11 Secrets To Becoming A Successful Travel Blogger

Professional Travel Blogger Tips
How to Become a Successful Travel Blogger
Travel Blogging Tips

Want to become a successful travel blogger? Learn how to grow & improve your travel blog with my best tips after 9 years of professional blogging. After learning the hard way I want to share my tips.

Continuing from my previous article about how to start a travel blog, it’s time to step it up a notch and share my best secrets for how to become a professional, successful travel blogger.

The word professional meaning you earn a good living from blogging.

I’ve been running a successful adventure travel blog for 9 years now. For the first year it was mainly for fun, but then I began to take it more seriously. These days it’s my sole source of income — and I earn six figures a year.

There’s nothing wrong with blogging as a hobby. In fact, that’s as far as most people get. But if my overflowing email inbox is any indication, many of you are dreaming of turning travel blogging into a job.

I’ll tell you right now that becoming a professional travel blogger or fashion travel blogger is very difficult. More difficult than most people think. However, this article is for those who are ready to attempt it anyway, regardless of the work involved.

Ready to get started? Then let’s do this!

What’s A Professional Travel Blogger?

What does it mean to be a professional travel blogger? Well anyone can start a blog and become a “blogger”. The barrier to entry for blogging is small, which has both benefits and disadvantages.

For example, there are currently thousands of personal travel blogs online — so standing out from the crowd is tough.

However, my definition is those who earn a good portion (or all) of their income from travel blogging are considered professionals. This list is MUCH smaller. If I had to guess, I’d say only a couple hundred people make decent money ($2000+ per month) directly from their travel blogs.

Fortunately, I happen to be one of them after years of trial & error attempting to turn my passion for travel into a business. Which is why I’ve decided to share some of my best secrets with you today.

My suggestions here are certainly not the only roadmap to building a successful travel blog, they just happen to work for me.

Travel Blog Audience
Build Your Audience

Building An Audience Is Key!

While I could go into the different ways travel bloggers make money, that’s not what this particular post is about.

Everyone and their grandmother asks me how I make money from my travel blog, but the question they SHOULD be asking is how did I build an audience.

Because the hard truth is you’ll only earn income with your blog once you have a decent audience. Readers come first, money comes later.

So today we’ll cover a few different techniques for building an engaged audience on your travel blog, as well as unique tactics for getting yourself noticed by companies looking to work with bloggers.

Tips For Building A Successful Travel Blog

Travel Blog Tips
Travel Tips Can Work Well

1: Create Useful Travel Content

Writing a diary of your travels for family & friends is easy, but other than them, no one else cares. If you want strangers to read your travel blog, you’ll need to provide something more useful.

Budget travel tips, food recommendations, details on what to do or where to stay, photography inspiration, video entertainment, beautiful flowing narrative, humor, etc.

Yes, you should always “follow your passion.” Otherwise, you won’t enjoy what you’re doing. The key is to follow your passion while also providing something of value to your readers.

What are people searching for? It’s time to do some research.

What questions related to travel are being asked in online forums, Reddit, and Quora?

If you already have readers, what are they asking in comments & emails? Give people what they’re asking for!

I received a bunch of questions about what GoPro accessories I travel with. So rather than waste time explaining it to each person individually, I wrote a huge article showcasing the best GoPro accessories for traveling.

Turns out lots of people were looking for this information. The article gets shared a lot and continues to receive steady search traffic from Google.

Why? Because it’s useful! It’s answering a frequently asked question.

Even if you’re sharing an entertaining travel story, including useful tips about how readers can enjoy a similar experience will keep them coming back for more.

Travel Blogging Tips
Ok, Maybe Not This Crazy

2: Do Interesting Stuff!

At face value, it seems pretty basic. But when I say do interesting stuff, I mean do REALLY interesting stuff.

Sensational, fascinating, or challenging stuff. The kind of stuff that gets noticed.

Writing about your drunken full moon party experience in Thailand? Maybe a 1 on the 0-10 awesomeness scale. Kayaking in Greenland? Walking across India? Camping in Antarctica? Vacationing in Yemen? Sailing the coast of Africa?

These activities are MUCH higher on the awesome scale, the topics are unique, and as a result, they’re more likely to be shared with a larger audience.

Your whole blog doesn’t have to read like Buzzfeed, but make it a point to include some truly epic, original stories from time to time.

Guest Blog Posting
Share Stories On Other Blogs

3: Guest Posting On Other Blogs

When you first start your travel blog, no one will know you exist. A good way to change that is to write guest posts on other popular blogs with large audiences, and siphon some of their readers over to you.

Not only will you reach a targeted audience this way, it also helps with your branding and credibility as an authority on travel.

However, before you go pitching other blogs for guest posts, first check to make sure they even allow them. It helps to have some kind of relationship with the blogger too.

Cold pitches to someone you’ve never even spoken with are less likely to work.

You can see examples of my own guest posts here, here, and here. All these articles sent me traffic I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise, introducing my adventure travel blog to new readers.

There’s also SEO power in backlinks from popular sites to yours.

My advice is to be picky, and guest post on blogs that you think will provide the best return on your investment in time. Because time is limited when you’re trying to become a professional blogger!

Professional Travel Blogger Tips
Social Media Tips

4: Rock That Social Media

Staying active on social media is important if you want to earn your living from blogging. But it can be a huge time suck too. My advice is to be efficient with social media, don’t waste hours and hours there.

I generally jump on once in the morning to schedule posts for the day, then once more in the evening to respond to comments.

It also pays to research the best times to post for each social network. You can find this info in your “insights” or “analytics” areas, or use third party tools.

For example, I’ve found that posting to Facebook at 5am & 8pm EST gives me the best results, while on Instagram, 9pm – 11pm works better. What works for me may not work for you though, and it can change. Always be testing.

Remember to be social on social media too. That means actively responding to comments, and sharing other people’s content if you think your followers will enjoy it.

Here are specific tips for each network based on my experience.


1-2 posts per day, postcard type photos with short captions work well. So does uploading 10 different images as an album. Video and Facebook Live has been doing well. Remember to tag yourself in photos you post on your fan page, and your friends will see it too, increasing engagement. Facebook doesn’t like 3rd party sharing apps, so don’t use them.

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4-5 posts or updates per day, links shared along with a few photos will get better engagement. One hashtag only, or none. Schedule new blog posts to share 3-4 times each spread throughout the month. Occasionally tag relevant companies/tourism boards where appropriate, they may re-tweet it. Buffer Pro is my scheduling & tracking app of choice.

Follow Me On Twitter!


I’ve found cutting back to posting every other day is increasing my engagement per photo. Tag the location so others nearby can find your shots. I like using 2-3 hashtags in the caption, with another 20-25 targeted hashtags in the first comment. Longer descriptions seem to work well on Instagram — tell a story. Ask a question at the end to encourage engagement. For faster browsing & commenting on Instagram, I use Iconosquare Pro from my laptop.

Follow Me On Instagram!


There are other important social media platforms like Pinterest and YouTube. However I’m still learning how to best utilize them, and don’t feel qualified to comment just yet. Which just goes to show you that becoming a professional travel blogger is a never-ending learning process.

Press and Media for Travel Bloggers
Get Yourself Some Press

5: Major Press Features

Yup, it’s time to become your own PR agent and market yourself to the masses by securing features in major media outlets. If you think popular travel blogs have large audiences, it’s nothing compared to what major media outlets have. You can actively pitch your story rather than wait around for someone to notice you.

This is what I did to get featured on Mashable and The Weather Channel.

Here’s my secret formula, so you can do the same!

  • Spend time researching media outlets that sometimes publish travel features. Especially those featuring bloggers. Pay attention to the authors of those articles.
  • Connect with the authors on Twitter or LinkedIn. Follow them. Add them to a public list. Share their articles with a mention. Ask a question. Send a compliment. But don’t be annoying.
  • Put together a polished project/article/idea with mass appeal. Something that many people will find fascinating, as I discussed earlier (do interesting stuff).
  • Finally, pitch them your great idea a few months later. I sometimes sweeten the deal by explaining that I’ll be sending out a press-release soon but wanted to give them the opportunity to cover it first.

Now that you’ve dedicated time developing a relationship with the writer, your chances are much higher that they’ll be interested in your pitch, landing you a feature on a major media website!

SEO for travel bloggers
SEO Black Magic

6: SEO Tips For Blogging

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is when you tweak your content to optimize it for search engines like Google. It seems to get a bad rap these days. Like it’s some kind of mysterious voodoo cheat tactic.

Here’s my take on SEO. If you write for traditional magazines, the writers who can master pitching to editors will get the best results. It’s not voodoo, it’s a relevant skill some people learn to get ahead.

Travel blogging and SEO are, and always will be linked.

Don’t be scared of what you don’t understand. Instead, spend time learning how to master it for yourself. Or hire a professional to help out.

Because like it or not, ensuring Google (and the world in general) can find your amazing travel content is a necessary part of building a successful travel blog website.

A Useful SEO Example

As an example of how I use SEO, let’s take a look at this particular article. The keyword I want to rank for is “professional travel blogger”.

You’ll find that term in a few places here, like the URL, the title, the meta description, the first paragraph, a sub-heading, and at least 5 different times within the content.

I’ve named the lead photo using that keyword, along with its “alt” tag and caption. I’ve also linked back to this post from other pages on my travel blog using the main keyword.

When you search for “professional travel blogger” (or whatever you want to rank for), Google shows related searches at the bottom of the page. Try to incorporate a few of these terms within your article as well.

The result? Google “professional travel blogger” right now & go see what shows up! :-)

Along with on-page SEO, building the authority of your travel blog is also incredibly important. That means acquiring backlinks from other sites to yours through guest posting, major media features, high-profile mentions, writing useful guides that naturally get linked to, etc.

SEO is a huge topic, but if you want to read more about it, I highly recommend studying everything you can find on the Moz.com SEO Bible. Clicking through it quickly doesn’t count, spend a few hours (days?) reading everything!

Also, check out Brian Dean’s SEO blog to stay up to date on what’s new.

Travel Blogging and Email
Email Lists are King

7: Build An Email List

Building an email subscriber list is one of the most important things you can do for your travel blog. Possibly even more important than social media. The people who subscribe to your email list are your true fans & dedicated readers.

Why? Email is a much more personal experience. It also performs better than most social media at driving quality traffic to your site.

While someone might receive thousands of social media updates in their feed each day, they may see less than 50 emails a day.

When you send subscribers something via email, they’re more likely to see it.

How do you build your mailing list? There are 2 key ingredients. Offer something of value, and make it easy.

At the moment I offer a free travel photography ebook filled with my favorite images from around the world.

To make it easy, I use BirdSend email newsletter software. It’s affordable and effective.

Another tactic that’s been working well is offering great giveaways on the blog in exchange for readers signing up to my email newsletter through a service like Vyper.io.

Travel Blogging Audience
Get In Front Of More People

8: Advertising Your Blog

I spend money advertising my travel blog on Facebook. I sometimes spend money advertising on Twitter. In fact, I’ll do both for this article you are reading right now. I also pay for advertisements on other blogs.

By doing so, I’m not attracting “fake” readers. I’m paying to reach a large yet targeted audience. A percentage of them will discover my blog for the first time and become regular readers. Or if you sell products, become customers.

Magazines do it. Book publishers do it. Photographers do it. Hell, even nonprofit organizations have an advertising/marketing budget. Of course, if you’re just starting, you may not have the money now, but keep it in mind for the future. Targeted advertising exists for a reason — it works.

Treat your blog like a business if you want to make a living with it.

9: Professional Networking

To make a name for yourself in travel blogging, networking with others in person at conferences is pretty powerful. It’s an investment in time & money, but a worthwhile one.

When you meet potential business partners, colleagues, and clients in person, you’ll be at an advantage over those who don’t have that relationship. They’ll think of you over someone they’ve never met before.

Travel conferences I’ve attended or spoken at:

Online networking also has its benefits. Stay active in blogging Facebook groups and social media conversations. If you contribute in a meaningful way or ask good questions, other people in the industry will take notice.

Collaborations with other travel bloggers can expand your reach too. For example, I teamed up with Kiersten from The Blonde Abroad for projects in Iceland & Canada. This exposed my audience to her blog, and her audience to my blog, benefiting us both.

10: Hire Others To Help

Running a successful travel blog is like running your own magazine but without any staff. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, let’s pretend you’re the owner & CEO of a publishing company.

Now imagine that you must also take on the roles of photographer, writer, editor, accountant, marketing team, graphic design, public relations, web development, videographer, finance, secretary, coffee intern, etc.

Get the picture yet? People go to school for years to master each of these jobs (ok, maybe not a coffee intern) but you’re attempting to do them all!

As a professional travel blogger, you are responsible for everything — while also dealing with the stress & challenges of traveling to foreign countries. So when you start earning income, hire others to help you run your business.

It took me far too long to understand the importance of this, and I’m only now beginning to seek the help of others.

A virtual assistant to help with research, pitching, public relations, social media, and tracking campaigns. An accountant. A video editor. A writing editor. A graphic designer.

Hiring others allows you to focus on the stuff you’re good at while leaving the rest to those who are probably better than you anyway. To learn more about hiring a virtual assistant, read “Virtual Freedom” by Chris Ducker.

Branding for your Blog
I’ve Branded Myself as an Adventure Traveler

11: Personal Branding

An important key to success as a travel blogger, or any kind of blogger for that matter, is standing out from the crowd. Branding is how you manage the way you’re presented to others.

Rather than trying to be everything to everyone, it’s better to focus on one or two areas of expertise.

What are you passionate about? What drives you?

When planning a new article/project, ask yourself, does it align with your brand? My own branding is based around adventure travel, so a majority of my articles are about this theme.

Branding has differentiated me from other travel blogs, so when someone is looking to read or work with an adventure travel blogger, they are more likely to find me.

Maintaining a consistent identity across all your online channels and marketing helps drive your brand. Your logo, photography, social media accounts, and blog content should all reflect the values & mission of your brand.

When done right, you can own your demographic. Here are some examples of travel bloggers who’ve done an excellent job with their branding:

Effective branding leads to a steady stream of readers searching for information on the topic you cover, recognition & influence, plus rewarding partnerships with companies wanting to tap into your demographic.

SEE ALSO: Start a Successful Travel Blog Today

The Reality Of Travel Blogging

Successful travel blogging is hard. If you think this job is just an extended vacation, you are very, very wrong. I hope this article helped showcase how much work is actually involved.

Otherwise, you’ll be extremely disappointed a year from now after you’ve been blogging about your backpacking trip with little to no tangible results for your efforts.

Most travel blogs will be lucky if they last longer than a year.

Those who are in it for the long haul, and are ready to take it seriously as a profession, have the best chance for success. Never mind that the advice listed here is just the tip of the iceberg!

That said, travel blogging is still the best job I’ve ever had. ★

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I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to become a travel blogger! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few more wanderlust-inducing articles that I recommend you read next:

Have any questions about becoming a successful pro travel blogger? Drop me a message in the comments below!


Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten — I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 10 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. Let me inspire you to travel with crazy stories, photography, and money-saving travel tips.
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  1. Matt,

    Thanks for the blog. I am still confused. I just started my blog website (through dynadot) and am still not sure if I still need WordPress and why. I went on their website. It seems like wordpress is another hosting company. I did not see any option to install WordPress. What am i missing?

    Hope to hear from You!

