular niche.
    .-= Vi´s last blog ..Backpacking? But do you really need a backpack? =-.

  • hospitalera

    @VI
    Yes, that would be then the ultimate niche product, rofl, “Make money from ‘toys for small dogs’ web sites” 😉 SY

  • Vi

    Interesting niche 😀

    btw, did you use “market samurai” yourself?
    .-= Vi´s last blog ..Backpacking? But do you really need a backpack? =-.

  • hospitalera

    @Vi
    Absolutely 😉 Yes, I use Market Samurai myself, I only recommend products I have used and liked myself, I find it un-ethical to recommend products only based on the “referral bucks” they might bring you, that is the reason why I don’t push many products and services, I don’t have the time, nor do I want to spend the money, to test them all. BTW, Market Samurai has a free 12 day trial, give it a go if you like, they only want an email address in exchange 😉 SY

  • Paul Newage

    Very super information.

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    i read that book its very good i will start working on it let you know the results.keep posting this useful information.Yes, that would be then the ultimate niche product, rofl, “Make money from ‘toys for small dogs’ web sites” .thanks for review.I have a travel website but i don’t understand how to earn the online money.
    Thanks for sharing

  • hospitalera

    @Paul Newage
    Thanks!

    @low cost holidays voucher codes
    Where exactly is the problem, it seems to me that you are of to a good start! SY

  • sam

    I have downloaded above book and read it and its fantastic. Now I started working over the tips written in it and I am experiencing the change so early.Thanks for sharing it.

  • hospitalera

    @Sam
    Good for you, keep us posted! SY

  • rohit kumar

    Well you can checkout my blog too. It might help someone also.

  • hospitalera

    @rohit kumar
    The only thing that a blog with “black hat” in the url helps you to is getting banned from Google, so, sorry, but no backlinks to black hat sites from me! SY

  • Barca

    Great posts i love it and help me to sell my fc Barcelona football tickets to travelers coming to spain or Barcelona

  • hospitalera

    @Barca
    Sorry, wrong blog 😉 SY

  • Mcwherter

    Damn, I just posted this huge comment and then when I clicked submit the dang page when all white, does this mean I have to type it out all over again guys? I hope it’s not lost for good, that took me a long time to type out…uhhh.

  • Herbet Miller

    I guess if someone gets enough Twitter followers. They can then turn around and market anything to them.

    • hospitalera

      Lol, nice it would be, but only if your twitter followers actually LISTEN to you. Question back to you: How many people do you follow on Twitter and how many of these are you actually listen to and how many are just floating through your timeline without you paying any attention to them? Tweeting is like blogging, you have to provide value to get attention! SY