Let’s talk photo travel blog. I started this travel blog, Travel Feeder in year 2008. When this blog was created 3 years ago, it was initially my personal travel blog to share all my tips, guides and experiences gathered from my travels during the past 6 years. During this period, I traveled to numerous parts of the world from Asian to European countries, from east to west, from China, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia to UK, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, German, Denmark and Netherland. With my deep passion in travel, I was able to keep traveling and sharing new tips and guides on my travel blog. Travel Feeder has now more than 540 original articles being published on the blog.
Coincidentally, I fell in love with travel photography within the same period. I bought my first digital camera Nikon 4100 after losing my old film SLR Nikon F70 on my travel to Gold Coast. It marked the beginning of my digital photography journey. Before I went to Shanghai in year 2008, I bought myself the lovely Panasonic Lumix FZ28 ultra zoom prosumer camera. From there on, I was completely spoilt by the art of photography. In year 2009, less than a year of owning the FZ28, with the encouragement of my affection towards travel photography, I bought a DSLR, the Nikon D60. It was my first ever digital DSLR. It was also the time when I decided to include my limited knowledge of digital photography into Travel Feeder, and to expand it to become a more interesting photo travel blog, with much more exciting stories on both travel and photography.
I was then confused with the title description of this blog, whether Travel Feeder should call itself a photo travel blog or, a travel photo blog. A travel photo blog is a blog sharing mainly travel photos with captions, while a photo travel blog means a travel blog sharing various tips and guides, with helps from photos. Contextually, both are equally right. In fact, Travel Feeder has more to offer than just each of these 2 niches. With a synergy effect, it actually combines both niches into a wider aspect which more people are getting interested in nowadays. It features articles that encompass the entire range of scope from travel to photography. So, Travel Feeder is both a travel photo blog or a photo travel blog!
Today, Travel Feeder has emerged as one of the top photo travel blog on the internet with numerous pages ranked top 10 in Google search result. Among those pages are:
- Top 10 places to visit in Malaysia
- Nikon D7000 category
- Packing list – Power socket adaptor for china travel
- Top 5 travel tips for booking Airasia flight
- My western Europe tour itinerary 1st draft
As you can see, these popular pages are about different locations of this world. However, they are aiming to the same group of people, or travelers. Who are they? “Budget travelers?” “Bingo!” You are right. I’m a budget traveler so I’m blogging for budget travelers! I’m an advocate of budget traveling who believe traveling is for anyone who loves to travel, regardless how much money they have in their bank accounts, and how old actually they are. Anyone who fall for the hobby, Travel Feeder will surely enlighten you some how, some where.
Now, how do travelers normally find this blog in Google search engine? Which search keywords are most likely to put Travel Feeder on top of the search result? Let’s see some of the top keywords or phrase queries that could reach me in top 10 search result:
With over 35k impressions each recorded in last month, ‘Nikon‘ (photography) and ‘go‘ (travel), are both the most popular keywords to find this travel blog in the top 10 search result. This again both the core interests of Travel Feeder are well accepted. Also, Airasia and Europe are popular keywords as well.
Next. Let’s talk about what most bloggers are really keen on. Let’s talk monetisation. Travel Feeder has been around in the blogosphere for 3 years. Apart from my passion and enthusiasm in travel and photography, monetization of the blog is the next best motivation for me to keep writing articles and blogging travel! By adopting various monetization system into my photo travel blog, I have successfully made more than enough money to support all my travel expenses as well as photography equipment. And this is the best part of my blogging journey: I travel to blog, I blog to make money and I make money to sponsor my next travel! Let’s come back to this afterward.
Next, I wish to touch on some innovations found on Travel Feeder. In Year 2008, I ran a link love campaign on my blog and it has successfully attracted more than 100 travel blogs and sites to join us. In Year 2009, I joined istockphoto as a contributor and the photo slide box has since been a prominent feature on my blog’s side navigation bar. In October 2010, in conjunction with my Birthday, I announced the launch of my Photography blog, Cecil Lee Photography. Early this year in March, I launched my online photo e-store. All my top travel photo selection could now be bought or downloaded free in the e-store. Being inspired by my second travel to Europe early this year, I announced 2 months ago in August the launch of a new category named “From Travel to Photo“, featuring mini travel guide on how to plan your Europe travel. And finally…
Finally today, to celebrate my birthday this year, I’m excited to announce another new feature on my blog. This would be the 3rd announcement of Year 2011, a breakthrough on my blog. I believe it’s going to be another hot cake around, since most of the blogs found on internet currently were created with hope to make money. Yes! I’m here to introduce a brand new, dedicated page on Travel Feeder. It’s all about “How to make money online from blogging“. Starting from today, bloggers who are fresh in blogging, or bloggers who are frustrated for not making money so far, can click on the Menu Bar on top of any Travel Feeder’s page to gain access to this exclusive guide on how to make money blogging. This page is dynamic with the content being updated every now and then when I found necessary. This guide gathered things that I have been doing to make me enough money for all my travels and photography expenses and hope it will help you in the same ways. And this is the biggest announcement from Travel Feeder for Year 2011. Happy reading. – Travel Feeder, your ultimate photo travel guide to Europe
p/s: This post is dedicated to the late Mr.Steve Jobs, the former CEO and co-founder of Apple and one of the greatest leader and entrepreneur in the world, who left us on 5th October 2011, the day after Apple announced the latest iPhone 4s in the media conference named “Let’s Talk iPhone“.