Don't worry: the title of this post will be the extent of the third-person speak you'll hear on Blogger Abroad (except for a paragraph here and here – which are for search engines).
This is the first post on BloggerAbroad – our brand new blog. My name is Bryan Haines and I'm a 34 year-old Canadian living in Ecuador with my wife Dena and our young daughter. In this post I am going to share some of our story and goals. I hope you'll share yours in the comments.
Why Did We Create Blogger Abroad?
The blog-blogger niche (blogs about blogging) is very full. Driven by dollar signs many eager people (with little-to-no experience) begin to write about blogging and online business. As it happens in most niches there are a few experts, a few great amateurs and thousands of confused bloggers chasing after the next-great-thing.
We created Blogger Abroad for people who want to travel and live abroad – and make money while doing it.
Blogger Abroad is about earning online for travelers and expats. It provides the resources and motivation required to start and grow a successful online business and is different because the advice shared is based on real life experiences.
How Blogger Abroad Is Different
Blogger Abroad is different from other blogs-about-blogging because of who we are. We actually make our living as bloggers.
In fact, we only make money online. And all three of us blog – including our 12-year-old daughter. She blogs on 3 different sites.
Blogging and entrepreneurship aside, we are also expats, travelers and parents. This site focuses on creating a blog business for a specific purpose: lifestyle design.
The topic is fascinating – earning online so you can live/travel anywhere in the world. Some people want to travel long-term while others just want a week here and there. Others (like us) want to live abroad. And yet others simply want to quit their cubicle 9-to-5'er and live life another way. Regardless of your goals, an online business can help you reach them.
On Blogger Abroad, you can expect to learn: how to build a lifestyle business that allows you to live life on your terms.
“Blogger Abroad is for people who want to travel or live abroad – and still need to earn an income.”
A Little About Us
When we moved here (Ecuador) more than three years ago, we didn't have any work. Dena and I had just sold our second advertising agency in Canada, along with our house, car, furniture – everything, and arrived in Cuenca with some savings and six bags of luggage. We figured that we had enough money to last for 3 years before it would run out – and we'd head back to Canada to start over.
Three years is a pretty long family sabbatical but wasn't really that long for a move abroad. We wanted to move permanently. But we did it a little backwards. We moved, then started making money online. As long as you have some savings maybe this will work for you as well. For most people, they will probably setup their business and then move. Either way, it can be done.
We had an idea for an online business – but it didn't work. We thought that we could teach English, be travel writers, or stock photographers but none of those worked for us either. You can read our back story here.
Writing as an Education
After nine months of searching, I was hired by About.com – a web property owned by The New York Times Company (The About Group has since been acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp). In April 2010, I was hired for the online business topic – a topic that I have now covered for almost three years. What started as an interest has become a passion. Online business is fascinating and has massive potential.
Doing business online has created a somewhat level playing field: someone who has never done business online before can, in a very short period of time, create and grow a successful business allowing them to live and travel whenever and however they want.
For over two years, Dena and I have run a website called GringosAbroad. It details our experience of arriving in Ecuador, getting established and doing common things like:
- opening a Ecuadorian bank account
- getting a drivers license in Ecuador
- finding rental property in Cuenca, Ecuador
All things that we take for granted in our own country, but that aren't that simple to do in a foreign country – especially when you don't speak the language.
That was three years ago. We now speak Spanish (although it continues to be a work in progress), our daughter is fluent and speaks better Spanish than we do. Our website has grown to be the most popular English-language site in the whole country, it is travel/ex-pat blogging and we love it!
With the success of GringosAbroad we were asked to run a blog about Galapagos travel, for a company that owns lodges on three of the Galapagos Islands. Writing about Galapagos travel means that we needed to experience it – not a bad perk, eh? We've already been there twice and heading back in a couple of months.
Currently we run three blogs:
- Online Business, About.com: The topic is online business and web hosting. I cover topics such as affiliate marketing, building a site, blogging and finding a web host.
- GringosAbroad: traveling and living in Ecuador. Dena and I run this together.
- Red Mangrove Galapagos Travel blog. We run this as a family, even Drew contributes a post each month.
Today We Launch Blogger Abroad
Generate Passive Income While Traveling or Living Abroad
Today, we are thrilled to launch our new blog: BloggerAbroad is dedicated to helping you to travel and live abroad by learning how to make money online.
The blog will be divided into two primary categories: making money online and expat / travel.
Making Money Online
- Creative Juice
- Get More Traffic
- Make Money Online
- Lifestyle Design
- Travel / Live Abroad
Where is this all going?
Moving abroad with our family was one of the best decisions we've ever made. It has opened all of our minds to a world larger than the small province (Nova Scotia) where we grew up. Before moving to Ecuador, we traveled as a family around Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and South America.
But travel just didn't feel like enough; we wanted to become part of the culture, not just see what the culture was. So after exploring more than a dozen countries (online) for possible relocation, we settled on Ecuador and specifically the city of Cuenca in the Andes.
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