Start Your Own Travel Blog
If you are reading this site the chances are that you are like me and have a passion for travel. I make travel sites because I love to travel and I am interested in the travel industry.
When I first started making web sites in 2001 it was because I wanted to publish my knowledge about travel. I had no idea that I could make money from it, but it was a passion that I wanted to follow. Making travel information websites is now my full-time (dream) job.
If you are going to create websites it should be about a subject you are passionate about – something that you enjoy doing in your spare time. So even if you never make any money from it you will still enjoy doing it.
Those hoping to make a quick buck out of travel websites and aren’t particularly interested in the subject, then this site isn’t for you. Besides, the internet is full of enough passionless and spammy websites without another one being added to the pile.
Before you get started ask yourself what type of travel blog you are starting?
A travel blog can be a personal travelogue of your travels, or it can be an information site about any travel related topic.
Is your travel blog going to be a hobby site or is it something you want to develop into a full time business?
If you are considering creating a site as a business, you will need to put a lot of hours into your site. The days of the “build it and they will come” approach to making websites are over, if they even existed. When I first started out I spent a year of doing not much else in my spare time but developing my websites. In fact, it might make you unsociable.
This is why you should consider where you want to take your blog. If you know it is a creative outlet where you spend a few hours a week adding content then at least you know where you stand.
If you are making a hobby travel site, Travel Bloggers Guide will be just as useful to you as to someone setting up a commercial travel blog.
Personal Travel Blog
Starting your own travel blog is a great outlet for creative expression. As well as showcasing your writing and photography talents, you can build relationships with other travel bloggers and create your own community of like minded people.
Not everyone who starts a travel blog intends to become a full time blogger. Most personal travel blogs are travelogues, made for the purpose of keeping friends and family up to date when on the road, and as a permanent record of a trip.
Just because your site isn’t commercial, it doesn’t mean you can’t be professional in your approach to blogging. Afterall anyone can see your site, so why not create something to be proud of.
Travel Bloggers Guide will feature writing tips from active travel bloggers, tips on how to get more visitors to your blog and blog design tips.
Information Travel Blog
A travel blog doesn’t just have to be about your travels. There are so many subjects (niches) you could possibly blog about, the options are endless. It could be a destination guide, a travel gear review site, or an air travel news blog.
If you are going to start an information travel blog, stick to what you enjoy. Pick a subject that interests you and specialize in that. Starting a general travel news blog will get lost in the wilderness of all the travel news sites that are out there.
Starting an travel information blog is ideal if you have a keen interest in your chosen subject. You don’t need to be an expert in the field when you start. You will learn things as you go, and perhaps in the process become the expert in the field.
One of the most enjoyable aspects I have found about running travel information blogs is that it keeps me talking about travel even when I am at home.
If you do find yourself “grounded” in your city for whatever reason, you could create a travel blog about your own city. Afterall the city you live is a tourist attraction for someone else. It is easy to be the expert in a chosen city if its your own.
When you know what sort of travel blog you want to create you can get started right now. That is the beauty of making websites. There are no permits needed to get started or the requirements of large amounts of capital to fund your business.
Follow Travel Bloggers Guide for what you need to know to make your own travel blog.