This post was last updated on November 24, 2016.
I rarely talk about blogging here on Wonderful Wanderings. After all, this is a travel blog, not a blog about blogging. But since I often get questions from people who want to get into travel blogging as well, I thought I’d let you all know about the travel blogging course that helped me a lot when I started out.
Travel Blog Success
When I started blogging over four years ago (Wow, has it really been that long?!), I hardly knew anything about the online world. As I was still working a full-time job back then, it took me months to learn the basics and even longer to really get deeper into the different aspects that travel blogging consists off.
By May 2014, nearly two years after I’d started blogging, I had found my own blogging routine and knew that I was on top of all the basics, but there were still a lot of things that I was uncertain about.
That’s when I joined Travel Blog Success.
This course was recommended to me by top travel blogger Adventurous Kate and I haven’t regretted signing up for a moment.
What does Travel Blog Success have to offer?
1. The course: all you need to know, clearly layed out
When you sign up, you get access to the TBS main course. This used to consist of one big course divided into different modules, but the team behind TBS has recently given it a thorough update and now the Travel Blog Success main course is divided into two parts:
- The Fundamentals of Travel Blogging
- Advanced Travel Blogging: Monetization and Beyond
Each part consists of a series of modules. The modules are – for the Fundamentals of Travel Blogging:
- Welcome to TBS: Introduction
- Module 1: Building a Foundation
- Module 2: The Technical Side of Getting Started
- Module 3: Creating Content
- Module 4: Social Media: Networking, Branding, and Building Traffic
- Additional Articles
For Advanced Travel Blogging:
- Module 1: Transitioning from Hobbyist to Professional Blogger
- Module 2: Earning Income Through Your Travel Blog
- Module 3: Earning Income Beyond Your Blog
- Module 4: Sponsored Travel, Freebies, and Press Trips
- Module 5: Networking and Finding Community
- Module 6: Growing Your Business
Each module contains two to nine lessons that you can complete one by one until you’ve finished each module, or you can just pick the lessons that interest you most first and keep the rest for later.
What I think of the main course
I used to think that the course was especially great for beginning to intermediate bloggers as gave a nice rundown of all the things you’ll be confronted with as a travel blogger. By further developing and updating the course to now also include an advanced section, I now feel that it’s a good fit for every blogger.
In fact, I’m quite amazed at the work the TBS team has done on this. I’d expected to find a bit of updated information in the first modules and then some additional information for advanced bloggers, but instead, they completely revamped the course. I actually just went through it again myself and found useful things in both the Fundamentals and the Advanced section.
I also have to say that, after a couple of years, it’s good to go over the basics again.
2. Webinars by top travel bloggers
While the course section of TBS consists mainly of written content, there’s also a webinar section where you can hear top travel bloggers and other online marketers give advice about their area of expertise. Topics include how to build an audience on Instagram and how to earn a real income as a travel writer. Once the webinars are done, they stay live on TBS so you can watch them later as well.
What I think of the webinars
I love that the webinars provide deeper insight into very specific travel blogging topics and that the recordings stay on the website. They seemed paused for a while mid-2016 but the last few months TBS has been bringing them out monthly again. Either way, if you sign up now there are already about 50 webinars waiting to be watched!
3. The Travel Blog Success blog
The TBS blog brings a great mix of travel blogging tips and news about the TBS community. Members can pitch ideas to write for the blog, TBS publishes travel and blogging tips on there and each month, a TBS Member of the Month gets highlighted in an interview (that could be you!). I’ve contributed to the blog myself with an article about bilingual blogging.
What I think of the Travel Blog Success blog
I love the Member of the Month posts. They often introduce me to travel bloggers I didn’t know yet and as they are Member of the Month for a reason, the interviews often teach me something new as well.
4. The Travel Blog Success Facebook group
TBS has its own secret Facebook group and this group alone made signing up worth it for me. It’s the place to ask anything and everything about travel blogging and there will always be someone to help you. A lot of the TBS members are top travel bloggers and this group is your chance to share ideas with and get advice from them. Really, if I had to leave all the Facebook groups I’m in but one, the TBS group would be the one I stayed in.
What I think of the TBS Facebook group
It’s simply the most helpful Facebook group for travel bloggers.
5. The opportunity board
The opportunity board allows you to post – indeed – opportunities. It’s used by members and sometimes also brands who post guest post opportunities, press trips, sponsored post opportunities and more.
What I think of the opportunity board
It’s a practical place to keep all opportunities together and it helps to keep the Facebook group clean. I love the filter feature that lets you look at only the kind of opportunities that you find interesting.
6. The perks
TBS offers its members discounts on several travel and travel blogging related services like hosting, themes, technical support, plugins and tours.
What I think of the Travel Blog Success perks
They’re especially great when you’re just starting out as a lot of the discounts offered here are for services you’ll need to sign up for anyway, like hosting. On the other hand, TBS is working hard on getting discounts for premium plugins. They’ve just secured one for OptinMonster, for example.
7. The affiliate area
That’s right, TBS offers its members an affiliate commission on the courses they sell. That’s the reason I didn’t buy my TBS membership directly from the website but instead went to Adventurous Kate’s site to buy it from there. By doing so, I knew she’d get a commission at no extra cost to me. It was a way for me to thank her for the great content she created and to help her financially with her blog.
As you can guess, this sign up link is also an affiliate link. If you use this link or any of the other links in this post to sign up for TBS, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Money I earn this way helps me cover the costs to keep Wonderful Wanderings running.
Travel Blog Success has helped me grow a lot as a travel blogger and I would never endorse it if I didn’t believe it could to the same for you.
The Facebook Marketing Course
Aside from the Travel Blog Success Main Course, I’ve also taken the Facebook Marketing Course created by fellow travel blogger Nellie Huang.
Now, this course is golden.
Not only does it break down all of the things you can do in regards to Facebook advertising, it also holds tips audience targeting and shows you how you can use your analytics and perform tests to see what works best for your page. This course really holds all the information you need, whether you’re getting started with Facebook or have had your page for years.
And there’s more!
And then there’s also the freelance writing course Bloggers to Bylines by freelance writer and editor Britany Robinson and a Travel Writing course for those who really want to perfect their storytelling skills.
A bit dazzled? Check out the TBS shop page for an overview of all their courses.
I’ve read good things about the videography, freelancing and working with brands courses, but haven’t taken them myself so I can’t vouch for them. However, I’m still a very happy member of the main course and can highly recommend the Facebook Marketing course for those who want to up their Facebook game.
Should you have any questions, let me know!