Starting A Travel Website? Caution!
Hello everybody! Hope all is well!
I am going to share my very recent experience of building a website. In fact, I have been finished that worked just now, means just before I start writing here.
First of all, let me know are you thinking to start a travel website or travel blog? Or, do you wish to start something similar in the recent future?
If yes, then you must follow this short write up.
Let's start the story
I am a travel mad person. Often I load my backpack and run away towards nature. With family, I make at least 3 trips in a year.
I saved all my memories in Microsoft word and in my hard drive (All still and moving snaps from my favorite cameras). So, now I was thinking to start another website. So far I owned 2 other niche websites which are not actually my passion, but they are my business. This time I finally decided to convert my passion to my niche.
So far, looks good! How do you think?
Actually not only me the only travel lover here, anyone, almost everyone loves to travel. Few people like adventure, few love leisure.
So, at the same time, anybody can wish to start a travel website. That's the point actually. I am here to make them aware before a step in.
What did I face?
I have just decided to start a travel website. I didn't start yet. Because, before stating a website you have to decide a name as well as a domain name.
I collected 200 travel based domain name. The number is pretty big for a single website. I wanted to keep the word "travel" in my website domain name, though I sought out a few uncommon names besides. I used 5 domain name generators to select all these and it took me one full morning and afternoon.
I started to check the availability of all those names in WA domain platform today in the evening.
I am still wondering, only 4 domain name among all 200 were available!!!
Too many travel websites???
I get fade up and started to think about too many competition. Can you guess my feeling?
I selected 200 names and only 4 are available, and I expect, even if I collect another 200, the same result will be waiting!
How can I survive? In fact, how any new travel blogger can survive?
It is too much competition in building a travel website, and it's really hard to rank in Google unless you have something extraordinary talent.
Common travel-based name failed, some of my uncommon and favorite collections also couldn't pass out!
So far, not more than 40 travel websites were known to me. Besides popular sites like Booking.com, Tripadvisor, Expedia, Trivago, HolidayQ, Airbnb, Hotel.com etc., I came to contact with a few travel blogging websites. I never expected there are too many.
I got extremely worried and took another step.
I decided to check every domain name by typing in the Google Chrome URL bar.
A domain name for a travel website --- A big deal
To be honest, I never expected to experience another stunning statistics!
Earlier I found, almost all of my selected domain names were unavailable. Now I find most of them are not available on the internet!!! Rather, only 10% are available in the online world.
So, I get relaxed about one thing, at least there is NO too many competition.
But, why all those domain names are unavailable! A new question arises; right?
In my searching, I found most of the websites were showing "This site can't be reached". That means, either, someone blocked the website or someone started to build a website in this name but didn't last long. Another probable option, the name is not available within Wealthy Affiliate platform (I am not sure whether it is possible or not).
However, besides the not reachable websites, I also found several unsecured website, and several domain names are waiting for a special sale at a huge cost (such as $2890).
So what I found, people block the popular domain names at a low price and then sell them at a huge price. Not a bad business at all. How do you think?
Finding a domain name for your Travel Website
You can positively start a travel website. If you are a good travel writer you can beat anybody. Additionally, you learning all about SEO here in WA. Every travel bloggers in the world do not know everything that you are learning in WA.
But, before starting a travel website, you have to find out a unique domain name, which is not easy to find out. As an example, "Nomadic Weekends", "Rucksack", "Wander Trail" etc (already established).
So, have a nice day.
For me, it's time to search a unique name for my travel website. Don't know when shall I get one.