How to Start a Travel Blog from Scratch: Your Ultimate Guide!

How to Start a Travel Blog from Scratch: Your Ultimate Guide!

Reader Question:


Hey Aileen, I love your blog! I have been a follower for a while now so let me tell you this: I always enjoy reading your posts and I love your blog’s design too! Keep it up, girl! You really inspire me a lot and right now, you inspired me to do one thing that I have been postponing for years… I want to know how to start a travel blog or just how to start a blog . If you don’t mind, can you share some tips on how I can start? I’m not so good with these things. I don’t have any idea to be honest and I would really appreciate your help if you have the time. Thank you very much!

Lidia from California, USA

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I get a lot of messages like this, especially after I announce on Facebook any recent partnerships that this blog has made with brands, hotels, airlines, or tourism boards — travel blogging can really offer a lot of ‘perks’ and it can help you fund your travels too! So I can definitely understand why you would want to start a similar thing for yourself.

To help you on how to start a travel blog, I have finally put up this detailed step-by-step guide that is not only easy to follow, but also easy to understand.

NOTE: Actually, this guide does not only apply to aspiring travel bloggers… since the steps below can also apply for other kinds of blogs that you might want to start: art, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, photography, sports, tech, etc.

I have a lot of experience on blog or website set-ups (it’s a part of my online work before) and most of the work that I’ve done were complicated things… but don’t worry! In this article, I will pick the easiest and most efficient platform for starters like you. I will even try my very best to simplify every technical term and process!

Just remember though, that even if learning how to start a travel blog can be easy (since I will help you out on that with this post), maintaining a travel blog is a different matter of its own — it’s definitely not a walk in the park. It requires a certain level of commitment and it can be tough, but if you do it right and do it well, it can be a venture that’s really worth your time. I can’t exactly say that I’m a big travel blogger but I’ve had some great accomplishments that made me gain a lot of insight into this ‘travel blogging’ thing. And since I love you guys, I will include bonus tips in this article to help you put your travel blog under the spotlight!

Let’s start!

NOTE: It can be a challenge to do travel blogging if you are having a hard time figuring out how you can live a sustainable travel lifestyle. In case you have this dilemma, don’t fret! Just go and read my past articles below and you can certainly jumpstart your own travel lifestyle!
» How to Start a Life of Travel
» 5 Job Types That Allow You to Earn as You Travel the World
» Money Saving Tips to Start & Live a Life of Travel


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THE EASY STEPS ON HOW TO START A TRAVEL BLOG

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Step 1: Find your niche.

How to Start a Travel Blog

I can guess what you’re thinking: “But isn’t a travel blog already a niche?

Well, yes it is, but in order to attract a reasonably good audience right from the very start, you would need to establish yourself as an expert of a more specific field.

Surely you can talk about travel as a whole, but as a ‘newbie’, it doesn’t help to market yourself as someone who is knowledgeable about all aspects of travelthat won’t attract anyone to your website since they can just go to bigger websites like Lonely Planet or Nomadic Matt for travel tips.

To illustrate this further, let’s say you started off with posts about budget travel… Over time, you have somehow attracted some readers. Good job! But then the next week, you decide to talk about luxury travel. With this scenario, there’s a high chance that you will loose a certain chunk of your audience, and if you continue to be finicky about your topics and your expertise, you will continue to loose a number of people. Fast.

So take my advice: save the grand mix of travel tips/articles/guides/etc. once you get to be a bit bigger with a more ‘entrenched’ audience that is interested in you as a travel blogger.

As an example, let’s take my blog, ‘I am Aileen‘. It initially focused on inspiration for starting a travel lifestyle no matter your life circumstances (this is what helped me gain readers as a newbie blogger in the past). Today, I focus more on my sustainable travel lifestyle and the travel tips + resources that I find and use as I continue my travels.

Other examples of niche travel blogs:

BOTTOM LINE: Be an expert in a distinct sub-topic of travel. If, however, you are not confident enough about your travel knowledge since you’re still new or still in the process of planning your journey, then what you can do at the very least is to ensure that you have a unique story that will make anyone interested in following you. (Put yourself in your readers’ shoes.)
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Step 2: Brainstorm a kickass blog (domain) name!

Brainstorm a Blog Name

…domain whaaaaat?

To put it into simple words, a domain name is the unique ‘address’ of your blog on the internet. For instance, this blog’s domain name is iAmAileen.com and it will remain to be my unique identifier for as long as I continue to pay an annual fee.

Yes, a FEE. To be able to get these .com names, you would have to pay — rest assured, these things come at a very cheap price of only $14 or Php 700+ per year (yes, it is that cheap! I will discuss this in more detail in point #3 since apart from the domain name, you also have to pay for ‘hosting’; rest assured, it will still be at a very affordable price).

Now that you are aware of the fact that a serious start-up on a travel blog would involve money (as well as hard work and dedication!), if it’s just going to be a hobby or if you’re not that motivated enough to do it earnestly, you can always go for the free platforms like Tumblr, WordPress.com, and Blogspot. Just be reminded though that in these kinds of free-‘hosted’ blogs there are several disadvantages:

  1. They are not so good for search engine rankings – your blog won’t be so visible on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. as compared to the ones who have domain names
  2. You are not allowed to sell ads on your sites (this equals to no earning opportunities for you) but these hosts can put ads on your website
  3. They have limited plugins and themes, things that you need to optimize and ‘prettify’ your blog
  4. They are not so flexible. You will never be in full control; also, the platform can delete your site anytime if they think it violates any of their site terms
  5. They are not essentially ‘professional’ in a sense-  advertisers and brands won’t be so keen in partnering with you
  6. They take some time to type! Think: yourtravelblog.blogspot.com versus yourtravelblog.com – the second one is better, right?

So that’s why it really helps to have your own and personal domain name + hosting instead because it can offer you a lot of benefits and possibilities (for such an affordable price!) and it saves you the hassle of doing transfers in the future (from free-hosted to self-hosted). So if you’re a part of the ‘determined’ ones, let’s get you started on your awesome travel blog’s domain title / name! When brainstorming for this one, here are the things that you should remember:

  • Make sure that it’s easy to remember — try to keep it short, too! Most of us have short attention spans anyway, so it’s a must to swiftly stand out from the ‘crowd’ in order to be firmly remembered. Also, people nowadays are lazy, that’s why it helps if your name wouldn’t take more than 2 seconds to type. Other things to take note of:
    • Avoid hyphens or numbers since you risk people typing it out wrongly when they spread your blog’s name by word of mouth.
    • Avoid words that are not easily recognized or spelled by other people (especially words that are not in English, unless of course you want to focus only on audiences in your home country).
    • Check if it’s good when combined together. Example, if you pick a name like “Speed of Art” if it’s squished up as a website URL it will look like: www.speedofart.com — you wouldn’t want that, would you?
    • This will be the name that you will be introducing to others in the future so make sure it’s something that you like, love, and are proud of.
  • Try to make it related to travel. Don’t follow my example unless you’re really stubborn. (IRRELEVANT TRIVIA: I decided to stick with my blog title, ‘I am Aileen‘, since I still have that *funny* lifelong goal of making ‘Aileen’ a well-known name worldwide that is not, in any way, related to the famous murderer, Aileen Wuornos). Anyway, it’s important to have a travel-related name because apart from the fact that you have to market yourself as a travel blog, you also have to mind your blog’s ‘standing’ on search engines and having a name that’s related to travel will hugely improve your whole site’s SEO.

    What is SEO? It’s short for ‘Search Engine Optimization’ and it’s an important aspect that every website owner should know of in order to increase their number of visitors, as well as their visibility on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. If you want to learn more about this, you can go to Moz or SearchEngineLand — they offer great free courses for SEO beginners like you!

    Some tips to coming up with a travel-related blog name:

    • Try to be unique and original. Go and play around with a combination of words; use a thesaurus if you need to! Mix it with your name or nickname. Invent a word if you have to (but make sure it’s an easy word).
    • Avoid words like adventurous, backpacker, global, journey, nomad or wander because they are used a LOT. They are even already taken by big travel bloggers like Adventurous Kate, Nomadic Matt, Wandering Earl, etc. so you have to steer clear of this. Why? Because you want people to recall YOU when they think of a word or phrase — surely if you go for ‘Adventurous YourName’, you’ll make other people think of the more popular one (travel blogger Kate) instead of you, and that would clearly do you no good. (This can hurt your SEO too!)
    • You can definitely go for SEO-friendly titles like ‘Solo Backpacker’, but then it’s so generic that people can easily forget your blog.
    • Examples of unique names: Just One Way Ticket and The Planet D
  • Make it timeless; think long term! Your name will be your brand forever, so don’t tie yourself with a current trend that’s bound to fade away.
    • If you don’t intend to travel as a backpacker forever, don’t choose a name that will suggest that, or you’ll find it a bit hard to score with bigger luxurious hotels in the future (for example).
    • Don’t come up with something like ‘365 Days of Travel’ if you plan to keep your travel blog for more than a year.
    • Don’t use ‘Teenage Traveler’ since, well, you are going to get old… but then again, it can be quite charming, so it’s up to you.
    • Consider that if you put ‘The Philippine Nomad’ they might think that you’re just concentrated on the Philippines — unless that’s what your travel blog is about.
  • Check its availability. Once you have a name in mind, check if it’s available as a .com address (go to Siteground to check this, and don’t mind the prices that you’ll see there because with my guide on step #3, we will process your domain later on; we’re just doing this step so you’ll see if your name idea is available or not). If your idea is still available as a domain, next, you should check if it’s available across all social media channels to also ensure that the username is not taken yet; to do this with ease, use the website KnowEm.
  • Google your phrase. Use quotation marks (your blog name) to see if someone has used your name already on another site, or if it’s related to some shady site. If you’re in the U.S. and planning to register your blog as a business in the future, check if your name is trademarked. You can check this by going here.
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Step 3: Buy your domain name and get a good hosting for your travel blog.

Best Hosting Provider

…hosting whaaaaat?

A host or hosting is basically a service that you need to avail in order to reserve your spot in the internet — it’s a place that hold’s all your blog’s data, posts, photos, and more. This means that once it’s connected with your domain name and someone types it out on their browsers, your hosting will be the one that works to quickly display your blog to whoever ‘called’ for it.

So where can you get your hosting? There are a LOT of providers out there. For example, I bet you have heard of HostGator as it is one of the most popular ones. BUT heed my advice: Don’t. Get. Them.

I’ve been their customer for years and I encountered far too many problems with their hosting plans — they suspend my website for no reason and with no prior notice, the customer service takes soooo long to reply, live chat was almost like a ‘no chat available’ service, website loading times are slow no matter the optimizations I make, etc. etc. etc.

It was the last straw when they suspended my account again earlier last year so I took the steps to find a better host — which I gladly did, and I am very contented with SiteGround! I absolutely recommend them to anyone. Why so?

  • They offer quality hosting for a VERY affordable price. One other hosting provider that I have been considering was BlueHost but I have found out that they are related to HostGator (they are owned by the same company) so that reduced my confidence in them. I have even heard of friends that had problems with BlueHost suddenly going down, etc. so because of that and more, I decided not to go with them. SiteGround on the other hand, rarely has down times! They have superb security protocols, lightning-fast loading times for websites, and my travel blogger friends recommend it too. What’s more is that they are cheaper than BlueHost! For a basic plan in SiteGround, it can only cost $3.95 (Php 175+) per month! Are you excited yet? I am for you!
  • They are user-friendly AND beginner-friendly. Their interface is perfect and clear. Additionally, they have a large and easy-to-understand knowledge base full of resources that can answer any question that you may have. Otherwise…
  • They have amazing customer service. You can just ask them anything and they will do their very best to assist you – ASAP. In fact, they are the most responsive team that I have ever encountered! They have a ’24/7 Live Chat’ feature too, and unlike HostGator, they have virtually NO hold time. I NEVER had to wait for too long.

To start with SiteGround, simply follow the steps in the expandable section below.
(To view the section, simply click the symbol ‘+‘ — I’ve made it this way since the steps are lengthy and I didn’t want it to take up too much space on this page).

» How to buy an affordable domain name & hosting plan with SiteGround! (CLICK TO EXPAND SECTION)

#1. Go to SiteGround and sign up through this link — it will give you a sweet 50-60% OFF discount on the regular price! Just scroll down the page and you will see the following plans:
Cheap Hosting

#2. Pick the best plan for you! SiteGround offers Shared Hosting as one of their basic features and they have three types for this. Depending on your needs, you can pick:

  • The StartUp – a good choice for you if you want a very basic plan for one website only
  • The GrowBig – a great value for money plan that includes the option for multiple websites; this already includes great starter features like Premium Support, Daily BackUp, SuperCacher and more which will greatly improve your experience
  • The GoGeek – perfect for you if you plan to go big as a blogger since this plan offers a lot more PREMIUM features and more ‘geeky’ developments (if you want to put up a shop or e-commerce website later on, this plan is best-suited for it too)

I personally have a GoGeek plan not only because I wanted my hosting to accommodate my blog’s traffic, but also because I am a web developer + designer so I host a lot of other websites not only for me but for my clients. (Rest assured, if you ever go waaaay bigger in the future, you can always upgrade even up to the Cloud or Dedicated Servers plans that  Siteground has!)

