Even before the Google changes, I never really saw very much traffic to my travel hubs, so I didn't write any more travel hubs. Because of this, I stopped writing altogether... because I LOVE writing about travel.
What are some types of travel hubs I could write that would attract an audience?
You could check out my hub which will lead you to where a travel site is going to happen as soon as we get enough writers together in one place - to save me emailing you
Travel is a difficult nut to crack, in my own experience it is very much about choosing the right keywords. Think about what a traveler might want to know, and what they might search for.
I agree that travel may not be a productive topic for hubpages, but it most certainly can be productive on a blog or portal type site.
Have you considered starting an owned travel portal or blog?
If you are not quite ready for that, a blogspot blog might be a possible solution.
Blogger has some really nice features built in that make it easy to monetize a blog.
Travel hubs will not make you much money, I know from experience, you could try being more specific if you intend continuing with this niche. Try cheap accommodation on the outskirts of Mumbai or places to eat for less than $5 in central Mumbai, or 5 places not to be missed in Mumbai after dark.
My girlfriend wrote a bunch of travel stuff for a website and the site's travel section ended up being #1 in Technorati for a while. She was writing travel guides for specific places.
Do you write about travel that you are actually doing or do you just write Hubs that talk about traveling? I find the two perform quite differently.
Interesting venture. However, I am particularly interested in finding travel related types of topics that would allow me to write about my interests (here on HubPages) while garnering me some traffic. Any ideas?
Melbel please do not leave. I am an avid writer of travel related Hubs and have seen an increase on my views. Understanding that certain area will have more travel during certain times of the year, while others wont. I have figured that writing about one city hurts more on traffic then writing about a certain part of a city.
Sorry to say that my travel hubs do not do very well at all.
I think it also helps if they are destinations that people search. It helps to have personal knowledge and experience to share instead of a simple write up of places to see. I think people enjoy reading about interactions, and not simply facts about a location. The personal touch adds a touch of excitement and curiosity.
I also like writing travel hubs about places I know. I do get a constant small stream of traffic to them. I had a look at your Mumbai hub and it is great and full of information, however I'm not sure you are on top of the keywords and tags - for example I searched your hub for 'visit mumbai' and I only found it in the comments, then tried 'holiday in mumbai' plus a few similar things and didn't find them so maybe a few more common phrases and keywords need to be added in to the text and the tags.
I am no expert but those were just my thoughts on that one!
Great tips. This is very useful for me too. thanks, Azure.
Nah, my keyword for that one is in the title AND url, it just isn't "visit" Mumbai, it's "things to do in mumbai." I chose something long-tail and easier to topple because backlinking is not my favorite sport, lol.
I think I may have to just find a better niche.
I do get some traffic to those hubs, but just not as much as I do to hubs about other things. Maybe I'll just focus on these other things.
The problem with travel is that it is such a wide topic and so much information out there with permanently high traffic between it all. For instance - If you write about a specific place like Mumbai, you are in competition with the official local guides from government,local operators, etc - then every travel agency online will list it with their own blurb and links to the good stuff, then the locals have info that beats yours probably, then every other wannabe . . . .
Travel can work but you need to be in a group to get anywhere so that one of the group gets to the top of some niche keyword with their own additions to it. IE Backpacking travel will find (say) 10,000 sites from 1,000,000 travel sites - cheap accomodation for backpackers could hit maybe 100 - but on your own you are at the bottom of that 100, with 100 cheap backpacking accomodation articles all linked together it becomes a viable source of info. This should push the individual articles for cheap baackpacking accomodation - in Mumbai toward the top of the page.
You need a group. My site expects you to stay on Hubpages, carry on exactly the same with your earnings here, just work together with others in niche areas like travel with the chance of extra affiliate earnings from the site.
Fair point melbel about long tail but can you cover all bases by adding more keywords as well? The other tags you have are about places in mumbai that I have never heard of and would be the reason I would read your article but as I hadn't heard of them I wouldn't be searching for them. I don't even know if adding more general keywords would get more traffic but that is a good article with original content about a place that must have a lot of visitors so I'm sure the traffic potential is there.
I find that hubs I have written about specific places such as African Lion Safari and Centerville Amusement Park do okay.
I have a travel hub about what happens when you run out of money and another about camping checklists, including items that aren't really thought of that often and I am the same...I have trouble cracking the code too :p
I think with some topics you have to take yourself out of the "guide" mentality and put yourself directly into the story which is far easier when you have actually done it
Travel is a lucrative topic, but algorithms note that less people are interested in traveling, especially far away. They are trying to look for ways to save on travel, like going on staycations. Perhaps you should tap in the budget travel niche - maybe this would help.
I think so. When I read travel articles, I enjoy reading those that the author has experienced. Otherwise, it's more of a review, which is fine if you're writing for a travel site. But even those can be quite boring to read if they're just listing destinations, etc.
I have the same serious doubt in my mind right now.
I joined HubPages thinking it would be a lovely place to record in black and white my love for travelling and share with a lot of users who have a similar interest.
But, very soon the idea of generating traffic and making money came to my mind.
So now, I intend to do both. Keep writing about travel for myself and publish it for a limited niche audience who appreciate exotic locations and also write about more useful yet less written topics on web.
Travel is part of an industry, recreation, entertainment, vacation, tourism. Add these to your tags even if 'G' don't need them, it helps HP find suitable ads. Advertisers represent a business, we just have to figure out, which ones and hopefully have them drooling to place ads on your site.
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