5 Helpful Tips to Build a Successful Travel Blog

This is a guest post by the talented Ryan Biddulph. He is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.

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When I tell folks that I have lived in places like Fiji and Bali for months at a time they look at me like I have 6 heads.

Few folks one earth get to enjoy these tropical paradises for days, let alone months.

For good reason: becoming a full time travel blogger is a fun, freeing, rewarding and yep, highly uncomfortable experience at times.

If this journey were comfortable and you didn’t have to face your fears on the way, everybody and their sister would be raking in big time bucks as a full time travel blogger.

This journey is not brutally painful or complex. I create blog posts. I promote other bloggers to build my friend network. I open income streams. I receive money for services offered. Fairly simple stuff.

But…..travel blogging becomes highly uncomfortable at times when the time and energy you put in doesn’t appear to be paying dividends. Most travel bloggers cower to their fears in these moments and either quit doing what is working (but what does not appear to be working aka an illusion aka an ego-created lie) and complain about their struggles, or some bloggers quit travel blogging all together.

When you sit with these uncomfortable feelings you can face, feel and release your deepest fears – highly unpleasant experiences sometimes, nut necessary – which helps you blog from an energy of love and fun, which helps you persist for the long haul, which helps you become a full time, professional, successful travel blogger.

Let’s dive into the tips.

1: Make Sure You Enjoy Travel Blogging

This one baffles me.

So many travel bloggers – and bloggers in general – begin blogging primarily to make money. Almost all of these paper chasers fall flat on their blogging face because when the money doesn’t show up for weeks or months or even years, they lose their motivation and quit.

The select few who actually enjoy writing about their travels become wildly successful because their passion inspires them to learn travel blogging, to study travel blogging, to practice writing, to create and to connect generously and to persist when the traffic and profits don’t appear to be rolling in.

For many years I had zero interest in travel blogging so I focused on a different niche. I just wanted to see the world without reporting my adventures.

When I did come to enjoy writing about my island hopping ways I dove into travel blogging full bore on Blogging From Paradise. Things took off for me and I never looked back.

You may enjoy traveling but make sure you have fun travel blogging because unless you have a passion for travel blogging you will be weeded out of the herd quite quickly

2: Create Helpful Blog Posts

Whether you focus on travel guides or more colorful travel stories from your globetrotting exploits, creating helpful blog posts positions you as an authority in the travel blogging niche.

Practice writing 1000 words daily in a Word document. Trash the document after you hit your 1K a day. Doing so gives you confidence and clarity in your writing and also helps you find your writing voice, all requirements to writing rocking blog posts.

Aim for an 800 to 1,500 word blog post every time out.

As for posting frequency you can publish one blog post weekly to share helpful content on a regular basis.

Add at least 1-2 (or more) colorful images to posts. Consider adding multimedia like videos and podcasts to create an authentic, personalized touch to your blog and to build an attention-grabbing, professional-looking brand.

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Ryan in one of the idyllic islands he blogs from 🙂

3: Build Friendships with other Travel Bloggers

Your friend network will help determine your level of travel blogging success.

As an individual you can only do so much. But promoting other bloggers through social media and on your blog, by commenting on other blogger’s blogs and by persistently helping top travel bloggers in as many ways as possible solidifies friendships.

Five, ten, fifty or more travel bloggers promoting your latest blog posts expands your reach far and wide, boosting your traffic and blogging profits. But in order to become friends with top travel bloggers you need to generously help them without looking for anything in return.

Publishing 2-3 paragraph, personalized comments on blogs is a fabulous way to build blogging friendships, as is promoting other bloggers both on your blog and through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

4: Add an Income Stream every 3-6 Months

Add an income stream to your blog every 3-6 months.

Slowly diversify your income to boost your overall blogging cash flow.

Monetize your passions. Don’t chase dollars or seemingly profitable income streams. The blogger determines the profitability of any one income stream based on their devotion to their creating craft, their clarity around working the income stream and their overall mindset around money.

Example; most travel bloggers all but apologize for earning affiliate commissions, explaining how the amount of money earned is usually small. This is a classic money limiting belief; it’s bad to make money because it annoys people so if you explain that you only make a little money, it’s not too bad, hence you won’t annoy readers.

I openly disclose how I may earn money through every single link you click on my blog. This disclosure fully covers my blog and also helped me get clear on the fact that I receive an energy called “money” for services rendered. That energy is neither good or bad. It is a simple means of exchange.

Get comfortable with receiving money and don’t apologize when you receive this energy, if you want to make more money through your blog.

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Blogging from paradise Indeed 🙂

Consider these streams:

  • Travel blog coaching services
  • Various consulting services related to travel or travel blogging
  • Freelance writing
  • Creating and selling blogging courses
  • Writing and self-publishing eBooks for Amazon Kindle
  • Writing and self-publishing eBooks on other digital storefronts
  • Converting your eBooks to audio book via acx.com
  • Converting your eBooks to paperback via Create Space
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Sponsored post revenue
  • Advertising revenue

Note how I left sponsored post and ad revenue for last?

There’s a good reason why.

5: Do Not Rely on Sponsored Post and Advertising Revenue Alone

For whatever reason, a unique form of madness strikes new or veteran but struggling travel bloggers; this lot believes that the best way to make money is through sponsored post and advertising revenue.

Unfortunately, people will only pay you to advertise their business via a sponsored post or sidebar ad when you run a successful, thriving, high traffic, respected blog in the travel niche.

Expecting to land sponsored post and advertising revenue before you create valuable posts and build your blogging friend network over months and years is like expecting to make a full time income through advertising revenue on your local cable access channel.

Until you have a big, targeted, engaged readership – which takes months to years to grow – do not rely on these 2 revenue streams. Focus on creating courses, eBooks and audiobooks in addition to offering consulting services to establish a more consistent, ever increasing blogging profit stream.

Your Turn

What tips can you add to this list?

How are you building a successful travel blog?

eBook

If you want a simple, practical guide for becoming a full time travel blogger buy my eBook.

8 Tips for Becoming a Full Time Travel Blogger

Further Reading

12 Pro Bloggers Share their tactics to drive an Avalanche of free traffic
Flipboard Traffic Secrets
How I bagged my first press trip in 5 months of Blogging and you can too!

So, friends, did you enjoy this piece by Ryan? Hop over to his blog for more awesome, encouraging and inspiring blogging hacks. 

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