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A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: September’13 Income – $14,863

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After a month at home Vicky and I are now back on the road in England, before heading to Scotland and then getting on a plane to Nepal. We haven’t been in Asia since May and it’s going to be very interesting for us to go back after spending so much time in Europe. Will we love it? Hate it? Or have a completely business as usual attitude?

I’m slightly concerned as to how we’ll fair running this organization while trekking in Nepal but we’ll just have to power through and perhaps take a hit in income if necessary. There’s a lot of stuff going on nowadays and I feel like we’re on the verge of getting involved in some big things, but IDK.

Blogging Course:

The blogging course has been underway now for a little over a month for the pioneers. We’re up to 15 people in total and a few seem to trickle in month to month. We don’t really promote it so we’ll just see where it goes. I did receive quite a nice message the other day from one of our “students”.

“Let me start off by saying thank you both so very much for allowing us to join in on the blogging partnership.. You have no idea how much this course + being a part of the partnership has turned our online finances around. We recorded our first $2k online month in September 🙂 “

It’s great to see that we’re adding value in what we do. I realize that not everyone in the course is experiencing the success that this gentleman is with their online endeavors, but people are coming in from a variety of stages and we’re working with a lot of people who are just starting. I’m optimistic and glad to see that we are seeing some initial positive results.

I was thinking the other day about the course and how I feel it is taking a bit of a different direction than what we originally foresaw. Originally I thought it would more or less be targeted at fledgling bloggers who see what we’re doing here at acoupletravelers and are interested in learning more about it so they can do it themselves. There certainly are those people, but I am also beginning to realize that some people in the course bring a lot of online earning experience to the table, just in ways different from what we usually do. This is really fantastic, because I feel like I’m learning as well and it’s becoming a bit of a mastermind group as opposed to us being the teachers and them being the students. Yes we’ve made a few grand running the course but I’m beginning to realize the real benefit is in the networking. We’re positioning people to become earners online and building relationships with them. Hopefully, we share some of what we know and they do the same. As I wrote in the last post about wanting to partner up with people I think that the course is going in that direction. I’ve already begun to work with one student privately on a project of our own and I hope more things like that come out of it.

If you are interested in signing up – or learning more about it check out our article

Blogging Partnership:

The blogging partnership has had a decent month, and by that I mean you can’t complain with approximately $6k in earnings, but it is off its highs by quite a bit and not likely to be growing anytime soon.

But that’s to be expected.

The thing is we’re starting to acquire more of our own blogs and replacing the partnership with those. While it’s been good the last few months testing out this new idea, the fact is it’s a hell of a lot better just working with your own blogs. Yes you have to find and acquire them. Yes this costs money. But we have the capital and the knowledge.

And at the end of the day being able to take 100% of something is much better than a 30% commission, when you’re perfectly capable of earning the other 70%.

Also, I’m getting a little bit worn from having customers/clients. It’s just tiring. People, by nature, are difficult to please, and bloggers, well, they’re even more difficult I think. It’s been a good lesson in customer service. We had  rough start but a reasonably strong ending.


Vicky and I are finally coming around to having some posts up for renewal. Last month we had two up for renewal and one paid and another did not. That’s a pretty small sample size to say that 50% are going to renew, but if so that could be a nice monthly boost to our income going forward as we started earning around $2k a month during this time period. October will be interesting because we have over 20 up for renewal…


Just the other day I was thinking about how great it would be to be working on a project with 3 other people. For us, the last year has been a year of going it alone and while there are benefits to running something exclusively yourself you also take on 100% of the risks/costs and if it doesn’t pan out then you’re stuck. Nowadays, I’m really looking for ideas where a few people can get together and try something and I’m more interested to take a smaller share in several projects than a larger share in just a few.

So who’s with me? Who has an idea that they want to pitch to us?

We have ideas.

But we’re probably never going to touch any of them because, well, we’re only two people and we can only do so much.

Here’s one I just came across recently with the help of someone in the blogging partnership.

A mystery shopping site, but for travelers aka businesses that are interested in being mystery shopped by travelers. These things exist in the US and they’re mainly just restaurants. Why not abroad and why not for travelers?

What would it take to explore this idea? You contact a bunch of businesses and see if they are interested in signing up for a mailing list that will keep them updated on the progress of the venture. You can contact say 100 or so in an area using things like trip advisor for ideas on what businesses to include. If/Once you have the businesses you have an idea and interested parties and you can go to something like kick starter and try to get funding for a website. If that doesn’t work 4 people could probably fund it themselves without having to put much down. If you can’t get the businesses then you either have to change your approach or bag the idea, which at worst means you wasted a bit of time and/or money for a VA to send some emails.

And that’s ABOUT it, at least for starters. Some of the minute details are things like what businesses to target, and I think you have to go niche here and make them travel related so like tours, activities, cooking classes, etc. The things that tourists do when they go on vacation.

The more I thought about it the more I realized how many ideas can just be tested (and frankly, should be), and doesn’t require a lot of money down.

But I’m still waiting for a group of people who are interested.

And if I wait too long, maybe we’ll just pitch it to some people directly.

