Most recently, the travel blogging phenomena has exploded with new blogs popping up daily. This is mainly due to the recent growth and prosperity of affiliate links. Today, Ariana from PointChaser describes “How Lucrative is Travel Blogging?” I believe that travel blogging can be lucrative, but the fallacy is that blogging will get you rich quick.
Why is travel blogging not easy? Well, first of all you need to have a niche or else you will just be another blog in the travel blogosphere. Just like going to college in your freshman year, you’re treated like a number. How you differentiate yourself from others is how you carry yourself throughout your career at the university. This is the same for travel blogging.
Here are some reasons why travel blogging is not easy:
It’s pretty tough to compete with other blogs unless your content is unique. How hard is it to come up with unique content? It’s pretty hard. Readers aren’t stupid and can differentiate between unique content and filler content.
If you’re already having trouble with unique content, you’re going to have a tougher time coming up with daily content. The purpose of your blog is to attract readers from around the world. If you’re not posting daily, people are not going to be visiting your site.
It’s tough to respond to every comment and every tweet left by readers. If you don’t respond to your readers, they might feel left out and might stop following your blog. It’s important to engage with readers.
I read that approximately 20% of your views should be coming from search engine referrals. After writing that blog post, you should be focusing on top keywords and tags which can bring in new readers from Google.
Recently, Bluehost has gotten a lot of heat for downtime since it’s very popular hosting company for bloggers. You do need a good host that will provide 99% uptime because you will lose readers during the downtime.
Now that you have a blog, you’re vulnerable to security issues such as DDoS denial of service attacks and hackers. It’s important to make a daily backup of your blog. Some bloggers do a 2x daily backup just in case. You never know until the day you lose everything and you don’t have some sort of backup.
It’s tough to get affiliate links if you don’t get enough page views.
There will always be a travel blogger that is much better than you. It’s a tough world out there.