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Create your own travel blog - that's how it works!

Would you like to create your own travel blog but don't know where to start? I know! That's why I wrote the following text: a small step-by-step guide in which I will show you how you can proceed based on remote thirst.

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Step 1 to your travel blog: Develop an idea that your heart beats for

Meanwhile I hear more and more that many are considering creating a travel blog “just” to earn money. The idea is legitimate, because blogging can be used to earn money. But until this sum is more than pocket money, you need patience and a lot of work to reach enough readers. That takes at least a year on average, depending on how much gas you open up.

That's why the most important step on the way to creating your own travel blog is: Develop a basic idea that will do something to you. Causing a tingling sensation, stimulating your creativity, behind which you see yourself and which you can imagine that could also be of interest to others.

Because without heart and soul, passion and fun, you will sooner or later lose your patience and motivation. You give up And that would be a shame!

This could help you come up with an idea for your travel blog:

  • What are you interested in? Which travel topic does your heart beat faster? (Feel free to collect all the topics you can think of here.)
  • Maybe there is a certain way you like to travel that you like to focus on?
  • Should it focus on a specific country, region or continent?
  • What is your passion, what would you like most about blogging? Is it design, photography, writing, video, social media, or maybe all of these?

Important: Be completely free and creative with these questions. Now it's not about reinventing the wheel or being a professional.

On the contrary: What counts now is plain and simple: Bock. Collect your topics, article ideas and say goodbye to inner critic and other boundaries. Your readers will notice. And you will automatically evolve as you blog.

From my own experience - How it was with Ferndurst:

Back in 2013, when the idea for Ferndurst arose, there were hardly any blogs that specialized in authentic insider tips and route suggestions for backpackers. So Elisa and I researched for our trips using travel guides and scoured the Internet in search of personally written and appealing content and experience reports that could help us for our trip. But we rarely found anything. That bothered us.

We asked ourselves whether it might be the same for others who, like us, like to explore countries off the beaten track. So we thought about how we could make our research, notes and experiences on site available to other travelers - and whoosh: the idea for Ferndurst was born.

We got to work straight away, because the motivating basic idea came from our love of writing - and we wanted to start our own project. We tried programming, despaired of the technology, created the first texts, dodged search engine optimization, swore a lot ... And a few months later - incredibly excited - went online.

What a moment !!

Since then we have been continuously developing Ferndurst, both in terms of content and appearance. Pure tips articles have given way to a combination of inspiration tips articles, we launched the first relaunch in spring 2016 and meanwhile we have also integrated advertisements and cooperation partners ...

Reeeelaaaunch:

Our advice: Don't be quite so perfectionist at the beginning and just give yourselves a try - and take help where you need it and get stuck.

You will learn and find your style over time. Not is set in stone, and that's a good thing! Try less to compare yourself to other bloggers than to learn from and network with them.

“There is no such thing as good. What is important is what is good for you. "

Step 2: find a unique name for your travel blog

If you have your idea, it's not far to the name. If you want to create your own travel blog to run as a hobby or for friends / relatives, the name is of secondary importance. If you want to make your blog successful in the future, it is not wrong at this point to take a little more time.

Characteristics of a good blog name:

  • short and on point
  • easy to remember and pronounce
  • representative and self-explanatory
  • original and memorable
  • unique and distinct
  • matching your concept

Maybe the name is on your tongue, but maybe not yet. These tips can help you:

Create your own travel blog - How to find a great name:

  • What is your blog?
  • Which emotions and adjectives do you associate with your topics?
  • Are there any proverbs or sayings that suit you?
  • What objects do you associate with your blog?

Collect all the terms and write them down. Now you can put the words together, think about it with friends, get inspiration from magazines, etc.

Other questions that might help you:

  • Do you want to include your own name? Examples: Ani thinks; Cats Cosmos
  • Should it be an English or German name? Examples: Thirst for distance; Planet Backpack

Now write down your favorites and check whether they are not yet available online:

  1. A first Google search will show you whether your favorites are already being used.
  2. In the DPMA register (German Patent and Trademark Office) you can ensure that you are not violating any existing trademark rights: https://register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/marke/einsteiger.
  3. At Denic you can see whether your domain (website) matching your name is still available for the German country code “.de”. Ideally, the DE domain is still free: https://www.denic.de/webwhois/.
  4. Knowem also shows you whether your name is available for social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.: https://knowem.com/.

Cozy brainstorming | Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

Step 3 in terms of creating a travel blog: secure your place on the internet (your domain)

In the previous step you have already made sure that your blog name is not yet taken on the Internet. Now it's time to secure your place on the World Wide Web.

You can either create a domain for your travel blog directly at WordPress.com or choose an external hosting provider. The latter has the advantage that all rights are yours and that the unsightly addition “.wordpress.com” is not attached to your name.

We recommend our hosting provider "All Inkl" (affiliate link).

PS: Even with All Inkl there is the possibility to check on the front page whether your domain is still free.

Step 4: Create a travel blog with WordPress

I am so glad that WordPress is here. Seriously. And I don't know any blogger who doesn't work with this complex, yet easy-to-use editorial system. It offers you all the functions you need to create your own travel blog.

How to install WordPress:

If you have hosted your domain with WordPress, you can simply get started with your login data. If you - like us - have chosen All Incl, proceed as follows:

  1. Log into your KAS. You received the access data after placing your order. You can find your KAS at All-Inkl here: https://kas.all-inkl.com/
  2. In the KAS click on “Software Installation” in the menu on the left and then select “Blog> WordPress” from the list on the right.
  3. In the next step, enter your blog name under “Domain” on the right and choose the given “domain path” out.
  4. On the following page you create a database for your domain. Select “create new database” and leave the comment in the line below untouched.
  5. On the following page you create a database for your domain. Select “create new database” and leave the comment in the line below untouched.
  6. After you have ticked all three boxes below, you can start installing your software by clicking the button belowStart installation now ”.

