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5 FREE Ways How to Promote Your Blog

Promoting your blog seems daunting. But don’t overthink it. Whether you want to promote your blog in the travel niche or any other blog, just relax, and trust the process. But what is the process? Firstly, you need to know that it can take time (actually first you need to start a blog, check out how to do that in 15 minutes here). Don’t expect to make $1m from your blog overnight. It’s a labour of love, but you can get there in the end. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Believe me!

Who am I to give advice?

You can read more about me here. But to cut a long story short, I’m a guy with no tech background. I’m an average writer, an awful photographer. I don’t do any YouTube stuff, and I don’t sell any products. Yet, I’m made over $2m from my travel blog since I started in 2010. Blogging has made me a millionaire. And if I can do it, so can you. So check out 5 FREE ways I suggest on how you can promote your blog below:

 

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Promote your blog; My old logo, before I made enough money blogging to redesign my site!

Link Exchanges

This is a double victory! Showing people in your industry that you exist, and also building your ‘Domain Authority’.

What is a link exchange?

A link exchange is when you hyperlink to another website, and then do the same for you. For example, I can link to my non-profit adventure company here – Mudita Adventures.  And then Mudita Adventures would repay that favour by doing the same thing back. Why? First, you’re making contact with other bloggers in your industry. That’s great. It’s step 1 in your networking. You start to know who else is in your sphere, and you get the first few conversations back and forth. Great. Secondly, the link exchange increases your Domain authority. 

What is Domain Authority (DA)?

Basically, every website in the world is ranked on a scale of how trustworthy it is. The scale is 0-100. No-one is 100, but FaceBook, Google, Youtube etc are all 96,95. When you first start your blog, you will be 0. OneStep4Ward.com is 60 or 61. The higher the number, the better. And the higher the number, the more likely you are to pop up in search results when people google stuff that you have written about. For example. I wrote a great Bangkok Itinerary recently, but if you google ‘Bangkok Itinerary’ I’m only on Page 3. Why? A lot of reasons, but one of the main reasons is because other websites may have a higher domain authority. So, in brief, doing link exchanges will increase your domain authority. Which, in turn, will increase the likelihood of your articles popping up on google. 

Interviews

This works 2 ways.

First, you can reach out to bloggers who already have a large following, and even those who don’t, to participate in an interview on your blog. Pick their brain. See where they’ve been, what they like, what they didn’t, and how they continuously travel. When you feature someone in an interview they often will then promote the interview on your blog to their followers, and perhaps mention it on their blog. If you run interviews enough (say weekly or monthly) people will start contacting you to participate.

Also, find bloggers who interview other bloggers, and offer to be interviewed. You’ll get featured to their audience, and you’ll get a link from their blog. Great!

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Promote your blog

Comment on Blogs

Help out your fellow travel bloggers and they will return the favour. If you can take part on the message boards and comment sections of travel blogs people are likely to do the same. You can also create a profile to leave comments that can link back to your site. Engaging in conversations and leaving your input and opinion on articles can also help build your following. If people like what you have to say, they’ll want to hear more!

This is both a networking method and also the comments will link back to you. Double win again. Even if the process is quite boring! 

NOTE: Don’t write generic comments. Everyone hates that. Write genuine thoughts. 

Guest Posts

This is one of the best strategies for getting the word out about your blog, perhaps THE best of all.

Contact all of the blogs you come across and ask if they accept guest posts. This entails writing a post tailored for their site. Often what you will get in return is a profile on their site and a link back to your blog. This is a good way for a post you write to reach an entirely new audience. It also makes it easy for them to make their way to your blog. Writing a good, entertaining, and engaging post for someone else can result in new everyday followers for you.

It is often said for every brilliant blog post you write, you should give another one away to another blog ‘for free’. It’s not for free though, you get exposed to their audience, and you get a backlink from their blog. 

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Promote your blog! Catching up on some work in Santorini, luxury!

Social Media

Use all of the tools you have at your disposal to get the word out. Social media has made promoting very user friendly. Make sure you have your blog queued up to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and so on and so on to maximize your reach in the social media sphere. You need to regularly update your page and all your feeds. Stay on top of them and try to generate conversations around them. The more active you are in social media the more it will pay off.

