How to Start a Successful Travel Blog

Readers often ask me how to start a travel blog so I wanted to finally give my proverbial two cents. Granted, I am not a professional travel blogger- while I do make some money from my blog, I earn the bulk of my income from freelance writing.

But starting a travel blog is one of the best things I’ve ever done. Through my blog I’ve formed a network of friends around the world, improved my writing and photography and secured freelance writing jobs (every freelance job I’ve gotten was through this blog!).

Many travel bloggers discourage others from starting a travel blog but I love having one. But I will say this- DO NOT start a travel blog intending to make money.

If you’re starting a blog solely to make money, start a beauty blog. A DIY blog. A mommy blog. (Or better yet, don’t start a blog and look for a high-paying job!) As far as blogging goes, travel blogging is not even close to being one of the lucrative niches.

Blogging is not for everyone. But if you have a sincere love for writing, compiling lists, taking photos and spending an inordinate time on your laptop, travel blogging might be for you.

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Read other travel blogs for a few weeks before buying your domain name.

Before you commit to a domain name, read other travel blogs. (Here is a list of my favorite blogs if you need inspiration.) Figure out what appeals to you- and what doesn’t. Pay attention to the little things like theme designs, commenting systems (Disqus v. CommentLuv) and About Me pages.

In retrospect I really wish I had done this- I jumped into blogging without knowing much about travel blogging and without a true branding for my site.

Speaking of branding, take time to brainstorm a creative domain name that really reflects who you are and what your site is about. Here’s Adventurous Kate’s guide to naming your travel blog.

 

Use WordPress.

Frankly I have no idea why anyone uses any other blog platform. The great thing about WordPress is that it’s infinitely adaptable- by installing Plugins you can create a unique site tailored to your tastes. And plus- it’s free!

As Nomadic Matt said,”If WordPress is good enough for the New York Times, it is good enough for you.”

 

Self-host your WordPress site.

It’s best to self-host your domain name (i.e. ashleyabroad.com rather than ashleyabroad.wordpress.com). This looks much more professional and gives you more control over your own site.

All you have to do is buy your own domain name and hosting package from a website hosting service. I use Hostgator for my hosting and couldn’t be happier with it- my site rarely, if ever, has problems and Hostgator has a chat feature that allows you to quickly troubleshoot site problems with representatives.

Here’s a great guide from ShoutMeLoud on how to install WordPress on Hostgator.

 

Buy a theme.

Unless you’re a code-writing whizz who builds websites in their sleep, you’re better off buying a theme.

I bought mine at ElegantThemes.com and am somewhat happy with it. One downside with ElegantThemes is the posting questions into the forum is a slow process- I wish that ElegantThemes had a live chat option like HostGator. I also dislike ElegantThemes’s annual billing system- I’d rather pay once and be done with it.

If I could do it all over again, I would probably go for the Thesis theme from DIY Themes*. It looks elegant and is supposed to be really easy to use.

*Note- one of my readers bought Thesis and notified me that it’s actually quite difficult to use if you don’t know coding, so it may not be the best choice for a beginner blogger!

 

Start social media accounts.

Upon launching my blog I also created a Facebook page, StumbleUpon account, Pinterest account and Twitter account, and now I also use Instagram. Out of these I’ve found that using just Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is plenty- and I’ve found Twitter is especially useful for networking.

Also, be consistent with your branding across social media platforms: i.e. Facebook.com/AshleyAbroad, Instagram.com/AshleyAbroad, etc. It looks professional and is simpler for everyone.

 

Create a Gravatar account and comment on other blogs.

Spread the word about your site is by commenting on other blogs. First, create a Gravatar with a photo and description. This is helpful because it allows for your photo and description to come up when you comment. It’s also a good idea to write your name like, “Chris from Chris’ Travels”, for more visibility.

Commenting is also one of the best ways to connect with other travel bloggers, and as some of my closest friends are travel bloggers, I can’t help but recommend it!

 

Guest post on other blogs.

Another great way to promote your site. Here is a link to my guest posts on other blogs and websites.

 

Write well- and don’t forget about spelling and grammar!

Good travel bloggers remember that blog posts should not read like a travel diary. Anything that sounds like, “So I woke up this morning and had eggs and then met this cool girl Sarah” has me lunging for the “x”.

Write useful blog posts that other people will want to read and share. Useful could mean entertaining, informative or emotionally moving- just try to ensure that others will find value in what you’re posting.

And don’t forget spelling and grammar. I use the built-in spell check function on WordPress and always double-check the copy several times before publishing. (Though some readers have commented that I make typos once in a while- my apologies!)

