How to be a Travel Blogger? Tips and Tricks
Writing an article while you are sitting on the Ocean beach with a rainbow cocktail? Of course, you have seen the pictures of travel bloggers that seem nothing to do but enjoying exotic countries. They travel several months a year, taking gorgeous pictures, meeting new people, and exploring different cultures. Are you a white collar who is sick of his job? Is your secret dream to pack your stuff and open the door to adventures? Well, if it is so, you should do your best to prepare for a great journey. But how do travel bloggers make money? What are they living for? What do you need to do first to start the blog? Does this business worth quitting your cozy office? We gather several secrets that will guide you while you are considering which country to choose for your first travel.
18 Hours a Day
It is not a joke. As a rule, to achieve success, a newcomer has to run his own business in the real world 18 hours a day. Travel bloggers are not an exception. They apply efforts every day to create a cool content and attract the attention of big advertisers. High competitiveness requires constant attention, so a blogger needs to work day and night tirelessly. Don’t be misled with pictures taken on lovely landscapes because this is not such easy at it seems. Travel bloggers spend long hours at the laptop cursing all your life when Wi-Fi is poor.
Maybe, you are an adventurous man or brilliant engineer. If you can’t put words together when it comes to writing, your new business is sure to fail. You need a lot of talent to get popular on the Internet. So, before starting a blog try yourself in the writing field. Create something awesome and ask your friends or relatives for a review. Are you still uncertain of your own genius? Then practice! Write! Jot down your thoughts, create an essay and read it aloud. It will take at least several months to feel confident about your skills. You may find plenty of practical pieces of advice about essay writing on various online services.
Find Your Audience
Building trust relations with the readers is the most important task for any blogger. Why? The answer is simple. You just can’t earn a decent income without a proper audience. No one will invest the money in your business. Get readers first. Find out who is your target audience. The money will come later.
What is a Use of That?
We read travel blogs, not just for fun. Mostly, tourists seek for the useful information about the place they are going to visit. Thus, creating entertainment content, you should never forget of those who will come to your blog searching for the timetables, prices, tips, and tricks. Include food recommendations, details where to stay or what to do in your story. Add to your excellent video entertainment and breathtaking photos. Do you think you have a sense of humor? Then make a joke! People like it!
Take pictures of everything you see and do while traveling. Remember that even the most mundane things will be in use when you create a story or supply your blog with additional information. You can take pictures of an airport and describe where a traveler can exchange money or find a bus station.
Make your journey impressive and fascinating! Do you have favorite activities? What about getting a new experience? How about biking through India or climbing Kilimanjaro? Do some exciting stuff. Your readers will love it!
Use Guest Posting
No one seems to know about your blog? The best way to change it is to place guest posts on popular resources. The link will lead a new audience to your blog and sent you traffic. Besides, if you will post an article on reputable sources, it will help you with branding and credibility.
Work via Social Media
These days, social media are the most powerful promotion tools. Staying active on Facebook or Twitter is essential if your goal is earning a living. But don’t let yourself to become a victim of social networks: don’t waste too much time there. Analyze your traffic, choose the time to share publications and respond to comments. Do not neglect other social media platforms like YouTube or Pinterest.
Art of SEO
Your texts must respond not only the reader’s interest but Search engine requirements as well. In other words, you need to use magic phrases to attract engines like Google. The art of writing this “spell” is called SEO. If you are going to run a popular blog, you have to study this subject laboriously.
Sooner or later you will understand that to expand the target audience you need to spend money advertising on social media. You may pick Facebook or Twitter or any platform that you like. Announce your blog loudly! A percentage of visitors will become your regular readers after discovering the blog for the first time.
Hire a Team
You can’t run a successful travel blog alone. Of course, the first time you will be playing different roles: a traveler, journalist, photographer, public relations, accountant, graphic designer, and so on. Mostly, it is a typical situation as many bloggers met this challenge when they entered their career. For some time, you are the only person that is responsible for the safe “voyage.” But a “shipwreck” is inevitable if you do not hire a team when you blog gets popular. You will not be able to run it alone.
We have outlined the tip of the iceberg. As you see, a travel blogger works long hours every day. While moving from place to place, you never know whether you will have a comfortable work environment, a nice chair, and a cozy bed. You face a thousand obstacles, survive in a long and tiresome car journeys, struggle with mosquitoes and have a risk to catch an exotic disease. All travelers meet language challenges. You have to realize clearly what is waiting for you on this path. Otherwise, your travel blogger’s experience will be the most disappointing. So, we want to showcase that this is not a job but a lifestyle that has its own benefits and hardships.
Phillip Taylor is an enthusiastic writer covering traveling, education and social life. Graduated from New York University with a degree in Philosophy, B.A.