Women have been traveling for the entirety of human history, and yet many still view travel and travel blogging as a "man's world." But imagine, if you will, being at an event that not only challenges that perspective, but lays the groundwork to reshape it. Imagine being surrounded by 150 other female travelers, bloggers, and web entrepreneurs. Imagine connecting, networking, writing, and promoting, all in the heart of Chicago. Thanks to the inaugural Women in Travel Summit, held in Chicago’s legendary Palmer House hotel, you will have to imagine no longer!
This summit, targeted at encouraging and celebrating the accomplishments of women in travel, has something for everyone. It boasts three tracks for attendees to explore: the Traveler, the Blogger, and the Entrepreneur. The Traveler can look forward to sessions to tempt and expand her horizons, from ethically-minded volunteership to traveling on a tight budget. For the Entrepreneur, sessions on monetization and turning traveling into a profession will provide an opportunity to hone her business skills and grow her career. The Blogger’s track, targeting both text and video bloggers, grows her aptitude for editing, networking, and beating writer’s block.
But wait- there’s more! In addition to sessions targeting their particular interests, attendees are invited to multiple networking and sightseeing events throughout the weekend. An open lunch on Saturday takes attendees to see Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held in nearby Grant Park. For the early risers, early morning yoga classes will do just the trick. And for all attendees, a variety of tweet-ups, networking power hours, and evening social events facilitate blog promotion, business development, and opportunities to travel further than they ever have before.
Two keynote speakers will be featured at the summit. On Saturday, Jeannie Mark- better known as Nomadic Chick- will inspire attendees with a presentation about women in travel entrepreneurship, and on Sunday, Evelyn Hannon of Journeywoman will keep attendees hungry to change the travel world for good. Readers wishing to get a taste of these two powerful authors can visit their websites. Jeannie Mark can be found at http://www.nomadicchick.com/, and Evelyn Hannon is at http://www.journeywoman.com/.
Finally, attendees can rest assured that summit attendance and budget hotel rates are within their grasp. By using the promo code available on the summit’s registration page, attendees can stay at the Palmer House at the spectacular rate of $139/night and enjoy all its comforts and amenities- including a taste of the Women in Travel Summit’s signature cocktail at the Saturday soiree.
The summit kicks off with a networking party on Friday, March 14 and continues through Sunday, March 16. Register now at http://witsummit.com! $149 for general admission, $99 for one day.
Written by Erica Laue Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Programming Team.
Mandy's Mashups is a proud sponsor of the WIT Summit!
Many times people will ask, "how do I get my blog read?" or "What do I right about?". In this post Alia, an avid blogger, discuss six simple strategies/tips on how to write successful blogs that generate interest and readership.
Six Simple Tips of Successful Blog Writing
Before you even start a blog, you need to know the purpose of starting one. Many people do it for money, but approaches differ and so do the results. People, who claim to be experts, will tell you a lot on successful blogging - about SEO, keyword stuffing, tools and platforms. But the most important characteristic of all successful (and money-making) blogs is a genuine desire to help people. If you want to help people genuinely, then other techniques will follow.
Find out your niche first
What are you really good at? Are you a financial whiz kid or are you a technology geek? Do you have an expertise (such as stock market analysis) which will be of real help to people? Decide on your field (or fields) of expertise first. When you are choosing a particular field you are good at, you can provide a lot of value to people.
Have a list of topics for a period of time
This ensures that you do not waste too much of time thinking about topics. Also, do not forget to make a calendar of publishing the topics. While you are creating a list of topics, keep the requirements of your target audience in mind. For example, you can publish a post on protecting savings in a volatile stock market situation.
Use popular keywords
Popular keywords, though not the only method, will keep your blog on top of search engine listings. Use Adword Tool from Google to find out the most popular keywords related to your niche. Use keywords which are both directly and indirectly related to your niche. For example, if your blog is related to insurance products, life insurance can be a directly related keyword while life expectancy can be an indirect keyword.
Do not do keyword stuffing
Use keywords as long as it appears to be a natural part of a sentence - do not force keywords on a sentence. Also, do not overuse keywords. The ideal keyword density (number of keywords divided by the total blog post length) should not exceed 2%. Search engines treat an excessively high keyword density as an act of spamming.
Do not be a one-blog wonder. Keep supplying your target audience with fresh and unique information. Follow the calendar you have made (see the second tip) as closely as possible. You do not need to blog daily literally, but blog often.
Respond to your readers
Readers usually post their comments and questions on your blogs and they look forward to your inputs. Do not miss out on regularly addressing your readers. This not only answers their questions but also gives them the impression that you genuinely want to help them.
The above tips may not necessarily ensure that you will make a hugely successful blog, but these principles are proven and time-tested. The idea is to genuinely help people on a specific area and establish yourself as an authority on your chosen niche.
I hope you are able to use these tips in your blog writing.
About the Guest Blogger
Alia Haley is an avid blogger who loves blogging on tech and luxury portal. She is always on a lookout for the latest gadgets and cellphones in the market and recently added a Sony Ericsson android to her collection.
This blog is all about social media. I hope to offer tips, tricks, advice and more on using social media within international education and international travel.