9 Simple Ways To Make Your Travel Blog More Popular

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9 Simple Ways To Make Your Travel Blog More Popular

 

One of the hardest things I struggled with when I was actually wanting to press that “publish” button.  I was so scared of opinions, and if people were going to hate it or love it – but one thing I learnt over the years is that if you don’t shout your travel blog from the rooftops (or mountains), you will never get noticed.  Getting people to your blog is super important for obvious reasons so I have created this list of 9 things you need to start doing in order to gain that traction in the travel blogging atmosphere, which has tremendously helped me over the past year!

 

9 simple ways to make your travel blog more popular right now!

 

  1. Join Facebook group threads

My number one tip as a travel blogger is to join relevant sharing threads.  The best ones I have joined are:

I think I am part of over 30 different Facebook groups that frequently do sharing threads.  The ‘We Travel We Blog’ Facebook group is great because they do a weekly Twitter share thread, which attracts 80-100 travel bloggers.  That means my tweet about one post gets shared a minimum of 80 times that week.  I use Pinterest for Travel Bloggers for when I publish a new post.  The thread usually attracts around 40 people so my pin gets shared 40 times, plus I also share that pin on about 30 different Pinterest boards.  Every little share helps!  One share can mean a bigger account, or that a company or brand will notice your article.  It may soon snowball once they share it too!

 

  1. Create a blog post including other popular travel blogs

Two of my most popular posts, 45 paradises around the world and 65 spectacular paradises around the world, gained huge traction because in the posts I included a bunch of other travel bloggers.  They all included links to their websites and I got my article shared by lots of bloggers who have large audiences that love to travel!  It was a win-win!  Think about doing a post with your favourite bloggers – even if you do an interview with one of them and ask them for their favourite bit of advice for your readers.

 

9 Simple Ways To Make Your Travel Blog More Popular

  1. Tag companies and brands on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

If you want brands to start noticing your blog you have to let them know!  One of my favourite ways to do that is tagging them throughout my social media.  Make sure the brands are relevant to you, of course, and that they are companies that you actually want to work with in the future.  I even go as far as giving them a message on Facebook and telling them I have a fantastic article that I think their readers or Facebook fans would enjoy, and I sometimes also post it on their Facebook wall.  I gained thousands of new readers when a popular travel Facebook page shared one of my articles!

 

  1. Give your readers something for free

Your readers are loyal to you, they keep coming back for more, and they are helping you turn your dream into a reality – so give them a thank you gift!  Every reader that signs up to my monthly newsletter recieves a travel bundle for free.  It’s not only a great way to keep them happy but also to collect their email addresses for future email campaigns.  Collecting email addresses is the most important thing you should do as a travel blogger.

 

9 Simple Ways To Make Your Travel Blog More Popular

  1. Blog frequently, have a schedule

A blogger that posts twice a week consistently is usually going to have more readers and do better in the future than someone who posts one a month occasionally.  It’s important that you have a schedule in place not only to increase your productivity but also to ensure that your followers know what to expect from you.  No one likes a flake!

 

  1. Create content that people are actually searching for

Make sure your blog is about what you love but also what people want to see and are searching for.  If you want to gain more popularity, you’re going to have to make sure that what you’re posting is relevant (You want it actually to get read right?).  I find out by analysing what people are searching in Google, asking on Quora, Reddit and on other popular travel blogs!  Go to a similar bloggers’ comment section and see what their readers want to know or what they would love to know more about.  Answer their questions!  Take a look at Google’s Keyword Tool as well because it gives you an awesome insight into the keywords that people are searching, the volume, and how competitive the market is.  You should already be doing keyword research anyway for SEO purposes.  Another way is going to BuzzSumo and seeing what articles are popular at the moment and what kind of content is getting shared!

 

  1. Ask people to share your content

One of the most important things you should do when sharing your content is put in a call-to-action.  Did you know that tweets where you ask people to share it get 51% more shares and Pins on Pinterest that have a call-to-action on them get 80% more shares too!  These stats are phenomenal when you’re trying to get your name out, so don’t be afraid to ask! Also, make it easy to share with a sharing bar that’s easily accessible and not annoying.  I use SumoMe for all my sharing needs.

