This page is dedicated to helping you start and maintain a food blog. With everything from the basics to the same resources that I used to grow my audience.
Starting a Food Blog
I actually started blogging for free on blogger.com. You can even use your own domain name with blogger if you aren’t ready to spend the money (Use these instructions for setting up the domain). I switched to wordpress once my blog began to grow, I like the functionality better, as well as the fact that I own my content this way. By owning my content I’m not always in fear of Google shutting down my blog one day or slow load times if the traffic is too high. I actually used High Note Designs for my switch to wordpress.
Getting started is pretty easy. Here are the steps I took to get started on a self-hosted site.
- Get a Domain Name & Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Choose a Design
- You’ll need a framework. I recommend the Genesis Framework since it’s the number one selling framework and it’s really easy to use.
- Once the framework is in place you will need to choose a theme. Studio Press has a number of awesome themes. For this blog, I use Child Theme.
- I designed the rest of the details of this blog myself with some help from Blog Design Love 2.0, but you can also find inexpensive pre-made designs on Etsy, or have a custom design made.
My Favourite WordPress Plug-Ins & Tools
My Favourite learning tools
- Pinch of Yum (Tasty Food Photography, Resources, & Income Pages are great)
- Food Blogger Pro
- Craftsy (Photography & food photography courses)
- Books: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 100 Startup100 Startup, #GIRLBOSS, The Reputation Economy, Creativity, Inc.
Growing your Blog
Submission sites: There are a number of websites that allow you to submit your amazing photos. Once the photos are accepted I typically see a slight boost in traffic. The sites that I frequent are Food Gawker, Taste Spotting, & oh my veggies Potluck.
Also Check out Pinterest Group Boards, Facebook Groups, and blog hops. My Pinterest group is right here and free to join!!
Let me know if you have any other questions I’d be happy to help!