And poor grammar can derail otherwise high-quality writing- sentences like “I should’ve went” or “I could of done” make me shudder. For grammar I like Grammarly’s free grammar checker- my memory of AP Style is diminishing and it’s so helpful to have an automated checker remind me that it’s a.m. not AM.

 

Post prolifically… at least at the beginning.

When I started Ashley Abroad, I worked obsessively for about 12 hours a day for three months. I posted 3-4 times a week, emailed bloggers I admired, guest posted on as many blogs as possible, tweaked my site design constantly and read countless blog posts, articles and books on how to blog successfully.

That initial effort was so, so necessary, and so worth it. 18 months later, I still work hard on my site- I try to post 2-3 times a week and keep up all social media- but I definitely labored way more at the beginning.

If you’re just starting out, read this super helpful post from Nomadic Samuel: How To Create A Successful Travel Blog In Your First Year Of Blogging. It gave me a lot of motivation as a beginner blogger.

 

Don’t just write about travel.

To be honest I think a lot of travel writing is tired. I’ve moved away from, “What I did in [Insert Exotic Place]” to more personal topics like navigating life as a twenty-something and the downsides of long-term travel.

I think personal posts are cathartic to write as well as helpful to read. There’s nothing more helpful when you’re fighting through a dark time than to realize someone else has the same problems, from break-ups to weight gain to moving abroad.

Don’t forget- readers want to know who you are, not just where you went.

 

Take better photos (and resize them!)

To take great photos you don’t need a fancy dSLR- an iPhone or other smartphone will work just fine.

When I started my blog I read Bethany Salvon’s beginner photography guideGetting out of Auto. It was so helpful! I keep on hand and reread from time to time to refresh my photography knowledge.

Also, photo editing goes a long, long way- I used to use Picasa but now I use Adobe Lightroom which I got on sale for $100. For me it was a great investment that has really made a difference in my photos.

Reading photography blogs can inspire you to shake up your composition and shoot more creatively: I particularly love Paris in Four Months and Manger.

Also it’s best to resize your images before uploading them so that your web pages load faster- I resize to 600 pixels but a lot of blogger resize to 640 or 800 pixels. (P.S. you can easily resize imagines in Picasa or Lightroom using the Export option.)

 

Be original + be an expert.

My blog gained traction because it was a little unique; I wrote about the experience of living with a French family in Paris. When starting a blog resist the urge to be a jack of all trades; be an expert in something, whether that be yoga in India, scuba-diving in Thailand or working abroad in Australia.

The best way to do this (and this may be slightly drastic) is to live abroad for your first year of travel blogging. Now hear me out- by living abroad you will not only become an expert at something, you will also have time to run a blog (blogging on the road is awful). And you will also have a primary income and won’t be relying on travel blogging!

 

Figure out what your readers enjoy reading.

I find my most popular posts fit into one of three categories: Informative posts (i.e. How to Become an Au Pair), personal/emotional posts (Why I Honestly Came to Bali, Remembering My First Love- South America) and life-as-a-twenty-something musing posts (Is It Smart to Travel Young?).

The only way to figure out what your readers like is by trial and error. As you become more experienced you’ll learn which post ideas are duds and which are worth fleshing out.

 

WordPress Plugins I Love:

Akismet, All in One SEO Pack, CommentLuv, Google Analytics for WordPress, Jetpack by WordPress.com, nRelate related content, Simple Social Icons, Simply Instagram, WP Slimstat, WordPress Database Backup

Other plugins I use but installed a long time ago and kind of forget what they do: Disable Trackbacks, Google XML Sitemaps, Yoast Breadcrumbs, W3 Total Cache, No Self Pings

 

A few more notes:

A lot of readers ask me how long it took me to make money from blog advertising. I got my first ad money about six months into blogging. For more info on how to monetize your travel blog I’d high recommend Nomadic Matt’s Guide, How to Make Money with your Travel Blog- it’s what I read when I was first starting out. Also, I never reach out to advertisers- they email me and we go from there.

 

More resources:

Should You Start a Travel Blog?

6 Lessons I Learned in the First 6 Weeks of Blogging

The Reality of Being a Professional Travel Blogger

Should You Start a Travel Blog? The Dirty Truth

Should You Start a Travel Blog Before Your Trip?

Travel Blog Resources

 

Do you have a travel blog? What tips do you have for beginner bloggers?

