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How to Start a Successful Travel Website for $99

There are many reasons to launch a travel blog or website. Whether used as a business itself, or as a tool to promote another business, a travel blog is a great way to write about something interesting to you while making a  little bit of money in the process.

The purpose of this article is to help you set up a travel blog or website that is on it’s way to being successful, with an investment of under $100. If you have any other ideas or suggestions, I would love for you to share them in the comments section below.

Choose Your Niche

No, “travel” is not a niche. You travel to work every day, your kid travel’s to school, your grandparents travel across the US in an RV, your parents cruise around the Caribbean, and your brother backpacks across Europe. The travel industry is massive and diverse – different people enjoy different styles of travel.

To select your niche in the travel industry, consider the following:

  • How do you travel? If you enjoy leisure cruises where everything is laid out in front of you, then an adventure travel site is probably not for you. Keep your style of travel in mind.
  • What do you know about? Are you an expert in some specific location? If you grew up in a tourist destination or read passionately about ancient China, then this may be a good place to start.
  • What is the purpose of your blog? Someone who owns a bed and breakfast will want to keep most articles local to their area, meanwhile, a wildlife photographer may want to emphasize national parks or Wonders of the World.
  • How will you monetize your blog? There are many ways to monetize a website, but having ideas from the beginning is very smart. Selling products and services is how people make money – so targeting photography, resorts, and travel equipment are all good ways to earn from your blog.

Ultimately, passion is what makes or breaks a great website. If you love what you are writing about, people will want to keep reading – because your enthusiasm will overflow into your writing. But remember, if you can find a niche that is highly profitable as well, then your passion can earn you a living.

I will end this section with a detailed list of potential topic ideas.

Travel Niche Blog Ideas:

  • Adventure travel. Focus on a specific activity like surfing, climbing, scuba diving, sailing, backpacking.
  • Globe trotter. If you love traveling and want your blog to be more of a hobby, just write about places you go and things you do. Use an engaging tone and take great pictures, and your following will grow.
  • Photography. Some bloggers take pictures of random people in a specific city. Focus on something unique to capture a niche – trees, flowers, cats, dogs, water, people, ancient ruins, etc.
  • City guides. Focus on your own hometown, or another location you know well, and be a travel writer for people coming to your city. This is a great way to gain access to free stuff, as many restaurants and venues are willing to exchange their services for an article on a popular blog.
  • Specific travel method. Write about flying, RVing, boating, training, hitchhiking, road tripping, etc. – people love information and entertainment based on a specific travel method.
  • Audience specific. Although all travel blogs need to be specific to some audience, some websites really target a specific group – single women over 40, college students, honeymooners, family reunions, bird lovers, history buffs, musicians, authors, etc. Pretty much any hobby group you can think of makes a good audience for some type of travel.
  • Food blogs. People love food. Incorporating travel and food can make for a huge audience – just think about the book “Eat. Pray. Love.” and the audience it received.
  • Volunteer and service. Some people love travel that benefits them and others. Targeting people who want to see the world while changing it can provide a huge selection of topics.
  • Your ideas. Share your ideas in the comments below – I’m sure that I have missed something.

The next page discusses how to set up your website – followed by how to develop content and promote your new site. So Keep reading.

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