Quick Facts About Travel, Books and Food
Blogging Resources from Travel, Books and Food
Basics of the Website
Travel, Books and Food was established in September 2015 as a hobby blog. Over the past few years, it has gone through multiple changes when it comes to its looks and the features. I love the current version of it and I am constantly working on improving it.
A good website needs a lot of things to be considered a success. But if you don’t get the basics right, then your website will never be considered good enough. I started on Blogger but I migrated to WordPress around two years ago. Similarly, I switched to faster hosting and I chose an excellent theme to make my website look so good.
Content Management System – WordPress
I moved to WordPress from Blogger around 2 years ago. I am happy with my decision since WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems in the world and gives me the flexibility to do what I want.
Website Hosting – Cloudways
If you want to rank on Google, then your website needs to be fast. So your hosting should not be a hindrance and that is why I love Siteground. I used it for around 3 years. But my site is getting bigger and Siteground no longer is a fit for my website.
I moved to Cloudways in February 2020. Will come back with updates about the same soon.
Website Theme – Wp Prosperity
I love how my website looks and I have only Michael Pollock & Wp-prosperity to thank. I was looking for a black and white theme and that is when I came across it. It is fast and affordable with great support.
Four Crucial Blogging Resources
The below four blogging resources are ones that I use on a daily basis and I really can’t imagine not using them. All four have been crucial to upping my Blogging strategy.
Most of my traffic comes from Organic search, mainly Google. And I attribute my success to Keysearch to helping me with my Keyword research. Using this tool, my organic reach has grown from less than 50 clicks a month to thousands of clicks a day. Pinterest is my highest Social Media traffic source and I use Tailwind to help me automate my pins every day. Canva is what I use to do all image-based text editing and to create my pins. I use Adobe creative cloud for all my photo editing related activities.
Keyword Research – Keysearch
I use Keysearch for all my Keyword research and it has been one of my favorite activities related to my blog ever since I have started using it. I rank on the first page of Google now for many of my keywords due to it. Get 20% off with this code: KSDISC.
Pinterest Scheduling – Tailwind
Like I said before, Pinterest is my second highest source of traffic. Since we need a mix of manual and automatic pinning to succeed on Pinterest, Tailwind has been crucial in automating my Pinterest strategy.
Template Designs – Canva
I use Canva to do all my template designs and it has been crucial for the creation of Pins, doing general template designs specific to each of my Social Media channels and so much more.
Photo Editing – Adobe Creative Cloud
I have recently started using Lightroom for editing my images. I am still experimenting when it comes to editing but I am definitely loving the newly processed images.
It is important to have a strong follower base on Social media to succeed as a travel blogger in the industry. I have over 60,000+ followers across all Social Media channels.
Facebook – 4000+ Followers
Facebook is definitely one of my favorite social media platforms even though it is not my strongest. I love it for the fact that it helps make so many meaningful connections.
Instagram – 17500+ Followers
I have a love and hate relationship with Instagram. I love sharing my photos and stories on Instagram but I hate the fact that it is so difficult to grow on this platform.
I love my blog and I get my highest number of followers/readers from this channel every month. Most of my traffic is from Google organic search.
I have a tiny youtube channel and I am not very regular when it comes to uploading videos on a frequent basis. Hopefully, this year, all of it will change.
My Favorite Affiliate Partners
Most of the income generated by the website is from passive income from Sponsored content and Affiliate marketing. This guide on what passive income is perfect for anyone who is just starting out with passive income on their blog. I use various Affiliate partners across various mediums and I make a commission if you purchase using my links. Find some of my favorite affiliate partners below.
Accommodation Affiliate Partners
I use a combination of the below three accommodation partners on my website. Booking is definitely what I use followed by TripAdvisor. I use HotelsCombined sparingly across based on the various locations.
- Booking – I personally use Booking when it comes to booking most of my accommodations when I am travelling.
- TripAdvisor: When it comes to reviews, TripAdvisor is my go-to resource.
- HotelsCombined: I use this very sparingly myself but they are extremely popular in some of the locations.
Tour Affiliate Partners
Getyourguide is one of my favorite affiliate partners and I personally use them all the time when I am travelling. They have some awesome tours and I find them convenient when I am travelling solo. I also use Viator
Rental Cars Affiliate Partners
Again, these two are the ones I use interchangeably. I drive a lot and sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect car for you.
My Favorite Travel Blogging Groups and Websites
Most people don’t realise this. But your fellow bloggers are sometimes your favorite resources when it comes to getting blogging related information. There are tons of websites and Fb groups that can be a landmine of information if you know where to look for it. Some of my favorites are:
How to Contact Me
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I have worked with countless travel brands, DMO’s and tourism boards over the past few years and I have a proven track record when it comes to working with brands.
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