Do you love food? who does not? but if your love of food is beyond eating and you are known for your recipe in family and friends. People just vouch for your love for food, then a food blog might be the right option for you to share your love of food with the world and also you can earn some money from it. Food blogs are the most popular genre But like all other work-at-home options, it takes planning and action to be successful.
Are you wondering from where to start? read on, help is here. I will summarise the steps in 5 lines so that you can understand and then I will explain every step in detail.
Starting a Food Blog in Five Steps:
- Think what kind of food blog you want to start, May it be baking, Vegan cooking, Non- veg cooking or regional cooking etc.
- Choose a blogging platform, domain name, and hosting option.
- Design your food blog using a simple theme to get your desired look and feel.
- Select the best plugins for your food blog.
- Add your recipes, photos and start marketing your blog
Before you jump into all the steps, let us see what are the things you need to understand before jumping into food blogging bandwagon.
like any other work food blogging is a work and need your time. Food Blogging will need your attention and hard work to succeed. I wish you very best of luck. there are few pros and cons of food blogging that you need to know,
Pros of Starting a Food Blog
- You can turn your love of food into income.
- You get to be creative with your food creations.
- Food blogging is easy and affordable to get started.
- Food blogs are easy to monetize through ads, affiliate programs, and sponsorships.
- You can build a community around food and eating.
- It can lead to other opportunities such as books, a cooking show etc.
Cons of Starting a Food Blog
- Successful food blogs need new content often, which means a lot of cooking and coming up with new ideas.
- You need to be able to take great photographs of your cooking process and end results.
- Food Blogging will take time to build up a readership that leads to a good income.
Here are tips for starting and making money from a food blog:
- Decide what type of food blog you want to start. Having a special blog dedicated to a special Niche is always better than general topics, like food blogs dedicated to Baking, Gluten-free cooking, Sugarfree or Vegan recipes. A regional recipes blog would be a good idea, try to find your own special niche to excel.
- Create a blog name. Choose a name that describes your blog and is available as a domain name. When coming up with your name, be descriptive, but not too limiting that you can’t expand on your idea. For example, a chocolate candy blog is too narrow and instead you might want to have a name that would include chocolate cookies and cakes, and even lunch or dinner recipes. Check here on Bigrock.com to find the availability of the domain name and hosting
- Purchase your domain name and web hosting. You can create a blog on free sources such as Blogger or wordpress.org, but the most successful (and profitable) bloggers, have their own hosting. Many web-hosts will include the purchase of your domain name when signing up for service. Or you can buy them separately. Choose a web host that offers easy WordPress install. There are other content management platforms but is the most used and one of the easiest to learn.
- Install WordPress on your web hosting account. Check with your host provider on how you can do this from within your hosting account. Once installed, choose a theme that works well with food. From within your WordPress dashboard, you can search “food” themes and click to install. For best results, choose a theme that is responsive (adjusts for easy reading on tablets and smartphones), optimized for search engines, and is easy for readers to navigate. You can get themes for free, but you might want to consider purchasing a theme for greater customization and features.
- Install plugins to use the site at the fullest. The basic plugins you should install include Askimet for comment spam filtering, social media tools so people can share your content, caching to make your site load faster and be less of a drain on your host, contact form (don’t put your email address on your blog or you’ll get spam), and Google Analytics. Also, consider adding foodie plugins such as EasyRecipe, which makes it easy to enter and print recipes, as well as optimizes your recipes for Google.
If All of these seems greek and you are not able to understand, ask me I will be happy to help you in setting up all of these for you. you can send me a message on my Facebook profile or email me on email@example.com
- Set up an email list. Email lists will help you generate more income. How? You can email your list to let it know about new recipes, reminding people to return to your site so they can then click on your monetization options. You can also email special offers and promotions. Use an email service and paste a sign-up form on your blog. Offer a freebie such as recipes or cooking videos to entice visitors to subscribe.
- Add recipes. You should add 10 to 15 recipes right away so readers have several to read. After that, create a blogging schedule to add several recipes a week. When you add your recipes, take appetizing photos and write clear, step-by-step instructions. Don’t be afraid to add personalized information such as changes you made to the recipe or stories about the recipe’s history (i.e. if it’s grandma’s recipe). Read tips for optimizing the blog for search engines
- Promote your blog. One myth many have is that by building a blog, people will read it. But that’s not true. People can’t read what they don’t know about. While you want to optimize for search engines, you can’t rely on search engines alone to drive traffic to your blog. Set up social media accounts such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter to share your recipes. Make videos that you can post on your blog, but also publish on YouTube. Develop an online marketing plan to reach your target market. Don’t forget to consider off-line marketing strategies as well.
- Make money from your blog. Making money requires having traffic, which is why you need to market before you monetize. But once you have visitors to your blog, start adding money-making resources. A few options include contextual advertising such as Google AdSense and affiliate programs, such as promoting cooking tools. As you grow, you can write your own cookbooks or sell training videos.
Hope these tips are enough to get you started. I am here to answer any of your questions and give you direction when you need it. feel free to connect with me on facebook and ask any question in the comments.