During that time I have yet to really crack the formula that makes so many of my contemporaries’ blogs so popular, but what I have discovered is a great number of handy blogging-related websites, articles and eBooks that are incredibly useful for new travel bloggers like myself.
I thought I’d share some of the best ones with you:
Helpful articles for new travel bloggers
Basic, beginner travel blogging tips and advice: This blog post over at Go See Write is an excellent introduction for aspiring travel bloggers. It covers essential topics such as going self-hosted, descriptive URLs and driving traffic through social media.
Essential resources for new travel bloggers – setting up: The Road Forks’ guide to setting up a travel blog is fairly comprehensive with tons of links to other useful guides and travel blogs. It covers all the essentials to getting set up: getting motivated, picking a niche, developing a site and designing it.
How to improve your travel blog and get on the top 100: If you’re looking to crack the top 100 travel blogs then you’re going to want to give this blog post by Nomadic Samuel a read. He’s the one who collates this list, which is based on SEOmoz and Alexa indicators, so naturally his advice is worth paying attention to.
Travel blogging tips from the experts: An entertaining and informative series of interviews with well-known travel bloggers. These posts at Finding the Universe discuss everything from social media and traffic analysis through to the greatest challenges facing bloggers and ideas to generate income.
Useful websites for new travel bloggers
Blog Tyrant: Strategies, tactics and tips to help you dominate your blog’s niche. Don’t be put off by the overzealous guide to building a blog worth more than $50,000 (I’m a cynic), Blog Tyrant is a useful one-stop shop for guides on how to drive traffic to and monetise (or “monetize” to our American friends) your blog.
Problogger: An expert’s guide to the wonderful – yet challenging – world of blogging, Problogger is packed to the gills with useful resources for bloggers of all descriptions. From guides to the best WordPress themes to search engine optimisation and how to make money from your blog, you’ll find it here.
Think Traffic: Another think big, aim high website that promises a lot, Think Traffic is all about generating more traffic for your blog. It’s packed with helpful blogging resources and inspiration.
Travel Blog Advice: What would a formally educated anthropologist and former computer hacker know about travel blogging? A lot, as it turns out. Anil Polat has been a travel blogger for more than five years and this is where he shares his experiences, tips and advice about travel blogging.
Travel Writers Exchange: A community of travel writers, bloggers and journalists exchanging blogging tools, tips and resources. It has a great discussion forum for exchanging ideas with other travel bloggers and you can submit articles for the good of the travel blogging community.
eBooks for fledgling travel bloggers
How to Make Money With Your Travel Blog: Okay, so I’ve only read one eBook designed to help new travel bloggers – but I promise it is a good one. Starting with the basics, Nomadic Matt Kepnes (usually around #1 on the top 100 travel blogs list) takes you through creating a blog, building it and optimising it for search engines, before looking at ways to raise its profile and monetising it.
I do hope this list was useful. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be qualified enough to offer fledgling travel bloggers some advice…