How To Get Started As A Travel Blogger
By Tom Small
Traveling to far-off, exotic places and making a good deal of money at the same time..
Sounds like a dream, right? Welcome to the world of travel blogging!
Are you ready to step into an unforgettable adventure abroad but don’t know what to do? Don’t worry. Traveling and working abroad can easily become reality, as people explore new places taking on roles such as ESL teaching, travel bloggers, and anything in-between. Think you have what it takes to become a travel blogger and get paid to travel? That’s great! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can get started as a travel blogger:
Step 1. It All Starts With Your Blog Name
To start off, you’ll need to come up with a great, catchy title for your travel blog. Don’t be afraid to put in the time and brainstorm the best name for your website.
Why is this so important? Remember that you’ll be building up a brand and a name that will be associated with you and your travels abroad. Moreover, you’ll need to stand out from the crowd and avoid name clichés – keep it classy and be sure the URL is easy to remember.
Step 2. Setting Up Your Blog
Don’t have a clue as to what hosting is? Again, don’t worry- choosing one and setting up your website is a piece of cake, even if you’re a complete beginner!
Do a Google search on web hosting companies and pull up at least a couple of them. Start comparing prices, plans and features. You need a hosting service that’s speedy, affordable and has the .com domain name you’re looking for.
Step 3. Install WordPress
WordPress is one of the easiest platform you can choose if you want to create a professional-looking travel blog in just under an hour. There’s a reason why the best web hosting companies advertise WordPress compatibility – it’s quick and has plenty of plugins that are great for travel sites!
Log in to your website and choose a theme for your website design. Install the theme by downloading it and clicking on the “apply” button right at the end. After that, it’s time to get a unique header. Headers are just as important as the travel blog title because this is where you’ll be remembered from the rest of the travel bloggers out there.
Step 4. Install Travel Plugins
Some of the better plugins to install include the following:
Yoast SEO– install this to improve your search engine rankings.
Interactive World Maps – you get a beautifully designed map that you can use to showcase where you’ve been.
Mash Share – sharing on social media is an important part in blogging, so make sure you have this plugin installed.
Contact Form – so people can email you for any questions or concerns.
Akismet – a security plugin that automatically weeds out spammy comments.
Step 5. Create an About Me page
This is part of establishing a unique identity. The About Me section is where your readers get to know more about you – your name, what you do, and why people should follow you. Don’t just fill out the page like a bio or a questionnaire. Let your personality shine through it so people will remember you! One of the best things to elaborate on is why you’re out there traveling and why you became a travel blogger in the first place.
Step 6. Create Your First Post
Let loose and write as if you’re speaking with your best friend. While it helps to be professional from time to time, travelling is all about having fun and not being boring. Express your feelings and emotions and not just state facts. Personality is an important factor if you want people to follow you.
It’s simple- just be yourself when you’re writing about your travels abroad. If you enjoyed a certain food or noticed an unusual sign, don’t be afraid to talk about it. Just make sure to clean up spelling mistakes and correct your grammar as you go.
Step 7. Monetize Your Travel Blog
There are a lot of ways you can make money from blogging. Here are a few of the most popular options:
Currently the easiest way to make money by blogging. All you have to do is to sign up for an account and dictate how you want the ads to appear on your site. When a visitor clicks on the ads and makes a purchase, you get paid for it.
With this monetization option, all you need to do is insert a link that leads to an Amazon product. When a visitor clicks on the link and buys the product from the Amazon store, you get a percentage as commission.
Popular travel-related affiliate programs include Skyscanner, Booking.com, Agoda.com and World Nomads. There are new affiliate platforms popping up each day.
Now that you know how to get started, there is nothing holding you back from your dream life as a travel blogger. Enjoy your adventures and newfound freedom from the typical 9-to-5!