By now you know that a blog is a great way for a travel writer to break into travel writing. Travel writers all over the world blog on a daily basis about travel. Did you know that you could use your blog to find freelance writing jobs?
We kept a travel blog when we were in Britain last Summer and we found it was the best way to record our experiences. Now we have a complete, day by day, record of our holiday with corresponding photos. It is a permanent record of our trip that we can refer to any time. Far better than dim memories of what we did and fading photos in an old album.
When you are out and about, enjoy yourself, but stay aware of your surroundings. Look around; are you going into an area that doesn’t look right? Is there som one watching you, is there a group of people who look out-of-place? Don’t listen to your MP3 player. You need to hear what’s happening around you. Let someone know where you will be going.
Blogs. You’ve heard it a million times already, create a blog! It’s a powerful communication tool on many levels. Not only can you use a blog as a portfolio, but you can sell products through affiliate marketing. You can also sell your eBook, travel guidebook, or travel memoir, on your blog.
(4) Please put a re-tweet button on your site via a plug-in. Twitter is just a universal tool at this point and it is blogging malpractice to not have a re-tweet button that is simple to use. And while you are at it, make sure the settings are set so that your @address comes up automatically when someone hits your RT button — make it easy for people to actually help you.
Make it interesting – your blog should be engaging. Keep your readers enthralled! Be personal. Be honest. Talk about your experiences. People love to connect with a writer who comes across as real. Interesting pieces attract more readers. If your blog is about a professional business, write with a professional tone whilst still maintaining a level of interest that will appeal to your readers.
Last, I’ll upload my high resolution photos, of sceneries and people, to some high quality photo premium download site. As a PS zealot, I used to spend 3 to 5 dollars to download one high quality photo. Now, I can provide some original shots and monetize them as long as somebody wants to download my photos.