Creating a travel blog from scratch is always a challenge. This is doubly-so if you’ve never built or managed a blog before, i.e. you’re a travel blog newbie. In our case, we were complete WordPress virgins only a few months ago. From that starting point of zero-knowledge, we scoured the internet for any help we could find building our website.
Initially, it was just to figure out basic things like whether to use WordPress vs other blog platforms. Then it was how to initially set up our blog and start creating and sharing content.
As our knowledge grew, advancing us from “Complete Newbie” to “Amateur” status, our focus progressed to learning tips and tricks for SEO and customizing aspects of our site. The next step was actually getting our blog out there in front of interested readers, beyond friends and family.
We’re still by no means experts at this blogging business, but it feels like we’ve come a long way since we registered Grabbinglifebytheballs.com with no idea what to do next.
Now is a good time, we decided, to give a shout-out to the other bloggers that, without their knowledge, helped us along the way. These are the 5 websites and posts that we found the most informative, instructive, and valuable as we built our website.
This is the best step-by-step guide we’ve seen to setting up your own blog. It covers every topic from picking your blog name to hosting to necessary plug-ins to how to make money with your blog. In addition to great tips for setting up your blog, Expert Vagabond has great advice on destinations, packing lists, and travel photography.
Travel blogging has given me freedom to travel non-stop for 6 years. Want to start your own? This guide will show you exactly how to start a travel blog.
This is a great beginner guide to the basics of SEO (and the fact that Chasingthedonkey.com is a great blog for travelers going to the Balkans – one of our favorite parts of our last trip – doesn’t hurt). Once your blog is up and running, you need to get readers. One way to do that is through Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”). The first step should be installing the amazing Yoast SEO app, but that’s only the start. For a complete guide to SEO, also check out posts on Yoast.com such as The Definitive Guide to Higher Rankings for WordPress Sites.
Here is a comprehensive guide to SEO for travel blog for travel bloggers. Learn how to get an edge on your competitors.
Creating the blog is by far the easiest part of blogging. Getting people to read it is much harder. Making money from it (something that’s still “in progress” for us) is harder still. Anita has a bunch of fantastic articles that will help any new blogger as they build their audience and try to monetize their work. Plus she’s a Kiwi, so that always earns bonus points with us.
As your blog gets more and more popular, you may not have time to schedule manually through Facebook or have time to grow the social media you would like, so that’s where blogging tools are… View Post
Once your blog is up and running, the next thing to focus on is getting readers. Maybe from an altruistic, artistic point of view, the point of writing a blog post is in the creation – but for us we want it to actually be helpful to other travelers. And to help other travelers, they have to be able to find it. And for them to find it, you need to get your blog out there so people see it.
Travel blogging, and traveling in general, is really a community. As a new travel blogger, where do you go to find other people in that community? Facebook, of course. This post from Next Stop Abroad is a great comprehensive list of the best Facebook groups for anything from travel inspiration to blog promotion to technical help in building and managing your website.
Best Facebook groups for Travelers & Travel Bloggers in 2016 - do you love traveling & blogging? These are the TOP 30 Facebook groups you want to join now.
There are obviously many, many more websites that cover all these topics, and more. As a new travel blogger, all we can recommend is to get started. When you run into problems, there are a ton of resources out there to help you. If the answers you are looking for are not on one of the pages above, try one of the Facebook groups or even just reach out to another travel blogger for some advice. If there are any great resources and sites that we have missed, please let us know – we’re always looking to learn more and make our site the best it can be!