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“And Alex here is a professional travel blogger!

I cringe hearing the words come out of my travel companion’s mouth, and immediately starting looking for an escape route from the moving vehicle I’m currently riding in.

The questions start firing from all directions. So you’re able to support yourself with that? Who pays for that? Yes, I have hobbies too. Knitting is nice. The last one isn’t technically a question, but I do get a lot of “that’s so cute that you think blogging is job!” kind of comments, which bother me a lot less than they used to now that I’m more confident in my career path.

How To Make Money Blogging

I get it — the idea of earning money blogging is baffling, bizarre, or downright looney tunes to most people. It’s not that I’m opposed to talking about business, it’s just that, well, I’ve been doing it five years and it’s still hard even for me to explain. So basically if I met you on the road in the last half decade and I told you I was a graphic designer, an online translator, a virtual parakeet trainer or some other convoluted lie in attempt to avoid talking about how I make money online, I’m only vaguely sorry.

Well, here’s my 3,000 word attempt at lifting the curtain a bit on how I make blogging work for me. A lot of people have monetized their blogs better and faster than I did, but the only story I can tell is my own.

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How To Make Money Blogging

I considered the first and second years of my blog a poorly paid internship with myself – and thankfully I had the hard-earned savings and frugal lifestyle to float it! The audience and influence needs to come before the money will.

In my third and fourth years of blogging I felt like I’d reached the point where I’d built an audience I was proud of and there was a community here that I adored and that trusted me, but I didn’t know how to leverage that in a way to really comfortably support myself. In my fifth year of blogging, I made huge strides in figuring that out.

I feel like I hit a really important moment in blogging that was pretty much luck – my blog reached a peak of audience and engagement right around a time big brands were waking up to the possibilities of working with bloggers. I’m starting to be proactive about pitching brands and being more selective than ever about those than pitch me, and getting every closer to my ultimate goal of working with a highly curated, very small number of sponsors that share my love of travel and storytelling.

How To Make Money Blogging

How Much I Make

I’m pretty much an open book on most topics, but I still feel a little wary of putting my line item income on the internet (though I admire and respect bloggers who do!), partially because I’m terrified of being audited and partially because money can cause weirdness in real life relationships, but I will tell you that in the past year, on my worst month I grossed a little over $2,000 and in my best month I grossed a little over $8,000. That wouldn’t be a bad paycheck for an employee to take home, though as a business owner I have a lot of expenses to pay off before I can write a check to my most dedicated employee — me!

Blogging IncomeThis past year was a breakout one for me in making money through blogging. While as usual my income varied greatly from month to month, I overall increased my income from year four by 61% and turned a tidy net profit even after paying off my numerous business expenses and taking a splurge-y trip to Brazil.

My income has increased every year since I started blogging (good thing, since I grossed just $5,680 in my fledgling first twelve months!) and I turned net profits in both year three and year five, and expect to do so in year six as well.

Originally I planned to do a breakdown of how I spend my working hours to go along with this post, since interestingly where the bulk of my times goes doesn’t always correspond to where I make the bulk of my money, but I’ve decided that topic is worthy of its own post someday. So stay tuned!

How I Make Money Blogging

It is wild to look back and see how things have changed over half a decade in terms of the pieces that make up this pie chart. For example, a similar chart for my first two years of blogging would have just had three slices: side gigs, paid links and affiliates. It wasn’t until year three that branded content opened up for me, and ambassadorships in year four. And it wasn’t until year five that I smartened up with display ads! It will be interesting to see how this continues to shift over time.

How I Make Money Blogging

Branded Content: Branded content makes up the bulk of my income. Why would a brand want to advertise on a travel blog? Great bloggers have a hard-earned rapport with their audiences, and there’s a mutual respect, relationship, loyalty and conversation between blogger and reader that doesn’t really exist when someone is flipping through a travel magazine or muting television commercials. The audience reach might be smaller but the level of trust is sky high — something I never forget or take advantage of.

