How to Build a Wildly Successful Travel Blog {Infographic}

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Build-Travel-Blog-320So you like to travel?

The travel blogging industry is continually growing, with more and more people wanting to make traveling the world their full-time job.

Travel blogging requires passion, hard work and determination.

Do you have what it takes? Use this guide to get you started on making your dream a reality!

In order for your blog to make money, you'll need to set it up right. Creating your income blog requires significant planning before you even publish your first post. Here's what you need to consider:

How to Create a Wildly Successful Travel Blog

A huge thanks to Kate Miller at for sending us this great resource.


Are You Ready to Get Started?

How much traffic is needed before you can monetize? This is a common question. I think you should start from day one. Here's why.

There is something that I would like to know: Why do you want to start an income blog? Please share you reasons in the comments below.


Hi, I'm the Author!

Bryan Haines is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is co-founder of Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Bryan also runs two authority blogs with his wife, Dena: ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorials) and GringosAbroad (Ecuador travel).

18 comments… add one
  • Mansi Jan 22, 2016, 2:31 am

    Hi Brain,
    Thank you for this informative blog. I really want to get started with travel blog community and this is what i was looking for. I created my website on blogger and I am thinking of going ahead with having my own domain but I am little confused on terms of how can I improve my SEO as last time I bought my domain, I lost a good amount of SEO and my blog became less visible. Also being non-technical person, i always have trouble understanding the various parts of building a website, domain & hosting.

  • Hassaan Jul 20, 2014, 10:11 pm

    Hi Bryan,

    Awesome Blog. Visiting and reading your blog first time. Traveling is something which is at top in my WILL-DO things list.

  • mike rearic Mar 11, 2014, 2:03 pm

    Hi Bryan, I was just re-reading your blogger abroad post on how much you get from adsense and i was wondering, are you saying that each adsense ad on the site should be a different size? Will this help.? I’ve got a whopping 2,000 page views a month now ( and feel like a king) but I’m only making $4.00 a month. I don’t think I can retire on this even in ecuador. So, should each ad be a diffrent size?
    thanks, Mike

    • Bryan Haines Mar 11, 2014, 5:24 pm

      Yes, they should be different sizes. Otherwise, the engine that serves the ads might serve two identical ads or might leave one space blank. It’s best to use three different sizes – maybe sidebar, in-content and top of page. We’ve seen earnings that average between $3-10 per 1000 page-views.

  • Nathan Mar 5, 2014, 7:29 pm

    My favourite post yet(although “How to Start an Income Blog” is too…), thank you very much. It was you and that inspired us to start a travel blog. It’s in its baby stages, so this is very helpful. Thanks again, and keep up your hard work in Ecuador!

    • Bryan Haines Mar 12, 2014, 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much Nathan. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the site.

      Can’t wait to see what you do with your new blog!


  • zoomingjapan Mar 5, 2014, 11:31 am

    This is indeed an awfully useful infographic!
    Somebody put a lot of thought and effort into creating this.
    I really appreciate that you shared it with all of us!

    According to the infographic, I’m on the “right way”. I just need to keep going. *g*

    I’m one of those who focus on a certain region, namely Japan, simply because I’ve been living there for the past 6 years (and counting) – and travelled to almost all the interesting places within the country.

    The only issue I have is that there’s never enough time.
    I’m not a full-time blogger and my actual full-time job keeps me insanely busy. :/

  • Jason B Mar 4, 2014, 6:06 pm

    Excellent infographic.

  • grahame Mar 4, 2014, 4:46 pm

    Hi Bryan
    This is an immensely interesting article. I have a passion about South East Asia and have been travel blogging about Thailand now for over five years, only I don’t use WordPress to create my site but instead use a company in Canada called SiteBuildIt also known as SiteSell. They give you all the tools needed to create a income based website/blog. I will give Wordpress a try with my next travel assignment.

    • Bryan Haines Mar 4, 2014, 5:05 pm

      It might be worth looking into a switch (to WordPress) even for your existing site. I have yet to see an authority site built on that platform. Do you own your content or do they claim rights over what you produce?

      • grahame Mar 1, 2015, 5:50 am

        Hi Bryan

        Yes, I do own all my content and lots of people build authority sites using this platform. Maybe you should check it out.

        • Bryan Haines Mar 2, 2015, 6:58 pm

          From my experience, most people on site-build-it focus more on signing up more users than actually building their sites. And most sites on this platform are low quality content. These multilevel schemes (regardless of the product/service) generally only work well for effective recruiters – the users generally fail.

          I’m glad that it’s been working out well for you. I’m interested to know what you think of a self-hosted WordPress compared to site build it.

          • grahame Mar 3, 2015, 2:58 am

            I have not used WordPress because the platform was not available when I first started out in 2008, but I am thinking of doing some other websites using WordPress. Is it easy to use as I have no HTML experience? I only know how to write. I have a crime novel that I am also working on.

            But, I am a bit confused – Do I use or I believe that is the right way to go. Also are there any programs for me to learn how to operate the platform? I can see that WordPress is so much more advantageous than Site Build It. It’s for this reason I’m curious to change over. Also would it be advisable to convert my existing website to WordPress? I also want to say many thanks for all the help you have given me and answering my queries. I really appreciate your responses.

            PS: I personally have never signed up any users with Site Built It. I have only concentrated on putting out valuable content for my target market.

            • Bryan Haines Mar 15, 2015, 6:38 am

              You’ll want to use This is for a self-hosted WordPress installs. Here are the reasons to use a self-hosted WordPress install.

              We are in the process of converting a client site from Joomla to WordPress. Not only is WordPress easier to work with, it is also more friendly to both search engines and readers. I think you’ll see better results from both if you switch over.

              Let me know how it works out for you.

              • Richard May 19, 2015, 1:59 pm

                Hi, grahame and Bryan,

                I use SBI for my travel site, Jekyll Island Family Adventures. I haven’t done a whole lot with it lately, but plan to in the next few months.

                I only monetize with AdSense now, and average about $75.00/month. I am, however, thinking about converting it to WordPress to drop that pesky $300.00/yr. fee. I like SBI (I’ve learned a ton of stuff about websites and blogging there), but that knowledge now allows me to flee the nest, so to speak.

                I’m already building out a couple of WordPress sites (DragonLyre, my author site, and another one on small space landscape design), so I know a little about it. Just have to figure out how to efficiently transfer my SBI content to WordPress. If you guys have any advice, I’d be grateful.

  • Norma B Mar 4, 2014, 3:09 pm

    Do you use I have a blog on the .com site (hosted by a third party) but it doesn’t seem to support affiliate ads, etc… Having a hard time getting my site transferred to the .org platform…

    • Bryan Haines Mar 4, 2014, 4:02 pm

      Yes, all of our sites are self-hosted and use To switch to the you will need your own hosting. I recommend HostGator – we have a number of sites hosted with them within one hosting package. I am planning a couple of posts to explain how to transfer sites from one platform to the other. Let me know how you make out.

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