How to create a travel blog
I am writing this small and easy-to-read guide for aspiring bloggers, who feel a bit discouraged to start a travel blog. It's much easier than you think, in fact let's break it down to 7 steps and dig directly into it:
Choose Name and Hosting
Many people consider choosing the name of their travel blog to be very simple. Yet it is worth remembering that it is not always an immediate choice since some fundamental aspects must be considered. First of all, think about the site you want to create: it could be a travel story site or even a blog where you can find advice on tourist destinations and so on. Sometimes could be useful to wait a bit to choose a name, until you're sure of the structure of your blog.
- How to choose the name to create a travel blog
So the first thing to do is to remember SEO, or those useful indications that guarantee good online visibility.
Those who want to start a travel blog are certainly not doing it for themselves, but to have a following on the web. This means paying close attention to the keywords commonly searched for on the web by users and which allow you to find content on the theme of travel. You can also rely on special services such as those provided by Google, or Analytics or even Keyword Planner.
- The importance of hosting to start a travel blog
Creating a travel blog from scratch is certainly not easy. You also need to pay attention to the hosting you choose, that is, to that service in which all the information of the blog is stored.
It could be defined as a sort of archive of the site itself which, however, is not to be imagined simply as the warehouse of a shop. It is the backbone that guarantees high functionality to users and the possibility of disseminating various online content.
It is therefore understood that those who want to launch a new travel blog must carefully choose the hosting service to rely on. Turning in search of the services on the web you can find many types and at various costs. As for the first level ones, they are wide in functionality: you can install various plugins, for example, in addition to having a good data maintenance capacity. But they are somewhat more expensive than the second level ones that are within everyone's reach.
- Hosting to make a travel blog: paid or free which one to choose?
Obviously, the economic aspect is certainly not secondary in terms of hosting for a travel blog that starts from scratch. Many are faced with a complex question: is it better to choose a free hosting or a paid one? We must take into account the needs of every webmaster, or the one who wants to put up this new portal.
Those who are beginners would do well to focus on the free ones which usually have a somewhat reduced number of features. It will be very simple to use and requires no special technical skills. On the other hand, those who want to create a very well done blog with additional functions such as, for example, the insertion of some advertising to earn income, can opt for a paid hosting service. These usually involve a single annual payment.
To be able to create your personal travel blog you have two ways, the first is to open a free blog on wordpress.com, while the second is more complicated and involves the purchase of a domain from a hosting service and the resulting in manual installation of WordPress.
The creation of a blog on wordpress.com takes place through a very simple and fast automatic procedure, but this solution does not allow you to install additional plug-ins or insert advertising banners.
First, after creating your blog you have to choose the graphics, which are attractive and in line with your tastes; on WordPress there are tons of free templates to choose from or alternatively you can buy one compatible with WordPress from other platforms.
After choosing the theme, it is time to insert your content: from the home page of your WordPress blog, click on the menu on the left under "articles", to open the text editor which consists of a field dedicated to the title and the text box.
The text editor is very simple to use and allows you to insert tags, links, media (images, videos) for each written article. In the drop-down menu on the left there are other items that allow you to customize your travel blog, for example the "add page" function that allows you to create sections such as "my travel tips", "what to pack ", etc. At any time you can change the theme and graphic appearance of your blog by clicking on the "appearance" item or add add-ons that can be downloaded from other websites. From the dashboard you can view the statistics of your travel blog: last comments posted, visits, draft articles, etc.
To run a travel blog, you don't just need to be a skilled copywriter. WordPress themes and plugins play a very important role.
The goal of this post is to point out which are the best to install on your platform. I can suggest:
The primary purpose of this WordPress plugin revolves around the SEO text optimization process. If you are not particularly quick in formatting the texts, Yoast SEO will be very useful for you because the optimization of the keywords for which the best ranking is sought will be optimized.
A WordPress plugin closely related to the use of Flickr. This website belonging to the Yahoo! allows all its subscribers to share personal photos.
Its Achilles heel lies in the fact that searching, editing and uploading the most captivating images is a rather long process. If you don't want to waste time, rely on Photo Dropper, a plugin that can speed up operations.
If you are a travel blogger who cares about the graphic version of the content you are going to present, this plugin is really useful, as it creates truly splendid customized maps to illustrate your travels and to indicate the itineraries to follow. Again with reference to the insertion of customized maps, the use of the Google API is also essential.
Revive Old Post
How many times have you happened to be willing to promote a whole series of past contents described in detail on your blog, but now forgotten, to the point that no one reads them anymore?
The purpose of this plugin is precisely to promote the dissemination of old content, making sharing automatic.
Broken link Checker
An excellent plugin to monitor all, absolutely all, the links in your travel blog as a magnifying glass. If there is someone currently not working, this WordPress plugin will notify you.
Create the community
If you have a travel blog, building your community and creating networks are of fundamental importance, because they allow you to interact better with users and create reactions with other bloggers in your same sector.
Social networks can help you in this regard. Which are the best? Let's see them together in a quick overview:
Facebook and Instagram
They do not need any introduction, we all know them, they are the two most famous social networks used by travel bloggers.
A whole community for frequent flyers, that is, those who fly a lot. The budget travel forum is particularly interesting as it contains a myriad of tips for saving money when flying. The same goes for the “Online Travel Booking and Bidding Agencies” section, which is useful for being constantly updated on booking sites.
A community for families used to travel
If your goal is to interact with users and with the blogger of your sector, this social network allows you to exchange opinions with travelers from every corner of the planet. Wayn stands for Where Are You Now and is a social network born in 2002 from the idea of two travel enthusiasts: Pete Ward and Jerome Touze. How does it work? You have to register.
To connect with travelers from all over the world, this section is very useful if you want to go beyond your followers. You can choose who to interact with among new subscribers, online users and the most popular ones.
The choice is yours. Select the profile of the traveler that suits you best and dive into this new adventure, sending the friend request, writing private messages, liking the photos.
If to the question “Would you like to meet this traveler / this traveler”, you answer in the affirmative, you will get in touch with him / her immediately.
Also, to create reactions with other bloggers in your sector, don't forget to interact with the main Italian influencers in the Travel field.
In conclusion, these are the best travel social networks that promote the viral passage of experiences and information among Internet users who love travel. And if you have a travel blog, you can't help but consider them to build your community and network. Obviously the best one stays… www.digitalnomadsnation.org