Travel Hubs

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  1. TedWritesStuff profile image83
    TedWritesStuffposted 3 years ago

    Hi Y'all ;-)

    I love travelling and writing about travel...and yes like everyone else I have a travel blog. My question is, has anyone had any success writing about travel on HP. I have written one or two hubs on travel and the traffic just hasn't been there.

    I am off again soon and Burma is one of my destinations. I am weighing up whether to go to all the trouble of setting up a bespoke website to document every aspect of my journey (hopefully to show how exciting and easy travel to Burma (Myanmar) is) or putting together a detailed hub on the subject.

    Any input or guidance in making a successful travel hub would be greatly appreciated!

    Happy New Year all

    Ted

    1. makingamark profile image65
      makingamarkposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Why not just write something for yourself which documents your journey and worry about how you can make use of the content when you get back?

      Otherwise you might lose the point of travel - which is to enjoy the experience of being there!

    2. Writer Fox profile image52
      Writer Foxposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Travel is a hot topic for Internet searches.  The Hub you are describing might do very well because there is little competition on the HP site.  Check out the competition on this site and make sure that your Hub will include exceptional and more comprehensive information than the Hubs already mentioning Myanmar and/or Burma:
      http://goo.gl/fZVIlP

      http://goo.gl/4gs4tQ

    3. peachpurple profile image81
      peachpurpleposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      happy new year! I don't see much info on the travel hubs. Can you write your experience, your feelings about your travel? For example you are going to burma, take pictures, write your first day there, what you see, the people, their culture, their food, places to visit. I would love to read that.

    4. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Ted,

      We do have a number of successful travel writers on HubPages, and it is definitely possible to make money within this niche. There are two important things to keep in mind:

      1. The more unique your travel articles, the more likely you are to rank higher on Google. Consider offering travel tips from an angle that others might not have thought of (i.e. "Traveling Myanmar Alone" or "How to Get Around in Myanmar" or "Do I Have to Tip in Myanmar? When and How Much to Tip in Myanmar/Burma").

      2. Getting traffic to an article can take time. Often it will take at least a year (and sometimes longer) for an article to gain traffic and become successful. Think of writing on HubPages as a long-term investment, rather than a way to earn from your travel content right away.

      Hope that helps, and best of luck!

  2. aesta1 profile image90
    aesta1posted 3 years ago

    I think you should write your experience and make sure you do some keyword search as travel articles need to compete with the big travel sites and many people write about their travel. Still, your experience when well written will continue to get traffic. You can also join travel bloggers groups to share your travel blogs.

  3. TedWritesStuff profile image83
    TedWritesStuffposted 3 years ago

    hello all again..

    firstly ..thank you to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my query. I know it's not the first time that someone has asked this question and I have read all the answers to queries over the last few years.. they all made for depressing reading with no one really able to get sustained traffic to any of their travel tales.

    Just in case anyone takes the time to add to my already greatly appreciated responders, here's a little bit more background..I have been travel blogging for the last 5 years.. with limited success... I have my own sites and am an active member of many blogger communities.. I have pintrest, twitter, facebook pages.. I have done guest posts on other sites as well as being an active and insightful commentator on others travel blogs. I have a youtube channel that has travel videos...all the while I make more in a day on one of my hubs and get more views than I get for all of that...

    Hence why I asked if anyone was having any success at HP with travel... I have written a couple of hubs about small travel experiences, but so far to no avail...

    I guess whilst not hoping to find the holy grail..or have it handed to me.. I wanted to know if HP is an appropriate forum for travel related stories...because I have in the past invested a lot of time and effort for a very limited readership...

    After 5 years I am starting to wonder if I am just living in a fools paradise believing that writing about my travel experiences (which relate to more than 80 countries and are backed up by over 10,000 photos) is actually a viable way to share my stories and generate maybe just a few pennies to fund further more exotic travel ;-)...

    I have read many stories claiming it's possible, yet when I research these tales it seems like most travel bloggers who make money, make it by selling the dream to aspiring bloggers...

    anyway..enough from me...

    hope I have made my efforts clearer and maybe someone will be kind enough to share their travel story experiences..

    thanks again
    Ted

  4. makingamark profile image65
    makingamarkposted 3 years ago

    Ted - I think you might possibly be subscribing to the "build it and they will come" way of thinking.  It doesn't work - period.

    Travel is like any other niche topic on the internet.

    To get noticed by Google you first have to build some traffic and to do that you need to associate yourself with other people who are interested in the same things as you are.

    Belonging to communities is not enough. If you're not actively networking (and by that i don't mean building sites or listing your site on the same directory site as other people) e.g. by commenting then you probably aren't investing enough time and effort on gaining some traction

    Once you've got some traction then the quality of content can kick in and you can build a better profile - but Google ignores the sites that everybody else ignores.......

  5. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 3 years ago

    If you want some tips from a great travel writer here on HP, read some of Bill's travel hubs.  They are so interesting and full of real life experiences, helpful travel tips and gorgeous photos.  His writing takes you to the destination and makes you wish you were there.

    In your Cesky Krumlow hub, I would enlarge some of the photos and use a lot of descriptive, engaging content.  I would have never heard of this city if I hadn't read The Bloodletter's Daughter which is the story of the mad Haspburg prince who was banished to the castle.  It looks like a beautiful, enchanting destination rich with history.

 
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