Travel Magazines are passé and travel blogs are in trend. Today more than ever people are traveling all around the world, mainly because of the increased affluence that humankind is experiencing today. Be it, teenagers, youngsters in their early 20’s, middle-aged individuals, or the elderly, travel has become a passion for many.
Thus if you love traveling then you should also share your experiences with others so that you can help them experience the best in the world around them.
The best way to do this is to create a travel blog and also convert it into an earning proposition and then use that money to fund more travels and explorations of the world around you.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to start a travel blog:
DECIDE ON AN ATTRACTIVE NAME FOR YOUR BLOG
You need to keep these things in mind while choosing a name for your travel blog:
- KISS-Keep it short and simple
It is important to have a short and good sounding name as readers don’t prefer long and big names as it is difficult to remember and recall.
- No Hyphens or Numbers
Try not to use hyphens or numbers as that confuses readers and makes the name difficult to remember
- Avoid overused names
Don’t use overused names, instead think of something unique and original which will strike an emotional chord with the reader
- Connect it with something popular
Connect your name with something popular. That way the recall value will be great the readers will never forget your blog name
- Use abbreviations
You can also use abbreviations but should use them only when you are sure that your readers can decode them.
HOST YOUR BLOG PRIVATELY OR ON BLOGGER
Hosting is not complicated. It is just renting space on the internet from hosting companies so that you can store all your data, photos, blogs, and videos on a space on the net where users from around the world can access and use them.
There are many hosting companies that provide reasonable hosting and also provide you with a domain name.
Some good blog hosting sites which are free are:
Some paid blog hosting sites are:
- inmotionhosting.com -They provide a free domain name for a year too.
INSTALL THE WORDPRESS SOFTWARE
To have your Blog taken seriously you need to have a self-hosted WordPress account. With this your data will be hosted on your hosting company’s server and not on WordPress server and thus you will own your data and your domain name will not be xyz.wordpress.com, instead, it will be xyz.com.
Also with this feature, you can earn from advertisements on your site, use google analytics tracking and install plugins with custom themes.
INSTALL USEFUL PLUGINS
You can also install plugins from your WordPress account. While most of the plugins are useful and free, there are some for which you have to pay for.
Some useful Plugins are:
- WP Rocket which speeds up your travel blog
- YOAST SEO-This helps in SEO and also with Google Analytics
- Easy Social Share buttons-a nice to have a feature
- MAGNIFY-speeds up the images loading on your blog
- AKISMET-Saves the Blog from hackers and viruses
FOCUS ON YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE
The next step is to focus on your target audiences. For your travel blog, the audience can be youngsters and teenagers, married couples with children, or retired folks. You need to be very clear which is your target audience and the tone and the writing should reflect that.
If you are aiming your blog at young adults then you can talk about adventure sports like paragliding, mountain climbing, rock climbing, and parasailing. Also if you are aiming at seniors then, in that case, you can talk about cruises, luxury resorts, and spas. And thus it is critical to decide on a target audience before you start your travel blog as only then can you reach users who are looking for the relevant content.
PLAN YOUR BLOG
You can plan your blog by having separate sections for videos and tutorials and also another section for photos and finally a section like a forum for questions and answers and also a contact page in case users want to contact you.
This way you will have well-planned and organized blogs and users will find it easy to navigate through it and will return to your blog repeatedly if they like your content and presentation style.
INSTILL GOOGLE ADWORDS AND ADS HOSTING ON YOUR BLOG
It is also important that you start earning from your blog once you have a decent enough following. You can do this by using Google AdSense and other advertising options and can convert your blog into an earning web entity. This way you can travel more with the ad revenue and improve the content and presentation of the blog and multiply the number of users and revenue.
USE AN ATTRACTIVE THEME
It is critical to have a pleasant theme for your website. Don’t use extra bright colors like yellow and red. Use sober colors like shades of white and sky blue. You don’t want to distract the reader from concentrating on the content and thus your content should merge with the background and theme.
BUILD YOUR EMAIL LIST
You can also start an email newsletter and a subscription option on your Blog where whenever users subscribe to your email list they get the new and updated content directly in their mailbox. This can help you to reach out to your users and also help you to stay in the minds of the readers.
HARNESS SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
You can advertise your travel blogs on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, thus creating a great brand identity and increasing the popularity of the brand. You can also use the guest blog post options where users are led to your blog from the host website where your article is published.
PLAN YOUR TRAVEL
You should also plan your travel in a systematic and step by step manner. Cover similar places first according to your target audiences. For example, if you start with beaches, then explore all the beaches in the vicinity, and then when you are exploring religious shrines, then explore all the religious places nearby.
This will help your readers get a systematic understanding of particular places and experiences they are interested in and they will come back to your blog again and again thus multiplying the number of visitors and maximizing the revenue from your travel blog.
Thus by following these simple steps, you can create a great travel blog, one which is much followed and loved by many. Once your blog gets popular then there is no looking back and if you maintain the quality of your content over time your travel blog can become an overnight sensation. So travel the world and blog about it…the world is waiting to hear your story…!!