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Travel Writing in the Digital Age
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[Posted on: 2 September 2013]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Overcoming Obstacles, Technology]
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Once upon a time, travel writers scoured the globe with a pen in hand ready to record the abundant secrets of the great unknown. Nowadays, travel writers have a lot more to think about. Search engines have completely changed the game, and now online writers need to be smarter than ever to get noticed in [...]

A New Way to Find and Celebrate Great Travel Content
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[Posted on: 15 July 2013]
[Posted in: General News & Info, Guest Blog Posts, Opportunities, Technology]
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Some time ago I wrote a piece for this site on how certain online markets were maturing and beginning to offer new opportunities for well-paid, professional travel writing assignments. In the months since I have worked with numerous travel brands who are waking up to the value of investing in professional-standard travel journalism for their [...]

It Ain’t Just Words: 5 Unique Ways To Improve Travel Articles
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[Posted on: 20 June 2011]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Guest Blog Posts, Technology, Tips & Tricks]
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If a picture is worth 1000 words, using multimedia in your travel writing speaks volumes. Thanks to numerous open source applications, travel writers can now quickly and easily include video, timelines, data visualizations, and other interactive media directly into their travel articles. The following lists five indispensable tools for travel writers looking to add content [...]

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 [...]

How to Sabotage Your Social Networking Efforts
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[Posted on: 10 January 2011]
[Posted in: Overcoming Obstacles, Technology, Travel Writer Op-Ed]
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Are you using Facebook and Twitter to promote your self as a travel writer? Every so often I get an email from someone who asks me why I haven’t responded to their Facebook friend request, or why I haven’t followed them on Twitter…… …most of the time the reason is that they’ve — perhaps unknowingly [...]

Optimize Your Travel Blog with Scribe
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  S-E-O.   Do those three little letters cause panic whenever you think about Search Engine Optimization? How does a non-techie travel blogger optimize a site without writing text that sounds artificial and spammy? What if SEO advice appeared conveniently in the WordPress dashboard? Travel bloggers, meet Scribe, the online SEO tool that helps optimize [...]

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, [...]

Review: Understanding Google Analytics
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[Posted on: 16 April 2010]
[Posted in: Overcoming Obstacles, Reviews, Technology]
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  A couple of months ago I was honored and privileged to be asked by Andy Hayes to review an advance copy of a new eBook from Travel Online Partners. Many of you already know Andy through social networks and his consumer travel website and travel blog, “Sharing Travel Experiences“, but you may not know [...]

Take Advantage of Google’s Free Tools
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[Posted on: 14 April 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Technology, Tips & Tricks]
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  Google offers a wide variety of free products, services, and tools. Some of these tools are designed to help websites become successful. I use Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools on a regular basis to gather the information I need to improve my blog. Yes, I look at how my numbers are doing – [...]

Recording Phone Interviews as Podcasts
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[Posted on: 2 April 2010]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, Technology, Tips & Tricks]
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While we are all travel “writers”, you may also want to consider adding podcast interviews to your repertoire. Or even if you don’t want to use these recordings to publish on your site it is a great way to have a record of your conversation to listen to again as you write your article. There [...]



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