Have you ever dreamed about traveling the world? I remember reading around the world in eighty days ( written by Jules Verne) when I was eight years old. This book changed my life goals and traveling became my dream.
The idea of traveling the world and getting to know other countries with different cultures and all drove me crazy! I was excited as hell. Just imagine the adventure, challenge, and fun you can have with this experience.
However, as I grew up, I began to realize that it’s not a comfortable and practical task for me. With these economic issues and expensive travel charges, you can only travel the world if you are a millionaire! God, I was disappointed.
Last week I was reading an article about affiliate and Instagram marketing, and suddenly an idea came into my head: what if you could travel the world and make money at the same time?
I suppose many of you had a similar dream to mine when you were young. So, I will show you a way to capture your oldest dream by using Instagram for business!
How to start a travel blog on Instagram?
#1 If you want to start a travel account on Instagram for a living, you need to take it seriously like having a full-time, 24/7 business.
It’s not just about photos and likes. You should consider bringing value to the companies you want to work with, and the value should be marketable and measurable. At first, you should put a lot of energy, time and self-funded traveling before you can make money from it. Like other startups, you have to think of your business as a business from day one!
#2 Research and read, A lot.
You should research a lot about being a traveler and know about other people experiences in this niche. Also, There are a lot of good business and marketing books out there. You shouldn’t reinvent the wheel! Just learn about how other people succeed and copy them!
#3 Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons
This isn’t going to work if you just want to travel for free! Start your blog because you want to share your travel stories and tips with others. Build something lasting that you can be proud of.
#4 Decide how you want to make money from day one
Don’t just think that you will get a bunch of audiences and that will somehow turn into cash for you! You should know your end goal, this way you will create content that will bring you target customers, not only readers.
#5 Find a niche that you really love
Pick a niche that you can naturally write about, without much effort. For example, I like writing about adventure, outdoors and solo female travel. You can find your tribe by going deep into your favorite niche and sticking to it.
Create an Instagram business account for your travel blogging
Now, after choosing your type, you should create your Instagram account and start posting contents.
1- Go to the Instagram login page and sign up a new account.
2- Choose the right username for your account it must be short, easy to remember, unique, relevant to your content, based on your personality and easy to find.
3- Write a good bio for your Instagram account that shows your character, passion and maybe your name! Your bio should be impressive enough to attract people. They should get curious about your future blogs after reading your bio! So they would follow you to read the upcoming content. You can use emojis to light up your bio.
4- You can switch to a business account; this can be helpful because you can have insights and stats of your account so you can find out which one of your posts is getting more engagement and you can choose the travel blogger category for your account, this will make you easier to find.
Tips on travel blogging
#1 Pick a suitable travel blog username:
- Short and easy to remember
Your username should be easy to type and spell, memorable and easy to share. You can use brainstorming method (writing down several words that you think will describe your blog). Food, adventure, culture, nature? What are you going to write about? Who are you and what is your passion? After writing everything down, you can build many usernames by combining these words.
- Don’t use numbers and hyphens
It can be challenging to do so, but it is necessary because you want your username to become famous so it should be easy to find.
#2 Write your first post/ blog.
It can be about anything; you can tell people why are you starting a travel account or you can share a picture of what you’re packing for the upcoming trip, or you can post some highlights of your latest trip.
Just get started.
#3 Create some content for your Instagram
Now it’s time to begin writing for your Instagram travel account; I recommend publishing new posts at least 1-2 times per week. But quality is more important than quantity.
What should I write about?
Try to create excellent and useful posts that have an impact.
- Your blogs should inspire wanderlust but include practical tips too.
- You can share your favorite (or not so favorite) part of a city or a country that you are visiting.
- You can give tips for fun things to do there.
- You can share some of your crazy travel stories.
- Show off beautiful nature images.
- Share a short video tour around the place.
- You can give food recommendations for the people who want to visit there.
Note! You should write about different topics first to find your type (voice) and see what kind of posts bring more engagement to you.
What if I’m not traveling right now?
You can write about your travel plans. Share your ways of saving money for travel or you can share a list of activities that you are willing to try on your trip.
#4 Grow your Instagram followers ( to get more likes, comments)
The more followers your Instagram account gets, the more engagement and traffic you will gain. So the traffic is the key to make money from Instagram.
You can start promoting your account by contacting other users who might be interested in traveling:
Find them by searching travel related hashtags or usernames, go to their profiles, follow them or leave a comment on their latest post. Or just like one or two of their posts. This way they would get curious and check out your account, and if your account were entertaining enough, they would follow you back. Although this can’t be done if you are traveling. You can’t enjoy your trip if you use your phone all the time.
So what should I do?
- You can promote your account by using Instagram ads
- You can use Instagram automation tools to interact with others for you:
– Instagram bots: these platforms can boost your account by interacting with the target users that you choose ( you can target hashtags, username, and locations). It will bring you real followers and the engagement that you need on your account.
– Schedule posts: you can schedule your blogs to post on the specific time. Maybe you don’t want to use your phone all the time on vacation, so you can arrange the post and leave the rest of posting stuff to the platform.
#5 Make money from your Instagram
After gaining the needed traffic, you can make money from your travel account on Instagram:
You can find an excellent traveling product or a travel agency affiliate program, contact them and request for an affiliate link. Then you can recommend their service or product and use the link under the post. You will get a commission for every entry or sale from your account. Just try to gain your follower’s trust and choose a good product that you are already using.
If you obtain the right amount of engagement, some companies will reach you to promote their products or services. Companies like clothing, travel gear, photography equipment, tours or even hotels you stay at. You will get paid to recommend their products to your followers.
- Sponsor campaigns with tourism boards
You can promote trips where the winning party covers all the costs but doesn’t pay for content.
There are lots of things you can do to make money from your Instagram account; you can even throw a tour every week and give a discount to your followers.
You see, not so hard right?
So what are you waiting for? Just pick up your phone and suitcase and start living your dreams.
I will be happy to receive your opinions about this article, so if you have anything to add to this article, feel free to comment us below.