This post is a bit different from most of what I write over here, but I wanted to answer a question that people always ask – how to start a travel blog. As you may know, I started blogging on my mom blog, Mom’s Favorite Stuff, in 2007, and started this one years later. Travel blogging can be a great hobby, side job, or full-time job, but it definitely takes some work. Here are some steps to follow if you are wondering how to start a travel blog.
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How to Start a Travel Blog
Get the technical stuff set up
I use WordPress, which is a flexible, easy-to-use content management solution. After you find your URL, you’ll need to get hosting, I’ve been through several different hosts and have found SiteGround to be the best combination of service and cost. It’s a good company to start out with. If you don’t want to deal with the technical stuff, I recommend WP Site Care. After years of managing my own WordPress sites, I am happy to have Ryan and his team on hand to help when I need them.
WordPress has some basic templates included, but it’s always nice to have something unique. I like the templates at Restored 316. You can also pay to have them install the template for you.
Don’t wait for companies to come to you. If you have a passion for traveling (and you really should, if you want to blog about travel), then start writing about your travel now. Review and write about places that you’ve been to.
It’s essential that any travel posts that you write include some great pictures. While a lot of travel bloggers use expensive DSLR and mirrorless cameras, you really can get started with a good camera phone. I take most of my own images, and use PicMonkey to edit them and add text.
Write when you aren’t traveling
It’s easy to write when you have places to review, but it’s hard to travel constantly. But as a travel blogger, you’ll want to maintain some consistency with posting. Come up with a list of blog post ideas that you’ll write when you aren’t traveling. You can do gear reviews, deal roundups, and/or travel tips, for instance.
Promote your work
Writing is just a small part of travel blogging. Once you write your post, you’ll want to promote it. Build up your social media accounts so that you can develop an audience. Social media networks constantly change, but at this point, I’d recommend Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
If you are reviewing a property or destination, reach out to them and send them a link to your post. They may decide to promote it on their channels, which will help to grow your audience.
Monetize your blog
Once you have an audience, you may want to monetize it. There are lots of options. The easiest is to add some banner ads from Google Adsense. Once you have more traffic, you can move on to a blog network.
Affiliates are another option. I’d recommend Shareasale.com, Commission Junction, Rewardstyle, and Amazon.com. With affiliates, you get paid a percentage when someone clicks a link on your site and makes a purchase. With these, it’s important to find products that your audience is likely to respond to.
Have you started a travel blog? Leave a link here, I’d love to check it out.
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