Resources

Content Resources

Hey

I list all my favourite resources I use to run this website right here. Some of these are affiliate links (at no extra cost to you) and some are just plain links.

The resources are the programs I use to work out what to write for my readers as well as how to get what I write so you can see it. If you want any information on any of the items listed here just drop me an email via the contact page and I will try to help as best I can.


BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo helps me find content that has already been written and widely distributed. As I try to provide something a bit different to what has already been written, I use it to help me avoid repetition as well as find out what people are searching for so that I can provide something valuable for my readers.

I know so many people have been to the King's Palace, Floating Market, and other places that are extensively advertised and are really heavily visited by tourists.  So apart from covering these in short form you will find them mostly avoided or possible listed as ‘Popular' places to see.

Technical Off Site Resources


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SEMrush

SEO is essential to maintain my website. I need it to ensure my links stay valid so I am not giving you links to information that is not valid any more.

I also use it to check how my site is doing in getting what I write found.

There are lots of competing tools which overlap what SEMRush provides but I am not an SEO expert.

SEMRush provides me with great support and lots of materials I can watch to understand what I should be doing. It's training and a tool all in one.


Siteground Hosting

I don't do the technical side of this website but I do have a say in how thigns are done.

I did many, many hours of research into hosting and it is a real minefield.  A lot of affiliates recommend BlueHost (they pay more commisions I think but do have good support so I read) or GoDaddy (which is really bad). WP Engine is a service a lot of WordPress sites like this use because they market themselves as WordPress specific. I found them jaw droppingly overpriced.  A good reason for affiliates to promote them I guess.

So I went for Siteground and am told their support is top notch. They seem quite speedy and have their own caching plugin for free.

Technical Website Resources

I tried several themes for my website here.

I used to have a WooCommerce site and started with one of their themes.  So restricting and slow with all the extras you have to have to get any control. But I wanted a lightweight theme that was fast and with good support for my tecnical people.

Generate Press is that theme and everyone here loves it. The premium version is absolutely worth the price.

I try to stay away from anything at Code Canyon – I hate their licencing model and they feel money grabbing – hence no Divi.


If you run a website then images are the biggest pain in the ….

If they are not pretty enough then don't bother and if they are too small then they look bad.

There are all these new phones out now with super resolutions and bigger screens and somehow I am supposed to cater to them all. Retina is the next big thing so I have to deal with it now or my pictues will all be out of date in a little while.

This little app is so easy to use. I just drop in the double size image and it handles the rest – resizing as it needs to.  Simples!


Getting your website to look pretty is one thing. Making it load faster than molasses out of a jar, is another thing entirely

When I first started I was trying to do things myself and had W3 Total Cache installed. It is the most popular caching plugin it seems. The only thing is it was way beyond me – it seemed you needed a degree to configure the thing or you could pay the developer to do that.

Too complicated for me.  I have researched a lot and so have my technical guys and we have decided that this is a much better and simpler to understand option.

Right now I am gathering together my posts and planning for a road trip so content is a bit thin.

As it starts to get more this will be added and I'll update more how we get on with it when we turn it on.

Better WordPress Content
There are some great resources out there for learning HTML – the latest is version 5 if you want to go brush up and update your HTML4 skills. HTML is the language your browser uses to convert the words and images into a layout that looks nice.

Then there is a whole other layer of positioning, padding, margins and a gazillion other variables you can specify with CSS.
Well, I'll tell you what – I would rather be travelling and blogging.

And so that is why I use Thrive Architect to layout my pages. It's super simple to drag and drop, create columns and position images as well as a huge amount more. It's a one-off purchase at very reasonable cost so go grab it now and make your life so much easier if you are blogging.

Skills Resources

Super Star Blogging

Writing is easy – if you can write. Writing something interesting is more challenging.

I know I am not the greatest writer in the world but if you want something bad enough you will figure a way to get it done.

You can either figure it out by trial and error and take a while doing it or you can learn from someone who has already proved themselves.

This course is the best in class on travel writing, so up your game, put in the work and improve yourself.

If you are looking to make your travel blogging a business then I highly recommend you try out the Business of Blogging Course from someone who knows.

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Better WordPress Content
There are some great resources out there for learning HTML – the latest is version 5 if you want to go brush up and update your HTML4 skills. HTML is the language your browser uses to convert the words and images into a layout that looks nice.

Then there is a whole other layer of positioning, padding, margins and a gazillion other variables you can specify with CSS.
Well, I'll tell you what – I would rather be travelling and blogging.

And so that is why I use Thrive Architect to layout my pages. It's super simple to drag and drop, create columns and position images as well as a huge amount more. It's a one-off purchase at very reasonable cost so go grab it now and make your life so much easier if you are blogging.


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