The Beginner’s Guide on How to Start a Travel Blog
You live life for experiences. Wandering the streets of another country and trying as much street food as you can handle, experiencing what makes a region special, and meeting people from around the world along the way. And you’re thinking about sharing your photos and memories on a travel blog.
Not because you want to take the same photo as every other traveler out there.
But because you want to share your stories, your experience, your newfound knowledge. Because you’re hooked on collecting passport stamps, and you want to inspire others to do the same.
Should I start a travel blog?
Do you love storytelling? Do you enjoy writing? If so, blogging can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your time.
- You can educate travelers about topics like how to travel ethically
- You can share your packing list, and add affiliate links to earn commissions
- A travel blog is both a great creative outlet and a podium for you to share your experience
- Your readers will look up to you when you share do’s and don’ts you learn on the road
Not sure if you’re ready to take the jump?
- Think about the topics you’d want to write about
- Brainstorm 10-20 article ideas
- Understand how readers subconsciously ask themselves, “What’s in it for me?” before they read something
- Write a few articles addressing the question “What’s in it for me?”
If you still feel good about your blog ideas after that, it’s a good sign.
Can you make money travel blogging?
It’s definitely possible to make money blogging. In fact, I earned my first affiliate sale just 3 days after I launched my first blog.
The road to making money blogging takes time, and it doesn’t happen overnight. You have to write the posts, promote them, and grow your audience at the same time.
But there are a few main ways you can start trying to make money from your travel blog:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Sponsored Posts
- Product Creation
You can choose how you will monetize your travel blog.
You can connect with advertisers through networks like Google Adsense, Media.net, and Media Vine.
If you’ve always loved recommending products to friends, you could be a natural at affiliate marketing.
You have the option of leveraging an engaged social media following to collaborate with brands on sponsored posts.
Alternatively, you can create your own product (like an ebook, spreadsheet, or course) to market to your audience. You can market your product yourself (using tools like Sendowl or Teachable) or use a platform like Fiverr, Udemy or Amazon that does the marketing for you.
How do I promote my travel blog?
After you set up your blog and potentially monetize it… you want to get it in front of as many eyes as possible.
So you need to promote.
Pinterest is one of the best ways for newer bloggers to get their content seen. You don’t need a following to grow your Pinterest! All you need to do is join group boards. Once you’re invited to a group board, that board’s followers will be able to see when you “pin” your own content.
What comes after that?
So you get started with your blog: creating content, monetizing that content, promoting it all the while trying to grow your mailing list.
- Trust the process.
- Network (Facebook and Twitter are perfect platforms for this).
- Never stop learning (Pinterest, ebooks, and courses are perfect for this).
So, what do you think? Does starting a blog sound like the right way for you to spend your time?
Krista loves getting nerdy about blogging when she meets other travelers around the world. She writes about leveraging the Internet to make money while she travels on her blog Reroute Lifestyle. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter!