Starting a blog in 2020 is easier than ever. The blogging tools available to you today are exponentially better than even 5 years ago. Want to know the most important details on how to start a successful travel blog? If you enjoy travel and writing about your experiences, you’ve already solved the problem that many blogs suffer from, lack of content. But the easy barrier to entry has made the competition more intense. Everyone wants a piece of the travel blog pie. It’s hard work getting more than just friends and family to read about your travels but it’s possible to build a blog that helps thousands, if not millions of people. This step by step guide will show you how to start a travel blog the right way and enjoy the experience.

Table of Contents

What you will learn

  • How to start a travel blog
  • How to do travel blog SEO
  • How to find the best blog names
  • How to choose a travel niche
  • How to configure WordPress – Step By Step
  • How to use video and images in your content
  • How to monetize your travel blog
  • How much travel bloggers make

Bloggers are more sophisticated these days. Gone are the days of posting your travel photos and a short blurb on Blogspot or a free blogging site from time to time. If you want to get ahead in blogging, visit different places around the world world and write about it, you need to give yourself the best chance of success. That begins with a great blog framework and the right tools for the job.

How to Get Started Blogging

In this article, I’ll teach you how to create a travel blog that will put you ahead of 90% of the others from the start. Content and backlinks are the magic sauce that will help generate traffic. But a solid blog platform, hosting, and website design are the building blocks to a successful travel and lifestyle website. I’ll also show you how to make your site look amazing, monitor visitor traffic, and how to earn money as a travel blogger

Setup shouldn’t take longer than an hour (apart from choosing a domain name). I’ve installed hundreds of blogs on different content management systems and hosting platforms. I’ve worked with clients from more than twenty industries and written thousands of blog posts. This is how I set up 99% of blogs for my own websites and those of my clients. Nomad Flag was built in the same way. Let’s jump in!

Travel Blog Names

Finding good names for travel blogs is a lot harder than it was ten years ago. You’ll need to be creative with the title. Two-word domain names with the word travel in them are scarce. My advice is to pick a brand name rather than a keyword-match domain. Brand names are easier to find and you can pick anything you like. Having ‘Travel” in the title used to be important but Google ignores it these days. Catchy travel blog names are easier to remember.

There are hundreds of thousands of travel blogs on the Internet. And many of the travel blog-related name ideas have been snapped up long ago. You might think it doesn’t matter – why not pick any name you like? Let me explain why you should give a lot of thought to your brand name long before you start writing. We’ll also look at how to find the best travel blog title and domain name to maximise success.

Travel Blog Names, SEO, And Brand Name Power

According to Search Engine Journal, “Google has always given brands preferential treatment”. SEJ also says that it’s easier for brands to rank, with fewer backlinks than competitors with a weaker (or nonexistent) brand. And this trend is increasing.

“Your domain name doesn’t matter”, they might say. Ignore them. Look at Uber!” But that proves my point in one way. Uber is a 4-letter domain name that everyone can pronounce, anywhere in the world. It’s easy to remember. It’s a brand, rather than a specific niche. I’d imagine the owners paid a ton of money for that domain name. If Uber had been called SharingEconomyCarRentalService.com do you think they would have grown as fast? I think not.

Google has always given brands preferential treatment – Create a brand!

People Will Type Your Domain Name Into Google Search

A good signal to Google in organic search is how many times people put your brand or domain name into the search bar. If we look at all the big travel brands in the world, National Geographic, Lonely Planet, etc. I’ll be that a large percentage of the traffic to these websites is through brand searches.

Many people type lonelyplanet.com into Google’s Search box. Almost 1000 searches a month, in fact.

According to Similar Web, around 80% of the traffic to Lonely Planet is organic. But the top keyword for the site is “Lonely Planet”.

Similar Web Results For Lonelyplanet Brand Search

People recognise the brand and search for it by name. This signal of trust to Google is something I believe they put a lot of weight on. If we take the case of a random niche site with no personality but one that focuses on long-tail keywords and pure SEO, we see a different story.

Exact Match or Keyword-based examples of travel titles for blogs

The Price of a good domain name

The owners of SumoMe, spent 7 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to buy Sumo.com. They eventually agreed on a sale and handed over 1.5 Million. Was it worth it? Wasn’t their company doing well without the domain name? They felt that the domain name and brand they wanted would help them.

Levels, the founder of Nomad List, ran his website for digital nomads on the nomadlist.io domain name for many years. He bought the dot.com version a few years after launch. He obviously found worth in a merged brand for his baby.

For geeky reasons I took the top 500 domain names in the Moz 500 and did some excel wizardry to find the average length of the names. It was even shorter than I expected at 6.7 characters.

Correlation is not causation, and the likelihood is that these domains have been around for a long time and they’ve grown huge. Big companies have invested in the domains too. But it shows that the existence of “long” domain names is rare at the top.

There’s also talk about Google demoting exact match domain (EMD) names in the search results. Why would they do that? To stop people from attempting to use domains like best-travel-packs-for-2019.com

Even back in 2012, Google’s search guy, Matt Cutts announced an algorithm change to penalise low-quality exact match sites.

To Nomad Or Not To Nomad

According to DNSlytics, there are almost 40,000 domain names with the word nomad in them. 25,000 of those are dot.com top-level domains. The “nomad” moniker will not help you stand out any more. It’s been done. And although I found some catchy domain names that included the word, I decided against using them. Nomadic

Then there are some truly ridiculous domain names

  • travel-destinations-travelpackages.com. If that’s not trying to use old-school SEO tactics then I don’t know what is.
  • travelfamilytravel.com. Saying something twice makes it at least 100% better.
  • travelutionpoweredbybreakawaytravel.com. Speaks for itself.

These examples are all expired domains, but someone paid money to register them one time. And who knows, they might have even tried to make a business out of them.

The name escapes me but I did see a couples travel blog called The Engaged Travellers (or something very similar) once. I’m sure you can spot the potential long-term issue with this domain name.

Examples of great travel blog names are:

Nomadic Matt – Matt Kepnes stamped his own brand on his blog. While it does limit the potential to sell the blog, Kepnes has built a personal brand that people love.

Expert Vagabond – Matt Karsten’s travel blog name is instantly recognizable and catchy. It’s pretty from the title that the content is based around travel and the word “expert” shows authority. Before you even click on the website, you somehow feel like the information will be in-depth and trustworthy. An example of brilliant marketing in two words.

New Travel Blog Name & Brand

It’s worth pointing out that there are very few good dot.com domain names left. Everyone wants one and cyber squatters have eaten up the last remaining good ones. Domain names can go for a lot of money. $20,000 for anything with “travel” is not unreasonable (or maybe it is, depending on which side you’re on).

