Positive Changes in an Unpredictable Time
I’ve been in the journey running a blog world since 2004 and operating Travel Dudes full time since 2007. Those pioneering days have been thrilling and the thrill hasn’t stopped.
Professional journey running a blog typically appears really easy. And it ought to seem like this, as in any other case you’d be doing one thing improper. But very often it’s very totally different behind the scenes. Especially in the early days, while you’re making an attempt to make a dwelling with your online business.
Try explaining to your father-in-law that you’re getting paid to journey the world. Good luck! 😉
Running a enterprise often consists of many unpredictable issues taking place.
And not many know the way a lot sh*t I’ve gone by over the previous couple of years and what I’ve skilled. Seven years in the past I created the primary Social Travel Platform and it was one thing VERY particular.
The developer model was working properly… up-to-the-minute we went on-line.
I used to be wanting ahead to shouting out about it with a giant bang after which…it went black!
The newly relaunched web site was black for a whole week! And it remained ugly for the next months. Even the only issues didn’t work, like registering new customers, although it was constructed with a content material administration system which focuses on communities. My developer’s crew failed utterly and all the cash felt wasted. And it was some huge cash!
We have been by no means in a position to broadly announce what we needed to current. And I used to be so proud of the particular idea, as we created one thing distinctive and really helpful for the traveler.
Instead I had many sleepless nights, ready for emails from the builders. Trying to rescue and resolve the scenario.
This was the largest disaster I’ve been by as an entrepreneur. For weeks I used to be solely reacting to what was happening, which is a devastating standing when operating a enterprise. Then one evening I awoke with an concept and I went to the pc to ship out an electronic mail. In the tip this electronic mail itself didn’t change a lot, however it was this motion which did. It was this second I began to take management once more over the scenario. Which was the turning level.
I’ve seen related conduct through the COVID-19 disaster. By experiencing my very own disaster earlier than, I used to be now in a position to study from this, in order that we did our greatest to maintain on performing ourselves, as an alternative of reacting to others. This sounds a lot simpler than it’s, when the entire business you’re employed in appeared to break down round you. But we managed… extra to that later.
So again to the relaunch seven years in the past.
At some level we acquired the web site steady, however all of the unhealthy coding of the years earlier than had been taken over by the builders as an alternative of making a brand new web site from scratch. Luckily the visitors stayed across the similar, however we couldn’t make investments additional, as it might have been wasted on a poorly functioning web site. So we simply saved on fixing stuff. And at this level I can’t thank Erik sufficient who helped me out together with his IT information and expertise through the years! He did his magic and we have been in a position to carry on going with the web site.
Usually issues in life occur for a cause, although very often you solely discover out far later.
Apart from Travel Dudes I’ve been working as COO and as a associate of iambassador. This very profitable and thrilling time is now over. But I’m wanting ahead to discovering out the aim of this step. And I’m enthusiastic about it!
Because we had a quiet soft-relaunch of Travel Dudes in December. And the very best is… the location runs easily!
We have been working over the past yr on this (truly longer). And although the pandemic has been horrible in many alternative methods, we invested our time and saved on working arduous.
And we will already see that it was price it!
Like so many others, our web site’s visitors dropped dramatically when Sars-CoV 2 hit the world and the journey business. But since our relaunch we’ve seen an enhance of over 210% once more, which is clearly a results of the nice work we have now performed.
The new web site is steady, slimmer, and much better optimized in many alternative methods and we’re simply going to maintain enhancing it. It’s not a Social Travel Platform anymore, however now we’re lastly in a position to implement all of the concepts I’ve.
As Travel Dudes, we imagine in working arduous and in sharing the success.
In all these powerful years we’ve been in a position to develop our enterprise in many alternative methods. We grew the crew and created a brand new video format, which we then used to provide our own travel show. This has performed a giant function in the success we had with our Travel Dudes campaigns in the latest years.
The most vital factor is, we did this with ardour and many enjoyable.
This was potential due to the Travel Dudes dream crew, which supported me over so a few years and who believed in me.
But in the tip, I used to be solely in a position to obtain all this due to my fantastic and powerful spouse and with the assist from my entire household!
And I hope I can nonetheless depend on this for slightly longer… 😉
… because it’s time to work on nice and profitable collaborations once more!
Travel Dudes has been a group the place passionate vacationers and bloggers share their journey ideas. So far we have now imported round 1,000 of the articles and we’ll hold including many extra.
We need to proceed as a group, however in a extra unique arrange and by invitation solely. We will begin with this in the subsequent few weeks.
We’ll be enhancing our content material technique and our intention stays to assist one another and to supply our viewers with helpful journey ideas and to assist improve their journey expertise.
I even have very massive and thrilling plans for the subsequent few months! I’m already very enthusiastic about this….I can say that a lot:
It’s going to be particular once more!