I always disclose branded content, both because the FTC tells me to and because I believe it’s the right thing to do. Here’s what branded content consist of for me:

— Branded Blog Posts: This is content that I write, paid for and brought to you by a sponsor. Ideally it’s a product or service I’ve already been using and loving for years, though sometimes I’m introduced to new brands that I get excited about. Here are some examples of branded content I wrote in the last year with Capital One Venture card, KAYAK, Overnite, and Abbot Global.

— Paid Travel Campaigns: For a lot of people, this is the dream – not just traveling “for free” but also getting paid to do it (personally I don’t consider something I have to work in exchange for to be free, but I know that’s how a lot of casual observers might view unpaid press trips). Sometimes these campaigns are with a destination – like my trip with Visit Florida – and sometimes they are with a hotel brand or chain – like my trip in Thailand with Radisson Blu or my trip to Bermuda with the Hamilton Princess. These trips can be very fun but they are work; there’s definitely no room for spontaneity or sleeping in. You’re there to be a professional and promote the destination. They are not vacations, though they are spectacularly cool business trips.

— App and Product Reviews: I also take on a select number of travel related app and product reviews every year. Here’s an example of a product review and an app review I did this year. This is a relatively small category, making up just 4% of the 38% branded content represents.

— Sponsored Social Media Posts: Because my social media following is kind of the weakest link when it comes to my marketable audiences, standalone social media campaigns or posts that are not part of a larger project are incredibly rare for me. I do have a decent Instagram following and so get a lot of offers for collaborations there, but I’m super picky about what I post on that platform and so haven’t really been bothered with monetizing it.

Ambassadorships: If doing a branded content campaign is going steady, signing an ambassador deal is moving in together. These are long-term, next-level partnerships with brands I really love and really have great relationships with, in which I’m paid a flat annual fee in exchange for embodying the brand. At the moment I work as an ambassador for two brands, Viator and PADI — click the links to read my announcement post for each.

Affiliates: This is one of my favorite income sources because it is passive, meaning I can earn it while I’m sleeping. When I’m writing a post and I include a product or service that I use, I often include an affiliate tracking link to that product. If you buy one, I receive a commission — at no cost to you! Considering I’m pretty much just adding a slightly longer link to a product I would have written about and linked to anyway, it’s low-hassle to both blogger and reader. The amounts I earn per product can be really low, but this blog received over three million pageviews last year — so it does add up.

Display Ads: This was a new category for me this year, and one I’m only beginning to tap the potential of. See the network ads in my sidebar and footer? I make money from those, another amazing source of passive income once they are set up and running. And see the Featured Blogger banners in my sidebar? I earn money from those, too — though they require a not insignificant outlay of time on my and my assistant’s part each month.

Paid Links: Once upon a time, selling SEO backlinks bankrolled many a travel blogger’s lifestyle. Basically, back in ye olden days of blogging, a company would contact you asking to add a link to an old post or to your sidebar or to publish a “guest post” that is hidden on the server of your site but that readers never actually see, with the goal of raising the search engine rankings of the site the paid link was pointing to. While I was never as successful or dependent on paid links as some bloggers were, it was my primary mode of monetization in my early years.

Have no idea what I’m talking about with this one? Me neither, but this is a good place to go to start understanding it. Or don’t bother, because honestly, this income category is risky — it can put you in the hot seat with Google — and also becoming more and more rare due to constant algorithm updates aimed at eradicating it. Many big bloggers pride themselves on no longer selling links, but I admit I occasionally still do. I don’t seek it out anymore and I assume it will naturally fade out over time, which I’m fine with. Google’s major algorithm change that rocked the boat in terms of this being a stable income category was the best thing that ever happened to me — it scared me senseless and forced me to get smart and throw eggs in other baskets pronto.

Side Gigs: Over the past year I continued to shed my side hustles in favor of turning my laser-like focus onto all things Wanderland. I used to spend a lot of time on graphic design projects, freelance writing, and photography work. These days my time is just so consumed by other more profitable ventures that I have let those go in all but the most enticing cases, like when I sold a photo to National Geographic last year! That said, side gigs — especially design and writing — really floated me through the early years when I wasn’t making much in Wanderland, so I’m ever grateful to them.

. . .

There are also a few categories that don’t currently exist in my chart but that I hope will someday.