The Business Of Travel Blogging

Think about the different types of travel topics you would like to write about. Think long-term and go wild with your goals. Would your domain name tie you to a tiny niche? The owners of blogs called “US Dog-loving travelers” (doesn’t exist) can’t really expand. Under Thirties Travel is also a blog with an expiration date, for obvious reasons. The “Solo Travel blogs” have ‘niched’ themselves into a corner. Nothing wrong with a niche. In fact, creating a niche is very important. But what happens if you marry and have kids? Your brand name might not “allow” you to expand.

There are many advantages to niching down and I’d recommend that to anyone looking to fast-track their blogging success. But if you want to keep your options open and create a brand, rather than a specific (narrow) topic-focused blog, go a little more “generic” with the name.

How to Find The Best Travel Blog Name

Is your current domain getting you down? Are you limited in the scope of the topics you can talk about? Is your blog name just a collection of generic keywords? It might be time to change. This is not an easy task or one I recommend doing on a whim. But if you decide to change, here’s how you can make the process less painful.

  • Search for travel blog name ideas on Namecheap’s domain name generator.
  • Use Lean Domain Search to find a combination of words that works and is currently available.

First of all, you need to do due diligence on a domain name. Domain name registration has been around for 30 years. There’s a high possibility that your chosen domain has been registered before. And if someone used it to spam or perform black hat SEO tactics, especially in the recent past, you’ll take on the negative impact of this unsavoury history. If Google believes that your domain is untrustworthy, you’re already at a disadvantage.

  • Check with Majestic or to see if the domain has a history of spammy links. Ask an SEO or marketing professional for their advice about the results.
  • Check on the Wayback Machine at archive.org to see what the site was used for in the past.
  • Use Google search to check the domain name. Don’t put the domain in the address bar. Type “yourdomainname.com” (including the quotes) to see what comes up.
  • Most importantly, let Google know that you’re changing domain. This is a very important step. Do not skip it unless you want to see your rankings and traffic drop to zero.
  • Add 301 redirects to the old site
  • Change social media profiles. Hopefully, you checked to see if the social profiles are available. Twitter.com/yourdomainname, facebook.com/yourdomainname, etc

There are too many steps to list here but if you need help changing your brand or domain name, reach out to me. I’ve done it at least 10 times with my own websites and client businesses.

  • Lifestyletravel.com
  • Travelandleisure.com
  • Thaitravelcenter.com

Brand name examples

  • Goatsontheroad.com
  • LegalNomads.com
  • theplanetd.com
  • Vagabonding.com

Of course, you could still use a name like nomadflag.com and ignore the advice above. The original name of this blog was LifestyleTravelKit. It’s quite a long name but it uses the words travel and lifestyle. I made the decision to use these particular words because I like the name, despite it being a bit unwieldy. It sounds good to me, and that’s an important point. If you don’t like saying the name of your website, the name might hinder your progress. If you can’t easily communicate your blog name to someone over the telephone, then it might be time to pick another.

Pick a domain name that is easy to pronounce, understandable, and most importantly, one that you like saying. When you’re starting a travel blog the most important thing is to start. Do something! Branding can change later.

Keep Your Options Open!

If you plan to talk about worldwide travel, don’t name your blog EuropeanTraveller.com or something similar. This is another reason for using a brand name. A very specific niche-related name can be awesome but you’ll find it harder to branch out into other areas once you’ve outgrown the niche.

Tools to Generate Travel Blog Name Ideas

It’s time to find a name for your blog. Naming a travel blog shouldn’t be an afterthought. Your brand name can often play a big part in the success of your travel blog. Use these tools to get travel blog name suggestions.

I like to use Lean Domain Search to find lots of different domain name suggestions based on a single keyword. You can filter the results to show your keyword at the start of the domain or at the end.

lean domain search find travel blog names

DomainsBot provides suggestions for lots of other Top Level Domains (TLDs) such as .net, and .info. I recommend sticking with .com until you find the one you want. DomainsBot shows available domains and also domains for sale and the asking price.

NameMesh finds literally thousands of variations with options such as SEO (for keyword matching) and Similar (thesaurus based searches).

Check the Domain Name for Spam

The final step before buying the domain is to make sure that that the domain hasn’t been used before as a spam site. Domains change hands regularly. Some expire, some are used by spammers. Others are penalised by Google for old school SEO tactics. If you buy a domain that has been penalised or used as a spam domain recently (within the last couple of years) then the negative SEO value will still be attached to the domain. Many beginners buy domains without checking them thoroughly and end up with a website that Google is suspicious of. This is not a good way to start your blogging journey. You’ll need all the help you can get, especially from the search engines.

Run the domain name through Majestic.com or SEMrush.com to check the backlink profile. If the site has lots of links coming from dodgy sounding websites, then that’s a good sign the domain has a problem. Majestic shows a metric called Trust Flow. If Trust Flow is low (under 15) and Citation Flow is high (above 20) it’s a bad sign.

Check the domain on archive.org. Go through each snapshot and verify that the domain hasn’t been used as a link portal, or a gambling site, or anything that looks suspicious.

Choose A Travel Blog Niche

Pick a niche. Don’t just write about “travel” unless you’re prepared for a very long and expensive journey into blogging success. The keyword “travel” is very difficult to rank for and most of the big named sites like CNN Travel, Lonely Planet and the like, have this broad topic covered. Nobody’s getting near them unless they have deep pockets.

I should listen to my own advice as my website covers rather broad topics. But hey, do as I say, not as I do!

Picking a niche like “Surfing South America”, “Perth travel blog” or “backpacking in Vietnam” are all niche topics that are much easier to rank in Google for. Remember that this has nothing to do with the domain name. Don’t pick a domain like backpackinginvietnam.com unless you are sure you won’t branch out from this niche ever.

If you focus your efforts on producing content around a particular niche, you’ll have a much better chance of getting organic traffic from the search engines.

By the way, the three keyword topics I mentioned above are all fairly easy to rank for and have decent search volumes. You can steal those ideas if you like. People are using those search keywords on Google. If you produce a website that answers their questions then you’ll be successful. And you’re not going up against Condé Nast and Travel & Leisure in this case.

How do I find easy to rank keywords and topics? With keyword research tools.

Choose Your Blogging Platform

Install WordPress. You can hand-code a website yourself using just HTML and CSS and that will work fine. But unless you’re a pro coder, you’ll spend weeks reinventing the wheel. You’ll repeat tasks that a Content Management System like WordPress will do for you automatically.

