Are you currently writing a travel blog? Looking at stepping up your game?
Here is how you can take your Travel Blog to the next level.
I spent a lot of time looking in the wrong areas, so to save you time I have put everything that I found to work in this easy to follow post:
Get a dedicated website server
The first major step you should make is registering a domain and running your own Server.
This will give you better control and make your blog come across as more presentable.
Its very simple and low cost to set up as well:
• Think of a great name for your travel blog (Travel Dave for example :D).
• Find a designer for your new logo @ 99 Designs
• Register your website, domain and pick up some server space @ 123reg.co.uk
• Click on the install WordPress onto your 123 Reg account (easy for the non technical like me!)
• Find an affordable but stylish WordPress theme and upload.
• Then you’re all set, ready to start all your social media pages and content for your blog.
You still will have a long way to go at this point, but with some simple guidance at least your heading along the right path.
Setting up a blog from scratch will never have to cost you more than £100. It’s a small investment to make and will give your blog a big impact from the start.
There are Hundreds upon thousands of Travel blogs on the web, just doing the above steps will put you amongst the tens of thousands and then the below tips will put you into the thousands of top travel blogs on the web.
If you wanted to invest a little more into getting an individual specialist to design a unique logo and website theme, you can always contact my good friend Tom over at Tominc who can arrange a one on one consultation.
It’s not needed but being a small fish in a big ocean you will want to take steps towards standing out amongst the crowed. It’s an extra investment, but with a lot of blogs using the same popular themes, you might want to think about adding something unique and special to your presence. I get a lot of compliments about the design of Traveldave.co.uk and I am happy to say the investment is worth it.
Buy this book
The Travel Blogging master himself, Nomadic Matt has wrote a book all about how to make money travel blogging, its extremely easy to follow and trust me, you will encounter lots of make money quick books or schemes, they just simply don’t work, they all say the same thing and are not helpful at all, in fact you could be wasting all your money together.
This book, however, lays everything out that you will possibly need to know about stepping your blog up to the next level.
Best of all it comes with a lifetime updates, so any future additions you will also get as well, as this area changes a lot, it’s worth the investment, I think I’m already on my third copy and it gets better and better each addition, lots of valuable information.
Matt pretty much lays out from the start that he too found lots of resources around the web offering the same information we are all searching for as Travel Bloggers, his simple collected it all together in one well presented book. It will safe you are going around in circles and maybe stumbling across the wrong information, a worthy investment to make.
Become a member of Travel Blogging Success
Travel Blogging Success is a wonderful community full of both experts and beginners which makes for a perfectly balanced pool of individuals to network and learn from.
When you join the community you will be given an endless supply of webinars to go through, full of the questions you need answered from the experts themselves as well as a very easy to follow step by step guides to building a successful Travel blog.
You will get access to all the training you need as well as helpful support from all the members, its the sort of community you want to surround yourself in.
Each task is easy to follow as you can dip in and out of courses each week and keep on improving your blog.
I’ve got a lot of extremely useful information out of being a lifetime member of TBS and if you’re determined to step up your game this small investment is one way to do so.
Bonus tip: Grab a niche
As explained above, you will want to stand out from the endless amount of Travel blogs on the web, you want to come across appealing that readers will come back for more and engage with your content. Simple way of doing this is targeting a niche that you’re passionate about and creating your blog around this. This could be a creative name, focus on one travel destination you know a lot about or a specific area you have a lot of knowledge in where you can help by offering your personal advice, then you can really target your direct audience better.
Thank you for reading this blog post and I wish you all the best with your journey into travel blogging, it’s a long and windy road, it will be a lot of work, but at least you’re giving it a go and wanted to step up your game!
Set it up, find your niche, create great content and good luck with your new blog going into in the future!
Any more tips? Please feel free to post below in the comment section.