Last updated: September 24, 2018
Do you want to start a Travel blog? Then you’ve come to the right place. This is a step by step guide on how to start a blog, whether it’s a free one just for friends and family, or a professional blog with your own domain name.
Starting a regular blog or travel blog is quite simple these days. With a little knowledge, hard work and about $2-5 a month, you can easily create a blog and start making money. Follow this simple step by step guide, and it’ll be up running in about no time!
Benefits of using WordPress as a base for your blog
There are many blog portals out there that let you start a blog for free, but most of them are limited, and it can be difficult to style and change its design when using these portals. That’s one of the reasons why it’s better to use WordPress as a CMS (Content Manager System).
- Hundreds of thousands of themes to choose from (appearance)
- Lots of plugins available (additional features)
- Liked by Google (Going higher up in search results)
- You can switch to a private domain name and web hosting without having to obtain a new blog
If you only want to start a blog for friends and family, it’ll probably be enough to use the free version of WordPress, at WordPress.com (to keep them updated).
But, if you’re serious about blogging and want to make money and eventually make a living off your blog, you will need more than a basic free version blog. To be honest, you’ll need some real dedication to create a successful blog, but I can assure you that it’s worth it!
And if you want to do it the right way from the beginning, it will cost about 2-5 dollars a month with your own domain name and hosting. However, this is a small amount when you compare what possibilities you have for making money on your blog and partner up with brands and companies.
Advantages of blogging on your own domain and hosting:
- Sell Advertising space and sponsored posts/links
- Optional appearance
- Professional look
- A personal domain name, for example, yourblogname.com
- Access to your own email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ability to influence SEO and how high it ranks in Google search results
With that said, it’s time to get started. Here’s my step by step guide on how to start a blog with your own domain.
Step 1: Choose a name and buy the domain name
Choosing a good name for your blog is important. The name will be your identity and brand; that’s why you need to choose it carefully. Try to think of something unique; that’s easy to spell and remember. You don’t want a name that reminds of someone else or a name that no one will remember or have a hard time to write.
Avoid weird spellings, since it can make your visitors confused.
Look at my name, for example, Swedish Nomad. I’m from Sweden (Swedish), and I travel to places without staying at one place for a longer period – Nomad. It’s easy to remember, easy to spell and it’s unique. Your blog name should mean something to you and also give a hint about you as a person and what you write about.
Do you have several ideas and not sure on what name you should choose? Check which of the domain names that are available and send an email to me. I will be happy to help and bounce ideas.
Step 2: Find a good web hosting company
When you’ve found an available domain name that you want, it’s time to choose web hosting. To make it simple, I’ve selected two web hosting companies that are both cheap and user-friendly. The first comes in many languages, and the second option is the one that WordPress themselves recommend.
- Siteground.com – Web hosting with several language options from 3.95$ a month
- Bluehost – Web hosting company that WordPress recommends from 3.95$ a month
Both of these are good web hosts that give great value for your money, especially when you’re just about to start a blog. It’s easy to install WordPress, and when you’ve entered your payment information it can be as little as 2-3 minutes before you have your own personal blog up and running.
I recommend Siteground since that’s the web hosting company I use myself, and also the best one I’ve tried so far. The customer support is great and thanks to the chat support you can get instant answers. Also, it’s reliable, cheap and faster than most web hosting companies!
It’s also very easy to upgrade your hosting package when you grow the traffic to your blog.
Step 3: Install WordPress
In this guide, I will show you how to install WordPress on your travel blog when using Siteground.
- Visit www.siteground.com
- Click My account
- Go to cPanel
- Find and click on “softaculous“
- Click on WordPress
- install (blue button)
- Fill in the form with your blog details
- Click Install
- Congrats, you’ve now started a blog.
You can also let their customer support install WordPress for you without extra cost. Or, you could take a look at their installation guide.
Below you have photos of each step:
Step 4: Style your Travel blog
After installing WordPress, it’s time to style your new travel blog. WordPress is just the base and CMS. It’s now that the fun part begins – To style and publish your first posts.
A standard theme is already installed from the beginning, but to make your blog unique you can change it to another theme and style it precisely how you want it to be. WordPress has thousands of free themes to choose from, which works fine in your early days as a blogger.
Free Themes can be found here or under “Appearance” -> Theme when logged in as WordPress-admin.
But in the future, or if you already feel like creating a kick-ass looking blog with cool functions, you will probably need a premium theme, which costs about 50$, but it’s money well worth spending if you aim to make a professional blog and make money.
On Themeforest you will find the biggest range of Premium Themes for WordPress.
In the video below you can see a step by step guide on how to get started using the standard theme of WordPress.
Do you have more questions on how to start a blog? Or where you can find more tips about design? Don’t hesitate to ask!
Step 5 – Start making money and grow your Travel blog
When you’ve set up your new travel blog and written some good articles, you need to start growing your blog. You might wonder – What’s up next? How do I do that? Well, it’s really up to you. But if you’re serious about blogging you need to take things one step further and start thinking about making money and how to reach a larger audience.
I will be honest about this. It will be a lot of hard work and some struggle the first months, but if you endure that, there’s a big chance that you can make a living out of blogging. Are you up for the challenge? Then, keep reading!
Superstar blogging by Nomadic Matt
This is something like a huge guide to everything you need to know about blogging. How to reach a bigger audience, how to make money, SEO, how to write better blog posts, how to improve your social media skills and lots and lots of other valuable topics.
Superstar Blogging is created by blogging experts from the travel niche, and it’s not just a program. It’s also a community (secret Facebook group) where travel bloggers from all over the world connect and share ideas and tips.
57 valuable lessons for travel blogging
To this date, there are currently 57 lessons available on the platform. These lessons are of great value to both new bloggers as well as more experienced ones. If you don’t already have the knowledge of making money on your blog and reach a broader audience, both on your blog and social media. Well, then you have everything you need with this program.