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How to Start a Travel Blog

Starting a travel blog was one of the best decisions that Dave and I ever made. I had started my food blog, Avocado Pesto, back in 2010 so when we were thinking about our RTW backpacking trip in 2012 I knew we needed to start a travel blog. What started as a way to journal our adventures turned into a full on business venture. Through making money on our travel blog we gained the confidence to truly become digital nomads and really venture into the world of working online remotely. Five years after starting our travel blog we are still traveling and working online; I have continued working on my food blog and Dave has started a software business.

If you’re planning on setting off to travel I highly recommend starting a travel blog, first and foremost as an online digital journal for all your travel memories, and also as a potential income stream during your trip!

Step 1: Register a Domain Name   

First step is to choose a domain name for your site. Now choose wisely as this is what you could be associated with for years to come! You’ll have to make sure to check that the domain name you want is currently available. You can purchase the domain name directly through Bluehost or through other sites (godaddy, etc)

Step 2: Buy Hosting

Now it’s time to get your hosting worked out. Click on this link to get started. With Bluehost you can get your website hosted for only $3.95 a month. There is even a 30 day money back guarantee if for whatever reason you need to request a refund.

There are many different plans to choose from though if you are just starting out I highly recommend starting out with the basic plan. As your website and traffic grow you can always upgrade to a different plan that is more comprehensive, but in the beginning the basic plan will suffice.

Step 3: Connect Hosting with Domain (unless you purchased the domain name directly through the host)

From there you will need to connect your domain to the host, unless the domain was purchased through Bluehost in which you won’t have to do this. If you registered your domain with another site you will just have to login there and change the name servers to the ones that Bluehost will provide you with. Nothing too complicated.

Step 4: Install WordPress

This is one of the most important steps. In order to have the blog backend set up nicely and make working on the blog super simple you will want to install wordpress. Bluehost provides a step by step process on how to do this. They will send you a link to your cPanel and that is where you will go to the “one click install” and then click on the wordpress icon under “blogs.” Click start and the installation will begin. From there you will have to select which domain you are installing wordpress on and set up your username and password.

Step 5: Purchase and Set up a Theme

Last step is to select a free theme or purchase a theme which will direct the layout and design of your blog. There are tons of free themes to choose from but if you want more control over the design of every part of the theme you’ll want to research some paid themes.

That it’s! You’ve done it. Now you’re ready to start writing and publishing content! YAY!

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