So You Wanna Become a Travel Blogger?
Starting your own website can be a great way to make money online, develop your digital skills or simply showcase your interests. When set up correctly, it is possible to generate passive income from your own website. This means that after the initial investment of time and money your site will start to work for you with little to no involvement from your end.
With more people joining the growing group of “digital nomads” and working from their laptops as they travel the world, why not combine your these two passions and start a travel website?
Whether you are a digital nomad, a blogger or looking to generate some online income, here is a step-by-step guide to creating your own travel website in 2019.
1. Register A Domain Name
The first thing you will need to do is to register a domain name for your site. The domain is your site’s URL: such as www.travel.com, for example. In order to register a domain you need to purchase an available domain from through a domain register site for a set amount per month to use this domain. There are many sites which will sell domains: reliable ones include GoDaddy, JustHost and HostGator.
Choosing the right domain for your site is important – you want to choose something which is engaging, interesting and easy to remember. Your domain name should be the same as the name of your site, or closely relate to it. If you find that your desired domain is unavailable, most domain registering sites will provide you with alternative suggestions for similar domains or those with a different TLD (such as .org or .net instead of .com).
2. Purchase Web Hosting with Coupons.
The next step is to purchase web hosting. A web host is the company that provides the server space for your site: essentially, the place where your site exists online. And you shouldn’t pay full price for it. It’s a competitive industry, so with companies like GoDaddy, you’ll find lots of host coupons floating around on the web.
It is usually possible to purchase web hosting from the same company where you registered your domain. However, in most cases it is better for both usability and price to purchase domain registration and web hosting from two different companies.
Recommended web hosting companies include SiteGround, Bluehost and and 1&1 IONOS. Similar to domain registration, you will need to purchase hosting at a monthly rate and pay in advance for one, two or three years.
3. Install WordPress
There are a few different options when it comes to building your site, but WordPress is by far the most popular. Currently, 27% of the internet and nearly 60% of all content management systems use WordPress. There is good reason for this: WordPress is secure, easy to use and its popularity means there are an incredible amount of plug-ins you can add on to improve your site.
Once you have your domain and web hosting, you will need to install WordPress through your web host. This will vary depending on which site you choose for webhosting. This is usually fairly straight-forward, however if you have an issues check out the host’s online tutorials or contact their tech support for help.
4.Choose A Theme
Within WordPress, you can personalize your site by choosing a theme. There are around 15,000 themes to choose from, although only some of these are free, and the majority you will need to purchase.
With so many themes to choose between, the choice is overwhelming. Which theme is right for you will depend on your needs, however some versatile and easy to use themes include:
Now your site is ready to go you will need to do the final, critical step: creating content! You will need to create the basic content for your site’s main pages, such as the About Us, Contact, and your landing page. You also need to consider how often you will post articles on your site: it is up to you if you want to do this daily, weekly or even less frequently. However, it is important to pick a posting schedule and stick to it.
In the modern online world it is important to consider search engine optimization (SEO): that is, making sure your site ranks highly on Google. However, be careful not to create content which is too focused on SEO, such as stuffing your content with keywords. Instead, creating quality, engaging and interesting content should always be your top priority.
With a little time and effort and a very small amount of capital, you can easily create your own travel website to reach a global audience, showcase your skills. Once establish, you can even leverage your site to generate income.