Last Updated on: May 01, 2022
Not a single day has gone by since last 2 years when I haven't been requested to answer this question - How to start a Travel Blog - on Quora , on Facebook Messenger &/or on my mail. While I tried to answer in brief individually many times but going by the shear frequency of this particular query being raised , I finally decided to write a detailed and comprehensive Blog to answer the subject question as well as the related matters.
But before jumping on our main subject , it is very important to understand what exactly works and what doesn't in the world of Travel Blogging . So lets try to understand the basics first :
The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes
The Quote above perfectly summarizes the difference between a tourist & a traveller. While a tourist's wanderlust will urge him/her to always look out for new places , a traveller would rather be happy exploring the unexplored sides of a place which he/she might have visited quiet a few times.
And if you can honestly see yourself in the latter category i.e. as an ardent traveller and you have a knack of telling stories , then you are a perfect candidate to start a Travel Blog and that exactly answers who should start a Travel Blog .
To understand the nitty grittes of Travel Blogging community , it would be useful to split this discussion primarily under two heads :
Just to reinforce & emphasize on what I have mentioned so far I would like to put across a statement in a very simple language - Please start a Travel Blog only if you are really an ardent traveller & an equally passionate writer and not just because you have heard or read about perks of Travel Blogging and you too want your share of publicity . Sorry guys, such expectations will only bring disappointment for you because it doesn't work like that . More on it later in this write up under the head - Key to a successful Travel Blog but lets first learn what causes the painful closure of once promising Travel Blogs.
After having seen & observed a lot of Travels blogs in last few years that became redundant after initial rise , I could finally figure out some of the most common reasons for a Travel Blog to fail .
What really happens is that after going through picturesque posts on instagram or other social media platforms and / or after reading about various lucrative perks associated with Travel Blogging like mutlti-digit earnings of popular Travel Bloggers, their life-style, their fully sponsored lavish vacations to some of the most exotic places ,etc etc. , many a times a traveller/tourist or even a routine person starts thinking that hey ! Why shouldn't I give it a try ,for who doesn't crave for such a profession where you will live a luxurious life & will rather get paid for it and so , they start their own Travel Blog without making any efforts whatsoever to first learn some basics of blogging .
What they conveniently forget or choose to ignore is the years of consistent efforts & hardwork that these immensely popular travel bloggers have put into their work while publishing hundreds of posts /articles before finally getting noticed in a big way . Anyone who is planning to start a Travel blog must understand these two very fundamental things that rule the Creative World of Travel Blogging -
While the definition of a successful Travel Blog is very relative but generally by a successful travel blog we mean a Blog which is popular & happening in true sense. A successful Travel Blog is one which is generating a good revenue while creating some truly useful & high on information Travel write -ups thereby creating a win-win situation for both the readers and as well as for the founders.
Now coming to our subject , well "Content is the king" - Please mark my words , among the sole & whole things on which success of your Travel Blog depends, Content is right there at the top . No matter what you do , how aggressively you promote your Travel site , how many agencies you hire to work on your site's SEO (Search Engine Optimization) , how many backlinks you create - all these will work if & only if you keep on publishing original , unique , interesting ,informative and plagiarism free Travel articles on your website .
Just check any of the Top 50 Travel Blogs of World / Asia / India . You will find that while interfaces are quiet different , but each of them is loaded with really high on content Travel write-ups.
Besides the content though ,there are a number of other factors too that may help a Travel Blog on its way to success . If I have to single out 02 of such Critical factors , then they would be
You will learn about both of them gradually as you continue blogging . For now, it's time to get back to basics :
For my to-be Blogger friends who have to start everything from the scratch and those who want to learn the a,b,c of starting a blog ( Travel or otherwise ) , another article of mine published earlier may really prove to be very useful . I am saying this based on the feedback that I received for the this particular article the link of which has been mentioned below :
Blog writing – The Dilemma of a beginner and how to actually get started !
But as a ready reference , I would strongly suggest Beginners to follow the steps mentioned below in the same order to increase the chances of success of their Travel Blogs :
I hope you found the article useful as I have specially penned it with all my heart & experience to help many who just want a little knowledge & who knows, they might end up as the most sought after Travel Bloggers. Please share your feedback in the comment section below and / or at insideoutwithrahulyuvi@gmail and let me know what else you want me to write on .
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