10 eCourse Ideas for Travel Bloggers

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What is a travel blog?

I know you came looking for eCourse ideas for travel bloggers and I will get to them but I want to discuss a few things about travel blogs in general.  If you can’t wait, the ideas are listed below.

Ask 10 travel bloggers that question and you’re likely to get 10 different answers.  That’s because it all depends on the bloggers unique point of view.

It could be a travel diary of places the blogger visits, or it could be a very detailed guide on specific destinations such as where to stay, when and what to see, and where to eat and more.

It could also be a photo journal that puts the viewer right there along with the blogger.

One thing for sure, a travel blog is more of a lifestyle blog written and photographed through the lens of a person that enjoys travel.

A travel blog is the first choice of consumers that are researching domestic and international destinations for recreation and for business.  As such, they usually outrank other forms of lifestyle blogs.

Travel is something most people are interested in which is why most lifestyle blogs have a travel category.

How do I get traffic to my travel blog?

Ah… that’s the question ALL bloggers ask and the easy answer is to diversify your efforts.  You will need fresh travel related content on your blog, you will also need to grow your social media accounts, write guest posts on other travel blogs, run contests, but one thing a travel blogger can do to really drive traffic is to get an article featured in a feature magazine.

Travel writing is huge and magazines are always on the hunt for fresh perspectives. Getting featured is just part of the total equation because if you don’t have relevant and fresh content on your blog it’s not going to help you much.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Google will probably be your main source of traffic but only if you write useful and attractive content. Write lists (10 must things to do in Shanghai, 5 day itinerary in Aruba, 12 best restaurants in San Francisco) and really useful posts (Half off car rental codes, 5 star hotel negotiation for a 3 star price, Travel hack your way into first class for the price of coach.) Also, do your keyword research for each post to maximize your ranking in the search engines.
  • Social media is an ever evolving experiment. What works well on Facebook may not work as well on Google+.  Images on Pinterest may not be as popular if used on Twitter.  Headlines are super important for Stumble Upon and Reddit.  There is no magic bullet but there must be a daily effort to reach out on each of the social platforms.
  • Guest posting on other travel blogs that have a higher ranking and social reach than your own is a great way to siphon some traffic back to your blog. Allowing lower ranking travel blogs with a growing social network to guest post on your blog is also a good way to reach new traffic sources.
  • Run a contest through Traffic Copter or Gleam. Giveaway a travel related product such as travel cushions, luggage scale, or a pair of noise canceling headphones.  Any product valued between $25 and $100.  The higher the value the longer you run the contest.  Don’t use gift cards as the prize because then you attract people that may or may not be interested in travel issues.  You want to target people interested in travel.
  • Travel writing for a feature magazine is a great way to get noticed by avid travelers. Being featured in a magazine establishes a sense of authority and trust which puts your blog on the fast track for traffic.

How do I monetize my travel blog?

This is probably the second most asked question from those starting a travel blog but the answer is the same for most other blogs.  Build trust and great content first so your posts can be found naturally in the search engines.

While you’re waiting on the organic traffic to build, you should also start building your email list.  Even a small list and be beneficial but of course the larger it is the more opportunities you have to market to your list.

Find affiliate merchants that have products you would recommend.  Travel Sites and Auto Rental Sites can be good but a better place to start is with Amazon who has just about any product you can think of.  Other affiliate programs you might want to consider are booking.com, tripadvisor.com and Agoda.

You could also buy and sell direct ad space.  Selling takes time for you to build up a reasonable amount of monthly traffic.  There is no set limit but in my experience it isn’t worth the effort until you can maintain at least 250 unique visits per day.  Buying ad space on other sites is a bit tricky and may take some experimenting.  I’ve purchased a direct ad space on a site that was getting 80,000 page views per day and one on a site that was getting 2000 views per day.  In the 2 weeks that I ran that experiment, I received 12 clicks from the higher traffic site and 48 clicks from the lower traffic site.  My mistake was in not selecting the site with the better social engagement.

Two more ways to monetize your blog is with an eBook and with an eCourse.  An eBook can be used as a giveaway enticement to join your list but it could also contain some affiliate links which will bring in some revenue.  An eCourse can either be paid for or free.  The paid for option will bring in the most revenue if you correctly market it.  A free eCourse can also be an enticement to join your list and also contain affiliate links that will bring in some revenue.

