Travel blogs are two a penny these days so you need to ensure you’re giving yourself the best possible start possible if you’re to be successful. I would just like to clear something up before you jump in a set up a travel blog in order to fund a round the world trip – it’s going to take a lot of effort to generate you enough money to fund a round the world trip in the first 12-24 months of it being set up, it’s not impossible but you’ll need to make sure the foundations are correct before you get started on the wrong foot.
There are 6 key areas you need in order to start a successful travel blog
A domain name is your online identity. It’s going to reflect you as an individual and also your brand and the approach you intend on taking to discuss your travels. The first domain name was registered in 1985 and ever since domains have become more and more scarce. As i’ll tell you in detail later it’s important to get your own domain name and not use a free one from blogger/wordpress.
Your host is essentially the place where all your files are stored on the internet and are accessible 24/7. There are different types of hosting both free and paid and I’ll explain the benefits of each.
Everyone is pretty fickle these days and there is little excuse to have a great looking travel blog. There a theme marketplaces all over the net which offer a very aesthetic theme for circa $50.
As I mentioned earlier there are a lot of travel blogs on the web, one way to distinguish yourself is to pick a niche e.g. backpacking/luxury/adventure and try and tailor yourself to audiences within these areas.
As a travel blogger you’re going to need to have a a few essentials in order to produce great content so people can follow and share your journey. Cameras, laptops and software are just some of the few bare essentials we suggest.
If you’re new to blogging and running websites you’ll need to learn about the technology and language which internet is powered on. You don’t need to become a professional in these area but an understanding in HTML, CSS and PHP will be very useful.