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