Is a travel blog different from any other blog? I get a lot of letters asking me about travel blogging; Whether it’s here on the blog or Twitter, or even face to face, especially when it comes to blogging for travel. Is it worth it for one of us to have a travel blog? And how the content published here, for example, does not find the appropriate response to the effort expended. I appreciate this talk very much, and I am grateful to those who say it, and I always repeat that my goal of blogging is different from you or others.
To help you get started on a travel blog, read this post in which I completely detailed the steps I went through. As much as possible, I tried to explain and understand the easiest paths to follow. In fact, the foundations here are not intended for travel blogging but can be applied to other types of blogging, as long as you, of course, choose the major you want to log in.
What it means to be a blogger or travel blogger
This means that the information that you will pass on the travel blog you must be responsible for. In one way or another, what you write may become a reference for a traveler, or even a reference for more information. It might not take much of your mind, but, trust me, it’s very important. I say this because when arranging my trips I often rely on blogs and travel sites in the English language. Because I often feel its authenticity. Most English travel sites are either translated or write bad content, both linguistic and repetitive. Not to mention, of course, the repetition of travel destinations and tourist attractions in every country. It simply means that you devote a large portion of your time to emptying your mind, whether you choose to have it on paper or on a blog like this one.
It might be easy to start a travel blog, but keeping a blog is completely different. Blogging is definitely not just a picnic, nor is it just an act you do once a year. You have to remember that blogging requires a certain level of commitment, and it can be difficult. But if you do it right and stick with it well, it will be an adventure worth your every effort!
I cannot consider myself a very reputable travel blogger, or even an expert on it. But I had some good achievements that made me know the entries in related matters. And if you have been following my blog before, you will know that I have been blogging for many years, albeit intermittently. Of course, I bogged down a lot in the early years of blogging, due to the complex software that I often couldn’t understand. My focus is on writing, creating, and developing content, more than anything else about the blog. But with the days, I have had to learn and rely on myself. And of course, I’m still a beginner!
So; I will choose the easiest and most effective platform for beginners like you and me. I will try to do my best to simplify every technical term and process.
Find your blogging major
I can guess what you’re thinking: But, isn’t a travel blog really a private blog? Well yes. But in order to attract a reasonably good audience from the start; You will need to prove yourself as an expert in a more specific area. You can certainly talk about travel in general, but as a beginner, it wouldn’t be a good idea to market yourself as someone who is knowledgeable about all aspects of travel.
This reminds me of the joke of “travel expert” on social sites. You will know that you will not be able to attract many readers to your blog! did not? Simply because he can go to bigger sites or public sites for that kind of information. So let’s say Trip Advisor and MyTicketsToIndia (Like Chicago To Delhi Flights) for general advice on destinations. What we’re aiming for when creating a travel blog is to get the information out in a different color.
Let’s say you start writing about budget travel, and it somehow attracts some readers over time. good job! But the following week, you spoke of luxury travel, and then you spoke of adventure travel. By following this scenario; Then there is a high probability that you will lose a certain portion of your readers. And if you are confused about the topics you write about, and your experiences, you will continue to lose your readers faster than you expect! My personal preference is to delay public issues such as travel advice, reports, guides … etc. Keep it in your draft until you are a good crowd, who is interested in being a travel blogger.
Become an expert on a distinct subtopic of travel. And if you’re not confident enough to blog about travel, are still new, or are still planning your trip, you can at the very least be sure that you have a unique story. At least make sure your story will make anyone interested in following you. I still remember Shane’s blogging tip: Your story is special, and nobody else can tell it!
My personal experience
As my long journey and travel life began, I began writing about my stops. I marketed my blog overall as a travel blog, and speaking of stations; I always make sure to mention my feelings about the place. Of course, mention the information that will benefit the reader, how he gets to the place, and where he lives. And sometimes, I talk about the best dishes I have ever tried. After that, I started focusing more on my sustainable travel lifestyle and travel advice. Among them, of course, are the tools that I find and use during my travels.
Choose a unique name for your travel blog
In simple terms, your blog or domain name is the unique address of your blog on the Internet. For example, my blog follows the name that I personally got to know on the Internet. Simply, my name and surname are a-qadar. blog, then, why .blog? As proof that it is a blog, it follows my name.