Final thoughts on how to promote your blog

5 free ways to promote your blog. It’s time-consuming, for sure. But no-one said this would be easy, right? And now you can see why, as bloggers grow, they hire interns, virtual assistants etc. Your goal should be the same. Aim first to make $1k USD per month for your travel blogger income, whether than revenue is from page views or other sources. Then double it. Then think about staff. But don’t get ahead of yourself, first you have to put in the work!

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76 thoughts on “5 FREE Ways How to Promote Your Blog

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  2. Your blog has more than 1 million backlinks according to Ubersuggest. Did you really get more than 1 million backlinks only with the above-suggested strategies? I know that after a while you get a lot of natural links but still, it’s really a lot. How much of that is your own work or did you outsource building backlinks? Btw, you don’t seem to be focusing on KWs. You have only 4 K ranking keywords according to MOZ. Why?

  3. Hey, Johnny, thanks for the article. It is very transparent and awesome. I am a professional travel blogger and this post help me a lot.

  4. Hi Johnny! very exceptional Your blog site for new travel blogger. Great Article! I’m going to take some of your suggestions on board and see if I can get more comments on my travel blog. Really very awesome information site it is. It gives much collection of information of all world tours and tips. This guidance helps everyone who wants to travel in any other place of world. Great work

    1. Thanks for sharing such a informative article. I will definitely apply it on my new travel site for Holiday bookings.

  5. This is a very helpful website. for the new travel blogger. because many ideas get from this site.

  6. Exceptionally helpful rundown. I previously read your blog consistently. Thank you for sharing with us.

  7. Hi Johnny, have to say your website was one of the first I found when setting up my travel blog. It was very expiring and still is. It was over 5 years ago and I have to say, I’m still struggling to reach open waters with my website. Any advice/comment would be highly precious from your end, as it’s really high time for me to reach the next step. thanks very much for being there to us 😉 my web: http://www.freestyletraveling.com

  8. I just started my blog these days, and I found your advice and tips are really helpful. Thank you so much for sharing

  9. Thanks, Johnny
    You are inspiring me to promote my travel blog. writeup and tips and if suggestions for me make more nice travel blog.again thanks

  10. Amazing! If you want someone to guest post, please let me know – I would love to; especially from a perspective from a gal all the way from New Zealand! My blog is melissameets.com – check it out!

  11. Enjoyed reading the article above , really explains everything in detail,the article is very interesting and effective.Thank you and good luck for the upcoming articles

  12. Hey Johnny. Cool post, I need this for my own blog – http://hitinthai.com/ – Just started 3 or 4 days ago with my Thai half brothers (I’m half-American, half-Thai). It’s my way of bonding with them plus I’m not much into the Thai cuisine. Anyway, would need advice also on how to promote such with different language.

    Thanks!

  13. Great article we are writing a resource guide for passports and visas at https://www.passport.blog its so important to have your vital documents in order prior to international travel. Many people get to the airport and are turned away for improper documentation.

  14. Thanks for sharing such helpful info!! I really liked the idea of sharing links to other similar blogs/articles on one of your pages and the other reciprocating so their viewers can easily find you. I started my blog over a year ago, but just recently started writing substantial travel content and attempting to get my blog out there. You can check mine out at http://www.wanderings blossom.com. Cheers!! Blossom

  15. Thanks for your inspiring blog posts! I’m also from Ireland and you really inspired me to finally set up my own travel blog. If anyone would like to connect, I would love to! It really is so important to help each other out. 🙂 My blog is http://www.jazminternational.com/

  16. I definitely read a fair share of travel posts from all my favorite bloggers, but always manage to forget to leave comments. Such a simple way to just get your name out there, it’s ridiculous to not take the thirty seconds and leave a note!

  17. Sharing traveling experience is always fun but getting traffic onto the site is really something that require some effort. I do have my travel site, http://www.mrkian.com and always trying to find traffic onto my site. The advice shared by you definitely make sense. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Thanks Johnny! You are inspiring me to get my blog out there! Seriously, nothing would have been possible without your help.

    If anyone would like to get in touch, please reach out to me on my blog: http://www.fromoursmallbeginnings.com! I would love to check out your blogs, interview, and get things rolling!

    David

  19. Excellent writeup and tips for newbie travel blogger like me. Currently I have very few posts and I don’t get much visitors. It’d be great if you can check http://krishnandusarkar.com and suggest if I’m doing anything wrong.

    In the mean time, I’ll try to implement things you mentioned here one by one.

