Travel Creators Success Kit 2020
Hi travelers! I'm Paul Drecksler, founder of Travel is Life Creators, a professional community of travel bloggers, vloggers, and photographers around the world.
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.
I hope you enjoy these resources. If you need any help or have any questions, you can reach me at [email protected]
Search Engine Optimization
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hosting & Security
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.
Best Customizable WordPress Theme For Travel Bloggers – In this post I’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.
The Business of Travel Blogging
21 Pros & Cons To Being A Professional Travel Influencer – I asked 21 professional travel influencers to share some insight about the pros and cons of their business and lifestyle, so that you can have a true idea of what it's like to have the “dream job”.
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.
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.
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.
8 Best Sites To Find Free Video Footage for Your Travel Vlog – Do you need free travel videos to use on your travel vlog? Here's my curated list of the best free travel video sites with CC0 videos (or similar license).
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 – not to mention EVERY DAY! Read this post to discover the lessons that I took from watching his videos.
The Humble Beginnings of Project Nightfall’s Agon Hare – Agon Hare's top video on Facebook exceeds 25 million views and his other videos regularly reach millions of views and receive tens of thousands of shares – so the guy is doing something right when it comes to creating powerfully engaging video content. Today he shares his video making secrets.
10 Facebook Travel Vloggers To Follow in 2019 – If you're a travel video creator also looking to learn from the best, or you simply love travel videos and are looking for some new channels to follow, here's my list of travel vloggers on Facebook to follow in 2019.
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.
Teach English Online
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.