When I first started out at a family travel blogger back in 2017, I found that connecting with other bloggers in my niche was a fantastic way to gain knowledge and grow my audience.
An obvious way to do this was via Instagram and Facebook. I would search for family travel accounts and start engaging with them by commenting and sharing.
However, I found the best way to connect with established bloggers was by joining a link up. This is where a blogger publishes a blog post on their website and then invites other bloggers to add a link to one of their blog posts. You then read and comment on each others blog posts, and share them across social media platforms.
I absolutely loved sharing travel ideas and chatting travel on these platforms. So much so, I joined Leona from Wandermust Family in regularly hosting the Fearless Family Travel Linky for two years. We ran this in partnership with Lonely Planet Kids and the #fearlessfamtrav linky quickly became one of the top family travel blogger link ups in the world, with a wonderful community of family travellers.
Through these link ups, I found my ‘tribe’ and have learnt so much from these other family travel bloggers with regards maintaining a website and growing a blog. However, if you want to earn money from a blog, you don’t need other bloggers reading your content, your need to ensure your blog posts rank high on Google searches. So in time as my blog grew into a business and became a regular income, I stepped away from the link ups to focus on building good content. Because there are only so many hours in the day, right?
To anyone starting out as a family travel blogger, I would still urge you to join link ups. They really are a fantastic way to get in to the family travel blogger community, gain knowledge and build foundations. Due to coronavirus, all link ups are on hold. But once the world is ready for travel again, I’m sure the link ups will start up again.
Favourite blog posts from the Fearless Family Travel link up
As part of the #fearlessfamtrav link up, we would feature our favourites in a round up post. Here are all of the blog posts that were top picks whilst I co-hosted:
We are a family of four from the UK who thrive on adventure. We've lived in India, trekked the Himalayas, traversed Africa in a Land Rover, and now we're staying closer to home with our Mazda Bongo camper. Off the beaten track road trips keep our soul alive, and through this blog we share our itineraries and experiences with you.