When you love to travel and you love blogging, you can really get the best of both worlds by starting a travel blog. This is not only an amazing hobby -- it can also big a big full-time earner that lets you live life on your terms. People who have retired will take about five trips per year, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Read on to learn how to get your travel blog off the ground and to monetize it effectively.
Pick out some hot spots for your vacations
If you want some amazing content, make sure that you are also picking out the best possible vacation destinations. This will also help you come up with the theme and focus for your blog. For instance, snowbird retirement lifestyle bloggers spend their cold-weather months in hot climates. There is no shortage of islands and warm climate countries that you can visit to make this happen.
If you love afro Caribbean culture, Martinique is an amazing destination. Martinique is also one of the 45 francophone countries in the world, although you will need to brush up on your French as much as possible. You can also travel to places like Brazil, Antigua, Nigeria, and Argentina to scratch that travel itch.
Write as often as possible and post regularly
The travel is the fun part, but you'll need to be diligent over your blogging. While writing can and should be fun, the real magic happens with it when you treat it like a full-time job and post consistently. There are 70 million blog posts contributed monthly to Wordpress alone. To stand out from the crowd, you must take a unique slant with your content and dedicate yourself to feeding the web plenty of quality pieces. Longer-form content of about 2,000 words will get you great results, while mixed in with some excellent 500 to 1,000-word posts.
Work on your search engine optimization (SEO) and rankings
You will also need to improve your blog by grasping search engine optimization (SEO) principles. By using the right keywords, utilizing links, and most importantly, staying consistent, you will get the best from your SEO.
More than 50 percent of web traffic takes place from a mobile device, so make sure to also optimize for mobile. People today are using voice search and the link in order to find information. You'll need to make your blog searchable in this regard.
Studies show that more than 85 percent of online users watched some form of video content on a device. Incorporating video will allow you to get the best ranking, and will also improve your Domain Authority (DA) and Page Authority (PA).
Find ways to monetize your lifestyle blog
Always find new and different avenues to make your blog a money-earner. Close to 50 percent of bloggers that earn more than $50,000 also sell products to monetize the brand. If you want to get to this level, consider the types of products that you sell and keep trying different strategies. You can sell your own products, publish eBooks and freelance write individual articles for other sites or brands.
Let these tips help you with your travel blogging career.