  2. I was reading this article about 2.5 years ago for the first time!
    It’s really interesting thinking back to that period, when I was just a travel maniac in love with Italy. I had a really poor English and an undestroyable passion for writing and photography…
    I had no clue about travel blogging and the idea itself came from nowhere. To be honest, at that time I didn’t even know what a travel blog was…
    When I first read this, I thought, nah, I’ll build it up fast. It won’t take that much time as they say… I couldn’t be more wrong!
    But even if it’s been the hardest journey of my life so far, it was also the best!!!
    2.5 years later, I finally started to treat ShegoWandering as a business, and I just needed to say thank you! This article is one of the reasons that I’m now closer to my dreams than ever!

  3. Hi, i’ve always wanted to be a travel photography blogger. Made an attempt in 2018 however had to drop it because could really figure out what SEO was all about.
    However recently started on this side hustle again, when i came across your article. I have to say it moved me! honestly specially the tips you’ve given on SEO, it seems so simple now. Lolz atleast that’s what i think.
    Will surely be visiting your blog more and more in the future for guidance and inspiration.
    I must say it really seems that you know what you are doing. Keep up the great work and God Bless!


  4. Hi Matt
    A great and useful article, thanks for posting. My question is how do you take it to the next level? We’re a family sailing around the world and living off grid. We do weekly video blogs and make around $500/month. It’s hard work, especially with kids so we want to work smarter, not harder? What do you think our next steps should be? Thanking you in advance. Woody #mothershipadrift

  5. Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring article. I noted many important points for my brand new travelblog @interestingroutes on Instagram. Wish I reach as many people as I can 😍 because I really value these life experiences I share.

  6. Hi,
    What a fantastic post! This is so chock full of useful information. I can’t wait to dig deep and start utilizing the resources you have given me.

  7. Thanks for this inspiring post. Is great to have the point of view from other bloggers. Great advices and much passion =)

  8. Thanks for sharing your expertise with newbie like us. I am in blogging from Last 2 year and still struggling to get audience. But Still persons like you keep are keeping my hope alive….thank you

  9. very inspiring, when I was little, I had a dream to become a writer, but after time passed that dream was forgotten. When I went to college, I knew there was a blog from that I sometimes wrote again, Only to vent my pleasure. Having a life as an employee routine is not one of my dreams, but this is the reality that I face. I think I want to get out of something that is not my desire. Whether starting from when I like to read a traveler’s blog and like to look at traveler photos which of course for an ordinary worker is extraordinary. Because they have jobs that are their passion. I also wanna be like that. That’s why I decided to study from now on, I thought it wasn’t too late. What I need is a passion for not giving up to achieve my desires. Become a travel blogger. Thanks 😊

  10. very inspiring, when I was little, I had a dream to become a writer, but after time passed that dream was forgotten. When I went to college, I knew there was a blog from that I sometimes wrote again, Only to vent my pleasure. Having a life as an employee routine is not one of my dreams, but this is the reality that I face. I think I want to get out of something that is not my desire. Whether starting from when I like to read a traveler’s blog and like to look at traveler photos which of course for an ordinary worker is extraordinary. Because they have jobs that are their passion. I also wanna be like that. That’s why I decided to study from now on, I thought it wasn’t too late. What I need is a passion for not giving up to achieve my desires. Thanks😊

  11. Thanks for all the effort and time you put here it is very helpful to us newbies in the Industry. I appreciate all the work that you do. Happy Travels!

  12. Heyy there this is kjnda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG
    editors or if
    you have tto manually code with HTML. I’m creating a blog sopn but have no
    coding experience soo I wanted to gett guiidance from
    someone with experience. Any help would be enormosly appreciated!

  13. Just over here going through all your posts and you are so strong-willed it’s amazing. I love how possible you make it seem to earn a living from blogging. I’ve been down tonsss of business ventures, but blogging is the first one that I’m actually seeking out help because it feels like aiming in the dark for traffic.
    I do have 1 question:
    When you went from talking to yourself to EPIC, did traffic just keep trickling in or did you see a huge surge from one post or one link share that was sustained by your content?

  14. Hey, I have been reading a lot of your blog posts. I am trying to plan a family trip around the world with my seven year old daughter and boyfriend. I was curious to know if you had any tips specifically for family travel?

