How To Start A Travel Blog
How to start a travel blog for beginners is all about picking out the perfect blogging niche within this industry. Here are some simple ideas and strategies to help you start your very own travel blog.
Starting a travel or vacation blog for any beginner can be exciting. Here however, you will find a slight learning curve to get your blog found online, and that is what you want right? Here are some simple but effective niche blogging strategies for beginners to help your travel blog business.
Finding the right niche within a larger industry like the vacation/travel industry is the first place to start. Whether it is exact travel destinations, apparel or transportation you will be focusing in on, you should choose one, niche blogging is simpler and for those looking to generate income with their niche, it is a whole lot easier.
A Good Doamin Name: Once you have found your own niche within the travel industry it is tome to call it by name, this means getting a domain name and self hosting your blog. Self hosted blogs are arguably better than any free blog or website with the major search engines. Finding a good domain name is all about focusing in on keywords and phrases (small phrases) that have already at least some natural traffic within the search engines. For example; ParisTours.Com, TravelApparel.Net or even YourIslandGetaway.com. The last one was for fun, but you can see how appealing it could be with good content.
There are many tools online for doing your keyword research and figuring out what traffic you might see. Google Keywrod Tool and Google Insights for beginners are the standards for the search engine optimization community. Here you will look for low competition keywords and high search volume. This does not mean thousands a month are searching your terms, but that would be great, it means at least a few hundred or so.
WordPress for Beginners: There are many blogging platforms to choose from like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. WordPress for the beginner to blogging is by far the best choice. This particular platform is easier to use and learn. Some of the reasons for this being such a simple platform is all the free software that comes with it.
Plugins are simple little pieces of software for WordPress that either enhance the looks of the blog itself, navigation of the site and the overall search engine optimization. Most plugins do not need any configuration, but some will and this is where the slight learning curve exists.
Social Networking: Social media for any industry including the travel industry especially needs to be included within your blogging practices. Making sure you are being bookmarked throughout many social bookmarking sites is great for SEO.
Creating Facebook and Google Plus business pages connected through plugins to your blog are a must today. Search engines today are ranking blog posts, pages and websites as a whole based on interaction of others through social media within your blog.
Content Creation and SEO: Content creation and some simple understanding of SEO (search engine optimization) will be needed. While we try to create content for people first and search engines second, there are some very simple fundamentals of SEO that will need to practiced.
Creating content within the travel industry will be fun. Remember to keep it simple, informative and visually stimulating for your visitors to your blog. Some of the simplest optimization secrets are using images and video within your post and pages and sharing them with your social media outlets.
Blogging Your Way To Success
For the most part, many of you looking to create and start a travel blog are here for not only the fun, but to start an online income generating business right? Blogs are better than most travel sites you see online because they can offer a lot of information, at least they should.
Blogging is all about creating relevant information about your specific niche for example:
- Vacation destinations
- Travel apparel
- Air Transportation
- Local information
- Travel necessities (i.e. Passports and other identification, medical insurances and what not)
Each of these subjects can be covered as a whole within your website or, maybe you would like to focus on one aspect of travel, either way, stay on subject…confusion from people on your site is confusion for the search engines.
Blogs, as I stated before, could and can have some very simple but informative information. You do not need to write a book on a particular subject, just enough to give your reader a good answer about that topic. This is why blogs are so important to the search engines and why those looking to start a travel business online should consider a blog.
There are many training programs today online about how to market effectively. Make sure you complete your due diligence before you purchase one. If you are however a beginner to blogging and search engine optimization you should consider finding one.
How to start a travel blog is an easy question to ask, actually blogging effectively about travel is another. There are no real shortcuts to success online, none. But, success is found through blogging and other search engine marketing strategies every day, even in the travel industry.