Let’s talk about resources now. I have been blogging for a little while now, and I have spent some time and money on many things just to get the so desired views and visitors. With this page, my aim is to help you answer two questions. How to start a food blog, and how to grow your food blog?
If you are just starting to blog, trust me, I know how you feel. It feels overwhelming, challenging and quite frankly just too complicated.
The objective of this page is to provide you with a step by step guide on how to start your food blog, how to grow it and what kind of gear you’ll need as a food blogger.
As I grow, and learn as a blogger, I will update this page and keep it always up to date, to make sure that you get all the advice and support you need to make your blog a success.
How to start a food blog?
First thing you need to think of is hosting. There are many options out there, and the process of making sure that you pick the right one can be frustrating.
SiteGround: What is there left to say about these guys. I have been with a few hosts and SiteGround has been the best by far. Their customer service gets a 10/10 for me. Let me tell you about my experience with them:
I was looking into cutting costs, and started shopping around for a new host. Initially, I chose HostGator to migrate my blog. Total disaster, I initiated the migration in a Saturday, and on the next Monday evening, nothing was done. Every time I called, I waited for 10 minutes on the line only to talk to someone who didn’t have any knowledge on how they can help me. All while my blog was down, and the worst thing was, I provided them with my SQL Database and my content and they still couldn’t get it done. So yeah, that’s Hostgator.
I decided to call SiteGround, and they completed the migration in 15 minutes. My blog was up and running. And did I mention that I never had to wait to talk to a rep?
This is why I recommend SiteGround for every starting blogger, their customer service is excellent, and thanks to their SuperCacher your blog’s loading time will be phenomenal.
And that’s very important, Google gives priority to sites that loads faster (and have awesome content too).
I run my blog on a theme called Foodie Pro. It’s an awesome theme that uses the Genesis framework. It’s very clean and classy, and it makes your content shine through it’s minimalistic design. I love this theme.
It’s very easy to use, and you’ll get a lot of support from the creators.
I have not used this theme yet, I only saw the live demo from StudioPress and I really liked the way it looks. It’s clean, elegant and feels a lot like Foodie Pro. Plus, it’s made by Shay Bocks, a.k.a the Foodie Pro girl.
Take a look,
Premium vs Free themes
Why pay for something when you can get it for free right? Well I’ll tell you why. Free themes are not as flexible as you want them to be. When you are a food blogger, your content needs a platform that can make it shine, and that’s what the premium themes bring to the table. Do the comparison yourself and you’ll understand that if you are serious about blogging, a premium theme is the way to go.
Now let me give you a helpful piece of advice, if you are just starting out, it’s probably better if you get a free theme, this way you will get an idea of what blogging is all about. If you love it, then by all means, go premium.
Essential Blogging tools:
Tailwind: This in my number one social media planner. Period. If you are using Pinterest to get more traffic towards your blog (Please don’t tell me you’re not), You have probably noticed that it’s very hard to stay ahead of the game. This why you will love Tailwind. It helps schedules your pins for you and even suggests optimal times for pinning your content. I schedule my pins a couple of weeks in advance and focus on content creation.
Of course, if you are looking to up your game, make your pins more pinable there is one fun tool called Canva. It helps people like you and me who don’t wanna spend
more hours on Photoshop creating long pins, make them in just seconds. All you gotta do is upload your images, choose a grid, drag and drop and voila! Did I mention that it’s mostly free?
FoodBlogger Pro: I love this site, and I learned so much from it. It’s ran by Minnesota’s best blogging couple, Lindsay and Bjork, a.k.a PinchofYum. I’m gonna let you on a little secret, these guys are my secret mentors. They don’t know it either hehe. I learned a lot from their blog, podcast, ebooks, and most of all their video courses on FoodbloggerPro.com
Here is the thing, being a food blogger isn’t just about being a talented cook. You can have the most amazing recipes in the world and you’ll still have a hard time selling them if you don’t understand the basics of blogging. That’s where this course comes in handy, it takes you step by step into it and debunks all the myths behind it.
Here is a little taste:
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VaultPress: This is the back up plugin for me. The $5/month “lite” plan will do the job just fine.
Easy Recipe: This plugin is gold. It allows to format your recipes for your site and search engines. This is crucial, as Google is one of the biggest traffic drivers in the world.
Simple Share Buttons: Keeps a count of your shares on social media of your choices and helps your readers easily share your content.
This is the only Camera I have ever owned, and will probably keep for a very long time. It has incredible image quality and performance. As a food blogger, you cannot rely on faulty equipment. You need a winner on your side, and this baby is the wingman/woman you have been waiting for. I got it with an 18-55mm lens.
The Canon T5i is also ideal for HD video recording, and it comes with the brilliant Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0’’ which makes video recording and photography a lot more fun.
I honestly couldn’t be any happier.
I use this tripod to take overhead shots (which are super popular right now) and shoot videos and it is the best. Thank to the aluminium arm that comes with it, say goodbye to back pain when you are taking some overhead shots.
This tripod checks all the boxes for me. Its light, compact and ideal for overhead shooting. It’s a little pricey, but it’ll last you for as long as you need it.
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