I am often asked what resources I use to blog, prepare my trips and pay for them.
Using the right sites is necessary because it saves a lot of money, time and efficiency.
So you will find on this page a list of sites that you can use to prepare your next trip easily and at the best price, as well as the tools I use for blogging and vlogging.
These are companies, sites and tools that I use regularly and recommend every time I am asked questions.
Article summary- Resources.
Resources for bloggers and vloggers.
Online courses and free challenges to monetize your blog and/or YouTube channel.
Last year, I decided to invest in the English courses of an Australian blogger, Sharon Gourlay, whom I had been following for several months on Facebook and whose free content was already giving me a lot for the creation of this new travel blog – I chose to “start from scratch” with a new domain name and new content rather than “relaunch” my old blog Amatu Artea.
Thanks to the modules offered online, I was able to professionalize myself:
- in SEO, which, among other things, brings me 75% of my online traffic today, has allowed me to structure my site in an optimal way, allows me to be more quickly present on the 1st Google search page even for competitive keywords and even to have links from Wikipedia.
- in affiliate marketing, which now allows me to generate regular revenue with Amazon and diversify affiliate programs.
- on Pinterest, from which I now get regular traffic. For example, I could get 3 000 views in only two days from my pic with Joalduns in Bayonne carnival when I hardly could get 100 views before the course! The best part is that hotels now want to work with me because of my Pinterest account.
- on how to work with brands.
- on the production and sending of tailor-made content for my subscribers (newsletters by theme). I moved from the free version of Mailchimp to Active Campaign.
And I still have a lot of modules to do and new things to learn about product development, ebooks, other social networks, sponsored articles, etc.
Sharon now offers this courses:
Build Blog Freedom Fast Track, a 10-week program to learn everything about SEO, affiliate marketing, define your site’s niche and work on your objectives and your mindset (mindset is the basis of a sucesful business).
I was reluctant to pay for courses when you can find a lot of free information online. But I was convinced thanks to the trial offer I received and during which I was able to see how Sharon gives concrete examples, with actions to be implemented as we went along. She does not content herself with generalities but explains in concrete terms what to do.
If you are hesitant to register right away, I recommend that you take one of the free challenges or one of the free Masterclasses to see if Sharon’s teaching is right for you. You will benefit greatly from it.
- Here you can sign up for a free SEO training: introduction to SEO, how to search for keywords, get links and use SEO with affiliate to generate passive revenue.
- If you want to boost your traffic while learning the basics of SEO, sign up for this free 7-day challenge.
- Want to increase the authority domain of your site and get more traffic from Google? Sign up for the free link building challenge
- Are you struggling to define an effective strategy or feel that you don’t have enough time to achieve your goals? Sign up for the free goal-setting challenge
- You want to write sponsored articles? Get a free chapter from Sharon’s book on sponsored articles.
Below is an overview of the lessons included in the Build Blog Freedom Fast Track course.
Keysearch for keyword research.
Keysearch is the keyword search tool that most professional bloggers use.
It allows us to search for the best keywords to use to be visible on search engines and even on YouTube.
It also offers many features such as tracking the position of your main keywords, competition analysis or the content creation wizard.
Get a 20% discount on your Keysearch subscription with the KSDISC discount code.
Active Campaign for your newsletter.
If you want to get to know your audience better and make tailor-made communications, Active Campaign is the service for you.
I used Mailchimp for many years before switching to Active Campaign. I very quickly obtained excellent results:
- the creation of newsletters by theme has allowed me to increase the number of my subscribers considerably.
- the creation of welcome sequences allowed me to increase traffic to my blog and the engagement of my subscribers.
- segmentation tools allow me to differentiate between travellers/locations/companies.
- marketing tools, guides and blog posts allow me to have new ideas to improve my marketing.
Resources to prepare your trip.
All the resources I use to prepare my trips and that I recommend to you.
My favorite airline: Qatar Airways.
Qatar Airways is the airline I use every time I go to Asia.
Their service is extraordinary, their prices generally the best positioned on the market, I have regularly been upgraded, I have several times benefited from free tickets thanks to my Qmiles, I have had for many years access to business lounges in airports thanks to my Qpoints…
For my 3-month trip to India in early 2018, I wanted to test Oman Air because Qatar Airways is less well positioned on prices for India and especially for a trip of more than a month. I really regretted my choice: old and noisy airport on the way, very dirty toilets, less good meal platters, less choice of entertainment, lower service.
Compare flight prices, find flights at the last minute, leave on an impulse with Skyscanner.
Skyscanner is for me the best search engine for flights., except when I go to Asia as I only use Qatar Airways.
The features offered allow advanced searches to find the best flights and choose your next destination.
Make a price comparison or search for your next destination on Skyscanner’s website by clicking here or below
Hotel reservations in Asia – or elsewhere – with Agoda.
I do not always book my hotels and guesthouses in advance when I travel.
It depends on the time I arrive in each of my stopovers and the offer on Agoda (if there is a place that really stands out from the crowd, I book in advance to make sure I will stay there).
Over time, I discovered that Agoda was the best place to book hotels and guesthouses in Asia.
In addition, I earn points on my Qatar Airways loyalty program when I book on their website!
Be careful with the offers of some comparators or sites, which may seem cheaper, but do not include the site reservation fees. In the end, you pay more!
My other favorite site for hotel reservations: Booking.
I used Booking for a very long time, until two very bad experiences in Nice: Brigitte Guesthouse which is absolutely not a guest house and insulted me when I complained, the Armenonville hotel which asked me an exorbitant tax for my little westie, accused several customers including myself of wanting to leave without paying and blackmailed me asking for a good review (no tax for Jahan if I hide their execrable behaviour).
I come back little by little to the site, which is still very practical and well positioned on the price-quality side.
Check the opinions of the users of the hotel you want to book on Trip advisor.
The information you can get online is interesting, so I have always checked the opinions of previous guests of the hotels I want to book on the Trip Advisor website.
Hotels and flights for China.
The best site for China is Trip.com. All Chinese people use its Chinese version and you will find below the international version.
Book tickets and tours with Get Your Guide.
Get Your Guide allows you to book your tickets for attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland and tours from a few hours to several days such as the discovery of Basque tapas, pintxos, in San Sebastian and the guided tour of the Vatican.
Tickets and tours in Asia with Klook.
I also recommend Klook’s more extensive and inexpensive offer for tickets and tours in Asia.
In one of my Facebook groups, I recently heard very good comments on Klook, both on their excellent offer and customer service!
Booking bus, train, ferry and flight tickets in Asia with 12go.asia.
12go.asia allows you to book all your transport in Asian countries.
Resources to make the unused space profitable.
Airbnb and Booking offers to list a room, apartment, house on their site in order to list your property for vacation rental. This can be a good way to promote your rental and get customer feedback for use on your website.
Thanks to this link, your first five reservations will not be submitted to the Booking commission:
Use this link to register your rental on Booking
Offer temporary suspended.
Resources to save with Amazon.
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Conclusion – Resources.
These resources are the ones I personally use, some of them on a daily basis. The blogging/vlogging resources helped me improving my marketing. Thanks to the travellers resources, I save a lot of hassle, money and time and can travel comfortably.
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