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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 50 countries. is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Bryan
    Bryan at | | Reply

    Wow! that’s a lot of info. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Katie J
    Katie J at | | Reply

    Hi Jo, just curious what you think of doing a travel Instagram? My biggest concern is the South American internet connection that you mentioned before, but I figured Instagram would cope with it better than WordPress or other proper blogging platforms. Do you think Instagram would be ok over there?

  3. Relocation to Dubai
    Relocation to Dubai at | | Reply

    Great Information . I like it thanks .

  4. Feed The Couple
    Feed The Couple at | | Reply

    This is fantastic and very helpful. We (Feed The Couple) Have just started blogging and taking all the tips we can into practice! 😀 Loving the rest of your blog.

  5. at | | Reply

    thank you for the tips

  6. Hotel Auditor
    Hotel Auditor at | | Reply

    I absolute do agree with the “blog ideas” on your post’s header image 😀 Anyway what was your really problem with WordPress in self hosted mode? Was it attacked or something else? I read “8. Get Ready To Become An IT Expert” that’s why I think maybe you had something IT security on your previous WP self hosted blog.

  7. susan
    susan at | | Reply

    great ,travelling is my passion ,i am starting my blog.

  8. Izwan
    Izwan at | | Reply

    Hey Jo. Just letting you know that this article came up on first page of the search result on Google. Thanks for sharing these tips! It’s really useful for an aspiring travel blogger like me!

  9. Ashleigh Tamara
    Ashleigh Tamara at | | Reply

    Wow! Thank you so much for this article. For years I’ve dreamed of getting into journalism, but a year or two ago I dropped out of university to work full time to earn enough to fund my extensive travel plans. I let myself become distracted and never seemed to find the time to actually sit down and simply write! I found this post utterly inspiring, and actually, quite motivational. At 20, I think it’s now time to do this properly! I will definitely be following your blog (once I get mine up and going, haha!) x

  10. Llamateurs
    Llamateurs at | | Reply

    Hi Jo, the article is really helpful. We started our journey with blog a month ago and are quite surprised with the response on social media so far (numbers of followers, Google Analytics etc. in our opinion – we thought we will have 3 of them and it turned out there is quite a few). We don’t know yet what is a good number however it motivates us to write more and try different social media. My question is what do you think about considering ourselves as a travel blog while we are posting mostly about dogs, spending time outdoors and being active (but having a full time job in UK and live here for a while)? We never considered ourselves as travellers but we did some journeys before (again, is it worth to write about our past instead of posting about here and now while we kind discover only surroundings for now (will see what future brings)?). So many questions, but probably we need to find one definite answer. What is a purpose of our blog and who we want to write to. And the other question is what do you think about Youtube? It is a power now, however requires so much work – we actually don’t know shall we focus on it as well (we have videos about dogs so far, but have lots of ideas)or it is better to stick to those social media you’ve mentioned? (Twitter and instagram are our bests now, there is some response on facebook and google plus). Haha, I should probably just write a private message to you now, but maybe next time 🙂 Do you have any advice for us? Please visit our blog: . Thanks in advance!

  11. Daniel
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    I read your post and it was really helpful. I opened a blog recently and I need some advice about it since I am not a professional blogger and I.


  12. Annie
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    I followed you on google plus! I find social media so overwhelming and tricky to navigate. Which platforms do you think travel readers use the most? I’d also love to hear more about your twitter experience, I find it super overwhelming. I feel like an old lady (at 32) for just getting on that train!

  13. Sabine
    Sabine at | | Reply

    Hi thank you for this greate article. I saw the post is from 2013 but I think most or almost all of it has not changed, yet. The hosting is something that have become more diverse. Beyond WordPress I found some travel related blogging services like travel pod, and traveloca. I have chosen for myself. But i mention that I am not really a professional blogger. I primarily write about my trips for my friends and family from Germany (and maybe some others). But for me it’s more than enough.


  14. lattecats
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    Great tips. I’m trying to get my niche travel blog about cat cafes going before I travel for 2 months this summer. I find the visual aspects to be the hardest. I can’t decide on a logo! I’m at

  15. Greg2
    Greg2 at | | Reply

    It is true! I did not realize how much work I need to do just to set the basics of my blog even if it looks very easy… Anyway I really enjoy in describing my pictures in a form of a small true stories so I would be glad if you can check it also and give me your opinion :

  16. Kirstin
    Kirstin at | | Reply

    I am a new travel blogger and your article has been very helpful for me to read, so thank you!! It is so much more work than I expected when I first started off, but I am having a blast doing it. If anyone would like to check out my blog, please visit!

