December 20, 2017

How to Start a Blog

I have visited every country in the world, and this blog is a big part of the reason. I began blogging in 2010 and used it as a way to reduce my travel cost by having the idea of getting discounts at hotels in exchange for writing about them. It didn’t take long before a hotel offered me two complimentary nights and as much more followed it became financially realistic for me to travel comfortably around the world.

1. You need a domain name
Preferably a .com domain. Not a sub-domain blog. Take your time to come up with the best name. I would recommend for registering your domain.

2. Choose a great web hosting company
I have tried different sites, like Bluehost, but learned an important lesson. Don’t choose a domain provider with poor reviews. You don’t want to have issues with your website. It can be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but please look at the reviews.

The best option is in my opinion SiteGround with outstanding hosting and service. If you find it difficult to set everything up, SiteGround’s support chat can help you in every step of the way. I am extremely happy with this company that has a Trustpilot score of 9.6. Bluehost had 1.4 last time I checked. Furthermore, Siteground has an incredible uptime of 99.9%.

3. Use WordPress and a Great Theme
Spend some time to find a theme for your blog. I am using the Zerif Pro theme from Theme Isle that has an excellent collection of responsive WordPress theme.

4. Set-up Social Media and be Active
I focus only on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It takes up a lot of time, and I think it’s best to focus on those three. Tip: Schedule content in advance to stay up to date. I use Crowdfire.

5. Great Content
The hardest part. Creating great content. What works for me is to do things a bit differently from others by having visited many destinations where only a few, if any, travel bloggers have been.

Try to look for the unique travel story when travelling instead of travelling where everyone else is going. Come up with an idea or concept you believe in and work hard.