Why not take the plunge this year and start your own travel blog.
Here are a few useful tips on how it’s done.
A 2017 Guide to Starting Your Own Travel Blog
You love to travel, you do it as often as you can, and you think you have stories or tips to share. So should you start a travel blog?
You’ll often hear amazing success stories coming from travel bloggers, where they began with no experience, and now it’s become their full-time job. At the same time, there are many more stories of travel blogs that didn’t go so well.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not it’s the right move is one that’s up to you, but if you do think starting a site is something you want to do, the following are some tips to follow, particularly if you’d like to monetize it.
The Name is Everything
Okay, the name might not be everything, but it’s pretty significant. Having a great name is critical with any blog, but that really holds true in the travel niche. Try to avoid cliché phrases and words that are used by every blogger and come up with something that’s uniquely you. You should also try to create a name for your site that is going to work well in the long-term. You don’t want to give your blog an expiration date solely based on the name.
The name of your blog is ultimately your brand, so make it memorable, and make it reflect you.
The concept of travel blogging can be one that seems creative and free-spirited, but if you want to monetize your blog, there are technical elements you’re going to have to educate yourself on.
You’ll need to choose a website hosting option, and you’ll need to at least know the basics of WordPress.
You’ll also need to think about things such as the plugins you’ll use, which will make it easier to manage your SEO and social sharing.
Speaking of SEO, it’s incredibly important to think about with any blog, including a travel blog. Even before you get started, you should do some keyword research. The reason is that doing keyword analysis in your niche can actually help guide you in everything from the name you’ll choose for your blog, to the type of content you’ll create.
Create a Business Plan
If you’re starting a travel blog because you truly just want to share your experiences and it’s going to be a hobby for you, you obviously don’t need to think of a business plan, but if you have the opportunity to monetize something you probably think why not?
If that’s your plan, you need to create a business strategy. There’s a lot to consider, but first and foremost, give some thought to the route you’ll take to make money via your site.
You can start making money as soon as your site is up and running with programs like Amazon Associates and Adsense. The main ways to monetize a blog include selling advertising, affiliate marketing and sponsored posts, but there are other options.
Starting a travel blog is a lot of work, but there are plenty of bloggers out there who are not only doing it because they love it, but also because it makes them money. If you think you have what it takes, the above steps are some easy things you can do to get started.