Imagine getting paid lots of money to travel around the world and write about your experiences. It might seem like a pipe dream, but it is a reality for many travel bloggers. You can join their ranks if you are willing to put in the time and effort required to become a professional travel blogger.
To make money travel blogging, you first need to have readers. Lots of them. This is what will drive advertising revenue and what will attract corporate sponsors to your site. It will also give you an audience to sell products such as books.
But how do you get people to read your blog? Here are some tips for driving traffic to your travel blog:
The most important thing you need to succeed as a travel blogger is a passion for travel and new experiences. People can read passion and they enjoy getting swept up into it. Passion is contagious. You will only succeed at travel blogging if you really enjoy traveling and writing about it. Passion isn’t something you can acquire. You either have it or you don’t.
Find Interesting Places To Visit and Write About
No one wants to read about places everybody has seen or heard about. They want to read about exotic and out of the way places they can only dream about visiting. When choosing where to visit and what to write about, ask yourself this basic question: would you read an article about visiting this place? If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, find a different place to visit and write about.
Use Social Media To Drive Website Traffic
If this were a perfect world, people would come to your blog just because it was good. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world, so you need to drive them to your site. Social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can help do this. Whenever you post an article onto your blog, post a link to it on your social media accounts, along with the best and the most stunning imagery you can provide. Then, ask all your friends and family to repost these links on their own accounts.
Create an Email Newsletter
An email newsletter is a great way to build a dedicated audience that will read your content on a regular basis. The way to do this is by collecting email addresses from visitors to your site using a service such as MailChimp. Then, you can periodically send them an overview of recent articles you have posted to your blog. The trick is getting people to give you their email address. You can do this in two ways: by creating consistently interesting content and by offering a small gift if they subscribe, such as premium content or an eBook you might write.
Advertising on sites such as Facebook and Twitter can be very useful for driving traffic to your travel blog, as you can reach people based on specific interests. For example, if you have just written a killer post about traveling to a far off temple in Tibet, you can advertise it to people who have shown that they are interested in Tibet.
Kelsey is the editor at LuxAuthority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars and the smell of rich mahogany and leather bound books as well!