Start A Travel Blog? 10 Things I Wish I’d Known

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So, you’re off on a once in a lifetime trip (or even just a jaunt to the next town over) and want to start a travel blog? Here’s what I wish I’d known before I began my travel blog.

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1. Define Your Purpose

People start travel blogs for many different reasons. Mine was initially set up to keep my friends and family up to date on my trip, provide a record for myself and scratch my writing itch. Other people want a place to showcase the best of their photography, to network with other travellers and bloggers and some people strive for fame and fortune. Whatever your goal, try to have a clear purpose at the beginning to help you position and design your blog for those needs.

Of course your blogging purpose may change over time – after a year I realised I had enough experience and material to help other travellers, which seemed a better purpose than boring my friends and family with yet more intolerable tales of endless days on exotic beaches. If you think you might have it in you to keep your blog going long-term, try to develop your site with flexibility in mind.

2. Consider Your Audience

Initially, almost all blogs are going to be aimed at your friends and family but if you ultimately want to reach a broader audience, consider who your readers might be – family travellers, flashpackers, silver surfers, bargain basements backpackers, all of the above (now there’s a challenge). If you’re looking to get traction on your site, consider your audience and write with them in mind. Ultimately, your blog should be less about you and more about your readers and what you can do for/offer them.

3. Think About Your Blogging Name BEFORE you start a travel blog

If you intend to blog under your real name and that name isn’t particularly common, you probably won’t have a problem. However, if you decide to choose a pseudonym, like ‘Indiana Jo’ (no, that’s not my real name in case you were in the slightest bit unsure…and I’m not even from Indiana), you should do some basic checks before you commit:

  • is another blogger using that name (you don’t want to create blog and audience confusion)?
  • is your intended blog name available on the social media networks you might want to promote your blog on (facebook, twitter, snapchat, instagram, pinterest etc.)?
  • is the url available, in case you eventually want to buy your own domain name?

Unfortunately, I didn’t do too well on this front when I started out,  using the snappily titled (or so I thought) ‘Jo Blogs’ pseudonym. However, not only was this already an incredibly popular name, the domain name was already owned by an employment agency ‘Job Logs’ (waste of the domain name if you ask me!). As a consequence, I’ve been through at least one blog name re-brand, confusing my readers in the process and still don’t have consistency across social media networks to promote by blog name – this is still very much a work in progress for me!

Picking a blog name – I see lots of comments in forums from new bloggers that ‘all the best names are taken’. They’re not. That’s the beauty of creativity. You don’t need the words travel or wanderlust in your name. Have a beer with friends and do some brainstorming. I bet you stumble across the best name. Ever.

3. Pick Your Platform

(Top marks if you figured out there are two #3s in this post…it took me a while. However, I’m just going to stick with it rather than cutting out some vital tips to get this back to a 10 list article!) 

This is perhaps the biggest tip I wish I’d had. Before I started my blog, my computer experience comprised Microsoft Office and use of Google to book holidays. Typing ‘start a travel blog’ into aforementioned search engine blinded me with options and I settled with the one that, at the time, seemed easiest to set up (a platform called Weebly).

However, as I started to blog, I quickly realised that my first choice of platform was too demanding for my impossibly slow Latin American internet connection prompting my first migration, to Blogger.

Over a year later and having stared in envy at the various plugins and whizzy features on other travel bloggers’ sites, I took the plunge and moved once (well, actually twice) more – to WordPress.com (first the free version, then self-hosted version, WordPress.org less than a month later #fail).

In the process, being the I.T. novice that I am, I lost my RSS subscribers and the good Karma I’d generated with Google, which sent people to my site. In short, I committed blogging suicide (did I mention: #fail).

Although I’ve recovered my traffic, it involved a lot of hard work, I can’t emphasise strongly enough the importance of picking the right platform at the beginning. From my experience, that ‘best blogging platform’ is WordPress and for most start up blogs, the free version will be sufficient, with the potential to migrate to the self-hosted, more technical and whizzy version down the line.

However, here are a few articles from people who have much more expertise in these matters than me, to help you decide which is the best blogging platform for you.

A comparison of a few blogging platforms by BBC.

In a bit more detail: Blogger versus WordPress.com from makeuseofus.com

Whether to go with WordPress.com (free and hosted) or WordPress.org (paid of self-hosting but more whizzy) by Problogger.net

And, updated for 2017, check out the comparison chart from MakeAWebsiteHub as well as a brilliant summary of the pros and cons of the latests blogging platforms.

What about hosting?

