Over this past year we have been fortunate enough to have been invited on several press trips.We have learned a lot during these trips, At the same time we made a lot of mistakes.
Staying connected in countries that censor Internet can be a difficult task for the Travel Blogger. A VPN in China is an important tool for anyone wishing to stay connected via facebook, twitter and many other social media sites.
With all the lists that are coming out lately we are beginning to wonder what we are supposed to be focusing on in the travel blogging world. It seems that Klout and other social media monitoring sites are becomming the new standard for who is influential in the travel world. These sites are actually dictating who people should follow and paying attention to. It seems that the more active you are on things like Twitter and Facebook, the more people are taking notice of your writing and photography. We had heard that Virgin Airlines went to Klout.com and gave away flights to all the top tweeters on Klout.
So you’ve written something amazing and you want people to read it. It is funny, profound and filled with great information. But nobody is coming over to your blog for a visit. Let’s face it, most of us aren’t writing a blog for ourselves. We would appreciate an audience. But how does one get an audience, especially when they are first starting out?
I suck at writing a headline. It is the last thing I think of whenever I write a post and it shows. I try to think of something witty and fun and I draw a blank. However it is the most important part of any article. Be it for a magazine, newspaper or blog post, we have to grab our readers attention with a catchy headline that will draw them in and make them want to read more.We have obviously been lucky. Our headlines are terrible. People may read our posts, but I know it is not based on the titles of the piece.
We are one month away from hitting the road again and we are getting closer to reaching our goals with revamping our blog.It has been one of the busiest summers on record. Who would have thought that travel blogging could be so time consuming. Especially when we were not travelling that much!The summer has been filled with making changes to ThePlanetD.
The newest Travel Partners ebook is out and we absolutely love it. First of all the title, can it be anymore fun that this? Why Your Website Sucks! Let’s face it, there are a lot of sucky websites out there that just need a little nudge in the right direction to make them suck less. Why Your Website Sucks covers easy tweaks and advice on how to write for your audience, research your market and appeal to your target.
Last week we posted a few of our favourite desktop applications that we use for Travel Blogging. We shared our favourites but we learned so much more from other peoples suggestions. So now that we have covered our favourite desktop applications in the post Top Applications for Travel Bloggers, we would like to share our top online applications that we like to use. So here goes our list of the Best Online Applications for Bloggers.
There are countless tools to promote a website on the Internet. Social networking sites such as twitter and stumbleupon have become essential to driving traffic to a blog. While it is important to attract readers to your travel blog, it is even more important to keep them on your site. You want your readers to spend time exploring your hard work.
There are many tools that a blogger can use to make their website more interesting to the reader. Blogs are a visual medium and it is essential to keep your visitors attention by adding video, images and creative editing. Knowing what application to use can turn an ordinary post into an eye catching display. Before I started blogging, I thought that you needed an intense course in coding and website design to create anything unique on a website. It is amazing how much creativity a person can have with the right program or application on a computer.
It is that time again. Every so often we like to give our readers an update on what we have been up to behind the scenes of theplanetd. This summer has been light on travel but very heavy on travel blogging and business. we definitely made a lot of tweaks to change the look of the blog by widening it, changing the colours and cleaning up our side bar.So have the changes made any difference?
So you’ve finished your round the world trip, you had amazing stories to write about every day while you were away. But now you are home, settling back into the daily routine and you don’t have any content to put into your blog. Does this mean that you can’t keep your beloved blog going? After all your hard work, is this the end? Will people stop coming to your blog and it will eventually fall into cyberspace oblivion? Not True At All.
Recently we have had the chance to meet several fellow travel Bloggers. Over the past year, we have been on our own trying to bounce ideas off of one another while working in our travels. While that has worked out well to a point, it hasn’t been until these past couple of months that we have been really inspired and excited about the future of travel and blogging.Everyone that we met these past few weeks have become great friends. We will all help and support each other as we all learn and grow together.
We interrupt this media week to bring you the 7 Links Challenge brought to you by Problogger. Problogger is the biggest Blogger on the Internet and when he recommends trying something new on your blog, we follow. So we decided to take his 7 Links Challenge. The concept is to make a link to 7 specific posts in your blog. He even gave guide lines as to what posts you had to link to. It was a challenge, but we finally came up with the links for the following posts listed below. Check out our 7 Links Challenge and then start your own!
We have been a couple of busy little Canadian Beaver ‘s this week working on our blog. We have taken the summer to work on refining ThePlanetD and finding companies to partner with. It is a lot of work and we are entering foreign territory. We have been working on code and making a few changes.
Did you know that there are many other ways to connect with and enjoy theplanetd on the Internet besides having to type in our address each day? You can receive emails updates in your inbox or blog feeds daily on your homepage. You don’t have to worry about checking our site to see what is up, we can come to you.
The past 8 weeks have been the best of our life. I am not exaggerating. We have had some of our most fulfilling travels happen in that time, we have made amazing new friends and at the same time we have enjoyed quality time with our families and reconnected with old and dear friends.Life has been very balanced and wonderful.But now what?
-This is it boys and girls. We are fulfilling a goal that we have had for many years. We are going to Everest Base Camp. It is a little daunting to know that we will be trekking over suspension bridges, climbing along high ridges and spending several days at 5000 meters. But the most daunting [...]
It is a little over three months into our travels and running our travel blog has been fulfilling, exciting, time consuming and at times confusing. We wrote a post at TravelWritersExchange about how to keep up the blog while traveling to give you an idea of how we do it.
But we thought that we would share the things that we have had difficulties with, things that we want to change in the blog and directions that we want to take.
We have several blogs that we admire and we often wonder how they manage to stay ahead of the game so well. Dave and I are lucky. We can split the workload. While it may seem to some that Deb does the bulk of the work because she writes the posts, that is only one portion of running a successful travel blog. We thought that we would share with you what the roles are of Dave and Deb at theplanetd.