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Travel Writing: Are You Niche Enough?
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[Posted on: 20 May 2013]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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You’re a travel writer. You don’t write about food or gardening. You write about travel therefore, you have a niche. Unfortunately, unless you have star status as a travel writer, you’re not niche enough. Budget-strapped editors hiring freelancers don’t get stars for the majority of their stories. All things being equal, they hire writers with [...]

Expand Your Portfolio To Access New Markets
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[Posted on: 14 May 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities]
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A short while ago I wrote this post about the emerging online market for travel writing. I explained how changes in search engine and social media technology were causing commercial travel websites to start seeing themselves as travel publishers in their own right, opening up significant new opportunities for professional travel journalists. The idea is [...]

Taking a Look at Your Own Backyard
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[Posted on: 23 January 2012]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Readers, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts]
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Victorian towns with a touch of the Old West swaggering out the saloon doors. Stickball in a 19th century Native American village. Discovering over 500 varieties of soda. A wildlife refuge where Teddy Roosevelt once hunted with Comanche war chief Quanah Parker. Celebrating a centennial. Oil barons and their riches. Experiencing the sights and smells [...]

10 Pros and Cons for Top 10 Lists
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[Posted on: 7 November 2011]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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For my site, FarewellTravels, we just posted a piece about 10 great winter retreats. Putting it together got me thinking about the whole formula of using top ten lists in travel writing. Why are they so popular among bloggers and site editors? Are they really a smart choice when preparing content? I decided to weigh [...]

Got a Pet Peeve? Most Bloggers Do – Here’s 5 For You
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[Posted on: 18 July 2011]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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Since launching our blog Santa Fe Travelers in December 2010, it’s become a vital part of my life. While I love blogging, there are some inherent things about writing for the web that irk me. I think that to keep quality content on the web and to minimize gaming the system, change is needed. Will [...]

Using SEO to Promote Your Best Content
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The web is a busy place, and as writers, we are in an uphill battle to … …overcome the noise and make our message heard, to highlight the best advice, tips, and stories we have to give, and then hope and pray that the gods of the internet bless us with the traffic our posts [...]

Understanding the Stumbleupon Monster
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New writers and bloggers ask me all the time how I’ve used social media to advance my reach since the launch of Brendan’s Adventures last year. I constantly tell them that I treat social media use like any business would treat advertising. You have to decide if the cost of the advertising is worth the [...]

Review: Why Your Website Sucks
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[Posted on: 19 September 2010]
[Posted in: Book Reviews, Getting Readers, Reviews]
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No one wants to think that their website sucks. And no one wants to admit that it might, even when it does. But what does that even mean? At its core, a website has to do something for you, otherwise what is the point of having one? Just what it “does” for you is, of [...]

The Road to Passionate Travel Writing
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[Posted on: 30 August 2010]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts]
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The first time I went to Greece was in 1997. I had decided to see a bit of Europe after spending some months on the island of Ibiza. As things were, I had picked up a German copy of Henry Miller’s “The Colossus of Maroussi” a book that I still keep albeit in a rather [...]

Q&A: How To Encourage Social Media Sharing
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[Posted on: 25 June 2010]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Overcoming Obstacles, Q&A, Technology, Tips & Tricks]
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Welcome to our first installment of Ask The Editor! One of the things that keeps me busiest is answering the many emails I receive. Although I encourage travel writers to use our Forum, where we have some great writers, bloggers, and tech-geeks, in order to get a wider variety of answers than just mine. However, [...]

Are You Holding Yourself Back?
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[Posted on: 23 April 2010]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Getting Started, Overcoming Obstacles]
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It’s been a while since I’ve indulged myself with a good rant. But this one has been building steam. It seems like lately I’ve been seeing certain mistakes being made by travel writers and bloggers that are clearly negatively impacting them, but they don’t realize it. Some make me want to reach through my monitor [...]

Suzy: The Finale – Suzy Speaks!
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[Posted on: 29 January 2010]
[Posted in: Case Studies, Getting Readers, Getting Started]
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  Hi everyone! I’m “Suzy”, from the Case Study. Some of you may know me as Nancy D. Brown from the “What a Trip” blog. As Trisha mentioned in our interview, we met on a press trip. I distinctly remember her asking me about what keywords I wanted to rank for on my blog and [...]

Suzy: Week 22 – The Interview
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[Posted on: 22 January 2010]
[Posted in: Case Studies, Getting Readers, Getting Started, Interviews]
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If you’re wondering what this Case Study is all about, please read the introductory post from Week One. You can browse through all the older installments here.   I promised you a video interview.   And dagnabbit I’m gonna’ give you folks a video interview, even if it’s not oscar-worthy.   At the last minute [...]

Suzy: Week 21 – The Wrap Up
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[Posted on: 15 January 2010]
[Posted in: Case Studies, Getting Readers, Getting Started]
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  If you’re wondering what this Case Study is all about, please read the introductory post from Week One.     You can browse through all the older installments here.     It’s been a long road, but we’ve finally reached the end of it. “Suzy” and I met on a Media Trip in the [...]

Suzy: Week 20 Goals-Affiliate Advertising Reports
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[Posted on: 8 January 2010]
[Posted in: Case Studies, Getting Readers, Getting Started]
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If you’re wondering what this Case Study is all about, please read the introductory post from Week One. You can browse through all the older installments here. Last week we talked about how Suzy is tracking what people search for once they get to her travel blog (see “Suzy: Week 19 Goals-Tracking Your Site Searches“), [...]



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