The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page. ― Augustine of Hippo
Top Simple Tips to Make Your Travel Blog Successful and Effective
Are you a passionate traveler? Are you a good writer, who’s able to notice tiny yet wonderful details about the world around you? If yes, then starting a travel blog should be on your to-do list! You will do a great job by sharing your experience with others and giving some valuable pieces of advice how not only to survive as a traveler but also to have much fun in the process. Trust me, am talking from personal experience. Besides, what’s not to like about traveling the world and earning money for exactly that? How? Here are some proven tips.
1. Never Be Afraid to Be Bold & Stand Out as a Writer
Make sure that you’re a keen writer and that what you write and share is captivating, interesting and worth re-sharing (from the reader’perspective). If you are only at the begging of your journey, then start investing in your writing skills. It’s possible when you are diligent enough. Mind that a blog post and an essay have very much in common, so it will be useful for you to learn some essay writing rules.
2. Pick & Choose a Great Name For Your Blog
Before you do this, decide what it will be about. It’s not enough to call it something like “Username’s thoughts”: it should be memorable. Moreover, keep in mind the name of your blog shouldn’t copy other blog names, no excuses. Words like “traveler”, “adventures”, “my blog” should be avoided by all means.
If you decide to run your own site, be ready to pay for the good hosting. If you’re a social media blogger, be ready to pay for proper ads. Of course, there are some blogs which went viral without any investments, but it’s rather an exception to the rule.
3. Google Analytics should become your new best friend.
It’s essential to monitor how many views your blog gets, because this may be a key to understanding what your audience is expecting from you and where you should focus your efforts next.
4. Pick & Choose Your Social Media Channels
Those channels will help you push your blog further. A WordPress blog can be reached only directly, while your Facebook or Twitter post can be seen by all your subscribers and even more. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Telegram are different. However, here’s one feature they share: actually, they’re the main reason why your blog might go viral someday. It’s all about providing value at the end of the day.
5. Great Visual Content is a Must
It’s so precious to share your unforgettable moments, reflected just in one image, yet this image should be of great quality & original. It’s essential for you to get a good camera and perhaps sign up for some photography courses, I did.
6. Work With Other Brands and Bloggers
Never miss the opportunity to become the “face” of a certain brand. If you find a company with a value orientation that is similar to the values of your blog, you can safely offer mutually beneficial collaboration.
7. Consistency is Key
Update your photos and new posts regularly (1-2 posts per day). Only your personal diary can be neglected for a week, a month or even longer. A travel blog is more like a fascinating job than a non-important hobby. If your updates are not frequent enough, your subscribers will forget about you very quickly. Don’t write super long copy either. Blogs should be informative, concise, and at the same time fascinating.
Read the other bloggers, especially the top ones. You shouldn’t copy them in any way, but they will be your best teachers. Here is a list of 24 most successful blogs of this year.
If you are striving to increase the number of subscribers to your travel blog, make it public and always share your geolocation. This will increase the likelihood that your post will be noticed by locals.
Don’t forget to create a special page about yourself. A personal approach is an important component of success: mix photos from your travels with your personal thoughts, take selfies, communicate with your audience, and learn what they like and respond to the best.
Give practical advice to subscribers: where to go, where to stay, where to eat the tastiest dishes, what to see, etc.
The main thing in the pictures is an inspiration and not a reflection of everyday life. The ability to look at the world differently is very important for a travel blogger. Learn to see art objects in simple things. This is a success formula for a great travel blogger.
Let me know in the comments other travel blogging tips that I’ve missed or am not aware of. Let’s learn from each other!
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