How to Live in Asia and Make Money Writing Online

Affiliate marketing, or “content creation”, is an incredibly simple way to make money writing online – all while living and traveling around Asia.

Don’t believe me?

I’m going to break it down for you in this post and hopefully you will get to learn a bit about how you too could do this.

For example, when you click a link to an Amazon product on this site, or perhaps to my VPN recommendation – we here at Life Around Asia receive a commission of that sale.

The commission rate varies depending on the product, but it’s enough to foot the beer bill around here (okay, a little more than that, but you get my point).

The best part of all?

It comes at no cost to you, the reader.

Yes, you can make money writing online that easily.

Simply put, if you have an interesting life, you will almost always have interesting stories to share with the world. And, if you know what you’re doing, it’s very simple to turn that into a small side-hustle that will only grow over time.

Ready to learn how to make money online in Asia? (This doesn’t include teaching English). Let’s begin.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: It’s Easy to Make Money Writing Online, But…

Do you really want to do that by freelancing on sites like Fiverr?

I mean, Fiverr is a site that supplies “gigs” starting at $5. Yes, the cost of living in Asia is quite low, but having to do an entire job for $5 is not a long-term route to success and wealth. It’s certainly a place to start, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

But you probably don’t want to be doing that forever.

The same thing goes for general freelancing. You don’t want to get stuck with crappy clients that work you like a slave.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and if that’s what you need to do to pay the bills, by all means, do it! However, you should be actively working for a way out of that “cycle”, so to speak.

You either find a way to make money writing online by getting high-end clients (who treat you and pay you well), or by owning your own website and/or business.

If you want true freedom, you must start an online business.


The sooner you do it, the sooner the money will start coming in, and the better off you’ll be. Because this is not a “get rich quick” type of gig. It’s a business, and like all businesses, it needs some time to start bringing in a nice profit.

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To Make Money Writing Online, Find a Subject

Now, you’ll notice that we discussed writing about our travels and game experiences with the local Asian women. But my pal Sage and I also go into advice about how to get to countries, cultural observations, and more.

So, simply put – what interests you?

You don’t have to be the world’s greatest writer in order to pull this off. I know that some people reading this will automatically think you need to be exceptional. That’s not the case at all. (Just look at me – right?)

But, if you don’t have prior writing experience, it’ll be tough to write about something that doesn’t interest you on some level or another…

It doesn’t have to be Asian travels and picking up girls throughout Asia.

Maybe it’s something like fitness. Okay, that’s a bit cliche, but you get my point. Pick something that interests you, and think about what you could write about relating that.

If you can come up with 50 ideas, you’re well on your way towards success. Just stick to it, keep learning and improving and you’ll do just fine. Don’t expect it to be easy, though!

Come Up With Topics

Again, you can be creative with this.

For example, we sometimes write about the food in Asia on this website. But of course, it’s hard to “sell” food on the internet. So naturally, it makes sense to come up with offers that go along with what you’re writing about.

To illustrate this point, let’s say I wanted to write about Thai food. I can’t exactly sell Pad Thai here on Life Around Asia, so you have to think a bit outside of the box.

Here’s a few ideas that I could tie back around and use to monetize an article:

  • Plane tickets to Thailand
  • Hotel rooms in Thailand
  • Where to take Thai girls on a date
  • The health benefits of spicy food
  • A workout program for travelers
  • Links to certain spices on Amazon to re-create Thai food at home
  • And that’s just the tip of the hat!

You see, you can write about anything. The key is to spin it back around and find a solution to someone’s problem.

Someone wants to travel?

Show them where to find the cheapest plane ticket.

Someone is tired of dating overweight girls in America?

Teach them about the slim and nice girls of Asia.

Someone wants to stay fit while they’re on the road?

Introduce them to a simple new workout for travelers.

Somebody wants to build an online business to help fund living the dream in Asia?

Show them this post 😉

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The Foundation of Writing For More Than $5

If you want to build your own website, you’ll need hosting, and ideally – a premium (or at least not amateurish) look for your website. And in these high-tech times, it’s incredible cheap to do so.

WordPress is usually the way to go, especially if you’re a beginner.

Other alternatives include Drupal, Joomla, and others – but they’re unnecessary for what we’re discussing here today.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You do not need any fancy/expensive “WordPress hosting” or “VPS” or “dedicated” hosting. You just need the simple “Shared” hosting plan. Most hosting companies use similar terminology, but if you have specific questions, do leave them in the comments below.

As far as themes, this site runs the GeneratePress Theme. Generatepress is the perfect place to start, it offers great speed (which is essential for websites nowadays) and it’s highly customizable. You won’t need anything else!

(As you can likely guess, we do get a commission if you click those links and make a purchase. See how easy that is? And again, it costs you nothing!)

Overall, between hosting and a decent theme (you can use free ones too, if you’re on a really tight budget), you shouldn’t be out of pocket more than about $200. You can read a more in-depth guide on how to start a blog on Nomad Not Mad.

Best of all, you can install unlimited websites on your hosting, and use the theme as many times as you want, too.

How to Make Money Online Writing: Closing Thoughts

I wasn’t kidding earlier when I said that the sooner you start, the faster you can potentially be free.

It is well worth it in the long run. So stop procrastinating on building your own business that gives you freedom of travel, freedom from the “man”, and freedom from commutes and alarm clocks.

Get your butt over yonder and get yourself a website. And get to it.

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