There are so many companies out there to choose from and making a decision can feel a bit like throwing an arrow at a target in the dark. I currently use Performance Foundry and I couldn’t be happier. They’re not the cheapest option but they are the best choice in my view. Instead of a large company, this small team is on hand to help whenever anything goes wrong. In my case, all problems have been ironed out within 24 hours. They even help with installing plugins so you don’t have to fiddle around. Also included in the fee is some development time each month so they’re constantly working on improving your site in the background. Perhaps best of all was the fact that they took my site speed from 1 minute load speed to a matter of second. Vital if you want to rank well on Google and stop your readers clicking off.

If Performance Foundry is a bet too spendy for you right now, Blue Host is one of the most affordable and best value for money hosts out there and a very popular starting point for new bloggers.

Companies I would suggest you avoid (which I’ve used and regretted) include Go Daddy – the ex-CEO used to be a trophy hunter, proudly killing an elephant for fun. Urgh. I also signed up for a 2-year hosting deal with Arvixe and immediately saw my site uptime plummet with it going offline several times per day. My load speed also ground to a halt. Sure, the hosting is cheap but it’s a false economy. I ended up leaving only 6 months in with no refund.

4. Pack The Right Kit

I confess to being a bit of a techno junkie. My problem is that I never started out with a plan for what kit to take, resulting in me picking gadgets along the way with each performing a different function.

If I were to select my travel kit from scratch, I would suggest the following:

  • a decent camera: you’re going to take a lot of photos and images are the most visually appealing part of your blog. I love my Sony Nex, now the Sony Alpha because it’s the right combo of high quality shots thanks to manual functionality and interchangeable lenses, but with great portability (I can fit it in my handbag).
  • a long term writing device: ok, that may sound a bit vague, but as tablets and netbooks merge in function and size, personal preference can dictate your needs. If you rely on a tablet alone, make sure you have a separate keyboard (tapping out long posts on screen can start to jar). Also, consider that iPads don’t have all of the functionality of a laptop, the main limitation being the inability to download software other than through iTunes, so consider whether an android tablet or netbook is better.
  • connectivity: at first, hostel and café Wi-Fi is likely to be all the connectivity you need to upload photos and publish posts. However, as you build your audience, you will want to keep them updated with more than just posts (pictures on facebook, snapchat on the move etc) so 4G mobile connection can become important. I currently manage mobile connection via my iPhone and mobile wi-fi (with varying degrees of success).

Top Tip: make sure that your device is unlocked so you’re able to slot in a local SIM in each new country you visit.

What you don’t need – an expensive laptop. Although I own a Macbook Air, you don’t need to invest in expensive kit to get started.

Here’s what I travel with:

  • Macbook Air
  • Sony Nex
  • iPhone
  • Portable External Hard Drive (2TB for all those photos)

You can read about the 10 travel gadgets I wouldn’t travel without here.

Becoming a professional travel blogger

Let’s be honest, many of us who start a blog have the hope or dream of turning it into a profession or at least earn a bit of money or some ‘freebies’ for all the hard work. And while you are unlikely to have your blog play for your trip in the first year of starting out, if you are serious about becoming a professional blogger there are some things you can do.

First of all, you should think about getting some professional training. I paid for a professional course and I would say that move really shifted me out of hobby blogging and put me on the paid blogging path, and I’ve not looked back. One of the most popular courses is Superstar Blog Course.

Created by Nomadic Matt (one of the biggest travel blogs out there – and one that earns six figures) and a few other top bloggers, check out the Superstar Blog course. If you’re serious about making money from your travel blog, this course it packed full of practical tips that will get you up and running and, more importantly, earning money from your passion.

Want more? Check out these 10 Tips On How To Be A Better Blogger – this is the stuff I’ve gleaned from spending a weekend with some of the most successful travel bloggers in the business.

5. Prepare For Hard Work

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I had grand plans for my blog before I set off on my travels and the first few posts went up fine. But then my trip took over and without someone writing the posts for me, and with me too busy lazing in a hammock, I quickly realised that nothing was getting done. Cue: two solid days spent catching up on a month’s worth of posts.

The reality is that travel blogging requires a lot of effort. Even if you’re quick at generating ideas and committing them to screen, it still takes several hours per week to get a post live. If you do more than a couple of blogworthy activities per week, it’s easy to see how travel blogging can turn into a full-time job. And that’s without any of the money making stuff like pitching brands and affiliate marketing. Of course, blogging needs to be balanced with travelling – not an easy task to achieve. Which leads me on to…

6. Be Consistent and Constant

If you don’t want your blog to turn into a full-time job, with your travels and fun suffering as a consequence, the best way to tackle this is to set a realistic schedule. For example, I used to post twice a week and I got into a good rhythm but it was too time consuming. These days I post one longer article and spend the rest of the time on marketing and pitching.

