Being a travel blogger is one of the most popular careers today and for all the right reasons. Who wouldn’t want to travel the world, meet new people and earn money online! However, finding your audience isn’t an easy task. Here’s a little guide that will help you launch your website and become a successful travel blogger.
Come Up With a Good Name
What’s in a name? Turns out that a lot of things depend on the name you give your blog! The best names for travel blogs are short, easy to spell and type, easy to remember and share. Come up with a bunch of words associated with your blog and put them on a paper. What do you write about? Food or adventure? Europe or South America? Who are you as a person? When you have a nice list of words, play around with them until you find something catchy and awesome.
Provide Useful Content
If you’re keeping track of your travels for personal use or for your family and friends, things are pretty simple and easy. However, if you want strangers to follow you and your adventures, you need to give them something truly useful they can use on their travels. Think budget travel tips, food and drink recommendations, accommodation information, photo inspiration and other things that will come in handy when they go on a similar trip. If you don’t know what people are searching for, check out Reddit or Quora or pay close attention to things people are asking in travel blog comments. Make sure to deliver!
Do Something Interesting and Fun
You might think “Well, that’s easy”, but when we advise you to do something interesting, we mean REALLY INTERESTING AND UNIQUE. What you might find fun isn’t necessarily what other people find fun. You want to be noticed by doing fascinating and challenging stuff. A drunken night in Barcelona isn’t exactly super fun to anyone but you and your friends. But, if you write about your kayaking trip in Greenland, hiking in Yemen or sailing the coast of Australia? These activities are so much more awesome and unique and they are more likely to be shared across the internet.
Arm Yourself With Good Equipment
Sure, content is king, but there’s no way you can distribute your awesome content without some good gear. Every travel blogger needs a good laptop—this will be your connection to the world. Models like powerful Asus Zenbook will be reliable companions because they can support all your needs and are small and compact. Models with NanoEdge display are amazing because they have a huge screen that won’t feel bulky in your luggage. If you’re a daredevil, you will need a good GoPro set with straps and tripods for recording your adventures. Having a classic camera is a given. Your equipment might come with a hefty price tag, but it will all be worth it in the long run.
Be Present on Social Media
If you want to earn your living from blogging, you need to stay present on social media. However, this can be time-consuming, so it’s best to schedule social media sessions twice a day, in the morning and in the evening to post and respond to comments. Remember to be social! Respond to comments, tag people or share other people’s content if you deem it worthy.
If you want to get noticed quickly, reach out to experienced travel bloggers and pitch them an article. If they agree to publish your content, make sure to link back to your website or some previous post you made on your blog. Find at least 10 blogs in your niche and try to have your guest posts published at about the same time (this is called a “guest post bomb”.) If you do this before your big trip or a new adventure, you can expect to gain a significant number of new followers.
Be Your Charming Self
The biggest part of being a travel blogger is providing your audience with useful and interesting travel information. However, that’s not all—you also have to be your authentic and charming self! The reason why people follow your posts is your writing style, your persona and the way you portray yourself. The best combination is to have an audience that wants your content, but also wants to connect with you personally. A good relationship with your followers is what sets apart excellent from decent bloggers.
Being a travel blogger is one of the most exciting jobs you can ask for. So, make sure to stay dedicated and devoted to your audience and soon you’ll earn a nice paycheck to support your passion and spread your business.
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