Guest Blogging – Top Tips to Increase Your Site Traffic

Like many other types of social networking, Guest Blogging exposes you (in a good way, not that “scare-the-kids-and-get-carted-off-to-jail-in-handcuffs” kind of way) to the readers of the travel blog hosting your article, thereby helping to grow your audience.

In the process, by promoting (on your travel blog) your Guest Blog Post that’s been published on the other travel blog, you’re letting your readers know about that site and helping them to grow their audience as well. It’s a ‘win/win’ for both of you.

A good quality Travel Blog should – at the very least – give guest bloggers a link back to the guest blogger’s travel blog as part of the article’s meta data (author info at the end of the post), and often they will allow additional guest blogger info such as a photo, a biography, and social media links so that you can get new Twitter followers and/or Facebook friends and fans.

Tips for being a Good Guest Blogger: If you’ve been invited (or are offering) to submit a guest blog post, be sure to do the following:

Do your homework – read some of the posts of the travel blog you’d like to write for to get a feel for what types and styles of articles they normally publish. If they have guidelines for submitting articles, read them;
Ask if the blog owner has a specific topic in mind for your Guest Blog Post, and offer a couple of topic suggestions in case they don’t or are just open to ideas;
Ask how many words they would like, and if they’d like you to provide images as well (be sure that the images are your own or are royalty-free);
Understand that your blog host may do some light editing (usually only styles such as bolding and italicizing words and phrases, adding paragraph breaks, etc) but if they do wind up correcting things such as spelling and grammar, be grateful – it keeps you looking good!;
Tips for being a Good Guest Blog Host: If you’ve invited someone to submit a guest blog post to your travel blog, try to keep this advice in mind:
If you have a specific story topic or perspective you’d like, say so. If not, be open to suggestions;
Keep your readers in mind – what would interest them? Realize that sometimes it’s good to break out of your normal realm;
Try to keep your copyediting to a minimum – after all, every travel writer has their own ‘voice’ and you don’t want to stifle that;
DO make corrections if you find spelling or grammar errors – you want your guest bloggers to look good to your audience – but it’s nice to ask beforehand if your guest blogger minds such edits;
Incentivize guest bloggers! Give them the ability to draw readers to their own travel blogs by displaying a link to their site in your post meta section, and if your WordPress Theme has an Author Template (author.php) use it to your guest blogger’s advantage by including their photo, bio, and additional links;
The Travel Blogger community is one of the strongest and most supportive out there, and a Guest Blogger relationship benefits both the guest blogger and the hosting travel blog, so take advantage of any invitation that you receive to submit a guest blog post to other travel blogs or travel related website. In addition, you should also be actively seeking such opportunities, and offering to write for other travel blogs as well.

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First Time Travel Blogger? Don’t Be Nervous, Just Do It!

One of the hottest trends right now is travel blogging. A lot of millennials have this grandiose idea of trekking across the world, blogging to their followers and getting paid to do so. So, as you can imagine, creating a travel blog is just one of the many ways people are creating an income with online business. Travelling is considered a luxury-especially now that the costs to travel have gone through the roof. So, if you can get paid to travel, that is exponentially better… put it this way: you’re getting paid to live a life of luxury. Sounds pretty cool, right? But it is not as easy as a lot of people perceive it to be. Generating money from a travel blog takes time and hard work. Not to mention, your content must be better than ‘great’. You don’t just visit a place and tell something about it. You need to collect all the information, combine that with your thoughts, feelings & senses in order to create the formula that generates success and earnings. Financial freedom does not come easy and becoming a travel blogger is no exception.

One of the things that make a website worthy of visiting is the content. The cliché line “content is king” is 100% accurate. It goes with anything you post on the internet. If your content is lousy, you’re going to get a lousy following. If you have exceptional content that attracts people, then you will see an explosion of visitors to your site. There are a lot of things that you can do to be a good blogger, but you need to consider different tips in order to be great travel blogger.

Here are the key factors you need to follow when starting your own travel blog:

· Choose the site name – A solid blog name that is clear and concise is best. Don’t get too bogged down in making some extravagant blog name, instead focus on something that readers can type in their search engine and remember it. Correlate the general idea of your travel blog within the site name. It is important that you make that idea clear within your sites name. It only needs to be short in order to be memorable. It is also good that you don’t include hyphens and numbers, it’ll be very confusing when people are remembering, typing or telling their friends about it.