To publish once a week when I’m on the road, I try to work in the morning and do sightseeing in the afternoon. If I’m out for a whole day one day, I make up for it with a whole-day in the ‘office’ (a café/my hotel room/hammock). The rest of the time I will grab opportunities between activities/draft posts while I’m sat in bed at night (as I’m doing now).

The key is to give your readers a constant drip feed of content. I was very bad at this at the beginning when months would pass without a single blog word…followed a long time thereafter by a blogging marathon. Fine, if that’s how you work best. Just schedule your bulk written posts to give a more seamless and consistent view to your readers.

You might want to check out my articles on How to Work and Travel (without Going Insane) – part 1 and part 2.

A word on the look and feel of your blog

For at least a year my WordPress Theme was an ugly mathematics-style graph paper background with a lurid red logo. Did I choose it because it looked good? Hell no! There were plenty of prettier themes out there but the one I choose – which is the same theme I still use now believe it or not – had the right layout, font spacing and size and function I was after.

I later paid a friend around £250 to redesign the look and feel of my site, create a logo and pack of documents (Word for invoices, Powerpoint, business cards etc). If you have a friend who can do this for you or you have those skills yourself, do that. If not, there are plenty of design companies out there.

However, don’t let designing your site stop you creating content. Some of the top blogs happen to be the ugliest things to look at but they’re not winning traffic for a pretty home page, they’re pulling in readers for their top notch stories and travel tips.

7. Promote Yourself – Shamelessly

Unless you’re treating your blog like your personal diary (which is perfectly fine, though be sure you have your privacy settings high if you’re sharing really deep and personal stuff), you’ll want as many people as possible to read your blog. While it’s lovely that Aunty Mildred reads your every blogged word with enthusiasm (and provides the occasional one-finger typed response in your comments box), what you really want is other travellers, wannabe travellers and bloggers to read your stuff and say ‘wow, that’s cool’ or ‘that’s helpful’.

Unfortunately, as a new blogger, traffic to your site can be low, which means you’re unlikely to pop to the top of Google’s search results when someone taps in ‘awesome travel blog’. So, it’s down to you to tell people about your blog and its awesomeness. Do this enough, sharing your work on social media platforms, and eventually the traffic will come.

Updated for 2019:

In the past 7 years I’ve knee-jerked from one piece of advice to another, following social media platforms as they rise and fall, and losing valuable time in the process. I also spent my early blogging years using no social media, which was equally doomed because with one Google algorithm change, I lost half my traffic overnight.

Here’s what I’ve learned about promoting my blog:

  • You’re going to have to experiment and find what works for you – but don’t do this casually. Get Google Analytics set up (free course here) and monitor where your traffic is coming from.
  • Find the social media platforms that work for you – it’s not great secret that it will probably be the platforms you enjoy using. For me, that’s Pinterest. For a lot of people, it’s Instagram. Facebook used to be number one for bloggers but these days you get very little promotion on Facebook unless you pay. Which brings me on to…
  • Be aware that we’re moving into a pay-to-play world. So, pick your favourites but diversity. When Facebook stopped sharing posts that you didn’t pay to advertise, many bloggers were furious. Enjoy the ad-free platforms while you have them but don’t build your future on them.
  • Don’t waste time on the ones that don’t work for you – yes, social media numbers are something you’ll need to grow, so start growing a base of followers on the main platforms but if a channel isn’t giving you clicks or getting you paid gigs, why waste your time on it? Focus on your strengths.
  • Go for organic growth – Instagram is awash with people touting six and seven figure follower numbers. Look closely and you’ll find most of those followers were bought to give the Instagrammer social proof. But brands and followers are getting smart to this, and they don’t like being duped. It’s a slower process but organic and engaged trumps big and bought. 
  • And leaving the most important for last – learn search engine optimisation. A facebook post might get you some traction on Thursday but a post that shows up in Google search on page 1 is going to bring you a lot more traffic in the long term. Here’s a good place to start.

These days I focus my efforts on SEO and Pinterest and I’ve had posts go viral on each of them. I play around on facebook and Instagram but they are not where my strengths lie so why bother investing energy to become mediocre in a space that’s already hyper competitive? Play to your strengths.

Warning: the ‘if I write it, the readers will come’ is a great philosophy and it can work in principle, especially with promotion. However, remember that 428 pictures of you stood on a mountain or outside various cathedrals, together with a description of your daily routine will only gather so much interest (unless your daily routine involves getting dressed up as a purple gnome, which has a bit more interest to it). Write with your audience in mind – remembering that you’re there to help them and inform them about your travels, not bore the pants off them – and they should come back for more.

Tip: if you’re looking to manage your social media in one place and schedule social posts in advance, I like Buffer for its simplicity. And for Pinterest I use Tailwind and if you sign up with this link, you’ll get $15 off.