Once you decide on the plan that you want, click the corresponding button “Get Started”

#3. This will lead you to the order page. The first step for this is buying the domain name that you thought of! First, make sure that you select “Register a New Domain”. Type in your blog name without spaces, and in the dropdown beside it, ensure that you have selected .com. (You can definitely select the other extensions like .info, .net, etc. but I always recommend that you use a .com. Now click “Proceed”

How to Start a Blog

NOTE: If this page that asks for your domain name doesn’t show up during your order process, don’t worry, it will show up later on during the ‘Website Setup Wizard’ (discussed in a while). Seemingly, order pages tend to change layout depending on your location.

Meanwhile, if you already have a domain name registered elsewhere or if you already have an existing website, transferring it to SiteGround is also FREE once you sign up with them.

#4. The next page will be the billing section. Simply fill the boxes with your account information under Client Information and then input your credit card details under Payment Information. At the bottom, you will see the Purchase Information section:
Billing PageThe things that you have to take note of here is first, the “Period”. If you have the money to spend, I suggest that you go for the 36-month option in the dropdown selection since it’s the maximum plan that you can get wherein you can enjoy the 60% discount (after the 36th month, as you renew, you will still get a discount but it will be a lot lower). However, if you can’t afford the total bill for a 36-month, the 12-month option should be fine for a start. (This is a common discount scheme across all hosting providers; the difference though is that with SiteGround, it already gives a huge standardized discount for any length of period, whereas other providers only put a huge discount if you pick the longest period).

Second and last to take note of: the 2 checkboxes that I highlighted above. You’re free to order these extras to better secure your website:

  • Domain privacy: select this if you want to protect your personal information on the web (specifically your name and address that you had input in the Contact Information section)
  • HackAlert Monitoring: for added protection from malware, hacking, and more — this is an extra that you would like to avail.

Finally, once you’ve decided on the extras that you’d like to avail, click “Pay Now”. Once that’s processed, you now have your hosting account set up!

…But we’re not done yet. Continue reading to the next step which will teach you how to put up your blog through WordPress!

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Step 4: Install WordPress (BONUS: Know how to create your own domain email too!)

Install WordPress

I am talking about WordPress.org which is different from the free platform, WordPress.com. Now don’t worry since I will guide you well on how to install this on your hosting in SiteGround; just remember that WordPress.org is your savior and it’s the best platform for a beginner like you — in fact, it is used by big websites like BBC, CNN, and New York Times!

How to install it? Simply follow the steps in the expandable section below.
(To view the section, simply click the symbol ‘+‘ — I’ve made it this way since the steps are lengthy and I didn’t want it to take up too much space on this page).

» How to install WordPress easily! (CLICK TO EXPAND SECTION)

#1. After placing your order previously, you should have received an e-mail notification confirming your registration with SiteGroundThere will also be a separate email that will give you your username and password details. In each of these emails there should be a link that says “My Accounts”. Click that (or just simply go to SiteGround and log in).

#2. Once you log-in to SiteGround for the first time, you should see a page that looks like the below. It’s called as the Website Setup Wizard.
How to Install WordPressMake sure that you select “Start a new website” and WordPress as the software — this easy installation process is great since it saves you the hassle of going through the more technical side of things.

Below it is the section where you will create your WordPress login details for your travel blog. First, enter your personal email address that will be attached to your WordPress account. Second, create a username — I highly suggest that you don’t use easy usernames like ‘Admin’. Pick a unique username to deter any hacker that might want to log-in your blog. Third, create a password — make it as complicated as you can, much like your username, but make sure that it’s something that you will remember since you will use it every time you log in to your WordPress blog.

NOTE: If in case SiteGround shows you a page asking if you would want to choose and pre-install a free or paid WordPress theme (design layout for your blog), I recommend that you don’t select any of these options and just choose that it pre-installs a simple default WordPress theme for you.

I want you to do this because there are a LOT more better themes online that you can choose from and I will discuss it in more detail in #5 of this article’s step-by-step guide. (However, if you find yourself loving a certain theme here on SiteGround’s page, feel free to select it so that it will be installed).

Also, like I mentioned previously, in case your order page process doesn’t show the domain registration section, it should show up by this time, looking like the below.

Starting a Blog

#3. The next page will give you the confirmation of your WordPress set-up, along with the details of your blog’s log-in URL (bookmark this in your browser so you don’t have to type it out every time), as well as the username and password that you have previously set.

Aaaand woop, congratulations! You now have your .com travel blog up and running! Next up — tweaking and designing it!

WordPress is pretty straightforward and it’s very easy to use but if you ever need guides on how to use it, you can always check out FirstSiteGuide’s tutorial or from WordPress.org itself. (Otherwise, you can always strike up a conversation with SiteGround using their ‘Live Chat’ feature and their representatives can always help guide you on your issues).

BONUSIn order to help you look like a ‘professional’ and serious travel blogger, you would need your own .com email and it’s pretty easy to set up with SiteGround. Just follow the easy steps below!

» BONUS: How to create your domain's custom e-mail! (CLICK TO EXPAND SECTION)

#1. Make sure that you have a Gmail account because in this guide, I will help you create a custom email for your domain wherein all incoming and outgoing messages can be simply handled by your Gmail account alone.

#2. Go to your SiteGround’s User Area (which should be located here) and click the tab: “My Accounts”. In here, you will see a red button at the top that says: “Go to cPanel” click that and a pop-up will appear. Just click “Proceed”.

#3. Scroll down and find the section below: “Mail” and then click on “Email Accounts”.
cPanel Email

#4. For Email, you are free to choose whatever name you wish. Example, it can be info for [email protected], or your name, etc. As for the password, it doesn’t need to be too complicated, we only need this one for the set-up with your Gmail account so take note of it. Once done, click “Create Account” and that’s it!
Email Set-Up SiteGround

#5. Go to your Gmail account. Click the gear icon on the upper right corner and in the drop-down list, select “Settings”.

#6. Select the “Accounts and Import” tab, locate the “Check mail from other accounts (using POP3):” section and then click “Add a POP3 mail account you own

#7. A pop-up should appear. Enter the full e-mail address that you have set up on SiteGround (example: [email protected]) and then click the button “Next Step”.

#8. Fill up the fields:
Username: [email protected]
Password: (the password that you set up on #4 step above on SiteGround)
POP Server: am20.siteground.biz
Port: 995
For the 4 check boxes below it, tick only: Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail
Set-Up GmailClick “Add Account”

NOTE: For POP Server, please double check your SiteGround account since this detail could differ as depending on your plan and location. To verify this, under your email accounts in your cPanel, click “More” on the corresponding email that you have created and select “Configure Email Client“.
Email POP3

A new page shall show you the details of your email configuration. Scroll down to see the section “Manual Settings” and here you will see your server details. Whatever information you see under the highlighted section in the image below should be the data that you use for POP Server.
Siteground POP

#9. The next window will ask if you would like send mail as [email protected], go and click “Yes, I want to be able to send mail as…” This setting will enable you to write messages in your Gmail using your customized .com email; so in the next page, enter your full name in the “Name” field, and then check the box for “Treat as an alias”. Click “Next Step”.

#10. Fill up the fields again but with the information below:
SMTP Server: am20.siteground.biz
SMTP Port: 465
Username: [email protected]
Password: (same password as before)
Select “Secured connection using SSL (recommended)”
Gmail SMTP ConnectionClick “Add Account”

NOTE: For SMTP Port, remember my note in step #8. Use the data that you see on your email configuration details. (This typically is the same data that you entered for your POP Server).

#11. The next page should look like this:
Gmail VerificationFor this confirmation, you should receive an email in your Gmail account (it can take a while to come at your inbox so be patient). Once you receive the confirmation email, to verify, you can either click the confirmation link or input the confirmation code into the still open popped-up window. I advice that you just do the code method — past the code in the box, click “Verify” and… you’re DONE! You now have your own customized email for your domain name!

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Step 5: Pick a theme, customize your site, and add plugins!

WordPress Themes

Time for us to make your blog shine, identifiable, and awesome!

» Where to get great WordPress themes?
For the free ones, you can find them on:

  • WordPress.org – Just go to your blog’s WordPress Dashboard (http://yourtravelblog.com/wp-admin/). On the left column, click ‘Appearance > Themes > Add New’ and you will see a huge list of free themes that you can install for your blog
  • Fab Themes
  • Top WP Themes

If you’re still not satisfied with these free themes, you can always buy premium (paid) themes that almost always have better features and customizations. The most popular sites out there for this are:

» I’d like to have a nice logo, how can I make one? 
If you can’t make one for your own through Photoshop, I can make one for you! Like I’ve mentioned beforehand, I am a web + graphic designer and I’ve actually been doing this ever since I was 13 years old. If you want to see samples of my work, simply go here and then let me know if you want to work with me. Otherwise, if you really want to make it yourself but you’re not good with Photoshop, there are websites below where you can make your own logo with ease:

Or better yet, have you heard of Fiverr? It’s this awesome site where everyone offers every kind of service there is for only $5 (Php 220+)! There are some bad ones but there are good ones too, and it’s easy to weed out the ones that don’t give quality work.

» What are WordPress plugins? Do I need them? 
Oh yes, you do! They will help a lot in spicing up your site — just think of them like apps that will help your travel blog perform and look better. To start, below are the free WordPress plugins that I recommend which you can easily add to your blog by going to your Dashboard: click ‘Plugins > Add New‘. In the search box, type the plugin names below and click ‘Install‘ as needed.

  • Akismet – protection from comment spam
  • Jetpack – offers a TON of features, some of which I love are the ‘Site Stats’ and ‘Related Posts’
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – helps optimize your site for Google and if you ever need help, the creator’s website has several tutorials that can help you manage your SEO well
  • WPTouch – only if your theme is not responsive (or mobile-friendly) this is the plugin for you!
  • Google Analytics – this is an important thing for you to set up! Google Analytics (GA) is a powerful tool that helps measure and analyze your blog’s traffic; in the future, advertisers would need data from this platform. So first, you need to register with GA and then install this plugin to easily integrate GA’s tracking with your website.

TIP: If you plan to add more plugins than these, try not to install too many since it can slow down your website.

Speaking of plugins, ensure that you also do the following:

  • Take advantage of SiteGround’s speedy loading time by activating their FREE ‘SuperCacher‘ plugin. To enjoy this feature, make sure that you enable ‘Static Cache’ by following the instructions on this page. After which, you should enable ‘Dynamic Cache’ (follow the steps here).
  • Lately, Google is starting to prefer websites who are set to “https” — which signifies that you have a secure website. To enable this for FREE on your domain, just follow the steps here. If you ever encounter any problems, feel free to chat with the SiteGround team and they’ll be more than happy to assist you.

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Step 6: Create the ‘basic contents’ and start an email list.

Create an Email List

» What do I mean by basic contents? 
Other than the articles or blog posts that you will be making in the future, I need you to first establish the following:

  • Pages. Apart from your ‘blog’ section (which lists out all your current posts ) you need the other standard ones, namely the pages for:
    • About – introduce yourself, better if you can make it very engaging in order to make people want to follow you.
    • Contact – it can show your email and social media channels, or you can opt to put up a form using the plugin Contact Form 7.
    • Disclaimer, Privacy Policy, or Terms of Use – to protect your rights and affirm your protection from any liabilities as an online blogger; you can find a sample of this on Y Travel’s blog
    • Others – as you grow, you might need other pages like what my blog has (example: Archives, FAQ, Press, Travel Destinations, etc.) and it’s totally up to you if you want these or not.
    • To learn more about pages, check here.
  • Footer. This is the bottom part of your page and you can do whatever you want for this. Some people simply leave it blank, while others include things like ‘As Seen On…‘ (which I also have). If you want more inspiration for stuff to display here, simply browse through other travel blogs for ideas.
  • Sidebar. Typically appears beside your blog posts/articles (or even your pages too if you choose so). To control the contents that will show here, you just have to access your widgets section at Appearance > Widgets. For this, try to put your:
    • About – Make it very brief or catchy, and then include your photo on it along with a link that leads to your about page.
    • Newsletter – Encourage people to subscribe to your updates, this can be made possible if you sign up for MailChimp (which I will discuss below). After your registration, display a newsletter sign-up widget on your sidebar by installing this plugin.
    • Social Links – Promote your social media accounts! You can choose to show big boxes like this one by Facebook or you can use icons that would link to your account by using a plugin like this.
    • Popular Posts – to help direct your readers to your other articles, download this plugin and display its widget.

