How To Create A Travel Blog
Believe it or not, creating a blog is actually pretty easy. Whether you want to set up a travel blog, an e-commerce shop, or a website for your business, it’s really not that hard as long as you have all the right resources.
But when you don’t even know where to begin, that’s when it can get a little tricky.
Since I’ve been getting a lot of requests to help my friends & fam with starting up their own website, I figured I’d share some of my resources that helped me along the way.
By no means am I web developer, WordPress pro, or even professionally trained in digital development. But I got myself from Point A (nothing) to Point B (fully functioning travel blog) for under $200 and with little to no help from anyone.
So let’s begin! Here’s how to create a travel blog (or any type of blog you might desire):
The “stuff” that works on the back end of your website, AKA the basic foundation that nobody sees, but is the backbone to everything you do.
One of the most popular web hosting providers. You need the Bluehost service to buy your domain name (that fancy URL you get to pick) and host it (push it out for the word to see), with simple WordPress integration.
They do the same thing as Bluehost (domain registrar and web hosting). I’ve used GoDaddy for years (and still do!) and have nothing but good things to say.
Squarespace is another option (more about that below) but is not a WordPress hosting platform. Personally I prefer WordPress, but go with whatever is easiest for you.
Whether Bluehost, GoDaddy or Squarespace is your provider of choice, this is the essential step to getting started.
Once you select your provider, register and purchase an available domain name. Then integrate WordPress as the method for hosting your blog.
Now things can get fun! Yet this stuff is probably the most time-consuming, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me (then it’s truly a never-ending process). I’m still changing themes, updating layouts, swapping colors and fixing pictures all the time.
Every brand or blog needs a logo of some kind. Squarespace lets you create and save a logo for around $10. My logo was pretty simple, so this was an ideal resource for me.
Squarespace is also a web builder, should you prefer to use them instead. They’re quite user-friendly!
The actual theme you apply to your blog to give it it’s look-and-feel. These can range from super cheap ($19 on Etsy) to very expensive (completely custom web design that is probably outside of your beginner blogger budget).
- Bluechic: Some feminine WordPress themes for “women in business” but they’re also totally perfect for bloggers.
- Etsy: Like I mentioned, you can find some pretty affordable themes on Etsy just by searching “wordpress theme”.
- WordPress: WP provides templates and themes completely for free! These require a little more knowledge of how to tweak them and navigate the customization features, but it’s totally doable and easy enough to learn.
The theme I use was a free one from WordPress!
A great little resource that helps you add words and art to photos. You can create and design images to be used as blog headers, for newsletters, social media posts, or any other web element you might need to make.
Once you’re up and running, you have a world of tools at your fingertips to keep your blog running smoothly, and optimizing for a broader reach.
Shannon of WordPress BFF is your one-stop-shop for nearly anything WordPress related. If you’re stuck on something, have a problem you can’t fix, or looking for some helpful tips, she offers tons of info on the subject of building a website.
An excellent hub of resources for everything business-related; run by women for women.
One of the easiest ways to create e-newsletters and blast them out to your friends, followers or fans.
If you’re looking to monetize your skills or online business, these world-traveling broads offer complete courses that will help you get from cubicle dweller to digital nomad in no time. Just something to consider if you’re really looking to turn your passion for travel blogging into a profit.
Bloguettes is a creative strategy and design studio that provides hands-on training & tools via workshops, webinars, online classes, & other free resources so your brand can stand out online!
If there’s a problem or purpose, there’s a Facebook group for it. Groups are incredible resources for connecting with other people on specific topics. You can ask questions in the group, and have tons of different people and levels of ability weigh in on your topic.
Everyone of the resources I mention above have a Facebook group you can join! Search them out and get access to fellow bloggers with questions about the technicalities of blogging.
And there you have it! Everything you need to know on how to create a travel blog.