Building a Successful Travel Blog

bloggers define “success” by a blog’s readership and how inspiring its content may be. Though there is not just one secret to making your blog a success, there are several things to keep in mind that will help build it up.

A blog is an opportunity to put your experiences, travels, photos, and anything else you may acquire while traveling, on the internet for others who may be seeking inspiration or advice. By using your real name on blog posts, your readers are able to connect with you, the creator, more easily. This personal connection may seem insignificant to a blogger, but it is important for readers to feel as though they are communicating with a real person as opposed to a machine.

While communication is one of the keys to successful blogging, you should also make it easy for people to contact you. Your contact information or contact form should be easy to find within your blog, and if you plan on being delayed with your responses due to travel, it is helpful to have an auto-responder. That way, readers will not feel ignored and you can maintain ties to your readership.

Another way to make communication simpler is by providing your readers with plenty of different ways to get in touch with you. By giving them options such as e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, you connect with a wider range of internet users. Social networking sites are a great resource to build a foundation to build your blog upon, and there are even networking sites specifically geared toward travelers, such as TripSay.

Communication and personality are the keys to building a successful travel blog. Your stories and photographs should be easy to relate to, so personal stories are a guaranteed way to build an audience. A wide range of stories and topics will allow for a wider range in audience as well.

Once you gain a following, you need to keep readers interested with new and consistent content. Your posts should be straight to the point and pictures are an easy way to keep people coming back for more. Writing while on the move is a way to generate content, but it is important to stay consistent with blog posts by creating a schedule for yourself. When you are too busy to write, you can post pictures, videos, and other content. Not only would you be creating a schedule for your blog posts, but for your readers as well because they will then know when to come back to your blog for updates.

You should never be afraid to take a break from blogging every now and then. But be sure keep your readers informed so that they may rest assured that you will be back to the blogosphere in no time. As long as there is an open line of communication, new and interesting content, and personality, you are on your way to building a successful travel blog.

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Travel Blogs – 3 Ways To Make Money

Where’s the first place people go when they want to take a vacation? Yes, it’s online.

Maybe they don’t even have a destination in mind. Perhaps they do and now they need to begin planning. It all starts with the internet.

If you have a travel blog, congratulations! These sites are just plain fun to research! A virtual trip when you can’t get away. But, for those who are looking for information on all things travel-related like air fare, lodging and news about their travel destinations, the travel blog gives them what they want.

Let’s look at some of the different kinds of travel blogs…

We have the bloggers who have one particular place where they return time and again. Simply because they find such happiness when vacationing in their paradise. With this love, comes learning everything they can.

Let’s say it’s a tropical destination. The travel blogger knows the best beaches, the hottest dining establishments and where to shop for everything from food to flip-flops.

Naturally, all this in-demand information is on their blog. They include maps, listings of hotels, resorts, restaurants and recreational activities. Anything and everything the place has to offer its tourists.

When someone does a search for the same place, voila! They find this travel blog with all their questions answered. Who else would you want to listen to? Someone with first-hand knowledge!

For another type of travel blog, let’s look at those where at first glance you may not think of as an exotic travel destination. Not to name names. You can fill in the name of your hometown or city. What? Why would anyone want to see a travel blog about where I live, you ask?

Think about it. What about the business travelers? Even small towns bring in the weary, overworked people traveling for business. They need to know about affordable lodging and decent dining. If they find the time to shop, they want to get something for their partners and kids.

Other popular travel blogs are by retirees.The ones fortunate enough to be able to choose an exotic location to live and play after getting through the rat-race. Not only can they share information for future tourists, but they are ideal to supply answers for others thinking of a state or country to retire to!

Now…we move to the savvy marketers who operate their travel blogs as a home based business. Either full-time or part-time. They love travel and making money from home. And, speaking of money, what’s the one thing all these travel blogs have in common? Most of them have AdSense ads on their blogs. When a visitor clicks on these Google Ads, they make money!

Many of these smart webmasters, along with listing products and places, have become affiliated with travel-related businesses. For example, when someone reserves a hotel booking or air fare, the business shares a commission with the blogger!

Now, to the best part. If you have a travel blog or website, would you like to be able to offer your tourist the ability to choose absolutely anything in the whole wide world? That’s right.

How about a cruise of a lifetime? An exciting train adventure? Flights to take them anywhere from Cabo San Lucas to St. Barts. Skiing on snow or water. An African safari?

And let’s not forget the new luggage they’ll need. New clothes, too. Heck, they can even pick up a new passport holder. Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Soon all travel web sites will have this system in place. And no two will be alike.

So fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!

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