» How to start a travel blog email list and why is this important? 
Like what I’ve mentioned above, you can create your own mailing list or newsletter with MailChimp which comes FREE with a maximum number of 2,000 subscribers — a pretty good deal!

It is important to have this because though people commonly use social media, they still use their emails too and prefer to be notified or updated through it. For this reason, you should take the chance and create one! Besides, it will help a lot in the future whenever you will have giveaways, contests, or products to promote since you can also track email opens, conversions, and more!

ANOTHER OPTION: You can try Aweber which is a lot cheaper than MailChimp especially if you hit the 2,000th mark! However, at the very start it wouldn’t come free — you will only have a 30-day trial, after which, you’ll start paying for your ‘plan’. The costs are cheap though especially if you’re starting, but if you’re a cheapskate like me, MailChimp can already be a good start!

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Step 7: Time to secure your name on social media channels.

Social Media

This is a vital step! Sure, your blog can grow by itself… BUT that will take a loooooong time. If you want to usher your success faster, start being ‘social‘ online. With your blog name, quickly register it on the big social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google+

NOTE: Better to create a page for Google+ since a personal profile will typically use your full name, whereas for pages, it gives you more of the ability to create it with your blog name and thereby resulting to a suggested URL from Google that’s close to your blog’s title.

TIP: Try to keep the usernames the same as your domain name. I have actually made you check this beforehand in step #1 because it’s definitely easier for your current and potential followers to access your profiles in this way. Don’t follow my example… I happened to be too late on the Instagram hype that by the time I registered, someone already had my username ‘iAmAileen’ so I ended up going for i_am_aileen *sad face*
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Step 8: Start creating your content.

Create Great Content

Some factors to consider:

  • Create original and engaging content. Your first post can be about who you are, where you are, what you aim to do etc. If you still haven’t started traveling yet, it will be awesome if you can start to talk about your plans and how you aim to achieve it; make your audience a part of your journey by sharing your whole experience right from step number one! Once you start hopping around the globe, your posts can be about current/future trips, travel tips, inspirational articles, and more — all depending on the niche that you have decided to concentrate on.

    If you want to know more article ideas, you can refer to Girl VS Globe’s 50 Travel Blog Post Ideas!

  • Try to post regularly. It does not only keep your readers updated but it also helps your Google rankings (as it will notify the system that you post regularly). I recommend posting at least 3 times a week; but eventually, you will get a feel of the number of times that you have to update so this frequency can go higher or lower. For instance, some bloggers have marketed themselves as Thursdays-only and that is quite a clever way to keep your readers coming back on a certain day.
  • Quality is always better than quantity. Tons of content won’t matter at all if they’re not good nor meaningful. So how can you make great content? Through practice and research.
    • Keep writing – you’ll eventually find your own blogging style and voice
    • Ask other people’s opinion before posting – it can be family or friends
    • Try to see what the other big bloggers are doing – draw inspiration from them!
    • Ultimately, just tackle the topics that you would personally want to read or know about if you were to place yourself in the shoes of your readers.
  • Remember that success through your content won’t happen overnight. It will take time and you need to have patience. Like most success stories, you must have the commitment and drive to stay dedicated to your cause. Take my example: last September 2014, after I stabilized my travel lifestyle, I relaunched this domain — I started from the ground up to make it focus solely on travel and inspiration. It has been 6 months since then and even if I have managed to snag big deals with influential brands and got featured in huge online websites, I still think that I am still on the ongoing process of making this blog successful. Day by day, it really involves a certain degree of hard work and if you can find a balanced system for improving your blog, the results can be very rewarding.

For more information on how you can create great content, see FirstSiteGuide’s tutorial.

NOTE: If you have set up a blog before in Blogspot/Blogger, you can always import your old posts to your new WordPress.org blog. Simply follow the instructions in this page. Though if you have rather set up a blog previously with the free platform WordPress.com, Siteground can easily import your posts for you so no worries there! Just contact them about it.


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Step 9: Promote your travel blog’s name and articles.

Promote Your Blog

As a beginner, I know how hard it can be to figure things out. So in order to aid you further into this ‘online abyss’, here are tips on how you can promote your blog in order to build an audience and create a dedicated network!

» Via Social Media

  • I have made you sign up to all those social media channels, but it doesn’t entirely mean that you have to be fiercely active across all platforms. You can post to all of them of course, but sometimes, it’s best to focus only on a top 3! So why did I make you register to ALL those social media channels? At the beginning, I need you to play around with all of them, and as you continue to blog and share your posts through these channels, you will eventually figure out the top 3 channels that you need to focus on. In time, you will also gauge the best times for sharing as dependent on your followers’ behavior and more.
  • TIP: Feel free to survey the other successful Facebook pages related to your niche so you get to have an idea about the kind of posts that work for them. It also helps to create a schedule or checklist so you are focused on the social media sharing that you have to do after every blog post. You can even try approaching big Facebook travel pages to ask if they are willing to share your post!
  • For more information and tips on social media, you can check out Legal Nomad’s post.

» Via Online Communities

  • Join forums and groups online that will give you the chance to interact with fellow bloggers. The ones I highly recommend can be found on Facebook and are listed here:

    » READ: Best Facebook Groups Travelers & Travel Bloggers Should Be a Part Of

  • Connect with travel bloggers! Don’t be shy, most of them want to connect with you so feel free to message them. (Don’t be shy in messaging me too!) Otherwise, you can comment on their blog posts to build rapport, relationship, and engagement.

» Via Contributions or Guest Posts

  • Try to find bloggers who are open to collaboration posts, guest posts, or interviews (sometimes these opportunities can be seen in the Facebook group I previously mentioned or you can simply browse a travel blogger’s website to see if they are open to these kinds of things — send them an email if needed). For instance, some of my interviews on other famous blogs of other travel bloggers have happened after I reached out to them (example was my interview with Nomadic Matt).
  • Consider submitting content to bigger websites like Thought CatalogMatador Network or Huffington Post. Trust me on this one: if you become very active in pitching your unique story or experience to big websites like these, you will easily skyrocket to online fame! To search for more websites that are open to article submissions, just search for them through Google. Be mindful though that there are websites that can be tough to ‘get into’ but it’s always worth a try to get your name or face out there.

For other ways to promote your content, see FirstSiteGuide’s tips. Otherwise, do you want me to promote you on my sidebar? See here for more details.
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Step 10: Monetize your travel blog and reap the rewards!

Monetize Your Blog

One of the advantages to creating a blog and owning it? The numerous opportunities and ways for making money! I clearly started this blog as a hobby (and more of a personal diary; which you will see if you scour the far pages of this website) but after redefining my brand, I started to get recognition, I started to earn a bit and eventually the opportunities that I gained have helped me in one way or another to fund my travels — to sum it up, this took me months.

So starting now, it’s a good reminder that earning from your new travel blog can be very difficult at first since most advertisers are hungry for high traffic websites — yours won’t really jump to that kind of level so quick, especially at the start, because traffic takes time. However! It doesn’t hurt to start early and one of the best ways to get money as a newbie is through:

  • Affiliate Sales. This allows you to earn a commission if your reader chooses to purchase another brand’s products or services through your specialized links. Since your blog is about travel, try signing up for related companies like:

TIP: As you’re still starting, please don’t go overboard in monetizing your blog, or else, some of your readers will be put off by let’s say, the gazillion of banners that you will be putting up on your site. What can you do then? Take it slow, be picky, and only put up the kind of ads that can best fit your audience.

Over time, once you have enough posts, start to get a bit of decent traffic, and have established your ‘authority’, you can start to do the following:

  • Earn through Google AdSense (for pay per clicks) or Mad Ads Media (for pay per views)
    NOTE: If you focus on doing travel vlogs (video blogging), YouTube’s partner program works alongside Google AdSense for monetization, so make sure that you enable that.
  • Sell your own ad space on your travel blog
  • Sell eBooks, consultation/coaching, or other travel-related products
  • Sell your services for social media promotions
  • Do sponsored posts or paid reviews (on products, services, etc.)

Finally, this isn’t exactly ‘monetization‘ but gaining free or all-expense-paid trips are one of the benefits that you can get from travel blogging. Once you have earned a good amount of readership (as evidenced by your website’s stats and social media followers) you can use this data to pitch your blog’s influence to hotels, tourism boards, airlines, and more!

Be aware though that this can be very tough and that more often than not, you will receive a reply that basically says NO to your proposition — but hey, what will you lose by that? Nothing! (You’ll just feel that tiny pang of disappointment that they didn’t like you… and well, you can handle that, right?) Besides, even if they say ‘no’ at first, you’re free to re-try again as long as you make your pitch better (find out what they’re looking for, state what you can offer in return, etc.)

Here are some tips when contacting brands:

  • Sign up for the Gmail extension: Sidekick! Make sure that you register through this link so you can avail the sign-up bonus that includes a 1-month package of FREE unlimited notifications — don’t worry though because after that, your account will still stay free. You’ll only just be limited to 200 notifications a month, which is still technically good! Now why am I recommending Sidekick? Because it notifies you whenever someone opens or clicks on a link on your email, and that helps a TON! For one thing, it will aid you in estimating the time that you can send another email follow-up. (For example, since you clearly know that they opened your email, you can try following up 3 days after they opened it; otherwise, if they haven’t opened it at all, a good rule is to follow up after a week the first time you sent it with a max number of follow-ups at 3).
  • As long as you have an engaged audience, you’re good to pitch! There really is no magic number to knowing how big you have to be in order to be ‘eligible’ enough to pitch with brands; but I guess… surely a monthly visit of 1,000 and a total of 100 social media followers won’t do the trick. Anyhow, what’s mostly important in order to ace a partnership or sponsorship is to show that you have an engaged audience, and that you have a blog that is fit for the brand’s needs.
  • Do your own research. Find the appropriate marketing or press contact(s) on the website. If you really can’t find one, simply contact the generic address on the website to ask for the correct email that you can send your message to (or send them a message via their social media page). You can also simply write your proposal and ask them to forward it to the right person!
  • Target brands that are evidently concerned about social media. It helps to partner with brands that are active on social media because that gives you the assurance that they are interested in growing their online followers (which you can try and help them with).
  • Be convincing, direct, and honest. Be clear about your request right from the subject and first sentence of your email. Assure them on how you can grow their customer base or online exposure — basically on HOW you can help them. If you have a unique campaign that you think you can tailor well to their product/service, then don’t be afraid to pitch it! If I may add, it also helps to have a media kit to quickly show your website’s stats. (See media kit examples here).
    • If you’re not good with Photoshop, try out Canva.com which is very easy to use even if you’re not good with graphic design. You can also just hire people to make it for you — like me!. My site’s design here is one example of how I usually do my web design work, otherwise, you can visit my portfolio page.

NOTE: Don’t go crazy! Don’t pitch to every company that you know of. You still have to make sure that the company that you are trying to partner with is relevant to your blog.
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OVERALL

How to Start a Travel Blog

I tried my best to be as detailed as I could and I dearly hope that this helps you learn how to start a travel blog successfully. Good luck! 

P.S. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions. I would love to help you out for as much as I could. I’m not a ‘big’ travel blogger yet but I’m trying to make my way there, and in the spirit of sharing (since I perfectly know that this journey can be really hard) these are tips that I have learned over the years that helped usher my mini achievements — which I hope would help you too!

Disclaimer: Some of the links on this article, ‘How to Start a Travel Blog’ are affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and purchase any of the products/services that I recommended, I will then receive a small commission that is at NO extra cost to you. Still and the same, I only recommend brands that I personally use or believe in that have helped me in my blogging career. Hope you enjoyed this ‘How to Start a Travel Blog’ post!

How about you?

  • If you’re a newbie, did you find this post helpful? What other things would you like to know on how to start a travel blog?
  • If you’re an experienced travel blogger reading this post, do you have any other ideas to contribute on how to start a travel blog? I (we) would love to hear them!

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304 comments

  1. Hi Aileen,

    Thanks for sharing the precious experience!
    This is one of the most sincere articles I have ever read.
    Your experience of being a sustainable lifestyle is truly inspiring!
    I wish you all the best in your life and career :)

    Cheers,
    Rita

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  2. Great work , interesting post and fantastic steps , thanx for sharing this enjoyable article

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  3. A great post on how to start a successful travel blog. I learnt a lot on content originality, WordPress and a ton of other things.

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  4. Hi Aileen, this article is really help me to start my blog and hope it can be travel blog as good as yours. May I know what platform you use? Is it wordpress. org? Thank you and keep make good article :)

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    1. Hey Fendy! Yes, I use WordPress, same as what I've stated in the guide :) Thanks, hope this helps you!

