How To Start A Travel Blog (2021)
Find out how you can start a travel blog Below!
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Blogging has gained a lot of popularity in the digital world, especially travel blogging. Can you imagine earning money through travelling? All you need to do is go to various fun places and write down your experience on the website. But you should have an ardent passion for writing and travelling. Improve your way of storytelling to make your readers engaged and hooked throughout the blog. Follow these simple and easy steps to start a travel blog. Meanwhile, polish your writing skills and remember to be original and unique.
Step 1: Create a catchy but simple name for your travel blog
You have to put a lot of thinking at this stage. It is a crucial part of starting a travel blog. Choose a name that is not only easy to read and spell but also highlights your personality. You don’t want to pick a name that is hard for someone else to remember or search on the Internet. Don’t rush, take some time, and only proceed when you have a perfect name. To make it easier, grab a notebook and jot down all the amazing names that are popping up in your head. And then, choose one among them. Try to make it as short as possible without any confusing symbols so that it is easy to describe your site address to other people. But make it unique so that it stands out among other people’s blog names.
Keep in mind that this might expand into a bigger business, so pick something accordingly, you don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of a CEO of a tour company with a funny travel blog name. Also, try to avoid using hyphens and tricky names. For example, the name onestep4ward is a tricky name as people might get confused with the ‘4ward’ part. Use your imagination and pick something long-term.
Step 2: Finding a web hosting
Being a newbie, you might find it hard to understand about web hosting. You don’t have to go in details, just know that it’s a place to store your blog’s data like videos or images. To put in simpler words, when you buy hosting, they let you rent a space on the Internet. But there are hundreds of web hosts, and it can get challenging for you to choose one among them. WordPress has made your work a lot easier by choosing the top 3 best hosts for you to choose: BlueHost, DreamHost, and SiteGround.
BlueHost is the most recommended one, and many experienced travel bloggers live by this host. The process to set up is quick and easy. Click on the ‘get started now’ green button, select your convenient plan out of the four, and then type your domain name. You can either create a new domain name or enter an existing one. You also have the choice to skip the part and create a domain later. The last step is the checkout, wherein the package information section you can select any additional feature. It is not necessary, but you can select the Site Backup Pro option to backup all your data if you accidentally lose anything. It bills for $2.99 per month, and it will charge you at the end of the hosting term. Complete the checkout by putting your card details.
Step 3: Installing WordPress
After successfully setting up the hosting, you need to install WordPress. BlueHost will send you an email providing the control panel login. Login to the panel and select the ‘Install WordPress’ icon from the website section. Then click on the install button. In the next step, provide the domain name. Go to the ‘advanced options’ if you want to change your email address, username, or password. Now you have access to log into your WordPress dashboard.
Step 4: Learn to use WordPress
WordPress is a fantastic platform that provides users with everything they need to grow their website. But with the different features, a newcomer might find it challenging to use. The best way to learn it is to play around in your dashboard. With time you will get the hang of it. There is also a myriad of free online tutorials to help you understand WordPress better. After you log in to use the dashboard with the username and password, you will see all the articles are on your left-side along with plugins and settings. Reply to comments on your posts or report them as spam if you find it inappropriate. On the right side, though, you will see the number of views each article is getting. Don’t forget Google is your best friend now; whenever you get stuck, go to Google to know the solution. With dedication, you will learn WordPress within a few days. WordPress has a plethora of features that you can understand from the WordPress support section. Learn about the different themes and plugins and which one of these is suitable for your website.
Step 5: Design your blog (theme, logo, plugin)
Download an attractive theme
Theme is an essential element for your website as it makes it look more appealing and thus attracting more visitors. Even though there are thousands of free themes, it is best to go for the premium WordPress themes. These themes may cost you, but they are a great help to increase visitor traffic. They have more features than the standard free themes. If you are investing in a premium theme, you should be sure that they also look beautiful on your mobile devices. To ensure, head over to Google’s mobile-friendly test page. You only have to copy-paste the URL you need to check. And after analyzing correctly, it will let you know if they are mobile-friendly. There are a bunch of theme clubs that offer various types of themes. Some of the best ones among them are Themeforest and MyThemeShop. To apply any theme, go to the Appearance section on your dashboard and select ‘Themes.’ Choose your suitable theme and click activate. Now go to the address bar and enter your website’s URL to see the new theme.
Design a logo/ banner
This step is entirely optional for beginners. Though it is an essential part of every travel blogger as it distinguishes them from other travel bloggers. But for starters, you don’t need to invest money in this section, as creating your logo can become expensive at this point. Focus on growing your audiences and improve your content.