Joomla and Drupal are two other popular CMSs but WordPress has stormed ahead in popularity recently. As a result, there’s a huge network of support groups, developers, and plugins that help save you time and money. WordPress powers almost 30% of the entire World Wide Web so it’s clear that people have confidence in the platform.

Why WordPress is the best platform to choose for starting your blog

  • Easy to install
  • A great platform for travel blogging beginners with no blogging or coding experience
  • A large network of online support groups (WordPress forums, Facebook groups, and websites)
  • Amazing plugins that can turn a vanilla WordPress website into a powerhouse of functionality
  • WordPress is Free

Before you go any further, familiarise yourself with WordPress.com and WordPress.org. This can be a little confusing. Hint: you need the latter.

The .com version is a free (and paid) platform hosted on the WordPress parent company’s servers. You don’t have to pay for hosting (see below). But your blog will not be very customisable, you will never ‘own’ it, and it could be difficult to monetize. WordPress.org is the repository for the free self-hosted software that you can download and configure to your heart’s content. Once you’ve downloaded the CMS software, it’s yours to do as you please. Upload it to any hosting in the world and change anything you like (if you know how).

There are many million-dollar websites out there that run purely on WordPress.

Choose Your Blog Hosting Platform

Website hosting can be a complicated service to buy. There are so many options that it’s easy for beginner bloggers to either overspend and get a lot of features and services they don’t need or get poor quality WordPress hosting that doesn’t deliver what they need.

Now I hate to talk bad about businesses on the Internet but in this case, I have to make an exception. I don’t recommend Bluehost. It’s not that the company has wronged me but that I can’t find anything good about the service.

The control panel (where you configure the hosting platform) is literally a minefield of confusion and ‘upsells’. It feels like Bluehost’s admin back end exists purely to trick you into buying services you don’t need. The real information is obscured, it’s hard to navigate, and you’ll just waste hours trying to find what you’re looking for. Not to mention all the dismissing of banners, pop-ups, and upgrade notices.

The secret of Bluehost’s success is the huge commission payouts they offer to bloggers and websites that promote their hosting services. Even one of the biggest names in the blogging world, Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, promotes the hell out of this hosting company’s service. In fact, Pat makes most of his passive income from Bluehost affiliate sales. But his own site doesn’t even use that platform. Go figure!

My recommended hosting platform is Siteground. I have two of the top-level hosting packages (one in the US and one in Europe) and they never fail me. The support team is amazing, the back end is simple to navigate, and the quality of service is one of the best I’ve experienced in over ten years hosting websites.

A Note About HTTPS

A very important point to remember. You should have an SSL on your site. What’s SSL? It stands for Secure Sockets Layer. All you need to know is that your site is deemed more secure for visitors with this layer and Google will reward your website with more favourable rankings (hopefully). Back in the day, installing and configuring an SSL layer was difficult and expensive. Today, some hosting companies still charge a lot of money (over $100) for a basic SSL. SiteGround have implemented free SSLs from LetsEncrypt.org for everyone. And just recently they started installing the SSL layers automatically so you don’t even have to make the 3-click install yourself.

With an SSL you will be able to sell products on your site without fear of hackers intercepting credit card or password details.

You can tell a website has an SSL installed by looking at the text prefixing the domain name. Look for the s after HTTP. If you see https:// the site is secure.

Setting Up A Blog on Web Hosting

If you’re reading this post, you probably already have this part taken care of. What you want to know is how to get your blog from the basic WordPress installation to a fully functioning, traffic-generating travel blog.

If you’ve just bought your web hosting package and installed WordPress, your new blog will be accessible to anyone on the internet but it’s going to look a little boring. So let’s get it ready for stardom.

Configure WordPress and Install a Professional Travel Blog Theme

Your blog needs to stand out from the crowd. Successful travel blogs look good. Free templates and badly designed WordPress themes make your site look amateurish. You can, of course, run a minimalistic website without spending a penny. But that’s not what people expect from modern travel related sites.

To make your blog look professional, buy a quality WordPress theme that comes with the developer’s support and guaranteed updates. Free themes might do the trick, at a pinch, but who supports them when the WordPress codebase is updated? What about security holes in free Website themes? The reality is that you didn’t pay for the theme so nobody owes you a security fix.

Which theme to choose? If you don’t have time to shop around, here’s my recommendation: Use the beautiful, versatile, high performance and security-focused Astra Theme. It’s the fastest-growing WordPress them for a reason.

For a full list of themes check out the top WordPress Travel Themes for your blog.

The documentation for any of these themes is excellent and explains everything better than I ever could. Once you’ve configured your theme according to the recommended settings you can rest assured that you have a secure, fast, and SEO optimised website.

WordPress Plugins

Install the following plugins to make your website even more powerful and productive

SEOPress For WordPress – The best search engine optimisation plugin available. Yoast is the better-known (and original) SEO plugin but SEOPress is much better. And for half the price of Yoast Premium, you get unlimited websites and more functionality. Basically, these tools are not “fixes” for poor content or website structure. They are tools that will give you more control over the on-page SEO.

SEO Plugins are not magic search engine ranking tools, as many people think. For Google to send you search traffic you need to produce amazing content or get lots of links from other sites. But Yoast and other plugins can show you where you’ve made errors in formatting, tagging, and structure. It can also help automate tasks for improving the site’s search engine visibility.

Social Warfare: A free tool for adding sharing buttons to the top and bottom (or anywhere really) of your posts. Social Warfare makes it easier for people to share your content on social media platforms. Another option is the excellent Scriptless Social Sharing plugin for WordPress.

ConvertFul: Add mailing list pop-ups, calls-to-action, and notification bars to your site with ease. ConvertFul’s main function is getting new subscribers to your email list. But it can be used for a bunch of other interesting things. Check out the bottom of this post for an example of an email subscriber box.

Table Of Contents Plus: Helps you make a stylish list of headings automatically for every post. You can see this in action at the top of this post, right before the first heading.

Pretty Link Pro or Thirsty Affiliates: Link shorteners that offer two main benefits

  • Long, cumbersome URLs look ugly on social media posts. And in the case of Twitter, and some other social platforms, long URLs eat into the character limit. Use a link shortener to tidy them up.
  • If you plan on monetizing your site using affiliate links then these tools help you manage these links but will also help keep your website in line with Google’s policites. Short links or pretty links can also be used for branding and sharing content. For example, I could share the following URL: nomadflag.com/digital-nomad-tools. Or use a shorter version like nomadflag.com/tools which redirects to the first URL. I can change the original URL at any time and the short URL will point to this new link.