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  5. Hello Aileen. Thanks for sharing everything in details! I've been reading a loooooot of blog posts about starting a blog and I find yours the most helpful + realistic. I've been travelling a lot for 3 years working on a cruiseship but now I quit and I'm so determined to start a blog, so thank you for inspiring people. Many thanks. All the best ♡

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    1. Aww, thank you Sasha! I'm very happy to hear that. That being said, I wish all the best in your blogging journey. <3

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  6. Thank you for sharing these tips, Aileen. I love reading your blog. Keep it up!

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  7. Thank you so much for this guide! I've been wanting to start a blog of my own (which I started a few days ago) and read a few guides which is how I found your blog, this was by far the most helpful! It's also awesome that it came from a fellow pinoy!

    I have a question about promoting, do you think I should build up a decent amount of content first and then start promoting or should I start promoting right away even if there are only a handful of posts?

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    1. Aww, thanks! I'm very happy to hear that! I dearly hope this helps you on your blogging journey.

      As for promoting, I think it doesn't hurt to start as early as now as long as you already have some posts up. All the best! :D

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  8. Excellent read, than you so much for sharing!

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  9. Wow what a great post Aileen. Thanks so much for taking to time to help people like me out! I have taken so many tips and advise from just this article alone which I know will really help me with my own blog! Keep up the awesomeness :)

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    1. Aw, I'm happy to hear that. Thanks too and all the best to you!

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  10. Hello Aileen, I came across your article on how to start a travel blog from scratch. Thank you so much for sharing this but may I ask if it's also suitable for newbies to use wordpress and pay a certain amount of money for their premium packages wherein we can get our own custom (.com) domain names and such? What are the certain pros and cons of it? Thank you so much! Godbless your site!
    P.S: I'm using wordpress.com a free website but they have their offers as well.

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    1. Hey! You can see a list of pros and cons of owning a .com domain or not under Step #2 above. :) Simply put, having a .com domain helps a lot.

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  11. Hi Aileen, I came across your blog and it is a good read actually for neophyte bloggers. I'm a full-time mother and employee, juggling each responsibilities everyday and at the same time, a Travel blogger (my niche is Family travel). Upon reading this post, I immediately subscribed to Site Ground and transferred my blog from Blogger.com to Wordpress which (I may say) is a great decision. And now I'm enjoying and slowly learning the various features of Site Ground and Wordpress which I never encountered in blogger. Thank you very much for your comprehensive and ultimate guide on setting up a blog. I'm looking forward to more of your writings and musings. :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing this Aileen. Every day I am more and more convinced that this is the step I need to take to break free from my 9-5 and haven't done much in the way of taking any actual steps. Thanks for laying everything out so clearly, hopefully this will be the push I need.

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  13. Indeed a great job! All the information needed was in this blog. Thanks Aileen! I have no idea at all (as in from scratch) but with your help, I am looking forward to start making my own page soon.

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  14. Very interesting and informative. I like the look of our site!

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  15. This post is informative and detailed. Thanks for this Aileen. :)

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  16. Wow! This is indeed a great help for a beginner like me. I've been procrastinating for a few years now and I have decided to start my travel blog/vlog asap after reading this. Thank you so much!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that :D Let me know how it goes!

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  17. Superb and great post, No need to search other info on this topic anywhere, I have cleared my all doubts..Thank u so much

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  18. Do SiteGround charge you monthly or just once after you order?

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    1. Hey Glens, it's a one-time payment for a year and it's a bulk discount as per my links above. :)

      If you plan to buy a 24-month plan, then it will be a one-time bulk payment too every 2 years. Hope that helps clarify it!

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  19. Great content about travel blogging! Keep up the good work

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  20. Thanks Aileen for the post. Definitely one of the best "how to start a blog" posts. It was very helpful to me as I struggle with starting my own.

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  21. big thanks to you .. you inspired me

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  22. This has been an absolute godsend! I've still got a long way to go but I've made a start and so far I'm having an absolute ball! You're post is so thorough and clear, I'd probably still be googling the word domain without it!
    Would love to hear your opinion of my new blog if you ever get chance! I would be eternally grateful!

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    1. Hey Leanne! I'm very happy to hear that my post helped (and haha, I assure you, at the start, the word 'domain' confused me a lot!)

      I got the chance to check by your website and it looks great! Just keep on writing — I think that's one of the most important parts ;) All the best in your blogging journey!

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  23. Aileen,
    Love everything about this post. It's very helpful to newbies such as myself. I am having some trouble with step 4, creating domain email. I have done the first part through siteground but when I am in my gmail acct I do not see accounts and imports. Could you please help. Thank you again for this article and all the glorious details.

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    1. Thanks! And about 'Accounts and Imports' you can see that after clicking the gear icon on top right, and then clicking 'Settings' (stated under step #5 of the domain email instructions). Hope that helps!

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  24. the most useful post about blogging that I have read! learned a lot! Thank you

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  25. Hello, Aileen! I stumbled upon this post via Pinterest. And I'm glad I did because it contains a lot of information and not just the usual "how-to-start-a-blog-in-10-minutes kind of post" so thank you for sharing. Also, I just relaunched my blog and my next step would be connecting with other bloggers and joining groups and communities. Any tips for that? Thanks again! Safe travels! :)

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    1. I'm glad you stumbled here, Maria! ;) All the best to your blogging journey.

      As for communities, you can check my post here: https://iamaileen.com/facebook-groups-travelers-bloggers-online/

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  26. Hey, Aileen. I'd been wanting to do what you did but never figured out how to sustain. I went with no savings and managed to survive in Borneo for one week. Was not convinced with travel blogging as a way of sustainable monetization. Will definitely try it out. The Google Sidekick sounds like a real good idea to understand more about my own niche. Great stuff!

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    1. All the best in what you do, Rev! :)

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  27. Traveling is also a major passion of mine, and I spend a lot of my free-time planning out future adventures. I would love to travel through South America sometime, especially Argentina. Something about the culture just speaks to me... not to mention, they make fantastic wine.

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  28. I kept rereading this post of your as I am just a noob starting to run my own blog. Am just wondering too if you coded your own website from scratch or just customized a certain theme? Things get too technical when just starting out, it's a little bit of a headache truthfully. May I also ask what plugin or whatever magic you do to add a Pinterest button on top of an image? From what I searched, one of the options I always see is the pin it button is invisible then when you hover over an image it pops out. But your's is fixed and on a single image only too!!

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    1. Hey Fiori! I used to code websites but I got lazy on this blog so I only used a theme but tweaked it excessively. You can definitely just use a theme if you're new to coding or even just hire someone to do it for you if you want more dynamic designs.

      As for Pinterest, I use this page's "One Image" option: https://developers.pinterest.com/tools/widget-builder/?type=pinit&buttonType=oneImage

      Hope that helps!

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      1. Thank you so much for sharing!! This really helps :D

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  29. Hi Aileen, thanks for sharing lots of good ideas! I am thinking of starting my own blog and in the process or researching. I signed up with Wordpress.org (free account for now) as I am still not sure if I REALLY wanna do this...seems scary to reveal yourself out there! Kudos to you for being so courageous and talented! Anyway, my question is - if I do start sign-up with siteground later on, can I linked it to my current Wordpress blog account? which is by the way empty! :)

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    1. Hey Jackie, I believe you signed up for Wordpress.com because Wordpress.org is when you finally do the Siteground process ;) But yes, to answer your question, they can migrate your blog once you decide to be hosted.

      All the best on your blogging journey!

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  30. Hi Aileen,

    This guide was recommended to me through a girl in the Girls vs. Globe FB Group and even though I have been running my blog for a few months now, these tips are still super helpful! Thank you for the detail!

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    1. I'm very happy to hear that!! Thank you Yasmin! <3 All the best in your blogging journey!

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  31. Hi Aileen,

    Thanks for your article. I am an aspiring travel blogger and this article inspires me to work on what I really want to do. You're an inspiration. :)

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  32. Is it free to install Wordpress on Siteground? I just got a domain through Siteground but it keeps wanting me to pick another package for Wordpress. Do I have to pay for that too ?

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    1. Hey Dana, after buying a domain, you still need to purchase a hosting in order to install WordPress (since the domain is just the .com name) :) It's the same for all other hosting websites out there. The steps to buy a hosting is also included in this guide.

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  33. Hi, nice site, speaking of Word-press plugins can anybody recommend a good Click-bank plugin? A cheap plugin would be excellent - Thanks

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  34. Hi Aileen ! I love your blog . I am just starting my own blog and I'm looking for some ideas and it's helpful. Thank you for sharing

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  35. Hi Ms. Aileen, I would like to start a blog, not a travel blog but sort of a magazine blog. My question is, what are the processes of paying Siteground once you have a website hosted by them? Thanks for considering my question and more power to you! :-)

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    1. Hey Lyzette, as of this moment, they take in credit cards as a payment method. :)

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  36. Hey Aileen, I love your Blog so much!
    Its so clean and neat, which wordpress theme are you using ? :)

    greetings from Germany, Mario

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    1. I use a theme called Mindig :)

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      1. Hi Aillen, where did you get the theme and what's the name of the map pluggin on your homepage?

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        1. Hey Joyce, it's called Mindig and I got the plug-in here. Hope that helps!

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  37. Great & Amazing Description, Nice Article

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  38. Hello Aileen! I was checking some ideas for my own blog (which is in my head right now) on pinterest and this was the first article i opened. I have to say that any other article afterwards seemed to be too basic, as yours explains it all! Thank you for these amazing tips&tricks, it made me want to start my own blog even more. Keep up the good work :)

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    1. Awww, that really makes me happy to hear Audre! Thank you! All the best in your blogging journey <3

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  39. Amazing advice! Thanks so much :)

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  40. Hi Aileen! I'm glad I stumbled upon your post because this is one of the most comprehensive guide for a newbie blogger that I've read so far!! I have my own blog and just in the starting phase. I've been learning so much already, and to be honest, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to focus on and where to dig a little deeper. Slowly but surely, I guess! Your blog definitely gave me the inspiration, so thank you! :)

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    1. Awww, that makes me very happy to hear, Thy! :) I wish all the best in your blogging journey. I bet you'll do great! Keep in touch!

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  41. I'm researching how to start a travel blog initially more for myself and friends/family but after reading this I'm more interested in doing this on a bigger scale. Maybe one day in the future I can earn some money doing this. Thank you for sharing your tips. I appreciate this and will take many of your suggestions.

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  42. Thank you so much for posting this, it's definitely one of the most in depth guides I have seen in all my research. I will happily return to keep learning from everything you suggested. You are an inspiration! I officially started my blog 3 days ago and used many of your tips, so here's hoping it all works out!

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    1. Awww, thanks Natalie! I dearly hope for the best on your blogging journey!

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  43. Good Article. Congrats on your blog :)

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  44. This was so inspiring and easy to understand I decided to start my own blog! Thank you so much

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  45. Hey there, thank you for all the wonderful information. I will definitely refer any future readers back to you because your posts are very in-depth, descriptive and just all around informational and helpful. Thank you so much for making a very confusing process a little bit less overwhelming!

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    1. I'm so happy to hear this, Stephanie! It makes me glad that my post made it all easy for you. All the best!

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  46. love the way you elaborate your content per section it's easier for me to read it. your blog is inspired me keep up the good work !

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  47. Just used your guide to start my own travel blog! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Awesome! All the best in your blog!

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  48. thank you so much

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  49. Thank you for taking the time to write all this great content! Much of it I knew, but I still got a lot out of it, you're obviously very knowledgeable about web development and content curation! I'd love to connect with you if you're traveling in the US!(:

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    1. Aww thanks for your kind words, Michaela! That means a lot <3

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  50. HI, Aileen!

    You talked about wordpress, but what's your opinion about blogger? Is it too bad to use it instead of WP?
    I have a blogger domain for years now, that's actually not being used right now, but I'm planning to start it again as a "fashion + travel" blog, and since I'm used to it, I'm in doubt if I should change it or not.

    What would you advice? By the way, I'm from Brazil and love your blog!

    Kisses, Kisses!
    <3

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    1. Hey Erika! I believe you're talking about Blogspot, right? I was in Blogspot before and it was so limited. It didn't rank well on search engines too — so having WordPress that's self-hosted (different from the free WordPress platform) is a whole lot better.

      You can find a lot of resources online showing as well how self-hosted WordPress blogs are really great to have. Hope this helps! (And thank you for your kind words!)

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      1. Hi, Aileen!

        Yes, Blogspot!
        The tip on the rank thing is really nice...That was something I never cared about before, and for me platforms wouldn't make a difference. So thanks for that! ;o) I always thought that blogspot would just be less complicated and since I saw some big bloggers using it as well, I just thought it would be a simple matter of preference.

