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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Why do I never see any of the work I have done on the TP page? Is it not good enough?

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1355 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I don't curate the blogs, but here is what I gleaned from the Web site:

How do certain entries get featured on the main Travellerspoint Community Highlights page?

This is a manual process whereby blog entries are featured by volunteer moderators based on the quality of the writing, interest of the post or photography included.

Recent blogs that were featured involved current or recent international travel. The blogs are divided into global regions and by topics such as seafaring, long-term travel, road trips, working in travel, volunteering, preparation, etc. I suspect those who meet those parameters have a greater likelihood of their blogs being featured.

I also saw these on the Web site:

What does adding 'Tags' do for my blog?

Tags are used to categorize your blog entries, and you can add multiple tags to each blog entry. This is a great way to group entries as over time you will be able to view blog entries by tag, for example all your entries tagged as Sydney, or tagged Backpacking. You can assign any tag you want to a blog entry, for example the city name, or the type or name of the trip you are on. You can choose to display all the tags in the navigation part of your site by setting Show tags in navigation to Yes.

I want to get better stats on my blog, is this possible?

Yes, we offer all bloggers the option to include Google Analytics on their blog. Google Analytics provides really detailed stats tracking visitors, most popular pages, referrals and much more. Best of all, it's FREE - both to sign up with Google Analytics and to add this option to your Travellerspoint blog!

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I have not had any blogs featured, even ones that are current and that I am writing right away. Photos have been picked, but not blogs. Travel to Africa in 2018 nor travel to France in 2019.

I don't understand tags. I don't need to have more analytics.

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The tags are just to help people find your posts in a search. Put the main topics of that particular entry in as a tag. For example if you took a boat trip down the Dordogne, you would tag it Dordogne, river, boat_trip

When you have more than one word in a tag (like boat trip), you join the words with an underline.

It takes a little bit more time, not much, but it helps people find things they are looking for without having to spend a lot of time searching. Blogs that don't have tags are probably not much visited since they don't come up in searches except for the titles.

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

OK, I'll tag some of them. I guess it is like putting tags on my photos which I already do - mostly by year and location. I thought the tags looked messy if they showed. Must they show to be effective? Do I tag each section as I visit different places?

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

They don't have to show. You choose whether you want them to show or not. I don't show mine. The pictures are still tagged and still come up on searches; blog readers just can't see them.

Tags are very useful to you when you are looking for a particular photo or want to see all your pictures of a specific subject. If you look for fountains and Rome for instance, you would sort out all the pictures you had taken of fountains in Rome. It's a great feature.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Yes I have tagged all my photos. I just didn't tag the blogs

8. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1212 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I find having my blogs tagged helps me search for them too, especially if I want to go straight to a particular entry.

As to featuring, I don't moderate blogs so I can't really comment, but I guess some of the criteria might be the same as for the photos which I do moderate, e.g. that it should be likely to interest or appeal to other members, should be a different angle on a popular topic or feature something (a place, a sight etc.) not often photographed by others, be striking or eye-catching in some way.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I go to a lot of places that are not visited by many people. Okefenokee Swamp for instance. That was the last place I wrote up. I can understand that a mundane trip to Florida wouldn't be of interest, but I do think visits to out of the way places would be somewhat interesting.

I don't think the photographs are used as a criteria (except maybe for your blogs which are always beautifully photographed). In order for that to be the case they would have to actually look at the blog. On the old VT I usually put my most eye-catching photo at the top, but I don't feel I can do that here because it would be out of order.

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1212 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I go to a lot of places that are not visited by many people. Okefenokee Swamp for instance. That was the last place I wrote up. I can understand that a mundane trip to Florida wouldn't be of interest, but I do think visits to out of the way places would be somewhat interesting.

I don't think the photographs are used as a criteria (except maybe for your blogs which are always beautifully photographed). In order for that to be the case they would have to actually look at the blog. On the old VT I usually put my most eye-catching photo at the top, but I don't feel I can do that here because it would be out of order.

I didn't mean to suggest that the photos are a factor in featuring blogs, I only used my experience of moderating photos as the closest I had to go on in respect of how decisions are made.