How to Start a Travel Blog?
Blogs are still relevant than ever, with millions of readers eager to learn about other experiences. Starting a website may seem daunting at first, but you can create a successful travel blog with patience and dedication.
Blogs are still relevant than ever, with millions of readers eager to learn about other experiences.
Starting a website may seem daunting at first, but you can create a successful travel blog with patience and dedication.
Read on to find out how to start a travel blog and the best tools to make it successful.
Find a Creative Name
It’s not mandatory, but it would be helpful for others to remember you and be unique with a creative blog title.
Many people opt for using their own name, such as “Traveling with John.” However, note that your blog URL should not be too long and be around 12 to 16 characters.
Before you choose your name, make sure the domain name is available. For consistency across social media, ensure the name isn’t taken on Instagram, Facebook, etc.
Choose a Host
There are many hosts to choose from, but it’s essential to choose a reliable host with minimal downtime and good customer service.
Most hosting comes with friendly novice prices for the first one to three years, depending on the package you select.
Hosting services such as BlueHost, HostGator, SiteGround, GoDaddy are great choices.
Then, connect your domain name with your host. Several videos and guides show you how to do this, such as this GoDaddy example.
Begin WordPress Set-Up
Once you’ve chosen your domain name, social media usernames, and buy a host, download WordPress right away. More than likely, the host you choose will have a one-click WordPress installation.
WordPress is the best platform for blogs, easy to learn, and provides the best SEO tools.
Many people use WordPress.com and then choose a domain name, but it does not give you control of the website and may have watermarks that look unprofessional.
Once you’ve set up WordPress and begin exploring, take a few days to learn the platform. If you want to accelerate your learning, consider a masterclass from Udemy or Coursera.
Choose a WordPress Theme
A great feature about WordPress is choosing a theme that’s already optimized for both SEO and aesthetic purposes.
Choose a theme that is also mobile-friendly, as many people browse on their phones.
Also, select a theme that has an excellent color scheme and suits your personality. You can also edit the colors if you like the interface but not the default colors.
The best themes are also SEO-friendly. Websites such as ThemeForest and Elegant Themes have excellent selections, where there’s also customer service for the themes if there are any issues.
Once you purchase a theme, upload the files, and the theme will be ready to go!
Create a Logo
To give your website more personality and brand presence, consider a logo.
You can use Canva to create your logo or have a logo designed through a freelancer via Fiverr or another platform.
While a logo would be beneficial, do not spend a lot of time on this step, as you can change your logo at any time as you continue working on your blog.
Download WordPress Plugins
This step will require lots of research and patience, as plugins help viewers navigate your website and help with functionality.
Some of the best plugins to begin with are:
- Contact Form 7: A popular plugin that allows others to contact you by filling out a form. You will receive any messages via email for quick responses.
- Akismet: Spam is still a problem today, especially in the comments. To avoid spam in your comments, as it’s recommended to allow viewers to comment on your contact, download Akismet.
- Interactive World Maps: A paid plugin that displays your travels with an aesthetically pleasing interface. You can connect posts to the region, making it easier for people to find your blog posts about certain states or countries.
- Yoast SEO: There are both free and paid versions of Yoast SEO, a must-have SEO plugin. It displays your keywords, meta description, reading level, and much more that can make your posts more internet-friendly.
- Mash Share: Ensure you choose a plugin that makes it easy to share your posts. Mash Share and others allow you to do this, making it much easier to go viral.
Also, install Google Analytics to see where users are coming from and your most popular regions.
Once you’ve set up your websites, themes, plugins—start uploading content.
Create an “About Me” page that allows viewers to know who you are with your socials.
Begin writing posts, uploading photos, and updating your social media.
The best way to earn money through blogs is affiliate marketing. Amazon, Adsense, partner ads, and sponsorships are excellent ways your blog can begin making you money.
Affiliate marketing is also effortless and doesn’t require any additional steps besides signing up, sharing and disclosing you’re an affiliate.
Start a Travel Blog Today!
Now that you know how to start a travel blog—get started!