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6 Steps for Create a Travel Blog

6 Steps for Create a Travel Blog

JalanJalanMen! - Would you like to keep your travel diary online and create a blog? The first steps consist of the conceptual preparations. There is little point in launching a website without a clear plan. That's why I'm going through this in six steps.

1. Why do I want to create a travel blog?

You travel often and like to travel and you want to write about it? Clarify for yourself whether this applies to you and what exactly your goals are. Why are you motivated and what can motivate you further?

Maybe you want to document your experiences like you would in a travel journal, only that it's public so that others can also draw inspiration from it and not only you have a place to record your travel memories. Maybe you also like to write in general or can imagine having fun with it. After all, it is also a creative process.

Maybe you just like the idea of having your own personal website or even dream of making some extra income with it. In addition, such a blog can of course generally be a great way to present yourself on the Internet and to inspire others. Realize what your deepest motivations are here.

2. Develop an idea and a vision

At the beginning there is also an idea and a vision that you develop for what your blog should be. Make concepts for what types of articles you want to create. What should be documented and which topics should be covered - make a list of topics that match your activities and of events, places and experiences that you want to report on. This will ensure that you can deliver enough content later.

Of course, the most important thing here is that you define the extent of your travel blog. Is it just a small personal diary or is it going to be a big project specializing in travel?

After all, your blog also represents your own brand. It is better to take too much time than too little to develop this. This includes the name and domain for your blog as well as a logo that you can think of for it. Create a brand that you identify with and that others might like.

3. The target group

Do you only write for friends and acquaintances who are of course interested in your travels and vacations? Or do you want to address a larger audience? Define your target group as precisely as possible. The more people you want to reach out to, the more important it is to narrow down who they are.

If you approach it really professionally here, you create profiles of your readers - just as you imagine them. How old are they, what are their interests, which social media platforms do they hang out on, what means of transport do they use and of course what holiday destinations do they have?

Defining your target audience can help you orient yourself. You are then clear from the start for whom you are writing and always have this in mind when creating your contributions and developing new concepts.

4. The technique: create a travel blog

You can use a platform like Tumblr for a blog, or you can buy your own domain and host it or have it hosted. A small web hosting package including a domain costs only a few euros per month. There are several providers that keep the setup as simple as possible for the customer. These are, for example, providers such as Wix, Raidboxes or WordPress.com.

WordPress is the most used software for websites and blogs at all. Almost all bloggers use WordPress to create their blog . It's open source, free, and regularly updated. Only hosting a domain itself costs money at WordPress.com. Other web hosting providers also use WordPress as software.

WordPress makes blogging as easy as possible for you. You can create, save and publish your texts directly in the browser. Hardly any more knowledge and skills are required for this than for the operation of conventional text programs such as Word. In addition, a number of installable plugins and themes offer a number of design options for your site.

5. The most important thing: write the posts about (your) trips

You write your posts primarily for yourself and not for Google. When it comes to SEO, it's best to start with just a few formal basics so that you can be found, but not completely tuned in. This applies to the titles, headings, subheadings and layout elements such as bulleted lists – simply equip them with keywords.

If you publish photos from your travels, it is advisable to give them alt attributes so that they can be found better on Google if someone e.g. B. searches for images of specific places, sights or the like.

In addition, it is about designing the content according to your own wishes and making something like works of art out of it. Those that provide information and entertainment value. In this way you slowly create your varied travel diary based on your adventures, experiences, knowledge and interests.

In order to maintain diversity, there are certainly enough options. Give tips on how to plan, organize and finance trips - how do you save money and nerves in the implementation? If you visit special places and points of interest, tell something worth knowing about them and do research for them if necessary.

You can also address the culture, history and importance of the areas you travel to. And if you pursue other hobbies on your travels, you can also use these to create interesting texts.

Most importantly, you should be able to document your travel destinations well so that readers can get ideas for their own travel plans. So you offer entertainment on the one hand and practical added value for your readers on the other.

6. Draw attention to your travel blog

Good content is one of the two essential components to your blog's success. Your intention is to take the readers with you on your journey. To do this, the readers must first be won over. The other component is to draw attention to your blog in various ways. As a blogger, you mainly reach new readers either through social networks or by direct access to the website via Google and other search engines.

Elaborate search engine optimization is less important for a more personal blog. But sometimes it can make sense. For example, if you are writing about a certain popular travel destination or one that could be considered an insider tip. Or, if you address something else important in the course of a blog post that probably many people out there want to find out more about and therefore google it.

Networking and a presence in social media are more important for such a travel blog. Instagram is very well suited to show off the numerous pictures you take on your travels. Twitter offers great opportunities to network with others very quickly. Another possibility is of course creating travel vlogs on YouTube, which you link to your blog. Youtube's algorithms also offer a good way to reach reach.

Once you've built a nice blog, it won't be difficult to make friends with other bloggers. There are opportunities for collaborations and mutual mentions, shoutouts, and other helpful community actions.

Setting up a newsletter is also a very good tool for blogs. Build an email list by offering to subscribe to a newsletter on your website. Mailchimp is a good service for this, and it's free for small blogs. This will make it easier for you to keep future readers up to date.

Conclusion

After working through these steps, you now have everything you need to prepare to start. I wish you lots of fun and success with your travel blog. If you need more tips or have feedback, I would be happy to hear from you.

Rudolfus Kikkert
Rudolfus Kikkert Interest In City Tourism

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