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5 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Travel Blog

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Now we’ve moved into a new year people are making resolutions left, right and centre so i thought i’d share a few ideas for what resolutions travel bloggers should be considering. However, these aren’t pieces of advice that should be thrown away after 3 days like 90% of the usual resolutions people are making – these are all things that you should be doing every day, week and month of 2011.

Please share your own blogging resolutions in the comments!

1. Keep the great content going!

The New Year is a common time for writers to feel down about their blogging efforts and their blog’s success and throw in the towel. DON’T! It takes a long time to build a successful travel blog and by continuing to produce great posts, tell fantastic stories and share stunning images you will continue to grow your following and move towards a super successful blog.

2. Make the most of wordpress plugins.

Most blogs these days are run on wordpress which is a fantastic platform for many reasons. One of these is the easy access to a huge range of plugins which bypass all the technical difficulties that you encounter when running a website. Some of my current favourites and recommendations are:

  • W3 Total Cache – A great one for helping your blog run faster and more efficiently and avoiding all the technical kerfuffles that would usually be required
  • All in One SEO – An essential to make the most of your site’s SEO capabilities. An easy way to optimise your site with title tags, meta descriptions and more of the techy razmatazz
  • Facebook Comments – Facebook is becoming an ever more influential marketing tool for travel blogs and this plugin allows you to integrate your blog’s comments into Facebook and encourage people even more to share your content and interact with the blog itself.

3. Make an Extra Effort with SEO

A lot of people view SEO with trepidation – should we be doing it or will it risk getting our site banned by Google? Done correctly, SEO is a hugely important tool in your blog’s marketing strategy and can help grow your readership massively. Use the tools and plugins like the ones mentioned above and read up on SEO strategies as they are essential to take your site from good to great. I’ll be sharing more SEO tips right here throughout 2011 to help you climb the search rankings!

4. Do More Guest Blogging

Guest blogging is an essential method of growing your site’s following for many reasons. For one, you are able to share your writing style with another blog’s readership and get some exposure in front of loads of potential readers. It is also fantastic for SEO purposes as in most cases you will get a link back to your site from powerful, relevant sites in your niche which all help develop your rankings in search engines. Approach people you interact with on social media channels and ask if you can write a post for them – and when you write it, make sure it’s some of your best work so everyone who reads it will check you out!

5. Continue to Embrace Social Media

Twitter and Facebook are now staples of most travel blogger’s day to day activities and this will only become more important in 2011. They are fantastic places to discover people in the industry, make friends with similar interests, share content and generally immerse yourself in the travel community. They are now also factors in search rankings so the more influential you become in social media the more likely you are to have top search rankings as well!

I’ll be doing my best to follow these resolutions and I think if I can keep just a few of them going then this blog will be heading in the right direction in 2011.

Let me know what you think in the comments and what your own resolutions are for 2011!

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14 replies
  1. Natalie - Turkish Travel Blog
    Natalie - Turkish Travel Blog says:

    I use All in SEO. It is fab and takes all the hard work out of SEO techniques which sometimes can go far too deep. Not too sure about the Facebook comments though. I can see the advantage however I have seen blog with it on and it just looks messy. Lets face it as well, a majority of people commenting on blogs have their own blogs and want people to go through to their site, not Facebook.

    Number five is great as well but I think you should include Stumble Upon in there. I get so much traffic from Stumble Upon, more than facebook and Twitter.

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    • Tom
      Tom says:

      Hi Natalie

      Thanks for the comments!

      I like the FB comments as i think it’s used more by non bloggers who have come through search etc, whereas bloggers tend to be keener to use the built in comment system.

      I’m still not convinced about StumbleUpon either – do you ge quality traffic from it or just 5 second visits who then click away? Still a bit of a noob on that front so any tips you have on maximising it gratefully received! Or useful plugins in the spirit of point 2 above!

      Tom

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    • Tom
      Tom says:

      Totally agree Sarah – social is also now playing a part in search rankings as well so it’s becoming ever more important on all fronts.

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  2. Abi
    Abi says:

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this, Tom. Another wordpress plugin I love is “Broken Link Checker.” Does what it says on the tin 🙂 Happy 2011!

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  3. Last Minute Holiday Cottages UK
    Last Minute Holiday Cottages UK says:

    I think this is going to be a year of change for travel bloggers. The market is fierce and is flooded with sites trying to promote their own thing.

    It’s becoming increasingly more important to know how to interact with readers (thanks to social media). By the end of the year, the industry will have a completely different landscape.

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  4. Steph
    Steph says:

    My resolution for this year is to spend more time improving my blog as well as to improve its ranking. I will try to post 2-3 times a week and to make sure that inactivity will not happen. I hope I stick to it. Happy 2011 to everyone here.

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  5. Heather on her travels
    Heather on her travels says:

    I use All in One SEO and I think it has helped build search engine traffic over the last year – some themes like Thesis now have this funtionality built in too.

    If I ever get more time to do more than post great content & respond to readers on the blog, it would be to work out how to use Facebook & Twitter more efficiently and effectively to bring people back to the blog which is my main goal.

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  6. tomtom garmin
    tomtom garmin says:

    If I ever get more time to do more than post great content & respond to readers on the blog, it would be to work out how to use Facebook & Twitter more efficiently and effectively to bring people back to the blog which is my main goal. aggreee with this person

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