Psst! Here’s the secret to a successful travel blog

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. Here’s part one, part two, part three, part four and part five. Thanks for reading!

It’s not a lecture. It’s a debate.

That, in a nutshell, is the secret to a successful travel blog.

It’s not about you. It’s about your audience.

This represents a profound shift in the way media is consumed, so I’ll say it again: It’s not about you.
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How to find your adoring travel blogging audience (and keep it)

Editor’s note: This is part five of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. Here’s the first one, the second one, the third one and the fourth one. I’ll have the final installment tomorrow.

You’re missing a key ingredient to your super-successful travel blog: your audience.

Notice that I said “your” audience. Not “an” audience or “the” audience. When you become a travel blogger, you will make a deep connection with your users that goes beyond anything you had in old media. These aren’t simply readers, viewers or listeners; they are members of your extended family.
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How to be a travel blogger: And now, a few words about money

Editor’s note: This is part four of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. Here’s the first one, the second one and the third one.

Let’s talk about money.

If you’re going to be a successful travel blogger, you’ll need some to pay your Internet service provider and web designer. You’ll have to pony up cold, hard cash for the equipment I recommended in the second part of this series.

It would be nice to have a little left over to pay the rent, too.

People think you have to take the vow of poverty when you become a travel blogger, or that your “payment” is press trips. Not necessarily.
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Here are the reporting resources you’ll need to become a successful travel blogger

Editor’s note: This is part three of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. Here’s the first one and the second one.

OK, you have your topic and some of the basic tools.

Now it’s time to find the content for your soon-to-be incredibly successful travel blog.

But before that, let’s get one thing out of the way: This is not journalism. I think it helps, in some ways, to have no formal training as a journalist.
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Be a travel blogger now: Here are the tools of the trade

Editor’s note: Here’s part two of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. You can find the first one right here.

Now that you have found your topic, let’s get your blog up and running.

Remember when I said you could literally set up a decent-looking travel blog in the time it takes to read a few paragraphs? I wasn’t lying. I wasn’t even exaggerating. But let me walk you through the process slowly.
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So you wanna be a travel blogger? You can do it — here’s how

Editor’s note: Want to be a travel blogger? Almost every day, someone asks me how it’s done. So I’ve decided to spend the next week answering that question. Comments? or leave one below.

You can launch a travel blog right now, in the time it takes to read this post.

But not so fast! Just like every house needs a blueprint, you don’t want to build without a plan.

The blogosphere is littered with great sites that started with passion and fanfare and then flamed out. Why? They had no foundation, no plan, and ultimately, no reason for being. You don’t want to become a statistic.

I can help.
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