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Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21 and has been traveling the world ever since. She's usually in pursuit of yoga, languages and perfectly ripe cheese and her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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72 Comments

  1. Love that you explained the Gravatar thing and can I tell you I feel like a moron for not knowing about how to do it until now? I just figured that the little blank person icon was somehow my destiny and had no clue how people got a custom image to display alongside comments. Oh man, I feel dumb. But hopefully I’m all set now. Definitely a useful post. ;-))
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    • Haha that’s so cute! I remember wondering the same thing myself. And your gravatar loks great! :)

  2. I will be passing this onto so many people who come my way with beginnging blogger advice! It´s a great summary of the whole blogging biz!

    I also should take your advice and read that guide of how to get out of auto, ugh I told myself I would learn how to truly use my camera MONTHS ago!
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    • It took me a while to finally read it too (procrastinator) but once I did I felt I learned a lot. I actually should probably reread it soon considering I mostly shoot in auto… is that terrible?

  3. Genesis is also a really popular theme that a lot of people argue is much better than Thesis, I’ve thought about switching to it a million times, but I’ve stuck with free themes thus far and have been pretty happy after some minor CSS changes that anyone could make through Googling.

    I think reading other blogs is the most important aspect of starting a new one, too. I have thought about just starting completely over because there are so many things on my blog I am unhappy with from the past. I definitely try to be a jack-of-all-trades, mainly because it’s what keeps me motivated since there’s not one thing I can write endlessly about at the moment, but I know it’s not a key to success, but rather part of my blog memory book.

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    • You didn’t buy a theme? Your site’s so amazing, wow! You should build websites for sure. And actually I disagree- I think your site definitely has a focus: expat life in Germany, the 20-something experience and au pairing are all what I associate with your site!

    • I always google best WordPress free themes and then a year. Right now I’m using Highwind and before I was using Smally, also free and great!
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    • Genesis is what I’m using to build my blog. I really love the .

    • I’ve heard great things about Genesis! I’d definitely look into it if I were to go for a redesign :)

  4. I haven’t a clue, and it sounds complicated to me, but I’m proud of you and how you learn and do. Love, Gamma

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    • Thanks, Gamma. I will actually be in Flint next week and would love to see you! :) Love, Ashley

  5. I’m so glad you wrote this!! When I first started, I was so discouraged by blog posts sort of telling me not to start a blog… It’s awesome that you gave this list. Literally identical to the steps I took except someone very lucky is going to see this and get to figure it out 3 months faster! lol If only you could have posted it back then ;) I hadn’t heard of slimstat though, I’m going to check that out!
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    • Right? So many bloggers just scare new bloggers away from even trying. I think most blogs are really negative and discouraging in that way. Well it’s good neither of us listened to them! :)

  6. Really fabulous info and wonderfully presented! (While I don’t have a travel blog, I will certainly share your site/post with those whom I encounter that desire building such)! Always fun to read your updates! Cheers!
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    • Thanks, Leah! I think the info I shared would work for any kind of blog but some of it definitely applies just to travel.

  7. yayyy i finally have a resource to point people to when i get those emails asking how to start a blog :):)

    all excellent points! while i refuse to monetize my blog for personal reasons, it is nice to see the steps people go through if they plan to do so. the only thing id like to add is that people should make sure they have a voice and be themselves. there are some really popular travel blogs out there that start as one person and are currently a different person. i understand evolving through travel and writing, we all do it, but it almost sounds like some of these blogs intentionally write controversial posts in order to get traffic. if the posts are good and you are yourself, traffic will DEFINITELY come :)

    hope all is well!
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    • That’s great advice- I should’ve mentioned too that it takes a while to find your voice and at the beginning your voice will feel stiff and academic from all of those essays in high school and college. And that’s true that so many bloggers change their voices completely- so much stuff out there these days is just sensational. Hope all is well with you too, Megan! Also I’ll be in Europe this spring and would love if we could finally meet up! :)

    • that is awesome! keep me posted on where you’ll be! would love to meet up, even if just for lunch somewhere! im sure ill be all around europe this spring on weekend jaunts here and there. and i plan to revisit a lot of places i have been before (which means ill be often in western europe…), so keep me posted <3 hope all is well!
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    • That would be great! I’ll shot you an email with my plans and we can try to swing something :)

  8. Excellent, excellent tips. I completely agree with your advice, especially the making money side of things! And write because you enjoy it, otherwise, it’ll become a chore and your readers will be able to tell.
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    • That’s true. I gave myself three months to decide whether or not I liked blogging. And at the end of the three months I decided that I honestly liked blogging so much I didn’t really care if I ever made money from it. If you don’t enjoy it you’ll never keep it up! :)

  9. This is a FANTASTIC post, Ashley!! Thank you for putting these resources together and sharing about some things that have helped make you successful!
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    • I’m glad you found it useful, Mary Beth! I tried to think about what I would have found useful when I was starting out… I remembered feeling so overwhelmed and confused by all of the info out there.

