Hi travel bloggers & vloggers! I'm Paul Drecksler founder of Travel is Life Creators – a community of like minded travel travel bloggers, vloggers, and travel influencers around the world. If you've got desire to grow your online presence while simultaneously helping your fellow members grow theirs โ€“ we'd love for you to join! I invite new members who share the same passion as I do for traveling the world with global compassion, an open mind, and an open heart. You've reached my Travel Blogger Success Kit which is a compilation of resources that I've personally written to help you achieve success with your travel content creation business.

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Travel is Life Resources

These are the resources that I've personally created for our Creators community. They cover topics like SEO, Pinterest Marketing, Instagram, vlogging, and blogging.

Advanced SEO For Travel Blogs – A must read for beginner and intermediate travel bloggers alike. Learn how to rank your travel blog on the first page of Google and other search engines with my advanced search engine optimization strategies.

7 Best SEO Keyword Research Tools – Are you looking for SEO software to help rank your travel blog? These SEO keyword research tools are the top picks of professional travel bloggers.

6 Major Link Types for Bloggers

Understanding The 6 Major Link Types For Bloggers – Learn how to make Google happy by properly using link types including dofollow, nofollow, sponsored, ugc, noreferrer, and noopener.

Best Amazon Associates Alternatives for Travel Bloggers – This list will help you replace your Amazon affiliate links with suitable alternatives that pay equal or higher commissions.

How To Make A Multilingual Travel Blog

4 Ways To Create A Multilingual Travel Blog – Learn how to translate your travel blog into multiple languages the right way, so that you can reach new readers and 10x your traffic.

100+ Travel Blogger Conferences in 2020 – A comprehensive list of 100+ travel blogger conferences, events, and trade shows around the world that are being held in 2020.

Are Travel Blogger Conferences Worth The Investment? – If you're on the fence about attending a travel blogger conference this year, these anecdotes from professional travel bloggers can help you decide whether it's worth the investment for you.

Travel Blogger Collab Posts: Everything You Need To Know – Ready to host or participate in a collab post with other travel bloggers? Learn what to expect, where to find them, and how to successfully run one.

How To Grow Your Travel Blog Newsletter in 5 Days – Here's a 5 day challenge I created to help guide travel bloggers through the processes of creating, growing, and engaging an e-mail list.

20 Pinterest Best Practices for Travel Bloggers – This is a complete beginner's guide to Pinterest for travel bloggers who are brand new to the platform. Learn excellent Pinterest etiquette to build a successful Pinterest presence that will generate you thousands of visitors each month to your website.

Best WordPress Website Hosts for Travel Bloggers – Not all hosts are created equal, and as travel bloggers we have unique needs. These are my top two recommended hosts including the one that I use to host this website.

Post Publishing Checklist – After I publish a new blog post or video on Travel is Life, I go through a post production checklist to rank the post on search engines, distribute it across my various social platforms, and schedule it for syndication. Use this list as a template for your own post-publishing process and then improve upon it.

Best Customizable WordPress Theme For Travel Bloggers – In this post Iโ€™ve outlined the pros and cons to Divi Theme by Elegant Themes and showcased 14 examples of travel bloggers who use Divi to power their blogs.

Best Amazon Affiliate WordPress Plugin For Travel Bloggers – Learn how Amazon Product Advertising API 5.0 works and how an Amazon Associates WordPress Plugin can jumpstart your Amazon income.

10 Best Free Travel Photography Websites – This is my curated list of websites that I use to search for free commercial-use stock photography for this blog.

Secure Your Travel Blog w/ HTTPS – Learn how to secure your website with HTTPS using a free SSL Certificate.

21 Things I Learned From Nas Daily About Vlogging – There is a lot to learn from Nas about travel vlogging and storytelling. It takes a mastery of both to be able to do so in 60 seconds โ€“ not to mention EVERY DAY! Read this post to discover the lessons that I took from watching his videos.

Best Smartphone Video Stabilizers – If you make vlogs with your cell phone like me, there's something called a gimbal stabilizer which helps smooth out your videos and remove the shakes. These are the best options for stabilizers available on the market.

How To Market Your Travel Blog on Pinterest – Learn how top travel bloggers are using Pinterest to drive traffic to their blogs, and what tools, resources, and groups they use for the job. You'll learn my exact process for driving traffic from Pinterest to this website.

500 Pinterest Group Travel Boards – This is a huge list of 500+ travel boards on Pinterest that you can join today.

Best Travel Tailwind Tribe – Join our travel tribe on Tailwind and get your Pins seen by a whole new audience of travelers.

Ultimate List of Travel Instagram Hashtags – 1500+ of the vest travel related hashtags to use on your Instagram posts that you can download for FREE.

Facebook Cover Image Template – I created this Photoshop template to help you position the images and text in your Facebook Cover image accordingly so that the important elements appear on both mobile and desktop.