ShortPixel: Travel websites are often image-heavy. This can slow a website down thanks to the large file size of most images. Ideally, you’ll want to scale your images down to fit your blog width and reduce the image quality. But a plugin like ShortPixel image optimizer can take it a step further and automatically reduce the image size on all media, without compromising on quality. It’s the image optimization plugin I use on every website.

Anti-Spam: Be sure to activate the Spam filter plugin called Anti-spam. Best to let software deal with the flood of garbage comments and links you will inevitably get. Many people use Akismet but the full version (that one that actually works) is a “paid” product for commercial websites.

Website Images and Video

Your professional WP theme will give you all the design flair you need. However, you might need a couple of design tools to really make the blog shine. For promoting on social media, try different images, font sizes and layouts for graphics to see what works. Testing is the best way to find out what your audience responds to.

Photoshop is an amazing product. But it can take some time to put great graphics together thanks to the complexity of the software. This is especially true for newbies. If you plan on creating lots of images for social media then a large portion of your time will be spent on design.

Use Canva, Snappa, or RelayThat to knock out images for Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google and more in minutes. You can literally build a great looking header for Facebook and in seconds convert it into a twitter header, advertisement, Pinterest pin, YouTube header, featured image, and more. A huge time saver and one of the best tools for beginning bloggers.

Adobe Lightroom is another tool that gurus in the travel photography niche rave about. It’s an awesome product and one that also takes some dedication in time and energy. But knowing how to make your photos sparkle is a great skill to have. Rawtherapee is free software that works like Lightroom and is highly rated by photographers.

Tracking and Monitoring Traffic

How will you know if your blog is popular? How can you measure the traffic to your blog? What are your visitors interested in?

Two tools from Google will change how you see your own blog. Set up and configure Google Analytics and Google Search Console and get insights like

  • What keywords people use to find your site
  • Your blog’s most popular pages
  • Which sites are linking to your blog
  • What Google recommends you to improve for higher ranking
  • Where the majority of your visitors come from
  • How long people spend browsing your pages

And a lot more besides. Google Analytics and Search Cinsole are must-haves for any serious entrepreneur or blogger.

Create an About Page & Contact Page

Both your visitors and Google want to know who you are and where to contact you. It’s important to create some kind of about page showing that you’re a real person and that you know what you’re talking about. You don’t have to a travel expert (who is?) but people want to know that there’s someone real behind the scenes. If you’re like me (publicity-shy & kind of introverted), the about page doesn’t have to give your life story. Some simple details and a description of how the site will help the user (important) will suffice.

Google is clamping down on fake news and fake websites. If it suspects that your travel website is just churned out for the sake of capturing affiliate clicks or generating ad traffic, it will, let’s say, look unfavourably upon your creation.

Add a contact page to the site and make it easy for people to get in touch. Don’t have them jump through hoops to get to you. Because they won’t bother. Adding a phone number shows that there’s a genuine person behind the website. But it’s a bad idea if you value your free time and privacy. Especially as the blog grows.

Travel Blog SEO – Create The Web’s Best Content

Marketing a travel brand or blog is a lot like marketing any online business. The difference is in the message – how do you want your clients or readers to perceive your business and what value are you offering to them.

Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO, is a skill that, once learned, can mean the difference between content that languishes at the bottom of the search results and content that brings thousands of visits to your site. To do proper SEO for travel websites, a plan is essential. And you need people that can execute on the plan. The travel niche is competitive – isn’t everyone a traveller blogger these days?

Of course, creating content for SEO comes with its own risks. While Google’s algorithm might deliver consistent traffic, it’s easy to fall into the trap of writing boring SEO blogs for machines and not for people.

Crafting Content and Website Copy

Looking at the trending articles on social media, one might think that short, listicle-type, controversial articles are the way to go. But does that suit your blog personality? Maybe not. In that case, avoid listicles. Try to be unique. Your blog will stand out in the long term and Google will reward your site with organic traffic for years to come.  Ask yourself if you want to be a mini-Buzzfeed for travel or a site that people trust?

So what’s Google looking for?

Well, Google is telling you what it thinks should rank in the top 10 positions (and beyond). Do a search for the keywords you are going to write about and examine the results. See what kind of post is ranking (list post, YouTube video, round-up post, 8000-word articles, short quizzes). The SERPs (search engine results pages) will give you the answers. Then look at where your content is lacking compared to the top 10 pages.

A quicker way to do all of the above is to use the excellent Surfer SEO tool, which analyzes all of your competitors and tells you exactly what keywords, phrases to use. It also highlights issues with keyword density and advises on article length. There’s a lot more besides. Grab a 7-day trial (with full features) for $1.

Content writing for travel blogs and services should focus on providing answers and value.

One way to find out what your audience needs is to survey your clients (or readers) and try to elicit questions. The more problems they can tell you about, the better. Make a list of every single question, problem, and pain point.
Turn their questions and doubts into answers. Make your customers a source of content.

Businesses that offer package tours, for example, should write detailed descriptions of their products, right down to the exact locations visited, the food clients might try, and the experiences they can have. Make the boring tour guide brochure into an ultimate location guide to the location – a great lead generation trick.

Hire writers that produce high-quality content. It’s one of the best investments you can make. Good writing always wins. Low-quality, thin, copied content signals Google that your website and brand is not a quality product worthy of front page results in search.

Use copywriters (or trusted content writers) to create compelling headlines, calls-to-action, sales pages, and emails. Skilled copywriters can grab people’s attention without making the message sound spammy.

Meta Descriptions

Don’t forget to create click-worthy meta description tags. This is often overlooked. Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress automatically pull text from your content to use as a description but you should create your own. Short, snappy, attention-grabbing descriptions should draw a potential reader in. Google ignores Meta tags in the search algorithm but this text appears in the search engine results pages. The meta description should tell potential readers what your post is about and what value you hope to deliver to them.

meta description in blog post
Meta description in search results for “digital nomad skills”

Stay Up To Date With Google Updates

In August 2018, a major Google update caused a drop in rankings and traffic for some major websites in the health niche. Many of these sites are household names. Nobody knows for sure why their websites received penalties but there’s a good possibility that Google considers the content quality to be of low quality.

The travel niche differs from the health niche but the same principles should apply:

  1. Write about what you know or are qualified to write about. If ‘writing’ is not your thing, hire someone with credentials and amazing research skills to help.
  2. Don’t make claims you can’t back up.
  3. If you quote statistics or facts, be sure to do thorough research. “Fake news” will get your website penalised.

Build Relationships With Bloggers

Connect with influencers. Use an influencer marketplace (we know a few) or manually reach out to people in your niche. Building relationships through conversation is still the best way to progress.

