How to Start a Travel Blog – Simple Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide
Today, you will learn step by step how to easily create a travel blog from scratch.
Blogging truly changed Lauren and I’s lives…
Before blogging, we didn’t like our jobs, never got to see each other, couldn’t travel, and felt like there was always more month than money.
We felt trapped, totally unsatisfied, and confused on why the “America dream” had fallen so short for us.
Fast forward to today…
- We LOVE what we do and how we get to help people through what we’re passionate about (health and wellness).
- Made $103,457.83 our first year blogging.
- Spend more time with our families and loved ones
- Have gotten to travel all over the world (Bali, Nicaragua, etc)
- Get to wake up when we want, design our days, and live life completely on our terms
I’ll be honest, some days it still feels like we’re living in a dream.
Why should you start a travel blog? 6 Reasons to start TODAY!
You can paid to travel the world.
Would you like to travel the world for free?
That’s what I thought…
People like Lauren Juliff from Never Ending Footsteps has funded 5 years of full-time travel through her blog and has even landed a book deal. There are hundreds of people just like her!
Pretty awesome, right?
Update friends and family.
Our friends at Kiwi’s Off Course know about this. We met them during our month-long stay in Nicaragua and have been following their breathtaking photos ever since.
If you’re already planning on escaping, then a travel blog is a solid way to update friends and family with your life and how you’re doing.
Instead of spending hours with your inbox open, they can just check in on the blog to see how you’re doing!
Record your travel memories.
Remember how your granddad would sit you on his lap and tell you stories of “back in the day.” Wouldn’t it have been cool if he could have shown them to you??
Well, now when you’re that age, you’ll be able to show off and relive all your amazing memories.
By starting a travel blog you will be able to store those experiences for a lifetime! So even if you don’t plan to turn it into a business, it’s a great idea.
You definitely can make money, if you’re into that sort of thing…
People like Matthew Karsten from Expert Vagabond makes over 6 figures a year traveling the world.
In fact, we made over $100,000 last year from our blog, so it’s a pretty profitable business:
We started earning our first bit of income in January of 2016, and September 2016 marked our official end of our first year of blogging.
Note that we also made some income from various affiliates (mostly Amazon) as well. That is what caps off the income below to reach $103,457.
Never to brag, only to inspire, my blog friends!
Blogging has really and truly changed our lives!
Live life on your terms.
Last year, Lauren and I spent an entire month living in Bali, Indonesia and in Nicaragua.
It was spectacular and we absolutely fell in love with that beautiful place (we will be back).
More importantly, our blog allowed us the freedom to do something like that. It can allow you to follow your dreams and passions too>>
It’s really not that hard to start a travel blog!
Even if you’re a technical illiterate, we are going to walk you step-by-step through the entire process.
It’s so easy a blindfolded baby could do it.
Let us show you how…
Outline of what you will learn:
- → Step #1. Decide What to Blog About ($0)
- → Step #2. Figure out Your Domain Name ($0 with web host)
- → Step #2.Get Hosting ($3-$5 per month)
- → Step #4. Set up WordPress ($0)
- → Step #5. Choose the Right WordPress Theme (Free – $80)
Here’s the step-by-step tutorial on how to start a travel blog!
How to Start a WordPress Blog in 2017 – Step-by-Step Guide
Step #1. Decide what to blog about.
So you probably already know that your blog is going to be about travel.
That being said, you could consider a sub-niche of travel
- Traveling on the cheap
- Traveling with kids
- Best beaches in the world
- Holiday travel blogger
- Nomad travel blogger (no home)
- Take it slow travel blogger (spend lots of time in a particular place before moving)
- YOLO travel blogger (fast and furious hopping to different places at warp speed)
- Group travel
- RV travel
- Event travel (follow a popular band around)
- Destination blog (makes the most money)
It’s really not that important to know exactly what you want to blog about. I just wanted to give you some ideas.
Your blog is a very fluid thing that can change over time and should as you go along!
Step #2. Decide on a domain name.
Domain name is the name used for the website address. For instance, Pinterest’s domain name is Pinterest.com.
Hosting is a little different. It’s the power to your website and backend that other people don’t see. Without hosting, your website has nowhere to run and will not exist.
Anyone who wants to have their own blog has to pay for a domain name and hosting.
It’s also not something you want to skimp out on. A bad host we used one time almost cost us $20,000+ in sales over the course of a month.
Trust us, you NEED a good host.
