This how to start a travel blog tutorial is absolutely for beginners who want to create a passive income from a travel blog.
Starting a travel blog is not that hard. All you need to get started is a domain name (Which is your brand name), and hosting services and You are set to go.
Basically, you need a blogging platform to publish your travel stories. You can use WordPress, Blogger, or any other platform. I recommend you use WordPress.
In today’s time of the internet, setting up a blog is not a big task.
If you don’t want to spend money on it, you can opt for free WordPress or Blogger accounts. The only issue is there are a few limitations in these free accounts.
Hence, I would suggest going to the paid versions. I have my domain and WordPress hosting from Bluehost and it just cost me $50 for a year.
The investment is not much. Also, you can get free templates, which are available over the on the WordPress directory, if you are using WordPress.
How to start a travel blog – What you need to know
Focus on creating content that will get the attention of your readers. Don’t only write about your travel experience but provide valuable information to your readers which will help them plan their travels.
Also make sure your blog is SEO friendly, meaning, your blog needs to grow organically. It is good to get your content ranked in search results. Google and other search engines are the ones that can give you unique blog readers.
Below are some of the tips that will make your blog content SEO friendly.
The more unique and quality your content is, the easier it will rank in Google.
In the times of Google Rank Brain, your content should be meaningful and must have good readability, both for Google and readers. In short, the reader must receive some valuable information after reading your blog.
You must have read almost everywhere that blog structure matters. This means it should have sufficient heading tags like H1, H2, etc. And that’s absolutely true.
There should be relevant headings and sub-headings in your blog. Also, you can use multiple H2s as there is no particular rule but make sure that you’re using them where it is required.
Fonts Size & Styles:
In the end, you’re writing your blog for users. Hence, a clean readable font style and size are mandatory.
Examples of fonts that you can use include – Roboto, Times New Roman, and Arial. I write all my content in Arial.
This is your best friend in WordPress. An amazing must-have plugin if you’re using the platform. It has two sections – SEO & Readability Analysis.
It helps in highlighting the things your blog is missing. However, don’t be too harsh on your blog. Moreover, it provides you to write your meta-description and choose your focus keyword. So please USE IT!!!
There is a feature cold ‘CORNERSTONE CONTENT.’ It means Google will give these blogs more importance as compared to other blogs on your website.
Understand it in this way: It will be a parenting blog for example – 10 Places to Visit in Nigeria. Now, there will be small blogs titled – places to visit in Southern Nigeria, places to visit in Eastern Nigeria, and so on.
This sub-blogs will be interlinked to your parent blog again providing in-depth information about the topic.
How to set up a travel blog – Step By step
Step one: Picking a name for your travel blog
Choosing the best suitable name can be a hard task when starting a travel blog.
Always know that creating a travel blog is a long-term business, and what will make you appear differently will be determined by the name of your blog.
You will not want to start a blog, that will require changing of name in the long run. Changing a blog name in the future will result in losing your potential audience and traffic. below is what I recommend keeping in mind when starting a travel blog.
Look for a way to stand out: As a blogger, you need to look for a way to be different. There are many travel blogs on the internet.
So you need to figure out what will make you appear different from others. And also a name that will be easy for the readers to remember.
Use an easy-to-remember URL: Avoid using a name that is too long or contains hyphens. come up with a name that is easy to remember.
Step two: Hosting a travel blog
Hosting is very essential for your travel blog to be live on the internet, basically, the host you sign up with will determine how reliable and stable your blog will be active online.
The job of the hosting company is to provide storage space for all your blog files and also make sure your server is secure.
For this step-by-step guide, I will recommend you use Bluehost, they are cheap and trusted by many authority blog owners.
Their live support team is very helpful, you will get a free domain name when you host your blog with them. Within a few minutes of signing up and payment, your domain and blog will be ready for customization.
As a beginner, I recommend you go with the Bluehost cheapest plan, which is $2.95 per month.
You can upgrade your plan when your blog starts generating income and also start getting higher traffics to your blog. Read how to host your blog with Bluehost
Step three: Installing WordPress on your server
Once your hosting is ready, the next part is to install WordPress. After completing all the Bluehost requirements, You will be asked to set up a password for your WordPress blog.
Bluehost installer will also ask you to pick a theme for your blog, don’t worry about the theme to use for now, just choose any random one. You can change it later.
Watch this video to see how to install a WordPress theme and also how to use the platform to run your travel blog.
How to monetize a travel blog
If you read a lot of articles online about monetizing a blog. You will hear most bloggers saying you should wait until your blog starts getting a higher audience before you can start thinking of monetizing it.
For me, I don’t think you should wait until you get a large audience before you can start monetizing your travel blog.
There are many ways to make money from your blog without negatively affecting the growth of the blog at the early stage. below are some of the ways to make money with your travel blog:
Adsense: You can monetize your travel blog with Google Adsense. This platform is one of the best ways to start making money from your blog.
All you need to start monetizing your blog with Adsense is to submit your blog on the platform and their expert will review it. If your blog meets their requirements it will be approved for showing ads. Read how to make money with Adsense
Affiliate marketing: If you want to start making money fast with your travel blog, then Affiliate marketing is the best way to achieve that.
All you need is to look for affiliate programs related to your niche and apply to them. Some may reject your proposal to join their affiliate program. But don’t panic. They are many affiliate programs on the internet for travel bloggers. Read this affiliate marketing ultimate guide to get started with affiliate marketing.