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Want to start a travel blog? Here’s how you can quickly test if travel blogging is your thing.
Starting a travel blog and making money from it is something that I get asked about all the time. What makes it so attractive is that you get to travel, have fun, meet awesome people along the way, and get to share your passion with others. Then you addthe opportunity to make money into the process and you have the best job ever!
Now before you go quitting your day job and pursuing this dream, there are a few things you should think about.
A few keys to travel blogging success
I’ve said this before on Travel Blog Breakthrough but running a blog means creating truly unique and engaging content. It’s one of the first keys to success and will take some time to hone and craft your storytelling to the audience that you want to tap into.
There’s a lot to think about whether it be the type of writing you want to do, destinations you want to cover, niche to focus in on. Ultimately, it’s the voice you want to create and for me I’ll say that I didn’t have that until. months or even a year after I started.
Secondly, your blog, like any other website on the Internet needs to be discovered. The old tweaked adage of “write it and they will come” isn’t exactly true in today’s world. While I do have built up a loyal reader base over these past 6 years, a bulk of my visitors still pass by when they search for things on Google.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of those scary things at the beginning and is another piece to the puzzle that you’ll need time to learn. If you want to be visible on Google’s pages you need to ensure your blog is fully equipped for that. Technical build, blog structure, tags, and links – to name a few – are the things that you really need to master if you want to make it to the top of Google’s pages.
This takes time.
Then there’s social media and everything that goes into building a community. With so much noise out there today, how do you stand out? How can you get your message out there without it becoming just an echo chamber?
Last, but not least – travel blogging is a business. For all the hard work that you put in to put out amazing content, you need to treat your blog as a publication that provides value to both travellers and the brands that you will ultimately represent. You’re the digital marketing extension that brings tangible value and its that value that should absolutely bring in revenue.
That said, running your own business is not all fun and games. Don’t get me wrong, I love being my own boss but you have to be prepared to put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to build and grow your blog. Whether you’re answering emails, scheduling social media posts, planning out your calendar, pitching to brands, or doing your taxes, there’s always something on the list to do.
Sound scary? Well, it is and it isn’t. The good news is that I may have discovered an alternative to help kickstart your blogging career and take a more “lean” approach to building your business. What if I told you that there’s a way to see if you even like writing, sharing and building a community around you?
This is where this new platform IQPlanner.com comes into play. They’re newly launched and is a web site that provides content creators a platform to publish their travel stories (also called Adventures) and at the same time get paid for doing it.
I’ve created two so far using existing itineraries I already built and it was surprisingly easy to use. The editor that the IQPlanner has built is quite intuitive and fluid in terms of breaking down your itinerary or travel story into logical blocks while at the same time making it easy for the reader to follow along in your journey.
For me I see this as an alternative way to share my story with a new audience and for those starting, it’s a an easy to dive right in without having to deal with the complexities of building a blog.
How creators make money?
I talked about money right? Well one thing I am encouraged to see with this platform is that they’ve built in a monetization mechanism that is super easy to understand.
Each story you create can get you up to $10 off the bat just for posting. The amount you make is based on the tier that you’re in – Gold, Silver and Beginner. Gold gets you $10, Silver $5, and Beginners start with $1. That’s kind of it. There aren’t any hidden fees or anything like that and of course it doesn’t cost anything to be on the platform.
Get Upgraded To Gold Automatically
The beauty of what they’re offering now is that if you create your first Adventure and tag it with #iqplanner_will when you share it, and you’ll get bumped up to the Gold tier and you’ll make $10.
All you have to do is sign up, publish your first Adventure and share it on Facebook or Twitter with this tag.
Beyond payment for your Adventure, IQPlanner also has a way of rewarding creators that drive views and leads to booking conversion so there’s opportunity to make even more income.
For more details about how payments work, read more here from IQPlanner.
Give it a try if you’re thinking about becoming a travel blogger. Test the waters first! If things work out on IQPlanner and you find a formula that works, translate that to your own blog that you start. The nice thing here is that you will have made some income to start for that initial boost.