Benefits Of Hosting & Contributing To Collaborative Blog Posts

Collab posts can be beneficial for both bloggers taking part and the bloggers hosting them. They are a great way to get content out there to a different audience as well as earn karma points for collaborating and networking! If you're unsure what the...

What Is Perlu Influencer Network and Why Travel Bloggers Should Be Using It

Female Travel Bloggers is thrilled to become the Travel Blogging advisor for Perlu - an influencer network. We've been poking around on the site for a few weeks and we are loving the experience so far. Perlu is an innovative professional network for...

Are Followers Important on Pinterest?

Followers on Pinterest! What everyone wants, but everyone struggles to gain. Followers used to be very important on Pinterest when they prioritized pins from people you follow in your feed. Pinterest has been putting the emphasis on ALL pins across...

Best National Parks in the United States

National Parks have a long history in the United States and special meaning to many Americans. Before air travel was overwhelmingly popular people in the U.S. would load their families up and go on a road trip to see the natural beauty close to home. The...

How to Use Tailwind Tribes For Your Travel Blog

If you’re reading this post, you probably already have some idea of what Tailwind tribes are, but if you don’t, we will catch you up to speed. Tailwind tribes are a great feature that work similarly to group boards on Pinterest, except they encourage...
    • About FTB

      Want to find out more about how FTB started and our mission to support, educate and connect Female Travel Bloggers? This is the place! 

    • Meet The Team

      Want to find out more about the ladies behind FTB? You're in luck, come and get to know us!

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      Knowing which web hosting provider or social media tool to use can be daunting. And with so many courses out there to choose from, who knows where to start! We have put together a list of services, tools, and courses that we think are the best of the best to help you get started. 

    • SEO

      SEO is the Holy Grail for many bloggers and business owners alike. Our resources will not only help you get started with the basics but also to consistently increase your traffic.

    • Basic Keyword Research and Ranking Strategies

      Basic Keyword Research and Ranking Strategies

      Keyword research is time-consuming. Implementing a strong keyword strategy from start to finish in order to rank competitively can take hours and involves a combination of independent research and utilizing a keyword research tool. Having a solid basic...

      15 Common SEO Mistakes and How To Avoid or Fix Them

      15 Common SEO Mistakes and How To Avoid or Fix Them

      SEO is probably one of the most mysterious aspects of travel blogging. A lot of guides out there focus on what you can do to improve your SEO game, but they often don’t highlight what you are doing wrong making it hard to target problem areas to fix them....

    • Social Media

      With ever-changing algorithms, social media can be a never-ending mystery. Our resources are aimed at using the powers of being social without wanting to tear your hair out!

    • Are Followers Important on Pinterest?

      Are Followers Important on Pinterest?

      Followers on Pinterest! What everyone wants, but everyone struggles to gain. Followers used to be very important on Pinterest when they prioritized pins from people you follow in your feed. Pinterest has been putting the emphasis on ALL pins across...

      How to Use Tailwind Tribes For Your Travel Blog

      How to Use Tailwind Tribes For Your Travel Blog

      If you’re reading this post, you probably already have some idea of what Tailwind tribes are, but if you don’t, we will catch you up to speed. Tailwind tribes are a great feature that work similarly to group boards on Pinterest, except they encourage...

      How to Set Up Your Tailwind Account

      How to Set Up Your Tailwind Account

      So you decided to try out Tailwind to help increase traffic to your blog from Pinterest? Congrats! We adore Tailwind and the way it allows you to streamline your Pinterest strategy. If you know me, you know how much I love efficient processes and data, and...

      How to Create a Board List on Tailwind

      How to Create a Board List on Tailwind

      If you’re reading this post, you probably have a little bit of an idea what Tailwind is. You know that it’s a great way to save time and optimize your Pinterest account. If you haven't set up your Tailwind account yet, STOP and read this post first. In...

    • Website Development

      Website Development is one of those Marmite aspects of blogging; you either love it or hate it. No matter what you're feelings are, there's no doubt that a great looking and high functioning website increases traffic and all the analytics you need to worry about!

    • What Is A WordPress Child Theme & Do I Need One?

      What Is A WordPress Child Theme & Do I Need One?

      Parent themes. Child themes. Premium themes. If you’ve looked into upgrading to a premium Wordpress theme, chances are you have come across the term child theme. However, when there’s so much to know and learn, it's not surprising it can all be confusing....

      The Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs

      The Best WordPress Plugins For Blogs

      The world of plugins can be a confusing one - there’s so much advice about which ones to use, how many to use and how they impact your site. So, right off the bat let’s set the record straight: as with many things, it’s about quality, not quantity. It's no...

      Is WordPress The Perfect Platform For My Travel Blog?

      Is WordPress The Perfect Platform For My Travel Blog?

      There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to choosing a website building platform: Wix, Sitebuilder, Weebly, Squarespace, Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org to name just the big players. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to know...

      11 Things To Love About The Divi WordPress Theme

      11 Things To Love About The Divi WordPress Theme

      When it comes to Wordpress themes, there are plenty of options to choose from and it can be daunting. In terms of paid themes, there are a few big players: Divi by Elegant Themes, Genesis Framework by StudioPress and Avada by ThemeFusion. We see a ton of posts in the...

    • Collabs

      With so many wonderful women in our community, it's easy to put together great collaborations!

    • Are Followers Important on Pinterest?

      Are Followers Important on Pinterest?

      Followers on Pinterest! What everyone wants, but everyone struggles to gain. Followers used to be very important on Pinterest when they prioritized pins from people you follow in your feed. Pinterest has been putting the emphasis on ALL pins across...

      Best National Parks in the United States

      Best National Parks in the United States

      National Parks have a long history in the United States and special meaning to many Americans. Before air travel was overwhelmingly popular people in the U.S. would load their families up and go on a road trip to see the natural beauty close to home. The...

    • Motivation

      We know how hard it can be to stay motivated! Our resources aim to help keep you healthy, fit, and prepared for your travels and blogging!

    • How To Stay Motivated As A New Travel Blogger

      How To Stay Motivated As A New Travel Blogger

      Wherever you are in your blogging journey, blogging can be hard and I bet there are days you don’t enjoy it and wonder what on earth made you decide to start a blog in the first place! By its very nature, blogging means sharing your heart and soul with the online...

      Ultimate Packing List for moms who travel

      Ultimate Packing List for moms who travel

      We think moms who travel deserve a medal (as do dads!) Not only do they pack for themselves but they also remember all the must-haves for the children too. We asked all the moms who travel in the FTB community to share their favorites, necessities and the...

      Road Trip Essentials for the best road trip

      Road Trip Essentials for the best road trip

      Are you heading on a road trip soon and wondering what to bring? First of all, we’re jealous! Second of all, we have you covered with this awesome packing list of road trip essentials. We put together 10 essentials for a road trip together so you don’t...

  • Blogging FAQs

Blogging FAQs

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.

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.

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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