  17. Diverse Borneo
    Diverse Borneo at | | Reply

    wow! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

  18. Jane Rosewood
    Jane Rosewood at | | Reply

    Thanks for the post Jo! Loved it 🙂

    I have this blog where I share my personal experience backpacking in India.

    It’s quite new but I think it could be helpful for some. Plus it is crazy and funny.
    Let me know your thoughts 🙂

  19. slovenianstravel
    slovenianstravel at | | Reply

    Hey, great post!
    I have a love-hate relationship with my blog – currently we are on the hate side. I started 7 months ago, had some engagement, but now I’m kind of in a dead end (thinking to quit and just enjoy my travels). I’m on a round the world trip and I totally underestimated, how much time would I need for all the content I want to share. 🙁
    If you would take your time – check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks and lovely greetings,
    s xx

  20. Olivia Witt
    Olivia Witt at | | Reply

    These were really good tips! They’ve actually inspired me to start! Thanks for giving such good advice and I look forward to continue to read your blog!

  21. theroamingphoenix
    theroamingphoenix at | | Reply

    This made for great reading. Really helpful for a newbie like me! Thanks :). Feel free to drop by:

  22. Sanket Sawant
    Sanket Sawant at | | Reply

    This is such a great post! Really easy to follow, step-by-step guide ideal for all of us would-be bloggers! I’ve just started a site and am thinking about investing in a domain name, so it’s really useful to know what I need to think about once I’ve got one!

  23. mitchybehn84
    mitchybehn84 at | | Reply

    Great tip learned so much! Just started my blog, hoping to apply all the stuff I learned there! Check it out guys 🙂

  24. Sarah - Exploring Kiwis
    Sarah - Exploring Kiwis at | | Reply

    What an awesome resource, thanks very much! I’m a Kiwi living in Abu Dhabi, trying to get out and about as much as possible. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog 😀

  25. Mehek
    Mehek at | | Reply

    Hi Jo! Just came across this website when Googling blog improvement tips – really useful advice, thanks a lot! If you’re interested, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my travel blog, that I just started a few months ago as a hobby:

    I wanted your advice – I was thinking of migrating to a self-hosted site, but is taken. How important is a .com extension? I can use but wondering if that reduces SEO traffic etc? I really love the name so wouldn’t want to change it. This will still remain very much a hobby blog 🙂

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  30. Shailender Kumar
    Shailender Kumar at | | Reply

    Hi Jo, I have just started the travel blog and have gone live last week. Today I came across this post of yours and cannot agree more with basically all the points you have mentioned here. Now I have to promote my blog “shamelessly” :-). I also realise that it will be ton of work to constantly and consistently churn out the posts after posts. I understand that I need to take many steps to promote my blog, can you tell me what are two things that I should be immediately doing to promote the blog. Thank you for this very informative and inspiring post.

  31. Erica
    Erica at | | Reply

    Thanks for such an incredible guide Jo! Been looking for hints and tips and this is the best by far 🙂 I’ve only recently started blogging so am a newbie at all this, so if you have any pointers or comments please let me know! Thanks again!!

  32. Anca | Globaloud
    Anca | Globaloud at | | Reply

    As many others, I also started my blog, and have been googling about blog improvement when I stumbled upon this post. It was pretty helpful as I was missing some of the points you’ve emphasized here.
    Thanks so much. If you happen to have time to check my blog and make a short comment on what do you think in general I would be very appreciative.

    Thanks a lot,

  33. Jadyn
    Jadyn at | | Reply

    Hello Jo, I just came across your 10 + 1 tips for travel blogs. I just started blogging on my travel trip. I just blogged on Asia and food places in Singapore currently. I would appreciate it if you could visit my blog and give me some advice! Thank you in advance! 😀

  34. Jadyn
    Jadyn at | | Reply

    Hi Jo, thank you for your 10 tips! I have just started out on my traveling blog, and it came as a handy guide for my blog. I was wondering whether u could visit my blog and give me some feedback. I blogged mainly on Asian destinations as of now. Thanks!

  35. navigatorof4
    navigatorof4 at | | Reply

    Thanks for the great advice — so helpful as we start out on our adventure! If you are interested, I’m at:

  36. Kara
    Kara at | | Reply

    This is so true. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Rebecca
    Rebecca at | | Reply

    These are such great tips! Your advice is very fresh and genuine – I like it. Keep up the great posts x

  38. LaTasha Williams
    LaTasha Williams at | | Reply

    On the brink if starting my own travel blog, this has been of tremendous help turned RESOURCE! Thank you! And I look forward to reading much more from you…..