  10. Ashley, such great timing, I have been thinking about doing a travel blog and this was immensely helpful! Such great information, practical advice and thanks for making it “real”!

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    • No problem, Tracy! Travel blogging is awesome so give it a shot!

    • I’m glad you found them useful! I know I could’ve used a few tips back when I was starting so I tried to keep that in mind :)

  11. Another great post, Ashley…I wish I had this when I started out 2 years ago! I think I would give very similar advice myself, especially your recommendation to read other travel blogs (lurking haha) and to comment/become part of the community.

    I will, however, go down with the Blogger ship! :P

    I’m glad you encouraged people to write non-traditional, more personal-style posts (and especially NOT travelogues). One of my most-commented on posts was one I wrote about being homesick, something I think a lot of people could relate to but the post was also very real/raw.
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    • Haha lurking’s always helpful :). And Blogger?! WHY?

  12. I wish I would have read this post before getting into travel blogging. I just wanted a place to write trip reports for my personal tracking in case my friends or family wanted to do a similar trip. However, after awhile, I figured I would give travel blogging ago. I have learn most of what you pointed out by teaching myself, which is another great point to make. If you are not willing to spend time on your site, then blogging may not be for you. It is just as much about technology as it is about sharing travel!
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    • That’s so true! Technology is such a huge, huge part of it :)

  13. Love this! I started my blog very very recently after going to Ireland. I was inspired but my trip and had to let it out. I agree that you have to do it for you. :) Great post and great advice!

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    • Glad you liked it, Julia! And upkeeping a blog is a ton of work and it’s definitely even harder to do on the road!

  14. Great tips! I too think that travel writing can be tired sometimes. There are so many travel writers out there, but there are only so many ways to say the same thing. I liked your suggestion about writing about different types of travel related articles.

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    • It’s so true- I think we’re all tired of reading about “mist shrouding” and “nestled in the mountains” and “the jewel of xxx”. Emotions are much more interesting.

  15. Ashley have you checked out Squarespace? It’s probably a good bit more expensive than Host Gator/Wordpress, but the designs are clean, it’s very easy to use, and the customer service is fantastic.

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    • Thanks for sharing Sanders, those templates are gorgeous!

  16. Hey Ashley! Thanks for all this info!
    I just started my own travel blog so I just appreciated all I could read above!
    I was also using picasa and switched to LR :)

    I will save your blog into my reading list, it’s great!!!
    Pam :)
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    • Thanks, Pam! I checked out your Instagram account, it seems like you’re doing some pretty amazing things! :)

  17. This was truthfully such a helpful article! At first when I started my blog, which is about travel, I had such a hard time with it because no one knew about it or even read anything from it. But after reading this article, you definitely gave me great advice. So thank you!:)

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    • I’m so glad to hear it was of help! :) It definitely is hard to start a blog from scratch so good work!

  18. Wow, great information packed in here. After 6 months of blogging, I’m still swimming in the kiddie pool but I hope to progress soon. There is so much to learn and a lot of it has been trial and error. I have decided I am ready to upgrade my theme – but which one? Did I mention that there is still lots for me to learn?!? Other than the technical stuff, my biggest obstacle has been trying to fit it all in while working 50-60 hour weeks. I love reading other bloggers tips- I don’t want to drown in the kiddie pool! Thanks for sharing your advice Ashley.
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    • Wow, that’s a lot of work! Starting a blog takes about 50 hours a week in the first three months or so (in my experience!) so tackling both is a real feat. It seems like you’re off to a great start though! Love the blog name, by the way :)

  19. Hi Ashley,
    it’s me again :)
    I thought to share my experience with you and all the other readers, it may be of help.
    After reading your advices above, I signed up for Thesis DIY Theme, and I’m incredibly disappointed with it!
    I paid 197$ and what I got is a theme which is as anonymous as any other free wp themes, and it’s VERY difficult to customize! It might be a powerful tool, but believe me, it’s not easy at all and you DO have to know coding and stuff.
    I tried to get some help online but that too turned out to be quite difficult cause there’s not much tutorial online, and the few ones sharing advises are clearly pro web designers.
    I might sign up for elegant themes instead, hopefully will be more satisfying to a newbie like me.
    Thought to share this in case any other reader is considering signing in with DIY Themes.
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  20. Hi Ashley!