WordPress will now be installed and you can get started in minutes!

Step 5: Using WordPress - an overview

First of all: Welcome to your own travel blog! :)

1. The editor - creating contributions:

Similar to Word, you can write your articles here in an editor and put them online. Just click in the menu (left sidebar) on "Posts" and "Create". The editor opens and you can, among other things, Insert a meaningful title at the top, change the link to your article, enter your text, format it and insert images (via "Add files").

2. Designs - give your travel blog a face:

You also have the option of choosing the right one for you from hundreds of free designs ("themes"). With just one click! This theme not only defines the appearance of your blog, but also the basic functions. To look at designs, click on the menu item "Design" and then on "Themes".

To create your own travel blog, you also need a design - the WordPress library offers a lot of choices:

Attention with the design - this is how it was with Ferndurst:

From our own experience we can say that perfectionism does not help here - especially if you cannot program and are not a designer. There will be no such thing as the perfect design. Unfortunately. The motto here is:

"Done is better than perfect!"

It is important that you install the theme and take your time to familiarize yourself with the functions. Every theme is different. The best thing to do is to search the library with the keywords that are important to you, install the theme and see what options are available to you in the "Customizer" (see screenshot).

Under "Design> Customizer" you can make initial settings, such as changing the color, inserting a logo, etc. For this you should have already published a few posts so that content appears on the page at all. If your texts are not yet ready, you can also work with dummy text first.

Ferndurst and my new blog Soulflake are equipped with themes from Elmastudios. These are chargeable (currently € 18 per theme), but you will also receive video and text instructions with lots of suggestions on how to design your blog.

3. Add additional functions through plugins:

You can easily install plugins that give your blog additional functions and thus offer your readers or your blog added value. In our online course, we'll tell you which ones really make sense and add value to your blog.

For example, we recommend the Cookie Law Info plugin to display privacy notices. The Yoast SEO plugin also makes sense as a search engine optimization aid.

4. Other:

  • In your Media library you can manage pictures, videos and PDFs.
  • Create categories, keywords and menus and give your travel blog one good structure.
  • You can make your own Set up author profile and provide this with a profile picture.
  • Do not forget,important legal pages such as the imprint, a disclaimer and data protection information to put on.
  • Introduce yourself and integrate one About-me-page.

Step 6: Publish your first posts on your travel blog

Let's get to the heart of your blog: your content. Now the point is that you let off steam and create great articles for your readers. What these look like is entirely up to you. There is no “should” or “must”. And that's just as well! It is only by finding your own style that you ultimately differentiate yourself from all the other bloggers out there.

What I can recommend to you, however, is to pay attention to search engine optimization with some articles in order to attract readers. Because: No matter how unique and inspiring your articles are - if you can't find them online, they can't be read either.

How do you write good content?

  • Choose a meaningful headline.
  • If possible, write over 800 words - longer tends to be better, but it is important that you focus on the needs of the user.
  • Use subheadings to organize your text.
  • Avoid long running texts by including paragraphs and images to loosen up your article and offer the reader something to look at.

In our course “Blog expansion made easy” you will find instructions on how to optimize your images and blog articles for search engines - and what you can also pay attention to in order to make your blog as visible as possible.

Authenticity first! Courage to change

Blogging is more than a hobby. Blogging is self-realization. And that's why nothing is fixed once you've created your own travel blog. Because every person changes, and what you consider valuable at the moment may look completely different in a few months / years. Therefore: just get started, be yourself and learn from yourself and others!

I can give you that as a big tip on the way.

Because: Last year before the trip around the world, I had a crisis of meaning and noticed that pure tips articles no longer knock me off my stool and that I am getting increasingly bored. In addition, there is the travel blogger dilemma: the more insider tips you reveal, the more you contribute to the fact that places change as a result of (mass) tourism. That preoccupied me and us more and more.

I also missed the editorial writing. That is why I am now focusing more on travel reports and sustainability - and in the future I want to make greater use of our reach to do good to people and places that have done us good.

7. Create a travel blog checklist: thought of everything?

  • Have you published one to three articles that can also be read easily on the go?
  • Have you created a menu that your readers can use to find their way around?
  • Does your website have legal notice, data protection and a disclaimer?
  • Does the Cookie Law Info Plugin show the data protection notice?
  • Have you created an about me page?
  • Have you optimized your first posts for search engines?
  • Are your contributions written in such a way that you offer your readers great added value?

If you can answer all questions with YES, go live! If necessary, create social media profiles for your blog and carry your baby into the world!

I am very happy if you share your blog here in the comments! And if you still have questions: always here!

All the best, Sina

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Hi, I'm Sina, studied journalist and media manager, vegetarian, yoga-loving and above all one thing: thirsty for far away. I love to travel a country intensively - and the feeling of happiness when a place completely captivates me. Traveling and writing remained hobbies for a long time. That went well until I flew to Thailand for the first time and fell head over heels in love with the land of smiles. 1.5 years later, despite massive (security) fears, I quit my job and went on a big trip with my boyfriend. Without return ticket. Since then, my life has changed a lot: I started my own business as an author and blogger, published my first book, cultivated slowness and tried to give less and less strength to my (existential) fears. If you thirst for a long way off, I take you on my travels - and I want to give you the courage to listen to your heart and live your dreams.