How To Start An RV Travel Blog That Makes Over $5,000 Per Month in Passive Income

By Bill Acholla December 24, 2021

In today’s guide, I’m going to show you exactly how to start an RV travel blog that makes over $5000 per month in passive income.

In fact:

These are the same strategies that I used to start my family travel blog during the pandemic period:

Ready?

Let’s dive right in.

How Bill Widmer and his partner Make $4,000 Per Month With Their RV Blog

Bill Widmer is the founder of The Wandering RV, a blog that talks about RV lifestyle and guides.

Make no mistake:

The RV niche is REALLY competitive with dozens of entrenched competitors.

Bill spent a year living in an RV traveling the states. He’s since spent years traveling in RVs.

His passion is to help others learn to love the outdoors.

Currently Bill and his partner make over $4,000 per month in passive income.

See below:

Bottom line: An RV travel blog can make a huge amount of money in passive income.

With that, here are the steps that can help you start a profitable RV blog.

1. Come Up With A Perfect Blog Name

The first step is to come up with a blog name that will make people remember you.

The best way to unleash the best RV blog name is to:

  • Brainstorm.
  • Spend 20 minutes writing down every word that comes to your mind.
  • Combine words and phrases until you come up with a name that stands out from your competitors.
  • Check if those names are available as domains. If one of the domains is available, you can proceed and register it.
  • Choose the one that you like best and confirm it’s easy to pronounce and remember.
  • Use a suggestive word or metaphor.

You can use your own name for personal branding, but if your main goal is to sell your site in the future, I’d recommend you use the product name.

Key Takeaway: Make sure you know who your target audience is and what your RV blog is going to talk about.

Recommended Resource: 9 Blog Name Ideas To Increase Your Lifestyle Blogging Success

Before you register your blog name, let’s go to step 2:

2. Choose A Domain Name

Choosing the best domain name for your RV a blog

  • Choose a.com when possible. But if you are targeting a local market, then I would recommend you choose a local domain e.g .us, .uk, .ca, etc.
  • Make sure it’s short.
  • You can use your personal name.

Below are good examples of blog names that can inspire your RV blog naming search:

  • Free As Wheel Ever Be
  • Live, Laugh, RV
  • The Getaway Couple
  • RVBlogger
  • Livin RVision
  • Campers and Campfires
  • Grateful Glamper
  • Camp Addict
  • We’re The Russos
  • Our Wandering Family
  • Expertvagabond
  • The blonde abroad
  • Nomadic Matt
  • A Broken Backpack
  • The mother of all trips
  • Travel mamas
  • Travels with Baby
  • The educational Tourist
  • The vacation gals
  • LA family travel
  • Indie traveler
  • World travel family

Key Takeaway: Once you’ve landed on a name, do a thorough check to ensure someone else hasn’t claimed it first.

3. Get Your RV Blog Online

Now it’s time to get your RV blog online.

The first step is to get a web hosting provider where your RV blog and the domain name will live.

Before you get a hosting provider, there are several factors that you need to consider.

Due to the recent Page Experience and Core Web Vital update from Google, speed is an important factor when it comes to choosing the best web hosting platform.

I highly recommend Cloudways. You can get top-notch web hosting and secure a domain name for free.

I highly recommend you opt for the first plan because that’s the least you have to pay.

Below are great reasons to go with Cloudways for your RV blog.

  • Your blog will be 3X faster load times.
  • Your blog server will be managed by Cloudways.
  • You will experience the powerful servers.
  • It’s lightning-fast and ideal for medium-large websites.
  • It comes with premium security and top-notch customer support.
  • Lots of data centers to choose from.

Key Takeaway: Avoid shared hosting plans. They will decrease the load time of your website hence losing traffic for your blog.

Recommended Resources:

How Much Does Web Hosting Cost? What To Expect

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4. Set Up a Professional WordPress Theme

Get a professional WordPress theme that is aligned to your niche and install it to your WordPress blog.

