Resources for Travel Bloggers
I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that travel bloggers can use to see the products and services that I use with my blog. The list will be continually changing as I find different resources that are worth discussing .
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I recommend these companies because I have used their products and feel that you can benefit from them, not because of a commission that I might earn.
Getting started with your travel blog
GoDaddy.com We purchase all of our domains through Go Daddy. The navigation for looking for domain names and purchasing them is extremely easy. If you name is taken they help you figure out how to purchase it or give you similar suggestions. Seeing some of their suggestions has given us ideas of probably better url names.
Hoyos hosting We recently changed our hosting over to Hoyos Consulting. We chose them because we wanted to work with a more flexible company. We are looking to receive peaks in traffic on another site and need to make sure we have someone we can work with around the clock if needed. We host all our sites on a dedicated virtual server.
VPN If you are traveling and need to access the internet a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is your best friend. We have accounts with 2 VPN providers at all times. This ensures that you can always access your blog, business, or family anywhere in the world. Due to certain country restrictions you might not be able to access your site while traveling. If you have a good VPN and internet connection you can bypass a countries restrictions and enjoy the internet as if you were in your own home.
Free Themes from WordPress – With hundreds of themes free themes you are sure to find something that works for you and fits your style. Look at the themes pages, and reviews prior to downloading it. You can see if others had any trouble with a particular theme versus finding it out on your own.
Capturing the moment. We are so happy that we purchased our Nikon D3100 before we left almost two years ago. We haven’t had any problems with it and are always amazed by how good some of our pictures look. To properly document your travels you should purchase a camera of your choosing. This is what we decided on, but have seen great pictures from lots of different cameras.
Travel Hacking! “Earn hundreds of thousands of frequent flyers miles without ever getting on a plane. Most frequent flyer miles are earned on the ground. When you become a travel hacker, you’ll start padding out your own mileage accounts, then you’ll redeem them for high-value trips.” This is a great way to earn miles before you travel. Check off an item on your bucket list and don’t pay for the airfare! Awesome!
Monetize your travel blog Once you get your blog up and running you might want to make some money on it. We searched and searched for different resources that talked about monetizing in real people language and were so happy when we found Secrets to Making Money with a Free Blog. It answered all of our questions and gave us easy to use worksheets that helped us along the way.
Askmit a plugin that keeps the spammers out. This way you don’t have to worry about inappropriate spam comments showing up all over your blog.
CommentLuv pulls the latest blog post from those commenting on your site. A great way for people to let other’s know about their own blog and lets you know what your readers are writing about.
Flickr RSS keeping all of your pictures on Flickr is a great way to share them with others. This plug in pulls your flickr pictures and puts them on your site. Remember it will only post those that are visible to the public.
Sharing is Caring it puts all of those social media links on your page. This makes it easy for people to share your page with their friends.
If you have any questions about creating your travel blog or want to chat please send us an e-mail paz at internationalcravings.com or reach us on our Facebook page.