Keyword Research for Travel Niches

Perform in-depth keyword research to find out what your potential customers are looking for. Understand where you can outperform your competitors. If you’re just starting off, looking for long tail keywords to help your website to rank in Google.

High-competition keywords like “Travel Japan” are well out of reach of startups, beginner bloggers, and boutique travel agencies. Try to find less competitive keywords like “Bangkok travel for over 40s”. (Try to make this relevant to your niche). You won’t get as many clicks but some clicks are better than none when you’re building your business.

How to do Keyword Research for Travel

This is a huge topic. There’s a lot of traffic at stake and a lot of money to up for grabs to those that get it right.

Many SEOs still recommend Google Keyword Planner for research. Don’t go there. The metrics are inaccurate and ridiculously broad. The competition for Google Ad ranks has little to do with the competition in Google organic search. The search volume is always incorrect too because Keyword Planner does not offer exact volumes, only ranges.

Keysearch is better. In fact, Keysearch is a game-changer. I’ve been using it for all my sites for over 3 years.

Keysearch - Keyword research tool. Find keywords for travel SEO

Keysearch lets you find low competition keywords that people are searching for. It also shows the top ten results based on any location in the world. When you search for anything in your browser the results you see are determined on your previous search history, your location, and a few other things. Keyword tools strip this personalised result data out and present the ‘real’ results.

Keep in mind that SEO tools use algorithms and best-guess methods for finding keyword competition. So they’re not perfect. Don’t take the results as the definitive answer (there is no final/gospel/authority word on keywords). But there are other ways to find juicy content phrases.

Use Google’s related searches to find out what people are actually searching for around a topic.
After searching for a topic, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for “Searches related to…”

These search terms might spark your imagination and give you ideas for blog content.

A Chrome plugin called Keywords Everywhere is great for getting enable search volumes and pay-per-click cost estimates beside the related terms. This is great for getting a quick idea of the competition and the search volumes.

searches related to colombia travel
Related searches for “Colombia Travel”
Searches for colombia travel with keywords everywhere
Related searches for “Colombia Travel” with keywords everywhere extension enabled

Quora and Reddit’s Travel-related Questions

Use Quora and Reddit to find topics that people are asking about.

If you find a relevant question in the travel niches, check to see how many times it has been answered and the number of views for each answer.

Reddit can be a bit of a minefield of etiquette and crazy behaviour, but it’s a great source of ideas. People ask and discuss questions on Reddit in specific sub-niche sections called subreddits. To get ideas, read the questions and answers or search for specific topics. You can even ask questions that might help you with writing content.

Test Variations Of Headlines and Keywords

Run “split tests” on your most important page

Split tests, also called A/B tests are part of what marketer’s call Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO). CRO for travel businesses isn’t any different than with tech or health, for example.

You perform A/B tests by creating a special version of a web page or section of a web page and changing something on the new version. It could be the entire text of the page or a design change. It could even be something as simple as the colour of a button or one word on the page.

A simple change in button colour can have a big impact on your conversion rate.

Maybe readers don’t notice the call to action because the background colour of the button isn’t striking enough.
Knowing which version of the page performs better is the beauty of split testing. By sending some visitors to your original page and other visitors (usually 50% of the total ) to the page with ‘changes’, you can compare the conversion results. Make the best-converting page be the permanent one.

Google Optimize is a free tool that will get you started with optimization tests. It takes a bit of learning, but it’s worth the effort.

Another way to do this is to run Facebook Ads with different headlines for the same article link. After a while, you’ll see which headline grabs the most attention. You can then use this as the SEO title of your blog post.

Mobile-First

Make sure your website looks great on a mobile phone. But don’t obsess over mobile conversion. Many people still browse and evaluate services and products on mobile phones but make their purchases on desktop computers. Tracking user journeys across devices is a tricky thing to do but Google (and other tech firms) is getting better at helping us through it.

If your mobile website offers a bad user experience, don’t expect your business to shine in the search results. The site should look good but it should also be easy to navigate, buttons must be easy to press (with thick thumbs), and pages should download fast.

Test your mobile speed and performance here.

google mobile optimization test

Competitors

Every travel industry website has to compete with millions of travel blogs on the internet. There’s a lot of content out there to compete with for keywords. SEO-savvy travel bloggers, agencies, and services have the advantage that they can laser-target specific keywords that their potential clients are searching for.

As people wake up to the fact that travel blogs can be lucrative, the competition gets stronger. But you can stay ahead of the game by doing what most people don’t, creating a marketing plan. Treat your blog like a business.

Be different, be original, be better than the usual stuff and rise to the top. Good content is subjective, of course, but just take a look at the writing of the top in the world for inspiration. Give more than just travel tips!

How to Monetize your travel blog

So how do travel content creators generate income?

Getting paid to travel write about your adventures and post pictures of amazing locations is not easy. Otherwise, we’d all be doing it. Some people make a nice living doing just that but there are other ways of making money from a travel blog too. But your success will depend on how much quality content and value you can offer. Having a solid blog puts you ahead of most wannabe bloggers too. You’re halfway to blogging success if you’ve followed this tutorial to this point.

Travel bloggers earn money through any of the following methods

  1. Affiliate marketing. Bloggers recommend products like travel gear and services like hotel reservation websites all the time. Why not make some money from the company that benefits from the traffic you send them? The customer or client (in most cases) doesn’t pay any extra for clicking the link on the travel blog, but the owner of the site will get a commission if the customer spends money. Sign up with Awin (ex-Affiliate Window) or ShareASale and get access to hundreds of affiliate opportunities. There are many affiliate programs that bloggers can join. And don’t forget Amazon (despite the recent commission cuts). Million-dollar businesses have been built on the strength of commissions from recommendations to Amazon products. It’s a huge industry and one that almost anyone can join.
  2. Sponsorship. Brands pay bloggers to try products and write about them, travel to destinations, stay in hotels, and use their services. Honest bloggers will only write positive reviews of products they genuinely like and/or use. Don’t be tempted to write positive reviews in return for money for products you don’t love. The Internet community has a collective sixth sense for fakers
  3. Advertising. If you’ve got a lot of traffic, then advertising can be lucrative
  4. Freelance writing. You can make money on Upwork and Fiverr with almost any skills you can think of. I supplement my income by freelancing on both of these sites but the better your writing and the more exposure you get, the more opportunities for travel writing pay will come your way. Use your blog as a showcase for great writing
  5. Sponsored Posts. You might have seen these kinds of posts on sites with a statement saying something like “This post is sponsored by blah blah”. Sometimes the blogger writes the post, with a positive spin on a company’s product, and sometimes the company writes the whole thing. It’s not something I’m a fan of and when I see that an article is sponsored, I immediately ignore it. It’s an option but make sure you don’t abuse the trust of your audience. Like with affiliate disclosures, let your audience know that the post is sponsored
  6. Products, courses, and e-books. Do you have extensive experience of one aspect of travel? Would people pay for a course or product which contained a distilled version of your knowledge? If you have the time and you’re dedicated, producing a product can be lucrative. The best part is that you can advertise the product to your audience for free via your blog.

