How to start a travel blog and make money eBook

Most people love to travel or go on holiday. Many of these travellers and holidaymakers are able to showcase their travels and their holiday pictures to the world through their blogs. They are able to publish their itineraries, their photos, videos, travel tips and so on for the world to see. Some are able to make money from it and some are even able to fund their travels from the money they earn.

Unfortunately, many are not able to start their own travel site let alone make money from it. This is because they don’t know how to do so. Starting a travel blog can be quite an intimidating task. There are so many technical things to think about such as buying a domain name, choosing web hosting, setting up domain name servers, setting up content management systems and finally publishing content. The technical aspects are the most difficult part of starting a travel blog. In fact, I found the technical aspects quite difficult. But when I got the hang of it, I realised that all these things are not hard at all.

Enjoying myself in Southern France
Enjoying myself in Southern France

How to start a travel blog

In order to start a travel blog, one needs a domain name, web hosting, content management system, social media presence and ability to write compelling content on a frequent basis. Although, one can start a travel blog free from the numerous free blogging services such as Blogger.com and WordPress.com or Tumblr but, none of these sites are owned by the blogger and ultimately remains the property of the blog-publishing service providers. Nonetheless, Blogger which is owned by Google still remains a very popular blogging system and allows one to use a custom domain name and get rid of the extension blogpost.com. This facility makes Blogger a very attractive system for starting a travel blog or in fact any blog. Take a look at this particular blog of mine which is also using Blogger. All I have is a domain name and you can see it’s a fully fledged blog with no hosting. Great thing is that I don’t have to worry about hosting or running out of bandwidth.

Both Blogger and WordPress allows one to create free blogs with their extensions blogspot.com and wordpress.com respectively but at same time, they allow bloggers to buy and redirect their free blogs to custom domain names.

However, if one is serious about travel blogging, they must be prepared to use a system that allows them to control all aspects of their blog. WordPress.org which is a free and open source blogging system is one of the most powerful and widely used blogging platforms today. They allow a blogger to customise every aspect of their blog. Most if not all of the popular travel blogs are hosted on this platform including this one.

In order to start a travel blog with WordPress, one will need to buy a domain name which can be bought from Namecheap, Godaddy and various numerous registrars out there. Webhosting with cpanel is then required so that WordPress can be installed on the server quickly in a few easy clicks. Some of the most popular webhosting for WordPress include Hostgator, Bluehost, Godaddy and Dreamhost. My hosting is hosted on a dedicated hosting from Hostgator. I have outgrown my shared hosting facilities and this blog now requires dedicated hosting.

After WordPress is set up using cpanel, the travel blogger can now start publishing their travel posts and showcasing their travels to the word. However, it does not end there. There is really no point publishing anything, if no one’s going to see it. In order to be successful as a travel blogger, there are many things to take into account. For instance, the blogger will need to have a strong social media presence and use it effectively in order to get traffic. Social media has the ability to drive large number of eye balls to the blog. If used properly, it can be fetch huge numbers of visitors.

The traffic to the blog is what matters and this is what a blogger will need to have to make money from their travel blog. This is where most bloggers fail. Now that more and more emphasis is given to blogs that are rich in content either in the form of written content, pictures, videos, infographics etc; it’s important to write good attractive content that has the ability to go viral on social media. Sharing on social media particularly Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn is becoming more and more important. It also appears that Google and many of the other search engines are taking a note of those blogs that have a large number of shares (although this is currently denied by Matt Cutts – the head of web spam team at Google). You can check his blog here and keep an eye on his posts. He’s probably one of the most important person in the search engine world to be following.

On the beech
Me on the beech

How to make money from a travel blog

There are many ways to make money from a travel blog. This includes the use of contextual advertisements such as Adsense, Infolinks, Chitika, Yahoo Bing Network, Kontera and so on. But it’s very hard to make money from these as the blog needs huge traffic to convert into something substantial. For most bloggers, they make pennies and nothing more than a few dollars a month.
Other ways include; direct link selling, affiliate marketing such as from products chosen from Amazon, Clickbank or travel affiliate programmes. Most major hotel and ticket sellers have affiliate programmes. But to be frank they are not really money makers. Most visitors to a travel blog are not coming to the blog to buy travel tickets or book hotels. In fact, they are coming for information and when they come, they read and they go. So what do you do?

