What The Nomadic Lifestyle is All About: How to Become Location Independent

nomadic lifestyle

The nomadic lifestyle means being location independent, moving from one place to another either all the time or at a certain period of time.

For me, it’s the ultimate escape from the comfort zone.

It hasn’t been a whole decade yet since this concept started getting attention, but now it’s something normal as so many passionate individuals have left their ordinary lifestyle and took an adventure to never settle in one place.

It’s about being independent, free of attachment, open-minded, willing to explore the world and actually enjoy every moment.

Once you begin a journey like that, you grow more than you can imagine. You see places, learn stuff, try new things, meet people, experience cultures, shape a new identity and are then ready to do that for the rest of your life. But even if you don’t, it leaves a mark in you that nothing else can.

Me? I’m not such a traveler. At least not yet.

(2017 Update: Now I am!)

That’s because the first step in order to live such a lifestyle of freedom and passion is to become financially independent. Once I do that, it will be an option. And I may decide to give it a try.

Probably not the option in which you travel the world for years and never settle in one place for more than a month.

I see myself living another version of this – something like being away for a month or 3 once every year and living on a tropical island (while still working on what I enjoy), plus a few little vacations every few weeks to other big destinations, exploring the beauties of the universe. Add to that the option to actually leave home at any moment and still knowing you’ll get paid.

Those who aren’t really familiar with this concept have one main question: What would you do for a living?

In my case, it all started with writing – my passion. But it turned into blogging, self-publishing, and learning all about creating sites, content marketing, eCommerce, etc. As, otherwise, no one would really read it.
What I’m currently working on is this blog, self-publishing, freelancing and experimenting with niche websites.

But no one really did it in a day, and it’s totally worth the time and effort considering how much I love it and how many opportunities that opens to me every day.

But most digital nomads (the cool people living the lifestyle we’re talking about) do this or other stuff online – SEO, building sites, software, programming, consulting on a niche they’re experts in, etc.
And they travel the world while doing it.

In this post I’ll talk about different aspects of the idea of being a world traveler making money doing what you love. And there will be some pretty amazing examples.

The following can serve you in 3 ways – it can either be informational, inspirational, or both.

I know that for me, reading such people’s life changing decisions and stories is one of the biggest motivators.

So let’s get started.

How Does One Become a Digital Nomad and What Does it Take?

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It all begins with the realization that life is about much more than the mundane lifestyle we live every day, that we deserve to experience better things, and that it’s all a matter of choice.

Then comes the decision to change – some research is always needed as to where you’ll go first, what you need to get done before you leave, how long you need to keep working your current job so that you can save an amount that’s enough to sustain you for around 6 months once you leave, how you’re going to make your money, etc.
Then you simply hand in your notice, and never come back.

It’s not going to be easy, though.

Here’s what Mark Manson (a successful entrepreneur that started as a pick-up artist) says about that:

“When I left the bank that day, I had only a vague idea of what I would do. I had been writing a blog and posting on local forums about my dating life and adventures with women as a young bachelor. I developed a bit of a local following and actually made some money dishing out advice to men and speaking at a few singles’ groups around town. It wasn’t anything close to a full-time living, but I knew it was a new market that was growing quickly. And with some hard work combined with my savings, I (naively) believed I could have a full-time business up and running within a few months.

It turned out to take almost 18 months for me to earn a full-time steady income. I went broke a number of times, was supported by my ex-girlfriend for a time and then moved back home with my mother. For most of 2008-2009 I worked 10-16 hour days and the majority of my projects failed and made little or no money.”

Check out this post on his blog where he explains more about how he left his day job. There he talks about the actual escape plan: you should sell everything you own, figure out your source of income, calculate what you’ll need, and actually take action.

How Does Being Location Independent Work?

There are many, many stories about such people you can find out on the Web.

Many include struggles, but I haven’t really found one who didn’t eventually succeeded in becoming free from mediocrity and actually leaving home and traveling to whatever point in the world he feels like visiting.