8. Get Ready To Become An IT Expert

As I mentioned, my I.T. skills were somewhat lacking when I first started out. Domain names, self-hosting, Search Engine Optimization, 401 re-direction and Google Analytics were all foreign concepts to me (and, on occasions, still feel that way). However, unless you have magically managed to monetize your blog early on, you’re unlikely to want to spend cash on an I.T. expert to do the techie stuff for you.

Blogging is a wonderful activity, whether you choose it as a hobby, career, or something in between, but the plain reality is that behind every blog is a website and in order to run your blog, you need to get to grips with running a website. Depending on your technical dexterity, this can take anywhere from a little to lots of time.

But fear not, I would wholeheartedly say that if I can manage a blog, anyone can. There is plenty of information available online – it’s often just a case of time spent to work things out and, if you have techie friends, don’t forget to call on them. It will be a fair trade, because next time they want to book a trip, all they’ll have to do for destination inspiration, is take a look at your blog.

Data security on the road

I use Express VPN to give me a secure network when I’m working in cafes (especially if I’m fiddling around with money). I helps immensely that Express VPN lets me watch Netflix from any chosen country I want – hey, a girl can’t be working all the time (or if you want an alternative, try Nord VPN or Pure VPN). And for internet security you might want to check out Avast or AVG.

9. Keep Your Wi-Fi Addiction In Check

I will admit to having turned down an adventure or two through fear I’ll be away from wi-fi or internet for too long…and I realise in hindsight this was a mistake. Part of the beauty of travelling the world is getting off ‘the grid’, out into the backwater, up a volcano, into a valley, onto a hut-dwelling island or other remote place on earth.

If you engage in such activities, you’ll undoubtedly want to blog about them, but don’t worry about connection – a pen, paper (Moleskine notebooks are the perfect size) and torch-light can serve you well when electricity doesn’t and you’ll be able to commit the experience to the web when you’re back to modern civilization. Take your blog seriously, but don’t let it define your travels.

10. Don’t Expect Your Blog To Pay For Your Trip…Immediately

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‘What do you mean I won’t make thousands of dollars a month from my blog?’ Actually, I’m not saying that you won’t – there are people who do very well off their travel blogs and do sustain their travels off their income. However, it’s important to realise that these things do not happen overnight and at least at first you’ll probably need an additional revenue stream.

Some people write content for paying clients, others trade hostel work for beds, some work part-time as teachers, others live off savings or do myriad online jobs like webdesign and translation. The important thing to do is manage your expectations. You’re blog is very unlikely to fund your trip from the beginning or even in the short-term and you should plan your budget with that expectation in mind.

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What now? Link to your blog in the comments below!

Of course, your next step is to go forth and blog (taking all the above tips into account). But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog below together with a bit about yourself – if nothing else, you’ll pick up at least one new reader (me!).

If you like this, you might also like:

15 Best WordPress Plugins for Blogs

20 Tips for How to Work and Travel Without Going Insane (Part 1)

20 Tips for How to Work and Travel Without Going Insane (Part 2)

Transitioning from Gap Year to Long Term Travel and the Challenges in Between

Why I Don’t Regret Quitting my Job to Travel

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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. www.indianajo.com 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.

305 Responses

  1. goinsee
    goinsee at | | Reply

    Not everybody can share their failure. I just start the way to be a blogger so you just help me so much. Thanks a lot very appreciate.

  2. Marko Petrekovic
    Marko Petrekovic at | | Reply

    Jo,

    Thanks for the blog. I am still confused. I just started my blog website (through dynadot) and am still not sure if I still need WordPress and why. I went on their website. It seems like wordpress is another hosting company. I did not see any option to install WordPress. What am i missing?

    Hope to hear from You!

  3. Ahmad Walch
    Ahmad Walch at | | Reply

    First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your
    head before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my
    thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing but it just
    seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?

    Cheers!

  4. ThankGod
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    Hi Jo! Your blog post is awesome. But I have a problem. I’m a Nigerian from West Africa. I have not travelled abroad before. But I have this profound enthusiasm for travel blog, tell me do I stand have a chance? Or what niche do you suppose?

  5. Katie Cook
    Katie Cook at | | Reply

    Hello! I just published my very first blog post and I found this, along with many of your other posts, very helpful as I’ve been searching for answers while taking that first step into the blogging world!

    I will be posting new content every Friday, and as my blog grows I would love for you to make your way to my page if you find the time! Thank you!

  6. Nick Kogos
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    Jo, your comment on choosing a blog name carefully is 100% true. My old blog was living, breathing proof of that!

    I started a personal travel blog titled “Microadventures with Nick” and I kept getting people on my Facebook page asking “who the hell is Nick?” It was a real shock to me but makes so much sense now. I changed the blog to “Southwest Microadventures” and now it seems like my content is taken more seriously than before.