  20. I would like to say thank you for motivating me to put-up my own travel blog. I just started today and it feels great to actually do it and publish my works. Cheers mate. 🙂

  21. Hi Johnny,

    thanks for the article, these tips are helpful! How did you start out? How did you connect with other bloggers and travel writers?

    Cheers,
    Mary

  22. Great tips Johnny. I could surely use all the traction and help I can at this point – Just started my blog this month and looking for ways to skyrocket it to wider audiences. This would help – thanks.

  23. Useful tips Johnny! I’ve been blogging about my trips to Europe since August and always looking for more ways to promote my blog.

  24. Excellent tips to promote the travel blog! I have seen most of them in other websites to but the interview option seems to be really good. Keep posting!

  25. Thank you for releasing some of your Travel blog promoting secret. Sometimes I just get stuck after writing a post and think now what. Namaste

  26. Hi Everyone, I am also looking to promote my new travel website. My idea was to make it simple and provide all the necessary travel services at one place. But I am looking for suggestions and complaints about my site and how to make it better.

    Please check out and tell me about my site http://www.journeify.com

  27. Hi Mates, Thank you for posting these ways…. I could not understand that how to promote my travel website, My site is http://www.viaggioindia.com but now when i learnt your given tips. so now it have made easier for me. thanks a lot buddy.

  28. Hi Friends,

    We recently have started our travel blog – “Life Time Musafir” (www.lifetimemusafir.com) and in the process of adding and posting our experiences there. Till date have posted 4 amazing trips.

    If you get time, please have a look and leave your comments on the blog.

    Thanks and Regards,
    http://www.lifetimemusafir.com

  29. Hi, thanks for the tips, I just strated my own travle blog and I am searching for ways to promote my blog, your post is very helpfull and I hope to resume some or all your advices… I hope to get there… 🙂

  30. This is inspiration: thank you! I’m too shy to share my blog on sites and rely heavily on Google to bring traffic to me, and it’s such a shame. Always happy to see other travel bloggers doing well! 🙂

  31. I started blogging since last October and I have not yet earned any cents as WordPress does not accept Google AdSense. Do you think there is any solution? I have been looking on Google but did not found the answer.
    Thanks for inspiring bloggers for not giving up!
    http://Sugarsheet.com

  32. Thanks for the tips! It’s also important to remember to travel and enjoy your traveling without getting too committed to work. Work on creating excellent content while on the road (i.e. have lots of fun and take lots of pictures!) then do the writing and promotion stuff from home.

  33. You are an icon figure for my 9 year old. He says to tell you that you rock and your country count is awesome. At nine uses social media for loads of world-schooling. He just hit country 48 in 2.5 years and counting. Well done to you we say!

  34. Thanks for the advice! I definitely notice an increase in traffic when I get more involved in social media and blog comments.

  35. Thanks for the tips! My travel blog is pretty new and I’d like to get feedback from other travel bloggers. 🙂

  36. Great way of moving through life – exploring, taking photos and sharing with the world!! I really like your blog, content and appearance. Great tips too, I’ll see how to apply them on my blog, one by one. Thank you very much!!

  37. Thank you so much for the tips, your post has been very useful for me. I’ll start doing interviews soon and I’m very excited about it.

  38. Hoot suite is an awesome social media management system that I will be using during my world trip in Septembet!

  39. Hey Johnny, thanks for a great, easy to understand list. I’ve just started my blog and I’ve got a question about social media. What websites do you find the most effective? Currently I only use FB and Twitter, and I’ve thought about getting on Instagram, Pinterest and G+, but I just don’t know if it’s worth the time. I’m all for hard work, but if you’re spending countless hours trying to micromanage social media accounts it can take the fun out of blogging and travelling. I feel like it could be easy to get caught up in the whole marketing thing and lose sight of why we started blogging in the first place, which is to write and inspire.

  40. this is a nice concise list of tips. i haven’t gotten into the interviews and guest posts thing myself but i’ll consider it for the future. cheers for sharing!

  41. Thanks for the great ideas! I am quite new to the blogging world, and am technologically impaired as well, computers and I have a tenuous relationship at best 🙂 I think I need all the good ideas I can find.

  42. Just did my 1st post on my new travel blog yesterday. So this is a well timed post for me! Always good to get advice from those that know. cheers mate!

  43. As a new travel blogger I found your post very informative and useful, thanks so much for sharing your ideas! I will be putting all 5 of your suggestions to use. Thanks again!

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