We occasionally hear rumors that blogging is a dying art form, but the numbers don’t prove this to be true. From 2015 to 2020, the number of active blogs increased by about 3 million.
If you’re wondering how to start a food blog and add your voice and experience to the vast online world, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether it’s a passion project or something you hope to grow into a lucrative career, the beginning steps are the same.
Read on to learn more about how to start a food blog today!
Pick a Name, Buy the Rights, and Get Online
The first thing you need to do is pick a name for your new food blog. It should be something short and memorable. While it doesn’t have to reference food, directly, something descriptive and relevant to your niche can help your search results.
In picking a name, you should think about the niche you are trying to fill. Some food blogs are all-encompassing, but you may have an easier time finding your audience if you choose a specific style or type of cooking to focus on. That being said, this may feel limiting later, so choose wisely.
The next thing you need to do is buy the domain rights for your website’s URL, which should match the title of your blog. Once you’ve got it, you’ll need a web host. Finally, it’s time to start setting up your blog!
Aesthetics are an important part of any blog. You want your design to match your blog’s branding and your photography and formatting to remain relatively consistent.
For example, if you use a black and white filter on the first several cover photos you post, you’ll want to continue to do so. Your readers learn to expect certain things from your blog and consistency creates a feeling of professionalism.
If you don’t have a strong background in web design, you may consider hiring a professional to help you get your website started. However, there are plenty of templates and other free or low-cost resources that are designed for beginners!
Once your website is no longer under full construction, it’s time to start uploading content. It’s not a bad idea to brainstorm enough post ideas to keep you going for a few months. Ideally, you’ll have already made these recipes well in advance and taken quality photos of them so that you can start out with a focus on crafting attention-grabbing content.
Use SEO tools to incorporate keywords that yield high search results. Pay attention to the posts that perform well–and the ones that flop. In the beginning, you’re working on a learning curve!
Blog with Joy
When you’re learning how to start a food blog, it’s important that you bring passion and joy to the subject. Starting a blog from the ground up is hard work and if you don’t love what you’re writing about, you’re going to burn out quickly!
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