    I’m just starting out again but it’s so funny how choosing the right blog name makes a difference to readers! Plus I feel much more authoritative and confident now too!

    Anyways, great article and site! Keep up the good work! I’ll be subscribing now for sure! 🙂

  7. yogib
    yogib at | | Reply

    Glad it was helpful – I’ll stop by and check out your blog! Good luck on this new journey!!!

  8. James
    James at | | Reply

    What is a sponsor or guest post price ?

  9. Malika
    Malika at | | Reply

    Great info, good thanks .

  10. kemzy
    kemzy at | | Reply

    This was very informative. Thank you. I am a travel blogger from Kenya and my website is kemzykemzy com
    I would love if you check it out and tell me what you think.

  11. etagov.com
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    Hi,
    Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing this post!!!

  12. Artura Maegan M
    Artura Maegan M at | | Reply

    Hello dear
    Love the inspirational list! Envious of these bloggers. Would love to start my own soon!
    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.Thank you for posting such a good article.

  13. Sam
    Sam at | | Reply

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  14. deepak Pandey
    deepak Pandey at | | Reply

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  15. Shobha Tours
    Shobha Tours at | | Reply

    Thanks for the suggestion. Keep sharing. Travel blogging is not so easy as it seems to be.

  16. Tejaswi
    Tejaswi at | | Reply

    Hi,
    Thanks for this! It was very helpful! I recently started a travel blog but been a bit slow on the content front! Also, I need to start using Pinterest!
    Would love if you can check my blog and share your thoughts : talesandmiles

  17. Dianni Hall
    Dianni Hall at | | Reply

    Hey, this was super awesome and helpful! I am actually launching my travel blog today and so I’m learning new things everyday, but this was extremely helpful! Come check me out at Dianni Travels

  18. Priya Singh
    Priya Singh at | | Reply

    Marvelous work!. Blog is brilliantly written and provides all necessary information I really like this site. Thanks for sharing this useful post.

  19. M Blake
    M Blake at | | Reply

    Thanks, Jo – what a thorough and helpful post! Having recently started my own travel blog, I really appreciate the candid view of the hard work that goes into it (my learning curve was rather steep as well). I definitely struggle with the tension between “writing just to write something” and “writing something I care about writing.” So far, I’ve elected to follow the latter because I have to write about what inspires me which is probably not the best for SEO and traffic, but it is what it is. 🙂 Not so good at the drip feed, either: “Here, let me throw up on the page for all of you with everything in my head.” Ha. I’m going to keep this post handy – the links will be helpful as my blog grows!

    M Blake ( late flight out . com)

  20. animtedzone
    animtedzone at | | Reply

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  21. nur
    nur at | | Reply

    very very nice

  22. Katarina
    Katarina at | | Reply

    Hey Jo,

    Thank you for writing this article! It’s still relevant for all starting bloggers despite the niche they’ve chosen. I like your flow with words and I’d like to include you in an expert roundup about blogging. If you’re interested, I’d send you the details via email. If you even have the time, I’d be more than happy to do an interview with you about travel blogging.

  23. shobha
    shobha at | | Reply

    nice blog

  24. Carl
    Carl at | | Reply

    This post is very important for us.

  25. Anastasia Tyler
    Anastasia Tyler at | | Reply

    I just wanted to say thank you for this really helpful article. I’m just starting out with my blog, cool footing. com

    I need all the help I can get, it really is a steep learning curve.

  26. Story Mummy
    Story Mummy at | | Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful article! I have recently started blogging (or restarted it rather and more seriously) as a means to scratch that writing itch and to also promote my published book/s.

    My blog is family friendly and has stories and observations from my traveling with my young kids, along with kids book reviews as well, as travelling and reading are two of my favourite things.

    I’m like you as well, not all that IT-savvy, but have had to learned to manage my website very quickly. It was a steep and frustrating learning curve and even now, I don’t think I’m using the full functionality of Squarespace.

    My blog link: storymummy . com

  27. ANGELA
    ANGELA at | | Reply

    hello i just started a blog www. escapes- escapades.com thanks for the info!

  28. selena
    selena at | | Reply

    Your travel blog information help me alot to write about travel ,it’s give such a great information which is very helpful.thanks for sharing such a grate ideas.

  29. Ann
    Ann at | | Reply

    A huge Thank you, Jo! I came across on your blogging post through Pinterest which has prompted me to make the commitment to (finally) learn from my readings (noting I’ve been reading ‘how to guides on blogging forever’! It seems I’ve stumbled along with my blog but fall short of the end goal (financial sustainability) so will make a concerted effort to sort that and download Sharon’s ebook! Thanks for the tips! My blog has a strong Aussie focus, with a number of posts featuring the Northern Territory.

