So some big changes are afoot on Ashley Abroad. I'm now offering a sponsorship program for bloggers looking to advertise!

And I want to test the program before charging anyone so here's where you come in- the first ten bloggers to comment below will receive a free 310×150 spot for September as well as a feature in the sponsor introduction post. So get commenting!

While sponsorship is a big thing on lifestyle sites like I Wore Yoga Pants and Yes and Yes, I've noticed it's nonexistent on travel blogs. And with all the exposure it can offer, it's time to change that.


A Big Move

And for my second announcement of the day- I'm moving! (Or, at least I'm trying to.)

If you follow me on Instagram you may already know where.

Here's a hint:  unnamed-1


I spent last week in the Bay Area apartment-hunting with my friend McCall and if things turn out well I should be a San Francisco resident in the coming weeks!

I've wanted to live in San Francisco since I was nine years old so it's time to finally make that dream come true. I used to work in the Bay Area through high school and college at my uncle's restaurants so I'm beyond excited to be based there again.

I'm also thrilled to have my own apartment- it's been years since I've had my own space.

Diversifying My Blogging Income

To date I've made the bulk of my blogging income from sponsored posts and links but I'd like to start earning money in a less spammy (and potentially site-ruining) ways. I've been hugely inspired by Pinch of Yum's income reports and have thus decided to implement a few new ideas.

So here are a few ways I'm diversifying my income:

a. Joining BlogHer ad network.

You may have noticed the new ads in the sidebar. This is because I have a year-long contract with BlogHer so I will have to post 1-2 a week to fulfill my contract. In short you'll be seeing a lot of me around here!

b. Becoming a Hostgator affiliate.

I've had a great experience with Hostgator over the past two years and couldn't recommend their hosting highly enough. While their sidebar ad isn't pretty (see right), I'm excited to become an affiliate for a company I really love.

Essentially I earn a small commission if you buy a domain or hosting through the ad at right (or the link above), so if you're looking to start a blog or website I'd really appreciate a click!

c. More giveaways.

While giveaways don't directly generate revenue, they do help build social media numbers. And considering I'm a social media slacker, I could use the help.

I was very happy with how successful my recent Jo Totes giveaway went- not only did my readers seem very interested in winning the bag it resulted in tons of engagement on social media. And now that I have an $8 monthly subscription to Rafflecopter I'm planning on reaching out to more companies whose products I regularly use to see if they'd be interested in a giveaway!

d. Sponsored content with companies I love.

I'm interested in doing more product and app reviews on my site that I think could be useful for you guys. Currently I turn down 99% of product review requests that I receive but I'd like to do more outreach. I'm also signing up for a few promotional networks: Pollinate Media Group, Clever Girls Collective, POPSUGAR Select, to help put me in touch with companies I like.


Also, and this is only vaguely related, but recently I searched myself on Get Off My Internets (a terrible decision, by the way), and I found some very unkind things about myself in the forums.

I don't have much to say in response, but I'd like to cordially invite anyone who despises me to stop reading my site. Because I'm sure you have better things to do with your time.

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Going forward there is so much I'd like to do with this blog, including a site redesign, more recipe posts and maybe even an eBook. But I'm trying to take it one step at a time!

Anyway, for all the non-bloggers I'm sorry for sharing all of this boring back-end stuff! Regardless of how I monetize my blog I'll always generate content I'm proud of and think can be useful for you.

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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