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How to start a travel blog?

How to start a travel blog? This detailed guide will show you exactly how to start your own travel blog. I will show you how to make a Travel Blog In Five Easy Steps!

As a travel blogger one question I often get asked is how do I start a travel blog? Starting a travel blog has been one of the best decisions I’ve made, so I’m happy to help anyone who is really interested.

I started TravelFree blog in July 2014. Already more than 2 years we are constantly searching for amazing deals and lowest possible prices to share them with you, so You can buy them yourself without any commissions! I had absolutely no ideas how to start a blog, but if you have goal, then everything is possible. So, do not be afraid, just begin..

Step 1: Choose a name for your travel blog

If you already know what you are going to call your site then you can progress to the next step of ordering your domain and hosting. But remember, it is really important, because with your name you will be communicating with people.

Once you have picked a name you’re ready to register your blog name and get a domain and hosting package.

Step 2. Getting Your Blog Online. 

To get your blog online you need to set up hosting (see the next paragraph) and you need to buy your blog name (this is referred to as your Domain Name). It’s much better and easier to use the same company to both buy your domain name, and set up the hosting. Then when you have any issues, you only have one point of contact.

For domain and hosting I personally recommend Bluehost. With Bluehost you get a free domain with your hosting (a domain name normally costs about $10-15 a year to register).

Let’s get your travel blog started today. This is what you see…

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PICK YOUR PLAN:

Now you have to choose which hosting plan you want, the cheapest option is absolutely fine for the beginning, so you can choose starter plan.
bluehost hosting plan

Next you will be asked to register your domain name and it is totally for free. Yes, for free. It is included already in price what will you pay for hosting.

bluehost sign up

You can choose to sign up your hosting for 1-3 years, with the prices varying from between $3.95 and $5.95 per month.

All the extra stuff you can add on? Remove it all. The only one you may choose to keep is domain privacy so no-one can find out who owns your blog.

bluehost package information

Now you have domain and hosting for your travel blog. The next step is to set up WordPress.

Step 3. Set Up WordPress

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Okay, this is probably the step that all of you have been waiting for. If you want to start a WordPress blog on Bluehost then continue reading.

This part isn’t hard at all. Bluehost makes it easy to create a WordPress blog and it is FREE.

  • When you are in your cPanel (you will receive a link to this in your welcome email from Bluehost), find and click on the image that says “One Click Install.”.
  • Then, click on the WordPress icon on the next page located under “Blogs.”
  • Click on the “Start” button. This will begin the installation.
  • Once in the installation process, you will have to decide which domain you will want to install WordPress on. Click the dropdown menu to the domain you plan on using.
  • Now, you will see “Advanced Options.” This is where you choose your username and password for your WordPress website. You should choose something secure. Don’t use “Admin” as your username. For my website, I receive many hackers each and every day and that is the number one username they use to try to hack my website. Instead, create a username that is a combination of different letters, numbers, and anything else you can use. You will want to check “Automatically create a new database for this installation” as well, unless you already have a different database (if you don’t know, then you probably do not).
  • Click “Install Now.”
  • Remember to save your username and password.

GREAT! Now you have a WordPress blog. You will have to work on the design and producing high-quality content, of course.

Step 4. Login into your Site and Design Your Blog

Now you need to install a design (referred to in WordPress as a ‘theme’) for your new blog. You’ve sorted out your hosting through BlueHost, now you have to renovate your site (by adding a theme on WordPress). If you to go to the URL (remember that the full version of your site, like www.travelfree.info for me, for your site www.yourwebsite.com), you’ll see a basic website. Now you need to make it to look good.

Now go to: http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin

wordpress panel
Log in to your website here…

Once logged into the backend of WordPress, you go to the sidebar in the left hand side, find ‘Appearance’, hover over it, and click ‘Themes’ when it pops up.

wordpress theme

Find ‘appearance’ in the side bar, then hover over it and find ‘themes’

There are hundreds of free themes you can choose, so choose one you like the look of, hover over it, and click activate. Don’t worry, none of this is permanent, so you can try a few out, once you’ve chosen one and clicked activate, go to the address bar, type in your new website URL http://www.yourwebsite.com and you can see your new theme. So, it is Done!

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Choose a free theme, and click ‘activate’

All’s left now is to publish your first blog post, so go back to that black side bar on the backend of your wordpress, hover over ‘all posts’, click on ‘add new’. Then title your blog post ‘Wow, my first post!”, and in the subject box write everything what you want would be in article, click publish on the right hand side.

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Look at ‘Posts’ in the left sidebar, hover over it, click ‘new post’…

Now go back to the live version of your new blog www.yourwebsite.com!! It’s online, CONGRATS!

Step 5. Add Some Plugins

You can think of WordPress plugins as third-party apps for your website. They give your blog additional features. Most plugins are free, some you have to pay for. You can download new plugins in the “plugin” section of your WordPress Dashboard.

Here’s my recommended list of plugins to install with your travel blog.

  • Anti-spam – Protects your blog from spammers leaving comments on your posts. Not perfect, but probably the best one out there.
  • WordPress SEO – Very important plugin for optimizing your articles for Google search, plus integrating Google Sitemaps and Analytics.
  • Easy Social Share Buttons – Nice social media sharing buttons for your articles.
  • Wordfence Security – Makes your travel blog secure.

There are a lot others of course, but these will get you started.

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