Everything A Food Blogger Needs to Know
Ever wanted to start a blog for food or wondered what it was like to be a blogger for food? How do we come up with those recipes? Are those photos real? And do we really eat ALL.THAT.FOOD?
So, if you want to start a food blog, are already a blogger or enjoy good snooping on YTGT to see how it goes.Now It's your time.
Ready to start a beautiful food blog? You have two options:
Hire a web designer to do it for you.
Custom designs usually cost thousands of dollars, but they are definitely an option if you have money to spend. Be sure to ask for references and wait time before writing a check.
Try it Yourself.
I'll explain below how to create your own hosted WordPress website. Hosting it will cost you $2.95 per month, plus theme cost ($ 130 free).
Start Your Own Food Blog: Basic Steps
Here are the simple steps to set up a beautiful and usable WordPress self-hosted food site. Your blog will have its own domain name and its own unique look, and as your blog grows, it will be able to scale with you. When you start a food blog, I recommend following these steps for a big shot at success.
1) Name your blog and buy a matching domain name.
Domain names are short, memorable and usually end in .com (yourblogname.com).
Cost: Free with Bluehost, or about $ 15 per year elsewhere.
2) Find a reliable web host.
Web hosting stores your site and makes it available on the world wide web. In other words, your site resides on your web host's server.
Cost: $ 2.95 per month and up.
3) Install WordPress.
WordPress is a top-notch standard blogging software.
4) Install a WordPress theme.
Your WordPress theme will determine the look and feel of your website.
Cost: free to $130.
5) Customize Google tool.
Google provides invaluable tools and services such as Google Analytics and Search Console.
6) Install wordPress plugins.
WordPress plugins extend the functionality of WordPress to specific areas. For example, one of my recommended free WordPress plugins helps prevent comment spam.
Cost: Free, mostly!
7) Start Blogging!
Post these recipes, stories and photos.
Cost: Hard work!
Step 1: Name your blog and buy a suitable domain name.
Coming up with a title for your new blog can be the most difficult step. You may start brainstorming by coming up with a short mission statement or listing the terms that define your cooking style, lifestyle, experiences, etc. There are many great names that have not been taken yet, I promise!
Characteristics of an ideal blog title
Easy to spell
For Your Help here are 60+ Available .Com Food Blog Names
1. Chop Chop Soup
2. House of Tasty
3. The Fork and Spoon Love Story
4. The Runaway Pea
5. Kitchen Cheers
6. When Vegetables Meet
7. Veggies Living In The Fridge
8. Foodie Therapy
9. Footprints in Flour
10. Kitchen Closeup
11. Kitchen Jungle
12. Sizzle Sizzle Yum
13. Marinated Goodness
14. Fairytale Flavors
15. Tasty Table Delights
16. Spoons of Spices
17. Hometown Flavors
18. Dining With You
Catchy Food Blog Names
19. Flavors 101
20. Recipes of Yesterday
21. Plates of Flavor
22. The Walnut Chopping Board
23. My Kitchen Snaps
24. Home Family Feast
25. Taste The Joy
26. Kitchen Footsteps
27. The Happy Chopsticks
28. The Missing Apron
29. The Lost Chef
30. Escaped Flavors
31. The Dancing Cook
32. Golden Baking Sheets
33. Yummy Tummy Tasty
34. That Smells Delicious
35. Secret Kitchen Diaries
36. Mystery Flavors
37. A Bite of Yummy
38. Servings of Delight
39. Spice Toast
40. Kitchen Portrait
41. Cook and Dance
42. DIY Kitchen Diaries
43. Spoons of Flavor
Veggie and Organic Name Ideas
44. Fresh Farm Flavors
45. Morning Market Visits
46. Home Grown Spices
47. Summer of Flavors
48. House of Veggies
49. Get Your Soup
50. ___(your hometown)__ Salad
51. Who Wants Veggies?
52. Veggie Season
53. Going Green and Vegan
54. Vogue Veggie
55. Veggie Soupie
56. Garden Cooking Specials
57. The Chefs Salad
58. Summer Dresses and Tomatos
Indulgent Name Ideas
59. Dancing With Wine
60. Cheese and Wine Delight
61. Dancing Desserts Delights
62. Creamy Chocolate Cravings
63. Yummy Paradise
After considering some possible names of blogs, you need to check their availability. .com is a standard domain suffix, so try the names available until you find one that works for you. Don't let it work with hyphens or other punctuation marks (very hard to remember).
