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Well hello there... Thank you for stopping by.
You've landed on a page that, for me personally, is quite an important one. On here, I'd like to give you a quick rundown on how you can contribute to keeping this site up and running.
Now, if you've been with me for a while – or even if you're new here and have only read a couple of my post – you know I'm not the person to push stuff on people. So this is not me trying to guilt you into anything. Instead, it's me pointing out how easy it is for you to help me – if that's something you'd like to do.
It's been over three years since I started running Lost in Switzerland in 2016 and while it's occasionally been a bumpy road, I can say I've enjoyed every step of the way. (Minus the technical breakdowns and dealing with stubborn plugins with a mind of their own, of course...)
However, as you can imagine, running a site like this isn't just time consuming, it also asks for financial commitment. And as my blog continues to grow, so do my expenses. I have every intention to keep doing what I do, but I realised it's also time to try and make some profit off my site. And tell my readers about it...
So here's the question you might be asking yourself. How can a blog be profitable?
You might have come across a link or two that was marked with a * as you were browsing through my blog. This means it was an affiliate link and a company I'm in partnership with agreed to pay me a small commission for sending people their way.
For example, if you buy an Interrail ticket or book a hostel through one of my links, I get paid for referring you. At no extra cost to you, of course.
I only work with sites and companies that I use myself and know are good. I'd never recommend anything to you that I wouldn't suggest to my family and friends as well.
Ever since I launched Lost in Switzerland, I've had people reach out to me with one very specific question: I have X amount of days in Switzerland. Where should I go?
This is a very substantial question that can't be answered in shortness, which is why I decided to put together a series of itinerary ebooks. My goal was to give people a selection of itineraries to choose from. Or at least an idea of what's possible to do in Switzerland in a certain amount of time.
I finished my last guide in April 2020 and am now selling the whole bunch on my itinerary page. Basically, by letting me help you, you're actually helping me in return. Win-win situation?
I haven't officially set up a Patreon account yet but I'm working on it. It's a platform that allows creators like myself to offer bonus content to our loyal monthly supporters. As soon as I'm ready to go, I'll update this page.
If you're curious how exactly Patreon works (I'm not 100% sure yet, either), here's a short article summing up the basics. I'm excited to find out how I can pursue the benefits of this platform.
And this sums up my current strategy to monetise my blog. Like I said, I'm not pushing anything on you. If you don't need any help with your itineraries or already have your Interrail ticket, absolutely no worries.
But if you do and you'd be willing to book through one of my links or buy my ebook, you'd make my day. And I'd like to thank you for that in advance.
PS: Of course, the occasional share on your social media really helps, too...