While you are scoping out those great recipes, you may be wondering How to Start a Food Blog
Starting a food blog is easier than you may thing.
How to Start a Food Blog
I’ve been blogging for over 10 years which has taught me a lot.
Being a restaurant owner means that I am constantly around food. Starting this food blog just seemed like the natural thing for me to do.
The surprising thing about food blogging is how easy it is to do. Most food bloggers only post one to three posts per week. Also, promoting those posts is easy thanks to social media outlets such as Pinterest.
Hey- while this article is really informative, it may also contain some affiliate links.
The five steps to How to Start a Food Blog.
Starting a food blog really only comes down to five easy steps.
1. Research Domain Names.
Because, before you can get the web space, you will need to have a domain name. This is essential to setting up your site.
Having the right domain name can help your site become more successful.
You domain name should be relevant to the purpose of your site. What is the purpose to of your site? The purpose of this site is sugar free living. Thus, it is called “The Sugar Free Diva”. The title of this site helps me focus on what I post. The cohesiveness of the title helps to ensure that the topic is also clear to my readers.
Here are six tips to finding that perfect domain name for your site.
- Define the purpose of your site and work that purpose into the site name. I have found in over 10 years of blogging that the more specific your site is, the more successful it will be. However, avoid trying to be too trendy and trends tend to go out of style (remember all of those coupon blogs of a few years ago?).
- Look for something that will tie that purpose with one more thing to make the title ‘quirky’ and thus more memorable. ‘The Sugar Free Diva’ means that I not only living a sugar free lifestyle, I am also somewhat of a diva too. Maybe you like to cook and you are also a programmer- “The Cooking Programmer” would make sense for you.
- Stick with a .com address as this is the most memorable for your readers. However, I suggest purchasing other extensions of the same domain as well and pointing them to your .com address. This will prevent someone else from trying to do something nefarious with your domain causing you a headache later on.
- Keep the name short and easy to spell. Make it as easy as possible to remember correctly when someone types your domain name into their address bar to find you.
- Avoid hyphens, underscores, and the like. Nobody gets these right the first time around.
- Lastly, research that domain name. Chances are that your first choice may be taken already. However, when you research your chosen name, similar suggestions will pop up.
You can search for domain names here.
Tip: if possible, pay the extra $ to keep your information private on that domain name. This will keep spamming to a minimum.
2. Sign up for hosting.
While you could use the company who sold you the domain name for hosting, you probably could go somewhere else for hosting. I have sites hosted with one hosting service using domain names from another company.
Using WordPress.org (wordpress.com is a free and more limited way to go) as a blogging medium is a given these days. While there are alternatives out there that may be cheaper etc., WordPress.org is the standard. When you use WordPress.org, you own the site and everything that you post on it- such as images. Free blogging platforms, such as Blogspot, can shut down your site without notice and thus, your images are gone. Also, when you own your own site, you can choose your own advertising and make the money from that advertising. You can also do other things to make money such as sponsored posts and affiliate sales.
The best deal for hosting if you are open to starting other blogs in the future comes from Hostgator.
Hostgator has several Powerful Shared Web Hosting options including the baby plan. I have this package for several sites that I own.
Hostgator also has WordPress Cloud Hosting if your site is expected to get a lot of traffic (100k+/mo). These options also comes with backups. (You could do backups on your own with other hosting plans if they are not included from your host.)
3. Set up your blog.
Setting up your blog means installing the wordpress software on to the server space.
By ‘set up’ I mean after you get your domain name and have selected a host, it is time to install the software. Back in the day, a few years ago…, you had to install your own WordPress software on to your server space. Today, hosts have listened and have made things a bit easier for us to get up and running. Often there will be a ‘one click’ installation or the host will give you a specific package for WordPress.
Why is it important to know about this?
Because servers can host software other than WordPress. Not everything that you see on the internet runs on a WordPress platform. Gasp!
4. Design your layout
Let’s put lipstick on that site we just set up.
The layout is the physical design of the site. The physical design and how it is written has a lot to do with how well your site will function and look. Function can affect the site speed which can affect how much Google likes you, and thus, send more traffic your way. Look can affect how people perceive your site- kind of like seeing a cute puppy versus an ugly bug.
Foodie Pro Theme— This site runs on the Foodie Pro Theme from Studiopress.
Other popular food focused themes include, Daily Dish Pro Theme,
and the Divine Theme
5. Publish–Keep Relevant.
Let’s get started!
There is a lot to learn after you start to publish. Getting your style is an evolving process that seems to get updated constantly.
I learn something new every day. Learning something new every day keeps me relevant because trends change. Even though I have been blogging for a long time, I still keep up thanks to programs such as Food Blogger Pro.
Here are some more links that can help you with your blog.
- 10 Mistakes that Bloggers Make – and how to fix them-Free eBook!
- 7 Essential Tools You Need to Shoot Your Own Recipe Videos
- Start and grow your food blog with Food Blogger Pro
- Click here to download The Genesis Guide for Absolute Beginners (PDF – 1.4 MB)
- Free Migration for StudioPress Sites
- Get Your Domain, Web Builder, and Unlimited Email for Just $3/mo
- See How You Can Set Up a WordPress Blog in 15 Minutes
- Business Mail – Get 1000 GB of Free Space w/ Yahoo Business Mail!
- Website Builder – Create a professional looking business website for as little as $7/mo!