My Own Products: I have an ebook that I’ve been wanting to publish for years. With WordPress as my witness, I will add this category to the income chart next year!

My Own Trips: Recently, some bloggers have begun running their own tours and trips. I’m not sure that’s the perfect fit for me, but I have started to fantasize about running retreats focused around my passions in some of my favorite destinations. This is very much in the daydream stage.

Speaking Gigs: I’ve recently shared my first forays into public speaking, all of which were unpaid gigs other than having my expenses covered. While it totally terrifies me, I’d love to continue pursuing this as a personal challenge and someday, a potential income source.

How I Spend Money Blogging

You absolutely can start a blog for free, and if you’re doing it as a hobby there’s no reason not to — but you have to spend money to make money and as my income has grown, so too have my expenses. Reinvesting in my business and outsourcing aspects of it that I’m not well suited for have been two major aspects of getting me to where I am today.

So how much do I spend? It varies wildly as some of these are monthly expenses, some are annual, and some are big occasional investments (like a major site redesign or signing up for a course). In general, my business expenses range from the mid three figures to the low four figures per month.

Blogging Expenses

Taxes: Self-employment taxes are brutal.

Travel Expenses: Someone has to pay for the travel that results in the content I produce here, and more often than not, that person is me! I do take the occasional press trip, but as I broke down by the numbers in this post, I turn down the majority of those I’m offered. I’m really passionate about maintaining my independence as a traveler and so this category will always remain high.

Education and Networking: This is a really crucial category and consists of courses, ebooks, and attending workshops and conferences. I’m lucky that my undergraduate degree in communication design from Pratt included classes in photography, coding, and writing, but I didn’t let my education stop there. I’ve also invested in a continuing education Travel Writing course at New York University, an enrollment in Travel Blog Success (which is on sale now, learn more at the bottom of this post!), and attending various travel shows and conferences. In the past year my expenses were covered as a speaker at the conferences I attended, but prior to that I frequently paid out of pocket to attend both diving and travel conferences.

Developer and Designer Services: I have a developer on call who handles all crisis of coding and an amazing design team who I regularly hire to spruce the place up around here.

Hosting, Domain Name, and Newsletter Services: I register my domain name with Bluehost, who I hosted my site with when I first started out as well — these days, I keep my site on a semi-private server. I also pay a monthly fee for a subscription service to send out weekly newsletters and automatic post emails.

Premium Plugins, Fonts, and Tools: I regularly invest in buying fonts, plugins and tools that help me create graphics, run this site and my social media channels more effectively. Before I invested in a custom site design with the designers listed above, I purchased premium site themes through Elegant Themes.

Data Backup and Equipment Upgrades: Hardware, software, and cloud services. Cameras, camera cleaning, a laptop, laptop repairs, lens upgrades, backup hard drives, data backup syncing services… the list goes on and the prices go up. You can find a full outline of my photography and electronics gear on my obsessions page.

Social Media Marketing: At the moment this mainly consists of boosting posts on Facebook, though I’ve also begun experimenting with promoted pins on Pinterest. I have also considered advertising in the sidebar of other prominent blogs like I offer myself with my Featured Blogger program.

Assistants: Currently I employ two part time assistants, my social media manager to whom I pay a flat monthly rate, and an administrative assistant who helps answer business emails and to whom I pay an hourly rate. I was all about outsourcing this year and had three other people I experimented with hiring for temporary administrative, site update, and writing projects.

I actually hope to look for a more full-time personal assistant when I return to Thailand, because it is a place where I can afford to be the best paying employer on the island and printing a document takes approximately 17 hours. I’ll keep you posted!

Management Firm: One of my big shifts this year was to working with a management firm who decided to experiment with representing bloggers. They both handle inquiries I receive and proactively pitch on my behalf, and take a percentage off the top of whatever deals they negotiate on my behalf. As talking money has always made me stammer, it’s been a huge weight off me to hand off the business handling to someone else. I’m excited about the work they’ve found me so far and can’t wait to continue working together going forward.

. . .

