Curious how to start a travel blog? Or, any type of blog for that matter? Well, setting up and creating your site isn’t nearly as difficult as you may think.
Here’s how you can start a travel blog in just five easy steps:
Choose a Blog Name.
This is easier said than done, especially since the market is saturated with TONS of travel bloggers. You’ll want to choose a name that’s catchy, not too long and that people will remember.
Purchase Your Domain and Get Hosted.
What does hosting mean? Basically, you’re renting space on the internet to hold your website’s data. Since starting my blog last year, I’ve used HostGator to host Flirting with the Globe. Thus far, I have found the hosting process to be fairly simple and straight forward, even for a non-techie like myself. If you’re a newbie (like I was), HostGator offers 24/7 live support via phone, email and chat.
WordPress is arguably the easiest and most well-known website creation tool and website content management system out there. Based on my experience, I would definitely recommend you use WordPress for your blog. HostGator offers super simple one-click WordPress installation, meaning there’s no need to upload or download files.
Build Your Site
I was surprised to realize this part was much easier than I anticipated it to be. With WordPress you can easily install a theme and plugins. Basically, a “theme” is what you install to give your site a particular look, layout and functionality. A “plugin” is how you customize your site. Thousands of plugins are available! You can find plugins to help keep your site secure, help you with SEO, customize your email list and newsletters, set up contact forms, add social media sharing buttons, etc. Some plugins you are required to pay for, but many are free.
Now, Blog, Blog, Blog…
Creating and setting up your blog is super easy. But, once you’ve done so, then the hard work begins. Becoming a successful travel blogger is NOT easy. Be prepared to work hard to create quality posts on a consistent basis and spend a ton of time marketing your blog via Social Media networks. For most bloggers, it’s a long, hard road to build a substantial following. If you’re wanting to monetize your blog (earn an income from it) or work with brands, it’s an even longer, harder road. Many travel bloggers blog for years and are unable to gain traffic they need to earn a substantial income from their blog. But, if you are willing to stick with it, dedicate yourself (and work your butt off), chances are, your hard work will eventually pay off. (You can do it!!!).
Not Sure About Taking the Plunge?
Unsure whether this whole blogging thing is for you and/or whether you are willing to pay to find out? You do have another option: you can build a blog for free through a site like WordPress.com. This way, you won’t have to purchase a domain or pay for hosting. But, there are some limitations to a free blog… For instance, you’ll have limited site themes to choose from, you can’t upload any free, paid or custom plugins and there are limitations selling ads (if you are hoping to monetize your blog).
Ready to go?
If are ready to start your own blog, you can learn more about HostGator or sign up for 30% off web hosting services here.
Are you a travel blogger? What advice would you offer to new bloggers?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Host Gator, but as always, all content and opinions expressed are my own.