Where do you want to be featured? Start thinking long-term, write down your goals, and start working towards them from day one. You should be able to achieve those traffic and income goals within six months of starting your travel blog. This will allow you to track your traffic and find out more about your readers.
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Twitter chats are a great way of doing so. Stand out from the crowd by doing things differently: There are hundreds of thousands of travel blogs out there now. How are you going to stand out from the crowd? Because every travel blogger does all of those things and I knew it was one of the things their readers dislike most about their blogs.
Instead, I write about how I screwed up while travelling the world, because nobody else is doing that.
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Everyone says to create a regular posting schedule. When I got a book deal, I posted once every three months and my traffic still grew. Interestingly, I once posted every single day for a month and my traffic dropped! Go self-hosted, get a catchy name, find a beautiful theme, and come up with a way to brand yourself. Post when you want, travel where you want, and write about the things that interest you.
Adsense: The easiest way to start making money with advertising is through Adsense. Download the Quick Adsense plugin, too, as it makes placing the ad code anywhere on your site straightforward. Experiment with different placements, too. Amazon Associates is best for beginners. Any time you mention a product on your site, you can search for the product through Amazon Associates, and then use that link in your post. Packing lists, in-depth reviews, and gift guides are great for monetising through Amazon, so get started with those.
Some popular ones that I use and recommend include World Nomads for travel insurance, Agoda and Booking. That way, when you write a detailed travel guide for a place, you can recommend the hotel you stayed in, share how you found cheap flights, and recommend that your readers take out travel insurance, and make money whenever somebody clicks those links and follows your recommendation.
Most important of all: I use every single one of these companies and have done since the very first day I started travelling. And the best thing about affiliates is that you can start making money from day one. Here are several options:. You want to run a blog to keep friends and family informed of your travels: free. Instead, I recommend heading to WordPress. There are definitely ways that you can cut corners without sacrificing the overall quality of your travel blog. Skip the travel blogging courses and any paid plugins at this point — you can invest in those later on once you start making money with your site.
Is it? Hell no. While travel blogging is now a much more crowded space than it was several years ago, there are also far more opportunities for income than there used to be. In Facebook groups, I see new bloggers sharing how they managed to reach , page views in just a year or two of blogging — something that used to take the original travel bloggers three or four years to manage.
I now have almost a thousand comments on this article from people asking questions and looking for advice. My answers will likely be useful as you start your travel blogging journey, and feel free to ask for any clarification in the comments, too! I really liked this post a lot and just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all the information and time you put into it. I am saving this for future reference and thank you greatly for the inspiration your blog has given me. I have already created my word press account and uploaded my first about post. But I need advice on how to move on and I am using the WordPress free plan for a start.
What kind of advice can you give to me please? But do you think most bloggers set out with the intention of creating the kind of blog that can be monetized? There are pros and cons to investing in your site when you first start out. That was initial gut feeling, finding a USP rather than trying to compete in an overcrowded space, until I started reading about having to blog prolifically to start with etc. I like your approach better. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Thanks so much, Maki! Standing out from the crowd is so important! Thanks for this list! I can vouch for Fiverr.
Found a great graphic artist who did my logo. She runs a legit design house with other artists working for her, so it might be better to find a user with an extensive portfolio and lots of positive reviews. What if you are unsure what your niche is? For example, you could make budget travel your main focus, but still write about everything else.
Travel disasters could be tied into traveling on a budget if you have mishaps in hostels, for example. How to travel on a budget… you get the idea. Your blog is awesome and is set up so beautifully!! Any tips for creating a map with countries colored in that can be linked to certain posts?
Hi Alison. I use a plugin called interactive world maps for mine. Lauren, is it possible to move from my existing WordPress address to this host and get the. Thanks for any feedback you can provide!
You just need to transfer your site from wordpress. Let me know if you need any help!
Are there any free themes? Could I possibly bring in my own theme designed by a graphic designer? To sign up for wordpress do I have to use WordPress themes? Hi Marcy. Yep, just google free WordPress themes and a ton will come up.
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Yep, you need to use WordPress-specific themes for WordPress. All good stuff! After building over WordPress sites I would highly recommend using good security plugins, WP is easy to hack. How do I do it?
I love how you personality just shows through your delicate writing! I like to do things differently :- Honestly, I think Travel Blog Success is overpriced and unnecessary. I wanted to know if the plugins are hard to use with wordpress? What do you think of squarespace? Plugins are super-easy to use. Just search for them in the the plugins section of your WordPress dashboard and hit install.
The settings for them are easy to understand, as well. Never used Squarespace or subscribed to a site that uses it. Thank you — This post is excellent. For example — the plugin you suggest, Digg Digg, is no longer supported by WordPress so it seems. And the layout of your website is gorgeous — are you still using the Genesis from StudioPress theme and the Dynamik Website Builder child theme for this current layout?
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Glad you found it helpful, Kate! My theme is called Presso and I bought it from Themeforest. Hi Lauren Thank you for sharing your tips on this post I found it really helpful :- I am currently travelling and about to launch my own blog, more to share my experiences than to make a living out of it but obviously still want it to be unique and interesting. Haha st least we will both have entertaing stories to tell!
Thanks so much, Jayne! Thanks, Lauren. Hi Lauren Just finished your book and reading through this blog! In the meantime, I have a sort of friends and family blog about camping in Colorado.
So, my question is—should I just scratch it and start over? Sounds like it is hard to move content and change a name? Will it actually disappear so that people will only find the new one? Finally, about how long did it take before your blog began earning an income? What exactly did you do—seek out advertisers?