  39. Megan
    Megan at | | Reply

    Thanks for the great tips! Recently been thinking of starting my own travel blog and this has really helped me! Can’t wait to start now! 🙂

  40. Bec
    Bec at | | Reply

    Hi indianajo!

    I am just starting out with my tra el blog. I have facebook, instagram and tumblr. I’m working on pinterest amd after reading your tips I think wordpress may be a better option than tumblr.
    Please follow me 🙂 any advise or tips on generating traffic/followers would be very appreciated.
    Thanks , Bec 🙂

  41. Stuart Armstrong
    Stuart Armstrong at | | Reply

    Jo, I read your 10 (11 really) steps with great interest… I recently did a 3 month travelling stint through Asia updating Facebook all the way and was told that I should have done a blog instead. I’m now sorting myself out for another travel from Russia to China in February and thought this time I would take the challenge of doing a blog…. hopefully it will be as good as yours 🙂

  42. Sophie
    Sophie at | | Reply


    I just used these 10 steps to write out a very rough first plan for my travel blog!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. Sabine
    Sabine at | | Reply

    Hi Jo,

    Thanks for this useful information. I recently started a travel blog and do realise it is a lot of work. With articles like this one, it really helps to focus on the important things first. Anyway, it’s lot’s of fun, even though the website still looks a bit “naked”, the comings weeks / months / years, it will be filled with lot’s of interesting news, articles and advices (I hope). Thanks for writing this article to help out the newbies 🙂

  45. Marcelo Souza
    Marcelo Souza at | | Reply

    Very helpful post, me and my wife are looking for tips to manage our blog so this worked just fine! Thanks

    If you are interested in checking our blog is , it will be really nice to have some feedback from an ongoing successful blog =)
    We are trying to mix videos from our trips with writing text and we have a youtube channel as well

    Thank you in advanced!

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  47. Irene
    Irene at | | Reply

    Great tips! I really enjoyed reading this post – and learnt a thing or two. Some time ago I was also considering migrating to wordpress but in the end i decided to stick to blogger because i wasn’t willing to get myself in such a tech mess and the free version was not really that ahead of blogger.

  48. Matin
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    Hello Jo,
    I started my blog a few months ago. Nothing to serious, as I was in my last semester at uni and had lots to do. It was a good start to get me knowing what I want to do exactly with the blog. I had too many hobbies to choose from and now I have things sorted. Reading your post and many others, now I’m sure to convert to wordpress. It’s better late then never. I also want to self host my blog but I found some of them to be too expensive, specially because I have to pay all of it beforehand. Do you know any host that doesn’t have this policy and also supports wordpress? What host are you using?

  49. TrafficRescue
    TrafficRescue at | | Reply

    I really enjoyed your blog post Jo!

    I was planning starting a travel blog too. Do you have any suggestions on great places to blog about?

  50. Heather-Ann
    Heather-Ann at | | Reply

    Hi Jo,

    Thanks for your article, it was really informative and has given some great points to consider. I am trying to start a travel blog, my first few blog posts are too lengthy and story-like so I am trying to write them in a more captivating and interesting way.

    Thanks again,


  51. StephaniehasStories
    StephaniehasStories at | | Reply

    Thanks so much for all the help! I’ve been vlogging for about a year now and I’m currently doing a lot of research in preparation to start my own travel blog. I haven’t gotten a site up and running yet…still in the planning stages, but I did link my YouTube channel, if you’re interested in checking it out 🙂

  52. Guerrilla Gallivanter
    Guerrilla Gallivanter at | | Reply

    So I’m going to say straight up that I’ve had this page open in my Chrome browser for about two weeks while starting my travel blog after 10 years of traveling. I’ve probably read it at least 6 times. I initially struggled with trying to customize wordpress to my liking, but I’ve pretty much given up on that in order to just get the ten years of content out. I love your site and I’ll keep coming back for tips!

  53. Jeannie Adams
    Jeannie Adams at | | Reply

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve been blogging for a few years now and it helped give me some needed direction and perspective.

  54. Yuri
    Yuri at | | Reply

    Hi Jo!

    Thanks a lot for posting this. I’m currently setting up my own travelblog (on paper that is). But i still didn’t have the courage to go in the deep, take the challenge and post it online.
    After reading your post, i got a little bit more courage 🙂
    The tips are superb and are helping me out a lot to get things straight.

