What is DA (Domain Authority) and How Do I Increase It?

We’ve all been there, we log into MOZ monthly  --- ok, if we’re being honest, hourly --- to see if our DA, or Domain Authority, has increased only to be disappointed when the number hasn’t changed in months. In fact, it is pretty common to have your DA sit...

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As the seasons are changing and everyone is thinking about Christmas, one thing springs to mind: Christmas markets in Europe! We asked members of the FTB Community to tell us which they think are the best Christmas markets in Europe. Read on for plenty of Christmas...
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To help you reach your travel blogging goals, we’ve created this list of the most frequently asked blogging questions from readers and members. The information shared is a combination of best practices and personal experience through blogging from both members and admin. If you have a question that we didn’t cover here, send us an email.

How do I get more traffic to my blog?

Generating blog traffic is a full-time blog task, something you need to consider from the minute you begin writing a new post to well after you hit Publish. Consistency in publishing, SEO, social media, and searching out new audiences are all areas you need to dedicate time to understanding. Read more about SEO here.

How do I get motivated to write when I haven’t posted for months?

The first step in motivating yourself to write for your blog is to ask yourself what exactly is demotivating you. Sometimes it’s a matter of changing or fixing a problem or situation that makes blogging odious for you. Remove any and all writing obstacles and then jot down a list of post ideas you are excited to write- not the ones you think you need on the blog. Start there, with the fun stuff and then work to create an editorial calendar and blogging consistency. Read on for more writing help

Should I accept guest posts on my blog? Write guest posts for other blogs?

Yes, it is a good idea to both write and accept guest blog posts. It’s great for traffic, adds new information that you might not be able to share yourself, and it can lead to new readers from an entirely different audience that you haven’t yet reached.

What is bounce rate and how do I improve it?

Bounce rate will indicate how long readers stay on your site. The lower the rate, the better. Bounce rate really comes down to your content and how you present it. Readers are more likely to click out of a site with low readability, that is slow to load, or that they aren’t as familiar with. In general, building trust with readers, suggesting other blog posts for them to read, and writing a great post, to begin with, will all help with bounce rate. An average bounce rate for travel blogs is about 85%. Read the section on bounce rate in this post for more tips.

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We have had a great experience with Siteground.

What’s the best theme for my blog?

The best blog themes are responsive, look great, work for the type of content you are creating, offer tons of customization, and are easy to use. But that’s not all, there is a lot that comes into play when choosing a blog theme. We discuss what you should consider when choosing a blog theme in detail here.

How do I resize images for my blog?

There are several ways you can quickly resize images for your blog. We list a few options and then further steps you can take to optimize your photos here.

How can I monetize my blog?

Affiliate marketing and ad revenue are two of the most common ways to monetize your blog. Creating sellables and services via your blog, are also great money makers. This post is filled with tips for getting started in affiliate marketing.

Do I need to start a blog newsletter?

A blog newsletter is one of the best ways for you to reach your audience, and audience that you already know is interested in reading what you have to say. Growing your email list is one of the best ways to guarantee consistent readership, and it is the one list of followers that you actually own so investing time in creating a newsletter is smart.

How do I get readers to subscribe to my newsletter?

Make it as easy and quick as possible for readers to sign up for your newsletter as possible. Create a subscription box that will appear on every post you publish, ask readers to sign up when they reach the end of your post, and consider offering a freebie to new subscribers.

Do I need to be active on every social media platform?

Not every social media platform provides value to every blog or blogger. Find those that you are best able to manage, provide the best traffic and engagement for your blog and style, and then dedicate your time and energy to creating an engaged following on those platforms. Excelling in a couple platforms is better than badly managing as many as possible.

How do I get people to follow me on social media?

Building a following on each social media platform depends on different things that are unique to each platform. But, overall, consistency is key on each and every platform. Make sure you are sharing relevant content regularly, and take the time to engage with your followers if you expect them to engage with you.

What is the best social media platform for travel bloggers?

Again, this depends on your blog and the travel content you offer. If photographs are a huge part of your blog and you excel at photography, Instagram is a great choice to generate followers, engage your audience and even earn money. If however, you really want to focus on driving more traffic to your blog, Pinterest is a great platform to do that and you can also show off your photography and digital skills.

What is a DA and How do I Grow It?

Your DA refers to your domain authority. It was something created by MOZ to predict the elements that Google and other search engines rank your site. While many bloggers think the only way to grow your DA is by link swapping, there are in reality 200+ things that go into making your DA grow. These are all the SEO elements such as how old your site is (older sits have a better DA naturally), keywords, on and off page optimization, meta descriptions, site speed and much much more. If you’re struggling to grow your DA on MOZ, don’t worry too much. Most bloggers get stuck around the mid 20s and you should invest your time creating optimized quality content and getting that published and ranking to bring your traffic.

Who do you guys recommend for hosting?

We have had a great experience with Siteground.

What’s the best theme for my blog?

The best blog themes are responsive, look great, work for the type of content you are creating, offer tons of customization, and are easy to use. But that’s not all, there is a lot that comes into play when choosing a blog theme. We discuss what you should consider when choosing a blog theme in detail here.

How do I resize images for my blog?

There are several ways you can quickly resize images for your blog. We list a few options and then further steps you can take to optimize your photos here. We suggest always resizing images prior to uploading them to WordPress and to make sure they are the size your theme will show them at.

How can I monetize my blog?

Affiliate marketing and ad revenue are two of the most common ways to monetize your blog. Creating sellables and services via your blog, are also great money makers. This post is filled with tips for getting started in affiliate marketing.

Do I need to start a blog newsletter?

A blog newsletter is one of the best ways for you to reach your audience, and audience that you already know is interested in reading what you have to say. Growing your email list is one of the best ways to guarantee consistent readership, and it is the one list of followers that you actually own so investing time in creating a newsletter is smart.

How do I get readers to subscribe to my newsletter?

Make it as easy and quick as possible for readers to sign up for your newsletter as possible. Create a subscription box that will appear on every post you publish, ask readers to sign up when they reach the end of your post, and consider offering a freebie to new subscribers.

Do I need to be active on every social media platform?

Not every social media platform provides value to every blog or blogger. Find those that you are best able to manage, provide the best traffic and engagement for your blog and style, and then dedicate your time and energy to creating an engaged following on those platforms. Excelling in a couple platforms is better than badly managing as many as possible.

How do I get people to follow me on social media?

Building a following on each social media platform depends on different things that are unique to each platform. But, overall, consistency is key on each and every platform. Make sure you are sharing relevant content regularly, and take the time to engage with your followers if you expect them to engage with you.

What is the best social media platform for travel bloggers?

Again, this depends on your blog and the travel content you offer. If photographs are a huge part of your blog and you excel at photography, Instagram is a great choice to generate followers, engage your audience and even earn money. If however, you really want to focus on driving more traffic to your blog, Pinterest is a great platform to do that and you can also show off your photography and digital skills.

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