The good news?
It’s ridiculously cheap with the right host.
A powerful host like Bluehost (the host that powers over 850,000 successful blogs and only costs $2.95 a month – less than a fancy coffee).
*Note that the above pricing is only with our special deal, so make sure you use any of of our links on this page to get the special pricing!
To find your blog name you can use this tool:
Your name might not be available and that’s okay. Try a few variations or even using your name can help.
If you need more help we have a great article on How to Come Up with a Great Blog Name in 30 Minutes or Less.
You can add unlimited websites and blogs to your BlueHost account so don’t worry too much if you’re not totally sold on your current domain name idea.
Step #3. Get hosting!
We have reviewed and used every host you can imagine. Without a doubt, Bluehost is the best for your blogging needs.
(The following images are screenshots I’ve taken from BlueHost so you know what to do. Click here to open up BlueHost in a new window and follow along.)
Yep, those are our bright, shining faces greeting you on the page!
Click the green Get Started Now button at BlueHost to get started.
On the next page, enter in the domain name that you’d like to use.
The next step is easy – just fill out all your contact details and payment information (billed annually).
As you can see below, that same screen has some optional extras. It is up to you whether or not you purchase these but I would generally recommend you buy the Domain Privacy Protection. This keeps your details private.
Congrats! You officially own your own blog! 😉
Step #3. Now let’s install WordPress – One-Click Install
Login to your Bluehost account (if you aren’t logged in already), and click on “hosting” from the top menu bar. Scroll down until you see this…
Click on the “Install WordPress” icon, and follow these quick steps to install WordPress on your new site:
- Select your domain from the dropdown menu, and click “submit.”
- Now Bluehost will take care of the entire installation process, and when it is finished, you’ll receive some important login URLs.
You will be directed to a page that looks like this…
At this point, do not exit out, make sure to save this information (screenshot it or copy it into a text document), and click “configure your password.”
- Next, create a username and password, and store this information in a safe place! Click “complete setup” when you’re finished!
Complete the setup, and you will be able to log into your WordPress website!
Now remember that information you saved (see the photo above)? You want to open up your LOGIN URL in your browser. When you do that, you will be take to a page that looks like this:
Fill in your name and password, and you have now logged into your WordPress website! Now it’s time to select a theme and make your website look awesome!
Step #4. Log in and choose a theme.
Once logged into your WordPress website, follow the instructions on this page, and make sure to click ”yes.”
WordPress will walk you through the basics of starting your website and start to get you familiar with the platform.
At some point, you will see the back of the dashboard which will look similar to this:
Click “appearances” and then “themes.”
It’s now time to find a great theme for your blog and start making it look how you want!
Note that WordPress has a few free themes that you can choose from, so play around with those a bit to get started and find one that works for you.
This one below is Twenty Sixteen:
Congrats on setting up your WordPress and installing your first theme! 🙂
If you’re looking for a theme with a little more customizability, we recommend the theme that we started out with on all of our blogs: X Theme.
Starting with X Theme was one of the best decisions we made as newbie bloggers.
It does cost about $60, but it’s incredibly easy to use and provides for a lot of customizability.
Step #5. Get some additional help for your blogging adventure!
Step #6. Get visitors to your blog!
So you have your brand new blog started, but how do you get people there??
As a new blogger, social media can be a little overwhelming. Facebook… Instagram… Pinterest… Google… Where do I start??
The best place to start is with our FREE 4-Day eCourse on Pinterest Marketing for Beginners!
We’ll discuss WHY Pinterest is the absolute best platform to get started with and to invest your time in as a blogger.
Here’s the short list:
- You can forget throwing your money away on Facebook ads.
- Avoid the desperate process of trying to get Instagram followers.
- Google SEO will likely take you YEARS to see any real traffic, if ever.
- Pinterest provides the opportunity for real, free, and viral traffic!
Get started with our FREE 4-Day eCourse on Pinterest Marketing for Beginners to find out how to get people reading YOUR blog today!
Alex & Lauren
Co-Founders, Create and Go
P.S. Below are some additional free Wordpress resources to help you get started!
Use these website for further customization of your blog and writing help:
- Must-Have FREE WordPress Plugins for Every Blogger
- 18 Essential Resources to Learn WordPress Like a Pro (Great article. Covers all sorts of free training blogs and other things I wish I had more time to say):
- 8 Great Tools to Help You Write and Edit Blog Posts Better
Alex & Lauren
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