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In 2020, 40% of bloggers generated from 1,000 to 10,000 monthly visitors in the United Kingdom alone, and some of them even five times more.  

It indicates that many people are reading blogs, making blogging a profession that is still relevant today. 

Your blog topic can be everything that comes from your hobby and expertise. If traveling is your hobby, making money from travel blogging can be a great source of income. 

Fret not! This article will walk you through eight steps to earn money from travel blogging.

1. Specify Your Niche

There are more than 30 million existing blogs, including successful travel blogs with loyal visitors. So, if you start by creating another generic travel blog, it might be hard to stand out from that crowd. 

Moreover, traveling forums like Tripadvisor or Travellerspoint are full of general information or tips and tricks.

Being specific with your travel blog’s niche can help you stand out by showing your expertise or uniqueness. That way, people might look for your blog to find specific information or entertainment that they won’t find anywhere else. 

Conduct market research of your potential readers and currently trending topics. Avoid writing about a specific traveling niche without giving any added value to the readers. 

For example, create a travel blog that focuses on hidden gems or unusual destinations instead of popular destinations. 

2. Choose Your Blog Name

A domain name helps the readers identify and access your blog easily. Aim for a short domain that is easy to spell and doesn’t include double letters or special characters to avoid confusion and increase memorability. 

Once you have a couple of options in mind, check if they’re available using a domain name checker, and purchase one from a domain registrar.

Use .com as the domain extension since it’s the most widely used top-level domain. Certain phone keyboards also automatically include .com when typing on a browser’s address bar.

That way, using .com can improve your blog’s credibility and commercialization. It also helps people to find your travel blog more easily.

A domain registrar can be the same or different company that provides web hosting for your blog. Carefully weigh which option is more beneficial and convenient for you. 

3. Purchase a Web Hosting Plan

You can build your blog using a website builder or a content management system (CMS). If you develop your blog using a website builder, it comes in a web hosting service package.

However, if you build your travel blog using a CMS, you’ll need to pick a web hosting plan. There are several types of hosting, but if you are just starting, use shared hosting as it is the cheapest and most beginner-friendly option. 

If you use WordPress as your blogging CMS and have extra money when starting your blog, choose managed WordPress hosting. It comes with pre-downloaded features to help you manage your travel blog, and you’ll also get a tailored hosting service for your WordPress-powered travel blog.

Whatever hosting plan you choose, always consider these aspects when choosing a hosting provider: 

  • Server uptime look for a hosting provider that can guarantee 99.9% uptime to ensure your travel blog is always available online.
  • Loading speed – make sure that your web host has a physical server close to your location, as it fastens the required time to load your website page.
  • Security find out what security measures the hosting provider implements to prevent your blog from cyberattacks. 
  • Customer support – aim for a hosting company with 24/7 customer support over various platforms.

4. Set-Up and Design Your Blog

Using a website builder to design your blog comes with options adjusted for a good reading experience for the visitors. 

However, if you choose to build your blog using a CMS, you should customize your blog carefully. 

The first essential step is to choose a responsive and mobile-friendly blog theme. You might want to choose colors that represent your blog the most. However, it can be better if you make it soft or simply select neutral colors. 

Soft colors make your visitors have a seamless scrolling experience through your travel blog. 

Moreover, such colors can help emphasize your high-quality blog images. On the other hand, using too bright colors might hurt visitors’ experience on your blog, so choose your color palette wisely. 

Another thing to consider is your blog page categories. Make sure you provide home, about, and contact pages as the essentials. Other categories are adjustable to the main purpose of your travel blog. For example, you can divide it based on the destinations. 

Take a look at This Battered Suitcase’s way of categorizing. She divides categories by the grand topics, then implements a drop-down menu for the visitors to choose from. The blog also has a sleek home page design that makes it easy to navigate.

She does not put her profile information on a separate web page but uses a little section on the home page. You can also try this if you aim for simplicity.

If you wish to make your travel blog a semi-portfolio, it’s better to make it on a separate page to include complete information about yourself and your achievements. 

5. Plan and Create Your Content

It’s important to update your blog consistently by creating a weekly or daily schedule. Regular blog updates can help increase your website’s traffic.

Once you find your best pace, be punctual with your posting schedule. Don’t let your travel blog look abandoned by not posting for a long time.

Manage your time effectively between the process of making the content and publishing it. Use a digital planner or manual planner to help you set up time. 

Install Google Analytics as it is beneficial to know your visitors better and improve your blog’s evaluation. Using the data generated, you can better decide which time is the best to post and what type of content will invite more traffic. 

6. Optimize Blog for Search Engines

Implementing search engine optimization (SEO) helps your blog rank higher in search engine result pages (SERPs).  

SEO can be divided into the following categories:

  • On-page SEO refers to the optimization you do directly on the web pages. 
  • Off-page SEO deals with optimizing your travel blog outside the web pages, for example, through social media promotion or building backlinks. 
  • Technical SEO – includes your website’s technical factors such as server uptime, page loading time, or security.

There are a lot of resources to learn about SEO implementation on a blog. You don’t need to stress about it at the first time learning as you’ll digest a lot of information. Learn it little by little, and don’t be afraid to play a game of trial and error.

7. Choose Your Monetization Methods

When it comes to monetizing your blog, it’s better not to rely on one income stream but to try a few different methods that are convenient for you. 

Here’s the list of monetization options: 

  • Advertising network. You will get paid from every click on advertisements you display on your travel blog. Google Adsense is the most popular ad network, but you can also give other ad networks a shot. 
  • Affiliate marketing. You’ll get a commission for every purchase made using your generated affiliate link. Many successful bloggers get the biggest part of their income from affiliate marketing. 
  • Sell digital or physical products. Creating digital paid content like your high-quality photos to a stock photo resource can be a great income stream. You can also sell ebooks about blogging tips or merchandise. 
  • Sponsorship and partnerships. It’s good if you master communicating skills to take your travel blog to another level. Networking with other bloggers and building your audience’s trust help you get sponsorships and partnerships.
  • Freelance writing. Offer a freelance writing service as it is a promising income stream nowadays. Your travel blog can be a great writing portfolio to showcase. 

8. Promote Your Travel Blog 

There are many methods that you can use to promote your blog. One of the most effective ways is through social media. 

Using social media platforms, you can also network with other bloggers and look for potential collaboration. Try leaving thoughtful comments on their posts or messaging them directly with an appropriate attitude. 

Also, choose the most suitable social media platform for your niche, as each platform has its own user characteristic and demographic profile. 

You can recreate your blog content according to many social media content styles to reach a wider audience. However, keep in mind that you should maintain high-quality content on your blog and social media accounts. 

Conclusion

Making money through travel blogging can be one of your income streams. If you are passionate about traveling, writing, and taking pictures, this option might suit you well. 

However, there are already plenty of successful travel bloggers out there, so be specific and unique to stand out from the crowd. It’s also necessary to maintain your blog website performance high quality and optimized before monetizing your travel blog.

There are a lot of monetization methods to generate income from travel blogging, so it’s better if you try many of them and do the ones that you find suitable and effective. Lastly, don’t forget to promote and evaluate how your blog is performing from time to time. 

We hope that this article helps you to start earning money from travel blogging. We wish you the best of luck!

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