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    How to create a travel blog

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    Martí Micolau
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    Tips for creating a travel blog

    Before illustrating those are the useful services to create a travel blog, I want to give you some tips - I hope useful - regarding the optimization of the same.

    First of all, if you want to create a successful travel blog, you have to make sure you find the right name to give to the site: it must be an original name, attractive, but at the same time easy to remember. Obviously it must also be perfectly consistent with the subject matter.



    For example, if you want to create a travel blog dedicated only to a specific city, such as Milan, it would be better if the name of your blog contains the name of the city (ex. Passion Milan). If, on the other hand, you are a person who travels often and you want to create a blog in which you tell the places you visit, you need to find a suitable name to represent your activity as a tireless traveler. In this case, for example, your blog name could be The Globetrotter.

    Furthermore, as regards the posts to be published, being a travel blog, my advice is to publish articles relating to the recommended itineraries to visit a particular city. Alternatively, it might be interesting to make posts to talk about lesser-known but equally interesting places to visit or reviews regarding the accommodations you visit and the places you frequent.

    What I have indicated to you are only examples. In case you need to find the right inspiration for the articles, you can do a search on Google Trends, the well-known Google service that analyzes web trends (and therefore allows you to find out which keywords are most searched for by users based on certain topics and criteria) which I spoke to you specifically in my guide dedicated to the topic .



    Finally, don't forget to pay the utmost attention to the aesthetic component of your blog; First of all, read the advice I gave you in my guide on how to take beautiful photos and remember to retouch them with the right tools such as editing programs, applications or online tools dedicated to photo editing, so that they stand out and stand out remarkably.

    Also, don't forget to cure the graphics of your blog, as this represents a sort of business card and could help you make your passion a real job. In this regard, as an alternative to the free themes offered by the major Web services, which I will talk about in the next paragraphs, you can evaluate the purchase of a paid theme by doing a search on the famous online store Envato Market.

    Do not underestimate the social component of your blog: now, if you want to get noticed, you must also be present on social platforms, so don't forget to create a Facebook page, an Instagram profile and a Twitter profile dedicated to your site. And if you are willing to post videos of your adventures around the world, you could open a YouTube channel and try to make it a successful channel to collaborate with companies and, who knows, receive financial support for your next trips.

    Platforms for creating travel blogs

    Now you are ready to find out which tools and, above all, what platforms to use to create your travel blog: analyze them all carefully and choose the one that best suits your needs.


    WordPress.com

    One of the best resources you can rely on is WordPress.com, which offers free hosting space and integration with the famous CMS WordPress.

    WordPress.com provides 3 GB of free hosting space with a third-level domain (for example chosenname.wordpress.com) but, eventually, it is possible to purchase a paid hosting space and a second level domain (eg. celtonames.com) separately.


    Furthermore, it is possible to activate a subscription plan (prices starting from € 4 per month with annual billing) to increase storage space, remove advertising and have the possibility to insert advertising banners to monetize your content.

    To create a travel blog via WordPress.com, connected to its official website, click on the button Sign up now and start creating an account. Then type yours email address in the appropriate field, choose a username it's a Password to use on the platform and then click the button Continue, or press the button Continue on Google to sign up quickly with your Google account.

    In the following text fields, answer a few questions regarding, for example, the name you want to give to your site and thetopic you want to treat, then click the button Continue. Then choose the domain name you want to give to your website, typing it in the text field that is shown on the screen, and then click on Select, corresponding to the option Free, if you want to continue creating your site at no cost.


    If, on the other hand, you intend to consider subscribing to a paid subscription, click on Select, corresponding to the item Included with paid plans, and choose the subscription plan that best suits your needs.

    Do you want to continue use WordPress.com for free? Then click on Get started with free and wait for your website to be generated. At the end of this operation you can start managing the blog and personalize it, referring to the welcome tutorial that is shown to you.

    For example, you can use the side menu items Site page, Blog articles e Media to start customizing your web space in every aspect.


