We think that blogging and long-term travel go hand-in-hand. It is only fitting that those who are going off on a grand adventure around the world have a dedicated medium to share stories with friends and family back home, and a blog fills in the gaps that other outlets lack.
Our travel blogging series came about as a way for us to share our secrets in how we run our blog here at Living the Dream, and we have tailored this series to be a valuable resource to help travel bloggers succeed. Unfortunately, there are many things that we cannot feature in this series, so we have to first take a step back and talk about those.
What This Series Is, and What This Series Is Not
Blogging is a huge industry. There are thousands of websites out there purely dedicated on how to run a blog, and many do it quite well. We are not going to reinvent the wheel in our series as that would make us the same as any other site you can find in a Google search (and, as you'll learn through many of our posts below, we know when to avoid competing with the big boys).
Instead, our travel blogging series will cover three main topics:
- How to setup a professional travel blog to cover your travels.
- Social media tips and tricks we have discovered which worked for our site (and some failures just because).
- An outlet to review all of the professional organizations, programs, and events we attend in the realm of blogging.
These are three areas that we are able to contribute useful information that can either be found nowhere else or are too important to go unsaid. For everything else there is Super Star Blogging, which we will talk more about at the end of this page.
Starting a Travel Blog
When it comes to opening a blog for your long-term trip, we think there are a few critical topics you must keep in mind in order to achieve success.
The following topics are applicable for all travel bloggers, regardless of the type of blog you wish to open. However, if you are looking for a more comprehensive resource for how to start a blog (independent of your niche), we recommend checking out the previous link for our ultimate 10,000 word guide to getting started!
- Travel Blog Site Audit – What Happened When We Unpublished 800 Posts
- The Evolution of a Traveling Photographer – 10 Years in Photos
- 10 of Our Highest Earning Travel Affiliate Programs
- 7 Stellar WordPress Plugins – Our Optimized List for Our Travel Blogs
- What to Do if You Receive a DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice
- How You Implement Your Keyword Research Could Sabotage Your SEO
- How Much Money Can You Really Expect to Make Travel Blogging?
- Optimize Your CTR – An Easy Change to Increase Google Traffic
- How to Make $100,000 a Year With Your Blog (and Why it is Difficult)
- How We're Applying the Skyscraper Technique to Travel Blogging
- Mediavine Review – Optimizing Our Travel Blog's CPM Revenue
- CPM Advertising – How We Optimized Ad Waterfalls on Our Travel Blog
- Our Favorite Sony a6000 Accessories to Add to Your Camera Arsenal
- A Visualization Why SEO Matters for Niche Websites
- How to Promote Your Blog – Everything We Do to Grow and Succeed
- Blog Traffic – The 3 Kinds of Audiences Your Blog Can Have
- Photowalk Tips – 9 Tips to Keep in Mind When Organizing Your Own
- Newsletter Tips – 3 Reasons Why We're Increasing Our Frequency
- Should I Open a Blog? No, Most Fail Before They Begin
- What is the Best Lens for Sony a6000? We Go for the Primes!
- 5 Reasons Your Travel Blog Sucks (and How to Improve It)
- Pray Going Viral Doesn't Happen Unless You're Really Prepared For It
- Travel Blogging Ideas – The Ultimate Guide to Launching a City Blog
- Travel Blogging Niches – Are City Blogs the Next Big Thing?
- To Be The Best Travel Blogger, You Better Start Advertising
- Is the Sony a6000 The Best Camera for Travel Photography?
- When Blogging Professionally, Be Prepared for the Long Game
- WordPress Migration – The Results of 6 Months of Work
- Travel Blog Tips – Where To Spend Your First $1,000 On Your Site
- These Posts Won't Help You Get 100,000 Page Views Per Month
- Blogger vs WordPress – Tips for Starting Your Blog
- Picking the Right Travel Blog Name is the Hardest Part
- WordPress Migration – 6 Lessons from Migrating Blogger to WordPress
- 3 Reasons Why You Should Blog Your RTW Trip (And 5 You Shouldn't)
Success on Social Media
After building a following of nearly 40,000 travelers on social media, we wanted to take a step back and look at everything we're doing that allows our accounts to succeed. From the programs we use to get our content out there, the optimizations we've done to increase our engagement, and other random information travel bloggers will find useful, we're putting it all out there without holding anything back.
- Does a High Social Share Count Help with SEO? Yes it Does!
- Tailwind Review – Unleashing a Powerful Strategy for Pinterest
- Social Advertising – Your Facebook Ads Suck!
- Instagram Strategies to Take Your Travel Profile to the Next Level
- Gain Instagram Followers – Impressive Results from a One Month Test
- Viraltag Review – Streamlining Our Pinterest Updates
- Facebook Marketing – Which Country Performs the Best?
- Auto Tweet Your Brand – An Easy Solution for All Users
- Twitter Chat – The Best Travel Chat Hashtags
- Instagram Travel Hashtags – Which Ones are Worth It?
Travel Blogging Organizations, Events, and Program Reviews
In our final section of this series, we wanted to share summaries of the professional organizations, events, and online programs we have tried to help improve our travel blogging business. In many cases these items are all premium services, meaning you would have an upfront payment, a yearly fee, or even have to fly to specific destination to take part. As a result, they may not be for everyone due to the monetary contribution required.
- Keysearch Review – 3 Ways We've Used the Service to Dominate SEO
- Bloggers, Brands, and Tourism Boards – Course Review
- Affiliate Marketing For Travel Bloggers – Course Review
- MailerLite vs MailChimp – Which Newsletter Service is Best?
- Performance Foundry Review – Managed WordPress Hosting is the Best
- OptinMonster Review – Increasing Our Blog Subscribe Rate with Ease
- Professional Travel Bloggers Association – Worth It For a New Blogger?
- TBEX Review – Is It Worth It For a New Travel Blogger?
- Travel Blog Success Review – A Must for Anyone Wanting to Travel Blog
Super Star Blogging
If you are interested in learning more about travel blogging past this feature, we recommend you check out the courses at Super Star Blogging. The courses here are some of the most developed training courses on the internet for travel blogging, and features an incredibly helpful community on the forums and Facebook groups which members receive access to.
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Blogging Resources We Love
Looking to improve your blogging game? The following are a selection of premium resources we use and love!
- Performance Foundry - Managed Wordpress hosting.
- Elegant Themes - Customized Wordpress themes.
- Mailerlite - A cost effective newsletter service.
- Social Warfare - Fast loading social share buttons.
- Tailwind - A Pinterest bulk scheduling tool.
- Keysearch - A keyword research tool to dominate SEO.
- Superstar Blogging - A travel blogging business course.
Looking for more Wordpress plug-ins for your site? Click the previous link to check out the list of ones we personally use.