Travel Blogger Tips To Travel Blogging
There are many things I wish I knew about travel blogging before I started. I knew a lot about blogging, but not so much about blogging within the travel niche. Here are nine simple tips I think you need to know about being a travel blogger before you start.
The tech stuff you can work out, the mindset obstacles are a little harder to gain victory over.
1. Take lots of photos whilst travelling
Don’t just be a tourist photographer. Look for unusual photo opportunities and for simple photos like signs, transport, someone carrying a backpack or eating food. All of these photos can be used to fill all manner of posts.
After recently writing our budget travel in Africa post, I was kicking myself for not taking photos of food and transport options while we were travelling in Africa. I so needed them to highlight what I was talking about in my post aboutgetting around Africa.
Solution: Always have your eyes open for unusual shots. Think about the type of blog posts you might be writing and make a list of photos that would work well with them.
2. Be Vigilant with your Note Taking and Journal Writing when Travelling
Hindsight is such a wonderful thing. If I had it as foresight, I would have been more vigilant with my journal writing while I was travelling the world.
I often would go days at a time without recording anything, and then I would feel lazy and think what is the point anyway?
Now I struggle to recall details from some of my most amazing travel stories. For those adventures I do have a journal account of, they have helped me tremendously in recreating the story for our travel blog.
Solution: Carry a notebook and pencil around with you every where. Record details of every place you visit, stay at and transport you take. Keep receipts in your book so you have a record of costs.
Record contact details of any person you meet and may wish to quote or write about. Take every spare opportunity to write especially in down moments on trains and buses.
3. Get your Permalink Structure right
This is one of my biggest regrets and my only technical must-be-aware of advice. I set up my permalink structure as category/postname, not really thinking about the fact that I would have quite a complex category structure for my blog.
What this means is that my URL’s are extremely long. But worse, I now have limited control over my categories. I can’t move them around as my blog evolves as it will change my URL’s of already published posts. This really sucks.
Solution: Although this category permalink structure has SEO benefits, I think you are far better to go for a date/post name structure instead.
Having a neatly set out category structure (that you can change if need be) is best for your readers so they may quickly find what they are looking for.
NB: I have now changed my permalink structure and we lost all of our social proof on our articles form the past year. Boo hoo. At least now it is set up for the next X years.
4. Travel Blogging is going to Consume a Lot of your Time
Travel blogging is not easy. It is going to take up a lot of your time, and I mean every spare minute.
While I could go on and on here about manyprinciples of success, I’ll cut it short by basically saying, don’t even think about travel blogging if you aren’t passionate and prepared to spend many hours of the day and night committed to working this in order to rise to the top.
It doesn’t matter what your field or industry, it will always be 20% of the people that will have 80% of the success. It is called the Pareto Principle. Why is this so? Because those that fall in the 20% are prepared to do what the remaining 80% aren’t.
Which side are you going to fall on? Decide and then commit.
I am still amazed by the amount of travel bloggerswho say they aren’t in it for the money and accuse those who are of being dishonest and sell outs. Unless you are just keeping a record of your travel experiences for your family and friends, then you have chosen a hobby that will consume your life.
Why would you put in all the time and effort that is required to make it work if you don’t want to be rewarded from it?
Don’t you think you deserve it? Or maybe you think you can’t do it?
We intend to make money from this travel blog. At the same time, we do this because it is our passion and we want to inspire others. If we don’t make any money from this then we have to quit, and then I stop helping others.
As all successful entrepreneurs know “The more money I have, the more I can do to help myself and to help others.”
Solution: Blog about your passion, love what you do. If you don’t then you will find the time commitment a struggle. Believe that you deserve to be rewarded for your time and effort, and for the value you bring to others.
This is a reblog from: http://www.ytravelblog.com/9-simple-tips-about-travel-blogging/
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Many of the web’s most popular travel blogs started from a simple desire to share impressions from lengthy vacations or round-the-world trips.
Building your own travel blog may sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re considering putting one together before you leave, here are 4 simple tips you need to know when starting a travel blog:
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1. How technical are you? Many casual bloggers start out with WordPress (http://wordpress.org) or Blogger (www.blogger.com) accounts, which let you start an account on their platform for free. These types of blogs allow you to choose a simple template that they host, meaning that your travel blog web address (URL) will contain the company’s name in it (such as yourname.blogger.com). You can get this type of blog up and running in a matter of hours.
If you have grander plans for your blog, then you’ll want to self-host, meaning that you’ll need to choose a server to host all your content. You’ll also need to buy your domain name (your web address) through a service such as GoDaddy.com (www.godaddy.com). Putting it all together takes some time — and in my case, some technical assistance — but if you want your blog to grow beyond your friends and family, it’s the best choice.
“Setting up WordPress was challenging, but in the grand scheme of things, it only took an afternoon,” says Alex Berger, who started VirtualWayfarer (http://virtualwayfarer.com) in 2007 to document his post-graduate European travels. “Anyone with an afternoon to invest should be able to get a functional site up.”
2. How much do you want to spend? It’s free to set up a blog hosted by Blogger or WordPress. A blog with your own URL (such as my blog, www.caroundtheworld.com) costs a little more. Registering a domain with GoDaddy runs about $12 to $20 a year, and a hosting package is about $7 or so per month.
Now comes the fun part: Making your blog look good. WordPress has many free themes available that are easy to use. If you want more customization, be prepared to pay for a premium theme; you can get a nice one for $35 to $100. When I started my travel blog, I also hired a designer since I planned to use Chris Around The World as a professional site. You won’t need a web designer for a casual vacation blog.
3. How much time do you have? Blogging can become very time-consuming if you let it. Berger, who traveled solo for two months through Europe, wrote his posts when he was at an Internet café checking e-mail and Facebook. “The online time filled downtime I had and gave me a chance to relax a bit without feeling like I had to be out wandering the city,” Berger says.
4. How much do you want to say? If a full-fledged blog sounds like too much work (and it can be), then a Tumblr (www.tumblr.com) account may be a better alternative. A cross between Twitter and a blog, Tumblr is a free service that lets you create an account where you can share photos, videos, posts, and more.
“Tumblr has a great, simple, and easy-to-use setup,” says Katrina Stovold, who now blogs at TourAbsurd (www.tourabsurd.com). “If you are a first-time blogger, it’s a really nice way to start out.”
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