HOW TO START A TRAVEL BLOG IN 3 EASY STEPS
Today I will kick-start my blogging corner series and first off I will show you how to easily create your dream travel blog. My name is Taona Carissa and blogging has made my dreams come true and allows me to earn a substantial income doing what I love to do which is travelling around the world and sharing my experiences as a female traveller. I will not say it has been an easy journey as a travel blogger because it has not – whoever says it is, is not being truly honest. However laying the right foundation from the get-go has helped me gain my travel followership and if you are considering to step into this path, I am happy to provide you with my experience on how to start your blog the right way, gain followers on Instagram as well as increase your blog traffic substantially via Pinterest. Welcome to my first blogging series!
One of the most common questions I am still asked today is: How do I start a blog? And more importantly, which platform should I use?
First of all, I completely get it. When I started my first blog eight years ago I had the same questions, and back then there was hardly any useful information available. I researched for hours, days and ended up guessing my way into the world of blogging… luckily for me, successfully!
The most important step is to find the right platform. I am happy to share my information on how to start your blog so that you can make your mark by expressing your passion online.
So, do you remember my first attempts as a blogger I told you about earlier? Well, one moment took all of my dreams away. I was happy with my WordPress blog; due to the search-friendly structure a lot of my content was being indexed by Google and as a result I had over 100.000 visitors each month wanting to learn about the latest fashion news. Then the unthinkable happened: my blogging career came to a screeching halt. My site was hacked. BIG TIME. As in all of a sudden, my platform was deleted, replaced for one with a virus link and the majority of my content was gone. All three years of heart, sweat and tears reduced to a shell of its former self. Needless to say I was highly embarrassed and moreover angry with myself that I didn´t choose the right platform which wouldn´t just help me in the best of times but also when the ultimate worst happens.
I took a break after that to refocus on my corporate career… after a few years I wanted to start all over again with my true passion which is travelling. I was, however, hesitant to do it all again and be disappointed… again. I knew I would stick with WordPress as it worked remarkably well but I also knew that I had to find the perfect host who would help me if I ever had to face an unfortunate situation again.
This is why I am here to help you with what has been working perfectly for me for the last two years without breaking the bank: BlueHost. You can start your own blog for as low as $3.95 a month plus, there are no contracts and you can get a refund if you are not happy after 30 days! And do not forget there is no way I will ever EVER risk facing any problems with the security of my site, because with 24/7 support I have to say I am the happiest I have ever been as a travel blogger.
There are millions of free hosting solutions available, but I always advise my readers to pay a little extra as you can set up your own domain (self-hosting) and if, like me, your site becomes more popular you have the chance to create and grow your own digital identity. I have seen a lot of people go to other hosting solutions such as Blogspot.com, but the problem here is that the domain is never really yours. Picture this: you have the choice of visiting either vivasouth.com or vivasouth.blogspot.com. Which one looks more professional, and which one is easier to remember for your future readers?
If you are interested in learning more on how to start a blog on WordPress, continue below.
I have set up a few golden rules to implement your WordPress blog on BlueHost. These are just a few of the perks:
- BlueHost, is very simple to use. Anybody can easily create a WordPress blog with the tutorial I provide below.
- The best thing is that WordPress through BlueHost is FREE of cost.
- You are always in control as the blog will be hosted on your server.
- 24/7 high-tech support.
- It’s amazingly low-priced; you can pay for your own blog for the low amount of $3.95 per month.
- Easy to use (installing WordPress is a piece of cake!).
- Look more professional with a self-hosted website, should you want to monetise your blog as a travel blogger one day.
- Bluehost provides a warranty in case you decide that blogging is not for you.
Ok you may be thinking now: Well this sounds great but I am definitely not a techie and have 0 experience with setting up a domain and hosting account, installing a website, increasing traffic etc. Trust me when I say, this was me to a zilch. This is why I have created my three steps below on how to set up your WordPress blog in less than 10 minutes.
Step 1. Head over to Bluehost.com and select the hosting plan for you
The next step is to purchase hosting for your blog. If you are just starting out, you should go for the BASIC plan to sign up for hosting, this is currently what I am using too for as low as $3.95 per month.. If you decide to go for bigger plans later then you can change your plan and upgrade to Plus or Prime plans by paying the difference. The following outlines the costs for BlueHost:
- Go to Bluehost.com
- Select your hosting plan option (see screenshot above)
- Now enter in the domain name you decided to go with. Mine was vivasouth.com.
Step 2. Sign up for your own domain
Your domain name should be well thought out as it has to be unique. This is so important!!! Think of what type of content you want to share in your blog. Is it a wanderlust travel blog, fashion travel blog or a travel adventure blog? Make sure it is an easy name and not too similar to any other domain name out there. Write down a few keywords that describe your blog best. Once done use Thesaurus to find acronyms for your keywords for more ideas. Whatever you do think of something catchy and what embodies you as a travel blogger.
Enter in all your account and payment information as in the screenshot below:
The only additional option here I would highly suggest selecting is the “Domain Privacy” as this will keep your entered information private and avoids constant spamming in the future.
Click Complete and you are done. You will be asked to create a password. Go ahead and create one. Do not go with easily hackable ones like admin. You will see a BlueHost landing page. Don’t worry, it’s normal. I will get back to that in the next series.
Step 3. Download WordPress on BlueHost
- Log in to your hosting account – BlueHost Server Login. You should have received your login information via email.
- Once you are logged in, scroll down and under “Website” click “Install WordPress”.
- Click the install button.
- Hit “Install Now”
- The installation process will begin and once done, you will receive an email with your login URL and credentials for WordPress.
- Now you can log into WordPress. The URL to access WordPress will look something like this: www.yoursite.com/wp-admin
Well done. You are now a travel blogger. Hooray!!
Please share your link below if you used this tutorial to help you create your blog or site. Feel free to share any other tips and feedback – we are a travel community and are happy to share our experience and grow together!
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Taona Carissa x