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1. Posted by PatKeegan (Budding Member 7 posts) 23w

Hi there,

Any help / advice on starting up a travelling / travel blog. I have started one, I'm just wondering if anyone else would be willing to share there thoughts and ideas about how to grow it and appeal to a wider audience.

Once again, thanks.

- Patrick.

2. Posted by momentsofyugen (Budding Member 5 posts) 22w

Hard work and dedication! ;-)

3. Posted by PatKeegan (Budding Member 7 posts) 22w

Thank you for that marvellous piece of advice ;-)

4. Posted by Tabithag (Budding Member 52 posts) 22w

I started a travel blog when we began our travelling in 2011, but mine is just a journal style one, primarily for our families and friends to be able to see what we are up to and look at photos etc. It is public, and we do know that other people are reading it, but the traffic is low and I have no plans to monetise it.

It is a lot of work if you want to do it properly. I like to research the places and include information as well as just photos, and it all takes time, especially if you are travelling quickly and seeing a lot of places. I am currently horribly behind, having stalled for a long time, but trying to catch up again. I do have some article style posts planned but won't do those until I'm up to date.

I would suggest that you take a look at some of the established travel blogs, as many of them have posted on how to get started and build a blog. I know one successful travel blogger/writer and know that she has to work incredibly hard to raise the profile and readership of the blog.

Good Luck

5. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 22w

Check out many other Blogs, there are many here on TravellerPoint. Have a look at the same blog using different templates. See which template gives the most eye appeal. Read your blog as if you were someone else - if it is not interesting to you, it is probably not interesting to someone else.

Consider different text fonts & size.

Use a balance between photos & text. Use only your best photos. Don't make the entries too long. Have good titles - searchable titles.

I have Google Analytics on my own TravellersPoint blog - how to set it up is explained on the FAQ section. It is free & will give you an idea of who your blog is being seen by & where they are. It can be a bit addictive looking at the stats though.

If you have more than one blog, comparing them using Analytics will give you an idea of which one is doing better.

TravellersPoint's blogs allow you to insert maps - a great feature

Steve

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Apr-2016, at 07:25 by hasbeen ]

6. Posted by PatKeegan (Budding Member 7 posts) 22w

Thanks for all the wonderful tips people!

I will see what I can do, at the moment I'm focusing on Spain as it was the last place I visited before coming home to the UK.

Thanks again! :)

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 22w

Some of the information is a bit out of date, but this old article has some good tips on writing quality entries. It's from the point of view of my brother who was tasked with featuring the best blog entries on Travellerspoint at the time. Skip down to Tell your Story for the still relevant bits.

Some of the most popular blogs in the past month on Travellerspoint which you might find useful as a reference for what works (not all English):

http://vicki-h.travellerspoint.com
http://traceyg.travellerspoint.com
http://austintoargentina.travellerspoint.com
http://simony.travellerspoint.com
http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com
http://gentlemanadventurer.travellerspoint.com
http://globalsoul005.travellerspoint.com
http://sailboatscorpio.travellerspoint.com
http://http://hawkson.travellerspoint.com

Growing a large audience is very hard work though. The content is just the start really - all the marketing required is what will really take up tons of effort. I think all these bloggers who are getting the most traffic on Travellerspoint spend at least some effort promoting their blog on other platforms as well. Often they have niche audiences that really like that specific type of content.

In the end though, I think you should ensure you are blogging for the right reason - to have fun telling your travel stories. Too many bloggers (non-TP ones) get caught up in the hype and think they'll make good money blogging when the reality is pretty far removed from that.

8. Posted by goclute (Inactive 6 posts) 22w

Hii, You can make it popular by adding more and more travel experiences. It will drive away good traffic and start posting your blog link on social media sites where majority of the crowd is involved. Good luck for your blog!

9. Posted by plannergraph (Budding Member 2 posts) 22w

Hi : ) Totally agree with the above. It requires hard work and passions. There are lots of places you can share your blog posts, such as Google Plus, it has lots of different travel community that you can join and share your journey and posts. -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

10. Posted by riaarora (Inactive 3 posts) 22w

Heii...
Its really a nice blog to talk about Travelling.