Before writing the main content of this blog post – how to become a professional travel blogger – please let me introduce myself so that you have an idea about who I am and why I think I can write this kind of a post.
As I’ve written in this blog about a year earlier, I started blogging in 2013, using WordPress.com. At that time, my blog was nothing more than a personal digital travel diary. It was not until 2016 when I started to take it seriously and aimed to make myself a professional travel blogger.
As of now, not only do I have a nice income from the blog, but I also gained some notice from the Internet, as I’ve just been promoted as one of the Top 25 Europe Travel Blogs by Feed Spot. I have stable page views of roughly 700 – 1000 per months, depending on which month of the year it is, and a fan page of 5.000+ followers.
So, I think that’s quite enough about me and the blog. Let’s just jump to the main part of the article!
How to become a professional travel blogger?
This is the most popular question I got in my inbox and mailbox every week. People with different backgrounds, thus different strength and weakness, will actually get different answers.
However, after almost two years of blogging full-time, here are four answers I find pretty basic that you should keep in mind if you want to become a professional travel blogger, regardless what kind of travel blogger you want to be, what niche you want to write about, and what kind of background you have.
1. You must have a passion for it.
Before starting with this blog, I had made a few other blogs on different topics: gardening, cooking, interior designing… But you know what? All of them failed, except for Misa’s Travel Blog – the one you’re reading.
Of course, I love all these topics. But after a while struggling with the blogging side, I realised that loving some topics was simply not enough. It could only keep me out in the garden for hours, cook more than I often did, or think about how to rearrange my living room and upgrade my kitchen. But no more than that.
It was my love for travelling and especially my passion for it that kept this blog running until now.
So, before starting a (travel) blog, you have to choose your biggest passion – the one that you can blog about day and night without running out of ideas and interest. Then go for it!
This is the first step on the road to becoming a professional travel blogger.
2. You must understand what you’re blogging about.
Nobody has become a food blogger after successfully make breakfast. Neither has anybody become a beautiful blogger just after using one cosmetic product. The same thing goes for a travel blogger.
Here I don’t mean that you have to quit your job and travel the world to become a professional travel blogger. The point is that you must have good knowledge about the topic you’re going to cover in your blog.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve travelled the world but actually how well you’ve travelled. A person who travelled to ten countries in ten days cannot write any quality blog post about each destination as the one who travelled one place in a week.
You must understand what you’re blogging about, then your readers will.
3. Be professional and patient.
People who DON’T have any blog will think that blogging is so easy. You just have to write something on the Internet and share it later. Well, I hope blogging can just be like that!
You can never be professional if you don’t take it seriously and aren’t patient.
Professionalism does not only help to work more effectively, but also more professional in your area of blogging. If you aim to monetise from your blog, work hard and professionally from day one!
You also have to be patient because when you start a new blog, chances are that nobody will read it except for your family and friends, or if you’re already famous in some other topic and have people already know who you are.
I have to admit that I sometimes just wanted to quit. It was very discouraging to set up a blog and write quality articles just to hear crickets chirping.
But hey, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”!
4. Put your heart into it.
I often get asked how to earn money from the blog.
In the beginning, I spent time chatting with them to figure out what kind of travel bloggers they were and if they had any concrete plan on how to develop their blogs strategically. And sometimes they surprised me by saying that they had no idea what so ever. Some even didn’t have a blog, and didn’t plan to learn to blog any time soon!!!
I personally am not against making money blogging. But, to be honest, if you’re just into making money, you’ll soon or later forget the main idea of blogging – SHARING.
It’s very tempting making money from your hobby, I know. But how can you earn money if you don’t have buyers? And how can you have buyers if you don’t have anybody come and read your blog?
Simply put, before you ever think about how to make money travel blogging, how to get free
Once you start putting your heart on whatever you’re doing, you’ll soon realise that it will make you stand out from a lot of people out there who just do the job because they have no other alternative. And once you stand out and get noticed, things will start to work out their ways.
Well, if you’re reading this line, chances are that you a travel blogger too, or at least you are interested in this subject.
In the next blog post, I’ll show you how to set up a website by yourself, even when you have no idea how to do it at all (been there, done that).