        But since I've been searching for a "simple" thing like a template, for example, I realised that the ones for WP have a lot more options than Blogspot...I hope it's not so hard to get used to it and figure things out since I don't know much about programming...

        Is the self-hosted Wordpress platform, the one that's .org?

        Thank you so much for your help!

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        1. True enough, having a wordpress.org blog and self-hosting it really gives you more control over your blog! And don't worry too, lots of design templates are very user-friendly nowadays.

          (And yes the self-hosted one uses the .org of WordPress). All the best!

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  51. Agreeing with so many others, hugely helpful tips for newbies and starters. Thanks Aileen - keep it up!

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  52. Great stuff! Keep it up!

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  53. Hi Aileen! I tried to to go to Sitegroudn to supposedly register my domain name. However, unlike in what you have screenshot above which is to register first the domain name before payment, mine is that it directly goes to the payment section without registering first my domain name. That is why i'm quiet hesitant to pursue. Can you advise me if the procedure changed? would be glad if you could assist me on this. :)

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    1. Hey Chizon! Thanks for letting me know! I checked their website and with their customer service too; apparently they changed the look of the order page. Rest assured, the domain still remains to be FREE. You can set it later on after you pay and when you start to build your website with the wizard. Let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers!

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  54. It's great post! Hopefully, I find the right niche soon. Im writing but I only travel maybe once or twice a year. I focus on places to place travel and costing plus convenience of how to travel.

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  55. Hi Aileen!
    Great post, I love it! I've been thinking of creating a travel blog but did not really know where to start and your post helps a lot!
    I was thinking about creating a blog that is about travel tips (mostly 3 days city trips, how to visit a city on a budget, ...) but I found that many blogs are actually about this precise topic. What do you think?
    Also, would it be good or bad to do it in two languages as I speak both English and French? And how to put a tab on the website to switch from a language to the other?
    Thanks a lot for your help :)

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    1. Hey Cassie, well... my take on that is there really are a loooot of topics and style out there that have been reused or are similar but that doesn't matter. Go ahead and do the same style if you have to BUT in your unique voice. We always have that. So go and do what you want and what you feel like writing. :)

      As for doing it in 2 languages, it shouldn't be a problem. I believe there are plugins out there that can easily switch the language of the text on your site. Good luck!

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  56. Hey Aileen

    Great post, I'm a new visitor to your site, came across it on the expeditioners top 50 travel blogs list, but I've subscribed and bookmarked. Thanks for all your tips. Me and my boyfriend set up our travel blog at the end of last year (hope we have a good niche), but we've only thought of upping it a notch and trying to make a good go of it this week. (I mean it was always in the back of our minds to be able to have a successful blog, but now we're biting the bullet with SEO etc. - that stuff scared me because last week I COULD NOT COPE with the whole SEO thing, so confusing for a non tech person. It was all gibberish to me, but i've finally had a lightbulb moment lol). Now its just putting in all the hard work! I hope I am choosing the correct keywords etc for google but I suppose that is something i'll notice in a few months time if the site starts ranking, its a shame you can't see things immediately to see if you've made mistakes, but I suppose thats all about the learning curve hey?

    Anyway, sorry to go off on a tangent, these tips are amazing and I love the layout and feel of your site. Looking forward to the road ahead

    Sally :)

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that you've discovered me via the list on the Expeditioners site. :D And I totally get what you mean, back when I was still learning the ropes on SEO for my online jobs, I almost gave up on it all — but I'm glad I persevered! And that you did too ;) But yeah, there's a LOT of learning curves especially when it comes to blogging. But I believe in time, you guys will really get the hang of it. Thank you as well for your kind words and I wish all the best on your blogging journey <3

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  57. Hi Aileen! Thanks so much for this, your blog is so inspiring (as a lover of travelling myself) so it makes sense to learn from the best haha. I hadn't heard of Yoast before, it's been such a great tool for helping me improve my SEO. Thanks again x

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    1. I'm glad to have introduced Yoast to you then :D It's really helpful!

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  58. Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I include a portion of your post to my site?

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    1. I only allow 2 sentences to be quoted with a link back to my site. Thanks!

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  59. In india very few peoples know about travel blogs and etc , i want to start my own blog so thankyou for all the help you provide!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that, Nitin!! :D

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  60. Hi Aileen, first of all, I wanna thank you so much for this post! I'm trying to finally start up my own travel blog as well and let's just say this post has been one of my go-to guides. I heard you were based in the PH again and was wondering if you would hold some local meetups? Would love to pick your brain and hear about how you started as a digital nomad! :)

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    1. Hey Giselle! I'm happy to hear that this post has helped you! And yes, I'm in the PH right now, but I've been swamped lately with visa runs and some trips on the side so I'm still finding the time to do a meetup. Rest assured, I will post it ASAP on my Facebook page once I get to have the time :D I'd really love to meet all of you!

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  61. How do you find your POP server name and the port number?

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    1. Just kidding- I am an idiot and didn't scroll down

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      1. Aaah, haha no worries! ;)

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    2. Hey Amber, please look back again at the guide — it's stated there. If you still can't find it, you can always chat with the SiteGround people — they're very responsive!

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  62. Great post, I've always been a travel lover and have slowly started blogging about my travels, definitely got some inspiration from you, thank you!

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    1. Aww, I'm happy to hear this Triin. Thank you! All the best in what you do :)

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  63. Yaye! It's good to know that I am on the right track. You are genius Aileen and the kindest person there is. Thank you for sharing your knowledge to us newbies.

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    1. Awww, you're so sweet Aessa. Thank you so much as well! Good luck on your blogging journey!

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  64. Good article, thank you

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  65. Your blog is so informative Aileen, I admire your skills and your heart for sharing your experience and knowledge to us - your readers. I just bookmarked your page, and looking forward to see again your blogs. Kudos, ang galing mo!

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    1. Aw, that makes me happy to hear Sean. :) I dearly hope this helps you!

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  66. Thanks for this! Lot’s of great tips for us lil guys starting out.

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  67. Amazing post! I have already started but this has answered so many questions for me :) thank you!!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that Emma! Good luck on your blogging journey :D

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  68. I definitely love your blog! Specially this post! I am planning to start up my own travel blog when I come accross this entry of yours. Definitely answered many of my questions. Thank you and more power! :)

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  69. Awww. you're so sweet Aileen! Everything is well detailed! Love reading it since I'm a start-up blogger, it's way more helpful. Xx

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    1. I'm happy to hear that Cathy! I hope this really helps you out <3

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  70. Hi Aileen, I absolutely LOVE this post! So much info and so detailed.
    I was wondering if you've ever tried, or know anyone who uses Square Space for their blog? I have a website through them for my photography, and would love to start a blog to go along with it.
    I'd love to hear any advice that you have.
    Thanks :)

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    1. Aww, I'm happy to hear that, Sadie! You're welcome :D As for Squarespace, I've never tried it but I believe that's a free platform right? I really suggest self-hosting if you plan to be more serious about blogging. Otherwise, if it's just a site to store your photos, staying with them should be fine.

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  71. Aileen, this post is so incredibly detailed and helpful! I am getting started on my journey...doing a lot of reading and research... and your blog posts are the best I have come across. Thank you for offering all your knowledge for free to us newbies!!

    Much appreciated,
    Tracy K

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    1. Aww, you just made my day Tracy! Thanks, I'm glad you like this post — and all the best in your blogging journey!

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  72. Hello Aileen!
    I love your blog, and this particular post inspired my sister, niece and I to start travel blog! Your step-by-step instructions were perfect and helped me tremendously with the nuts and bolts of getting started - so THANK YOU! Enjoy your travels - it looks like you are having an amazing time in Bali. When you have a few minutes of downtime, check out our new blog: oursuitcaseadventures.com

    Thanks, again!
    Penny (along with Starlet and Sunny)

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    1. Aww, I'm SO happy to hear that! I have surely seen your recent travels to Paris when you tagged me on Tiwtter and it looked amazing. :D I'm so happy to have been a part of your journey. All the best in everything that you do! <3

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  73. Aileen,

    I have come to this post so many times! I feel so inspired every time I visit your site; it's incredibly beautiful (as some of the other commenters have mentioned)!! I really feel like your strong web design is a HUGE help for setting you apart from other travel bloggers (and incredibly thorough posts). Do you have any tips or recommendations on where to learn some great web design? I am also a graphic designer (great at photoshop/illustrator/indesign), but when it comes to HTML and CSS I'm pretty much a newbie :)

    Thanks!

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    1. Awww, you flatter me Genna! Thank you SO Much. <3 You just made my day ;) Regarding learning how to design websites, have you checked out some of the resources that I've listed on this page? Let me know. And I hope it helps!

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  74. Hey Aileen!
    Thank you so much for this post, it is very very useful! I am really interested in following your steps to make my own travel blog. But I have been researching a lot about the web hosting. I found out that iPage offers almost the same services as SiteGround (free domain name, 24/7 customer service, etc), but at a more affordable price (1.99$/month). I just wanted to ask you, (since you know these kind of stuff more than I do) have you heard anything about iPage? Have you ever use any other web hosting besides HostGator and SiteGround?

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    1. Aw, thanks Nadine! Regarding iPage, I've never heard of it before. I like SiteGround because they're a big company and has been around for years,so I'm assured that they won't suddenly go out of business. Anyhow, I did try other hosting providers before .Aside from those you've mentioned, I have also tried BlueHost, DreamHost, and Media Temple but found SiteGround to be best so far.

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  75. Thanks for all the details! you wrote so much. I was able to take away many good points to apply on my new website.

    Thank you :)

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    1. Glad to help, Andrew! All the best for your site!

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  76. Great!
    I am attending a course in social media marketing, and planning to open a travel blog in Italian! With this post it will be so much easier!

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    1. Awesome to hear, Elisa! Wishing all the best in what you do. Glad to be of help! :D

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  77. Thanks for the tips! I started my travel blog a few months ago and sure these precious tricks can help me to grow up in this field!

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    1. Awesome! Wishing you all the best in your blogging journey, Babak :D

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  78. I so love your website layout! Do you have someone who do the SEO/web designing stuff or you do everything yourself? Awesome!

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    1. Hey Missy! I actually do all designing and SEO stuff for this website. Thank you <3

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  79. Hi Aileen,

    I am really inspired by you!

    Thanks for being so Awesome~

    I have also just started my blog!

    Do share with me your thoughts and comment!

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    1. Aw, thanks Bernard! I'm also happy that you managed to start your blog. I wish you all the best in it! It's looking good :D

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  80. This is SUCH a great post! It is really helpful and clear. I really appreciated having it and definitely referred back to it a lot as I was creating my own site. I look forward to reading more of your articles!

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    1. Happy to hear that Sarah! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask :D

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  81. I did blogging before but had a long hiatus and wanted to get back into it but I didn't know where to start. That is why I am so thrilled when I bumped found your site!!! Your guide is awesome and it is straight to the point. Thank you so much!! :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear this April! We all have a 'slump' from time to time. Hopefully, now you'll continue blogging more. I wish you all the best!

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  82. Wow, great stuff! I was just thinking how much respect I have for people who do this for a living with all the hard work that goes into getting your message out. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Aww thank you Shane! But actually, it's not my blog that I make my living out of (it's mostly a hobby with added perks ;) haha) but thanks again and I wish you all the best in your blogging journey!

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  83. Hi Aileen! I am following your blog for quite a while now ever since I stumbled upon your IG account. I can't thank you enough for all the valuable information you have given to your readers (including me!). This is a very good post especially for me who's running a travel blog too for a hobby. Planning to re-brand it soon and this one helped me a lot. Wait, question. is SIteGround flexible in terms of upgrading your hosting plan? If yes, will I still get a discount if I upgrade my plan in the future? Also, do you have an article about ways on how to monetize your blogsite? I saw the affiliate sales near the end. Are there other ways to monetize it? Thank you!

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    1. Hey Iya! Thank you so much for reading my blog — you just made my day! I really just love to help people. Meanwhile, it's great that you're also running a travel blog. Regarding your question, for sure, as long as you sign up via the links I provided above, every time that you renew your plan or even upgrade it, there's a corresponding dicount all the time that ranges from 30 to 70% :D So no worries there!

      Regarding monetization of your site, I briefly mentioned some tactics in this post but indeed I don't have one sole article about it because I never really plan on making this blog as a money-making machine (since that would mean that my page will be cluttered with ads and sponsored posts). Affiliates is mostly what I do now apart from partnering with tourism brands and travel brands. One thing you can definitely look to is registering for Google Ads so that you can put advertisements on your site, or selling an eBook to your readers. :)

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  84. Hi Aileen !
    Thanks a million for being so generous with your knowledge and expertise ! I started blogging very recently on my Middle eastern journeys on the free .com Wordpress platform and doing my best to work with the features as I'm no techie. I have a kinda silly question...would Wordpress.com be able to be installed in Siteground? You only spoke of the .org platform.
    Thanks !