 

9 Simple Ways To Make Your Travel Blog More Popular

  1. Make people obsessed with you

Do something interesting and adventurous.  You don’t want to be following in other people’s footsteps so make sure you give your audience something interesting to read!  Stand out from the rest, whether you take a picture of your food around the world like Legal Nomads or take selfies with cute animals like Allan Dixon.  Think of something original and interesting you can do!

 

  1. Become an expert

Become an expert on something whether it’s a certain location or activity so people come back for more.  If you have a point of interest in one particular topic then that’s a great start to getting constant readers to your site.  Take these blogs for example:

See what they all have in common?

 

These are 9 simple ways you can make your travel blog more popular. Have you got any more tips you would love to add to this list?  Please share this article with your blogging friends (see what I did there?).

 

 

 

 

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9 Simple Ways To Make Your Travel Blog More Popular

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    neha
    October 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    wow..love the tips..already working on some of them..will rigor up my speed now

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    Brittany Hemming
    October 18, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Great Tips Anita 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely trying to incorporate these into my blogging habits 🙂

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    NextStopAbroad.com
    October 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

    these are some great tips indeed! 🙂
    I’d say they are all true…BUT. It just takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to make it work. I am still trying to figure out how much time I want to spend on my blog vs other activities in my life.

    PS: Anita, I LOVE your blog’s UI! So colorful, simple and just beautiful. Totally caught my eyes!

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    fromdiamwithlove
    October 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Great article! Definitely gonna join more facebook groups! Thanks for the tips

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    nomadicfoot
    October 20, 2016 at 2:28 am

    such a lovely and helpful post..Really thanks for sharing this…

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    EG III
    October 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    This is a wonderful post. Thank you for the education, as you have highlighted some things that I haven’t tried yet!

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    Isabel Leong
    October 20, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Super useful and to the point! Love it!

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    Raquel
    October 22, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Great tips and just requested to join some of those FB groups.Thanks!

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    Robert
    October 22, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Some great ideas, especially like the the idea of tagging companies on Facebook. Will Definitely give it a try! Rob

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    Del McLaren
    October 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. Some great tips and information here ?

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    ANne
    October 23, 2016 at 4:55 am

    This is a great reminder and round up! Thanks for sharing

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    traveling9to5er
    October 23, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Some great tips! I’m refocusing on the blog after going through a crazy period at the day job so it’s a great refresher. Thanks for sharing.

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    durhamslovelifetravel
    October 23, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Great Read! I actually bookmarked this page 🙂 We are new to blogging and just learned the what WordPress and plugins were this past June. It’s been quite a learning process these past 4 months, love every minute but so much more to learn and understand. I love how your post has come up with some fresh advice that I have not read in the past. I just joined social groups in the past week and half and this has been a tremendous help and so grateful for the blogging communities and how much everybody is so supportive! Thank you!

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    Karla | karlaroundtheworld
    October 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I shall be more keen with these practices

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    shobha42016
    October 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    good round up of tips! I always forget to tag companies and have yet to do a collaboration post so will look at that.

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    Vanessa
    October 24, 2016 at 5:28 am

    I think it’s wonderful to encourage more people to get into blogging- there are so many wonderful stories out there that are waiting to be told and there are so many talented writers who need to share their experiences.

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    melody pittman
    October 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Great suggestions. I wish I had bothered reading more posts like this when I first started blogging. I wasted so much time not knowing anything. LOL I love being part of sharing threads. 😉

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    danik the explorer
    October 24, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Fantastic tips on here. 🙂 Great post 🙂

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    Trisha Velarmino
    October 26, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Agreed on everything. I find connecting with fellow travel bloggers the most important of them all. They are such extraordinary allies!

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    The Spindrifters
    April 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Going to join these groups now, great tips!

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    Abhishek Taneja
    July 12, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Thanks Anita for such detailed information about “ways to make travel blog popular”.

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    Pablo
    August 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    thanks for the tips Anita! really useful 🙂

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