If you are someone who has been reading and following food blogs for quite some time, I bet you also came to a point when you were so much inspired to start a food blog of your own. Who would not love to cook, take photos, write recipes and at the same time earn money from doing what he/she loves? Sounds really cool, right?
But then, your next question would be:
“How do I start?”
I believe that all successful food bloggers today started from nothing. But just took the first baby step and eventually published their very first post. They made the decision to just start, stuck with it for years and grew their business with lots of patience, determination and grit.
And if they did it, you can do it too.
Below are 9 steps on how you can start a food blog. This post also includes resources and tools that I have used in building my blog which worked well for me.
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So… let’s begin with the first step:
Step 1: Choose a niche
Food is a very broad topic that could be anything from healthy food, restaurant food, home-cooked meals, vegan food, processed food, and even pet food. You cannot just write about any food under the sun so you have to choose a niche.
A niche is a specific topic or specialization that you want to focus on to serve a group of people who may want to read the content that you are writing about.
For example, if your food blog is all about baking, then what your readers should see in your blog are posts about your best ever chocolate cake recipe, tips on baking bread, no-fail cheesecake recipe, etc. Choose a niche that is not too broad so that you can target the right audience and not too specific so that you could still have room to grow.
Now that you have chosen a niche, let us move to the next step:
Step 2: Decide on a Blog name
Your blog name is the identity or the brand of your blog. It should be a name that would easily tell the readers what your website is all about. It should also be something that is catchy, easy to remember and most importantly, it should be available because you will need it registered for the domain of your blog.
Step 3: Choose a Web Hosting Service
A Web host or a web hosting service provider is a company whose business makes it possible for your site to have a space rented in the world wide web. Your chosen web hosting service will ask you to come up with a domain name.
So if your website is a restaurant, then your domain name is the address of your website. Ideally, your domain name should be the same with your blog name since this is the address that people will need to type in the browser URL bar for them to visit your website. To check if your chosen domain or “address” is still available, just type the name in the set-up page of your hosting provider and it will tell you immediately if the domain is still available or not.
I currently use Hostgator as my web hosting service provider. I chose this because its price is super-friendly especially for a start-up blogger like me. You don’t need to be a tech geek to sign up. Their interface is user-friendly and you can have your website set-up in under 10 minutes by just following their instructions.
Step 4: Install WordPress.org
WordPress is a content management system that allows you to post and manage the content of your website without even typing a single code. It is a platform that you can use to publish your blog posts and manage all your data.
So, if your domain is your address, and your website is the restaurant, WordPress is the kitchen where you do all the work behind the elegant and flashy dining area or front end of your restaurant.
WordPress.org is a self-hosted wordpress. It is a free software you can immediately install once you have set-up your domain with your web hosting provider. Once you have installed wordpress.org, it means that the website is a 100% your own.
Step 5: Install WordPress Plugins
A plugin is a software that you can easily install to serve different functions to your website. As a food blogger, you need to install the two most important plugins:
- Theme Plugin – You need this plugin in order to customize your site and make it look more professional and user-friendly. I currently use a free theme plugin called Bard Pro.
Bard Pro is a WordPress Theme that is very easy to use even for beginners. This theme’s clean, modern and responsive design is just perfect to showcase your food photos and content. Plus, they have 24/7 premium support to help you troubleshoot any problems you might encounter. This theme is way cheaper than other WordPress themes so I highly recommend it especially if you are just starting out.
2. Recipe Plugin – This plugin allows you to post all your recipes without having the trouble of formatting and coding. This means that whenever you want to include a recipe in your blog post, all you need to do is to click the installed plugin and it will show a recipe form which you only need to fill-out. Cool, isn’t it?
I currently use WP Recipe Maker, a recipe plugin which you can install for free. This plugin allows you to add recipes with automatic metadata, which means that your recipes become searchable in the internet.
Step 6: Publish you first post
Now that you already have your domain, set-up your wordpress.org and installed a few important plugins, you are now ready to publish your first post. So, think about the first recipe that you wanted to share to your readers, create the content, take great photos and just post it away!
Step 7: Share your post
As a start-up food blogger, you need an audience who would love to read your content online. Posting your content in your website and just publishing it there would not invite readers to come in. If you are just starting out, people don’t even know that your site existed so you must be the one to reach out to your potential readers.
Luckily, we already have social media platforms where you can easily share your content without doing too much work. So, go ahead and make a Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account for your blog. Share your content to these platforms and build a following.
Step 8: Statistics & Analytics
As readers come into your site, it is hard to know where they are coming from and which of your blog posts are being read the most. To help you understand more about your traffic, you can use a free tool, called Google Analytics.
Google Analytics tracks and analyzes all the data of your website which will help you understand your audience. Use all the data that is generated by this tool to target more site visitors and to constantly improve your work.
Step 9: Learn from Successful Food Bloggers
If you are just starting out, you might be looking and reading into so many food blog resources, or trying to figure out everything on your own. Doing this would surely cost lots of your time without the assurance of getting good results from your efforts.
I know, because I’ve been there.
But as soon as I realized that I was serious about this thing, I eventually accepted the fact that I needed help, and that help should not come from just anywhere but from those people who are already successful in the business. I decided to level up my game and enrolled in a program called Food Blogger Pro.
Food Blogger Pro is an online course that teaches new and intermediate food bloggers how to start, grow and monetize their food blogs. Everything you need to know about food blogging is taught in their 350 easy to understand videos which topics include how to build your website, how to back-up your website data, food photography & styling, how to write your own ebook or ecookbook, how to monetize your blog and so many more.
So, if you are really serious about building your food blog, growing it and making money from it, then Food Blogger Pro is the best place for you to learn and start.
I hope I have helped you with this post. 🙂