How to Set up RV Travel Blog and Share Your RV Trips
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Are you looking to set up an RV travel blog to share with your family and friends? Since writing about RV Living for the last 5+ years, I get asked all the time how to set up an RV travel blog.
Many of you just want a site to share with your family and friends and to find your place on the web. Some of you are even looking to set up a travel blog to earn a little money.
Every full time RV’er that shared their tips on getting on the road have their own blog as well.
I help people do this every day and decided to outline the steps you can take to get your website up and running.
The great thing about this is it can be for:
- your motorhome/RV blog
- your new business venture
- any website that you’ve been wanting to create.
Why Create Your Own Website
- It’s Your Site
The biggest reason is you need to create your OWN site. Facebook changes it’s rules all the time and if you build your whole traveling blog on their site, they could one day just shut it down and there’s nothing you could do. They also share in their terms of service that anything up upload to Facebook is their property.One thing they did a few years ago to several people with Facebook pages is they stopped showing posts to people and encouraged you to pay to “boost” your post.I like having complete control over my own site that no other business can decide to shut it down on me.
- If you do monetize it, you have more options/ When it’s your site, you choose how to make money with it. So many options from ads, to affiliate marketing, to selling your own physical or digital products. No one else has a say in your site.
Are you ready to set up your travel blog? Here are the easy steps to get started
- Decide Your Domain Name
The first thing you want to do is to decide what you’re going to call your website. Mine is rvlivingnow.com because we wanted to start living and traveling in an RV now, not after we retired.Choosing a domain name can actually be a little difficult since most of the best website addresses out there have already been taken. You can use sites like Panabee to help pick out a name if the one you want is already taken.This can be a fun process, but be careful.
After you get your first web address, you’ll start coming up with great site ideas and then you’ll start collecting them. I think I’m down to 7, but for a while I had over 15 domains of ideas that I came up with.
- Set Up Your Hosting
Once you’ve figured out the name you want and made sure it’s available, you need to set up a hosting account.A hosting account is basically the house where all your website files, data, and images are kept. Every website needs hosting and it doesn’t cost very much to set up.I recommend using Bluehost for your hosting. [Full Disclosure: As an affiliate, I receive compensation if you purchase through this link.]If you have ideas for multiple websites, then splurge for the Plus account since you’ll be able to add unlimited sites to your account.The great thing about hosting is you can also set up your own email account with your site. I have christina at rvlivingnow.com because I’ve set up my hosting account to do that.
- Install WordPress
Once you’ve set up hosting, then you’ll want to install WordPress. This is what will create your website and it takes less than 5 minutes to set up. After you set it up, you can also choose a theme for your website and add plugins that are like little apps for your website that help it do more for you.
- Add a Theme
WordPress is a great, free way to set up your website and they have several thousands of themes that you can use to set up your site and make it look like you want. The best part is you don’t need to hire a designer to get started.
- Start Writing
I started the site before we got on the road and maybe you’ll want to do that to. Since making the move to this way of life can take a while, some people like to start writing about the whole process before getting on the road. It’s a way to keep people up to date. It also motivates you to keep at the process.
- Share with Friends and Family
Once you’ve set it all up and started writing about it, now’s the time to share it with all your friends and family.
Start your blog now and start writing about your journey.