But in most cases, it takes years. And there won’t really be anyone in your surroundings to support you as they just don’t have the same goal and may even consider you crazy for wanting to escape such a comfortable life.

But if you develop a powerful mindset with a definite desire and a vision of you doing what you love while on the beach in Bali, for example, you’ll make it.

Another famous figure in the digital entrepreneurship and location independence world is Sean Ogle.

Here’s his story.

He was an average person back in 2009 who admitted his life sucked. He knew university didn’t prepare him for real life and show him how to become successful, his job after that was a dreading experience with the long hours.

He wanted to live a completely different lifestyle so he did what he felt was right – quit his job, started his site to hold himself accountable, published his bucket list and started working on it, moved to Thailand and built a business.

In a few months he was making enough to have the lifestyle he had always dreamt about – to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

He’s lived on a tropical island, ran a marathon, climbed a mountain and much more.

Now his blog is all about helping others achieve the same. He shows people how to build a business they can run from anywhere and live their legend by doing whatever makes them happy.

Amazing, right?

And with today’s online opportunities, you can educate yourself to such an extent that you can be making a small income as a side project very soon.

There’s more to the nomadic lifestyle:

  • you don’t really need to be that adventurous and have a bucket list like Sean, you can just live on the beach, feel good and work hard;
  • digital nomadism goes together with living in a cheap country as a start – that’s why you won’t see someone who wants to become location independent move to Dubai. You’ll hear about places like Thailand, Bali, Vietnam, Philippines, etc. Which are beautiful and exotic enough for you to completely change your way of thinking and approach to life and refind yourself.

But there’s one ingredient you can’t go without – hard work.

Hard Work as The Cornerstone of The Nomadic Lifestyle

location independent entrepreneurs
by Steven Zwerink

TropicalMBA is a super useful blog to those who are doing business at one of the places I mentioned above, or any other actually. It’s for creative individuals, entrepreneurs, hard working passionate guys looking forward to form relationships with like-minded people.

The guys from the blog write and talk about the best places to live in, what to do there, how to handle your business, how to manage employees and work with virtual assistants, how to scale, come up with ideas and all you need to know about location independence.

But there’s one thing they think is a must – the desire to work more than the average in order to achieve all that.

Many people have the misconception that the nomadic lifestyle means traveling all the time just sightseeing and communicating with the locals, or living near the ocean and actually sunbathing all the time.
That’s not true.

In fact, you always have the chance to do all that as you’re the one controlling your time. But it’s just that you choose to keep working on the stuff that got you there in the first place, simply because you’re a hustler and can’t just leave the business, even if it’s mostly passive income.

Here’s what Dan from TropicalMBA says about the actual amount of work such freedom requires:

“Many people I meet underestimate the incredible amount of effort required to get a business off the ground. If you aren’t clear on the effort required, me quoting you a figure would probably make you uncomfortable…

There are a million factors that stand between you and what you want. How much loot you have, where you were born, how good you are at Photoshop, how smart you are, what kind of family you grew up in.

The good news is that there is only one that you can do anything about:

Work.

Let people bicker about how much work is really required.
Let them gossip about how much work so and so *really* does versus what they say they do.
Let people sit around and run the odds. “If I do x work, what are my chances…” “Is it really possible to work 4 hours a week?” (BTW, of course it’s possible!)
Let them scoff. Let them “discuss.”

You’ll be busy.

If you aren’t where you want to be, for whatever reason, you are in the fantastic position of only having one question to answer.
How hard are you willing to work to get there?”

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Here are some other examples to check out and places to stop by if you’re interested in seeing how people achieve location independence:

Making It Anywhere

Mish and Rob are this sweet coupe that left their jobs in London and have since then lived in 16 cities across 3 continents. On their blog they talk about every aspect of the location independent lifestyle and running a business from anywhere in the world making more money than in an ordinary job.

They do brand consultancy, copywriting, launched a property management company and published books.
Personally, I’ve learnt a lot from them.

Here’s what they say about all the people out there who are concerned that you should be able to code or create softwares and apps in order to live anywhere in the world and make a lot of money:

“A few years ago you might have needed to be a programmer or designer to have this sort of lifestyle, but not anymore.