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    1. Hey Victoria, I'm happy to be of help! Regarding your question: Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org's are indeed different, with the .org one as the preferred platform of any serious blogger. Rest assured, if you sign up with SiteGround, they will simply convert your .com website into your new .org — they will do it all for you so you don't have to worry about the transfer process. And then with your new .org site, you will have more control over your blog :) Hope this helps!

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  85. Even though I already have my blog for six years, it's been extremely helpful to read your tips! Thanks so much for putting this amazing and detailed list together and putting so much time into it!
    Happy travels, xx
    Yvonne

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    1. Oh wow, that's great to hear! And yeah, I like dropping knowledge bombs sometimes haha but also for the spirit of sharing :) Thanks Yvonne! Happy travels to you too!

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  86. Wow! Thank you for sharing this no-BS guide. I don't mean to compare but this is the best resource I've read so far. I've studied (almost) all the aspects of travel blogging and how the ecosystem works and this type of niche has great potential.

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    1. Aw, thanks Volts! I really did my best in setting up this guide :D I really appreciate that.

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  87. Great tips - thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Glad to be of help :D

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  88. This is the BEST!!! Thank you so much for this post. I've been dreaming of traveling the world with my photograph and you've definitely helped me toward that. I can't wait to start my own blog and go on some fabulous adventures!

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    1. That makes me happy to hear, Sadie! I wish you the best in your journey :D

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  89. Hi Aileen,

    Kamusta and Happy New Year! I remember being in a #RTWchat on Twitter with you a little while ago and you shared some Tagalog phrases :) This guide on how to start a travel blog has helped me tremendously! I started my blog part-way through 2015 and I'm at the point now where I feel kind of stuck on how to further promote it. I've clicked on some of the links you've provided and I'm trying to work through some of the steps! If you have any other suggestions you can share, it would be really great! Thanks and Ingat!

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    1. Ooh, I definitely remember you too! :) I'm very happy to hear that you loved my guide here, and I dearly hope that it helps you! I guess for starters, why not join my travel group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UltimateTravelGroup/

      That way you can connect with other travelers and bloggers. We also regularly share tips with one another :D

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  90. Hi Aileen - this is a fantastic post! Thank you so much! I'm just toying with the idea of starting a blog and this was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much! :D

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    1. Awesome! Glad to be of help :D Good luck in what you do!

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  91. Hey Aileen! 1) Absolutely love your blog! The design is so beautiful and the content is so thorough, it has really been an inspiration for me. 2) I am debating between Aweber and Mailchimp for my email subscriber list and was wondering how you still feel about mailchimp after all of your success. I know some bloggers have their reservations and say that it ends up being more expensive than Aweber after a certain number of subscribers and possibly not as great quality-wise; however, I am just starting out and since it will probably take awhile to reach 2,000 subscribers, it might be worth it to go ahead with mailchimp. Thanks in advance for your input!

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    1. Aww, thanks Jennifer! I really appreciate it. Regarding Mailchimp, indeed if you're still starting out, I highly advice using MailChimp first as it is free. As I am right now, I think that I will remain with MailChimp because I really just like their interface more! It's more sleek and the email designs fit me. I guess after the 2K mark, it's all about personal preference and what works best for you :)

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  92. Great post. Thanks for sharing. Will bookmark this post. :)

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  93. Thanks for your information
    I will bookmark your site !

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  94. Hi Aileen,
    Seriously this is the best ultimate Guide for Travel bloggers.:)

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    1. Aw, thanks! :D I wish you all the best in your blogging journey!

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  95. Great Post, Aileen! I'm gonna bookmark some useful links from here for the future! thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome Taya! Glad it helps :D

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  96. This was very helpful! I bought my domain and hosting a while back but have had so much trouble getting started with WordPress. Steps five and six have finally gotten me over the hump and I hope I can finally get to working on content!

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    1. This makes me happy to hear! Glad to have made you advance in your blogging journey ;) All the best, Nelle!

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  97. Hi Aileen,
    Thank you so much for this blog.. Loved it !

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  98. HI Aileen! Great website, and thanks for sharing this information. It is great stuff. I have been contemplating doing something similar for quite some time. My niche is mainly travel photography. My images have recently gained some traction and I just did a gallery showing. So I just created a travel blog on Facebook to kind of be a focal point for my travel and photography adventures. It's still a work in progress, as I am building this airplane in flight. I appreciate your website and great articles like this to help guide me along in this process. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Happy to hear this, Brian! If I can also suggest, try expanding to Instagram too. That platform is very photo-centric and I think it will give you more exposure especially if you've got great shots to share. Good luck in everything that you do, and thanks!

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      1. Hi Aileen!
        First of all, congrats on your recent accomplishments. I applaud your success and hope to experience the same someday. I took your advice and finally created an Instagram feed. So far so good. It's still a slow process getting this enterprise off the ground, as I'm still working full time, which distracts from my travel & photography hobby immensely! But I'm getting there. I have two more art shows I'm doing this year in Europe, with the possibility of two more in other parts of the world. Hopefully Instagram and Facebook will help. Thanks again for all of your advice and support for your fellow tavelers! Look for news, art & images for Off Azimuth! @off_azimuth

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  99. This post ROOOOCKS! I recently launched a blog where I encourage people to live adventurously, and so of course a huge focus is travelling! I'm going to bookmark this page and keep coming back as I continue to get things set up. Thanks for all the great tips!

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    1. Awesome! I wish all the best for your blog Kelli :D Glad to hear that this helps. Cheers!

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  100. Hi Aileen! Thanks so much for creating this post! I'm still setting up my blog but, so far, I'm loving the support of Siteground. Thanks again for the recommendation! :)

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    1. Glad to hear that you're enjoying them! I reaaaally can stand behind Siteground's service -- it's superb!

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  101. Thank you for this post. There is so much helpful information. I have problems with plug ins and Google Analytics. It feels like I'm taking baby steps sometimes.

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  102. Thanks so much Aileen for this. I just started in August and I needed this. I appreciate you looking out for new bloggers. :)

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    1. You are welcome! I really hope this helps you. Good luck!

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  103. These tips are awesome! I still don't understand how IT really works(hosting, monetizing, SEO, etc). But I'm getting there.Thanks, Aileen!

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    1. I have given some resources for that in this post so that newbies like you can easily learn. I know you'll get the hang of it soon. All the best!

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  104. HI Aileen. I'm writing content for their website. For example, I wrote a post on the challenge of travel (in September) and now I have an opportunity to write another post. Do you suggest I wait until I have my own blog before writing guest posts? Or, is it OK to write content for other websites as I build my own blog?

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    1. It's definitely alright to write for other publications even if you don't have a blog yet, but I guess it helps if you already include links to your future blog on your posts so that you can gain from those links once your blog is up :)

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  105. Hi Aileen! I've been searching for a detailed description of how to get a blog started, and I've finally found one that's clear and easy to follow. Though I am wondering, would you suggest that I hold off on writing posts for other travel companies until I have my blog up and ready?

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    1. Hey Adriana! I'm happy to hear this :) I hope it really helps you! As for writing for travel companies, what do you mean? Are you writing for them for their website? Or writing for them for your blog? Let me know

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  106. Thank you so much for this detailed guide. I've been wanting to set up a blog for the last year or so, but never really got around to it. Finding this entry was kismet. I've been referring to it to set up my own blog which has more of a self-help theme but travel is certainly a part of self-exploration for me. Thanks for helping me realize my dream of setting up a blog. :)

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    1. I'm happy to hear that, Melly! If you ever have any other questions, feel free to hit me up :) All the best for your blogging journey!

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  107. This has been tremendously helpful~! Thank you so much for being so elaborate. You sure have encouraged a lot of writers to start blogging!

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    1. You're welcome Sam. All the best in your blogging journey :)

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  108. Thank you so much for posting such a detailed guide. I have been toying with the idea to start a blog for almost a year now and seriously considering it these last couple months. My boyfriend and I have dreams to travel the world and our one must see destination is Italy. We hope to move to Italy in the next year. However, while we're still in the states we try to make it a point to travel to a new destination each week and explore a new area. My idea is to begin a travel blog now, showing our current small trips and adventures, so that later when we move, hopefully we will have an established readership. We would love for the travel blog to aid in our finances as we explore the world. What are your thoughts on my idea? And do you have any other pieces of advice?

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    1. Hey Shelby! You're welcome. I hope this helps you on your travel goals :) And actually most of the tips that I would impart are already in this travel guide. Though on the finances area, if I may add, I highly suggest that if you don't have a steady stream of income somewhere, don't rely on your blog alone for earning money since making into a money-making machine will really take time. But I think you already know that ;) Meanwhile, you can surely start already of course by detailing your story -- I think a blog that chronicles your journey to reaching Italy could attract engaged readers. And there's no harm either in posting about your past trips. :) I hope all the best for your Shelby!

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  109. Hi Aileen! Thank God I found this in-depth beginner's guide n travel blogging. It's so detailed and informative. Thankyou for sharing your expertise. Happy travels!

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    1. You're welcome :D Let me know if you ever need any help. All the best!

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  110. This is so comprehensive! I've seen a lot of articles like this before, but yours definitely take it up a notch. I already have a blog, but I'm thinking of creating one solely about blogging. This is inspiring. Thank you!

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    1. I'm very happy to hear this, Janey! Good luck on the new blog that you're planning to set up :D

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  111. These are all great tips! I already have a travel blog (a rather small one) and am always looking for more tips and advice - especially from people who have been where I am today :) Thank you!

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    1. Hey Lisa, I'm very happy to hear that! All the best for your blog, and if you ever have any questions, let me know :)

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  112. This is the best and most in-depth post I've read on taking on the blogging world. I am also a digital nomad, so my travel blogging is just for fun to document my travels but it wouldn't hurt to follow a few of these steps! Thanks :)

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    1. That's great to hear Abi! :D I really tried my best to share everything that I know. Wishing all the best for you!

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  113. Hi Aileen
    What if i alrd have a domain. should i choose register free domain in SiteGround ?

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    1. Hey Linh, if you already have a domain, just input it in the registration on SiteGround, and then make sure that you 'point' your domain's nameservers (on whatever platform you registered them in: GoDaddy, NameChange, etc.) to Siteground's servers so that your site loads properly. Let me know if that's clear enough!

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      1. It really helps. Thanks Aileen.
        Can you please blog about how to transfer blogspot to wordpress.org. :D

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        1. Glad to hear that Linh! About transferring from Blogspot to WordPress, there are actually a lot of posts about this on the internet so let me just direct you to a helpful one: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-switch-from-blogger-to-wordpress-without-losing-google-rankings/

          Hope it helps!

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  114. Hi, Aileen! This is truly a very helpful post. In fact, I'm using it as a checklist for a blog that I'm building right now. Although mine is not directly related to travel, this post is still a great place to start for a non-tech person like me.

    I'd like to ask for your opinion on themes. I've been reading about theme framework, child theme, etc. Do you think these are crucial to a starter blog? I read blogs enumerating the advantages of having a framework, but I think those posts were directed at coders and WordPress ninjas. I'm neither of the two, but I want to run my blog for the longest time imaginable (and possibly build a business around it).

    Using a free theme seems to be the obvious choice for beginners but the words "ease of development," "great functionality," and "customization options" attached to theme frameworks are also attractive even though they cost some money. Did these things bother you too when you were building your website? I'd really love to hear your opinion. Thanks so much! :)

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    1. That's true! I actually should note here that my guide is not only for travel blogs, but can be applied for other kinds of blogs as well :)

      Meanwhile for your question, indeed those posts are mainly directed towards the coders (like myself). If you just want to run a simple blog that has all the basic features that you want (through an already made theme), you don't need to involve yourself much with building a theme framework all by yourself. Indeed the free themes don't have much support though, but I suggest that if you have the money to spare, get premium themes instead (I listed some sites where you can get them, and some can cost as low as $10). Premium themes have more features and you can easily contact the developers if you ever have any problems. They usually have guides too for newbies so that you're not lost while setting everything up. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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  115. Hi! I found this post by coincidence on FB and it inspired me to do my own blog as I just moved to Cairo and wanted to tell my experience anyway (even though I know nothing about web design or anything related hahah) ! Your advice is really helpful! Thanks!

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    1. I'm happy that you discovered my guide, Naira :) I hope it helps you! Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

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  116. HOLY CRAP! This is one of the best/most in-depth posts I’ve seen on beginning blogging. So Awesome. I’ll be listing this in my resource round-up for sure. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Meg! I’m very happy to hear that you like it :) And thank you, I really appreciate that!