And now what you came her for:

10 eCourse Ideas for Travel Bloggers

  1. How to become a travel hacker
  2. How to prepare for international travel
  3. How to get the most out of a staycation
  4. How to become a Travel Agent
  5. How to become a travel Guide
  6. How to get the most out of solo travel
  7. How to set up and monetize a Travel Blog
  8. How to become a travel photographer
  9. How to become a travel Youtuber or Videographer
  10. How to become a travel foodie or food critic

I hope you can find some use of these ecourse ideas as well as the information I talked about to grow your traffic and monetize your blogs.

If you have anything you would like to add the please do so in the comments below.

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  • Amanda Rae McMullen

    These are some great tips for ecourse ideas. I also enjoyed that you outlined what a travel blogger is, thanks!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thanks, hope it helps.

  • Ang

    Yes! So many good reasons to start an ecourse for travel bloggers. I love the tips on getting traffic. It’s something we could all use a little more of!!!

    • e-coursesxyz

      It sure is.. Unique and relevant content along with guest posting art the best for traffic.

  • Robin Rue

    Those all sound like great ecourses for travel bloggers. I am going to check a few of these out.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Hope you find one you like.

  • Sara Normand

    I definitely need to put some thought into a course that I can offer. Affiliate marketing hasn’t worked so well for me, but I just started two months ago, so I think this is something that takes time!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Yea, affiliate marketing takes time unless you’re willing to put some paid advertising in. Organic ways to earn come best through an ecourse or some type of giveaway.

  • tara pittman

    Thanks for the tips on getting more traffic. I can always use more traffic.

    • e-coursesxyz

      🙂 Can’t we all…

  • I want to learn all of the above topics myself especially “How to become a travel foodie or food critic”. This post is so amazing and informative for someone who want to start making money blogging!

    xo,
    Molly
    http://www.allaboutgoodvibes.com

    • e-coursesxyz

      Yes that would be a great goal for me as well… to travel the world and eat for free… 🙂

  • That is so kind of you to lay all of this out in an easy to understand and take action on way!
    I know this is going to be helpful to so many bloggers!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Useful and relevant content is the key to forming trust and community within a blog… I hope I’m achieving that with these lists and advice.

  • Megan

    I’m so glad you created this list! My brother is college aged and loves to travel, I was telling him being a travel blogger would be a perfect fit for him. I just passed this along to him!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thanks… tell him that video travel vlogs are killing it too but if bloggin is his choice, a Youtube channel can really drive in the traffic.

  • Borei Design

    I love travel and wondered what it would be like to have a travel blog but would have no idea where to start. This is a really neat resource! 🙂

    • e-coursesxyz

      If I had the time to commit to travel then that would be my choice for blogging.

  • Emma Oxley

    Im at the point where I’m trying to monetise my Travel Blog so that would seem like the obvious one for me – I’m sure it would be so helpful. Some really great resources here!

    • e-coursesxyz

      I’ve seen a lot of great recipes and restaurant reviews on your site… creating an ecourse on how to be a food critic would fit well with your blog.

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    This is a great post for me. I am just now starting to take my blog to the traveling realm. Now that my kids are older and I have time, we are really reaching out to companies. I need to take some of these ecourses for sure.

    • e-coursesxyz

      You could but my intent was to help travel bloggers come up with ideas to create their own ecourses… of course some of these ideas are courses I would take as well.

  • Brandi Kennedy

    I’ve never done much traveling before (yet, anyway), but I liked that you took time to show the variations in what a “travel blog” is – I guess the label varies as much as those within the niche itself!

    • e-coursesxyz

      It sure does, very similar to a lifestyle or mommy/daddy blogger. Each blogger has their unique point of view.

      • Brandi Kennedy

        So true!

  • Emely Roman

    Oh wow this is really good information. I am interested in knowing around how much did you pay for exposure on that very popular website.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Actually I paid around $85 for a 2 week run on the larger site and about $30 on the smaller site. Everyone that sells direct ad space has their own pricing. I would verify their traffic claims as well as visually see their social reach by going to each of their listed networks. Of course, I had something to sell on the site I was buying traffic for so luckily for me I came out ahead.

