How to start a food blog
Want to start a food blog but not sure where to start? Well, this post is for you! Learn how to get your blog up and running and have a food blog by the end of the day!
Before I started Choosing Chia, I sat around for MONTHS saying…” maybe I’ll start a food blog.” Days, weeks and months passed by and I just never seemed to be able to get started. Why? I was intimidated by the process of ACTUALLY starting the blog.
Eventually, I said enough is enough, and bit the bullet and get my blog up and running. And let me tell you, once I did all I could think was WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO DO THIS? Because friends, as scary as it might seem to start a food blog, I promise the process is MUCH easier than you think.
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. I’m serious. After you finish reading this post, I want you to look at your calendar and block an hour off two hours of time this week to get your blog up and running. Deal?
The hardest part is getting started, but once you do you’ll be SO happy you did and well on your way to sharing some awesome content with billions (yes, billion!) of people on the web. Pretty cool right?
How to start a food blog
Get excited…because right now you get to name your blog! (*YAY*)
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. (note: you can check if the name you want is already taken. If it is you can try a similar name or even .co instead of .com)
Next, you’ll need a host. We won’t get too technical here but think of this as essentially “renting” a digital space on the web to host your website.
I use Cloudways.com to host my blog, and I would highly recommend 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!
When looking at hosting options, avoid getting shared hosting. As your website grows this can cause it to run quite slow.
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!
Now comes the fun part. 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 all glammed up, you’ll want to download some essential plugins.
- WP Tasty: As a food blogger, you’ll absolutely need a recipe plugin. I recently switched over to WP Tasty’s Tasty recipes plugin and I can’t recommend it enough. It costs a small annual fee, but is totally worth it.
- 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…cuz nobody likes spam.
- Wp rocket: Alright, I’m not going to get too technical on what a caching plugin does, just know that you need one. A caching plugin will help make sure your blog is running fast and up to date. I use WP rocket which has a small annual fee but is the best caching plugin there is. (if you’re interested in learning more about caching here’s a youtube video that explains it!)
- Shortpixel: Lastly, you’ll want to get an image optimization plugin. Photo files can be quite large and cause your blog to load really slow, (not so great for user experience!) so make sure to have a photo optimizing plugin like short pixel to shrink down your image file size!
6. 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 use 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. Other great options are MailChimp and Infusionsoft.
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!
Still feeling overwhelmed?
If you’re not very tech-savvy and still feeling totally overwhelmed about how to purchase a domain, get your hosting up and running, and getting your WordPress blog put together, you can always hire something to do it for you.
I like Upwork.com for hiring freelancers and contractors. Here you can post an add and hire a candidate based on their experience and your budget and have a professional get your blog up & running and optimized for you!
Additional resources for food bloggers:
- Composition essentials (great resource food photography)
- Food blogger pro (subscription-based website for food bloggers)
- 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.