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  117. Aileen, you're such an inspiration. I am not a travel blogger, but I just love everything about your site!
    Keep it up and thanks for all the tips and advises ! Im a newbie and just started blogging about everything I can think of just to have a 'me' time.
    God bless you as you continue to discover the world!

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    1. Hey Meanne! I’m very happy to hear this — thank you! I really appreciate your kind words, and I wish you all the best in your blogging adventure as well ;) Let me know if you ever need any advice. Cheers!

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  118. This is such a helpful guide, I love how transparent you are in all your posts. Also, I love how you respond to WP inquiries here in the comments!

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    1. I'm very happy to hear this, Allison! :) I really strive to be as honest as I can be with my posts, and to reply to each and everyone of my readers. If you ever have any questions too, feel free to ask! :D Thank you!

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  119. Hi Aileen!

    In Step #3, can I start with The StartUp first then change to other plan when the period expired? Or once I started with The StartUp, it will be my plan already until I use SiteGround?

    Thanks to this guide! This is my ultimate guide to starting a blog which I'm currently working on. Step 1 and 2, done! :)

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    1. Hey Ronnie! Yes, you definitely can upgrade to a bigger plan later on if you want :)
      Happy to hear that you find this post helpful. Good luck!

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  120. Amazing TIP! Glad I found this page :) I got few questions.
    1. On menu how to make first tab for example "destinations" not clickable but under it will have categories on different places.
    2. I have been searching for awhile to find widget that u can change your current location where u are now.
    3. Where or how to get "about" with picture in widget.
    4. What comment system you use, I know wordpress comment doesn't have the "Author" next to blog owner name.
    4. Is all the pictures taken by you on your blog or you sometime borrow it?
    I look forward to hear from you and of course I bookmark your page so i can read more of your posts!!

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    1. Hey Kevin, regarding your questions:
      1. You can edit this under your Wordpress dashboard. Go to Appearance > Menus. You can make 'levels' of your links there.
      2. Currently, I don't use a plug-in for my location. I just use an image for that :) If you want a plug-in you can check out this one:
      3. If you want to put a picture in your widget, just insert an image code there. Are you knowledgeable about basic HTML and CSS? You need to know that in order to make these changes happen.
      4. I use WordPress' comment system actually, and I was able to put that 'Author' tag there by tweaking my website's HTML and CSS.
      5. Most of my pictures are mine, others are stock photos and others are images that I'm free to use as long as I credit back to the owner.

      I hope this helps answer your questions! IF you ever have any difficulty with HTML and CSS, you can always hire a developer or designer. For affordable providers, you can try searching through Fiverr.com.

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  121. finally I found really informative article with practical suggestions, not only something general:) Thank you for this post, very helpful:)

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    1. Hey Ria! I'm very happy to hear this. You're welcome! If you have any other questions, let me know. Cheers! :)

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  122. Hi Aileen,
    This is really a good article. I myself have several websites/blogs and one of them is a travel site which caters to travelers however Im not that organized when it comes to what kind of articles Im going to write. After reading your post - I know now what to do. Im already affiliated with so many affiliate programs and niches. Also a freelance graphic designer and I do travel a lot just like you.

    ~ JC

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    1. Hey JC, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment. I'm so happy to hear that this article helped streamline your blogging process. I wish nothing but the best in your 'blogging journey'. Let me know if you ever have any questions!

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  123. Uhh this is so convincing! :) I've read several tips like this one but none of them convinced me as much as this post did to my brain. I am very happy and feeling satisfied that thisis pushing me to get my site hosted. I am currently on tumblr, I get comments, I am happy but side of me is still unsatisfied. Once I'll get to save money with my allowance as a college student. I'd really go for a self-hosted site. This post didn't helped me, this inspires me.

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    1. I'm veeery happy to hear this Lou, thank you! Indeed, if you really want to be a bit more serious with blogging, self-hosting is the way to go! If you ever have any questions, let me know and I'd love to help you out. Wishing you all the best!

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      1. Hi Ate Ai. I am now self-hosted! :) Thank you so much for your blog's existence and you ofcourse. I am so happy and I am feeling satisfied now. Good thing someone offered and was too generous to host my site. I bought my domain and now my blog is set up! <3 Have a good one Ate.

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        1. Whoop! Awesome to hear, Lou! Just checked your site and it looks awesome. Really happy to have been of help to you. Wishing you all the best!

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  124. Thanks for sharing, lots of good information. I actually started my travel niche a couple of years ago and created it using Blogger. I realize that Wordpress has become the blogging standard but really don't want to tear it down and start over. Although I haven't worked on it in awhile I plan to start posting again this year. Have quite a few visitors that have used it as a travel resource, I can see by tracking stats. Love my blog and would like to monetize it at some point. What's you're opinion? Will vendors still take my blog seriously even though it's made using Blogger? Thanks in advance for your input.

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    1. Hey Sondra, I understand what you mean. Basically blogspot is fine, but if you really want to grow bigger, blog platforms like WordPress.org, Drupal, etc are really good since they're more friendly to search engines and also for advertising. (At this point, I think that if you use Blogger only, they would have different rules but your rights to advertise might be limited). As for taking you seriously, I think advertisers would still treat you well of course. But it's just a matter of recognizing you as an 'authority' since most PR people like to get in contact with self-hosted (those who hold .com domains) more. I hope this helps answer your questions, Sondra. I wish you luck!

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  125. This was EXTREMELY helpful! Thank you SO much Aileen! :)

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    1. So happy to hear that, Jay! Really hope that it helps you through and through. Good luck!

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  126. Hi Aileen!
    You've been really helpful! I wish you be blessed more so you could continue to inspire us!

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    1. Thank you Elace, I'm happy to hear that! If you are in need of more assistance, don't hesitate to get in touch with me. :)

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  127. Hi Aileen,
    I am going to learn a lot with this informative post you put together - thanks. I'm starting my blog and registered for google analytics, do you think it's important to have that widget on my blog, too?
    I just finished my first blog post (although it's not about my travel plans as you suggested because I should tell my family first before I put it on my blog:-)
    I registered in social networks but only posting pictures so far.
    What would you suggest as of number of posts before I start sharing it?
    Can't wait to start socializing :-)

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    1. Hey Maya, I'm happy to hear that! As for the Google Analytics, if you know a bit about coding or file management of your files on your host, you don't need to download the widget for your blog (you would just have to upload the tracking code to your host and you should be good to go!)

      As for your post, awesome! And no worries, it's always best to go by your own style ;) As for social sharing, I actually suggest that as early as now, you start sharing your post on your social media channels :) And if you want more content to share, feel free to post any related blog posts that fancy you, or travel quotes, etc. Hope this helps!

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  128. Hi Aileen!

    I have already started my travel blog .. it's going to make a year next month! But now I am in the process of making my writing and content more consistent as well as building my 'brand.' This post helps so much! Thank you for such an informative and insightful post! Definitely referring back to this as I continue to build.

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    1. Hey Dayami! That's great to hear that you're about to reach your 1st year. Congratulations! And I'm very glad to hear that this post had helped you. The pleasure is all mine to be able to assist you on this. Let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers and good luck! :)

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  129. Hi Aileen,

    Just recently discovered your site and I love the lay out and how detailed your posts are. Started a travel blog with my sister last year and just been posting content for fun. This has motivated us to stepping up our game and improving our blog. What are your suggestions for good online resources we can study to improve our site's look and mainly manage learning how to do this stuff by ourselves? Also, online resources you used to improve your skills as a digital nomad? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hey Tanya! I'm so happy that you discovered my site and thank you for your kind words. I'm happy to hear that you like it here! As for your question, I have already given the resources for improving one's blog (it's usually in the form of good WordPress themes and graphic design; and since you're planning to be more serious about this, please make sure you have your own hosting like what I mentioned in this guide since from what I can see, you guys have a free blog only at the moment). As for learning graphic design, I have actually been doing this ever since I was 13 years old so unfortunately, I can't really point you to concrete sources on what I've used to learn this all. (I just really read a lot of stuff on Google -- whenever I wondered about how to do something, I just type away and read a tutorial or two). So I guess what I'm trying to say is: just Google and use whatever free resource that you can see :) If you ever want inspiration on how you can 'prettify' your designs more, you can always check the websites: Creative Market and Behance! Hope this helps you and good luck Tanya!

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  130. Thank you so much for a very comprehensive step-by-step guide! This generous resource has pushed me to really commit to making this work; was initially just writing and posting occasionally in my blog "for fun", but now I've plotted out my plans and bigger goals for the next 2 years.

    Btw just to let you know, at Step 4, the bonus part where one makes an email account, we have to find our own siteground POP & SMTP servers because of different plans and locations.

    Thanks again, Aileen! :)

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    1. Hey Freda! I'm very happy to hear this that this had helped you more in your blogging.

      As for the POP & SMTP servers, thank you so much for pointing that out! I have already edited the article to reflect this change :) Thank you!

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  131. Thank you for that great post, it is very helpful! Hope to see my community growing soon :))

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    1. I wish you all the best Marie! :D

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  132. Thanks for the great tips. Even though I write a lifestyle blog, your tips are really handy. Plus with a press trip coming up this year for me to europe, I'm sure I will be back on your site.

    Toyz

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    1. Hey Toyz! I'm glad that you like it :) Indeed these tips can be helpful for every kind of bloggers. Enjoy your trip to Europe by the way! And thank you, I hope you'd stick around :D

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  133. Great, insightful post, Aileen! I just discovered your blog and already love it! I enjoy your writing style and how detailed and engaging your posts are. I particularly liked what you wrote about niche - totally on point and something that I'll definitely keep in mind! I just started Viajera Filipina a few months back. I'm still slowly building up content and finding my voice. I'm looking forward to reading your blog regularly.

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    1. Thank you Tessa! I'm so glad that you like this post and even more glad that you discovered my blog. :) I'm really happy to hear this and I wish you ALL the best in your blog! Feel free to message me should you ever have any questions. Thanks for sticking around!

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  134. Hi Aileen!
    Thanks for the tips. They are concise but loaded; everything I need to know are here. I had to open and refer to several blogs before just to understand how to start a blog but I hate a lot of tabs so I closed them eventually *sigh* Anyways, have safe travels and again, thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

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    1. I'm glad that you found this useful! :D Good luck and I'm happy to be of help!

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  135. These are super amazing tips and I'm sure people who want to start a travel blog would love it. It's very detailed! Haven't traveled abroad in awhile and this made me miss it even more!

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  136. Hi Aileen,

    Many thanks for sharing this comprehensive guide. Very helpful indeed.

    I paid a freelance web designer to create two sites for me. At first, I was impressed but the second time I started to receive some attitude.

    So I am planning to do on my own my next project and thanks for this post.. This is a big help.

    Thanks again,
    Frugal Expat

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    1. I'm glad you like it! Yikes, that's not good for them to do such things. I guess that's why, like you say, it's best to sometimes just do it your way. Hope things work out better for you now! And I'm happy to hear that this will help. Cheers!

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  137. This is such a super useful post!! I just posted my first blogiversary post and pointed out mistakes I had made in my first year of floundering about..lot of things you mentioned here are spot on what I had failed to do, wish I had read this before I started :-) GOod thing is I am learning from my mistakes and plan to implement a whole lot of other useful information from this post. Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. Hey Samiya! I'm glad that you liked it :) I would have loved to read this guide too when I started... haha! But yeah, well at least now, we've learned. It's part of the process and it's fun :D

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  138. Hi Aileen,

    I already have my own self-hosted blog. It's just new. I launched it last November 2014.

    But man, I still learned a LOT from your post. It's inspiring, helpful and shall I say, EPIC.

    What truly resonates with me, is about NICHE. All this time, I thought that having a travel-related blog is obviously under the travel niche. But thank you for making me realize that I still need to focus it more to be able to get a more engaged followers. I can say that until now, I can not yet consider myself as an expert for a specific focused travel niche. Well, I think I will still continue what I do like sharing my travel stories until I realize that focus. But at least, I am now aware.

    In terms of domain, about keeping it short, simple and easy to memorize. I think I've made a good job at that LOL! I just recently attended a volunteerism meet-up and some of the backpackers who knew me would tell others, "Hey I want you to meet Jon... Jon to the world!" LOL it was really funny. But that just proves the importance of domain name in branding which you thoroughly discussed.

    So happy I discovered your blog. Thanks for the inspiration and for this helpful post! :)

    Regards,
    Jon

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    1. Hey Jon! That's awesome! And thank you, I'm glad to hear that you still found this post helpful, especially about the niche. I actually just realized that myself in December so I swiftly changed the focus of most of my posts and it really helped :)

      I actually really like your domain name! Haha! It's very catchy! Indeed, you did a great job :P Your name really has a strong recall.

