Want to start your own UK-based travel blog?
If so, go for it. There’s nothing that should stop you from seeing your dream become a reality.
That being said, blogging is much more than just writing up a few posts and putting them out on the internet. The chances of you attracting the audience you want with that kind of a strategy are pretty slim.
So what do you need to do to start a travel blog? That’s what we’re going to talk about in-detail today.
Here are the top five things you need to know before starting your UK travel blog:
1 – Choose Your Platform Wisely
These days there are many different blogging platforms available to use, from Blogger to Wix to WordPress.
Out of these options, Blogger is by far the easiest to use and is a great platform to use for beginners, but it also arguably looks the least professional because you can’t make the ‘Blogger’ logo go away. Furthermore, Blogger restricts what you can do in contrast to other options such as WordPress.
If you want as much flexibility as possible with your blog, WordPress will by far be the best option. There are a nearly unlimited amounts of different designs to choose from to make your blog look as unique as possible while also being easy to navigate and mobile friendly.
2 – Brainstorm Content
This is your travel blog, so you get to create content about whatever you want to.
While documenting your own adventures may be what you’re looking forward to writing about the most on your blog, don’t forget to consider writing about other kinds of content as well.
Examples of topics that you can write about on your blog include beginner travel tips, how to get cheap flights and hotel rooms, how to pay for things in foreign countries, restaurant recommendations, or what to look for in travel insurance plans.
While these topics may seem boring to you, keep in mind that people looking for advice on how to travel may come across your blog through those kinds of posts.
3 – Focus on Quality Over Quantity
With any blog, creating high quality and valuable content is always far more important than posting a lot of content. In other words, one high quality post a week is better than five or six low quality posts.
Remember, people are taking time out of their day to come and visit your blog. Don’t you want them to feel like their time was worth it?
High quality content means more than having clear images and no spelling or grammar errors in your writing. It also means creating content that contains value (as will be the case with your informative or travel advice posts) or content that entertains people (as will be the case with posts about your personal travel adventures).
4 – Post Consistently
While it is important to focus on quality over quantity, it’s also important to remember to post consistently so people will know when to expect a post.
Writing multiple posts one week and then none the next is not a wise strategy. You need to create consistency through a schedule. For example, you can make it a rule that you’ll create a new post every Monday and every Thursday, and you can communicate this to your visitors on your home page.
5 – Monetize Your Blog
If you want to make money out of your blog, then you’ll need to monetize it. You can do this in a number of different ways: you can have ads posted on your blog where you’ll earn a few cents every time someone clicks one, you can collaborate with other brands to feature sponsored products, or you can include affiliate links to relevant products where you’ll earn a commission of the sale if someone buys it through your link.
Take note that monetizing your blog will only be successful after you have built your audience, so focus on that first (which you can best do through creating quality and valuable content like we discussed previously).
Starting Your UK Travel Blog
Starting a travel blog is meant to be fun, but it can also turn into a very lucrative business opportunity as well if you manage to gain enough readers. And assuming you do want to find those readers, the tips we have covered in this article will not be ones that you can afford to overlook.