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Opening a Bitcoin Wallet in Thailand / Philippines?

I’ve always been a bit of a fish when it comes to investing, stocks / shares / bonds etc. (why don’t they teach us this in school?) and had only vaguely heard of Bitcoin. A friend of a poker friend bought a ton of the cryptocurrency in late 2013 when it was on a huge upswing, then it TANKED big time. View the value of Bitcoin currency on XE.com So being scared off by that I never considered opening a Bitcoin account in Thailand. Then recently more...

Got a Nuru Massage in Bangkok In Return For a Review

One perk of blogging is you can get freebies of various kinds in exchange for reviews of businesses. For digital nomad / travel bloggers that might mean a free meal at a restaurant, a comped night in a hotel, etc. When you’re in the adult and dating niche though there are some exciting extras… Confirming where the published review would go and choosing my girl  We haven’t done any sponsored posts yet at NomadPhilippines, the blog is still quite young and small. I also worry about looking like we’re ‘selling out’...

Cebu Hotel / Short Stay Condo with 10Mbps PLDT Wifi

I first picked City Suites Ramos Tower hotel as it’s a short walk (500m) to the Mango Avenue nightlife, and looked modern from the pics on their website and Agoda page. Deluxe corner room 27th floor, $39.95 on Agoda (1860 pesos) What I really liked though is that each room has it’s own private PLDT wifi line, with your own password, like a condo – it turned out City Suites is actually a Condotel, with both daily and monthly rates. Perfect for digital nomads trying to find good...

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Can Girly YouTube Videos be Monetized?

A while ago I got an email from cheapskate Dante (lol hotmail). 100 pesos = $2.15 😀 Of course I say yes. At the time we didn’t realize overly sex-related videos aren’t eligible for YouTube monetization, and were just messing around getting initial content onto the Nomad Philippines YouTube channel. First Attempt at a Monetized Youtube Video It ended up doing well with the half nude thumbnail and ‘sexy pinay hot dance‘ title, getting 33,000 views in 2 months. Part 2 did ok too. For me it was worth the...

Best Place to Stay in Chiang Mai as a Nomad

If you ask the best Thailand bloggers Bangkok beats Chiang Mai hands down for long term living, stuff to do (nightlife especially) and overall lifestyle. That said NomadList ranks it in #1 given the amount of hipsters digital nomads there, and I still like it for short trips. Chiang Mai accommodation is sick value for a reasonably large city. On a recent trip up there I found a good serviced apartment for monthly stays. Best Place to Stay in Chiang Mai I was in town to visit...

How fast can you rank on page one of Google?

In a recent post on how to rank higher in Google I talked about getting to the #1 spot, with an ‘authority site’ – it was a site Google knows well, has been around years, has tons of backlinks etc. At least that’s what I think authority site means. Recently this Wordpress blog – NomadPhilippines, that isn’t an authority site for anything – got on the first page for ‘best country in Asia to live‘. At the time it was only a few weeks old, had 70 posts up, 10 or so backlinks mostly from forums...

How Many Times Should You Use a Keyword?

How many times should you use a keyword on a page is a common question. I usually use the keyword I’m targeting in: the H1 title, and the URL one H2 subheader the first and last paragraph 1-2 times in the body text the name and ALT text of the main image the meta title and description Moz.com makes similar recommendations, along with emphasizing that ‘content is King‘ – worry first and foremost about just writing good content that solves a problem for users, rather than a...

How to Rank Higher in Google – Getting to #1

I’ve been writing for an affiliate marketing company in the online gaming niche for a few years. I learnt how to write content as I went along, starting off freelance before asking them to put me on a small fixed salary, enough to fund my degenerate lifestyle in Asia. I’m not an industry expert in how to get website traffic or anything – for that I like to read sites like SmartPassiveIncome or NicheHacks, funnily enough that guy also lives in Asia – but can share...

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Facilities – Philippines vs Thailand vs Cambodia

Third article comparing the Philippines, Cambodia and Thailand – let’s talk infrastucture. Transport Transportation is cheap in all three countries and they are pretty similar. Then again I try to live in the thick of the action and walk most places so I’m not the person to ask. Thailand has better public transportation so it should probably get the nod… Bangkok is great for cheap metered taxis, that are a bit less sketchy than Philippines taxis. The BTS and MRT (skytrain and underground subway) there...

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Visas – Philippines vs Thailand vs Cambodia

Continuing the series on comparing the Philippines, Cambodia and Thailand, let’s talk visas. While Thailand stood out for infrastructure and internet, it lags behind Cambodia and the Philippines on the visa front, which are about the same. Philippines Visas In the Philippines you only need to leave the country once every 3 years (recently that was increased from 18 months). Overall it costs me a little over $40/month on average on visas to stay in the Philippines. There are some minor annoyances like having to go into...

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Costs – Philippines vs Thailand vs Cambodia

I know more about the cost of living in the Philippines having spent most of my time there, but I also lived in Cambodia and Thailand for a while. On top of that I have asked 5000 questions on forums about the three as research so I will try to compare some of the differences. Three of the essentials: Cost of Living – Breakdown If I was living long term in each of these three countries my cost of living would be around $800 in Cambodia,...

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How to Make a Travel Blog #YOLO

Before trying WordPress – something like 1 in 6 sites on the net use WordPress, and it ranks well in Google – I messed around with quick ‘website builders’ like Jimdo, Weebly etc. and ended up getting bored. Had Bravehost and Blogspot domains back in the day too – didn’t get far. They can work though – JustOneWayTicket is a successful travel blog built on Jimdo. I’d read that WordPress was good but had ‘a little more of a learning curve‘, and used intimidating things called ‘plugins‘. Looking back I was just making...

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Charles Schwab Account = No ATM Fees

If you’re from the US this is probably the best advice you can receive before moving abroad.  Getting a Charles Schwab account (at the time of writing only open to Americans) will make living in the Philippines or anywhere else so much easier for you. They refund all ATM fees even internationally.  Put all of your money in that account and have no worries about fees. Before moving to the Philippines I never had any idea how awful banks are.  Now that I have moved abroad I...

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How to Move Abroad – Ask 5000 Questions

I really don’t know how anyone could have made the move abroad before the internet.  It is already kind of hard and confusing and takes getting used to, but without the knowledge I learned reading up on Asia I never would have had a chance. How to Move Abroad – Tips The key is figuring out who you can trust and who you can’t, and that takes some getting used to. These are my three #protips for researching how how to move abroad. Message Boards are...