Here's a simple Bluehost domain name checking tool: Enter the desired domain name and click Verify Domain to be notified if the domain name is available. If so, take it right away!
Once you've selected your entire domain name, you can get it for free with the Bluehost hosting plan. (Or you can buy it at GoDaddy for about $15 a year and add it to your web host later. Based on my personal experience, I don't recommend GoDaddy as a web host.) Who Now Please purchase your domain name before you can. To do!
Step 2: Find a trusted web host.
We want to start with an affordable shared hosting plan that provides an automated WordPress installation. I know this hosting sounds complicated, but one gives you more power!
Bluehost: Affordable, reliable, easy to install, fast, and with 24/7 personal support, Bluehost is recommended for beginners and growing blogs. Bluehost's "starter" plan is about as cheap as hosting.
With Bluehost, like all other budget hosts, you will pay for your plan. Don't worry, if for some reason you are not happy with the Bluehost, you can cancel the full refund within 30 days. (Domain fees are excluded, which you will pay anywhere.)
Step 3: Install WordPress.
This part is so simple. If you have purchased a Bluehost shared hosting plan as suggested, WordPress will be automatically installed on your site!
Once you are logged into your WordPress site, go to Settings> Peralink Settings page and change your Permalink structure to "Post Name". Tap Save. Now it's time to make your blog beautiful.
Step 4: Install a WordPress theme.
Now we come to the fun part! Your WordPress theme will determine the look and feel of your site, so choose the best one.
What to look for in a well-designed WordPress theme: Your theme should conform to your aesthetics and present the features that you want. The subject should also be coded by someone who knows what they are doing.
Sensitive: Responsive designs are designed to provide the best viewing experience for your visitors whether they are coming from their computer, phone or tablet. This means that your visitors will not have to pinch and zoom to read your posts - your text will already have a readable size.
Optimized for search results: This coincides with the last two points, as a well-designed site will naturally rank higher in search results than a site built on a buggy topic. (Want to know if there are coding errors in your potential topic? Run your URL via the W3C markup validation service. You don't have to understand what all errors mean, but know that fewer errors are better. No more errors.)
Easy To use: Find a theme that offers built-in design options so you don't have to modify your code to change the basics. These features will save you a lot of time. Your theme should allow you to easily change your logo, color scheme, etc. Backed by excellent support: When you encounter technical issues, a responsive support team and / or community forums are invaluable resources.
My result: You can start with a free theme, but I recommend you pay money for a premium WordPress theme from a reputable provider. The time and headaches you save in the future will make the money well spent.
Tips for designing a food friendly blog
When adjusting your WordPress theme settings, keep the following points in mind.
Clear Navigation: Keep your blog layout clean and tidy, so visitors can find what they're looking for.
Encourage the following: Place important links to your RSS feed, email subscription and social media option on each page.
Comments: They do not require CAPTCHA nor do they require visitors to log in first. Suggest sharing: Provide buttons for sharing on social media at the end of each post.
Step 5: Set up Google Tools.
Next, set up a new Google account and email address for your blog. It's a good idea to keep your blog-related emails and accounts separate. You also need a Google account to use the following tools. Now create a new Gmail account.
After you have a Google Account, log in and set up the following:
Google Analytics: Helps track blog traffic. (Note: The tracking code should be installed in the Yoast SEO plugin settings.)
Google Search Console: Make sure your website is up and running. (Note: Please install the tracking code in the Yoast SEO plugin settings.)
Step 6: Install the WordPress plugin.
Each of these plugins provides valuable functionality that may not be attached to the theme.
Recommended WordPress plugin for food blogs:
Akismet: Filters out spam comments without requiring CAPTCHA. Nobody likes CAPTCHAs.
Delicious Recipes: Create recipes for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), star ratings, add recipes for printing and more. This plugin helps show recipe pictures in search results. You're more likely to click on these links, right? This is a paid plugin, but I think this feature is worth the cost.