How much money do travel bloggers make?

Now for a more detailed look at how travel bloggers make money and how much they “get paid to travel”.

Can You Make Money With a Blog?

The answer is Yes, you can. There are thousands of blogs on every topic imaginable making lots of money right now. How much money they make essentially comes down to two things:

  1. The traffic to your site
  2. The focus of your content
  3. The behaviour of your visitors

The “theme”, niche, or focus of your Website’s Content is a crucial factor. For example, a website about minimalism will be difficult to monetise for obvious reasons.

Blogs about luxury goods will probably make a lot of money with good traffic levels. People that buy luxury items are more likely to purchase on a whim and shop around less than the rest of us.

Visitors arriving on your site to get information and then leaving again are less likely to buy your services or click on your affiliate links than more engaged readers. This is why monitoring Visitor Behaviour is important. The most profitable blogs are the ones that have repeat visits, a community, or engaged readers.

How Much Does the Average Blogger Make?

Pat Flynn, the Smart Passive Income blogger makes $100,000 or more every single month. Yep, that’s monthly. Most of that income comes from affiliate sale commissions. Pat’s secret: starting early, blogging consistently, and being open about everything. People trust the man and happily use the products he recommends.

Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is like the Oprah Winfrey of blogging. In 2017 she made over $1.5 million from her blog. Michelle keeps nothing from her readers either. The whole process and how she makes money is detailed in her income reports.

The bloggers above are the top earners but here are some ideas about how much a blogger can make depending on traffic

  • 10,000 visits a month: $1000
  • 100,000 visits a month: $8,000
  • 1,000,000 visits a month: $40,000
  • 2,000,000 visits a month: $100,000

Note: These are very rough figures based on browsing hundreds of income reports, chatting with bloggers and my own research. Don’t quote me, shout at me, or hate me. You can, however, correct me if you have some genuine statistics on the subject. It’s love to hear it.

What about Travel Bloggers?

Bloggers in the travel niche are no different from other types of content creators. Some of the top bloggers around the world are in the travel niche.

Matt from Nomadic Matt is one of the best-known travel bloggers and digital nomads. His super popular website generates over$50,000 a month.

The guys over at the excellent Goats on the Road talk about how they got their blog to a six-figure online business.

My neighbour in Bangkok, Johnny Ward from One Step 4 Ward made over $1.5 million from his blogging and website empire. It all started with a simple travel blog that now gets over 30,000 visitors a month. He also visited every country on earth while building his brand.

The Poor Traveller website focuses on budget travel but that doesn’t stop them from pulling in the big dollars. The site makes a reported $6000 a month from affiliate and advertising revenue.

One thing is certain, travel bloggers make money by diversifying their income streams. Unlike, say, affiliate-based niche websites that focus on Amazon affiliates entirely, travel bloggers spread the income channels.

Here are some of the ways in which you can make money from a blog focused on travel

  • Amazon affiliate commissions – Adding links to your content to Amazon products and getting paid for commissions if people spend money on the site within 24 hours.
  • Product sales – Your own products such as eBooks, online courses, and apps give you the best margin on sales but this kind of monetisation takes the most work (after writing content). You can also leverage the power of affiliate marketing. Setting up your own affiliate program is easy. Give a good enough commission and bloggers will sell your products for you. Works especially well with digital products.
  • Advertisements – Adsense, fixed ads, Mediavine, Media.net, AdThrive. Put ads on your website and get paid for impressions and clicks. There are many players in the ad network area but Mediavine is the new hot kid in town. I know lots of bloggers that have switched or are switching from Google Adsense (the biggest network) to Mediavine. Those that saw no value in Adsense are putting Mediavine on their websites and making money right away. I don’t have any experience with the platform (this site is under the 25,000 views a month threshold) but by all accounts, people are very happy with it.
  • Affiliate sales – Non-Amazon affiliate commissions. These commissions could be directly from a product or service owner or through an affiliate network like Awin, CJ.com, or Clickbank.
  • Social sponsorship – As a blogger, you’ll likely have a social media presence for promoting content, connecting with like-minded individuals, and prospecting. Companies pay bloggers for shout-outs on social media. Sponsored Instagram posts, tweets, Facebook reviews or product placement and many other types of social media promotion can be lucrative.
  • Sponsored content – This is where a company pays you to add content to your site. This content will either promote the companies product directly or indirectly with some links to their website or sales page.
  • Press trips – This is where you really do get paid to travel. Hotels, travel companies, and tourism boards often sponsor travel bloggers in return for a write-up and social media campaign to promote their products.

How Much Money Do You Need?

That’s another big question and can only be answered if you look at your spending habits and travelling style. I’ve met people travelling around Asia with less than $700 a month. I don’t recommend this style of travel. It’s tiring and you’re constantly looking for the cheap option. Opportunities are missed and lots of time is spent looking for the cheaper alternative to accommodation, food, travel, and entertainment.

$1500 a month in many parts of Southeast Asia (Singapore excluded) is quite possible. Thailand is one of the best places to both live cheaply and have amazing travel experiences. In some parts of Eastern Europe and South America, this figure will also be enough to live and travel on. Once your blog takes off you will have the opportunity to receive sponsorship for travel. This might be in the form of free hotel stays or free transport. This helps reduce costs even further.

So if your question is “how to become a blogger and get free stuff?” then you might want to reconsider your career path. Travel blogging is something you do because you enjoy writing about travel. Many bloggers don’t accept freebies, sponsored posts, or anything else that will influence their content. They like to let things happen organically. The free stuff will come but it won’t come if you focus solely on getting it.

Travel blogging is a viable business but it takes time, patience, and lots of work. Don’t expect to make money straight away.

How To Promote Your Travel Blog [12 Ways]

Promoting a travel blog

So you’ve written an amazing blog post that everyone should read. But nobody does. Yet. The problem is that SEO takes time and other traffic channels can be a pain to master. But there’s no reason to avoid a multi-channel approach to hacking your way to more blog traffic. These traffic generation tactics can be applied to almost any niche but we’ve tailored them specifically for the travel blogging niche. Use these tried and tested ways of promoting your blog and enjoy the rewards of a bigger, more engaged audience. 

