The Waikiki Travel Site Series

by Ryan

Welcome to the Waikiki Travel Site Series. This series will document my journey in creating a successful travel niche website for Waikiki, Hawaii. I will share my experiences and process with you along the way so that you too, can build a travel niche website!

waikiki-headerYou’ll recognize a Waikiki site update post because it will say “Waikiki Site” in the header and I’ll place this image you see to the right on all posts.

Waikiki Travel Site Step By Step:

1. Introduction to the Site Concept
2. Checking for Site Demand
3. Planning the Site with a Sitemap
4. Sizing up the Competition
5. Can it Make Money Online?

6. Choosing a Domain and Host
7. Adding WordPress and Thesis Theme to your Host
8. Adding Content to Your Site

So Where is Waikiki?

If you’re not familiar with where Waikiki is take a look at the map below. Waikiki is a touristy area of Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. It’s a very popular area with tourists because of its amazing beaches, proximity to the dormant volcanic crater Diamond Head, and great location just a few miles from downtown Honolulu and Pearl Harbor.


If you have any questions as I progress along this journey feel free to contact me as I’d be more than happy to answer your questions.

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Financial Samurai February 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I’d like the site to tell me what the beach activity deals are of the day (free movie, free surf lessons, tours, etc).
.-= Financial Samurai´s last blog ..The Most Important Tip For Job Hoppers: Join People, Not Firms =-.

Ryan February 11, 2010 at 2:37 am

I think it would be fun if my day was to find the Waikiki Bikini girl of the day… maybe I’m on to something…
.-= Ryan´s last blog ..Hiking Diamond Head and Snorkeling In Waikiki =-.

Natalia Jones February 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm

The month of June is one of the best times to visit Honolulu, as you can catch the Waikiki Artfest where you can buy fine handmade Hawaiian goods such as jewelry and ceramics.

P.S. I also believe in living below your means!
.-= Natalia Jones´s last blog .. =-.

Clare Swindlehurst March 7, 2010 at 3:47 am

Hi Ryan – I’m stopping by after you commented on my blog. I really like how you are documenting your site build and I’m going to read it in more detail. My travel site is based on Disney World – you can see it at As they are currently building a Disney Vacation Club resort in Hawaii I think there is a great opportunity for us to link swap when you’re ready 🙂
.-= Clare Swindlehurst´s last blog ..Adsense 101 Bootcamp Week 2 – Are my Xfactor sites dead in the water? =-.

Mark Bell June 2, 2010 at 5:11 am

Hi Ryan,
I stumbled across your site when I was reading Love the articles, they are fantastic to read. I particularly like this venture you are undertaking about a visiting Hawaii website.

I was fortunate enough to visit Hawaii nearly 2 years ago – work conference! I’d love to go back – I’m sure you’ve tons of pictures. I highly recommend the gliding at Dillingham Airfield on the north shore, near Mokuleia!

I’m trying to venture into the world of blogging myself – and even setting up different websites about things I am passionate about – I’m open to any advice!

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