Traffic and Sources

act traffic

Google Page Rank: 3/10

Domain Authority: 41/100


Our best ever, though just ever so slightly. Namely because we’re working off our own acquisitions and not on commission basis. Actually it was our best month to date selling to advertisers. Now if we just had a legitimate business aside from this we could really hit that 20k/month goal of mine…


ACoupleTravelers – $17,763

  • Direct Advertising: $16,450
  • Vadovia: $400
  • Course Sign – Ups: $398
  • Website Sales: $250

AvocadoPesto – $602

  • Direct Advertising: $512
  • Google Adsense: $40
  • BlogHer: $50

Total Business Costs: $2,889

Total Value Received: $0


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30 Responses to A Couple Travelers By The Numbers: September’13 Income – $14,863

  1. Thanks for sharing guys. We love these reports, they give us a goal to strive for.

    Well since we are “students” of yours in the “Blogging Course”, I can say we went from $0 income to over $1000 in our first month! So that is going in the correct direction. Your materials are well documented, informative and easy to follow. Prior to the course we have been fumbling around trying to self teach and the course helped fill the gaps that we had. You have answered so many questions and made it seem easy! We really appreciate your guidance have already told others about the course. Hopefully they will sign up with you too.

    Heidi @WagonersAbroad October 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM Reply
    • Thanks for the positive response guys – you’re doing great. Just to be clear for anyone reading this, I should mention that you have also been taking part in the blogging partnership program. The course, while valuable, is probably not going to take the average blogger from 0 – 1k a month. Looking forward to continuing working with you!

      Dave and Vicky October 6, 2013 at 3:15 PM Reply
  2. Good job, guys!
    We want to believe, that anyone can repeat your success online.

    Gadi and Tun October 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM Reply
    • Thanks – naturally where we are now does take time and I don’t want people reading these for the first time thinking that this is easy. Since you guys have been reading these from the beginning you know it’s a process and requires constant adapting.

      Dave and Vicky October 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM Reply
  3. Dear Dave and Vicky,

    Congratulations for another great month, we are working hard to make our blog work and make our living out of it.

    So far we haven´t reached that point but we do the best we can. We live on a tight budget to join your personal blogging course, but maybe one day.

    Our blog is getting a little bigger every month.

    Hope to meet you one day and have fun with Mr. Woodward

    Yeison October 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM Reply
    • Thanks guys, your blog is looking great. I think you can position yourself as the premier costa rica blog, and when/if you garner enough readership you can partner with local companies and tour groups to get advertising revenue + discounts that you can give to your readers. Look at for example of a great niche blog. This is something that I don’t feel we can do because our blog is so general, so we have gone another route that has been working for us – but it is not the only route.

      Dave and Vicky October 6, 2013 at 3:21 PM Reply
  4. You guys are work machines! We would be interested in hearing some of your ideas. Keep up the good work!

    Hannah @GettingStamped October 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM Reply
    • We have one we’re going to test out this month and see where it gets us. There will be an update (whether it’s a success of failure) on the next income report to discuss it, so please stay tuned!

      Dave and Vicky October 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM Reply
  5. Another great month you guys! Keep rocking!

    T. Moore October 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM Reply
  6. Well done again guys!! I’ finding myself “stuck”. My traffic is good, 13,000 ish PVs/month My DA is 34, not bad, but Google STILL haven’t updated PR, leaving me on PR1 for 9 months now. It’s such a bummer!! Some advertisers see past PR these days, some don’t. Fingers crossed for the future and an upswing in my finances. ( we need it, did you see that my husband just had emergency surgery on Ko Phangan?…long story!)

    Alyson October 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM Reply
    • Yeah the PR thing has been a set back for a lot of people. I know we have people in the course who are doing all the right things, but if you’re a PR0 or 1, it’s just a really tough sell – advertisers are pretty narrow minded, or maybe they just have narrow minded clients/bosses.

      No, did not know that, but wish him a speedy recovery!

      Dave and Vicky October 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM Reply
  7. Thoroughly impressed by your stellar business acumen – many, many kudos! Went back to your early Traffic posts, and must say you’ve grown at an admirable speed. We’re also doing a monthly update on website statistics, but it tends to focus on my uncanny ineptitude regarding all aspects of travel blogging. Oh well, at least I have some fun ranting about the many things I’m doing wrong… Anyway, just wanted to drop a “thank you for sharing” and say I admire your resilience and focus. Good luck reaching your goals and hope you enjoy being back in Asia!

    Lunaguava October 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM Reply
    • Coming back to Asia in a few weeks – Nepal, India and onwards. Thanks for stopping by!

      Dave and Vicky October 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM Reply
  8. Wow that’s a crazy amount of direct advertising dollars. Great job!

    Michelle October 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM Reply
  9. Hi Dave and Vicky,
    Dropping by for the first time.

    This is such an inspiring post, it is hard to find blog who really share how much they earned. Success in blogging is always possible, and you guys have made it there:)

    Simon (Malaysia)

    Simon Lee October 8, 2013 at 2:37 AM Reply
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  11. Hi Dave & Vicky,
    I’d be really interested to know how you get direct advertisers – and paying so much in a single month? I have had a look around your blog and can’t see so many ads – so I am wondering how this works? I have been running my yoga & wellness website now for 2.5 years and am still struggling to make even a few hundred $ a month so looking for some tips!

    Michelle October 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM Reply
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  13. So inspiring.. keep it up Dave & Vicky.
    Will be following your steps.. haha

    Leo Newbiesup October 29, 2013 at 2:03 AM Reply
  14. Wow, BIG congratulations guys! Truly an inspiration and I’ll keep following your blog before considering signing up for that blogging course!

    Michelle October 29, 2013 at 12:31 PM Reply
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  17. Hi,

    Could you provide us a breakdown of these:
    ACoupleTravelers – $17,763

    Direct Advertising: $16,450
    Vadovia: $400
    Course Sign – Ups: $398

    and how we can approach “direct advertisers”

    ASH May 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM Reply
    • Direct advertisers have reached out to us in the past and then we have traded those advertising contacts with other bloggers to double our contact list and then to continue trading contacts which has allowed us to build up a large list. So if you have a few contacts try trading with fellow bloggers to grow that list.

      Vicky June 25, 2014 at 5:46 AM Reply
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