Below are factors to consider when looking for a professional theme:

Theme should be:

  • functional and updated by the developer.
  • fast, lightweight, and highly customizable.
  • offering deeper integration with other tools.
  • SEO friendly

I highly recommend WPastra.com because it’s super-fast and it has great tech support. Once you’ve chosen a theme, get it installed and activated.

Key Takeaway: By using Cloudways as your web host and one-click installing WordPress, you don’t need any coding knowledge to create an awesome-looking blog.

5. Install Essential WordPress Plugins

The next step is to install essential third-party plugins.

WordPress plugins can give your blog additional features.

Since you will be using Cloudways, I recommend you install the below plugins.

  • WP Rocket
  • Shortpixel
  • Asset CleanUp
  • Perfmatters
  • WP-Optimize
  • BunnyCDN

Avoid the below plugins since they will slow your website.

  • Thrive
  • Google analytics
  • WP social share
  • All In One SEO
  • Beaver Builder
  • Wordfence

6. Keyword Research

Since this is about starting an RV blog for family travel bloggers, I’ll walk you through what you can do…

Start with “RV guides”.

Use Ubersuggest.

Ubersuggest is my favorite keyword research tool.

Why?

Because it shows you keywords that your competitors already rank for.

Here’s how it works:

First, type a competing site into the tool.

Then, hit search → Positions to see the keywords that they rank for in Google:

Pro Tips to consider when conducting keyword research:

  • At least 1,000+ monthly searches (if you’re aiming for high-value, long-tail keywords, this can be closer to 500+).
  • A keyword difficulty score under 0.5.
  • The first page of Google has at least one site with a DA under 30.
  • A SERP position history that has changed recently.)

7. Branding Your RV Travel Blog

Now the fun part: branding your RV blog.

Building a brand from the ground up may be one of the most fun tasks when building your RV blog.

A brand is a way you convey your business that creates your reputation and the way your customers perceive your business.

The fundamentals of a brand identity include:

Your logo: specifics of its design and usage, including acceptable sizes and colors

Brand colors: their specific shades and how and where they should be used

Typefaces (or fonts): which ones can be used and where (i.e., headings and body text across your website, blog, and online store)

Voice and tone: how your brand “speaks” to its customers in written communication

Social media guidelines: rules for how communicating with customers on social channels differs from other communications

Your brand will naturally evolve and grow as you build your RV business.

Your goal is to create brand guidelines that you can use to create your website and help with your marketing efforts.

Recommended Resources:

10 (Proven) Ways to Build Strong Local Brand Presence

How to Use Instagram to Skyrocket Your Brand Awareness

8. Understand Your Audience

Here are a few more precise tactics you can start using today to get to know your audience:

Ask them: It may sound over-simplified, but nothing beats speaking directly with your readers.

Run a survey with a tool like SurveyMonkey, a poll on Twitter, a design test with Helio, or send out a questionnaire directly to your email list.

Find other online communities where there are more active readers and ask there.

No matter which method you choose, you’re bound to get valuable insights when you take the time to ask meaningful questions.

Use Google Autocomplete: Don’t have many readers to ask yet?

Try Google Autocomplete.

When you start typing words into the Google search field, different search suggestions are displayed based on millions of other related Google searches.

These predictions can give you a ton of insights about user-intent and highlight several related subjects you can explore to comprehensively address the questions your readers are asking search engines.

See what people are asking on Quora: Enter a topic into Quora, and you’ll almost always see a myriad of relevant questions (and answers related to that topic).

This research technique is a gold mine for discovering exactly what readers like yours may want to know or learn more about.

9. It’s Time To Write Your First Blog Post

Let me show you how to create content that will help you get:

  • Thousands of social shares.
  • the first page of Google rankings.
  • Hundreds of comments.

If you’re a serious RV blogger that wants to drive traffic and rank faster, you need to use the below techniques when creating engaging content.