And some categories I need to add as soon as possible. All three are on my to-do list to complete by the end of next month:

Health Insurance: As of January 1st, I don’t have it! Considering I spend the bulk of the year out of the country I’m tempted to just get travel insurance and pay the penalty on my taxes, but considering how financially ruinous it would be to fall seriously ill or injured inside the US I should probably invest in at least a basic plan.

Business Registration: Small business licensing, here I come.

Retirement: As I don’t have an employer to set up a 401K for me, I need to take my retirement savings into my own hands.

Timeline

I get a lot of questions about when I hit certain milestones in blogging, especially in traffic and income. Hence this timeline. A few things to note — while my income has overall steadily increased over the years, it hasn’t been a straight upward path to financial stability. Just because I hit the $3,000 mark in income for the first time doesn’t mean that I made that much the following month (in fact, I made half!) But here’s a little peek at how I got where I am today.

Blogging Timeline

The Bottom Line

The bottom line? I make enough to live the life I want to live. As of this year, I could even support moving back to a modest life in New York if I so wished. It hasn’t been easy to reach this point of relative financial stability and I’m sure my future will toss me many more adventures in staring down a quickly draining bank account at some point, so I’m doing my best to live simplistically and be as financially responsible as I’ve always been.

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I’ve traded the stability and safety net of following a more traditional career path for the freedom and adventure of forging my own, and in spite of the wrong turns and the bad business choices and the sleepless nights fretting over funds, overall it has been an amazing experience. I can’t wait to see where the next five years take me.

Any questions? Fire away in the comments!

Alex in Wanderland

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  • Tempesst
    June 23 2016

    You have accomplished so much, Alex! You should be so very proud of yourself. I blog purely as a hobby and to keep my friends and family in the loop with my travel stories since I don’t use social media, but I would like buy my own domain soon and make the blog prettier. I’ll definitely need to find someone online to help me out with that because I have ZERO technology knowledge! If you have any recommendations, let me know 🙂
    Tempesst recently posted..Scenes from Mostar

    • Alex
      June 23 2016

      Hey there! Thanks for the kind words. I’d definitely recommend a premium theme with Elegant Themes for sprucing up your site without too much tech knowledge. That’s how I got started until I was ready to pay for a real redesign!

  • Wesley
    June 23 2016

    Hi Alex
    Firstly I find your website and blogs great and a huge well done for the hard work you have put in to make it this.
    I commend you on your openness of this blog. I have always wondering about this and have always wanted to try it myself.

    The problem I have is that I do not feel I have the best writing skills to put it into paper and I do not have the exciting life you lead.

    All the best in the future and if you ever need some help with photography or websites it would be great to help.

    Well done and keep up the good work.
    Wes

    • Alex
      June 23 2016

      Hey Wesley, thank you! Well you know what they say: practice makes perfect. If you want to get better at writing, there’s no better way than to do it every day for a blog! 🙂

  • Dominique
    June 23 2016

    Great and comprehensive post about the ups (and downs) of the blogging business. Sometimes I feel people idealize it without realizing it’s really hard work too!
    Dominique recently posted..Warsaw – Wine and Dine

    • Alex
      June 23 2016

      That’s definitely why I wanted to include the expenses as well as the sources of income 🙂 Thanks Dominique!

  • Tammyonthemove
    June 23 2016

    Congrats on your 5th anniversary. You have achieved so much and should be really proud of yourself. There are so many big bloggers whose content gets dictated by too many press trips and sponsored content, but on your blog it is just the right split. And even when I read your sponsored content, it is always interesting actually as you always manage to bring your own experience into it. So keep on doing what you are doing.

    Although I have actually earned a decent amount of money from my blog over the years, my blog will always be a hobby, as I love my career in international development which allows me to travel the world. But nonetheless you have been a huge inspiration for me and to this date you are my favourite travel blogger out there.
    Tammyonthemove recently posted..The Ultimate Ghana Travel Guide – All the things to know before you go

    • Alex
      June 23 2016

      Lots of love right back at you Tammy! You have such an interesting and rewarding career in development, I love that you manage to maintain blogging as a profitable hobby alongside it (although I’d classify it more as a second career than a hobby if you’re earning money 🙂 ) Kudos to you!