    If you want to know more about how to customize a site with WordPress.com, refer to my tutorial dedicated to the topic or to the archive of the guides I wrote related to the homonymous CMS.

    Altervista.org

    Another free service that can be used to create a travel blog is Altervista.org. This company provides a free hosting space with a third level domain (eg. nomescelto.altervista.org) where storage and traffic are unlimited. The possibility of purchasing a second level domain is also offered (eg. celtonames.com) at a cost of € 19 plus VAT per year.

    If you want to create a travel blog via the platform Altervista linked to its home page and click the button first Create site then on Continue. On the next screen, fill in the text fields relating to your personal data (name, surname, year of birth e sex e email address) or press the button Facebook, in order to speed up the registration process and log in directly with your Facebook profile.

    Then use the text field HTTPS: // to type the domain name you want to give your blog and then put the check mark on the box first I'm not a robot then on that relating to the acceptance of the conditions of use and the information on the privacy.

    To end the registration, confirm your email address by clicking on the link in the email message received from Altervista.

    Then wait for the creation of the blog to be completed automatically, then refer to the section Appearance, to find the most suitable themes for your travel blog, so you can start taking your first steps.

    Once the customization is complete, click on the button Articles, to start creating articles to publish on your blog. For more information regarding the customization of the created blog you can refer to my tutorials dedicated to the use of the WordPress CMS, as this constitutes the basic infrastructure of the Internet sites created with Altervista.

    Blogger

    Among the most famous services useful for creating a travel blog is the one offered by the website Blogger, which is owned by Google. The Mountain View giant offers users a free hosting space with a third-level domain (eg. chosenname.blogspot.com) but, eventually, it is possible to purchase a second level domain and a paid hosting space, in order to obtain an Internet site with a URL of the type celtonames.com.

    If you intend to start for free to create your travel blog, you will be interested to know that the service offered by Blogger allows you to earn by inserting advertising banners. Blogger in fact, it integrates with the well-known advertising platform Google Adsense, which I told you about in detail in a dedicated tutorial.

    To create a travel blog through the hosting space made available for free by Blogger, connect to its home page and click on the item Create your blog that you find on the home page.

    Once this is done, you will be prompted to choose a Google account to connect to it. If you don't have one yet and you need to create it, refer to the instructions I gave you in my tutorial dedicated to the topic.

    After that you will be prompted to search, through the service Google Domains, a domain to be purchased for a fee (prices vary from € 12 per year). However, if you want to continue for free, close the screen using the button X located in the upper right corner, and continue.

    Then start creating your blog for free by typing the title and l 'address in the appropriate text fields, in order to obtain a URL of the type chosenname.blogspot.com.

    Now, browse the themes present in the relevant section, in order to identify the most suitable one for the creation of your blog, and press the button Create your blog located at the bottom. Then wait for your website to be created, so you can start customizing it and writing articles.

    In the first case, refer to the sections Layout and theme, while if you want to start writing posts right away, use the editor you can see in the section Post.

    Do you have any doubts about how Blogger works? Would you like more information on the subject? So I suggest you read my guide in which I explain in detail how to create a blog with this platform.

    Other useful tips

    The services I have talked to you about so far are just some of the most famous that offer free hosting space with a third level domain, but they are not the only ones.

    If you want other solutions to consider, you can refer to other hosting companies, such as Aruba, Netsons or GoDaddy, which allow you to obtain free or paid Web spaces and domains.

    Through these services, which usually support the installation of a preconfigured CMS like WordPress, you can get a website with more professional results. In this regard, if the topic interests you, I suggest you learn more by reading my guide in which I explain how to choose a hosting.

    If, on the other hand, you have even more basic needs, I suggest you turn to the main site building platforms, such as Wix, Weebly and Jimbo which allow you to create a blog for free with a third-level domain. Unlike the main solutions mentioned in this guide, the latter have a tool dedicated to the creation of Internet sites that is even easier to use.

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