Hi :) so i just had a good lurk of your blog and I am loving it. The pics are such great quality. I was wondering if you had any tips for starting a travel tumblr? I've just started mine - it's in its very early stages - and it's going to be about travelling Australia. I'm from Australia, and i figured there are so many people around the world who actually wonder if all the places they hear about are as good as they seem/ if there are any hidden local gems they should visit! What do you think?:)
Hello! Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you like the blog :) And I think your idea of creating a travel blog dedicated solely to Australia is great! Many people are starting to turn to blogs for travel inspiration so if you can combine great photos with information about places tourist shouldn’t miss, then I’d say you are onto something good!
Now, I’d say there are at least 3 things you need to consider to bring your blog more prominence (and I’m talking strictly tumblr here, I don’t know how other platforms work):
1. Tag your posts! Make sure you use information that is relevant to the content you are posting. I’d say avoid tagging words like “sunset”, “mountains”, “sky” etc. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with these tags, but keep in mind that onlythe first five tags you use show up in search. So make sure you make those 5 tags count! What I always do is tag the name of the place/city, country, and then “landscape” and “travel”. These last two are super important, especially the landscape one, because your photo might get featured in the landscape tag, and that will expose your blog to a bigger audience.
2. Try to keep a steady posting frequency. You don’t want to clog people’s dashboards with too many posts at once nor post very little that you end up losing people’s interest in your content. I’d say one, maybe two posts a day is a good rate. It might seem like a low number but I can assure you that that will definitely help you engage and maintain your audience.
And last but certainly not least (and this isn’t so much about bringing prominence to your blog but about your credibility as a blogger):
3. Always credit your source. Always. If you are taking the pictures yourself, you can add your name or not, that’s up to you. But if you are using sites like Flickr, 500px, etc. then it is no longer up to you and you should always credit the photographers. It’s their work and they have to be properly credited for it. And if you are not using photo-sharing websites and found the photo in some other site, you should still link back to that site (Though please avoid sites like imgfave and weheartit. Tumblr-wise they are a big no.) What I do is add the source link as a click-through link and then add the name of the photographer as a photo caption. I leave the “content source” box blank so that when people reblog my photos, my blog’s url can take up that place. That’s a good way to have that content link back to my blog where everything is properly credited as I have found out that when reblogging some people tend to delete captions and even click-through links.
And I’d say this is about it. At least to get you started. You’ll pick up some tips and tricks in the process so don’t you fret. I hope this was helpful! And if there’s anything else I can help you with hit me up. Good luck and happy blogging!
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now