20 Legit Websites To Teach English Online – Many travel bloggers teach English online to supplement their blogging income. I've compiled a big list of companies that will hire you to teach from anywhere in the world.

51Talk vs VIPKID – These are the two biggest TESL online companies, and I interviewed a friend of mine who has worked for both for the past year who broke down the differences, pros, and cons of working for each one.

Set Google.com As Default Search Overseas – Whenever I'm in a different country, Google defaults to their local website, but I prefer to have Google.com (US version) as my default search. This short video shows you how to do that in Chrome browser.

How To Hire A Pinterest VA For Your Travel Blog – I interviewed leading Pinterest VAs and learned their strategies and workflow to help you successfully outsource your Pinterest marketing.

Podcasts to Motion Graphic Videos

How To Turn Your Audio Podcasts into Visual Videos – These audiogram apps will convert your audio podcasts into motion graphic videos known as audiograms that you can share on YouTube and Facebook.

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Additional Resources For Travel Bloggers

This is a compilation of software, resources, products, and services that will benefit you as a travel blogger, vlogger, or influencer. I don't use everything on this list and neither should you because some of the services overlap and you won't need others. But browse through these tools because you'll probably discover something that will add value to your business that you never knew existed. If you've got something I should add to the list, e-mail [email protected]

Website Hosts

WPEngine Host For Travel Bloggers
WPEngine – This is the managed WordPress host that I use for this website. Plans start at $34.99/month for single websites or they offer bundle packages for hosting multiple sites.

Siteground Host for WordPress Travel Bloggers
Siteground – This is an alternative host that I recommend for travel bloggers that offers slightly lower priced packages than WPEngine. I also use them for many client websites.

Dreamhost Travel Blog Hosting
Dreamhost – I've used this host for 10+ years for client websites and many of my own personal projects. Their VPN is a great choice if you're looking to host multiple websites.

See my article entitled Best Website Host For Travel Bloggers for more information on why I recommend these hosts. These options should be enough to satisfy your needs and budget whether you're a brand new travel blogger or your site reaches hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Ready to switch to a better host but don't know how?

WPEngine and Siteground offer free website migration services to get you setup the right way from day one.

File Backup & Recovery

Dropbox Traveler File Backup
Dropbox – I subscribe to Dropbox Plus which gives me 1TB of cloud storage for $99/year. Every file and folder on my laptop is automatically synced to their servers, and every photo or video I capture on my cell phone is auto-uploaded.

Wordpress Themes & Plugins

Divi Best Theme for Travel Bloggers
Divi – This is the customizable theme that I use for this blog. Divi is a great choice for bloggers who don't know code because they offer a visual builder, and also great for developers because their framework is fully customizable. Technically I use their Extra Theme but it's just a variation of Divi. For one flat rate ($89/year or $249/lifetime) you get access to all of Elegant Solution's themes and plugins. Their products work well and are regularly updated, Elegant Solutions offers great support, and there is a huge community behind Divi – so if I have an issue or need a customization, chances are someone else has already blogged about it or posted in a support forum.

Travel Blogger Child Theme Maker
Child Theme Maker – This is a quick and easy tool I use to create custom child themes for Divi/Extra. This allows me to make advanced customizations to the theme without altering the theme's PHP files so that I can still update the theme whenever I want. You only need a child theme if you plan on editing PHP files, otherwise you can stick to Divi's customization options within the theme itself.

Yoast SEO For Travel Bloggers
Yoast SEO – This is my preferred plugin for managing my site's SEO. I use it to house my meta-info like meta-titles and descriptions, customize post image that gets shared on social media, create my sitemaps, and remove the “/category/” descriptor from my category URLS so that they are shorter. Yoast offers a Pro version but the Free version they offer satisfies all of my SEO needs.

Interactive Geo Maps Discount Code
Interactive Geo Maps – Here's a great plugin for adding clickable maps to your travel blog. It was created by Carlos Moreira, the developer behind Interactive World Maps, which is one of the most popular interactive map plugins to date (which you can still find for sale on CodeCanyon). His old plugin is built with Google Maps API which he later ran into limitations with because they haven't updated their API in a long time. So he built this new plugin without Google Maps API so that he could add advanced features. He will continue to update and support both plugins. Use this link and promo code TRAVELISLIFE for 20% off.

Educational Courses

Internet Crash Courses
Internet Crash Courses – I recently co-launched an educational platform for content creators with a partner named Stephanie Linder. Internet Crash Courses are short value-packed audio interviews with experts designed specifically to provide as much information in as little time a possible about a particular subject to bloggers and vloggers. We produce them as interviews because itโ€™s easier to engage with a conversation than it is a lecture, but these arenโ€™t your typical podcast interviews. There is no fluff, no long intros, no ads, no sales pitches, and no sponsors. Our courses are designed specifically to provide as much information in as little time a possible, and we dive right into hard hitting questions with experts from the moment you press play. Check it out if you're looking to grow your online presence. You'll love it!

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