How to Start a Successful Travel Website for $99
Get Content for your Website ($25)
Your website is all put together! Congratulations. Now there is just one thing you need to have a fully operational website – content.
Of course, it is likely that you will produce much of the content on your own. However, before you start promoting your website heavily, it is important to have enough content to keep readers engaged. If someone shows up at a blog with just one article, they will likely forget the blog.
There are several things that you can to do help get content on your website. The steps include:
1. Write Your Own Content (Free)
The cheapest way financially is not always the cheapest way when consideration for time is included. But regardless, when starting a blog, most of us do not have money to invest a huge amount into hiring professional writers, therefore, we write ourselves.
There are many benefits for writing your own content – and they go beyond just saving money. Firstly, you have full control over what you write – other writers have their own interests, styles, and thoughts. Secondly, you want your readers to connect with you – and the best way for that to happen is to give them a taste of your style, voice, and personality. Additionally, writing on your own improves your skills – and the better your writing abilities are, the more valuable your time will become for you and for others.
2. Hire Writers ($15)
When hiring writers, you have two options, you can work with regulars, or you can hire individual freelancers per article. Of course, the quality can be more surprising to you when you hire writers for single articles, but the content will also have a new twist to it. I recommend a combination of the two.
Start by paying per article. As you develop your site, consider bringing on one or two talented writers to publish several articles a week. This will help keep your website fresh and updated.
Hiring individual writers with a high level of quality can be pretty easy – thanks to Fiverr. We have found several high rated travel writers that will write an article for $5! Check out some of my favorite:
If you purchase 3 articles from the writers listed above, and write one or two articles yourself, your website will be ready for promotion!
Step 3: Add Pictures ($5)
The internet is becoming ever more “Pinteresty”. People love looking at pictures! If you spend a few minutes walking around a college campus, you will notice that all of the young women have their phones out in their free time, with Pinterest open!
It’s important to have legal pictures – otherwise you can get into some serious legal trouble when someone comes and complains about you taking credit for their photos.
Although sometimes it is possible to use photos and link back to the main source, your safest bet is to purchase royalty free pictures.
On a site like Shutterstock, you can pay several hundred dollars for high quality photos. Fortunately, some people purchase subscriptions and resell the photographs.
The best deal I have found is from Vlad56 who will provide you with 20 photos of your choice from a particular photo site. He downloads the pictures and sends them to you! His pictures will save you a lot of money and make your website look much more impressive.
Step 4: Purchase PLR Articles for Backup ($5)
While you want the majority of your content to be written fresh, adding some pre-written content can be a great way to update your site when you are tight on time. PLR articles are articles that you can purchase and use, but have been used by others as well.
Although these articles can be uploaded straight to your site, it is better to rewrite them, or hire someone to rewrite them – making the content specific to your website and niche.
If you would like to purchase a selection of travel niche PLR articles, I would recommend this gig:
After purchasing these articles, you can hire writers from the Philippines to rewrite them for $2/each – giving you some decent content while simultaneously providing decent paying work for someone who needs it. The best place to find freelance writers for inexpensive is on ODesk.
Just remember to treat all writers respectfully, and appreciate their time.
Finally, attract the crowd – accessing thousands of potential readers for just $25.