    I’m leaving to Southeast Asia the 21th of June. Doing a backpack across Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos un til septembre. So I hope i can get my blog online by the end of may.

    In the meanwhile, i’m gonna keep enjoying your stories 🙂

    Thanks Jo!!

  55. Adam
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    Great blog post!

  56. Sheila
    Sheila at | | Reply

    Hi –

    Thank you for this article, found some tips on how to promote our new blog. 🙂

  57. Lizzy
    Lizzy at | | Reply

    Hi there!
    Fantastic tips. This post was so helpful. I have just started a blog about the Middle East and Abu Dhabi. I would love for you to check it out!!

    Thank you!

  58. Aida Mercedes Cabrera
    Aida Mercedes Cabrera at | | Reply

    Indiana Joe!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I came across it by typing in ” How to start a travel blog” on Google search, and there you were, with pointers and assurance that I too can do this blogging thing that I have been wanting to do for a while now, but have been terrfied to start and get hung up along the way. You see, like you at the beggining, I am not too savvy with techie stuff. I know the basics of how to work a computer: check my email, post on Facebook, look for videos on Youtube, Microsoft Word, etc. But a blog was way out of my comfort level. I now feel more confident in my ability to actually pull it off. I am currently in Bali, Indonesia for the month of February and heading to Thailand next. I want to share my traveling experiences with more than just my friends and family on Facebook. I believe I can reach a wider audience as I am a professional, 42 year old female with no children, husband, or mortgage to speak of (to the horror of my family and friends. They think I’m a bit, if not a lot crazy.) who stored my few valuables (I’m a minimalist), took my savings and hit the road with no particular itinerary in mind other than to travel SE Asia “on a shoe string” as Lonely Planet puts it. I invited several of the people in my life to come along and all but one turned me down with a million and one excuses, and the advice to get my head checked, because what I was about to do is just absolutely insane in their opinion. And so, with all that in mind I proceeded to do it anyway. So, here I am in Bali, with my dear friend Patrick, ready to launch that blog I have been contemplating for a while now. I originally was considering Tumblr as it was suggested by a friend who blogs, but for me, after reading your post and further research, Word Press is where it’s at. Your advice and assurance on this post has catapulted my desire, energy and confidence to a whole new level. Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart.
    Sincerely, a very grateful,
    Aida Mercedes Cabrera
    The name I have chosen for my blog is: The Compass Rose Chronicles
    Look for it soon, and please feel free to give me all the feedback you wish.
    Until next time.

  59. Mike
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    Thanks for your article. I’ve also started a travel blog & run into a few difficulties in blogger. I didn’t know that cutting & pasting from word etc uses up loads of memory. As a result I have lost my contact by email link. Some blogs are slow to load as I have plenty of photos ( use low resolution). But it is fun & I am getting a few advertisers & lots of free travel!

  60. Alice Pomiato
    Alice Pomiato at | | Reply

    Thank you for the precious tips! I’m just starting with my blog and I’ve already planned a Spain-tour for the next months!

    Have a nice day!

  61. Lisa
    Lisa at | | Reply

    Great blog! I just started a travel blog not too long ago and I’m glad to have chanced upon yours. Great tips that I’d bear in mind.

  62. suman
    suman at | | Reply

    Very informative post Jo. I too want to start a blog. I am confused over blogger and WordPress. Since, blogger is free and it also allows affiliated links along with adsense so i am a little hesitant about WordPress. Since WordPress has more plugins and i can host my blog and there is no threat as google slap in case of blogger. But rest every thing i can do on the blogger like having custom domain name etc. What would you suggest? I intent to choose blogging seriously.

  63. Tina
    Tina at | | Reply

    Hi Jo, am so glad I found your site. It’s very well written and easy to understand. I’ve been overwhelmed with a lot of information and jargon about how to market your blog, SEOs, etc, available on the net these days. And quite frankly, I did get a bit lost.

    I started a blog a few years back but it was mostly for my own consumption and for my family and friends who would usually ask me to share information about my trips. But like you said, it’s hard work to keep up, and as you can see, my blog is now a bunch of misc formats, e.g. photo gallery, highlights, trip reports, reviews.

