Like any real life adventure, travel blogging is a journey. You will start out with nothing and work towards a goal but the journey to get there is hazy. You won’t know the way so you are bound to take a wrong turn here and there. But if someone has gone before you you are less likely to make these same mistakes if the path has been clearly marked.
In my first post in this series I went through some basics of the foundations of backlinks. Backlinks are by no means the be all and end all of SEO. In fact anyone who has spent any time studying the subject will tell you that SEO is always evolving because Google are ever trying to make their search results more accurate by ranking the most relevant sites higher for any given keyword.
There are billions of websites in the world so how on earth do I expect Google to find mine? Quite simply, you tell them. The way to do this is to submit a sitemap to the Google Search Console. The search control is what Webmaster Tools has essentially evolved into.
This post forms the second part of my introduction to coding for Travel Bloggers and will run through some of the fundamentals of how web pages can be designed and edited in scale using CSS.
When I first started writing a blog all I knew was that someone had once mentioned to me that they had a blog on WordPress – so I signed up for an account. The domain name was backstreetnomad.wordpress.com and it served me well, but eventually I got sick of using the wordpress domain and wanted my own, slick domain. I bought this through WordPress and upgraded my account for about $35-40 giving me the domain backstreetnomad.com.
WordPress is a great platform because it’s easy to log in, pick a theme and start blogging. But sometimes it’s a little bare, and you need some custom options. You could edit the .php files in your website code. Of course this would mean you would need to learn to code in php AND how php is itself applied to the WordPress platform.