· Find a cheap but reliable hosting site- A hosting site is just like renting a space on the internet where you store all your data and etc. When you’re just beginning, you’ll find it somewhat difficult to start generating income. Thus, overhead and costs need to be reduced as much as possible, so start with your hosting site. GoDaddy, HostGator, and 1and1 are all easy and cost efficient.

· Familiarize with WordPress – WordPress is one of the most user-friendly site generators when it comes to making your site. Making a travel blog can be exciting if you do the things your way and how you want it to look. There are tons of themes and designs that you can get obtain for free or a little bit of cash. These themes are the backbone of your blog, so this is something that your audience will pay attention to when you start generating traffic.

· Get Goin’ With Social Media – Blogging doesn’t stop when you just post your latest travel blog or article. You need to get the word out… Get people interested. Using social media is the fastest, cheapest and easiest method to do this. Obviously Facebook and Twitter are the biggest and best, but you can also utilize LinkedIN, Instagram, pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr among others.

· Join a travel blogger community to learn different tips, hints and unique ways to travel. Not only will this be better for you as you travel across Asia, but it will mold you into a travel professional in which people will pay attention to. When you are an expert and know the little ins and outs, people admire and like that. If you do it enough, you will begin to generate a nice following… and a consistent following of your travel blog.

· Start Blogging – Just Do It!

Once you have everything lined up, go and get after it! Don’t wait for the perfect time, you just need to start generating and sharing your content. Content is king and it must be quality, but you need to get some on the internet as soon as possible. It may be difficult at first and you may fall into a rut, but keep working at it. The more you blog about your travels, the better you will be at blogging. It all takes practice, so keep your head up and don’t give up.

Chris Thompson currently resides in Mobile, Alabama

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Top 12 Blogs For Travel Bloggers

This is a list of creative travel blogs that I read and follow. They are written by independent travel writers, the list include those that I consider as heavy-weights in travel blogging. These bloggers are associated with large travel sites/blogs but their focus is on living a unique life (getting to see the world around them) and be an insightful writers. All of them are fun and inspirational to read.

Blog: Everything-Everywhere

Writer: Gary Arndt

Gary has been on the road since 2007 as a professional traveller. On the blog you’ll find interviews with leading figures in the industry like Laura Bly from The posts are factual yet personal as they include Gary’s insights and reasons for visiting each of the destinations. Everything-Everywhere is the top travel blogger on Twitter according to its Klout score.

Most recent post: This Week In Travel – Episode 152

Blog: Nomadic Matt

Writer: Matt Kepness

Matt offers practical and tactical advice about how to travel better, cheaper and longer. The blog gives down-to-earth details about the best ways to explore the world. The blog is more of a collection of useful tips rather than a chronicle of Matt’s adventures although there is a travel guide section with info gathered from Matt’s travels since 2004. The site includes videos and a list of resources.

Most recent post: How To Travel Anywhere For Free

Blog: Go-See-Write

Writer: Michael Hodson

Travelling since 2008 he circumvented the globe without getting on a plane. The blog includes Michael’s adventures and experiences as he goes through each of the travel destinations. Dubai travel is included in the long list of destinations you can read about and there is a section of travel destination tips. The blog is a personal journey of a solo adventurer exploring the world.

Most recent post: Visiting One of the World’s Highest Lakes

Blog: Fox Nomad

Writer: Anil Polat

Chosen by the Huffington Post as one of the top travel writers to watch Anil is a full time traveller but a gadget geek as well, so the focus of the blog is often on the technical aspect of travel. He often visits countries which are off-the-beaten-track and gives practical advice about how to cope in places like Yemen and Iraq. On the blog you’ll find destination tips, tech posts, resources and insights into green travel and culture.

Most recent post: The Landmarks To Look Out For When Flying Into Istanbul

Blog: Legal Nomads

Writer: Jodi – A former Lawyer from Montreal

She has been travelling and eating her way around the world since 2008 and the blog focuses on food, culture and her adventures. One of the plus points about this travel writer’s blog is that it is ad-free (except for Amazon links) which makes it a very clean-cut blog to look at. This is a good blog to watch if you’re into food related travel, the blog is on the MSN list of top travel blogs.

Most recent post: Thrillable Hours: Doug Barber, Co-Founder of Minaa

Blog: Almost Fearless

Writer: Christine Gilbert

One of the top ranking travel & leisure blogs written by a mother traveling with her family since 2008, this blog has beautiful photography and the blend of family, self and travel. The family travel focus can be seen by the blog sections – life, kitchen, photos and kids. You’ll find some useful destination tips but more general life insights.