  30. harry
    harry at | | Reply

    good article

  31. Megan
    Megan at | | Reply

    Hi Jo! I had never considered blogging before, mostly because I didn’t think I had much to say. But now, I have to blog for a class I am taking at Illinois State University! I actually really enjoy it! I think I am going to keep up my blog, even when I am done with my class!
    My class is only a four-week summer class, so it ends July 13. Any insight, or tips you have for me would be great and super helpful!!! (most of the posts I have are because they are a requirement for my class)
    Thanks!!!

  32. Atul Chauhan
    Atul Chauhan at | | Reply

    Great tip Jo! Blogging requires investment of time and effort, but slowly and steady it ‘ll pay off if one does proper marketing and SEO for it. Recently I’ve created travel blog on Pixpa, it was really simple if you not so good in technology like me 🙂

  33. Ebony Bowers
    Ebony Bowers at | | Reply

    Thank you for this! I just recently launched my blog and I am so inspired! I am being laid off from my job, so now is a good time to do what I have been wanting to do, which is live life abroad! Exposing my son to culture is important to me so we will be departing for a new home this August! Can’t Wait!

  34. Hope
    Hope at | | Reply

    Hey thank you for all the tips. This actually inspires me to start my own traveling blog. I’ve been wanting to do it over a year now, and for some reason had no courage to take a risk. Well I have a summer ahead of me so I will defiantly take the risk now and see where it takes me. 🙂

  35. Cheapflightsfreak
    Cheapflightsfreak 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 wordpress.com 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

  36. vihas
    vihas at | | Reply

    Really a nice blog, thanks for sharing this useful information.

  37. Skyler (Learningbrave)
    Skyler (Learningbrave) at | | Reply

    Hi there, I really love the honesty of your post, I appreciate it when people acknowledge if they found something difficult, or of the times that they failed before they succeeded.
    I am writing a family travel blog about our adventures…and misadventures as a family with 5 kids. We have left our old life and are traveling the world, one disaster or adventure after the next! I also began as a complete novice..(I think I still am) and I am just learning about how to reach a larger audience, so your post has been very helpful, thank you.
    I enjoy real, raw and funny stories when I read travel blogs and that is what I am trying to achieve at Learningbrave. Before we left on our travels, I could only find accounts of how wonderful everything was for traveling families! Do you think there is a demand for stories, or is everyone mostly wanting travel tips and advice?
    Thanks again, Skyler Learning Brave

  38. Sinead
    Sinead at | | Reply

    I just got started two days ago! Thanks for the tips!

    My blog is www. nadeonthemove .com

  39. Jenny
    Jenny at | | Reply

    I just started a small family travel blog, thank you for all of these great tips. I’ve been getting caught up in too much information but decided today to just keep it simple.

  40. Esther
    Esther at | | Reply

    Hey Jo. Your post has been so helpful to me as i am trying to design my own travel blog. As a new blogger, i have really taken alot of notes that are going to be very helpful. Thanks again

    Love Esther from Uganda

  41. Lynette
    Lynette at | | Reply

    Thank you for the post, great information! I am in the process of setting up a travel only blog. I have a lifestyle blog now where I have a section on travel: This is forty dot me I want to focus more on travel. I am a travel agent and I want to advertise as well as share experiences. My new blog is: 4t ickets to paradise dot com I haven’t pushed the launch button yet. I’m still in the research and design phase 🙂

  42. Tharakeswari
    Tharakeswari at | | Reply

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing all of this information. It is very useful for us.

  43. Kieren Windsor
    Kieren Windsor at | | Reply

    These tips are so useful, thanks! Unfortunately number 3 (the second number 3) already got me with a stressful move from wordpress.com to .org! The rest of your tips are really helpful, I’ve just started my blog www. gotmybackpack. com – would love to hear your thoughts! Kieren.

  44. Tricia
    Tricia at | | Reply

    Jo, thank you so much for the info. I’ll keep it in mind as I grow my own blog. I’m currently using Blogger but, now I feel I should look into WordPress before I develop too much further after reading your article. I started this project merely to share stories with friends and family, as you did. Now it feels like there are so many different elements to maintaining the blog and it’s difficult to do it professionally, alone. So, thanks for your guidance.

    -Travel Light @
    travellighttac. blogspot. com

  45. Michaely smith
    Michaely smith 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 ?

  46. Grace
    Grace at | | Reply

    Thank you for such an informative and honest post!

