Matt Kepnes (Nomadic Matt) has released a second eBook to compliment the very successful How To Make Money With Your Travel Blog which I reviewed over the past summer. His latest eBook, How To Build A Travel Blog aims to answer the questions you may have about actually building a travel blog if you don’t already have one.
The introduction opens with the disclaimer that this book merely lays down the very basics and isn’t close to a detailed resource on the topic of building blogs. It’s a very straightforward and reads like a manual. I couldn’t help but feel that the eBook made sense to me since I’m very familiar with setting up blogs, WordPress (the only blogging platform touched upon), and things like FTP. I’m not quite sure if a complete amateur would be able to take How To Build A Travel Blog and actually get a site running with it. It’s a better guide to take a long once you go through the motions a few times.
Covering The Basics
A little more detail would complete How To Build A Travel Blog and make it a very valuable resource. I’d also like to see a ‘best practices’ section which would cover important topics like database backups. Matt is available and mentions in the eBook that you can email him any time with specific questions you may have.
I did however learn a few things that I’ve been doing the hard way (WordPress gets easier to use with each version) and found Matt’s recommendations on plugins and SEO to be insightful and worth reading more about. If you’re new to blogging and have made your share of mistakes How To Build A Travel Blog is a good resource to see what you may have missed or if there’s an easier way to do something.
How To Build A Travel Blog comes free with Matt’s other book which I highly recommend, How To Make Money With Your Travel Blog. Stand alone How To Build A Travel Blog is $4 but you’ll really see its value by purchasing How To Make Money With Your Travel Blog and reading both together.