How to Start a Disney Travel Blog in 25 Minutes

Question of the Week: How to Start a Disney Travel Blog?

Congratulations on your big decision to start your very own Disney Travel blog! As many of you know, running ThemeParkHipster is a great passion of mine.

I love visiting the parks any chance I get, so it was only natural for me to want to blog about my tips and experiences.

In this blog, I want to go over my journey with ThemeParkHipster as well as how you can start your own Disney blog. A lot of these tips can be used for a variety of other kinds of blogs too!

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I am frequently asked how to start a Disney travel blog, but since my sole focus for this website is my passion for theme parks, we’ll keep this special edition article focused there.

What You’ll Learn

  1. How to start your blog in 25 minutes
  2. Ways to set up your blog
  3. How to get a free domain name
  4. Where to find a cheap hosting service
  5. How to get traffic
  6. Ways to make money blogging
  7. How to continue to grow

Easy Ways to Start Your Own Disney Travel Blog

Know Your Purpose

Walt Disney best quote with the Imagination Pavilion of Epcot.

When you first start your blog, you’ll need a clearly defined purpose.

What is Your ‘why’?

Who in the Disney community are you trying to reach? The franchise is huge and being too broad will only confuse your fan base.

Use these steps to help you find direction for your blog:

  1. Determine your passion. Be specific! Find out which Disney niche works for you.
  2. What problem are you trying to solve? Why should people read your blog?
  3. Find a need and determine whether or not you can fulfill it with your blog

Make sure you’re writing about something you really enjoy! Your readers will be able to tell if you’re passionate or not. Also, it’s important to note that blogging is not a get rich quick scheme!

It may be some time before you start seeing real profit which is all the more reason you should be passionate about your blog.

If you’re not writing about what you love, you’ll end up quitting the blog before it can grow.

 

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How to Set up Your Disney Travel Blog

After deciding on a passion, a ‘why,’ and what problem you’ll be solving, it’s time to get to the technical stuff.

Below is a step-by-step guide to setting up your blog. You can probably finish every step on this list in 25 minutes to an hour.

 

Step 1–Choose a Website Name

Make it something easy to remember so people can find your blog later.

Step 2–Register Your Domain.

After you’ve decided on a name, check to see if it’s available. If it is, buy it before someone else does!

If you decide to self-host your blog, you can wait until you’ve purchased web hosting to get a free domain name as part of your web hosting package!

 

What is a domain name?

A domain name is your website name. For example, this blog is located at www.ThemeParkHipster.com. The domain name includes everything including the “.com” part.

ThemeParkHipster Home Page Screenshot

Step 3—Find a Host

Next, you’ll need to find a host. Web hosting is basically storage space for your website or blog. You have a name, but now you’ll need a place to put your website.

Remember: You can either have a web-based platform or a self-hosted platform.

Disney Epcot Theme Park Solo. Spaceship earth with the monorail. #DisneyTips #Epcot #DisneySolo #DisneyPlanning
Epcot

I prefer self-hosted blogs because they look more professional. With a self-hosted blog, your domain name might be “www.mysite.com.”

When you host on a free blogging platform, your website will include the name of the site you’re being hosted.

This means www.mysite.com will look more like www.freebloggingsite.mysite.com.

The long-winded address you’ll get with a free site may make it harder for your customers to find you later.

For hosting, I recommend BlueHost. Their hosting service is unlikely to crash, and it’s very user-friendly!

Bluehost home page
Start your blog for only $3.95 per month!

Founded in 2003, Bluehost is one of the largest and is the most respected web hosting providers in the world.

Bluehost help over 2 million bloggers worldwide and has been one of WordPress’ top recommended hosts since 2005.

Step 4–Get on WordPress

Bluehost Tools
Bluehost Tools inside WordPress

WordPress is a free platform popular among bloggers. It’s easy to install and easy to customize as well. It’s ideal for content managing, blogging, and a variety of other website purposes.

Hipster Blogging Tip: It might help to bookmark this wp-admin login URL since you will be coming in here very often. 

How to Install WordPress

Most hosting providers have built-in one-step installation tool. Bluehost has one and allows you to install WordPress with just one click.

Just navigate to your cPanel (your hosting dashboard) and find the “Install WordPress” button at the top of the Bluehost page to use the auto-installer.

Launching a WordPress Website with Bluehost

Common Blogging Terms

For this next section, there are a few terms you should be familiar with before we can continue:

  • CMS Core – the system that we installed earlier using the auto installer
  • Plugins – add-on functions that give you additional controls and features on your blog
  • Themes – the design of your blog

Step 5–Choose a WordPress Theme

Wordpress Theme
Choose a WordPress Theme

You can find both free and paid themes for your Disney blog. I would recommend getting a paid theme simply because of look better, can be customized, and even come with tech support.

However, if you’re on a budget and need to start with a free theme, choose one with very high ratings.

WordPress Walkthrough Series (7 of 10) – Customizing Themes

If you like the theme, you can continue to use it or upgrade to a paid theme later and boost the appearance of your Disney travel blog!

