Brian from Cork and Noelle from Thurles, Co. Tipperary are the faces behind this amazing blog. They left Ireland behind as they’ve set out on a life of travel!
Here they share their travel experiences, photos, tips and videos with you from the road! Their story is super fun and it goes like this.
Please tell us something about yourself. Is travel blogging your profession or just a hobby?
We are Brian and Noelle, the Irish couple behind WanderingOn.com. Travel is our passion; we love arriving in new places, getting off the beaten track as often as possible and trying new things, new food and meeting new people. Our travel blog started as a hobby but is growing all the time as we learn more about blogging as a profession. Right now, we are in the middle of re-launching our website with the aim of turning it into a full time profession.
When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you to be online?
in 2009, we left Ireland for a year of teaching English in South Korea. One year, turned into two and a half and during that time we had some amazing experiences. We travelled extensively around Korea and used it as a base to explore as much of Asia as we possibly could. We toyed with the idea of setting up a blog to document our trips but unfortunately it wasn’t until leaving Korea for a fourteen month trip through Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Bangkok that we finally decided we were going to do it and we haven’t looked back since.
Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?
Our website is all our own handy work. It has definitely been a learning curve for us but we are very proud of what we have achieved with both the design of and the content on our website.
The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?
Coming up with a name was difficult. We had so many ideas but a lot of them were already taken and so we eventually settled on Wandering On. It’s perfect for us because we don’t have a fixed plan. All we know is we want to continue to travel for the rest of our lives and so we wander on around the world from place to place.
What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?
Using a responsive theme in this day and age is crucial because people are viewing websites on so many different devices; smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc. We have experimented with loads of different themes over the years. As far as plugins go, it really depends on what you want but the Jetpack plugin is a great all rounder, with lots of different options. The other must have is the Yoast SEO plugin. We use a lot of other plugins too but every website should use these two.
What CMS (Content Management System) do you use on your blog? How hard is it to navigate within your CMS (making a new post, inserting images, moderating comments, etc.)?
WordPress is it for us; we love it. It’s very intuitive and there’s a great community of people out there who are always willing to help out if you run into problems.
How much time do you spend blogging?
A lot! Between writing articles, editing photos, putting together videos and staying active across our various social media channels, we put in a lot of hours. Since we designed and maintain our website ourselves too, we have a lot of other ‘behind the scenes’ work which we have to do too to ensure everything runs smoothly. Throw in guest posting on other blogs, doing interviews and coming up with new ideas for our website, it’s a full time job but it’s one we love. Travel for us is everything and to have the medium of our blog to share our experiences with other travellers and aspiring travellers is amazing. It’s hard work but we really enjoy what we do.
How do you promote your blog? Do you use social media channels to attract more visitors to your blog?
Since the launch of our blog, Wandering On in 2012, we have experimented with a number of different methods for promoting our blog. We have guest posted and been involved in interviews on a number of other blogs to connect with fellow travel bloggers and to raise awareness of our website.
Social media is of course a huge part of spreading the word about our website and we stay active across Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Social media, in our opinion, is the best way to reach people who are interested in travel. Interacting with our readers through social media is a great way to make lasting relationships with people.
Is there a way to monetize (make money) through a blog?
There are a lot of different ways you can make money through your blog. Sponsored posts, advertising, affiliate marketing and selling your own products are some of the most popular ways for people to monetize their blogs. For elite travel bloggers, sponsored trips and press tours is the dream. Not too many people are at a level where they get these perks but it is something we are working hard towards.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blogs?
Having a blog a great way to share your interests, meet other likeminded people and open yourself up to online communities of people you may otherwise never come in contact with. Making your own blog is something we would definitely encourage and we love sharing our stories, videos, photos and travel tips with our readers. However, if you’re getting into blogging just to make money then be warned that blogging is hard work and it can be quite difficult to make a living from it. You need to be passionate, persistent and committed.
Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure should they make a blog of their own?
Like anything in life, if you want it then go for it! At the end of the day, what have you got to lose? If you think you have something of value to share with people, then sign up to WordPress or Blogger and get writing. The best preparation for blogging is blogging! Good luck!
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