Not only does technology now make almost anything possible, but people are increasingly comfortable buying services from those they’ve never met. If an accountant is the best at what she does, who cares if she’s in Iowa, Ipswich or India?

We know people living this lifestyle who are recruitment consultants, psychiatrists, finance brokers, language teachers and startup CEOs… and yes, OK, we know a fair few programmers too.”

Clayton from Spartan Traveler

He’s been traveling full-time since 2011 and for him that’s a dream he made a reality, which consists of first defining all the elements that create a satisfying life and then combining them into a system that works.

He’s not focused on money or property, and doesn’t think success is connected to them either. He then became a lifestyle business entrepreneur and joined a community of others like him.

And discovered something interesting – it was all easier and cheaper than he expected. And living the dream actually costs much less money that our current lifestyle, in terms of time and expenses.

That’s what his blog is all about – living life on your own terms, doing more with less and not taking things too seriously so that you can enjoy this life at the same time.

The Art of Non-Conformity

The person behind this big project is Chris Guillebeau, He visited every country in the world over the past 10 years while writing books and blogging.

The essence of his philosophy is this:

You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect;
You can do good things for yourself and help other people at the same time;
If you don’t decide for yourself what you want to get out of life, someone else will end up deciding for you;
There is usually more than one way to accomplish something.
He’s a strategist, a believer and a successful entrepreneur. On the blog he writes about personal development, entrepreneurship, doing unconventional work, and traveling.

And here are two more adventurers that made it while traveling the world that are worth mentioning:

Nomadic Matt
Tynan

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”
Alan Keightley

I’d love to hear your opinion on all that. Maybe you disagree with what I’ve said, or want to add something.
Let me know in the comments below.

Featured photo by Steven Zwerink @Flickr

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How I Gained 20K Pinterest Views in 1 Month: 8 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers

How I Gained 20K Pinterest Views in 1 Month: 5 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers

It wasn’t until less than 2 months ago that I started paying attention to Pinterest. It’s not just a social media site, it’s a search engine, a way to add a new traffic source to your blog and promote your products or services or make a ton of money through affiliate marketing. It’s also a place to form connections, build a brand and stand out with your content. In this article, I’ll share the Pinterest tips for bloggers I followed that helped me double my views and get to 20,000 Pinterest views in 30 days.

Why Bloggers Should Be Using Pinterest to Drive Traffic

Every blogger, new or experienced, should be on Pinterest, pinning and re-pinning content, engaging with others, joining group boards, following people, improving their profile, creating pins for all of their posts, and optimizing them for keywords.

I started doing my research recently and now follow some interesting bloggers whose Pinterest accounts get a million views a month, who bring hundreds of thousands of excited Pinners to their blog and then convert a big percentage of them into buyers thanks to a solid monetization strategy and sales funnel.

It’s great and it takes a ton of work. But Pinterest itself helps a lot. In fact, if you’ve been blogging for some time now and want to make money through affiliate marketing or sell your courses, for example, Pinterest is the place for you to do it.

You can even forget about all other social media channels (if you haven’t seen success with them so far). You can leave organic traffic from search engines as it is and stop worrying about it too much. And you can start creating content that Pinterest users will like, will click on and will then act upon. Because they are the Internet users that can help you grow your online business, whatever that is.

Of course, some niches perform really, really well. So if you’re in the Crafts and DIY niche, are a travel blogger or into personal finance or home decor, you can expect a ton of benefits. But anyone else can get a piece of the pie too. I now focus on blogging, online business and making money online. Although my site covers personal development and lifestyle design too, I give Pinners what they like.

How I Decided to Create a Pinterest Strategy and Stick to It

I recently took my first course – Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing.

In the course, she shares her exact strategies, how she writes reviews and tutorials, the exact steps she’s taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post, how she chooses an affiliate product, how to go about disclosure, how to promote affiliate products without being salesy but instead by building trust and being helpful to your readers, and much more.