    I actually appreciate your tip #1 and tip #3 which is maybe what I have to re-assess. I’ve been doing a bit of input on and TripAdvisor, and I enjoy seeing people benefiting from my tips, or reviews, or simply sharing my itinerary. I am curious you mentioned TripAdvisor to promote my blog. I wasn’t aware of how to link them to my blog. I was hoping to revive my blog again so that fellow travelers can actually benefit from the more detailed information like trip reports, etc but I’d like to build traffic so that people can actually see them 🙂

  64. Amanda thePanda
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    Hi Jo, great advice! I’m only a newby to the world of travel blogging and can already see that it is more difficult to get noticed than I originally anticipated. Lucky for me I have some decent saving to travel on and am currently doing it for the love of it and at the same time learning so much about running a website (about SEO etc.)! Hopefully I might get more traffic in the future.

  65. Amanda thePanda
    Amanda thePanda at | | Reply

    Hi Jo, great advice! I’m only a newby to the world of travel blogging and can already see that it is more difficult to get noticed than I originally anticipated. Lucky for me I have some decent saving to travel on and am currently doing it for the love of it and at the same time learning so much about running a website (about SEO etc.)! Hopefully I might get more traffic in the future.

  66. Jess Curren
    Jess Curren at | | Reply

    Super helpful! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this out. Luckily we started on a good platform, but still looking for a balance of location reviews & experiences that strike the right chord with readers. I just want to be interesting. lol. Good to hear I’m not the only one that struggles.

  67. Justyna
    Justyna at | | Reply

    I stumbled into your blog by an accident. Really useful tips for beginners! I was also struggling with some of the issues mentioned – like how to get the traffic or how to write in an attractive way. Fortunately, I’m was able to get on a right track 🙂

    All the best in a New Year!

  68. Isaac
    Isaac at | | Reply

    Hey Indiana Jo,
    Love your writing.

  69. Brooke
    Brooke at | | Reply

    I just stumbled across your blog on a random Lonely Planet search and am so happy I did! What a great post.



  70. Shraddha
    Shraddha at | | Reply

    Very useful article and great tips. Something I-should’ve-read-before-I-started-our-blog lol! Well I really enjoy blogging but more I read about platforms, I feel less confident about picking Blogger. As its a simple blog, I haven’t found a reason yet to migrate to WordPress but hopefully, I never have to.
    Another requirement imo is pre-knowledge about SEO as I’m spending a lot of time on it now. No commercial goals for me but I’d love for the blog to fare better (at all!) in the page ranking which I think a lot of bloggers will want too.
    Thanks again for the great article!

  71. Tina
    Tina at | | Reply

    Greetings from Singapore.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  72. Yana
    Yana at | | Reply

    Great post! I’m new to the blog scene and already i can relate to what you wrote.

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Thanks, Yana. Glad you liked the post. Keep at it – blogging can be a battle, but if you get into a routine of posting it becomes (a bit) easier!

  73. globalmouse
    globalmouse at | | Reply

    Thank you!! I’m going for it. I didn’t have any problems from blogger to so keeping fingers and toes crossed this will go ok *eek*!! Thank you for all of your help 🙂

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Excellent – let me know how you get on, I will have my fingers crossed!

  74. IndianaJo
    IndianaJo at | | Reply

    I’m a big fan of lists so why don’t you make a list of the reasons you want to move to .org. For me it was the plugins, having control over the site to keep it ad free and the flexibility to own and be able to better change the design (not that I’ve done it yet!). I already had my own domain so that was no problem. I lost traffic in the move from Blogger to – apparently it’s common because Blogger has a different format for its permalinks (the blog urls). You can set up a redirect to point one to the other, but I didn’t know what the problem was, I just saw my view numbers fall off a cliff 🙁 I think if you’ve already done the migration to wordpress and had no problems, you should be fine. Here’s an article that helped me figure out (after the fact!) what I’d done wrong –

    If you make the move, I hope it all goes well, just do your research first and you should be fine!

  75. globalmouse
    globalmouse at | | Reply

    Great and informative post, thank you very much for sharing all of this…I made the exact same mistakes with choosing a platform…and I’m currently with and wondering, after a month, if I should already make the leap to .org!!

    1. Bemused Backpacker
      Bemused Backpacker at | | Reply

      I’m debating the exact same thing at the moment globalmouse!

      1. globalmouse
        globalmouse at | | Reply

        Maybe we should both do it and can console ourselves if it all goes horribly wrong??! 🙂

    2. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      It’s funny, Globamouse, as soon as I migrated to I regretted not making the jump straight to .org. It can be scary stuff but once I figured it out and took the plunge to go self-hosted I didn’t regret it for a minute. I’m no expert and found it easier than I imagined. Be really careful with your urls, but if you’ve already moved to .com, I’m sure you’ll be fine. Just think of all those amazing plugins you will get to use as a reward for the change 🙂 If you need any help, let me know.

