How To Start A Travel Blog And Get Paid For Your Efforts…
Have you ever wondered how to start a travel blog and get paid money for doing so? Many travellers and wannabe travellers decide to start their own travel blog, either just for fun or in the hope of being able to earn some extra cash.
The only problem is as this is such a popular idea it can be pretty hard to establish yourself and be able to earn regular money from it, so here are so things to consider if you want to learn how to start a travel blog and get paid for your efforts.
Choose Your Direction
It’s all well and good just saying that you are going to write about travel whether it be general or your own personal experiences but that is what many others are already doing. If you really want to get noticed try to look for a unique angle that you can choose which will make your blog stand out.
It could be something like best places for lone female travellers, or targeting people who are adrenalin junkies looking for new adventure travel, for those who like health or yoga and meditation retreats or want to go trekking in amazing places.
The list of possibilities of different travel angles is endless and you just need to start brainstorming different ideas. Personally I’d look at things that I love to do when I’m travelling along with the different things that are still on my bucket list.
What’s Your Brand?
Once you have decided which direction you want to go in you need to choose the name of your blog and it wants to be a name that is catchy yet easy to remember and spell.
Take some time to come up with the right choice for you as this is going to be your personal brand, that you will market on different online channels and eventually could earn you that lovely regular income.
To get started you need to create your blog/website and I recommend you use WordPress as it is so simple to set up and use and you also need to choose the right hosting for you.
If you have no idea how to start to create a blog or website than have a read of my post ‘How To Build A Website‘ in it you can read about how to get create your first website/blog in under 30 seconds.
As a Free starter member at WA you get automatic access to two free websites to get you going, however if you prefer to look at other hosting options there are a few different ones to choose from depending on your budget.
The Perfect Design
When you are looking at how to start a travel blog and get paid for your efforts you also need to decide how much money you want to initially invest in the idea.
WordPress does offer a lot of great free themes that you can choose from to give your site the perfect look. However you may want to invest in a Premium theme that is specific to travel to make your site look even more professional and meet all your future needs as you develop it.
Once you have you site created and have chosen how the look that you want for it then it’s time to start thinking how you are going to go about creating your first pieces of content.
Start by brainstorming and putting all your ideas down about what you think your readers will want to read and hopefully share, if you need some inspiration then Answer The Public is a great site to get some original ideas.
Alternatively you can get fresh ideas from other travel blogs and here is a great resource of the Top 100+ Travel Blogs by the website Asher and Lyric.
Next it’s time to do some keyword research and start creating those first blog posts. If this concept is totally new to you then have a read of my post how to create content to learn about a great free platform that you can use.
Let’s Be Social
Once you have published your first pieces of content you want to start looking at the different types of online marketing that would work for you. I’d start by utilizing Social Media as it is a great free marketing tool that can bring huge amounts of traffic to your blog or website if you get it right.
There are several social Media platforms to choose from but for a travel site I would investigate FaceBook, Pinterest and Instagram first. With FaceBook you can start by inviting all your friend to like your page and you can also do really well on the latter two especially if you have some great pictures as part of your content.
Show Me The Money!
So once you have your beautiful blog and are starting to get a regular flow of traffic you want to look at the different ways that you can earn money from it.
The easiest way to earn money is from affiliate marketing and you could look at companies that sell products or services related to travel or those that offer unique types of trips and tours, there are so many different choices out there.
The Flex Offers Affiliate Platform is well worth taking a look at as they work with thousands of different advertisers that you can apply to in order to promote.
If you scroll to the bottom of the websites that have things you’d like to promote you can see if they have a link to their affiliate program. Not all of them do and it is still worth reaching out to them to see if they may be interested in offering you commission to sell their products or tours.
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing there are some great courses that you can take and here I’ve listed some of my top resources.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an armchair traveller, someone who is currently experiencing awesome adventures or even someone like me who has travelled to numerous different countries over the years. If it is something that you enjoy talking about and can make your content interesting to your potential readers you can build an income from a travel blog if you are prepared to put in the time and effort.
So if you have been thinking about how to start a travel blog and make money from doing so I hope that this post has helped and perhaps given you some fresh ideas. If you have any comments you’d like to make or questions to ask then please do leave them below as I’d love to hear from you…