My UID will remain as long as I continue to pay the annual fee. Yes, fees. In order to be able to get these unique names, you must pay a fee for the domain. Make sure these services are close at hand, make sure you have an adequate budget, and are able to pay it annually. All in all, they are often cheap, running at less than ten dollars a year. In addition to the domain name, you must also pay the hosting costs. This will often be at a good and reasonable price as well. I’ll explain hosting to you in the third point.
How do you choose your name?
Make sure the name is easy to remember and keep it short at least. Most of us forget the long words, and we can’t deny that long names are boring.
Also, avoid putting numbers in your blog name, unless of course, it has a relationship. It is likely that your readers will mistype your blog name or even forget the correct number verbally.
Stay away from words that are not easy to recognize or spell. This applies to non-English words unless you want to focus on readers in your country only.
Check that the name appears properly when it is an Internet address. This name will be your interface to others in the future, so make sure it’s something you love and be proud of.
Try to make it travel related. Do not follow the way I chose a name unless you were motivated by the same. I wanted to know by name by name and surname. And it’s the identifier that I’ve been known for basically everywhere. In any case, it is important that the name of the travel blog is associated with it. Muhammad’s blog, for example, a passport.
Aside from the fact that you have to market your blog as a travel blog, you also have to take care of your website’s appearance on search engines. The more the name is related to travel – or your specialty – the easier it will be.
Your name .. your brand
Make the name sustainable. Your name will be your brand forever. So don’t associate yourself with a name that is short-lived and requires change. For example, if you do not intend to travel continuously or as a lifestyle, do not choose a name that has to do with that.
Try to have your name specialized, but general, at the same time. Unless you want to focus on a specific country, for example. Imagine: MyTicketsToIndia.com would be special for tickets in India. It would not be appropriate to write about it, for example, in South Africa.
Check the availability of the name as soon as you put a name in your mind. Make sure it is available as an email address, and of course, on social sites. To do this with ease, use the KnowEm website.
It turns out that a travel blog is a long-term investment. You have to spend some money, hard work, and dedication. If it’s just a hobby or you aren’t motivated enough to take it seriously, you can always switch to the free systems offered by WordPress, Blog Post, or even Tumblr. At worst, Twitter and Instagram, although I personally don’t consider it blogging.
Disadvantages of free sites:
- These free sites are not good for search engine rankings. Your blog will not be visible on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, for example, compared to private domain names.
- You are not allowed to sell ads on your sites, but these hosts can place ads on your site. It may not be compatible with the content of your blog.
- These sites have limited add-ons and appearances. And if you want to change something to your liking, you often have to pay for it. This means, at least, that it is not flexible. You will not be completely in control of your blog.
- The platform can delete your site at any time if they think it violates any of their terms. Sometimes without your notice.
- These free domains and names aren’t considered professional by advertisers. And the brands will in the least be keen to cooperate with you. If this point is important to you.
- In the end; It takes a lot of space and takes a long time to write. Doesn’t the latter look better for you?
- For these reasons, it is really helpful to make sure you have your own name, domain, and hosting. Choosing a name and domain early before starting a travel blog will save you the hassle of converting in the future. Unless you first want to at least test your commitment to blogging.
Buying the website domain and hosting a travel blog
Hosting is basically a service you need to take advantage of your place on the internet. It is a place that keeps all your blog data, posts, and more. This means that as soon as it connects to your domain name, and whenever someone writes it on the browser, the hosting will quickly display your blog to anyone looking for it. Okay .. where can you get the hosting? There are many providers for this service. There are a lot of big companies. But I tend to be smaller, newer. She flinches at serving clients and makes a lot of offers. So I chose Bluehost. And I became a client with them for years now. Add to that the website interface is easy to use especially for beginners, like me. They have a large resource section and a lot of information available that is easy to understand.
What about WordPress hosting?
1 / Beginner hosting: It will work for you if you are a beginner blogger:
You have to know that WordPress is basically a publishing platform. Its goal is to make it easier for anyone to publish online. Therefore, you can use full hosting on WordPress, with the free or paid version. With it, you can focus on creating your content. WordPress also provides hosting, security, and backups. You can even upgrade to your own domain name like asmaqadah.com. You can also choose a design that suits you from what is available. In addition to the options for integrating your site with social sites. Of course, you will find the rest of the usual options available, such as responses, statistics, comments, and polls. Its disadvantage is that you cannot install special plugins to suit your requirements, and you cannot post ads other than WordPress.
