HEYA, I'M ANITA
a full-time travel blogger of 10 years originally from New Zealand, but now living in the Albanian Riviera.
But I wasn't always full-time, earning a wage and having the time of my life...
I become a travel blogger because I wanted to inspire people with my travels and give useful tips to other solo females.
I desired to also have a business of my own. I really loathed working for other people and having a boss to bow down to, I was always inspired to be my own boss and have the freedom of owning my own business.
But after struggling for 6 years I hit a wall
I tried to grow my blog for 6 years while travelling from country to country. I was earning a little money, but not enough at all! I would often forfeit meals just because I couldn't afford to eat. I spent so many hours googling, lurking in blogging Facebook groups and was so confused. What is the secret? Is there some sort of hack or secret society that I don't know about?
I remember this one moment sitting in a cafe in Europe with $20 in my bank account, thinking to myself, if I don't make it now, I'll have to catch the first flight back to New Zealand & that was DEVASTING.
I had hit rock bottom with my blog.
Something had to change.
I started to stop focusing on the aesthetics and got down to the nitty-gritty. I studied the backend of blogs, niches and SEO. I implemented... and then crickets. What now? I was still missing something.
I was being sent on press trips and working with a few brands, but it still wasn't enough. I was not running a sustainable business. I was still not making enough to live. Meanwhile, my peers around me were earning THOUSANDS of dollars per month. Then I moved to Albania and it all changed.
💡I HAD AN EPIPHANY.
I started writing the sh*t out of Albania.
I listened to what questions were being asked about Albania and I would create blog posts answering the questions. I quickly became an authority and finally stood out from the crowd.
My pageviews + income skyrocketed 📈
I dissected my blog and what was happening and found 3 core components that allowed me to have that growth. I really started to run my blog LIKE A BUSINESS and everything changed.
I reached 90,000 page views per month, earning a passive wage that allowed me to live comfortably and was featured in big online publications, BUT best of all I started to see the results I had always wanted.
I tested my method on a new website...
After 1.5 months of publishing my 2nd website, I ranked on Page 1 on Google for a keyword that searched thousands of times per month. I also started to rank to a multitude of keywords within MONTHS which leads to a steady consistent stream of traffic.
🥂 NOW I LIVE A LAPTOP LIFESTYLE 🥂
From my blog, I've been able to:
- Travel the world & get paid for it
- Featured in newspapers, magazines & TV
- Worked with hundreds of brands
- Won best travel blogger in New Zealand by Flight Centre
- Helped 20+ bloggers from 9 countries in the last 12 months, build their blogs into a BUSINESS
My story made me even more passionate about blogging.