How To Start And Market Your Food Blog
Creating And Marketing Your Food Blog in 7 steps
The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” -Audrey Hepburn
How To Start A Food Blog:
Find your passion in life and blog about it! This is how I feel everyday I open up my laptop and log on to my website.
When I started my blog in 2009 I did not understand what I was doing. For the first year I literally had two followers, which was pretty cool because I didn’t advertise and I wasn’t part of an online group either.
I just knew that I loved cooking and I wanted a way to document my travels and to share my family recipes and other recipes I’ve picked up over the years.
I really wished I had the tools to help me set up my website, learn SEO, advertising, content writing and etc.
I was very surprised in the beginning, I started to have a small following of people. When I say small I mean less than 10 people that were not my family and friends.
Whether you’re starting a food blog or a fashion blog all tips on this page apply, the only difference is the content that you add to your website.
Starting a blog is easy. It’s even better when you do it step by step using WordPress and a hosting site. Are you ready?
You have two ways to start:
Do it yourself. I’ll explain how to build your own self-hosted WordPress website below and the awesome plugins I use.
It will cost you about $7 per month in hosting, plus the cost of a theme (free to $99).
You can hire me to create it for you! ( This part would be the easiest because all you would need to do is set up all your accounts and I will do the rest.) Learn more about how I can create your own blog for you with everything already setup!
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How To Start And Market Your Food Blog, the basics:
Here are the basic steps to setting up a beautiful and functional self-hosted WordPress food blog that is all yours. Your blog will have your own domain name and your own unique look.
Step 1. Name your blog and buy a matching domain name:
Domain names are short, easy to spell, memorable and typically end in .com (yourblogname.com).
Buy your domain from GlowHost, they are always running a sale and are reliable.
Cost: $2 to $20 per year.
Step 2. Find a reliable web host:
A web host stores your website and makes it accessible to the internet.
In other words, your website “lives” on your web host’s servers.
One thing that I like about hostgator is that they offer one-click WordPress installation.
Cost: $1 to $8 per month.
Go to hostgator to check domain names:
Step 3. Install WordPress.
WordPress is top-of-the-line, industry standard blogging software. If your web host is hostgater, here’s how to install WordPress on your cpanal.
Step 4: Install a WordPress theme:
The WordPress theme you choose will determine the look and feel of your site, have fun!
Most themes will allow you to preview your site before you download or test drive it with a demo.
Here is a list of themes I use for my website.
Recommended Premium Themes:
Step 5. Setting up your Google accounts:
First, set up an email with your hosting. An example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’ve created your website email go to Google and sign up for an email there.
Next, follow the steps to add your new website email to your new Gmail account.
Once you have a Google account, log in and set up the following tools:
Google Analytics: helps you track blog traffic. (Note: install the tracking code in your WordPress SEO by Yoost plugin settings.)
Webmaster Tools: makes sure your website is up and running.
Step 6. Install WordPress plugins:
WordPress plugins extend the functionality of WordPress in certain areas.
Here are my recommended plugins:
Broken Link Checker
Contact Form 7
Flickr – Pick a Picture
A Free Read: A Beginner’s Guide to Google AdSense
Step 7: Publish your content:
Now you’re ready to start blogging. Start with some research on what you want to write about and start writing. Create a welcome post and publish it!
Cost: free or use foodcontentpro
Blogging tips that are essential to your blog:
Google apps for work is amazing!
Dropbox is an awesome way to store your food photos! Best part- It’s Free to use!
Check out Tasty Food Photography to get more tips and tricks for improving your food photography.
Looking for ways to grow your website and make money at the same time?
Below are links that you can join today, they are easy to use and best of all, and it is free!
Find a sponsor for your web site. Get paid for your great content.
Social Media Management -A Must Have!
Hootsuite – From one dashboard you’ll schedule Tweets and Facebook posts, monitor conversations, and more.
When you need to prove your social ROI, quickly create and customize ready-to-present analytics reports.
Learn from one of the best in food blogging!
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or if you would like me to help you get started.