There are many bonus materials in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing too, including Pinterest Strategy – How To Receive Hundreds of Thousands Of Visitors From Pinterest a Month.

This opened my eyes for what I was missing till now.

I’m not really into social media and Facebook and Instagram, for instance, aren’t my thing. Not in personal life and not in business. But as a blogger, I knew there was one social media channel I should be utilizing to bring traffic to my blog, gain attention and monetize it when the right time for that comes.

I stopped seeking it though but this course and exploring what Michelle was doing on her blog Making Sense of Cents inspired me to start learning more about Pinterest.

I started doing my research and realized it could have a crazy impact on everyone’s blog traffic and sales.

Here’s some stats to show you why it’s so powerful before moving onto some Pinterest tips for bloggers:

Interesting Pinterest Facts & Stats

For a start, you can increase sales with Pinterest.

pinterest shopping stats

It’s the 3rd most popular social media site among US adults. (source)

There are over 200 million monthly active users and they seem to be more engaged than on any other platform as they are ready to buy.

2 million people post pins every day.

There are more than 50 billion pins and 1 billion boards on Pinterest. (source)

Over 80% of pins are re-pins. (source)

People spend nearly 15 minutes per visit on Pinterest. (source)

How I Got 20,000 Pinterest Views in One Month

pinterest views letsreachsuccess profile - how I reached 20,000 views on Pinterest in one month - tips for bloggers

That really happened, yes. It gives me hope that any amateur can do it as well. Especially with the Pinterest tips for bloggers I’m about to share below.

I’ve been blogging for years, had a Pinterest account and did pin most of my posts in the past (although the standard images I use for a blog post don’t work there and you need to create a Pinterest-friendly image for each). But anyone who’s starting out can achieve such results too.

In fact, it will be easier for them. I now need to go back to my 1700 articles at Let’s Reach Success, optimize them, add affiliate links naturally, create a beautiful graphic for Pinterest and pin it to a relevant board, then make a plan on how to re-pin it in the future.

That’s a ton of work but it doesn’t need to happen at once. Slowly, I will be giving Pinners a chance to be able to see all my content over on Pinterest and re-pin it if they like it.

In fact, that’s the very first thing you should do after creating a Pinterest profile and turning it into a business account (which is super easy). Without a business account, you won’t be able to see your analytics and have many other of the powerful features of Pinterest for bloggers and business owners.

Here’s how my Pinterest profile looks like now:

pinterest profile letsreachsuccess 20000 monthly views

I did many improvements to it. Pinterest is all about quality content that looks stunning and also keyword optimization so you can target the right people. Never forget to organize your boards, add featured ones, be consistent with the images you add, and also re-pin other people’s content. All this creates a great first impression.

Before getting to the best practices and Pinterest tips for bloggers and new business owners, let me share my best resources with you:

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.

Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a location independent freelance writer.

4 Ideas for Side Hustles – Check out 4 side hustles you can start on your own and no later than this weekend that can be your chance to achieve financial independence.

My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how bloggers make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.

So, here are the exact things I did differently in the last 30 days to get to 20,000 Pinterest views.

8 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers to Help You Double Your Pinterest Views in a Month

If there’s one social media I’d recommend that will transform the way you bring traffic to your blog and make money online, it’s Pinterest. I recently doubled my Pinterest views and reached 20,000 a month after I got active on the site. In this post, I share my best Pinterest tips for bloggers: #pinteresttips #blogtraffic #pinterestviews

1. I improved my Pinterest profile.

Your Pinterest profile should be tailored towards the ideal users you’re targeting. Whoever that is (soon you’ll be able to see who’s interested in your content through your Analytics on Pinterest), make sure you appeal to them. But be authentic too, of course.

If you haven’t started a blog yet, do that first. Check out my quick tutorial How to Start a Profitable Blog: A Step-by-Step Guide for Serious Bloggers Only.

Then, go ahead and create a Pinterest profile, set up a business account and connect it to your WordPress site.

In my situation, however, I had to update my profile and fill in the gaps.