If you are good at creating designs, visit canva, which is completely free to use. After signing in, click on ‘create a design,’ and a drop-down list will appear from there select blog banner. There are multiple free templates to choose from, but you can also customize the part you want to change in the banner. Play around with the various pictures, elements, backgrounds, fonts, and more. You can also select the logo option from the list to create a logo with the given templates. After reaching a certain level at your blogging career, try purchasing Canva pro. It lets you create graphics on transparent backgrounds and unlocks the millions of pictures, graphics, templates, and fonts. You can try it for free for the first 30 days.
But if you are not confident with your designing skills, check out the Fiverr website. It will provide you with professional graphic designers who will create the logo for you. You can choose from the various options and hire a designer to create your logo.
Plugins make sure that your content reaches as many people as possible on the Internet. Hence, it is vital to install a useful plugin as they extend the functionality of your website. It makes sure your website ranks at the top of Google searches. There are both free and premium plugins available for WordPress.
Though most free plugins don’t provide enough features, RankMath is not one of them. It is a popular SEO- plugin available in MyThemeShop, which has an easy user interface and fixes 404 errors. These errors reduce the engagement level of your visitors.
Yoast SEO is a famously paid plugin. You don’t need to install any other plugins if you have this. There are two versions of this plugin; one is Yoast SEO premium, and the other is Yoast SEO free. The premium version has more features like suggestions for links, content insights, redirect manager, and more, which are not available in the free version.
Some of the other helpful plugins are Akismet, Comments Not Replied To, and Mash Share. Akismet finds and deletes all spam comments, whereas Comments Not Replied To show you all the comments you haven’t replied to yet. And lastly, Mash Share helps to increase your social media followers by adding all of your accounts at every post of your site.
Step 6: Beginning of blogging
Now that you have successfully created and given a shape to your website, it’s time for creating content. But before posting any content, fill in the about me section. Try to include interesting and funny facts about you so that readers get to know more about your personality. Give them a reason why they should follow you. Most readers at first go to the about me page to know more about the blogger; hence it is an essential part. Tell them what you are currently doing and what inspired you the most to start this blog.
No matter how attractive your website looks, it’s your content that will decide the fate of your site. Engaging and unique content will make your readers visit your site more often. Write all your amazing content ideas on a notebook and start ticking them off as you finish writing them. Always abide by the adage ‘quality over quantity.’ Even if you post once a week, make sure your content is original and of high-quality. For this, you have to keep practicing your writing skills. Keep in mind that you have to be different than your fellow travel bloggers. However, avoid being too professional so that it doesn’t feel to the readers that they are reading a guidebook. Write about your funny experiences and the amazing facts you have learned on that trip.
To make a successful travel blog, try to share your posts with as many people as possible. Create accounts on all social media platforms. Learn social media marketing by watching a lot of free tutorial videos or articles. Here is a brief of how to market your website on different social media platforms.
Facebook: Create a page first and share it with your friends and family. Ask your friends to share it with their friends. It increases visitors to your site. Once you have a few numbers of followers, start posting photos and videos of your travels. Your captions should be catchy, write small inspiring quotes, or a short funny description of that picture. Let people know whenever you have posted any blog. Be active and try to be responsive.
Instagram: Create a business account on Instagram. Let your followers know what you are doing every day of your trip through posting stories and photos on your feed. Use suitable hashtags and tag the location you have posted a picture of to increase followers. Ask your followers interesting questions on your stories to interact with other people. This way, you will be able to know what your followers want to see more. Don’t be impatient, making genuine followers will take some time.
Twitter: Through Twitter, share your content and increase the number of clicks for your site. Choose an appealing profile picture and cover photo. Be friends with other travel bloggers and retweet their posts. It’s an easy way to help your travel buddies. Always remember that they are not your competitors and don’t compare yourself with others. Tweet funny things and respond to all your followers. More people will reply to your tweets if they see you responsive in the comment section.
Step 8: How to make money?
You need to have enough traffic and high-quality content to start making money from your website. It usually takes six months to a year with high determination and dedication before you start earning. Here are some of the ways to monetize your website.
Affiliate marketing: It is a quick way of earning money. At first, the seller will contact you with all the details of the product and the payment process. If you agree, you need to promote that product to your visitors and subscribers. Of course, it should be something that you genuinely like and would recommend. If the readers find it interesting, they click on the link and buy the product. You will get a commission of the sale price. Be honest with your readers and provide a review of the product.
Google Adsense: It is also known as pay per click advertising. This advertising program lets you earn money whenever any visitor clicks on the ads. First, you need to sign up for the program. Keep in mind getting approved from there is not easy. Once you get approved, choose the type of ad format for your site like text ads, text, and display ads. They will provide you a code that you need to copy and paste on the space where you want the ad to be. Now you have to wait and watch. The highest paying ads will go live. The businesses that use Google Adworks program make the advertisements. The amount of your payment will depend on the number of clicks by the visitors on the ads.
Online coaching classes: Determine a topic that you know in-depth and make sure that it also interests your readers so that they buy it. You are helping others and at the same time generating income.
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