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Taking Your Blog to the Next Level

It’s been a while since Travel Blog Exchange ‘11 in Vancouver this past June so I’m a bit late on the guest-post writing bandwagon. However, I know many TravelBlogs readers will be interested in some of the take-away items from the event. This post is mainly for those wanting to take their blog to the next level – be it audience, revenue, marketing, tech and so forth. You might have been blogging for a while and are now considering ways to monetise. Or you might want to promote your freelance writing abilities through your blog. It could be that you just want to focus on better content. So, without further ado, here are some tips straight from some of the TBEX speakers.

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Logan’s Voyage

Logan Horsford’s blog does come with accept or reject buttons (seriously). Click accept because it’s well worth the effort. Once there, you will find an unabashed, in-your-face, these are my experiences tale of his travels. As Logan responded to me at a certain point, “it’s unconventional but I think that could be part of the [...]

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a Girl in the World.

Like so many others, Denise Gamboa found the voice of the open road calling her name. Armed with her trusty camera, she quit her job and began a vagabonding lifestyle which definitely has been suiting her well. Her photographs and written thoughts are a testament to her dedication to this alternative path.

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Travels with my shirt

What do you do when you’ve had a bad year? As Simon Fenton states, “I decided to do what any normal person would: cross the Sahara, by any means possible.” And, ‘by any means possible’, he was serious. But, you’ll have to find out for yourself if a donkey and a camel were really modes [...]

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Sophie’s World

Anne-Sophie Redisch has been writing and traveling most of her life. She hasn’t always written about travel but she’s always been going somewhere – the more obscure, the better – but not always alone either. In her words, “I’ve travelled as a single mum for many years. In my experience, children and travel are easily [...]

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the candy trail…

This particular ‘candy trail’ is the invention of Michael Robert Powell. He may not hand out sweets as we know them, but between his travel tales and electric artwork, his site fits the title he has chosen. Michael cuts through the proverbial bullshit of travel and the nomadic lifestyle. Please realize you have been warned [...]

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Hop On The Gravy Train

Sometimes, you just have to follow your heart. This is exactly what Ann Hsu Kaufman did when her husband’s work took them from Washington D.C. to Kuala Lumpur. Her site invites you on a culinary journey around S.E. Asia, a view of their home life and the birth of their son (Gravy Baby). No, it’s [...]

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The Middle Kingdom

Matt and Tara Banker packed it in, or in reality, packed it up and moved to Beijing, China. After spending the last few years living/working there, they have created The Middle Kingdom to write about their experiences and help others who are choosing the same path. As Tara states: “Not in Kansas Anymore”.

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Shanghaied Away

Hear the word ‘Shanghaied’ and thoughts of pirates, unsavory ship masters and blood money usually come to mind. Not so for Christina Gregor Hoheisel and her husband, Alex. Instead, they ‘kidnap’ each other for surprise trips to places unknown. Well, one of them always knows where they are going but they do take turns. Those [...]

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Vagabond Explorer Magazine Unleashed!

Wade Shepard of Vagabond Journey has just unleashed Vagabond Explorer Magazine. Yes, he used flattery in his request but also gave me several very good reasons why I should become a contributor, reviewing travel blogs I consider worthy of recognition. My real life job is reading travel blogs daily and there are an amazing number out there just ripe for the choosing. But, the magazine is so much more and has wonderful contributors. Definitely check it out! You won’t be disappointed. This is a magazine for every type of traveler – from armchair to nomad.

  • The Guy: I think Dave and Jodi raise some very valid points and they are consistent with my perceptions based on over...
  • Jay Daviot: Epic list! There are some great blogs there. Would love to see a few more blogs from photographers though...
  • John: I’ve always wanted to hitch hike across the USA.
  • Sara Wikoff: I found your post very interesting. I am just a Freshman in college and I have not decided my major yet....
  • John: Great advice, I always buy charcoal tabs in case I get an upset tummy.
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