7 Easy Steps to Starting A Travel Blog
You are thinking about starting a travel blog. After numerous trips to exotic destinations far and wide, you’ve decided to take all those journals chronicling your travels and share them with the world. Or maybe you enjoy writing on the fly, sharing your adventures with friends and family as soon as you hit your lodging. A travel blog is a great way to let others know what they could experience when they visit, say, Florence, Italy, or Constanta, Romania.
You have one problem:
you’re not sure how to get started. Starting a travel blog is easy. With a simple game plan in place and a little computer savvy, you’ll be sharing your photos and adventures before you know it. Let’s go over what you need to do to get your blog up and running.
What is the purpose of your travel blog?
Other than sharing your photos and your unique adventures, why do you want to write your blog? Consider your answer to these questions to help you determine your purpose. Your responses will also help you decide on how you set it up and target your audience.
- Is your blog solely for the enjoyment of your family and friends?
- Is your blog going to act as a personal record of your trips?
- Is your blog a place to showcase your photos?
- Will you be using it to network with other travelers or photographers?
- Will you be using your blog to make money?
Once you’ve answered some of those questions, you can more clearly define the purpose of your blog. Which leads to…
Defining your audience
While your travel blog may start out as a personal project, it’s a good idea to start considering who your long-term readers will ultimately be. Appealing to a broader audience and providing more information about what you can do for them, or offer them, will help build your following.
Eventually, you can turn your blog into a money-making opportunity by, for example, selling some of your photos. You can also offer e-books with travel tips or links to affiliates that provide travel products. Define your audience as soon as possible.
Name your travel blog and set up your website
Have an idea for the name of your blog?
Great…if it describes what you do and what you offer. A blog name that loses relevancy or uses words that have been overused probably won’t get a lot of traffic. Keep your title short, about three to four words, descriptive and straightforward. Try to come up with a name that is going to stand the test of time and not go out of date.
Once you’ve picked the name, it’s time to jump on the computer and sign up for web hosting and get your website rolling.
If you’re not sure what all that entails, here are two suggestions: WordPress and Square space. Both platforms are easy to use and typically offer free domain names for the first year. This means you have your hosting and your blog platform all in one. Plus, both offer a variety of themed templates you can use to get set up faster. Do a little research to find the best option for you as these are not your only options. They are just quick and easy ones.
Take the time to look at all the themed templates and offered plugins
Plan on taking a few hours to review the different themed templates that are on the website platform of your choice. Your site should be visually appealing and inviting so that people who stop by and check it out decide to stay. It takes only a second for a visitor to say, “Nope,” and leave your site. What are you going to include on your website? For a travel blog, you might what to include:
- A photo gallery
- A blog listing
- A commerce shop and checkout
The first two items are a must. After all, this is a travel blog. From there, you can see what each template offers and choose the layout that works best for you.
Plugins, mainly if you use WordPress, are little mini-programs that run in the background that can help you keep bots from roaming your site or help you search-engine-optimize your page. Again, look through the plugins your platform offers and choose items that will be helpful to your site.
Create your travel blog website
This is the fun part next to traveling. Your new blog should include at the least the following pages:
- About page – who you are and what your blog is about
- Contact page – readers will have questions, so they need to know how to reach you
- Privacy page – this is the page where you cover how visitor’s information will be used, what the laws are where you live, and so on. Some platforms offer a cookie-cutter version of this that you can use.
- Copyright page – yes, you need this, so everyone knows this is your work, your photos, your created stuff, and they are not welcome to it. Again, you can find examples to use if you’re unsure of the wording.
- Gallery – someplace to show off those pictures
Once you have your main pages in place, it’s time to start adding content.
Being consistent and constant is the key to success
If you want to attract readers to your travel blog and make it successful, you need to create a realistic posting schedule. That schedule could include posting journals that you already wrote or writing a blog on the fly while you’re traveling. Either way, it’s a good idea to get into a rhythm of posting so that your readers come back for more.
Your posting schedule is up to you. You can post once a week, twice a week, once a fortnight. Just make sure you stick to your plan. Your readers want to hear from you regularly.
Final thoughts on starting a travel blog
Your travel blog reflects who you are. Don’t be afraid to infuse it with your personality and make it appealing. Your readers will appreciate the effort and will come back for more. Good luck on starting a travel blog!
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