    Grace

    graceatthebarre dot wordpress dot com

  47. Holly
    Holly at | | Reply

    This is the most helpful post I’ve read of it’s kind! I’ve just started blogging as a hobby whilst I’m teaching English, but it would be great if I could move on and turn it into a proper blog in the future. Here it is: globalgoodyear. wordpress. com/

  48. Mike Belobradic
    Mike Belobradic at | | Reply

    Very good post! In fact, I enjoyed reading the back and forth in the comments almost as much as the main post itself (almost…) 🙂 This post really goes to the point of evergreen content. I try to focus more on features in my blog for that reason. You provided a lot of great takeaways and tips from your learnings. Much appreciated for that.

  49. Emily Folk
    Emily Folk at | | Reply

    Hey Jo! I’ve been reading up a lot of travel blogging lately, as I’m going to Hawaii in February and want to log my travels, and your post has definitely helped my understanding. I especially liked the information you included on choosing a name and domain name wisely. I would appreciate your thoughts on this guide I read recently for how to make a travel journal [commercial link removed by admin].

  50. Jack-n-Jill
    Jack-n-Jill at | | Reply

    Thank you, that was very helpful. My friend and I are just starting out and didn’t realize how much work it is from setting up our blog, maintaining it and posting our adventures but we enjoy it. Our site is Jack n Jill Adventures

  51. Rakshinda
    Rakshinda at | | Reply

    That was a very informative post..thank you! I am just starting out, built some content in the last 3 weeks and planning to “push” the button to share it on Facebook this weekend. Its a travel blog, started to share our family’s travels and to provide helpful tips for other families on the destination.
    Kids On Trips

  52. Viktoria Altman
    Viktoria Altman at | | Reply

    It’s quite useful information. I have learned certain things from here. I started off my blog gotraveltipster.com just for fun but really want to use it for some serious business now. Thanks for such a great post.

  53. CRM for Travel Business
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  55. JENNA
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    Jenna

  56. Cubber
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    This is really helpful for new bloggers, all 10 information are helpful for travel and really so informative to easy way to understand.
    Thanks for sharing.

  57. Dwi
    Dwi at | | Reply

    Wow so complated artciles. I like it and thank you so much

  58. Stacy
    Stacy at | | Reply

    Great post! Here is a basic (maybe dumb) question. When starting your travel blog, do you start with your most current trip and continue to post working back a year or so, or vice versa? Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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  61. Pauline
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    Authentic and practical advice; great web links add further provenance for the novice blogger.

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  62. Di Taunton
    Di Taunton at | | Reply

    Absolutely brilliant Jo. I clicked on the link you shared in Sharon’s fb group.

  63. Roxanna
    Roxanna at | | Reply

    Wow. I probably should have read this article a few weeks ago, BEFORE attempting to set up an entire blog site! I am not even traveling, just working my job, and trying to get all the basics laid out before the next trip. It has been so much more difficult, and required so much more learning, than I ever imagined. I have read several articles about start up, and have to say that you put it in the most straight-forward and honest manner that I have seen. I understand why this article is still so popular, after several years. I have already signed up for your newsletter, and intend to take Matt’s course as suggested, once I catch the finances back up from the hosting, web protections, applications, etc. I have already purchased. Thank you for the extra insight, and I look forward to learning more from your page. Attaching a link in my blogs we are reading now section. Wishing you continued success!
    Roxanna, gypsywithadayjob.com

  64. Ashlie Manko
    Ashlie Manko at | | Reply

    Thank you for setting out your information so clearly

  65. phnom penh tour
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  67. Amy Freyder
    Amy Freyder at | | Reply

    Hi Jo! I don’t usually comment on blogs but yours was really helpful and an easy read too. I enjoyed it and appreciated all of your detailed info. Thank you for spending so much time on it! As someone who has a travel blog I can really appreciate the time it takes to write a post. Right now my blog is really a journal for myself, family and friends but my husband wants to monetize it. We’ll see… anyway here’s the link for your own entertainment. (By the way, I love my blog name and it’s not that old so yes, there are good ones if you think hard enough) My Adventure Abroad (dot com)

  68. Journeying Journos
    Journeying Journos at | | Reply

    I’ve just read this while having a massive row with my partner sat in our hotel room in Cusco as to how much time it’s taking to keep our blog going.

    I really want to forward him this link, but the argument is way too fresh for that! Thanks for your amazing tips, especially on management of expectations… we know we aren’t going to make a fortune, but it is soul destroying putting all this time in to only have our equivalent of ‘Aunty Mildred’ interested in what we’re doing!

    It’s all about striking a balance… hopefully we’ll get there, and I’m more encouraged we will after reading your blog. Thank you, from the currently not talking to each other ‘Journeying Journos’!

  69. mohsina
    mohsina at | | Reply

    Fantastic tips. This post was so good. I have just started a blog about the best restaurants in dubai. I would love for you to check it out!!

