You have traveled to various parts of the world or your country, part of your inspiration has been the other travel blogs that have helped you make your dream come true, and now you want to do the same.
You want to write your stories and tell your experiences to help people go out and discover the world while making money in the process.
What you are looking for is to create a blog and in this article, you will learn how to create a travel blog in 5 steps.
Before continuing, and if you have not already done so, I would ask you to read:
“Can you make money with a travel blog?”
You will learn the reality of how to make money with a blog and above all something very important, if you want to create a professional travel blog you will have to invest a little money.
In this article you will find all the summary information on how to create a blog in five easy steps, however, I will try to detail them as much as possible and explain it with pebbles and sticks so that you do not have problems but I remind you that if you just want to create a travel blog to share your experiences in the form of a diary, then perhaps this article is not the right one for you.
You can create free blogs in WordPress or Blogger / Blogspot but the difference between a free hosted blog and a professional blog is many and here what I am looking for is to create a blog that eventually transforms into your profession and business.
So, are you ready?
Step # 1 to create a travel blog – Platform
There are several platforms to create a website or travel blog, for the world of blogs the most popular are WordPress and Blogspot. For the most famous websites for people who have no design or programming knowledge is Weebly or Wix, which I will not address as that is not the purpose of this article.
But if what you want is to play in the big leagues and really create a professional blog, then my recommendation to create a travel blog or website is without a doubt: WordPress
WordPress is one of the friendliest and most robust platforms, in terms of capacity, that exists. Hundreds of blogs, magazines, newspapers of international stature are mounted on WordPress. (Some examples: CNN, TED, TIME, UPS, etc.)
Blogspot / Blogger are specialized blogging platforms but due to their objective is to be daily style blogs, what can be done or modified in them is extremely limited.
Now, WordPress has 2 versions, WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG
The difference? Both are free but in .COM they give you the hosting, which I will talk about later, and in .ORG you have to put the hosting of all the files.
The version where they give you the hosting (.COM), for the same that they give you, is very limited since you have to exclusively use the designs and tools that they allow you and you cannot install anything external.
On the other hand, the version that you install in your hosting gives you the freedom to create the designs that you want, install tools, programs, upload the number of files, photos, etc., that you want (as long as your host allows it ).
So to create your travel blog you will use this version (.ORG), the one that you have control of everything that is installed and seen on your blog, this will give you the freedom of creation that you need.
Step # 2 to create a travel blog – Name your blog
The name is perhaps one of the most important parts when creating your blog, it is the one that will define who you are and what you do.
There are many ways to choose your name, it can be your own name “Juanito Álvarez” (to give an example) or things like “Adventures of Juanito” or “Travel with Juanito”. You can use more general things like “Traveling and eating” or things that don’t make sense but have a lot of meaning for you like: “Red carpets”.
Regardless of the name you choose, my 3 general recommendations are:
1. Name of places.
Unless you are 100% convinced that your travel blog is going to be from a specific place, avoid using names like: “Adventures in Asia” or “Traveling in Italy”.
I have met many bloggers who after years writing about a specific place are limited to telling stories from other places or working with some companies for their brand.
2. Name that mentions your current status.
When you create your travel blog, you may be single, childless, and 25 years old, but what will happen later?
Think about your blog in the future and your name may limit you, you will not always be in that situation and if you want to be consistent with the brand avoid using “Adventures of a 25-year-old boy around the world” or “Traveling single around the world” to unless you only want to write during that stage of your life.
Step # 3 to create a travel blog – Hosting and Domain
First, we are going to talk about the domain, that is, the: www.yourname.com
This comment is perhaps going to hurt the susceptibilities of other bloggers but it is a reality. The difference between a professional blog and a travel journal is precisely the investment you are willing to make in it.
Having your own domain www.yourname.com is not the same as having “yourname.wordpress.com” or “yourname.blogspot.com”.
The 15 dollars or less a year (the first year is free if you buy the hosting) that it costs you to register your domain make a very big difference in the image of your blog before other people and companies. Buying your domain is a sign that you are taking the issue seriously and are willing to invest more than just time.
If you go to a job interview in a large corporation for an executive position, I assure you that you will even buy a new suit in order to make a good first impression, the same here, and I’m talking about only $ 15 a year.
It is true that the appearance little or nothing has to do with how professional you are as a person or the quality of your work, but mastering your blog is the first impression you will give to the reader, so how would some say: “Put your money where is your mouth”.
Now we are going to talk about hosting.
All the information you post has to be stored somewhere and that storage costs. As I mentioned at the beginning, some blogging platforms like Blogspot / Blogger or WordPress.COM provide it for free, but the difference between having your own hosting and using a free one is many.
The simple fact of designing your blog, in the free version your blog can only use preloaded designs and nothing else. So if you want to change the color or move a section of place you will not be able to.
How to create a travel blog_Fotor I will put it in another way.
Both platforms are tools, it will be up to you to use them and the benefit you are going to get. Imagine that you are building a car, in both versions they will give you all the tools and materials necessary to build a fully functional car, however, the free version will only give you enough materials to build a VW Beetle (known in Mexico as Vocho) and in the paid version they give you the tools to build a Lamborghini Veneno.
Both are cars and work perfectly as they meet their goal. It will be up to you to build them but no matter how much effort or effort you put in, if you have limited tools you will never be able to transform that Vocho into a Lamborghini Veneno unless you pay a little.
So, if you already decided to make the small investment and go for the Lamborghini, you will have to buy your domain, host, and install WordPress, which is extremely simple.
First, access Bluehost is the service I use to host my blog and it is one of the most recognized worldwide. I have been working with them since 2010, I have never had a problem and the occasions where some very specialized detail has come up that I cannot solve their technical service by chat or email, they solve it immediately.
On the Bluehost home page select where it says “Get started now”
3 packages will appear: Basic, Plus and Prime
Select Plus, the “Basic” is the most basic but it only includes 1 domain and a limited number of email accounts. I know that for you that you are starting it will seem enough to you but it is not, I tell you from experience.
Once you have selected your package it will ask you to enter your domain name to see if it is available. This will be the one you have selected before.
If you have not yet checked the availability of your domain name you can check it here too:
If the name you chose is available it will allow you to continue if it is not, then you may have to go back one step to choose your name.
With the name available this is time to confirm some personal details (name, address, country, etc.) and see if you prefer to include more things.
The following menu of options basically tells you that you can hire your accommodation for 1, 2, or 3 years. The longer the cheaper.
My recommendation is that you start with 1 year so you can see and try what it is to create a travel blog, if you like it after the year then I recommend that you pay 3 years in advance to save you a few dollars and now if you dedicate yourself fully. This is what I did.
Of all the available options, the ones that I personally suggest at first are Domain Privacy Protection and Backup Pro.
The first (Domain Privacy Protection) what it does is block your personal information; By legal regulation, once you buy your domain you will have to put contact information such as your email, address, and telephone number and it must be available to the public. If you do not want to receive SPAM emails then contract this option and your information will not be available. If someone wants to contact you, they will have to contact the provider, Bluehost in this case, and he will contact you if it is something important.
The second option (Site Backup Pro) is one of the ones I recommend the most since this will make a daily backup of your blog, normally Bluehost makes a weekly backup of the files but the Pro option allows you to have one daily and of specific folders.
Thanks to having this option enabled I have been able to save myself from hundreds of kick kicks that have happened on my blog. If something bad happens, just contact the technical support guys and in less than 15 minutes my blog is working as if nothing had happened.
The rest of the options can be removed.
If you select those options, your first year of Hosting, Domain, Backup, and Privacy will cost you around $ 144 USD, not bad for the initial investment of your future business.