There are different strategies for marketing a particular piece of content or your travel blog as a whole. Let’s look at how to do each.

Tell Google Search Console about your post

This isn’t 100% necessary, Google will find your new post but the sooner it knows about it, the better. Merely publishing a new blog will set in motion the processes that lead to Google adding your content to the search index. But by using Google Search Console to add the URL to the index, you can speed up the process somewhat, especially if you haven’t posted in a while and Google is not crawling your site as frequently as before. 

  • Go to GSC
  • Select the name of your blog from the drop-down on the left-hand side.
  • Enter the URL in the “Inspect ant URL in [your domain name]”
  • If the post is brand new, GSC will tell you that the post is not yet in the index. Click the “Request Indexing” button and let the tool add your URL to the queue. That’s it.
Google Search Console

Post on Social Media immediately

Not only will you get eyeballs on your content but there are plenty of indications that social signals like posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other platforms that allow links and brand mentions, can help with organic search rankings. 

Buy Facebook Ads 

Take out a small number of Facebook Ads to boost a post initially

While Facebook Ads can be a bit of a money pit sometimes, it can help to get the word out about your new blog post. By buying ads, you’re guaranteed to break through a lot of the noise ton the social channel and you can target your ads to a niche audience that is more likely to want to read your stuff.

Get Your Posts Shared on Viral Content Bee

This service, with the terrible name, helps spread your content further than you would with mere social posting or even ads. The network of marketers and bloggers that use the service share content with their followers. Real people, not bots. Viral Content Bee is free if you take the time to find content to share on your networks. But you can also buy credits that get you immediate access to thousands of other blog owners.

Use Pinterest – The Visual Search Engine

Think of Pinterest as a visual search engine. Now imagine how that translates to the travel blogging niche. As a travel blogger, you probably have amazing photos of far-flung places that, when added to a pin, will attract people to click and view your content. The platform is particularly suited to bloggers in the fashion, DIY, Home, and of course Travel, niches. 

Travel bloggers would be wise to pay attention to Pinterest. Many bloggers get the vast majority of traffic through the platform. Yes, more than Google. 

The key to Pinterest is regularly sharing new content. The more blog posts your produce, the more opportunities you have for creating new pins and getting your work noticed. Don’t worry about followers, likes, or other signals like that. The most important thing you want as a travel blogger is clicks through to your website. So make your pins click-worthy and share often. 

Be Active on Reddit

The “Front Page Of the Internet” is one of the most visited websites on the web. The Reddit community is huge and it’s 100% free to join and contribute. Join the sub-communities, called SubReddit, where people chat about anything from solo travel to digital nomadism, maps, and travel blogs

Answer Questions on Quora

This is the place where people go to answer questions and get answers. It’s also a place where marketers and bloggers go to get ideas. If people are asking questions here, you can provide an answer and link to your post on that topic. But that’s not the only reason to use the platform to promote your blog. By creating a trusted persona on Quora, you can build a list of followers and get literals millions of views on your posts. From there, it’s a lot easier to convert people who view your answers into blog readers, social followers, or email subscribers. 

There are thousands of questions on Quora about travel, travel blogging, and travel hacking. But how do you know which ones are worth answering? Well, you could spend a lot of time making guesses or checking the number of views and dates of every post. But that would take forever. A much easier way to do it is to use a tool like SE Ranking to find the top keywords and pages on Quora based on your chosen keywords. 

For example, you could look for the topics that get the most traffic on quora for the keyword “travel Australia”. Sort via the amount of traffic and you’ve got a list of Quora posts with the most potential for eyeballs on your answers. 

Finding Hot Travel Topics On Quora

Email bloggers you mention in your posts

Keep a list of blogs and personalities that you mention in your blog posts. Did you talk about a resort, a service, or another blogger? Then let them know once the post is live. Give them a reason to share with their own followers. One way to do this is to write them unique, shareable content for social media. All they have to do it copy and paste. The easier you make it for people to share, the more likely it will happen.

Repurpose Your Posts

Creating different versions of a piece of content is an excellent way of using work you’ve already produced. The return on investment is high because there’s a lot less work involved in repurposing old content than creating new content. 

There are loads of ways to repurpose content, so I’ll list them in bullet points.

  • Turn your blog posts into PDFs for ebooks to use as lead magnets or for sale on Amazon. 
  • Create podcasts from the written version of your content.
  • Create YouTube videos explaining everything in the blog post.
  • Turn video or audio content into short, snappy video posts for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using Headliner App
  • Make Pinterest pins for every heading or topic in your post and create new boards on Pinterest for each heading.
  • Make infographics from the statistics in your blog posts
  • Share snippets of your posts in email newsletters. 

Write Guest Posts

One of the absolute best ways to promote your travel blog is through doing guest posts on other blogs. There’s nothing complicated about this process but it can be time-consuming, especially if you don’t have staff, a virtual assistant or blogger outreach software to help you. 

Here are the steps involved:

  1. Find relevant blogs that accept guest posts.
  2. Reach out to the website owners and suggest an article or post that fits in their niche.
  3. Write the post and include a link in the body or a link in the bio (byline) to your travel blog. 

For every link you manage to get, your blog gets a vote of confidence in the search engine results (Google rewards websites with good backlinks), exposure for your writing, and potential traffic to your site via the link. 

Quick tip: To find travel blogs that accept guest posts, use these search phrase in Google

  • Travel “write for us”
  • Travel “guest post”

There are many other creative ways to find guest posting opportunities but start with these two and expand. 

Other Blog Promotion Tactics Worth A Look 

Flipboard

Flipboard used to be a great tool for getting viral traffic to your blog for free. Travel bloggers like Mapping Megan talked enthusiastically about the benefits of the platform. But in recent times, the quality of the content and the app have both diminished. 

We still see traffic from the platform but it’s in the 10s of visitors a month, not like the 100s or 1000s we used to see, despite posting at the same frequency. 

Mix.com

Mix is the reincarnation of StumbleUpon, another network that had the potential to drive a lot of visitors thanks to the viral quality of posts. These days, it’s a mere trickle. But it takes a few seconds to post on the platform so it’s worth adding link and sharing someone else’s content once and while. 

Promoting A Travel Blog

Resources For Travel Bloggers

Planning on getting into travel blogging? Successful travel blogging is hard work. With millions of blog posts published every day thanks to the ease of entry to the blogosphere, there’s a lot of competition for eyes on your content. With the lure of making money online, blogging has become mainstream. Everyone’s doing it. And that makes it more difficult. But the truth is, 90% of blogs aren’t worth reading. Yet, the remaining 10% of excellent blogs still accounts for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of websites.