Another method is through guest posting. Many bloggers including travel bloggers publish guest posts written by their blogger friends or followers. Some only publish paid guest posts if you give them money. This is an open secret that money is being asked for publishing guest posts. This means that a blogger pays another blogger for featuring their article. Some are charging as much as $500 a post.

Another way to make money from a travel blog is offering writing services. More and more travel companies, individual bloggers and content creators now require content. A good travel blogger can offer their writing services and make decent amount of money by just setting up a sales page on their travel blog. I have my own page set up and offer various services and get contacted every now and then.

Offering advertising space is another great way to make money from a travel blog. Many companies are looking for advertising spaces on travel blogs. Most of these spaces include in the sidebar or sometimes even in the blog post itself. In fact, the sidebar is like real estate, you can rent it out, put your own products on it, affiliate links and so on – the potential is endless.

Many companies are now offering money or even freebies to travel bloggers to blog about their products. This allows the blogger to test products and then write about it.

Do you want to start a travel blog – I can help

Do you want to start your own travel blog? Have you ever wondered how some are able to start their own travel blog and show case their travels or their country to the world and make money from it? But you don’t have the necessary technical expertise for setting up your own blog let alone make money from it.

Don’t despair!

My new book on starting your own travel blog is now available on Amazon. The book is called “How to start your travel blog and make money”. It walks you through the various steps from setting up your own travel blog and generate revenue from it. The book will walk you through the entire step from the very start from registering a domain name to setting up WordPress or Blogger, the two main blogging platforms. There’s an extensive chapter on the use of social media and how to get traffic from it.

How to start a travel blog and make money
How to start a travel blog and make money (Me visiting castles in Europe)

You have everything in this book to be successful…

It’s the entire blueprint for you to follow, I have hidden nothing. The topics that have been covered in this book are given below. In fact, these are the very topics that I had difficulty in and most bloggers actually face.

The first half of the book is about setting up the travel blog and the second half consists of topics on creating content and what a travel blogger must do in order to make their blog visible and get traffic. The final chapter is about how to make money from the travel blog. Some bloggers just rely on the same old crap contextual advertising as mentioned above and then after a while get fed up and ultimately give up. I have a great list of all the techniques that I use to make money from my travel blog and you could be doing the same.

The topics covered in my book include

Introduction to travel blogging and how to start it
Why everyone should have a travel blog
Things needed to start a travel blog
Registering a domain name
Setting up custom domain with Blogger
How to set up hosting
How to set up WordPress using cpanel
Changing WordPress theme
Installing WordPress plugins
Creating travel content
How to create posts
Search Engine Optimisation for your travel site
Off page SEO
Track your website traffic
Things to do after publishing your post
How to promote your travel blog using social media
Commenting for traffic
Travel sites to join
How to make money from your travel blog
Hot tips
Message from the author

The book “How to start your travel blog and make money” is available on all Amazon stores.

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69 thoughts on “How to start a travel blog and make money eBook”

  1. Hi Shalu,

    Congratulations and celebrations yet again 🙂

    I don’t believe it you are out with another awesome book! And this time more related to how to start and make money from a travle blog, something you are so good at yourself. No one could write it all better than you for sure.

    I agree with you that most people who might want to start a travel blog aren’t really able to make money from it because they lack the other expertise needed, because blogging is just one aspect to it…what more needs to be done to make noney is the real thing that needs to be learned.