These Pinterest tips for bloggers will help you whether you’re a newbie or have been blogging and want to get Pinterest traffic now:

  • Add a good picture of yourself;
  • Have a good business name. Mine is Lidiya @ Let’s Reach Success;
  • Claim your website;
  • Check competitors and decide what strategy you want to have;
  • With each element, stay relevant to your main niche.

2. I created new Pinterest boards and organized them.

I had some random boards before and some of them aren’t relevant anymore, such as the one about The Let’s Reach Success Podcast which I’m not doing anymore. But I didn’t delete it as I would have lost old views. It’s okay to leave these old pins exist and know that board is placed at the bottom.

The most important thing is to create around 10 boards with the key categories you’re covering on your blog.

I didn’t do that at once as I was exploring what Pinterest had to offer and what others in my niche were doing.

Turns out, you shouldn’t name the boards in a unique way but should instead use ‘Blogging Tips, ‘Freelancing Tips’, ‘Work from Home Tips’, etc. That helps them get found on Pinterest and each clearly states what it’s about. These are actual boards I have now.

Immediately go ahead an create a ‘Best of [your blog]’ board and place it first when organizing them.

There you will add every pinnable image from your site that you want to be seen.

Don’t leave boards empty for a long time either. Go ahead and find other people’s pins that you’d like to include in them. Pin 10-15 beautiful images (that also lead to helpful pieces of content) so that your boards have something in them.

After a week or so, you’ll also have your pins in them and can choose the featured image of the board. Here’s how the boards I’ve placed on top of my profile look like:

pinterest boards letsreachsuccess

These Pinterest tips for bloggers are something I learned from experts during my research, which I’ve seen popular accounts on Pinterest do, and which I myself have found to work through experimenting. So, hopefully, you’ll just do this now instead of wasting time down the road.

3. Optimize your profile, board and pins.

SEO matters on Pinterest as much as it does on Google.

Here’s what I did to double my Pinterest views in a month:

  • Optimized my Pinterest About page;
  • Added SEO-rich descriptions to all my boards;
  • I fill the alt text on each image I pin from Let’s Reach Success with keywords;
  • Adding a few hashtags to the description is also a good idea.

4. I learned how to create beautiful images for Pinterest.

That’s how my pins look like now.

pinterest letsreachsuccess my pins

The way I learned was by simply looking at what some of the most popular pins in a certain topic looked like.

Then, I began reading about it and realized the following is ALWAYS true when creating pins:

  • Vertical rather than horizontal;
  • Have text on it – the largest possible text, actually;
  • Each pin must solve a problem, inspire or educate;
  • The most effective and simplest way to brand yourself is to include your url somewhere in the pin;
  • There are mostly women on Pinterest so keep that in mind when choosing colors, images and text;
  • Images of faces don’t work well;
  • Images on the background must be beautiful (I just kept using the royalty-free I use for each article on Let’s Reach Success. They are from pexels.com and pixabay.com);
  • Prefer red and pink tones (It’s no coincidence that most of my pins now have pink. It wasn’t like that in the beginning.)

What hit me was that each blog with a ton of posts in its archives brings traffic from the top 10-20 articles (which are usually published a year or more ago). After checking what these are in my Google Analytics, I updated these and added Pinterest-friendly images to them first.

I’ve been missing out on traffic opportunities for long by not giving people a way to share that post on Pinterest (as they wouldn’t want to add a random image to one of their boards).

I now go back to old blog posts, update them, and create a visually-appealing Pinterest graphic using Canva (for free).

Something helpful I did the other day (as the point is to do Pinterest smarter not harder in the next few weeks and months) is to create a few templates.

canva templates for pinterest letsreachsuccess

Head to Canva and you’ll see they have a ready-made Pinterest graphic image in the right size. From there, you can choose some of the great templates they are offering or create yours.

It’s worth taking the time to do that now (after exploring the best pins in your industry directly on Pinterest) to save hours in the next weeks. Now, I simply add a different image for the background, change the title and make other little adjustments.