JQuery Pin Button for Images: This plugin makes it very easy for visitors to pin a picture by adding a "pin" button as a hover effect. Setup is very easy. Some sort of share button: There are many social bookmark plugins that add Facebook-like buttons, pinned buttons, etc. to each post. Choose your favorite!
Subscribe to reloaded comments: With this plugin, comment contributors receive an email reply to their comments. This is a useful feature for the reader and improves engagement.
Yoast SEO: SEO is a complex animal and this plugin helps you to make sure that your boss is covered. However, it takes time to perform all the steps and set them up correctly. Make sure you use it to set up Google Analytics and the Google Search Console. Worth the effort!
How to install a WordPress plugin
Easy to install WordPress plugin! Go to your WordPress Dashboard and find "Plugins" in the sidebar. Hover over the plugins and click the Add New option.
Then search the plugin search field and find one of the plugins by name. Once found, click Install Now. Then follow the instructions to configure the plugin settings.
Step 7: Start your blog.
Congratulations! !! !! Now you're ready to publish your post to a new food blog.
Top 20 Tips for Food Bloggers
I love having magic secrets or shortcuts to share, but the truth is that food blogs are hard work. If you follow these 20 guidelines you are most likely to develop a successful food blog.
1. Be authentic.
Publish what you love and produce the best content possible.
2. Don't give up.
Blog growth is slow at first and grows over time, you just stick with it and do your best.
3. Publish original content.
If visitors like the work you do, they will come back.
4. Show off your personality!
Enthusiasm is infectious, so don't be afraid to express it to yourself. One cool thing about blogging is that you can connect with people who share your infinite love.
5. Make friends and help each other.
Connect and cultivate friendships with other bloggers who share your interests. Leave thoughtful comments on their blogs, chat with them on social media and promote their content.
6. Make yourself accessible.
Attend and respond as best you can to social media
7. Make your interface tidy and easy to navigate.
Confusion hurts your stuff.
8. Help visitors to easily follow your blog.
Keep links to RSS / email and social media subscriptions on each page.
9. Value your Commentators.
Find a way to let your commentators know that they are valued by emailing them, publicly replying to their comments, or commenting on their blogs.
10. Make it easy to share your content.
Provide social media sharing buttons at the end of each post. Say thank you when others promote your work.
11. Only post fantastic recipes.
You don't want visitors to pour their time and ingredients into the recipe and get disappointed, do you? It's easier to keep the blog quiet for a few days than to post a recipe that you can't stand up for.
12. State your sources.
Is always. Not cool: literally reprint recipes, post photos of other bloggers without permission. Cool: original recipes, links to your inspiration, links to additional resources on this topic.
13. Don't sell.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't try to make money with your blog, but not join a brand or project that doesn't fit. You are the company you hold. Focus on creating your best content and audience, and opportunities arise.
14. Email regularly.
Be it every day, once a week or every two weeks, don't make your blog look abandoned.
15. Get your own domain name.
If you want your blog to be taken seriously, just do it. You can buy a domain name through GoDaddy for less than $ 20 a year.
16. Create your own WordPress blog.
That is, if you want to have complete control over your design and content and have plenty of room for growth. If you don't know how to do these things, give someone good to do it for you, or shower with homemade cookies until your disgusting friend agrees.
17. Learn about Search Engine Optimization.
SEO is not black magic; It’s about finding quality content. It is essential that the fundamentals are understood and enforced.
18. Submit your posts to Recipe Sites.
When you get started, sites that serve can be a great source of new visitors. You can send your messages to Foodgaker, TasteSpotting, Tasteology and Finding Vegan. Save a text file that contains presentation information so that it can be easily copied and pasted to each site. If your photo is rejected the first time, edit it or select another photo and resubmit. Don't forget to attach your new recipes to Pinterest!
19. Learn to take photos of watering in the mouth.
People want to eat, cook, share, and idolize their recipes when presented with attractive photos.
20. Do what your mother said.
It should be taken lightly, but be good, be constructive, be respectful, be grateful, be humble. To do a lot of work.