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    January 2021 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    January, oh January. Normally, a month of celebration, with roaring traffic that makes up for typical income drops at the beginning of a new year. Two years ago, I wrote "I’m delighted to share that January was an all-time great month for the blog. So many of you are new readers, I received heart-warming comments and questions, and all the hard work in the past few months is starting to pay off. 2019 is lookin’ real good right now..."

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    December 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Here we are: the end of 2020. I can't say the end of the year because 2020 definitely felt like many years to me, including the Normal Time (January & February), the Quarantine Years (March, April, May), That Time I Planned a Pandemic Wedding (June & July), the One Month That Felt Like A Year (August), A Semblance of Normal (September & October), and The Precipice of A Dark Winter (November). Oh yeah, and this month...

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    November 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Ah, November. Normally I don't mind you, but this year, like each new month I'm glad to be closer to the end of this year. November 2020 brought us the election of Joe Biden, too – which hopefully signals a shift toward better pandemic management and a sooner recovery to the travel industry...

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    October 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Here we are, already in the final few months of the year. It's hard to believe how 2020 has all gone so far – and what's next. You don't have to agree, but I've been over here having a party about the outcome of the election 🍾🥂 It gives me hope that we'll soon be welcome around the world again – in part because of properly managing the Coronavirus pandemic, and in part because our political behavior will be worthy of respect again...

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    September 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    It always happens in late September – I realize I'm just one month from my blogiversary and start to get all pensive about my blogging career so far and future path. It's just like in the final weeks leading up into your birthday or the new year, ya know? This year, I'm about as excited as I've ever been to be a blogger full-time...

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    7 Essential Affiliate Programs for Travel Bloggers

    As I approach my eighth year of travel blogging, I finally feel like I’ve really got the hang of this thing. In the past few years, I moved out of the early growth, frustrating phase of trying to figure out how to get traffic into the intermediate stage of trying to earn money from the traffic I’ve got. It’s been a challenge, to be sure, but also an exciting opportunity – figuring out what makes sense for me to promote that my readers also want to buy...

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    August 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Here we are: approaching the end of the summer. Can you tell from the leaves beginning to turn orange and brown in my photo above? Some people will lament this Lost Summer; as I look back on it, I feel fortunate that my perspective is about how life continues to surprise me, and I'm able to continue making memories even when it feels like we're living in the Upside Down from Stranger Things...

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    July 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    It’s hard to believe July is over – it’s a month I’ve been focused on for a really long time. Why’s that? Because I got married this month! Mr. V and I tied the knot and became Mr. & Mrs. V! It was also a month I knew I wouldn’t be able to focus much on my blog(s) – and I was worried about that especially this year when traffic and income are so tenuous. Luckily, as you’ll see, it worked out well… and now I’m back and ready to start publishing a ton more and continuing to grow...