    I’m sure those who are interested in opening such a travel blog would love your book. While I can only sit from far and marvel at your great efforts in writing this awesome and extensive post, and wish you all the best and success in life.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Thank you Harleena
      I had to publish this one. I think those who want to start a travel blog and make money from it will find it very useful. You are right about most people are not able to make money from their blogs. In fact, most of them start out but few months later they give up. Writing a blog post is one thing and getting traffic to the site is completely different thing all together. Use of social media is so important as both of us know. Who would know this more than you. You are one of the most loved Indian blogger of all times. I take my hats off to you. Thanks for your wonderful comment Harleena.

  2. First of all, congratulations on your book! I bet it’s going to help many bloggers. Being a full-time blogger is not an easy job and it takes a lot of effort and stamina to build something that can help you earn some money. We’re mostly doing it for fun and hobby, but it’s tempting to get some more profit from the blog as we’ve been working very hard!

    • Thank you Agness
      Being a full time blogger is hard but very fruitful. I am also doing it part and its a lot of fun. If money can be earned from the blog and its certainly tempting blog more. Your blog is very good and I follow it. Thanks for your comment and best wishes to you.

  3. Hi Shalu,

    Congratulations! Another book, you must be feeling great.

    I like your blogger website so much (this one is good too). I think I’m partial to blogger for no particular reason or maybe because I’m blogging there. I think your suggestion can be used generally too so I’m going to pick some for my blog. Though, mine’s not a travel blog.

    Good Luck!

    Regards
    Priyanka

    • Hi Priyanka
      Blogger is also a good blogging system, its just that its not in the same league as WordPress but it can be used very effectively. I have seen some very popular travel blogs using Blogger. I also use it for some of my other blogs. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Wonderful, this should help not only new bloggers but also current travel bloggers who want to take their blog to next level… All the best for the success of new book.

  5. Indeed the book is very useful those travelers who want to start their own blog about traveling. Don’t wait anymore guys! Just buy the book and start working!

    Good luck with new book Shalu. Just in case you have 2 minutes free and could make me a suggestion about my forum which is developing fase I would thank so much.

    I asked many of my online friends, now it’s time to get your suggestions, means more than you think to me, I have created categories and forums with attention, as well forums, also put some ads just to see how will look, I say no to ads in header, over there my logo should be and nothing else and now trying colors to make it as much beautiful it can be.

    In case you have time to visit my forum, after that come back to this post and reply with your suggestions.

    Thank you Shalu. Kind regards far away from Romania.

    • Congratulations Daniel on your forum. I had a look. Looks good. I will join the site so that I can take part in the discussions. You need to invite some people to become members. Will be in touch on this.

      • Thanks Shalu. Is very possible but not sure to open public registration on 1st January 2014 with a contest or something, I did not have the time to plan the contest yet. I’m not hurry NO NO not me 😀

        See you next time Shalu. Kind regards from I. C. Daniel

  6. Hi Shalu !

    Yesterday i was thinking to write a post based on my traveling experiences to Rajasthan but i had to give up my thoughts as my blog’s niche is technology .I think its a right idea for me to start a travel blog .You post is an excellent guide for me . Thanks for sharing the information .

    -Pramod

  7. That’s a very nice Explanation and Advice. Thanks Miss Shalu for this great Post. I have recently joined in the field of blogging and started with one of my blog. These points will be useful when I develop a travel Blog.

  8. Hi Shalu,

    I am so happy to meet you via Harleena’s blog. Congratulations on your new book!

    I am sure that having a travel business will bring prosperity! There are so many aspects to marketing, our blogs, social media, etc.

    But, when writing a book, you have successfully took your knowledge and postured yourself as an authority.

    I wish you many blessings,

    -Donna

  9. Congrats in coming up with more and more ebooks, Shalu. I had wanted to write this myself but I had a lot of excuses LOL You inspire me to try harder at motivating myself haha

  10. Hi Shalu,
    Thanks for the insights. I agree with you that social media can play a big role in making a travel blog a success. For instance, with Facebook pages, a travel blogger can install a travel app, some of which are very interactive and will make the page a travel blog in its own right.

  11. For the promotion of the own website in short time the membership in a visitor\’s exchange is also good! But the quality of the visitors is not always top.Even though a good way for beginners!

