Picture this scene for a moment.
You just got back from backpacking throughout the New Zealand terrain. You open up your computer, check your PayPal account, and boom. You made $1,000.
While backpacking. Nowhere near your computer.
That would be pretty awesome, right?
Travel blogging can be a wonderful thing. The above scenario is reality for many other successful travel bloggers, and it could be for you too.
The not-so-secret trick to finding success with a blog – not just travel ones – is to build lots of consistent monthly traffic.
Below, you’ll find 3 of the most important traffic boosting tips for your travel blog.
Stop Ignoring SEO
Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of those things people either love or hate. There is no in between.
Wherever you stand on the matter, it’s necessary for long term success as a travel blogger.
If you’ve never done so, use a free SEO analyzer to check the status of your current standings. You can check your own stats, and you can also check your competitors’ information as well.
Chances are that whatever they’re doing to find success in the niche, you’ll want to mimic that strategy and do the same.
Once you have a baseline idea of where you stand, here are the only 3 things you need to know:
- Publish content frequently
- Target keywords and use them in your page and content titles, as well as throughout the text
- Download a plugin (like YoastSEO for WordPress users) that will make things super easy for you
That’s all it really takes to implement a basic and effective SEO strategy to help grow your blog.
Create Better Content
Often times when people run into traffic problems, it’s not anything they’re doing wrong, they’re just creating lackluster content.
If you thought you just had to publish random words on a page, target the right keywords, and share it, you’d be dead wrong.
Search engines like Google are getting exceptionally good at identifying relevant and useful content, boosting it up the rankings, and penalizing sites trying to beat the system.
So in short, create truly remarkable content.
Not only will search engines appreciate it, but people who read your material will too. They will actually want to read your material, keep coming back to your site, and share it with their friends.
As a travel blogger, if there’s just one thing you should focus on, it’s creating the absolute best content possible. That’s the action that’s going to make everything else easier.
Learn How to Market Your Content
Far too many bloggers fall into the “create it and they will come” mentality. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Any successful business, including your travel blog, needs to have someone actively marketing the material you put out. Otherwise, how are people going to know you exist?
The first thing you should do, as discussed, is create awesome content. Once that’s done, then you have to market it.
Derek Halpern, a wildly successful blogger, suggests that up to 80% of your time could be spent marketing your content.
At minimum, you should be building an email list, blasting new articles to it, sharing content on social media, and finding other sites to post your material on.
Your travel blog has the power to grant you freedom in both life and business.
If you’d like to become one of those people making money while traveling the country, the traffic generating tips above are a great place to start.