First things first, travelers: having your own blog is a lot of fun, but it also entails a ton of work, so take that into consideration.
Some of these steps involve spending some money (this is a guide for those who want to take it seriously) but if you just want to do it as a hobby, then don't think about it too much, set up a blog at Wordpress (it's totally free) and start sharing your experience.
Regardless of whether you want to take it seriously or just do it as a hobby, remember to always be true. What makes a travel blog useful for others is the fact that it tells the truth, so don't sugar coat your experience. It's gotta be real.
What you're gonna need: notes from your travels, lots of pictures, and good work ethic. If you're missing any of these, go get some.
Now that you're all set, let's start.
1. Name your blog
Naming your blog is no easy task. There are many things you need to consider. You've got to find something that sets you apart from others, and that should be reflected on your blog's name. Give it some thought.
Your blog's name's gotta be something people can remember. It's gotta be something you can easily say that will result in people typing correctly (so don't use words written differently from how they're supposed to be written, don't use numbers or hyphens, keep it simple).
2. Set Up Hosting
There are a lot of options regarding hosting, but you won't need much. Any standard deal should do it.
3. Install Wordpress
You could build your page from scratch, but that's gonna be like... ten times the work, so install wordpress and learn how to use it. It's pretty simple and straight forward.
4. Get a Cool Theme
There are many themes available at wordpress that you can use for your site. Some of them are available for free, some are not. Regardless of whether it is free or not, choose the one you like the most. Your site needs to have a cool look that sets it apart from others.
This plays an even greater part on setting your blog apart from others. If you've chosen a good name, then this is gonna be a lot easier. You can try making it yourself or you can try using the tools provided by some of those websites that invite you to "make your own logo". They work, and they're a good place to start, but we strongly recommend seeking help from a professional. Chances are you know one. Respect the craft.
6. And So It Begins
At this point you should be looking at your site watching all that sample text and thinking "what do I do with these?" Well, you get rid of it. To do so, you need to provide actual text, so get to work. You've got a lot to write.
Once you've filled in the blanks, it's time for you to write your first post. Great pictures should help.
Once you think you're done, get a friend a to read what you just wrote. If you try to edit yourself right after you've written something, your brain's just gonna read what it wanted to write instead of what you actually wrote. A lot of mistakes might sneak through.
7. Keep Writing Posts
This one's pretty self explanatory, but even so... make sure your posts don't all look the same. Some might even feature video (this is more expensive, time consuming, etc.) and some might only feature pictures. Some might be lists (maybe a lot of them) while others might be stories, interviews, or this one great insight you got while you were stranded somewhere. I don't know, it's up to you.
Don't forget to edit before you publish. Your writing has to be clear.
8. Building an Audience
Find others who are, like you, just starting. Get in touch with them and build a network between you. Of course some of your readers will find you directly, but most won't. The internet is a place where things are linked, so find things to get linked to. It used to be said that all roads lead to Rome, but we're not in Kansas anymore.
Getting money out of your travel blog is no walk in the park. There are different kinds of ads: those that run along your site (say on the side) and those you embed into your posts (mentioning a specific product or so). You'll probably need to do both.
You might be thinking "but how do I get from mentioning a product to getting money out of it?" The answer is Amazon Associates Program, and other affiliate programs of the like.
What about the ads that run alongside? Adsense should get you covered on that front.
10. Care For Your Audience
Remember to answer questions, reply comments, and that sort of stuff. Your readers are less likely to leave comments if they see them unanswered, and comments are a great thing for your site, so value them.
You might think your blog is your livelihood, but your readers are.
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