So, you’re off on that once of a lifetime journey, or you’ve been travelling for a while and you want to share your amazing experiences with the world.
Well, the perfect solution is to start your own travel blog! Believe us when we say, once you start blogging, it’s kind of addictive, so be prepared to be constantly checking out your blog and adding to your amazing adventure stories.
But where do you start? Well, look no further, as here’s the ultimate guide to starting your own travel blog! Read on and soon you’ll be blogging away, sharing your worldwide experiences!
Step 1 – Do your research
This is a great place to start. Have a look at other travel blogs to get some inspiration. What do you like, what don’t you like, can you use some of the ideas – without copying, of course, as this can land you in some hot water. What you ultimately need to do is create unique content that you can be proud to call your very own!
Step 2 – Define your purpose
Yes, this is actually a very important part of the process. You need to define what you’re going to be ‘all about’, and what you plan to share with the world, otherwise there is no point in starting a blog.
People start travel blogs for many different reasons. You might want to just start out by keeping friends and family updated on your travels, scratch that writing itch that you’ve always had, keep a record for trips down memory lane, or maybe even to show off your photography prowess! You might even want a space to network. Whatever you want to do, make sure you know what your purpose is and this will help you in getting your blog spot on!
Another thing to consider is that your purpose may change over time, so when you’re creating your blog, try and make it flexible so that it can be changed over time. Don’t limit yourself, as who knows, fame and fortune could be awaiting you!
Step 3 – Who are you going to be talking to?
If you want to reach the right people, you really need to determine who your audience is going to be. Are you all about family travel, backpacking on a budget, silver surfing or even volunteering holidays? If you decide that you want to target all of the above, then ‘Houston, you might have a problem’. There’s one golden rule about writing – write with your target audience in mind so that they can relate to it. Trying to capture everyone’s attention is going to have you scratching your head and wondering no one’s really taking any notice.
Step 4 – What’s the name of your blog going to be?
Now it’s time to get creative! Maybe you just want to blog under your name, or make it a little bit more exciting, depending on who you’re writing for. Before you head off to start creating your blog, check, check and triple check that no one else is using the name you want for your own blog. Once you’ve checked this, you’re almost ready to get going!
Step 5 – Check social media names
If you’re going to have a blog, it’s obviously a good idea to be on social media. Check what names are available on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and any other social platforms you want to be on. If the names are available, set them up, as they go quickly. You can always get to them at a later date once your blog is up and running.
Step 6 – Pick your blogging platform
There is a plethora of blogging platforms out there and this is one of the most important decisions you need to make upfront. Heading over to a new platform later on down the line can damage your regular site visitors, so choose wisely.One of the most popular is WordPress and it’s extremely user friendly. They’ve also got great support forums to help you along the way. It is a platform that allows you to post whatever you want and quite easily too. Another popular platform is Blogger. Explore them both and see which one you feel is right for you.
For WordPress you have two options – you can either use the WordPress.com platform, which is completely free and easy to set up and you can choose from heaps of free themes. This is a hosted platform, which means that your URL will have wordpress.com at the end of it. Or, you can go for a self-hosted WordPress.org platform, which means that you can have your own URL, but you will have to choose a web hosting platform. There are heaps of free templates, but some of the best ones cost between $20 to $60 USD. Your URL won’t have the wordpress.com at the end of it. It’s entirely up to you how you want to do this, but as we said, think longevity, as if you start off with a wordpress.com at the end of the URL and then move over to your own domain name, it will hurt your Google ranking.
Take a few minutes to read this informative post on the pros and costs of both WordPress options. Choose what’s right for you and start creating your awesome blog! It’s a whole lot of fun and you’ll learn things so quickly that you didn’t even know were possible. If you’re completely new to this, it may take some time, but stick with it and you’ll find the answers!
Step 7 – Start blogging
Now you’re off! Create your first post and ‘voila’ – you have a travel blog! Always use awesome photos people love great pictures, especially when it comes to travelling. If you’re not an established photographer, why not add to your skills and take a photography course? Who knows, you could be winning awards before you know it! Just one quick tip – do a couple of test posts before you publish your articles into cyber space.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be on your way to a fantastic blog, a new network of people and a whole lot of fun. Happy travelling and happy blogging too!