Customize Your Blog Dashboard

 

WordPress Starting a Travel Blog. Dashboard navigation.
Your WordPress Dashboard will be to the right.

Now it’s time to add your essential plugins.

Some of the WordPress Plugins I recommend are:

1 – Social Pug

The one thing you want to make sure is that your website runs fast. Too many plugins can slow down your site which will lower where you show up at in Google.

I recommend the Social Pug plugin. The share buttons are both fast and designed well for your blog without taking up too much space.

The share buttons available look great no matter what screen size or resolution.

2 – Yoast

Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is my favorite tool that allows bloggers to aim for that number one spot in the search results.

Yoast: SEO is super easy and can be use by everyone.

You will definitely need this plugin to help your create the best Disney blog post that will make Google happy.

  

3 – Akismet

Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against their global database of spam to prevent your site from publishing malicious content.

You’re also given the ability review the comment spam it catches on your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.

One of the first mistakes I made as a blogger was not having some type of spam prevention system on my blog.

My blog was only 3 days old, when I received over 500 email alerts telling me that someone had “commented” on my article.

I was excited thinking that I had made it big, lol!

Come to find out, those messages were ALL SPAM!

I had to go through and delete and block every single message and sender. It was such a waste of time and I don’t want you to have to go through it like I did.

 

4 – WP Super Cache

This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog.

After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.

Basically, WP Super Cache keeps your site running fast by cleaning up all the junk on your website that can slow it down.

The various plugins mentioned above, help you drive traffic and monitor what’s happening on your Disney blog. They also help you optimize your website, so it runs faster and more smoothly.

Step 6–Write Your First Blog Post

WordPress Starting a Travel Blog. Dashboard navigation.

Finally, it’s time to get writing!

Write your first post for your Disney niche and keep the momentum going. I recommend having at least 5 blogs at launch pre-scheduled weekly. As with anything, consistency is key.

Remember: Don’t be like every other blogger who starts then stops just as quickly.

Get your first Disney post out there and stay consistent!

Disney Travel Blog. ThemeParkHipster first blog post screenshot.

This was my very first blog post in September of 2012. I had no clue what I was doing, but I did it anyway!

Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Disney Travel Blog

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • SEO makes it easier for search engines like Google (and their users) to find your content
  • Use keywords, meta descriptions, etc.
  • Learn SEO right away and you will be successful
Guest Posting/Networking
  • Writing content for other Disney blogs can improve your skills and your website’s traffic.
  • Attend conferences and network with other Disney bloggers/content creators.
  • Leave comments on others blog post/chat in online forums
Put-in-Bay Bar in Ohio with bloggers.
Grabbing Drinks at Put-in-Bay Ohio Bar with @Outdoorsy Diva Another Travel Blogger
Social Media
  • Don’t ignore it!
  • Take lots of theme park pictures and share them on social media
  • Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc. can all be used to drive traffic to your blog
Pinterest
  • Don’t sleep on Pinterest! It’s number 2 (next to Google) in driving HIGH traffic to your website.
  • You must MASTER Pinterest.
  • I highly recommend taking the Pinterest Avalanche Course if you want to increase your traffic by 1000%. The course will teach you to secrets to perfecting your Pinterest account and how to use boards and groups to your advantage.
  • After you’ve mastered Pinterest, learn how to use Tailwind to increase your following. This is a must if you want Pinterest to work out in your favor.
Build and Write Good Disney Content

The number one thing to remember with your Disney blog is that your content matters more than anything else.

Once you provide good content to your audience, money, and traffic will follow.

Thunder Mountain Railroad Magic Kingdom Disney Hidden Secrets with golden mountain in the background.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Here are a few tips to consider with your Disney Travel Blog:

  • Speak to your target audience. Keep in mind who it is you want to reach and always write content around them.
  • Build a community around your blog. Keep in touch with your audience. Ask them to engage with you and other readers.
  • Collect email addresses and send Whether you do it weekly or monthly, newsletters are a great way to keep your audience up to date with all things Disney from your blog.

If you feel like you need a break, consider a content writing service to keep your blog going without any lapse. A high-quality content writing service can also help manage your content and make it SEO-friendly.

How Do You Make Money Blogging

Many bloggers are making good money online. With the right ideas and strategies, there is literally no limit on how much you can make.

How to start a Disney Travel Blog with Bluehost with Epcot silver globe in the background.

7 Easy Ways to Make Money on Your Disney Travel Blog:
  1. Have advertising space on your website
  2. Begin partnering up with affiliates to help promote their products
  3. Start creating your own products (books, guides, courses, etc.)
  4. Get sponsored blog or social media posts with brands you love
  5. Book speaking engagements
  6. Freelance and get paid to write for others on Fiverr
  7. Start an Etsy shop

Top Tip: Most Importantly–Don’t give up!

It’s important to understand that sometimes it will get hard. There may be times when you think no one is reading and that your blog is a dead end.

Like everything else, there will be ups and downs.

Remember to invest in yourself and know that results will come with consistency and patience.

To get your blog started on the right track, take a good beginner’s blogger course.