Most recent post: How I Spent 10 Years To Get Where I Started

Blog: Camels and Chocolates

Writer: Kristin Luna

One of the top travel writer blogs according to and other “top” lists due to the well written text. The writer is a professional journalist, has interviewed the stars and in addition is a travel addict. She covers a long list of travel destinations recording her adventures with the occasional travel destination tip thrown in. The blog boasts many photos of the travel writer in the various travel destinations.

Most recent post: Photo Friday: Columbus, Ohio

Blog: Johnny Vagabond

Writer: Wes

Another of the Huffington Post picks for best travel writer blogs, the charm of this blog is in the well written descriptions of the writer’s adventures. Wes is traveling around the world on a tight budget and taking brilliant pictures as he goes. The writing is engaging, intelligent and entertaining as well as giving you plenty of info about the travel destinations.

Most recent post: A Love Letter from the Philippines

Blog: 48 Hour Adventure

Writer: Justin Morris

A very useful and highly practical blog where each post is dedicated to a 48 hour plan of what to see and do in various travel destinations. What makes this travel & leisure blog standout is its no-nonsense usable quality. You’ll find a “48 hours in Dubai” post if you’re interested in Dubai travel, listing sites, how to get around, orientation and plenty of large photos.

Most recent post: 48 Hours in Reykjavik

Blog: Global Grasshopper

Writer: A team of travel writers Gary and Becky

Unlike many of the blogs on this list it is not a chronicle of any one person’s travels but rather a collection of inspirational travel stories and travel destination tips written by travel writers. For example you’ll find “top 10″ lists, cool hotels and beautiful places as well as the section for travel snobs!

Most recent post: 10 of the Best Travel Destinations

Blog: Travel Business Success

Writer: Tourism Tim Warren

Since 1994 Tourism Tim Warren works to inspire, guide & connect tourism pros’ to realize their dreams. From Michigan to Mongolia, Baja to Bolivia, “Tourism Tim” Warren has helped 1000′s of small start-up tour operators to international business development agencies increase sales, arrivals and profits via his book, online courses and webinars. An entrepreneur at heart, he enjoys helping current & future travel entrepreneurs succeed financially following their passion of a profession in tourism.

Most recent post: 5 Travel Website Sales Tips

Blog: Y Travel Blog

Writer: Caz & Craig Makepeace

Caz & Craig originally from Central Coast of Australia alongside their daughters have been travelling round the world. Y Travel Blog was started in April 2010 as a way to share personal travel tips and stories to help others live their travel dreams. There consistency, dedication and global travel knowledge makes their travel site one of the best.

Most recent post: What a Day at Famous Hyams Beach Looks Like

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10 Secrets to Leaving a Comment on a Travel Blog

Commenting can generate traffic to your blog. However, if you’re a travel writer and don’t know how to leave a comment, you can do more harm than good. Remember, the goal is to leave a comment that is relevant to the website you visit.

Leave comments that pertain to the website’s content. Take the plunge and be the first one to leave a comment on a travel writing website. The website owner cannot see you. If you’re a bit on the shy side, this is a great way to conquer your fear!

10 secrets to leaving a proper comment

1. Write a relevant comment that adds value to the blog or article you’ve just read.
2. Make sure to use proper grammar and punctuation, and be sure to spell your own website and email address correctly!
3. Don’t leave vague comments like “great post – thanks”.
4. Leave one comment per blog post or article. Remember, many blogs “moderate” their comments, so yours may not appear right away – be patient.
5. Know what you’re speaking about when you leave your comment.
6. Be respectful – don’t curse or berate other commenters!
7. Proofread your comment before you post it.
8. If the author made typos, be careful if you choose to point them out. Use a helpful approach versus “hey, do you know how to spell?”, or simply ignore them and comment about the content instead.
9. Be careful if you use links when you post a comment. Include a link only if it is relevant. When in doubt, leave it out.
10. Get to the point. There’s no need to write “War and Peace.” Be succinct when you write a comment.

Make sure to visit a variety of websites. Be active in the travel writing community. In fact, you could email the travel writer of a website and ask for a back link. This is a great way to establish relationships with other travel writers.

Commenting on other websites is a way to connect with other travel writers. As a travel writer, you can never have enough contacts. Leave as many comments as you can. You never know who you’ll meet online. You could meet a former travel editor who could give you tips and tricks about travel writing.

Now that you know the proper way to leave comments, get online and start commenting. Be respectful and get to the point. There’s no reason not to write a proper comment. As a travel writer, you’ll have an advantage over others because you know how to write!

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