  • Find a proven topic that is interesting to your audience.
  • Come up with a blog post template. Examples are: List post, Case study post, Review post, and Tools Post.
  • Create an amazing headline.
  • Craft a compelling introduction that will grab your reader’s attention.
  • Use story techniques within your post.
  • Add relevant screenshots and images.
  • Statistics to explain your points.
  • Relevant quotes.
  • Mention influencer if necessarily.
  • Write as you talk.
  • Use short sentences.
  • Use an active voice.
  • Write for Skimmers.
  • Use lots of examples.
  • Add an engaging conclusion that will make people leave comments.

Recommended Resource: How To Write a Blog Post: A Step-By-Step Guide

10. Promote Your RV Blog

It’s time to promote your RV blog.

Below are three proven strategies to help you grow and monetize your traffic.

Guest Posting

For starters, I’d recommend guest posting. This is because it’s a great way to grow your RV blog.

But there is only one issue.

According to Bloggerjet.com, the average referral traffic you can get is 56.

There is one solution I recommend and that is:

Guest Post Bonus.

With a guest post bonus, you offer your visitors something that will make them come back to your blog.

For example, a while back Brian Dean the founder of Backlinko published a guest post on The Buffer Blog

And created a guest post bonus just for the readers.

And that single guest post brought in 471 visitors in the first month

and lots of those visitors signed up to Brian Dean’s newsletter.

The Second strategy is:

Use HARO To Get Brand Mentions

HARO link building is blowing up right now.

And for a good reason.

Getting media coverage is a great way for your blog to stand out.

For example, Contentellect.com on behalf of Mountainiq.com sent 137 pitches and scored 7 solid links.

Below are a few of the pitches and results Mountainiq.com got:

According to Mark Whitman, if you want to succeed in using HARO you need to use the below tips:

  • Respond with a pitch quickly
  • Provide valuable and relevant insight
  • Be consistent

The Third prove strategy is:

Create a Curated Report

Journalists love writing about data. And businesses that publish data-driven content tend to get press coverage regularly.

What you need to do is to just use data that is lying around and present it interestingly.

Below are tips to follow:

  • Find a topic that is trending with your niche.
  • Find data and present it in a good way.
  • Find the data to specifically help journalists cover your report.
  • Include key takeaways.
  • Use lots of visual charts

It’s as simple as that.

11. It’s Time To Make $5000 Every Month

Once you have some traffic, it’s time to monetize your RV blog.

Below are great ways of making money with RV Blog:

Affiliate programs

An affiliate program is when you get revenue for promoting someone’s product or service on your blog.

The best thing about this particular revenue channel, is that many companies already have affiliate programs built-in – you don’t have to worry about sending email pitches to sponsors or making your own product.

There are TONS of affiliate programs out there, so try not to get overwhelmed. Just try and find a program that best represents your niche, then reach out to the company offering an affiliate partnership in exchange for promoting one of their products.

Below are good examples of RV affiliate programs you can join to make money:

  • Good Sam
  • Escapees RV Club
  • Mobile Home Parts Store
  • LightStream
  • Tochta Custom RV Mattress
  • RV Water Filter Store
  • RVT.com
  • RVShare
  • Vintage Trailer Supply
  • Outdoorsy
  • Camping World

Sell Advertising Space

This is the easiest, most basic way of making money off your blog. Selling advertising space on your site is the same as selling a spot in a newspaper or magazine.

The easiest way of doing this is to start with Google Adsense, Mediavine, BuySellAds or Ezoic.

Just sign up, place a bit of code provided by Google, Mediavine, BuySellAds or Ezoic on the RV site, and let advertisers bid among themselves for that space.

Physical Products

How much stuff do you buy online per year

 It’s a lot, right?

Same for your readers. If you want to start selling physical products on your RV blog, I have good news for you – there are plenty of options.

With sites like Printify and Alibaba, you can create your own products (i.e., products manufactured by a company to be sold under your brand).

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope this guide showed you how to start an RV blog for family travel bloggers.

Now I’d like to turn it over to you:

What’s the #1 lesson from this post you have learned?

Or maybe you have a question about something you read.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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