That’s not only quick and easy but also means I will have brand consistency. You don’t want to confuse Pinners by using different combinations of colors every time.

5. I began using Pinterest to find new content and engaged with others.

To truly understand how powerful this social media site and search engine is, it’s important to use it yourself. All these Pinterest tips for bloggers won’t matter if you aren’t pinning, re-pinning, following and being followed (although that’s not an important metric), looking at other people’s Pinterest graphics and clicking them to read more.

That’s how I realized what titles work best. It’s often practical to have one title for a blog post optimized for a keyword, but to express it from another angle on your pin.

One great resource (and one of the biggest names in the Pinterest for business industry) is Simple Pin Media.

6. I began writing content for Pinterest.

I’m a content creator and I don’t think that’s going to change. So I’m interested in finding out what works best on Pinterest and giving people exactly that.

It’s the most genuine way to bring traffic to my blog and earn money through Pinterest. It also feels great to document the journey. This post is an example and it might do pretty well on Pinterest for years to come if seen by the right people. And it does share the story of how I gained 20K views on the platform in one month together with my best Pinterest tips for bloggers.

So once people click on the link of the pin, they will find a ton of value. That’s a great reason to re-pin something.

2 recent posts I wrote (which share a lot more than what the title says) are:

How I Made $375 wth One Article as a Freelance Writer on Clear Voice

How I Earned $250 from One Sponsored Post

Also, income reports do great there. And you can create as many pins as you want for one post, title them differently and add them to different boards.

Here’s the Pinterest image from my latest income report that gained attention and brought people to actually check out how I earned over $4,000/month from my blog and business.

Learn how I earned over $4,000 in one month blogging and freelancing from home. In this blog income report I also share the lessons, challenges, new goals and income streams, my favorite tools, and all important numbers. Check it out.

7. I joined my first group boards.

Group boards are a big thing. One of the best Pinterest tips for bloggers is to join a few and contribute to them with your best pins.

That’s also the quickest way to bring attention to your account and site and double your page views.

While you’re still with your few hundred monthly views on Pinterest, the chances of having a pin go viral aren’t big (although that’s possible only by having a great pin that’s optimized well). But if you share your images and content in front of the 10,000 followers of a group board, you get more exposure.

The ‘how to’ of joining group boards can happen in a few ways.

The way I did it is by checking out the group boards mentioned by bloggers when reading about their Pinterest strategies and tips. Then, if a group board is open for new members, you’ll see instructions in its description.

Usually, it’s to follow the board and its creator, after which you should email the person (email address is given in the board description) with your Pinterest url.

They might not approve you for many reasons. When they do, you can start pinning beautiful images according to the main topics of the board and re-pinning other people’s content.

Also, that’s a great place to get followers. Start following those participating in the group board. They will most likely follow you back.

I’m now the member of 4 nice group boards on anything related to blogging and online business. The latest one I was approved for has more than 20,000 followers.

8. I followed the Pinterest best practices for success.

All bloggers should follow the rules while being unique, helpful and creative over at Pinterest.

The best practices include:

  • Pinning at the right time;
  • Saving at least 10 pins a day to have consistent activity;
  • According to Pinterest, your first 5 pins each day are prioritized so make sure these are your own content and look great;
  • Save pins to relevant boards;
  • Give visitors of your site a way to pin your images.

This post definitely doesn’t cover all my Pinterest tips for bloggers and the little things I did to double my traffic. But I will be writing a lot more as I test new strategies, understand Pinterest marketing and how it works for businesses like mine, and see what others are doing to bring Pinterest traffic to their blogs.

But the 8 Pinterest tips for bloggers you just read about are sure to help you see an increase in your views. Good luck.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see how things are progressing. And pin this post to spread the love and share the tips with others:

I recently doubled my Pinterest traffic in less than 30 days. Learn why you should be promoting your blog posts on Pinterest, and how I reached 20,000 monthly views there with my best Pinterest tips for bloggers: #pinterestmarketing #pinteresttips #pinterestforbloggers #pintereststrategies