2 / Hosting for Business Managers: It’s Right for You If You Plan to Earn From a Travel Blog:
Exactly like its first hosting service. The difference here is the increase in the price of the course and the abundance of options in terms of plugins and designs. In addition, you can create your own store here. Or even sell special products on your blog. And of course, allowing you to place ads other than WordPress.
I am talking about WordPress.org, which is completely different from the free WordPress.com platform. I used it on my first blog years ago. Then I chose to go to Wix.com, but it does not support Arabic and it was not smooth to deal with. Therefore, I always prefer WordPress and consider it the best platform for beginners, like you and me. In fact, it is used by big websites as well. WordPress is very simple and easy to use. But if you ever need guides on how to use it, you can always check out the tutorials on the WordPress site.
This travel blog looks pretty!
Time to beautify your blog and make it appear as you want! You can find a large number of designs on WordPress, either for free or as paid. You only need to go to your blog’s WordPress dashboard. On the left column, click on “Appearance – Themes – Add new” and a large list of free designs you can install for your blog will appear. But they are often limited in shape and in properties. So, I rely on Envato, where you’ll find over 45,000 designs that meet all requirements (you can find it here). Personally, I acquired the current theme from the designers on this site. You can find my blog theme on this link.
What are the absolutely necessary WordPress plugins?
Yes, you will need add-ons. It will help you a lot in improving your site and working better. Here are some of the free WordPress plugins that I recommend that you can easily add to your blog. Go to Control Panel: Click on Plugins – Add New. In the search box, type the names of the plugins below, and click “Install” as needed.
- Akismet plugin: to protect against unwanted comments.
- Jetpack Plugin: It offers several features, some of which I like: website stats and related blogs.
- Yoast WordPress Plugin: Helps improve your website.
- Add WPTouch: Only if the website design is not mobile-friendly. This is an extension for you.
- Google Analytics Plugin: A powerful tool that helps measure and analyze traffic on your blog. In the future, advertisers will ask you to view data for this platform. For that, you will need to sign up for Google stats, then link it to your travel blog. You can download it from this link.
- Adding a map of the countries you visited: Since you have a travel blog, it is nice if it contains a map of the countries that you visited and which you talk about in this travel blog. You can download the extension from this link.
Start writing travel blog content
There are things you’d better consider the blog and its content. From personal experience, this helped me spread and grow the blog exponentially:
Create travel blog content from your own personal experience:
Your first blog post could be about your beginnings with travel. Or maybe your travel plans this year, or your goals. It would be a good idea to write about these basics if your blog is new. This will make it easier for your readers to know what you want to do. And it would be nice to market your travels with these blog posts. You will also make your readers a part of your journey by sharing your entire experience from the first step! Once you start getting around the world or traveling, you can start writing about your travel stops. Or, you can write about your personal experiences in a hotel or city. Then write about travel advice and inspirational blog posts. It all comes down to you, according to the direction you want to put your travel blog in.
I wrote extensively about Malaysia the first year I turned my blog into a travel blog. I started with this due to the many questions I receive on Twitter. Then, by virtue of my long stay in Malaysia for more than eighteen years. And my experience in tourism, by virtue of my work in this area. You can find a good and unique guide on Malaysia at this link. As I began my travels in Southeast Asia, I began writing about my stops. You can read the posts in the Asian countries section.
Try to publish your blog posts regularly:
Not only does it update your readers, but it also helps with your Google rankings. Simply; The system will recognize your writing and publishing system. Someone blogs 3 times a week. Other bloggers marketed their blogs by posting on a specific day. These two methods did not suit me completely. I started writing weekly, and it worked really well, to train myself for commitment. Then I chose to make it every five days, but it was a very short period. And now; I found that six days is a good amount of time. During which I can arrange posts in two days, and the post can take its time to spread.
Remember that quality is always better than quantity:
It doesn’t matter how many blog posts you post or what content you produce. What matters is the content itself, and the information you post. So how do you create great content? Through practice, research, and knowledge. Keep writing, you will eventually find your blogging style. You can ask other people’s opinion before posting, as I’ve been discussing with Rehab on this. And do not forget to learn from others, for example from old bloggers. Get inspired by them. Ultimately, you just have to focus on the topics you want to read or know personally if you put yourself in your readers’ shoes.