Wondering how to start a travel blog? Then look no further!
You’ve seen the dreamy posts, travel bloggers travelling and exploring the globe, and you want in on the action too! If you’re wondering how to become a travel blogger yourself then this post will certainly help you kick start this dream.
Because we do like to keep things real, I have to point out that blogging requires a lot of hard work, commitment and patience. If you think posting even 10 posts on your blog will get you travelling the globe, then sadly I have news for you, it probably won’t happen!
But, if travel is your passion and you are willing to put in the time, effort and are prepared for all the blood, sweat and tears along the way, then travel blogging can certainly be a very fulfilling and lucrative business in the long run!
So, without further a due, here is all you need to know about starting a travel blog!
Step 1: Create a Travel Blog for a Particular Niche
Before you start creating a travel blog and implementing hosting, and the site set-up, you have to establish who your blog is going to be for. The biggest questions you should be asking yourself are, “who is my blog for?” and “who will be reading my content?”.
Some blogs are set up purely for business, but a lot of travel blogs start out as a hobby, and then authors slowly start to monetize their content. If it’s purely for a hobby, you have more freedom to be picky with your readers.
But if you’re someone who’s looking to share helpful and relevant information, and attract an audience, you have to understand your readers.
Determine What Your Blog Will Be About
We know that your blog is loosely based on travel, but what else? A big factor in a successful blog is having a passion for what you’re sharing and writing about. Your passions are more often than not, the things you know and care the most about.
Will you be including travel destinations around the world or focus on travel-guides from one particular country? You don’t need to be an expert in the field, just be willing to learn and strive towards constant growth.
Who Is Your Target Audience?
While it’s great to aim towards an array of individuals who will read your travel blog, selecting a target audience is key. This way, you’ll successfully be shaping your content towards your readers and providing useful and relevant information.
Take Note of Competitive Niches
Certain niches are more competitive than others. And when this is the case, you’re going to need to rank higher in Google, to increase your audience. This will require you to have an efficient understanding of SEO.
It’s not just about SEO though. You’re going to need to do your research beforehand and determine how competitive the travel blog niche you’re looking to enter is. Search the web to understand your target audience, and how readily available the content you are looking to publish is. Are people even interested in what you’re hoping to blog about?
Starting a Travel Blog with a Great, Relevant Travel Blog Name
One of the key factors of how to make a travel blog successful involves selecting a name for your brand identity. Below are some important aspects of establishing a prosperous site name.
1) Pick a Name that Will Last
Make sure you pick a name that is adaptable and one that will last. Giving your blog the freedom to grow into new platforms is important, therefore you want your name to be versatile.
Let’s say you’re a South African living in London, so you decide to name your blog “ashwanderinglondon.com”. A little while down the line, you opt for a nomadic lifestyle, but you’re stuck with a purchased domain name that ties you in to London. Good travel blog names are ones that define who you are whilst still allowing the flexibility to adapt, change or expand.
2) Keep it Short and Simple
The general rule of thumb when it comes to domains is to stick within a three- to four-word limit. Anywhere over that count and your site may be hard to remember, a mission to pronounce, and not SEO friendly.
You also want to keep it simple. Let people know what the travel blog is about, and let them understand if it has relevance to them.
3) Avoid Overused Terms, Find Originality
Words like nomadic and wanderer are great, but with the current trend of remote lifestyles, you’re going to want to be different. Of course, you want it to represent your lifestyle, but use your imagination and brainstorm a few unique travel blog names, before settling on the one that will help you and your site stand out.
Travel Blog Name Ideas
When you start a travel blog, name ideas may be the first thing that springs to mind. But if that’s not the case, below are some of the best sites to help you generate a few travel blog names worth considering.
- Name Mesh
Travel Blogging Post Ideas
Once you know how to create a travel blog, the content will be your biggest responsibility. Keep in mind that you are going to be delivering a ton of information that needs to be relevant, reliable, and informative. Consistency is a very important factor for retaining an audience and building a relationship with this audience.
Once you’ve been inspired and have thought of topic ideas, be sure to do your keyword research well. This will determine whether your readers will be interested in that particular content.
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Here are a few travel blog post ideas to get the creativity flowing and hopefully inspire you to kickstart with those first few travel blog posts!
Posts with Value
You want your content to be valuable, but you also need to entertain your readers and secure their attention. Your posts need to be extremely knowledgeable, entertaining or teach people something valuable.
- Ideas for valuable posts could be itineraries, guides, how-tos, reviews, tips, and tricks.
Include the Top Travel Destinations Around the World
While keeping competition in mind, write about destinations that travellers from all parts of the world are interested in.
If you’re someone interested in city life, opt to write about the greatest cities in the world. The same goes if you’re passionate about watersports. Write about some of the best places to take part in watersports.
Budget-Friendly Travel Options
Because who doesn’t love budget-friendly options? This is a great topic choice because so many people are looking to travel the world in a way that’ll save them the most cash.
If you are posting a product review, list of accommodation options or destinations, it’s always good practice to include options that suit an array of budgets.
Share Your Favourite Accommodation Places and Types
People coming to your site assume that you know the most about what you’re talking about. And you’re going to want to build their trust and recommend things that you truly know and believe to be of good quality.
Often accommodation is the biggest thought on a traveller’s mind. Sharing your knowledge on this topic helps gain trust and encourages your readers to delve into your content and share it with their fellow travellers and friends.
When posting about accommodation options, readers love to know about their options. Whether you choose to do single posts about a particular type of accommodation option, or a complete break-down, be sure to look out for good reviews.
Monetizing your blog
If, like most bloggers, you intend for your blog to eventually become your full-time business, then making sure to monetize your blog from the get go is crucial.
There are several different ways to monetize a blog, these include signing up for Travel Affiliate Programs where you’ll earn a commission for bookings made. These include: Booking.com, Agoda, Carrentals.com, Get Your Guide, Viator, World Nomads and many more.
Of course, you can also go ahead and monetize with display ads too. Many bloggers for reach 10,000 monthly sessions opt for ad networks such as Ezoic or Monumetric. Once you reach 50,000 you can then apply for a premium network called Mediavine.
Reached 10,000 sessions? Sign up for Ezoic here.
Last but not least, you will want to get going with link building as soon as you have content on your site. This will help increase your site authority and rankings and is a crucial SEO component you should never skip or neglect.
For the sake of brevity on this post, I will not go into too much detail around guest posting as it really does require a post all on its own. But, a few simple ways to help kick start your link-building strategy is through travel guest posting. This involves writing a travel blog guest post that is 100% unique and not already featured on your site, that includes one or two relevant links back to your own site, and pitch this to another blog with a higher authority than yourself.
Once the other blog publishes your travel guest post, they pass on ‘link juice’ and authority back to your own site. Note though this could take a couple of weeks.
It is very important to note that there are several black and grey hat SEO practices (these are not good and frowned upon). It is very important that you do your research and ensure that your strategies on link building align fully with white hat SEO practices as you don’t want the Google gods imposing penalties on your site!
Starting a travel blog can be a lot of hard work and require an insane amount of dedication and perseverance. Keep at it and it can also be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling too.
So, what are you waiting for, get started on your dream travel blog today!