      1. globalmouse
        globalmouse at | | Reply

        You’re making me think I should just do it!! I regretted not having gone to .org almost immediately too. You mentioned losing people…was this when you moved to the first time to or can you lose people between the two wordpress’s..if you see what I mean?! I’m concerned I might but then I think I should do it sooner than later anyway as I’ll probably end up wanting to at some point…..hmmmm I think you might have convinced me….!!!

  76. Nina
    Nina at | | Reply

    Hi, great post and very useful tips. Thanks for sharing! I just started my own blog and this post gave me a lot of answers to some of the questions I had.
    Your blog looks great too! 🙂

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Thanks, Nina. I’m glad someone can learn from my newbie glitches! I discovered today that my old blogging name (Jo Blogs) is on the market Out of interest I asked about the price – $4,000! For a domain name!!! I politely replied that if I had that amount of spare cash I would spend it on travel…or diamonds…or both 🙂

  77. Bemused Backpacker
    Bemused Backpacker at | | Reply

    This is an absolutely fantastic post. Although my website/blog is four months old now and I am beginning to get the hang of things, a lot of things you said really resonated with me and gave me a few things to consider too. Thank you.

    My website has a dual purpose, the secondary aim of promoting and selling my published series of travel books (which is getting added to as I write), but primarily to inspire people to travel and to provide the inexperienced backpacker with the advice, hints and tips they will need to make their dreams a reality.

    If you want to stop by, I’d appreciate any comments or thoughts you may have? Or even any criticisms? (But please be kind!) ;D

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Thanks for the kind comment, Mike – pleased to offer some food for blogging thought. As I come fresh from just having accidentally deleted an FTP file (thankfully recovered), it’s a good reminder that I’m still getting the hang of things too. I’ve been over to your blog – looks good! I may be in contact for some tip as I’m musing with the idea of my own eBook 🙂 Happy blogging and good luck with the book sales!

      1. Bemused Backpacker
        Bemused Backpacker at | | Reply

        Thankyou very much! I’m glad you liked the site! I’m open to any and every bit of advice on how to improve it if you have any after seeing it? You should definitely write your book! Please feel free to drop me an email anytime, I’ll be glad to help if I can.

        1. IndianaJo
          IndianaJo at | | Reply

          I may take you up on that 🙂 And I’ll drop you an email if I have any thoughts on your blog!

  78. Kenneth
    Kenneth at | | Reply

    Hi, thanks for this great article. It has opened my eyes about my blog. I guess what started out as a place to share stories probably ended up being a whole lot of “look at me me me” that probably drove away interest from friends and family (except my parents). I really should have made it more about how my travels can help teach something to those out there reading. I will keep this in mind going forward.

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Hi Ken, glad to help. It can be a difficult balance to strike. My blog also used to be a place to share stories then I started writing lots of tips and guides, losing my non-travelling friends and family as readers in the process (thanks to my Uncle Dave for the insight!). I think the key is a blend of personal and helpful. I’ll let you know if I ever get that blend right 🙂 On the plus side, every blog we post teaches us something.

  79. Stacey
    Stacey at | | Reply

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing!

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Glad to help!

  80. ToursLK
    ToursLK at | | Reply

    Very useful guide, anyone can learn something about blogging.

  81. Tanya Chuang
    Tanya Chuang at | | Reply

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and helpful tips on blogging. As I’m sitting here in Paris trying to figure out how to redefine my own travel site, your blog came in handy as a reality check for me. So thank you!

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Tanya, you’re welcome. Glad the post helped. I had a conversation with another traveller yesterday about how much work blogging involves, which is oddly comforting knowing other bloggers don’t always find it plain sailing either. Your blog looks good – keep at it.

  82. David McMahon
    David McMahon at | | Reply

    I love the tips and the honest feedback on setting up s travell blog and trying the fund your own trip. Your insight and how you use the technology to run your blog and been every helpful and is it great to know my ipad is able to do the job for my own blog projects.

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Thanks, David. I’m always happy for people to learn from things I think I could have done better 🙂 Good luck with your blog and feel free to send me a link!

  83. Chris
    Chris at | | Reply

    Excellent tips, Jo. And yes, travel blogging is a lot of hard work!

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Thanks, Chris – I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds travel blogging requires continual effort! I see from your blog that you spend a lot of time in Asia. Any insider tips always welcome. I’ll be in Bangkok later in summer for the 3rd time so will do more exploring then.

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