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Starting my first legit blog - A travel blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by rockandcarter, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. rockandcarter

    rockandcarter Junior Member

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    Hello,

    I've been here for many a year now, and like many I've had my ups and downs. Since finishing my degree I made the decision to travel the world for as many years as I deemed necessary. When I made this decision I also decided to set up a few small websites that would generate me a passive income. For the first 2-3 years this plan was perfect and the sites constantly generated enough money to pay for my travels. I am a serious budget traveller not an awesome online entrepreneur.

    However, about 4 months ago my sites started to suffer and I made the stupid mistake of paying someone else to carry out my SEO. You Live You Learn. Needless to say these sites are now barely making me $1 a day.

    As I've chosen this nomadic life style I'm constantly being asked questions about my experiences. The problem is after so many years it becomes hard to put the pieces together. When I first began I kept a journal. This was the best thing I ever did thinking back and is what lead me to this decision.

    The Plan

    I'm going to start a travel blog. The website will be split in to two sections. The first will be a personal blog all about my experiences/thoughts and feelings etc (I'll try to to make it to pretentious I promis). The other section will be guide based. How to travel each place on a budget.

    I'm pretty confident I can make this work. although, if it all fails at least I'll still have some form of record of my experiences even if it is just for me.

    The issue I'm having now is coming up with a domain name for the site. I've got a list of about 15-20 but I'm not sure what to go with all I really have to go on is generic travel synonyms and my name, Richard, Rich, Richie, Dick, Dickie, Ricky and I'm not afraid to use my actual identity for this one - first time for everything ay.



    I've come up with silly domains like;

    DriftingDick.com - I feel people may be put off if they see that in the search engines
    RoamingRichard.com - just not feeling it

    So if anyone has any suggestions I'll be extremely happy to hear them.

    I will offer some pretty solid back links from a couple of high PR blogs I own for anyone who comes up with a decent name ;)
     
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    RichTraveller.com, TravellingRich.com?
     
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  3. rockandcarter

    rockandcarter Junior Member

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    Cheers for the input Dazk2002.

    I've tried out so many synonyms with my name like nomadicRich.com wanderingRichard.com etc but none of them take my fancy as of yet.
     
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    sparrowfeud Newbie

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    I like driftingdick lol, looks good, you could brainstorm and come up with something useful.
     
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    roamingrich
    richthewanderer
    digitalnomad
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  6. dazk2002

    dazk2002 Power Member

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    richyfeet.com or richonthemove.com

    I'll get nothing done today, I love doing this :)
     
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  8. citizenx28

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    How about "ExploreWithRich.com" , "TourWithRichard.com" ?
     
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  9. Duffers5000

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    Hey pal. Richard is a good name but you have two obvious problems.

    Dick.....is well..Dick...no matter what way you serve it up. I think you should avoid using this.

    Rich....Has an immediate money connotation and will give the impression that you are travelling the world first class which you have clearly pointed out is not what you are about.

    If you can find a good Richard related domain then go for it. Otherwise just use Richard in your tagline.eg

    Travelling-nomad.com

    Travel the world on $5 a day with Richard.
     
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  10. rockandcarter

    rockandcarter Junior Member

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    Really enjoying the participation so far guys. Keep them coming!

    Citizenx28 - I like the way you've gone with it.
    ahiddenman - cheers for the link man its a good read, gave me a couple more ideas.
    dazk2002 - I'm sorry if I screw up your productivity but I do really appreciate your help!
    gjcontent - You feeling the alteration for the RoamingRich/Richard thing?
    sparrowfeud - I did like the domain name drifitingdick.com but I think the content might be a bit to.... rich for my blood.

    Keep them coming guys really appreciate it!
     
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    Wish you the best of luck with your journey. :)
    The travelling niche sounds good, keep up the good work.
     
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    Exploringdickonabudget.info
     
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  13. rockandcarter

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    Hahaha love it disaffected! I think thats another blog for another time.

    Yeah I agree Duffers, I'll avoid dick all together. - personal mantra.

    As for the Rich thing I did have a few ideas like RichwithoutRiches.com

    I feel people will see that URL and expect to see some crappy SEO product sales page.
     
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    What's your mode of travel? Do you drive, ride or use another mode? Important you have something related to travel (or one of your keywords) in the blog name. May be "Richonwheels.com", "milemuncherrich.com" ..

    So let us know how it shapes up. Good Luck mate!
     
  15. rockandcarter

    rockandcarter Junior Member

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    Impishme84

    This isn't going to be a kw targeted blog, I plan to travel for a few more years minimum and intend to constantly pump this site with content. If you look at some of the big names in the travel blog game they rank for some insane kws from a single post on the subject. The idea is to create a engaging legit blog.

    I'm a backpacker so no real mode as such.

    Any more for Any more?
     
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    Are you going for an autoblog ? or at least a mix of autoblog and own personal posts?
     
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