  12. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website
    yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like
    to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot

  13. Nice post Shalu Ma’am, I impressed with your skills as well as gained some new things about making money from blogs.
    From this post people can easily get to know what is the best way to make money and with your book one can easily follow are the procedure step by step.
    Thanks for sharing all these steps and congratulation for publishing a book on this topic.

  14. Nice blog, Shalu ji
    I am really impressed by the effort you have put on this blog to collect all the ideas about making money and stuffs since I am a blogger too I have now thought of running more travel blogs in order to make more cash.
    🙂 thank you!

  15. Hi Shalu Mam, Your Site is So Nice and i too have an idea on creating a page on my website about travel on seeing yours too.If you have free tine Just visit my website twitbing dot com and Please suggest me on how to improve more .I do this website to give people good review knowledge and make some part time income.So i wish you will help me also.Once again my congrats on your website.

  16. Hello mam, really good, congo for ur new book, ur info is very effective and good, pls keep writing like mam, best of luck for another success.

    Regards,
    besökssystem

  17. Hello ma’am well i do travel and love traveling moreover i love sharing experiences but when it comes to share i could not express the way every one else does verbally in writing i can express my feelings and experiences. Staying in touch with your blog might enhance power to express the way you write is a beauty.:) love to read 🙂

  18. I prefer the concept of writing for my own blog. The hard part of it really is just finding where the money is, and finding out ways to make it work for you. That’s why I wrote an article about that on 4 small business you can make as a step by step guide for reaching your own goal. (article is in Spanish though)

  19. This is a very insightful read and one that has captured the scope of the problem very well: How to start a travel agency site; Quite a task but very achievable.thank you for sharing.

  20. Oh dear thanks for sharing with us a very useful and amazing ideas for making money online.i really appreciate you for sharing a nice and unique ideas for online business.Thanks you very Much!

  21. Hi Shalu,
    Congratulation to your for this book,
    Really inserting topic, make money through travel blog.
    Wow, So interesting ideas.

    You are really great writer,
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us

    Regards:
    Areesha Noor!

  22. HI shalu,

    I am thinking to create travel blog only for bihar in starting. Because in bihar there are lots of places which have historical value but till date untouched from travelers who want to travel at new place. It all happened due to lack of proper advertising or information to the local public. Now I want to create bihar is the favorite travel destinations place for foreigners as well as for Indian.

    So please advise whether it is beneficial for me at current situation of bihar.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Kumod Jha

  23. I started 2008 how to make money online using blogs and advertising sites like blogsvertise where in I submit a blog and create blog reviews for selected websites. So because of that my skills in writing developed and I learn SEO and Internet marketing and now studying web design and development.

  24. Hi Shalu,
    Congratulations! Another book, you must be feeling great.
    I like your blogger website so much (this one is good too). I think I’m partial to blogger for no particular reason or maybe because I’m blogging there. I think your suggestion can be used generally too so I’m going to pick some for my blog. Though, mine’s not a travel blog.
    Good Luck!

  25. I think I’m partial to blogger for no particular reason or maybe because I’m blogging there. I think your suggestion can be used generally too so I’m going to pick some for my blog

  26. It all happened due to lack of proper advertising or information to the local public. Now I want to create bihar is the favorite travel destinations place for foreigners as well as for Indian.

  27. Hi! Shalu ji
    I haven’t started yet any travel blog but after reading your blog I get inspired and soon I’ll start own travel blog.

    Thanks! for sharing

  28. Dear Shalu Ma’am,
    You are the inspiration to many. The simplicity in your blogs makes it easy to understand. Your tutorial to start the travel blog and publish e-book also inspired me.

  29. Thanks very much for the best advice you have given through this your blog post

    I have been blogging for a long time now without earning income through my blog because I have not gotten the right information ℹ needed

    This your blog post just gave me what I have been looking for

    Thanks once again for the blog post

  30. Great step by step on starting a blog – I’m about to start mine…what do use for security of the site or are you a specific plan with Bigrock that keeps everything secure?

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