Tools for Travel Blogs

Pauline

01 February 2020

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So… you’re thinking about having a travel blog? Good! You’ve come to the right place then!

 

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Building a blog is something that is quite easy to do nowadays. Running your blog in a consistent way and make it successful, that’s a whole other business.

The most important thing about having a travel blog is to be consistent. It’s not something that you create and just give a bit of attention once every three years.

If you want to make something of it and even turn it into a business, you need to put some effort into it. This means creating content on a regular basis and promote it with consistency.

But these things take time. Time is precious. And, time is money.

There are a few tools that will make your life easier though. I appreciate that as a new blogger, you may not have the budget to invest a lot. But if you believe in your dream and want to make something with it, you need to invest a tiny bit of money in the tools that will give you the best return on investment.

At the beginning, these tools are either tools that will save you time or that will be necessary to have a good quality website.

Here is the list of tools for travel blogs I use.

 

ressources for travel bloggers

 

 

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WordPress.org is the best platform you can choose to build your blog. It’s been the industry leader for over 2 decades and that for a reason. It’s just so good! It’s been built specifically for blogs even though now most websites run on it as well. As an open source software, it gives users a lot of flexibility.

If you’ve never used it before it can get a bit overwhelming at the beginning. However, there is a lot of documentation online.

It’s simply the best and it’s free! What else could we ask for?

Please note, that I am talking about the org version of WordPress and not the commercial version (wordpress.com). WordPress.org is free. If you try to create your blog and are being asked to pay something, you’ve simply gone to the wrong one.

 

  • 1 and 1 hosting

 

There are many companies that offer hosting services for your blog. If you are just starting, I highly recommend 1 and 1.

1 and 1 might not be the best hosting if you have a huge website but for small to medium blogs, it will be the one with the best value.

Plans start at £1 per month!

 

 

hosting for travel blog

 

This is just exactly what you need when you get started. The service is more than enough and it’s so cheap that it can’t go wrong.

I think it’s perfect to get started. Once you get a high amount of traffic, you may want to consider some high end hosting such as WP Engine.

 

  • Pinterest

 

Pinterest is the marketers’ best kept secrets! Most people think of Pinterest as a social network for ladies planning their wedding.

It is way more Than that!

Pinterest has millions of daily users! And more importantly, it’s a search engine. People don’t go on Pinterest for the social interaction. They go on Pinterest to find ideas, get inspired and more importantly: buy!

In the case of a travel blog, they use it to plan their travels. They save useful articles into a board to plan their next holidays.

Pinterest is vital for travel blogs as it will bring you so much traffic! If done properly, you could get up to 10,000 views a day from Pinterest only!

 

  • Tailwind

 

tailwind tool travel blog

 

 

Tailwind is an official Pinterest partner. This automation tool is a GAME CHANGER. It will save you so much time and also provide the best return on investment.

With Tailwind, you can schedule your pins in an easy and efficient way. This will save you hundreds of hours of work.

Here are some reasons why I think Tailwind is perfect for travel blogs:

  • You can create a schedule with the number of pins you want to pin a day
  • It will pin at any chosen time which means you can pin during your sleep, whenever your audience is the most active
  • You can create boards list. These lists will enable you to publish your pins to several of boards with only one click
  • The shuffle button will randomly shuffle your pins. No more manual pinning for that!
  • Tailwind tribes are an amazing way to get more traffic
  • You get more insight into your website performance

You can get a free trial with 100 pins here. The membership costs $9.99/month.

 

  • Canva

 

 

Canva is such an amazing tool! Basically, it’s photoshop for people with no design skills. Canva is a true revolution when it comes to design.

Even with no graphic design knowledge or skills you can create the most amazing graphics.

Even though I can perfectly used photoshop, I used Canva most of the time as I find it just as good but way easier and quicker to use.

I create all my Pinterest pins with it.

 

  • Styled Stock Society

 

When you have a travel blog, having good quality photos is essential. By having a travel blog, your job is to make people dream. And to create a dream, you need amazing photos.

As much as tried to use my own travel photos as much as I can, having access to a library of beautiful photos comes very handy.

Although you can find a lot of free photos online, it’s not always the best thing to do.

Here are the two main reasons:

  • There can be legal issues if the photo was originally stolen.
  • Because a lot of people use these free photos, you get less traction on Google or Pinterest. Having high quality and more unique photos on Pinterest is essential to drive traffic.

I spent a lot of time reviewing all the stock images services online and I set my mind on Styled Stock Society. They provide lovely photos for a very good price. And because it’s still a small company, you don’t have too many other bloggers using them which makes your content more unique. It costs $25 per month (you can cancel anytime) and you can sign up here.

 

  • Pinterest with Ell

 

Pinterest can be an absolute game changer for your travel blog if you know how to use the platform and make the best of it.

When I started my travel blog, I was already working as a digital marketer for 7 years. I liked to believe I knew my fair bit about digital marketing and Pinterest to a certain extend.

However, I had never used Pinterest to drive traffic to a website. I’m sure that at the end of the day I could have figured it out but it would have taken me months to understand the relevant strategies to have on Pinterest.

So I decided to invest into a Pinterest course. I chose to spend $46.80 into the course “Pinterest with Ell”.

This is one of the best decision I made for my travel blog. Ell has set up a wonderful course for a very good price. She explains in details how things work, working strategies and back it up with numbers. That’s everything we can ask for!

As an experienced digital marketers, there were some things that were a bit obvious to me, however I did learn plenty! It was well worth my money and saved me hundred of hours of work.

I thought it was particularly good for beginners as she goes through every aspect of Pinterest, pin creation and Tailwind.

 

  • Google Analytics

 

Google Analytics is a must have! It’s free and more importantly, the best analytics tool on the market.

You only need to sign up for an account and install the code into the header of your website. And boom! Job done! From there, you can see everything you need to know about your website and its audience.

This includes:

  • Demographics
  • Location
  • SEO traffic
  • Social traffic
  • Path
  • Landing pages

And many more!

 

  • Google Search Console

 

Google Search Console is an excellent addition to your set of tools. Like Google Analytics, it is free!

The purpose is a bit different though. Instead of giving you information about what is going on on your website, it tells you what’s going on on Google.

You will be able to see your website coverage, keywords that bring you traffic, your rankings…

This information is essential to identify the area of improvements and enhance your SEO strategy.

There are many other tools you can use for your travel blogs and I will add some more to the list but these are the must-have resources to take your travel blog off the ground.

The most important thing is to focus on things you can achieve and have time to do.

No matter what, don’t try to be everywhere and do everything. Just pick the area where you want to focus on and just focus on that.

Some people chose Facebook and Twitter. It’s fine. Personally I recommend SEO and Pinterest because even though they take a bit more time to build up, they are way more stable channels. It will take time but if you do it properly then you will get so much out of it. And more importantly you will be able to build an actual passive income stream thanks to your strong foundation.

About me

 

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Hi! I’m Pauline, a French expat in the UK!

 

I’ve lived in several countries and travelled around Australia for a year!

 

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