Participation and Profit-these are the two vital ingredients essential for your travel blog to be successful. So, before embarking on your journey towards becoming a good travel blogger, you need to understand that your blog should earn you a living and attract active and engaged readership. Well, now that you are clued into the main purpose of blogging your travel experiences, gear up to understand the steps that help you become one of the most sought after travel writer in your circle.
Find a Good Topic
You cannot ignore the competition that welcomes you into the world of bloggers. With 133 million blogs already on the web and a good percentage of the lot connected to travel-you need to be different. In travel space, you need to be better than those around you-so analyze your strength and weaknesses and then zero in on the segment that best compliments your skill. For instance, you may be a great business traveler but may be absolutely lousy at writing adventure blogs. The idea is to concentrate on topics that sync with your experiences, provide the right flow and are not boring to your readers.
Get the Right Tools
Once you start writing regularly then along with fast internet connectivity and a good computer, you need to have the right tools like a well hosted domain for all your travel blogs; able content management systems such as WordPress; journalism tools like audio recording equipment, cameras and video cameras; skills in HTML coding and all the right tools for broadcasting your writings to those eager to lap up your travel anecdotes and experiences.
Be a Networker before becoming a Blogger
You are an expert in your field, you love to travel and have the right vocabulary to convert your experiences into enticing content-but are you are good in networking. Well, you need to bring your friends and contacts into a loop, build a strong network, reinforce the same with good RSS feed and then stock it up with the best-looking blogs in the industry. And yes, you will also need an editor who acts as a critic and second set of eyes for your post. You need to be creative, have a flair for adding the right colors to your text and graphics and of course, you must be direct and brief -your readers are keen to learn more from your experiences!
Connecting with the Audience
Google, Bing and Yahoo! are some of the hotpots for travel bloggers and readers alike. With the right search engine optimization tools and well-coded themes, you can make your blog more appealing and customizable. Social media fields like Facebook, Stumble Upon, Reedit, Digg, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Twitter help your blogs reach a larger audience and help you attract more “shares”, “likes” and “add it’s” alike.
Make Good Money
Get in touch with the right advertisers/sponsors or link up with AdSense, the right banner ads and other anchors for your revenue model. Google Webmaster Tools help people land on your blog and read what they are searching for-you may consider pairing up with them. However, even as you write to increase your search engine recognition and monetary worth, you should refrain from compromising on the main essence of your travel blog-the desire to share your personal experiences!
Last but certainly not the least, you need to become an “influencer” and your blogs should excite readers into taking the next step-like booking their vacation online or calling their travel agent instantly!