Leveraging blogging tools and resources is a great way to get a little extra advantage on your competition. But where to start and which resources and blogging tools are the best? I’ve tried them all. Because I’m a geek, I naturally love experimenting and I love data. Trying lots of tools out is enjoyable. Here are my choices for the travel blogging resources you need to take your blog into the big league.

These resources are tried and tested and we stand behind them. We either use these tools on a daily basis (most of them) or have done so in the past on a regular basis. There are no paid placements or sponsored listings although there are affiliate links for some of the products.

We sincerely hope you find these resources useful.

Disclosure: Clicking on these links and purchasing products on the related websites adds no additional cost to you. I might earn a commission if you make a purchase. The commission helps me continue producing helpful content. I only promote companies I use, trust, and love. If you have any questions about the companies, e-mail me. I’m happy to answer any questions.

Web Hosting

SiteGround web hosting offers the best value in terms of price, performance, and security. After trying dozens of other services, there’s none better. Do yourself a favour and transfer to (for free) or start your website on SiteGround.

Note: If any bloggers recommend you use either BlueHost or GoDaddy, stop reading their blogs and believe nothing they say. Trust us, you don’t want these services.

✈️ SITEGROUND

WordPress Theme

Get yourself a quality WordPress theme that loads fast, allows for unlimited customizations, and lets you use only the features you actually need. Astra Theme does the trick. Astra runs the Nomad Flag website and many other sites in our portfolio. There’s a free version but the premium version comes with custom headers, layouts, and a ton of other features. [ More about the Best WordPress Themes For Travel Blogs ]

✈️ ASTRA THEME

Keyword Research

Many tools fight for your attention in the keyword research and SEO tool space. Ahrefs and SEMrush are the big players. But nothing beats Keysearch for pure speed, value, and effectiveness. We’ve been using it for years and is the first tool in the toolbox for finding juicy blog post topics.

✈️ KEYSEARCH

Email List Building

For capturing email addresses with lead magnets and in-content sign up forms, check out Convert Pro‘s conversion and engagement tools.

✈️ CONVERT PRO

Video Editing

Those raw travel videos are great. But how do you turn them into high-quality videos with sound, graphics, and proper production?

Want to know how we did the transitions and editing on the front page video? We used Filmora, one of the best video editing tools available (and the best value).

Filmora is a very effective tool for creating professional and personal videos. It’s comparable to Adobe Premiere but comes at a fraction of the cost.

📹 FILMORA VIDEO PRODUCTION SUITE

Onward Tickets

Many travel bloggers like to be free with their time and travel without a lot of advance planning. If this is you, then you’ll understand the problem of “proof of onward travel” when visiting certain countries. Not having an onward ticket can be risky. Many airlines will deny you flight access if you don’t have a return ticket or ticket to another country already booked.

Long-term travellers and travel bloggers often avoid buying onward tickets so that they can stay longer if they decide to. OnwardTicket.com lets you buy an onward flight at a very cheap price. The ticket lasts 24-48 hours and is a legal document of travel. Show this ticket to immigration or the airline and cancel it afterwards. Saves $$$.

✈️ ONWARDTICKET

Day Luggage Storage

Ever found yourself stuck in a city with all your bags but wanting to get out and explore. Photographing a city and taking notes is hard with a large backpack or suitcase in tow. Stasher is a new startup that aims to help travellers explore cities without the worry of finding a convenient storage service for bags. There are outlets all over major cities that will accept your bags for a fee. And it’s insured 👍

✈️ STASHER

Travel Planning

Rome2Rio is one of those apps that makes you wonder how you ever travelled without it. The website displays different options for travelling between two points on the globe. The information returned is detailed and precise. Not only that but it’s super fast and easy to use.

Why use Rome2Rio over Google Maps, you might ask? Google Maps only offers one mode of transport at any time. Rome2Rio combines all transport options and gives you every result showing time and costs. For example, using Google Maps to search for travel

For example, using Google Maps to search for travel information between two random locations: Oxford, England and Braga, Lisbon, I am given one option: Drive, 28-hour trip. What, Google?

Rome2Rio, on the other hand, offers 8 different options for the same journey. The first one is Train, Train to London Gatwick, Fly, Bus. €93-271, 8hrs 18mins. The full details of each step are also broken down into prices and times.

✈️ ROME2RIO

Frequent Flyer Points Management

For managing my miles, awards, and points, I use the website that’s been doing this the longest, AwardWallet. Over the years the software has been upgraded to become a flight awards management toolkit that can save you lots of time. AwardWallet notifies you when your points are about to expire, keeps track of all your upcoming trips. A very handy tool. Tripit PRO also does the same thing.

✈️ AWARDWALLET

Trip Management

I’ve used TripIt for a number of years now and it always makes organizing my trips a lot easier. It works like this: you book a flight. The airline sends you a  confirmation email. You forward this to [email protected] and you’re done. TripIt magically converts the confirmation email into an itinerary on the website or app. It manages all of your flights so you can see everything in a logical timeline.

The free version is excellent but the pro version gives you some nice extras such as the seat tracker, flight refunds, and lounge access discounts. Worth every penny.

✈️ TRIPIT

Stock Photos and Videos

Shock, horror! Blogger uses stock footage in their posts!

Yes, it sometimes happens. We might need a particular type of image or video background and our own portfolio doesn’t cut it. Instead of using a substandard image, grab a professional image from Envato Elements. Get unlimited access to images, videos, graphics, WordPress templates, audio, and more. It’s a treasure trove of blogger stuff.

✈️ ENVATO ELEMENT

Selling Courses

Two of the best options for selling, delivering, and hosting online courses are:

  1. Teachable – A Saas product that takes care of everything from hosting to payments. Incurs a monthly cost.
  2. Tutor LMS – A WordPress plugin that gives you total freedom. Cheaper than Teachable but requires some technical skills to set up.

Getting Your Own Affiliates

Once you have a course, product, or service to offer people, you need to promote it. And one of the best ways to market your product is to get affiliates on board. You give a commission to other bloggers and content publishers every time they create a sale through recommending your product. You make more sales, the bloggers make a commission, and the customer is made aware of a product. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

✈️ Affiliate WP is a devilishly simple, yet powerful affiliate plugin for WordPress. Use it to grow your traffic and sales fast.

Good luck with your blogging journey. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you would like to know.

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3 thoughts on “A Practical Guide To Starting A Travel Blog”

    1. Keith

      Thanks, Ryan. Yes, it definitely takes a lot of work. But it helps to enjoy the process.
      Big fan of your stuff by the way. Cheers for the kind words.

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