Travel Blogger Resources + How To Start A Travel Blog

Here I am sharing a few hints and tips for starting a travel blog. All my knowledge has been learned as I’ve progressed with my blog so I will update this as I go along.

Some of the recommendations are for FREE resources, woo hoo, everyone loves a freebie! I’ve also included some paid for options, but these are all tools that I’ve paid for and used myself. Feel free to ask me any questions and I will give my honest thoughts.

If there’s something missing that you want to know then feel free to drop me a message in the comments below

Starting a Travel Blog

WordPress.com or WordPress.org

I never really understood the difference between these two until I created my website initially on WordPress.com then a month later I realised the difference and changed to WordPress.org!

Ask yourself this question

Are you setting up your blog as a hobby or do you want to monetise it (now or at a later date)?

  • If you are setting your blog up as a hobby then WordPress.com will be perfect for you.
  • If you want to monetise your blog, it doesn’t necessarily have to be right away. Then you will need to choose WordPress.org

WordPress.org will involve choosing a Doman name and setting up with a host.

Hosting Providers

Bluehost

I started with Bluehost but even before my year contract was up I swapped to Siteground.

Why?

I found the customer service with Bluehost was awful. As I was new into blogging I came across several issues and things I didn’t understand. The live chat took forever and generally wasn’t great.

Siteground

So I asked around and had recommendations from fellow bloggers to swap to Siteground as it was apparently better for your page speed.

Also, their customer service and live chat are 100 times better. It’s a decision that I’ve not regretted since the change.

And yes, my site speed is good 🙂

Choosing your Website Name

Your website name is an important decision, whatever you choose will remain with you. Of course, you can change it but it’s a real pain so be sure you’re happy from the start.

I wanted my blog to be personal hence using my name – Becky and I also wanted to be clear about what I did, hence Becky the Traveller was born. Not overly creative but I’m happy with it.

The downside is that if I ever wanted to sell my blog in x number of years it would be very difficult unless there was another Becky who wanted to buy it haha

Social Media

Once you’ve decided on a blog name before you buy the domain name first do your research to make sure the social media handles are available.

  • In my opinion, the main ones are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

These are the handles I chose for each of mine, you’ll notice that Twitter and Pinterest are slightly different. This is mainly due to the character limits.

Feel free to give me a follow (hint, hint) 🙂

Facebook – @beckythetraveller

Instagram – @beckythetraveller

Twitter – @becky_twitter

Pinterest – @beckytraveller

 

How to Monetise your Blog

Coming soon

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments

Travel blogger resources for Social MEdia

Tailwind

This is a scheduling tool for Pinterest, it creates new pins for everything you schedule. Click this link to try the free option and if you decide to sign up is will also give you $15 off (I receive $15 so helps me out too!)

Missing Lettr

This is another scheduling tool for all your blog posts. You can click this link to try the free option or if you like you can sign up for the paid for option (this is what I use now). This link will give you 1 month for the price of 6 months – Woo hoo!

Free option – 1 site, 2 campaigns per month and 1 social

Paid option ($15 per month) – 2 sites, 4 campaigns per week and 4 socials

Buffer

Buffer is a tool for scheduling your social media. There is a FREE and a paid for option.

I use the FREE option which suits me at the moment but maybe I will change at some point in the future.

The free option gives you 10 free schedules at a time and you can connect up to 4 social media channels. I only use my Buffer for Twitter.

The paid for options give you 100 posts per social media and you can connect up to 8 social accounts.

Cost per month is $15 or the annual cost is $144*

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is another scheduling tool. You can schedule more content for free, up to 30 per month. But I prefer Buffer even though I can schedule less. I find it easier to use and schedule quicker.

Travel blogger resources for SEO

KeySearch

Want to get serious about SEO then this is my favourite tool to use. Yes, it’s a paid for tool but if there’s one thing I would recommend over and over again it’s Keysearch.

You can get 20% discount with this code

Google Analytics

Link your website up to Google Analytics as soon as you can. You own website data is the most valuable when it comes to optimising your own website

Google Console

This is a free tool. Be sure to link this up with your blog.

 

Other Useful Blogger Resources

Canva

I use this to create graphics for my pins on Pinterest. The best thing is that it’s FREE!

It’s also handy for creating your media kit and rate card once you become more established and are looking to monetise your blog.

Siteground

Looking to swap hosts?

I swapped from Bluehost to Siteground as it is better for your page speed. Plus has great online customer service.

Be sure to check out what deals are on offer, especially around Black Friday!

TinyPNG

This is great for re-sizing photos and graphics on your blog.

As you start to grow, you’ll realise the importance of your website speed and by reducing the size of your photos now, it will save you from going back over every single post!!

Other Bonus Resources

Airbnb

Here’s £25 off your first Airbnb stay

Moo business cards

I absolutely love my Moo business cards and with this link, you can get 25% off your first order (I receive a voucher as a thank you too!)

Wunderlist

Wunderlist saves me when I have a hundred blogging jobs to do at once.

It’s a simple checklist which you can use in everyday life but it’s perfect for keeping track of your blogging tasks.

 

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