  • Steph
    June 23 2016

    As an aspiring blogger, this has to be my all time favourite informative post of yours! Thank you for sharing all the numbers, it’s seriously encouraging and oh-my-god-that-could-be-me-one-day exciting!

    Looking forward to seeing just where your blog will take you in the coming years. Happy blogging!

    • Alex
      June 23 2016

      Thanks Steph! And yay, I’m glad to hear this post was well received. Dream big, girl!

  • Kudos Alex, both for being so organized that you can break this stuff down, and for being so transparent. So many writers dance around this subject so I loved seeing you grab the bull by the horns on this.

    Also, big props on recognizing the value of your time and outsourcing some littler tasks so you can focus on the big picture. If you need a part time VA in an Asian time zone you know who to call ? (I legit actually do work as a VA though, ha! That’s what funds my site and travels so there you have it, internet.)
    Rika | Cubicle Throwdown recently posted..PSA: Kayaking in Roatan

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Well I figure if I’m going to write about something, I might as well go all in! And I TOTALLY forgot that you work as a VA. I might just be taking you up on that, girl.

  • Erica
    June 23 2016

    Great post Alex! Your thorough breakdown is eye opening, to say the least. Good for you! It seems like you’ve built something to be really proud of. Now you just have to distill this whole entire blog post down to 3 sentences for people who ask you why you’re working when they meet you in a coffeeshop or hostel lobby 😉

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Ha! Or I can just send them the link 😉 Thanks for all your support over the years, girlfriend!

  • Erika
    June 23 2016

    I enjoy posts like these; it’s always fun to see a little behind-the-scenes. I think so many people don’t realize how much work it takes to make money from blogging! I do hope you’ll do a behind-the-scenes about how you break down your work sessions; I’d love to hear about how you do that while you’re always on the go!

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      I’m hoping to do a general breakdown alongside a “day in the life” type posts, one of these days!

  • Michelle
    June 23 2016

    I’ll be your assistant on Koh Tao!
    Michelle recently posted..Goodbye to Baltimore Plus the One Thing I’m Gonna Miss the Most

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      I’ll let you know when I’m hiring 🙂

      • Michelle
        June 25 2016

        Please do! I’m pretty sure Koh Tao is my spirit island and your blog is literally my favorite travel blog so I think it could work out pretty well.

  • Thuc
    June 23 2016

    I love these posts.

    Would you be able to give me more details please on how you sold a photo to Nat Geo?? That is literally my dream haha. And which photo was it? 🙂
    Thuc recently posted..Topping Out and Letting Go: Kosciuszko National Park

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      They just contacted me out of the blue with a specific photo in mind — one from a stand up paddling trip I took in Florida, randomly! It didn’t go to print, just web… but still exciting!

  • Francesca
    June 23 2016

    Wow, 5 years is a crazy long time! Even crazier to think how long I’ve been following your adventures for. Congratulations. That’s a damn lot of work you’ve put into growing your business.

    And if you were to host a yoga/hiking/writing retreat on Koh Tao/island hopping nearby I’d be there in a heartbeat? Just saying…
    Francesca recently posted..Unexpected places? They’re the best kind!

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Pretty exciting to daydream about these kinds of things! Who knows if it will be in the next year or the next five but it’s fun to dream.

  • I LOVE this breakdown – thank you so much for showing us this! It really puts into perspective just how possible it is to turn blogging from a passion to something that can help you earn money! Ugh, exactly the post I’ve been looking for (and needed!) Thanks Alex!
    Amanda | Lesson Plans & Layovers recently posted..Escaping to the English Countryside: Day Trip with Premium Tours

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Yay, so glad to hear that Amanda! You are so welcome — and thank YOU as ever for reading!

  • Kassie
    June 23 2016

    This is so informative. I think its great you shared a post like this because you should be proud of all that you’ve accomplished and let people know that you’re not just “lucky” to live your lifestyle!

    I just started my blog as more of a hobby but it never hurts to know what the possibilities are!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      No joke — a huge reason I wrote this post was to share with my real life friends who still don’t really get what I do 🙂 I definitely understand the confusion!