  15. Excellent write up again Matt! Finding audiences is getting more and more difficult nowadays but with the right mix between the blogger’s personality and carefully picked niche, it is possible. I myself are trying to do the same with BucketListly.blog by going to places like Iran and Pakistan and writing about it. Mostly I try to keep it to what I like to do, which is hiking solo but I do branch out sometimes. It’s hard to balance, but I think I am getting the hang of it. :)

    Thank you for the write up again! Awesome work as always!

  16. I’ve just started my blog and this is an informative post for someone like me. I’ll be following and liking your post too. Cheers!

  17. My travel blog is 5 years old but not really that famous as I only have 5,000 views a month. I am still struggling with how to get more views from other countries. Email subscription and Guest Posting are something I haven’t done for my blog yet. I need to work on this. Thanks to this informative blog of yours. :)

  18. Thanks for this Matthew! Very helpful as i’ve just started my travel blog. Subscribing on this and follow you footprints 😉

  19. The content is too good. Very informative for beginners out there including me. I am really impressed with you work. Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.

  20. Thanks for sharing these tips. Totally agree, it takes a lot of work to get some traction going and it’s no holiday. Passion for what you do is a must.

  21. Thanks for the helpful post. i get a lot of information on it.
    i have one question. i am a profesional photographer working for a company that paid all my expenses. can i use the image to make my own blog? is it legal? please help

    • Hi Gede, that would depend on the specific contract you have with your company. If they own all your images (exclusivity), you probably can’t.

      However, in many cases, they just have a license to use the images, while you still own them outright (non-exclusive) and can re-use or re-sell them to others.

  22. Thank you for sharing such useful information. Being a traveler myself, It will help me a lot in my next journey.

  23. Thanks Matthew, this article was really helpful:) I’m excited to get started! Have subscribed/liked/followed everything haha

  24. Hi..Matthew thanks for needed knowledgeable article it was really so so… awesome and important for me. I’m 24 now want to headed toward traveling profession and this was really helpful. For just clearing question add I wanted to ask that “Is the huge cash needed” for the starting line, like do I have to keep the cashhill with?

    • You don’t need a lot of cash to get started, but you will need to self-fund your travels for a while. I had to fund my own travels for a year before I began making any money from the blog. It just depends on how much and where you are planning to travel.

      In order to create content for your travel blog, you need to invest in going to cool places. No one is going to sponsor your trips in the beginning, so that’s often the largest expense.

  25. Hi Matthew
    A huge thanks for this articles and its awesome links! I can’t tell you exactly what we are planning, but surely will, once all is finalised and we are ready to go..Will hook up on some of the sites…Thanks again for your very wise advice. It’s everything that I suspected it would be, regarding the hard work, discipline, networking and links with various sites, hosting sites, research, audience, and marketing. We are a odd family from South Africa with quite a story to tell but is going to do good hard preparation and getting fit is one quite high on the list….(I am the oldest -youngest in spirit!!),but my body sometimes forget it…Thanks a mil again…will be following and linking and liking and sharing…..

    • No problem Rene, good luck with the new adventure! You can always get fit on the road too. There’s nothing like lugging a backpack around the world to help get your body in shape. :p

  26. I understand everybody needs a niche and to brand themselves but… my problem is that I am an old woman who loves difficult and quite strenuous travels ( canal du midi canoe trip, free diving at 70) on very small budgets. However hard I study what I can give to readers I can’t see how there are enough people out there who will empathize with who I am. A niche of a dozen people can’t work can it? One take that may work is for me to take the part of a clueless person who wants adventure but then I can’t for the life of me see what this could offer to readers. (I understand that I need to give value) if you have time to read this I am very grateful. You are the first person I have asked a question so your strategy of reaching out to readers is obviously working!
    Thanks in advance Elizabeth from France.

    • Hi Elizabeth! I’ve met plenty of older travelers, some who are more adventurous than others. Like the 70 year old couple I bunked with in a backcountry cabin in Greenland. I think there is an audience out there for you.

      But try not to go too narrow. I’d write about other aspects of senior travel too. Reach out to established publications who already have your target audience, and try to write for them, promoting your own site in the process.