  70. Travel Myanmar
    Travel Myanmar at | | Reply

    thank for share

  71. Craig Stevens
    Craig Stevens at | | Reply

    Hi Jo,

    Great article with lots of info. I am currently on a trip of my own, I did 6 weeks in SE Asia and I am now working on a farm in New Zealand. I have decided to start a blog but i have no experience with it. What you have written is really helpful but Im a bit unsure as to where to start still. Do I create a Facebook page first or start a separate blog and link it to a FB page? I have also never used twitter for my sins! Is it best to use twitter for current updates? Im probably not asking the right questions but its quite daunting when my online experience is FB and Email!

    How long would one of your posts cover? So would 1 or 2 days constitute 1 post? Any help would be appreciated!

    Cheers!

  72. Hooma
    Hooma at | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing the tips. Have a travel blog already but the greater challenge at present is to promote. Would follow your tips for sure. Thanks again

  73. Muhammad amjad
    Muhammad amjad at | | Reply

    You article about “So, You Want to Start A Travel Blog? 10 Things I Wish I’d Known” is very interesting and good linked with article information and image info too. Great experience for me thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

  74. Bryan
    Bryan at | | Reply

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

  75. 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?

  76. Relocation to Dubai
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  77. 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.

    http://www.feedthecouple.com/

  78. alexa.al
    alexa.al at | | Reply

    thank you for the tips

  79. 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.

  80. susan
    susan at | | Reply

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

  81. 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!

  82. 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

  83. 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: llamteurs. Thanks in advance!

  84. Daniel
    Daniel at | | Reply

    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.

    traveltophotograph

    Greetings

  85. Annie
    Annie at | | Reply

    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!

  86. 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, travelblog.org and traveloca. I have chosen http://www.traveloca.com 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.

    Sabine

  87. lattecats
    lattecats at | | Reply

    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 Latte Cats

  88. 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.

  89. 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 anderlustallday.com!

  90. Diverse Borneo
    Diverse Borneo at | | Reply

    wow! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

  91. 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.

    http://www.tripsmeout.com/

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

  92. 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
    http://www.slovenianstravel.com

  93. 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!

    https://numinoustravelsite.wordpress.com/

  94. theroamingphoenix
    theroamingphoenix at | | Reply

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

  95. 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 wordpress.com 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!

  96. 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 🙂 Mitchadventure.com

  97. 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 😀

  98. 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: maps and magnets

    I wanted your advice – I was thinking of migrating to a self-hosted site, but dot come is taken. How important is a .com extension? I can use mapsandmagnets net 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 🙂

  99. 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.

  100. 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!!

  101. 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,
    Anca

  102. 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! 😀

  103. 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!

  104. 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: http://www.carperdiemcarryon.wordpress.com.

  105. Kara
    Kara at | | Reply

    This is so true. Thanks for sharing!

  106. 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

  107. 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…..

  108. 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! 🙂

  109. 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 🙂

  110. 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 🙂

  111. Sophie
    Sophie at | | Reply

    Thanks,

    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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  113. 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 🙂

  114. 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 http://www.traveltranquilo.com , 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq-dl_vWVNc

    Thank you in advanced!

  115. 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.

  116. Matin
    Matin at | | Reply

    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?

  117. 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?

  118. 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,

    Heather-Ann

  119. 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 🙂

  120. 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!

  121. 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.

  122. 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!!

  123. Adam
    Adam at | | Reply

    Great blog post!

  124. Sheila
    Sheila at | | Reply

    Hi –

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

  125. 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!
    Lizzy

  126. 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
    P.s.
    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.

  127. Mike
    Mike at | | Reply

    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!

    http://asiaphotostock.blogspot.sg/?view=sidebar

  128. 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!

    http://www.go-downtown.com/

  129. 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.

  130. 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.

  131. 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 AFAR.com 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 🙂

  132. 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.

  133. 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.

  134. 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.

  135. 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!

  136. Isaac
    Isaac at | | Reply

    Hey Indiana Jo,
    Love your writing.

  137. 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.

    thanks!

    Brooke

  138. 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!

  139. Tina
    Tina at | | Reply

    Greetings from Singapore.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  140. 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!

  141. globalmouse
    globalmouse at | | Reply

    Thank you!! I’m going for it. I didn’t have any problems from blogger to wordpress.com 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!

  142. 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 WordPress.com – 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 – http://www.doncaprio.com/2011/12/moving-your-blog-from-blogger-to-wordpress-without-losing-traffic-and-seo.html

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

  143. 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 wordpress.com 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 wordpress.com 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 wordpress.com 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….!!!

  144. 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 🙂

  145. 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!

  146. 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.

  147. Stacey
    Stacey at | | Reply

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing!

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Glad to help!

  148. ToursLK
    ToursLK at | | Reply

    Very useful guide, anyone can learn something about blogging.

  149. 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.

  150. 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!

  151. 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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