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Niche

Picking a distinct niche is really important for blogging. Make sure you pick one that you enjoy writing about and that has an audience.

Content

High-quality content is the most important thing when it comes to content. If you create useful articles that help solve problems you’ll be on a good path.

Schedule

Posting regularly and consistently is key for being a successful blogger. Pick a schedule and stick to it.

Why you should start blogging

There is so much more to blogging than just writing articles. It truly is a full time job but starting my blog is the best decision I ever made. If you’re ready to commit to it and power through the hard work then you absolutely need to start blogging. I’m a travel blogger but it’s also my passion to teach others how to get started with blogging. I specialize in travel bloggers but essentially blogs are very similar so I have a lot of general posts as well. Get started now with this complete guide to starting a blog.

Most important apps and websites

WordPress

Later

Trello

Pinterest

Canva

Unsplash

Google Search Console

Fiverr

Moz

Answer the Public

Semrush

Lightroom

Mailchimp

Google Drive

Grammarly

Travel Blogs

When I plan a trip I almost exclusively use travel blogs to plan every step of the way. It starts at picking a destination and goes on to flights, visas, local transports, hotels and itinerary planning. There is a travel blog for almost anything and I always write my own posts based on what I would have liked to read when I was researching. Travel blogs are a unique type of blog and can be either destination-based, personal or more general.

Social Media

Blogging and social media tend to blend together into one. Most bloggers are also quite active on social media and it’s almost a necessity at this point. Of course, you can be a successful blog writer without social media but it’s a lot easier if you know how to use it. It’s like going on a run on a gravel road barefoot. Of course you can still do it but it’s a lot easier if you have running shoes. Social media channels are your running shoes. But you need to know how to use it correctly. In the beginning it might be smart of focus on one social media and really learn how to do it well.

Pinterest (which is not technically social media but is often considered as such) should be at the top of your list for promoting your blog.

Facebook is incredibly important when it comes to Facebook groups but tends to be less useful for promotion.
Instagram is probably the most important for anyone who is into photography or videography.

YouTube is fantastic if you have the time to post videos regularly which might not be possible as a full time blogger

Twitter is a personal favourite of mine when it comes to social media for bloggers and is highly underrated in my opinion.

TikTok is probably the most important social media at the moment and has incredible growth potentials if you know how to use it.

Monetising your blog

When people hear you have a blog they almost always immediately want to know how you’re monetising it. While a lot of people only blog for fun if you’re doing it full time the end goal will always be monetisation which is the only way to make it sustainable long term. The easiest way to get started is with affiliate marketing. You can do this even with a fairly new blog so get started sooner rather than later. Payouts might be low initially but will build over time. After you’ve built an audience you can continue with sponsored posts, social media sponsorships which are great ways to monetise.

What you need to start a blog

Anyone can start a blog and you can even do it completely free if you want. The only thing you need is a laptop (or a phone or a tablet if you don’t mind typing on it) and an internet connection. If you want to become a professional blogger you’ll have to invest some money into hosting, a domain and some other useful tools. You also need some sort of enjoyment in writing as you’ll be doing a lot of it.

Top Blogging Tips

Do research what interests your audience

Pick a posting schedule and stick to it

Start building a mailing list from the beginning

Start monetizing as soon as possible

Invest in quality tools and programs

Focus on link building

Learn how to take amazing photos

Don’t underestimate Pinterest

Use Facebook groups

Be present on all social media channels

Try out different content types

Treat blogging like a job

Hi, I'm Victoria

I’m 24 years old and grew up in Germany. Right now I’m studying at a university in Scotland and am about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Full-time travel is my dream and I’ve spent the last few years slowly building my online business. Guide your Travel is technically a travel blog, but I also write about photography, social media and how you can start blogging. Don’t forget to check out my destination guides and travel tips.

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