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Travel blogging is the one thing I love doing most. I’ve been working on this travel blog since March 2018 and have been loving it so much. Today I’m sharing the things I wish I knew before starting a travel blog and what you should keep in mind before starting one too!
I wrote a blogpost about why I started my blog and it touches on the topics of my writings block as a teen and my love for writing. To be honest, I never ever once regretted my decision to start a blog. I want to give a small disclaimer before heading into the blogpost. I’m currently working hard om my blog to use it as a secondary income and hopefully in the future as my primary income. This might mean I have added things you have never thought of if you have a blog as a hobby.
As a side note here as well, my blog comes from a pure passion of writing. I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to start a blog or something related just to earn money. I personally think it’s so important to have a good intrinsic motivation to keep yourself motivated and happy while working on this project.
What I Wish I Knew Before Starting A Travel Blog!
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It’s so much more than just writing
Silly and naïve me thought it was all about just writing a blogpost and hit publish. There is so much more than just writing a blogpost. I never knew what an ALT text meant regarding an image or how keywords worked. Same goes with internal and external linking! All of this is related to SEO and it helps ranking your blogpost on the search engines.
You have a true learning curve
You learn so much after starting a travel blog about yourself and how you like to write, everything related to SEO, the pictures that work best in your blogposts and how you efficiently work on writing blogposts. Beside this, I never once thought about the amount of technical stuff going on around my blog. To be completely honest, I’m still not great at it but that’s when you contact your host and get the professionals working on the issues. However, I have learned some stuff about HTML and CSS which is nice!
I work from home a lot if I’m working on my blog. Read my blogpost including 7 tips for working from home productively!
It is possible to earn money with blogging
Honestly, I had no clue what affiliates were before starting my blog. To be completely honest again, I learned a lot about affiliates during my study which helps increase this learning curve. However, there are a lot of affiliate tutorials on YouTube and articles on Google for you to read and get more information about it. Let me know if you want me to write a blogpost and explain how everything related to affiliates work!
I am part of affiliate programs like Awin and separate affiliate programs like Booking.com and KLM. The main idea behind this is: if I link to an affiliate product on my website and one of you guys buy it: it earns me a small commission without any extra costs to you. You will always pay the same amount of money and never have to pay more if you buy from an affiliate link!
These are my favorite productivity tools for working from home on my blog. They will help you organize all your thoughts and stuff without feeling overwhelmed!
It takes a lot of work to promote your blog
I love promoting my blog on different social media platforms and Pinterest. Especially Pinterest is an awesome way to get more clicks to your blog. This is what a lot of bloggers use to grow their blog traffic. Same goes with Instagram, even though it’s harder to get clicks out of Instagram. Both of the platforms need you to be as consistent as possible, preferably daily which is a lot of work. I create about 3-5 new pins everyday to promote on Pinterest. It’s really trial and error with Pinterest but it is totally worth it!
You meet so many other bloggers!
I love the supportive blogging community and how we share tips with each other. Surround yourself with these bloggers and share your experiences and tips to lift each other up. There are bloggers who like to keep the secret to themselves, which is totally fine of course. I like to share tips and experiences with other people though and grow my own learning curve and help others. This is a great way to get new inspiration and perspective on your blog as well. Feedback can really improve your blog!
One way to get to know new bloggers or business people who give tips on starting a travel blog is by listening to business podcasts. They give you so much more insight about the business side of a travel blog. Read my blogpost about 5 inspiring business podcasts for productivity.
These are the five things I wish I knew before starting a travel blog. I wouldn’t have my life any other way and want to keep my blog forever. I just love it so much and it still makes me happy, passioned and excited to work on it. To me, it is totally worth the work and that makes it exciting and interesting as well. Just keep these things in mind if you’re thinking about starting a travel blog for the long term in the future and want to use the things I mentioned in this blogpost! Starting a travel blog is such a fun personal project as well. It’s all yours. You can write whatever you want.
Have you already started a travel blog or are you thinking of starting a travel blog? Let me know what you’d like to read next in my new travel blogging series!