  • Kristin Addis
    June 23 2016

    Oh man I cant stand it when people belittle me for making blogging my living! They just don’t want to and can’t believe that there was another choice than the less attractive one they made, that’s what I have to tell myself. I’m with you, though, I dread when someone asks me what I do for a living.

    Also, “with wordpress as my witness” <— Golden.
    Kristin Addis recently posted..How I Plan My Travels in 19 Easy Steps

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Ha ha, thanks for appreciating that wordplay, Kristin (I think it’s a blogger thing…) 😛 There is a lot of truth to what you said, and especially with people I know and love who are unhappy with their jobs or life choices I feel almost apologetic about how happy I am with mine, which is a strange feeling. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my friends and family crushing their dreams, too!

  • Lindsay
    June 23 2016

    So proud of you, girl – killingggg it!

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Thanks girl! You’re the best!

  • Lauren
    June 23 2016

    Great post Alex!

    Thanks for including such an awesome graphic detailing when you hit your major milestones. I’ve found that some bloggers tend to be quite vague about this.

    I’ve just started my own travel blog (2-months in!). My sole goal is to blog about my travels and get myself in a position to become location independent.

    It’s refreshing to see some realistic goals I can work towards and hopefully achieve.

    P.S. I’m in Thailand for the next few months – please say you are hosting a meet-up so I can fan girl? :p

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Aw, wish I could Lauren! I’m not in Thailand at the moment… sadly! Let me know if you stick around until winter!

      • Lauren
        June 25 2016

        Oh! I’ll still be around by winter 🙂 Basing myself out of Thailand for a while to earn some money teaching and to explore SE.

  • Cindy
    June 24 2016

    Congrats on your success, not to mention your excellent record-keeping and graph production. There is a lot of good blogging advice out there. But, for a newbie just 6 months into blogging, this kind of practical, nitty gritty information is a cut above. Thank you!

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Thanks Cindy! That’s an honor to hear 🙂 Appreciate you following along!

  • Sumit Sharma
    June 24 2016

    Aww.. amazing story.

    Really loved your struggle in first 2 years and the way you carried yourself afterwards.

    Really Inspiring.
    Sumit Sharma recently posted..Review : Kitchen District – Hyatt Regency, Gurgaon

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Thanks Sumit! I kept the faith things would only go up, and they did 🙂

  • LisaLDN
    June 24 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I love the transparency, and am always curious to see how professional travel bloggers balance their income/spendings 🙂
    LisaLDN recently posted..How to live a Pura Vida Life

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      It’s the kind of info I love to read from others, so I try to share it as well!

  • Kate
    June 24 2016

    Great post and so interesting! Thank you for sharing so much about the other side of blogging!

    Kate
    Kate recently posted..The Top 10 Things to Do in Finland

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      Glad you enjoyed this peek behind the curtain 🙂

  • Janice
    June 24 2016

    Hi Alex,
    What an interesting and informative post, as I always say – these are my favourite because I learn so much from you.
    It must feel really good to see how the ups and downs of your experiences and learning, have helped you develop and grow as a Business Woman. Building a life you want to live. Congratulations.

    It comes across strongly as well, the importance you place on building links with both readers and companies, to enable you in the long-term to create strong and stable relationships.

    I love to write, I love to experientially research resorts, destinations and locations. Learn about the history of the people,the place and its background. Share that with others so they can too can make choices about what to do, where to go and what they can see. But my first attempts have resulted in failure in connecting in a widespread manner with an audience. Mine is 40+. So I’ve fallen at the first hurdle, if I’ve learnt properly from your post above.
    See, told you I learn from you. 🙂
    Thank you again for showing us what it means to be a professional within this industry.
    Janice recently posted..Living & Working in Gran Canaria

    • Alex
      June 24 2016

      I know how you feel Janice, building an audience isn’t easy — I think it’s generally every blogger’s first and biggest struggle! There’s no secret to it that I’ve found… just time, talent and luck (like most things!)

  • Amanda
    June 24 2016

    Congrats on the continued success, lady! I know how annoying it is to have people give you the side-eye when you say you’re a blogger and then immediate follow up with the “So you actually make money from that?” question. But you’re obviously doing something right! 🙂
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