TRAVEL: IS IT ONLY FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS?

As a child my mother introduced me to travel. Back then travel was deemed only for those who could afford it and had to be of a certain stature. I didn’t see my mom that way but somehow she made it possible. I guess she too loved to travel and wanted to expose me to the world. Since then, travel has been in my blood and I have been travelling ever since. Since then, travel has become more accessible and open to all walks of life. Even the way people dress now compared to back then demonstrates how travel has evolved from business to casual.

The word travel is on blue map backgroundSince starting my own online business around 2010, travel has become even more important to me as it allows me the opportunity to attend seminars, conferences and trainings to keep abreast of my industry, know-how and latest trends and more so network and make new friends and possible business collaborations plus a little R&R on the side. However, whether you are in business or just a leisure traveller, travel can be a bit still on the expensive side for some.

I had to find a way to have my cake and eat it as they say and in sharing this blog with you, in the same way I shared my goals, someone told me about this wonderful site that helps me achieve exactly what I wanted. There are hundreds of trips under ‘Browse Experiences’! It’s pretty cool and the prices, well I will leave you to see for yourself in the video when you click on the link.

Blog Talk Radio

I have even taken it a step further and started another online radio show about travel titled youtrippin. You should check it out as it allows me to learn more about travel from others who have gone where I haven’t gone before (yeah, I am a Star Trek Fan) and enticing places to add to my bucket list. Hey, if you happen to be reading this and you have travelled somewhere and would like to share it on my show, feel free to reach out to me. I am sure there are people out there who would love to hear about it. And hey, don’t forget to check out that travel link.

I took my 76 year old mom on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas recently and she still can’t stop talking about how 5 star the ship experience was and the VIP treatment she received from the staff. Don’t allow her to be the only one to brag! Here’s the link again to check it out and maybe, just maybe, I may see you on one of those trips or on the beaches of the world!

This article was submitted by our Guest Blogger, Corine La Font.

Corine La Font is a Speaker, Author, Coach and Self Publishing Consultant. She is also an Award Winning Publishing Resource in the 2013 Small Business Book Awards. Get a copy of her book at http://amzn.to/TFHQka, Subscribe to her Magazine at http://bit.ly/1IDj7pQ tune in to her radio programs at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/helpdeskja and http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youtripping Check out her website at http://www.helpdeskja.com She can be reached at corinelaf@gmail.com

Types of Blog Posts

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If you’re not aware of all the different types of content you can add into a blog, you may be in for a nice surprise.  You see, you don’t always have to write a story or about a certain topic.  Did you know you can create lists, add videos and more to add to your blog website?

Here 11 types of Blog Posts

#1 “How To” Posts

Create “How Tos” articles.  It could be something about a topic in your niche.  Make sure to create something that’s basic or easy to understand for the beginner.

#2 Create Lists 

It could be a list of tools you use for WordPress. Or a list of the top ten websites every blogger should know about.   Your readers will be interested in any relevant lists that you create.

#3 Write Long Blogs

Most blog posts that you write will be around 300 words or less. On occasion, it’s good to write an in-depth topic that has about 1500 words or more. Make sure to add a couple of images to break up the texts and make it more appealing to look at too.

#4 Teach with Tutorials

You can demonstrate how to do something with webinars or show step-by-step instruction.  Make sure it’s something your audience wants to learn to do.  So, for example, if you have a cooking-related website, you can teach your audience how to chop veggies properly and safely. If you build WordPress sites, you can teach your audience how to add a blog post.

#5 Add Videos

You can create a two or three minute video blog instead or writing something.  In fact,  you can just embed videos as a blog, better known as “vlogging”.   Additionally, you will embed it into your blog with appropriate title descriptions.

#6 Images and Infographics

Using data from studies relating to your niche, is a great way to provide interesting content for your blog. You can create images using stock photos or you can make them yourself using a quote in attractive text. It’s a good idea to include some commentary since search engines don’t always understand images. Use both the “alt” tags as well as some text to describe the image.

#7 Short Focused Posts

If you have a short update, it’s okay to write a short blog post on your website. They don’t all have to be profound. Sometimes, creating a very short post, 250 words or less, is another good way to include content on your blog.

#8 Blog Post Round-Ups

You can collect blog posts from other people who write about your niche, or you can do a round-up of blogs that were on your site during the week such as “most viewed” or important bits of information that you don’t want your audience to miss. However, be sure to only add a short blurb, a caption or a link to the blog posts that you didn’t write, because you don’t want to steal someone else’s work.

#9 Write Reviews

If you get paid or get a product free in exchange for doing a review, you must disclose it.  Use affiliate links to earn some money for products you review and recommended. Reviewing books within your niche on Amazon.com is also a great way to get traffic to your blog.

#10 Critiques and Commentaries

Read something that you want to comment about on the web? You can give a short synopsis of the blog post, and then link to the actual blog post or article, and then you can comment on it on your blog. Be careful if your commentary is negative or critical, though (unless that is your niche), because people can get quite upset.

#11 Create Surveys and Polls

Make a survey or poll right on your blog and ask your readers what they like to read about. Ask for their opinions about a topic. You can create surveys by using a service such as SurveyMonkey.com to create simple (free) survey.  There are other surveys that are more complicated with statics but they are usually not free.

Hope this helps get your creative blogging juices going and start writing your articles!  The more you write, the better you will become at finding your voice and or your style.

Add Images To Your Blogs

desktop with camera, iPadOne of the most important part of content marketing is the material you put on your website’s blog.

It’s important to make your blog posts visually appealing. Adding images into your blog posts will not only enhance the content but will make your page attractive.

According to an article written by Neil Patel at Hubspot.com, adding images to your blog posts whether it’s about your business, products and services will generate more traffic by 94%.  You ‘ll get more total views for your site. There are a number of ways you can source appropriate images.

 

Taking the time to choose a relevant image will make your page look more professional.

 

Shoot Your Own Photos

You can produce perfectly good images by using your own digital camera or smartphone to take relevant pictures. Take pictures of products, make a portable light box or take pictures outside in natural light. Be sure to check the background so the focus is on the main item.

Get Creative

An image doesn’t have to be a photograph; it can be an attractive quote from your blog post with a beautiful and colorful background, made into a JPEG file. This is a great way to add interest as well as call out an important point within your blog post. It looks attractive and helps explain meaning to your readers.

Hire Someone

There are plenty of graphic designers from  Fiverr, Upwork, TaskRabbit as well as other freelancer sites where you can hire others to help you come up with appropriate graphics for your blog posts.  They might come up with better ideas than you.  If you outsource your blog posts, ask your writer if they can help you with images.

Stock Photo Sites

There are quite a few stock photo sites, like iStockphoto.com, free images.com, Morguefile.com, and RGBStock.com.  Some of the photos from these sites are royalty-free, while some are paid. Check the license or copyright rules to ensure that you have a right to use the image. It’s also a good practice to give credit for images.

Limit Images

Remember to consider loading time, so use smaller images. Utilize the “alt” tags on the images so that if the photo does not show up for some reason, it will tell the reader what the image is. It also alerts search engines about the subject of your website.

So, start taking photos using your smartphone from different venues you attend or while going out for a walk and use them for your blog.  It will make your blog more interesting and fun to look at!

To read more about images and your blog, read this article I found written by Neil Patel.