    Thank you so much for this post! My partner and I are planning a round the world trip at the end of this year. I’m French (glad you liked my country!) and she’s Australian. I met her 4years ago as I was backpacking in Australia. I had to stop my travels to get everything together to get a permanent Australian residency to be able to stay with her. Anyway, I brought her with me twice to France and transferred that travel bug to her. Now we can’t wait to leave again and have our own blog to share this with others. We had a blog a few years back , but nothing really professional and this post gives us great advice to get started so thanks again!

    Alycia&Jeremy

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  21. Ashley, this post is wicked! After ten years of traveling, I’ve finally decided to start a travel blog, and posts like this have been like my bible for the past few days. Thank you so much for the awesome info. I’m still struggling in the very early stages of learning WordPress, but I have so much backed up content that I’ve just decided to get the content out and learn the technicalities along the way.

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  22. Thanks for posting this – I found it really interesting.

    As a fan of travelling and writing, a travel blog is something I’ve thought around – I have some stuff up on travelblog.org, holiday posts, written for the benefit of family – but never really been focussed enough to investigate the sort of niche that would make it worth a wider public reading.

    Here in the UK, the last few years have seen a downsizing in the cultural production sector – book, magazine publishing etc – and it’ll be interesting to see to what extent blogs will step up to fill the void. I think Lonely Planet, Rough Guide et al are already seeing the impact. In some ways, this is a good thing – when you’re planning a jaunt somewhere, whether it’s just a holiday or something more substantial, it’s always good to be able to access personal views and impressions – but I think it throws up lots of other issues, particularly around reliability, impartiality etc.

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  24. excellent tips. I completely agree with your advice, especially the making money side
    Trekking in the Himalayas
    Icicles adventure treks is one of the biggest operators, running over 20 treks this year, with accommodation a mixture of loges to lodges on the classic standard trek to Everest base camp. An 15-day trek costs around 1380USD, which we will arrange in special way. Some of its autumn departures are already full, so hurry if you want to go in the heart of Himalayas this season.
    At the height of the season (October, November), several flights land at Lukla airport each day. The Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest base camp and used for altitude acclimatisation, now has better mobile coverage. So if you go in peak season, expect a crowd. Contact us soon and book your next trekking trip in the Himalayas
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  25. This post is continuously helping me! Thanks for helping me out Ash, your blog inspires me so much and whenever I’m near a computer Im always checking it and showing my friends!
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  28. Great article. I certainly think taking better photos is key. People want to be totally engaged in what you’re doing, and the best way to convey these far off locations is great shots.
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    • I couldn’t agree more. Honestly I don’t even read travel blogs unless they have good photography!

  29. An amazing conclusion, Ashley. As a pretty new blog writer, this is extremely beneficial and I’ll definitely be taking a great deal of the guidance to center.

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    • Glad to hear it Sally and good luck to you!

  30. Hi Ashley,

    Thanks so much for this article. Especially the part about the plugins was very useful. As a beginning blogger it is not always obvious what to use and what not. There is so much information out there.
    And I totally agree about the photos. Take good ones yourself, it says that much more about you and your blog. Anyway, this article is a good summary on how to start off well. Thanks for that :)

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    • Glad you found it useful, Sabine! I’ve really enjoyed travel blogging so I’m glad to be of help to others :)

  31. I’m a huge fan of your blog! You are such an inspiration! I’m in the planning stages of starting my own. Do you use mailchimp or aweber, or which do you recommend?

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    • Thanks, Kristin! I actually tried using mailchimp for a while but now just use WordPress Jetpack. I should probably get back to mailchimp though!

  32. Ashley,
    Do you carry your computer with you when you travel? And if so, what do you you use, and what precautions do you take to keep it safe?

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    • Yes, I take my MacBook on some of my trips. I put it in a protective case, have Apple Care (which is international) and put it in a PacSafe when I’m out and about. Also I usually have World Nomads travel insurance!

  33. Hi Ashely,
    Thanks for the great read! I’m getting to the point now where I’m not quite sure what steps to take to generate a more traction. I’ve got some decent numbers in terms of reader count, but nothing that I’m all too proud of yet. Your post has helped boost my enthusiasm a bit and I put some of these tips into action. In terms of creating content, it was interesting that you noted, “Don’t Just Write About Travel,” because that’s sort of been my motto. Of course the travel tips from what I saw to how I did it is all well and good, but it’s more fun for me (and others, too, I hope!) to get some of the random stuff you don’t find all that often on travel blogs/sites. Thanks again for your words of wisdom, and paving the way for the rest of us humble newbies. :)
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