Tagged: travel bloggers
March 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm #30651
I have been personally collecting travel related links for 13+ years – since our original links program went online (we’ve gone through a few versions to date since the original hand coded links html page). We are now up to over 21,000 hand entered and reviewed travel websites listed in our master directory here: http://www.davestravelcorner.com/links/
Recently I just added our 2,000th individual personal travel blog link to this section (there are 100+ pages of them) here: http://www.davestravelcorner.com/links/blogs-of-travel/ – these are nearly all www. domain com websites, rather than sub domains like: subdomain.blogspot.com or subdomain.wordpress.com
I am guessing this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as numbers – there are probably hundreds of thousands of travel blogs (especially when you count the sub domain ones) – these are just the ones I have found by spending massive amounts of time over the years combing many social media sites, industry sites, blog rolls, other websites and comment sections within posts on blogs. Oh, and these are just ones in English.
If we recognize a travel site (blog or otherwise) right away we skip over – if we have any question as to whether its in our directory or not – we have to manually search the url first – then manually pull a short description which we enter next to the link and then submit it into our directory.
There is the standard list of travel bloggers that show up on many blog rolls- these are usually bloggers who have been around a while, are good at networking – attend various blogging conferences and are good at interacting and communicating their message with other bloggers. It is always a pleasure to find a blog roll that reaches out of the ‘typical’ travel blogger box and lists travel blogs you may not have heard of.
It is also interesting to try and stay up on the new travel bloggers – see what technology they are using – how they are implementing social media (or not implementing – nice to see Facebook is taking a smaller visual role in most these new blogs).
It should also be noted that travel blogs come and go like smells on the whim of blowing winds. We have taken many listings off line (some surprisingly so) based on travel blogs that are no longer online or their registration has been left to expire and taken over by the annoying domain squatters.
Unfortunately we have yet to find the perfect links program to handle these massive amounts of links – and much of the current checking to see if a link is still active – must be done by hand.