Disney Blog Tips Sign Up

It might help you avoid some rookie mistakes so you can skip some of the hardships that come with being a first-time blogger.


Here are the top blog courses available to get your started right away:

Build and Launch Your Blog Course

Build and Launch Your Blog

This is the top course for successfully building and launching your blog with WordPress in 1 Month or Less, without knowing any code or needing to be a tech Wizard, guaranteed!

Get the course here – Launch Your Blog in One Month

Pinterest Avalanche Course

Pinterest Avalanche Course

This is the number one course online for Pinterest with beginner Bloggers in mind to help you drive 10,000 – 100,000+ FREE Monthly Visitors to your blog – on Autopilot!

You can get the course here – Pinterest Avalanche 

Making Sense of Affiliate Income Course

Affiliate marketing for travel bloggers

Michelle teaches you how she earned over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing and shares her exact strategy and tips in this very informative online course. If you’re a blogger (even if you’re a new blogger!), then you NEED this course.

You can get the course here – Making Sense of Affiliate Income

Make Money Blogging for Beginners Course

Make Money Blogging for Beginners

This is the solution for taking your blog from $0 to $1,000/month with free traffic, Affiliate Marketing, and other easy to use strategies.

Get the course here – Make Money Blogging for Beginners

The Six Figure Blogger Course

Six-Figure Blogger

This is by far my favorite blog course and will be great for you once you get your feet wet in the blogging world. Alex and Lauren show you the Formula for Making Six Figures from your blog with digital products and services, without spending thousands on over-priced courses!

The Six Figure Blogger Course is the one that will help you become a full-time blogger!

However, do the Make Money Blogging for Beginners Course first before you go to the advanced one.

These courses have helped me become a better writer, blogger, and entrepreneur by guiding me with step-by-step instructions for increasing my blog growth.

You can get this course here – Six Figure Blogger

Pitch Perfect Pro 

Pitch Perfect Pro ChecklistOnce you have your blog up and running and you’re starting to understand your audience, then you should take the Pitch Perfect Pro online course.

It’s everything you need to know about working with brands as an influencer to double your income in 90 days.

You’ll learn how to approach brands, work out paid deals, and build relationships!

You can get this course here – Pitch Perfect Pro or if you’re not ready, you can grab your FREE checklist for pitching brands here!


Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to start a Disney travel blog, you can read the step-by-step Bluehost setup to get started today!

That’s all for now!

I hope you’ll find this helpful on your journey to becoming a Disney travel blogger.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below to start a discussion. I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

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10 thoughts on “How to Start a Disney Travel Blog in 25 Minutes”

  1. I’m planning on starting my own blog…what are Disney’s rules regarding copyrights with images, terms, etc???

    • I’m not an attorney, so always consult with one first for further guidance. On my disclaimer page, I specify that “ThemeParkHipster™ is a personal weblog created to provide an adventurous adult take on theme park hopping. The content on this site represents my own and not those of any organization or activity mentioned. ThemeParkHipster™ is not affiliated with nor endorsed by Universal Orlando Resort, Disney, SeaWorld Entertainment, or any other companies mentioned.”

      I hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this post. I had a Disney blog but had to close it about three years ago when I realized that I was not going to make the trip there in a while. Several life events happened, and I felt I was just repeating what other blogs already said in their blogs, only they were there to experience it.
    Now, I and my family are headed to Walt Disney World in December, and I had started a spot in my new blog about planning this trip, but I feel like that I want to put that in a separate blog. I also want to purchase a Disney Vacation Club membership as well, and blog about my experiences as a member. I would also like to be invited to media events as an influencer. This is as serious as it gets.
    So, your tips helped me a lot, so, again, thank you.

    • Hi Patricia!

      Thanks for reaching out. I’m so happy that this article was able to help you. Based on the type of blog you currently have, a Disney travel planning section may just work for you. If you want to have a specific niche within the Disney community (like DVC tips), then a separate blog may work for you.

      Many super successful Disney bloggers don’t live in Florida or California. What they usually do is plan out their content based on keyword searches in Google and make sure they tackle those topics first (like dining spots, resorts, rides, etc.). During the times their not at the park, they think of the basic questions others may have and answer them with “tips” posts.

      The key is planning out the content a few months in advance (keyword research is a must), which will help you keep fresh Disney content on your blog each week. I would also recommend creating videos to go with the blog post that you can also upload to YouTube.

      Once you have these items in place, your community will grow and Disney will see you as an Influencer they’d like to invite to cover media events related to your niche.

      I hope you’re encouraged to get back into blogging about Disney. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me 🙂

      Nikky

  3. Love this article!! it really makes me excited to start my Disney blog 🙂 Do you think the market is too saturated for newcomers like me to be successful and profitable???

    • I definitely do not! When I started in 2012, there was a belief that there were too many Disney bloggers too. I started anyway because of my passion for theme parks.

      I say follow your Disney blogging dreams because everyone has their own unique voice and experience when it comes to Disney. My biggest tip to for you is to find an niche within Disney that you really love…maybe fashion, food, movies, travel tips, etc. and put your stamp on it.

      Good luck and get me updated on your success!

      Nikky

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