6 months as a travel blogger

It’s now been over 6 months since I went live and wrote my first blog piece on why I started travelling.  I had no clue then what I was letting myself in for and how much hard work it takes to be a travel blogger.

I originally wanted to start a blog, to document my travels and help the people I have met along the way who wanted advice about certain places I had visited.  I love telling people about the great places I have visited and people who know me, certainly know if you start me talking about a place I won’t shut up!!  I have had so many people asking questions about places and it’s great when I can give them tips or direct them to a post I have written on that place.

Facebook

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When I set up my facebook page I thought it would be easy to get thousands of followers, I am a bit obsessed with facebook so I do know how it works, but actually getting people to like your page, including your friends is a tough job.  I found that joining facebook groups and helping other people grow their pages helps too.  It’s also a great way to get introduced to other travel bloggers to see how they do things, to see where they are going on their travels and add even more places to the list.  I am not sure I am posting enough though, knowing that only a small percentage of your followers even see something you post in their newsfeed.  Should I be posting a link to a blog post several times? At the moment I only post 1 link per post.  I still feel I have a lot to learn on facebook but I need to concentrate on it as at the moment it drives the most traffic to my blog.

Twitter

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Twitter was something I had never used before I had a travel blog it was one of the social media’s everyone said I needed so I gave it a go.  Getting followers is a lot more easier than facebook.  At first I liked a lot of people who were also travel bloggers and joined facebook groups for twitter too, but I find now after getting over 3,500 followers that I regularly get more followers, without actually doing much.  I still have work that I need to do on this, I still haven’t signed up to a site where I can schedule tweets and so I do feel I neglect this a little and at the moment i get the 2nd highest number of referrals from it.

Pinterest

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Pinterest is something I have only started using, it took me so long to get my head around it and understand what it is for but now I love it and am using it to plan my future trips!!  It will soon take over twitter as my number two referrer.  I use Canva to make my pins and it’s easy to pin them onto my posts.  Again I have joined more facebook groups to help get my pins repinned.  It’s great that after such a short time I am already seeing the benefit of it, which is great.  I still have a lot to learn on this I think, rich pins and group boards.  I am now over 1,000 followers but I still have a lot of work to do and over the next few months need to make sure all my old posts have pins attached and get them promoted.

Instagram

ilive4travel instagram

Instagram I have but I don’t particularly use that much, I do put pictures on and try and keep getting my numbers up but I find that it’s a lot of work for very little reward.  I get very little traffic from Instagram to my blog but maybe it’s something I need to look into more.  Do you have the same problem or am I doing something wrong?  Do you get much traffic from Instagram?

SEO

SEO, this is something that I am still trying to get my head around and something that I need to spend more time getting correct on my blog.  i have done a few courses that have included SEO sections, so I have more of an idea but it’s still a weakness I think.  I have finally got Yoast on my account which helps show me areas I need to do better but I still need to get my head around keywords.  Anyone got any tips on keywords, on how I choose what my keywords are in a post?

When I started my blogging journey 6 months ago I had no idea how much time, effort and dedication writing a travel blog took and I still think I need to get more efficient and organised.  I have learnt so much in the past 6 months about the different social media out there and done numerous courses online.  I never knew that it would be a full time job, the work you need to put in is unbelievable but hopefully in the end it will be worth it.  I think as long as I am enjoying writing about the places I have travelled and making the most of seeing those places and helping people to find the best things to do in those places  then I will be happy.

My family still don’t understand it’s work, when I tell them I am working and they say you might as well get a proper job the amount of hours you are putting into it, but for me travel is my life and maybe in the future my blog will help me travel the world.

For the next 6 months I have more travels planned.  At the moment I am writing this in Peru, I am here for 3 months.  I am finding it hard getting into a routine of travelling and blogging, but I guess it takes time to get used to doing both.

I am also planning on seeing 18 countries in Europe this year so it’s going to be a busy year for me.

Besides travelling though my goals for my blog for the next 6 months are as follows:

  • Set up a plan of the posts I want to write.
  • Fully understand SEO and update all my previous posts
  • Finish creating pins for Pinterest on all my posts
  • Increase my numbers of social media followers
  • Write some reviews of hostels I have stayed in
  • Get part of my travels paid for by my blog

Is there anything else you think I need to do or is there any advice you can give me on my 6 month goals?  Any help is appreciated.

Am looking forward to reading this back in 6 months and seeing how I did with my goals.  I really hope I get the discipline needed and don’t get distracted by all the travelling!!

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6 months as a travel blogger

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