When I started my research two years ago to start this blog, one of the first things I found was that there exist a Professional Travel Bloggers Association. By then, my blog was pretty small and one of the requirements was to have at list 3,000 page views a month according to Google Analytics (ouch!)
Finally, this year I was able to reach that amount of page views, and first thing I did was investing on becoming part of the association. In fact, it is something that I don’t regret and that I feel that it will continue representing a benefit for Traveleira and for me.
For that reason, I decided to make this post and tell you some of the reasons why you should consider joining the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
1. Being part of a group of professionals around the world
What can be more exciting than this? Everyone who has been reading this blog for some time can see that I am totally into meeting new travel bloggers, see what they are up to and of course, learn from them. This association helps a lot if you are looking at it as a way to keep on growing and to definitely get a grasp of what others are doing.
2. Makes it easier for travel industry to contact you
The Professional Travel Bloggers Association contains a directory on which the Industry people can easily find your profile and contact you. Being part of the Association makes you trustworthy for someone in the industry because you are conscious of your value and your professionalism.
3. You become trustworthy
I kinda explained this one already: It is easier to trust someone who takes their job seriously. I am not saying that bloggers that does not join any association or group are not serious, but, we have to think industry-wise. Being approved as part of a professional group makes you a lot more trust worthy in the eyes of those who are looking for a blogger to run a campaign. It could also benefit your position in the eyes of the readers who think the same way.
While pitching or introducing yourself to a possible partner, you totally should use that you are part of a group like this to position yourself better.
4. People need to understand that we are in fact a group of professionals, this is not a hobby
I don’t know if its your case but people still doesn’t get that being a Travel Blogger can be a job as any other. The existence of this kind of association is definitely proving wrong this people, and showing the world that what we do is a serious job and that in fact, we are necessary in the Travel Industry nowadays.
5. The benefits!
Yeah, I must say this is the main reason why I love to be part of the PTBA! Do you see this WordPress theme my page has? It has been one of the benefits I have received. You get installed in your blog Genesis Frameword + Themes, a discount on the Travel Blog Success program, that has been praised by many well known travel bloggers out there.
You also get some other discounts in things you might use while traveling such as Rafflecopter, Auto Europe, Walks of Italy, New York and Turkey, and Urban Adventure Tours.
Are you ready to become a Travel Blogger? Are you already a Travel Blogger looking to upgrade your blog? Then definitely a PTBA membership is something that will suit you well!