So you want to know how to start a food blog but have no clue where to start…
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Trust me, I’ve been there. Starting a food blog can be tons of fun, but it also requires a bit of work to get it up and running before you start posting those killer recipes you want to share. This post on how to start a food blog will walk you through the steps to get your blog up and running so you can start blogging asap!
If there’s one piece of advise I can give you if you want to start a food blog, (or any blog for that matter) is to start right now. Taking the leap to start a blog is the first and hardest step to actually getting started.
Don’t worry though, I’ve got you covered. Just keep reading on below and you can have your blog up and running today!
How to start a food blog
Get excited…because right now you get to name your blog!
The first thing you’re going to want to do is to buy your domain name. (I use GoDaddy.com) Just search the domain you want, add it to your cart, and congratulations! You now own your domain name.
Next step is the host your domain name. This is essentially like “renting” a digital space on the web to host your website.
I use Cloudways.com to host my blog, and I absolutely love them! They even have some options that give you a free domain when you sign up.
I’ve used other hosting platforms in the past, but I can’t stress enough how happy I was with the switch to Cloudways. (The price and value for me are just unbeatable) When you start a blog, you’ll want to have great hosting with great customer service to help you out along the way, so make sure to go with a hosting that you feel comfortable with and trust!
Next, you’re going to need to Install WordPress. WordPress is a blogging software where you will have your actual blog! You can download WordPress through your hosting, make a username and password, and voila, you have a WordPress blog!
This parts fun. You now get to choose a look for your blog! WordPress does have some free themes available you can check out, but if you’re looking for a great theme that’s not too expensive I’d recommend the Genesis Framework.
Now that you’re blog has gotten a makeover and is looking pretty, it’s time to download some essential plugins.
Yoast SEO: If you haven’t heard of SEO before (Search Engine Optimization) you’re going to want to start learning a bit more about it! Luckily optimizing your blog posts for the web is super easy and straightforward with Yoast SEO.
Askimet: Blocks spam from your blog…nobody likes spam.
Wp super cache: Alright, I’m not going to get too technical on what a caching plugin does, just know that you need one, and it’ll help make sure you’re blog is up to date and fast. (if you’re interested in learning more about caching here’s a youtube video that explains it!)
6. Set up your email list
It’s time to start collecting e-mails. In fact, building an e-mail list is one of the most important things you can do for your blog. (if not the most important)
I recently switched over to Mailer Lite for my newsletters. (which if you’re not signed up for yet you can sign up here!) Their interface is super straightforward and their customer support is the bomb.
6. Start blogging!
Congratulations! You are ready to start blogging! Are you excited?
Now that you’ve handled the technical stuff, click here to learn my top food photography tips for beginners!
Additional resources for food bloggers:
- Composition essentials
- Food blogger pro
- Tasty food photography e-book
- Masterclass courses (photography & cooking courses)
This post contains affiliate links. All products & services recommended in this post are ones that I’ve personally used for my blog.