      In fact that’s a great “hook” for a story. Adventure travel for seniors!

  27. Thanks! This was the first valuable and methodical advice I have received about travel blogging! Def gives me a to-do list! I’ll take the plunge!

  28. What an informative article!
    I love photography,My travels, my adventures and passion for photography. Thanks for this wonderful post and sharing your secrets.

  29. A very solid description & tips for professional blogging. Thanks for sharing. I started blogging in 2014, but gave up the same year. Now, I’m picking up the pieces and continuing my journey again….

  30. I just tried my hand at blogging 2 days ago. Reading your article gave me some great guidance and set some new perspective. Keep up the great work. Hope I can be as successful as you!

  31. Thank you so much for the info, Matthew! I have to tell you…I have been reading blog after blog to gain some insight as to how to ACTUALLY run a blog the right way. Yours was the first one I actually read from beginning to end. I have been working for 3 years now on developing a name for myself and my travel blog and it is so tough (and I work as a remote speech therapist on top of it!)! I am really going to research some of what you suggested. Thank you so much for writing that! Cheers to you and happy new year!!!

  32. Matthew this article is so informative and detailed for new bloggers. So many insights to investigate and use for our own travel blog.

  33. Obviously most of us have our personal facebook accounts. I was just wondering should we create completly separate facebook account for our blog?

  34. Sir,
    lots of love and respect to you.simply love the way put the truth in front of us of travel blogging and not bluffing like others.thank you and keep up the good work

  35. I love to travel and explore different places.As old age is never guaranteed to any one,i think we should make our memories now itself.I never thought of making a travel blog but after reading this article i planned to take a step in this field.Thank you for sharing.

  36. Useful post but I stopped reading at SEO Black Magic and voodoo and with a picture of a black woman. That’s inappropriate and borderline racist. I will not be visiting your blog anymore. You’re a blogging authority and should know better.

    • Hmmmm. This is a Sangoma woman, speaking to my dead ancestors using shells/bones (aka magic). I’m talking about SEO magic, hence the photo of a woman practicing magic.

  37. Matthew, thanks for your helpful article! I’ve learned a lot and you opened my view off what you call the tip off the iceberg of what is needed to provide a good reader traffic.

  38. It is really a big decision to take blogging as full-time profession. Because most of the bloggers will not able to reach their goal. They may give up blogging after some days. Blogging is not too much easy. You must have enough patience to be a successful blogger. Your article is always interesting Harsh. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Great article Matt! I am a newcomer to the travel blogging world and this article was extremely useful for my research. Did you do extensive research before starting this site? How did you determine what blogs did not exist so you could gain that niche?

    Thanks so much!

  40. Thanks for this epic article! We are learning lots as we travel and blog and you are one of our go-to resource for inspiration, photography and practical tips!

    OMG, Instagram is such a hard work! Some days I love it, the other days I pretend I don’t care and often just want to give up! But I’ve signed up to Iconosquare, so thanks for the tip :)

    I’ll be back for more reading!

  41. Thanks for this amazing article and thank you for sharing your experiences! Trying to do what I love, as I am trapped in a world ruled by society requires lots of inspiration from people like you!

  42. Hi Matthew, great article! Your tips are really practical and useful to new bloggers like us. Your traffic is amazing, I was wondering when did you start this blog and how long did it take for you to come this far? Thanks a lot for sharing your experience with us. Keep up the good work!

  43. I read about some of these tips on other blogs. But the way you explained “why and what” of them made me want to try some of the advises. Thank you!

  44. A great post with plenty of straightforward, actionable advice. It’s probably the best article I’ve read about writing a successful travel blog. Thanks for all the tips, I will be trying to implement lots of them over the next few months !!

  45. Great post! I can see your advice shining through the way you wrote your post. The content is the most important part. To write interesting posts, you have to do interesting things.

  46. Thank you for your tips, Matthew :) We are in our first year, so hoping to learn a lot…. I guess you just need a passion and patience in the beginning….