BootsnAll is the latest in a growing number of travel content sites attempting to find ways to reward hard-up or aspiring travel writers around the world.
The Oregon-based company is launching a service - BootsnAll Travel Writer Platform - of its own which gives writers the chance to produce guides and content for sites that specialise in specific destinations or types of travel.
Created using the company's existing web-content publishing technology, writers will be able to build their own portfolio of work on their own site and also be paid a flat rate for around ten hours work a week.
BootsnAll promises that each writer will also be able to profit-share (up to 40%) from subsequent revenues as a result of traffic levels to the individual sites.
The company is initially looking for five new writers for the programme.
The move follows similar initiatives from other travel consumer content sites to offer writers some element of return for their efforts.
NileGuidelaunched a programme in November 2009 to pay commission to its writers depending on traffic to their pages. UK site SimonSeeks also has a payment structure for some of its contributors.
The context to this series of developments is an ongoing and often heated debate focusing on how travel writers are struggle to maintain incomes as traditional forms of publishing turn increasingly to in-house content writing or PR-driven articles.
Many of the individual blogs created by established travel writers do not provide enough revenue to sustain a business away from contracted work, but equally the number of commissions have also slowed down.
There is a growing acceptance in some areas of the travel publishing world that quality needs to be rewarded to counterbalance the reams of average travel content on the web.
BootsnAll says in response to the suggestion that writers can launch their own blogs:
Yes, the internet is full of travel blogs and guides. In fact, that is why we are starting this program. The web is full of a lot of crap… and writers and content producers are, in general, not perceived as a valuable part of the process.