      Anyhow, I'm happy that you discovered mine too! I hope you'd stick around, and I hope to meet you somewhere when I'm back in the PH! :)

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  139. Hi Aileen,

    This is a super comprehensive and super helpful post. I wish I read it before starting my own blog. I had some ideas about blogging but I was too lazy to read more because I thought its gonna be complicated. So I just jumped the gun and bought my own domain from wordpress without even signing up with any hosting services. Sorry if this question is dumb, but what's the difference between having a host and not having one? I already have a domain, what do I need the host for?

    After reading this post, I realized the amount of hard work that I need to put on my blog if Im really serious about this. It kinda gives me a headache right now. Haha. Im always willing to learn though. I've bookmarked this page. I'm sure I'll refer to it again and again. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. =)

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    1. Hey Getz, thanks for dropping by. Basically, right now, you just a have domain name, not a self-hosted blog which makes you miss out on the benefits that I listed above (better Google rankings, ability to earn through advertising, etc.) Also, Wordpress.com is not so good as Wordpress.org (which is typically the platform used in self-hosted blogs). Why is Wordpress.com not so optimal? You have limited plugins, you can't upload those premium themes for example (since I believe Wordpress.com only has around 200 simple themes to choose from?), you would still have those ads by Wordpress.com (and I think you have to pay just to take them away?) etc. etc.

      Plus, I believe you've already paid to get this .com name? In my opinion, it's more economical to have it on a self-hosted blog since though the costs are almost the same, you get to have more control and authority over your blog. If you're not so serious in turning your blog into a brand yet, your current setup is fine, but in the long run, a self-hosted one will be better for you.

      Haha yeah, it really involves hard work! But it will be worth it in the end (I'm slowly enjoying the benefits). Let me know if you have any other questions! Cheers!

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  140. I'm a new blogger, not even 2 months, so I've done or figured out some of this already - I wish I'd found this post before I started though, hehe.

    Still picked up a few tips though, so thanks! :)

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  141. Honestly these are really great tips for any kind of blog. I write a lifestyle / travel in Italy blog and I'll pass this on to some of my fb groups!

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    1. Thanks Madaline! :)

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  142. Hey Aileen, great beginner guide, I'm already familiar with most of it but your online communities and guest post suggestions are helpful to me, thanks. Just bookmarked them.

    P.S. can I hire you for design work also for my blog BoracayCompass? I agree with the reader in your quote, your design is really good and mine is not so much so I can use some help.

    Ah I see you do: "If you’re not good with Photoshop, feel free to contact me to make this for you since, like I said, I offer graphic design! :D No worries though because unlike logo designs, I provide cheap rates for media kits"

    Ok, will contact you :)

    Oh P.S. your forgot one other "examples of niche travel blogs". Focusing on one big travel distination or area (which is what I do) :D

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  143. Wow great work Ms. Aileen so timely very informative been thinking about it don't know where to start but not anymore thanks a bunch for this. Cheers for more travel adventures and have a safe trip always!
    Ana

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  144. hi Aileen!

    I'm a blogger newbie :)

    i really like your blog- the content, design and all :)

    i was just about to try to get my own domain at Bluehost but then your article changed my mind for the better. ..

    so thanks a lot!

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    1. Glad to be of help! :) I've had too many blogger friends who have had problems with BlueHost (and HostGator) so I like spreading the word :P

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  145. Like you, I have been trying to slowly posting some of my old travels because I have been traveling for the past 10 years and since its a couples travel blog, its been really hard for me to include our solo travels (husband has been traveling for the past 10 years and so as well). That is one of my biggest problem in blogging solo and couple.

    Wish I read this when I started my blog! Lol! I am also a newbie and learned everything from scratch (everything that I needed to learn in blogging, I am not techy at all!). Very very informative post. I hope I can start monetizing and reaping the fruits of my labor soon. Hope to see you in one of your travels.

    www.brockandtanj.com

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  146. As a new travel blogger, I really appreciate your advice! Thanks for the great tips and tricks!

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    1. You're welcome. I really hope this helps you!

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  147. What a smart, well written article chock full of important tips! Thank you for putting so much time into compiling this list! I have made a few friends who are new to travel blogging and have been asking me questions, and now I can just refer them to your blog post. :D Other than that, I'll have to think about what you're saying. I'm not good at putting myself in a niche. We like to travel all over the place, though I guess maybe museums and historical places are higher on our list than other attractions. I'm going to come back to your post frequently as I'm checking off the list!

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    1. Thanks Jolanta! Aw, thank you! I'd really appreciate it if you could share this post. :)

      And sure, take your time. It took me a while to find my niche though, but I still sometimes tend to get off topic :P I guess it can't really be avoided. But let's say, if you guys are more into budget travel or on backpacking, that's already a good niche to uphold.

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  148. That's useful!
    I've just started a few days ago :D

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    1. That's great! Good luck, Maja! Wish you all the best :)

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  149. Hi Aileen,

    Thanks for sharing this! It has been a great help for me while going through the process of beginning my travel blog.

    I just have a small question..
    I've been travelling for the most part of four years, with lots of stories and useful advice drawn from my experiences along the way. This was one of the reasons that I decided to enter the world of travel blogging..to share my journey and hope to inspire others.
    But now that i have my website ready, it's something of an empty book. So with my travel experience and most recently three months in South East Asia, I just wondered if you have any advice on how to begin? Would it be valid to blog about my past travels and sort-of work up to the point that I am at now, or do you think that it would be off-putting for visitors to my site. I am between travels right now, and I would also like to add a section of Travel Stories which could lighten the load regarding the Blog itself. I still have to discover my voice as it were, but as more of a creative writer I would love to share some of my past experiences too. Maybe I could create a sub-page or include past dates in my posts? I just thought I would seek your advice on that one because your seem to have your head above ground with not only being a Travel Blogger, but also what Travel Blogging entails.

    Wow..I guess that wasn't such a small question after all! :)
    But any advice would be greatly appreciated..and if possible the title of the book in the image if you think that it is worth checking out?

    Have a beautifulday!
    James

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    1. Hey James! Thank you so much for leaving a feedback on this post. I'm glad that you find it helpful and it's amazing that you have traveled for that long -- I have just started last 2013! :D

      Regarding your question, I'm glad that you find me worthy for advice. I really appreciate that. Now your situation is almost like what I have. My past 1-2 years of travel were things that I didn't document so I am actually slowly putting up these articles on my blog. That being said, I really don't think that it's off putting if you blog about your past travels. In fact, in a blog, I noticed that variety plays a key role -- some would like consecutive posts but most of the time readers like variety too so the fact that you have a lot of past experiences would really be an advantage for you. Putting up a section that summarizes all your travels is great too, of course since it helps direct readers to your past content for example.

      If you really want to keep your readers 'in the loop' of what's currently happening, you can always mention those in your posts, though for my case, I typically use Facebook to help direct my readers to what kind of travel I am currently going to etc. If yo ever want ideas on how you can make your travel post titles interesting, you can refer to this post of a blogger friend that I have: http://girlvsglobe.com/2014/06/50-travel-blog-post-ideas.html

      Hope this helps! Let me know!

      (And oh about that book, it's by Lonely Planet, it's just your usual travel guide -- not really a travel blogging book, and I just used it as a 'prop' haha! The rest were just elements I added from Photoshop.)

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  150. Wow!
    Yun lang masasabi ko! Wow! Ang galing po nang pagkasulat!
    I am starting my own 'serious' blog soon and these post really help and taught me a lot!

    Salamat po :)

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    1. Aw, thank you Leo! I'm glad you like this post. And good luck on setting up your blog! Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

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  151. Always love how comprehensive and helpful your posts are! :)
    Good luck to everyone who plans to start their own travel blogs!

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  152. This is so helpful! I've been wanting to start a travel blog since God knows when but didnt know where and how to start. I've taken down notes

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    1. Glad to hear this, Michelle! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions :)

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  153. Another great post, Aileen! Thanks for warning about HostGator. I was so close in buying a domain + hosting from them. I am with iPage. So far, my site has been down a couple of times due to malware. I think I need to get SiteLock. How do you protect your site?

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    1. Thanks Aiza! Yeah, I really can't support HostGator anymore :/
      Also, about security, SiteGround has really good security protocols already that I really don't have any other plugin to protect me and I'm doing good so far (though if you really want security, you can try Sucuri plugin. Haven't tried it myself but others say that it's pretty useful).

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  154. WOW, now this is an informative post. Congrats.

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  155. Hey Aileen, such a comprehensive post, thank you for including FSG. :)

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    1. It's a pleasure. You guys made a really great guide! :)

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  156. I wish I'd read this before starting, it would have saved me from (minor, I hope) mistakes. Well there's always room to learn! Thanks for the tips, and I love the graphics btw :)

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    1. Glad to hear that Valeria! :D And well, I hope I read my own guide too when I was starting... haha! But it's fine, I bet you enjoyed the 'blogging journey' nonetheless, so ;)

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  157. Hi Aileen,

    Well done!

    As a full time income blogging guy for years and as a travel blogger for the past 9 months I agree with your dead on points.

    I was blessed; I found Blogging from Paradise when I was sure someone would have scooped it up. So the #2 tip above really worked out for me.

    I also had plenty of blogging experience I took with me when I hatched this blog in June of 2014.

    Aileen, keep up the great work!

    Tweeting from Bali.

    Ryan

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    1. Thank you Ryan! I'm happy to hear that you agree with this guide :D
      And yeah, you really got a lovely travel blog name! Keep inspiring, Ryan!

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  158. Awesome guide, it really covers everything and I've learned some new things as well. I'll soon start transferring my site to self hosted and I have decided on SiteGround. Now that you said you are happy with them as well, it assured me that I made the right decision. :D

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    1. Really? That's great Vlad! Ah, you would absolutely love SiteGround. Right from the start I felt like I was really taken care of, which was refreshing. Anyhow, I hope your transition goes smoothly!

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  159. it's soo cool for me... i want to become a travel blogger this year :) // Thanks soo much

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    1. Good luck! Hope this helps guide you well ;)

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  160. A fantastic guide to starting a blog Aileen - very comprehensive and having been through it all as a trial and error, what I would have given for a guide like this when I started! Will pass this on as a resource for those who contact me for tips on starting up :)

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    1. Thank you Meg! I'm glad to hear that you liked this guide -- that means a lot coming from you! And thank you, I would really appreciate that! :)

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  161. This is the ultimate guide Aileen. I really like reading your style, I was just here earlier reading about your Batanes post, nakakamiss ang Batanes :). Anyway, this guide is also helpful for non-travel bloggers. One great tip is get a really reliable hosting, there are cheap ones out there but it's not that dependable.

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    1. Aw, really? Thank you Badet! I'm so happy to hear this. :) (Thank you so much for reading my blog too!)
      And yeah, we always need reliable hosting and a cheap one too; which thankfully, SiteGround has. I will never support HostGator and I will stand by my word -- I really had a horrible time with them.

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  162. This article was perfect timing for me! I'm planning to tackle the first few steps today after returning from a short trip yesterday. Ticked off my 66th country- wish I had of started this blogging journal earlier! Thanks for sharing all this great info!

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    1. Really? That's great to hear, Brenda! :D Let me know if you need any assistance, good luck!
      (And whoa, awesome! 66th country? You go, girl!)

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  163. Wordpress is a very good choice, keep up the goodwork Aileen :)

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    1. It really is, at least for beginners! Thanks Luigi! :)

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  164. So many wonderful tips in here. I only wish I knew most of this before I started. Wishing all new travel bloggers well!!

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  165. Any tips on what to put in the blog prior to traveling? I've already decided to travel but I'm still in the saving phase. I want to start a travel blog prior to traveling so that I already have a blog the moment I travel.

    Thanks! :)

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    1. Hey Allan! I think I've mentioned it briefly in step #8. :) Anyhow, since you still haven't started traveling yet, you can definitely put up several posts that talk about your plans and how you aim to achieve your travel goals. I'm pretty sure that your readers will really enjoy that since they will be with you on your journey right from the very start. Other than this, you can always put up some sort of 'bucket list' posts that show the destinations that you wish to go to. Hope this helps :D

      And I wish you the best of luck!!!

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  166. I have read a few 'how to start a blog' posts but I think this is by far the best one I've read! Thanks for taking the time to write and share!

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    1. Aw, thank you Nigel! I'm really happy to hear that. :) And I hope this helps you out.

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  167. Well researched, what a great and detailed guide to blogging! And thanks for the feature, I really appreciate! I should update my blog post, I'm making much more now ;)

    I wish you happy travels and happy blogging, keep up the good work and don't stop inspiring us!

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    1. Thanks Sab! I'm glad you liked it! :D And yeah, you should update that, haha!
      I wish you the same -- let's both keep inspiring!

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  168. Some great tips here Aileen and even though I've been blogging for some time now, I still picked up a few new ideas.

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    1. Thanks Kat! Glad to hear that :)

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