If you are just starting out with blogging then it can be difficult to know at first which resources you will need and what will be most helpful. A lot of it is just trial and error as well. You have to figure out what programmes you like to work with and what works best for you.
But to make your start into the blogging life a little easier here are some of the best resources for travel bloggers.
Some of these might help you to optimise your pictures or help you to optimise your website for search engine. Other tools help you to monetise your website.
Picture and Editing Tools
Canva: The best website for creating beautiful Pinterest graphics and pictures. The Pro version gives you access to even more fonts and layouts but also the free version gives you access to a bunch of great layouts. I use it for all of my Pinterest pins!
Tinypng: A free tool that lets you compress images and therefore reduce file sizes before uploading them to your website.
Pexels: A website for free stock images that you can use on your website.
Pixabay: Another website to find some stunning stock footage.
PicMonkey: Awesome resource for editing your pictures and making great graphics.
Tailwind: This tool will let you schedule Pinterest pins and get lots of insights into your Pinterest traffic. You can try out one month for free.
Lightroom: Great tool for editing your pictures. Not only for your website but also for Instagram for example. Especially if you are using some Lightroom Presets, you can easily make your pictures look beautifully next to each other.
Best Resources for Website Optimisation
Themeforest: Also known as Envato has a huge selection of different blog themes. I have also purchased my theme on their website. A premium blog theme just has a lot more customisation options.
Google Analytics: The best tool for analysing your website traffic. See where traffic is coming from, how long people stay on your site or where visitors come from.
Yoast SEO: A WordPress Plug-in which will help you optimise your posts for search engines. It is a free plug-in and super helpful. It will for example tell you if your Title Tag is too long or if you need to add your keywords a couple more times in the text.
Page Speed Insights: Analyse your website and see where you can make improvements to increase your website speed.
GTmetrix: Another tool that analyses your website and tells you which plug-ins or elements are slowing your website down. Definitely one of the best resources for travel bloggers.
Moz: Moz will show you the DA (Domain Authority) or PA (Page Authority) of any page and also give you information on backlinks and keywords. A great resource to help you make changes that will impact your Google rankings.
Google Trends: Gives insights into which topics are currently trending in certain parts of the world. That might give you some ideas for future blog posts.
WP Optimise: A WordPress Plug-in that lets you clean up for example Spam comments or Auto-save posts and therefore clean up some storage and speed up your website.
Google Search Console: Gives you insights into your website traffic, such as impressions, clicks and keywords that people user to get to your page.
Screaming Frog: This is a software which lets you crawl your website and get all the information on Meta descriptions, H1 headings or Title Tags and much more. That makes it a great tool to analyse your website and see where you can make some SEO improvements. I mostly use it to look at redirects or broken website links. It is free up to 500 pages.
Coursera: Coursera is an amazing platform for learning some new skills and also get some certificates that you can share on your LinkendIn profile. There are a lot of interesting courses where you can learn a lot of skills that can help you with your blogging work. Such as SEO, Marketing etc. I recently took a course on Search Engine Optimisation and I learned a lot of things that are really useful for my blog.
Fiverr: On Fiverr you can find freelancers that you can hire to do some work such as designing a logo or creating some graphics etc.
Udemy: Similar to Coursera you can find a lot of interesting online courses on this platform to acquire some more skills.
Monetising Your Website
Skimlinks: Skimlinks is a monetisation platform that helps you create affiliate links for a bunch of different companies that they partner with. These for example include: Nike, Sephora, TripAdvisor, Urban Outfitters and many more.
Google AdSense: Most bloggers will start with Google AdSense to monetise their content. You can place Ads on your website that will generate an income through clicks and impressions.
Amazon Affiliates: Amazon Affiliate Programme with lots of products you can incorporate into your blog posts so you can earn a commission.
Focus App: I don’t know a specific one but any type of focus app can be helpful. Just browse the App Store. I usually have one that times 25 minutes and then a 5 minute break. In that way I like to work on something for 25 minutes and then do something else for 5 minutes and so on. These focus apps really help me being more productive.
Google Drive: You can use a Google drive folder to collaborate on a file with other people but you can also just use it for yourself to access some files from different devices. Like when you are on your phone you want to write down some blog notes you can just do so in the Drive and access them later from your computer.
Audible: Not really blog related but I usually am more productive when listening to Audiobooks rather than music. With Audible you will get access to a bunch of different audiobooks.
And these were some of the best resources for travel bloggers! What are your favourite blogging resources? Let me know 🙂
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