  • This was a very impressive post that can benefit a lot of readers and bloggers as well. Thanks for the e-course list that I can choose from whenever I wanted to learn more of the travel blog.

    • e-coursesxyz

      You’re welcome and thank you.

  • KokosSecrets

    I actually was looking for something like this so Since I’m starting to travel and blogging on a few months

    • e-coursesxyz

      Awesome… hope this helps.

  • Nay

    I’m not a travel blogger but these look like interesting tips especially as the tip about driving traffic to blogs will apply to lots of us.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thanks, I think a lot of the tips are universal for bloggers.

  • alicia nicole 💋 ✨

    I don’t have a travel blog but some of these tips can apply to other niches as well. Thanks for such a complete, comprehensive write-up!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you.

  • Those are amazing e-course ideas. I am not a travel blogger, I focus on food, but I could definitely write one on how to start a food blog!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Absolutely that would help a lot of would be food bloggers.

  • Nazy Nazy

    woww these are such useful tips .I am new to this blogging thing and right now my target is guest blogging.I wish i could get a request for guest blogging

    • e-coursesxyz

      Work on that pitch and the opportunities will come.

  • JustOneMommysOpinion

    Very cool tips! I do not a travel blog, I have a lifestyle blog, but much of these things can relate to that as well!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Yes they will because many lifestyle blogs have a travel category.

  • Lisa Rios

    I don’t have a travel blog, but my sister is interested in having one. She would love this info. Thanks!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Awesome… thanks.

  • Interesting ideas on monetizing blogs. Your Ecourses sound useful too. Everyone loves “how to’s”

    • e-coursesxyz

      They sure do… most people like to learn new ideas and tips.

  • jennifer reyes

    Love these ideas! These are very helpful for those who plan to start a travel blog. Awesome!

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you.

  • Eileen Mendoza Loya

    Thanks for the information you shared in this post. I have a travel blog and I enjoy writing about my experiences. I will heed some of your advice so I can make my travel blog more successful!

    • e-coursesxyz

      That’s great.. I hope it does well.

  • These are super great tips! I think it is always important to better yourself and your brand, so ecourses are a great option!

    • e-coursesxyz

      So many benefits come with an ecourse.

  • Nellwyn

    This is great advice! I’d love to create an e-course for my blog one day but it’s hard to know where to start and what types of material will interest people. You’ve got some great ideas here!

    • e-coursesxyz

      I have a free mini course on how to create an ecourse. It’s can be found in the tab at the top of the page.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    So much great advice here. I love the idea of e-courses, and think they’re so helpful.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Me too, I’m always looking for a good ecourse

  • Brilliant post with some great advice. And those e course ideas are fantastic.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you.

  • Jacqui Odell

    I have a friend who has been wanting to start a travel blog. I will share this list with her.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Awesome, thanks.

  • Michelle Kneece Waller

    I am going to share this with my friend. She is looking to start a travel blog.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Thank you.

  • This is such a great tips! I might need this as reference when I’m doing a travelling content this summer. Thanks.

    • e-coursesxyz

      Cool, thank you.

  • sauumye

    This is awesome!! I just started the travel section of my blog, so these are just perfect for me.

  • Athena Nagel

    Very informative post. I was wondering how a travel blogger could keep coming up with ideas.

  • Emily Moon

    Thank you for the great information. I’ve always wanted to add a travel portion to my blog and this might be a good place to start.

  • Ruth I.

    This is really helpful and informative. I have now a wider knowledge of travel blog. I am not a blogger but I enjoy reading blogs 🙂

  • Hannah Marie

    Yay! It’s my dream to be a travel blogger. This gave me so much idea about it. thank you for your informative post 🙂

  • Dhemz Apdian – Dias

    wow, these ideas are very helpful. I would like to apply some of these tips for my travel blog. Thanks for sharing!
    www,gregdemcydias.com

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Oooo so many great resources for travel bloggers! I will have to look into some of these

  • So many great resources and tip for travel bloggers! Wish I would have known some of these before I converted my blog over!

  • Claire Santiago

    I have been wanting to put up a travel blog but don’t know how to start a good one. Thanks for sharing this, now I have some ideas in mind…