So you want to start a food blog right? Great idea.
Trust me, food is one of the most evergreen industry that can never run dry today.
So starting a food blog is a very smart Idea.
I mean compared to many other niches, people eat food everyday.
And as a matter of fact, people’s taste for different foods will continually change with time and they’ll definitely need new food.
Besides tastes, the world is now a global village. And this means that globalization will get people moving to New places and therefore there will always be a need to learn how to cook a new food.
So that’s why if you’re a foodie or a food fan, there’s good news for you.
You can actually start a food blog, grow your audience and make money online.
Oh yes that’s what you’re going to learn here.
Even if you’re doing it just for the passion, in this post, you’re going to learn everything about how to start a food blog, from introduction to setting up your food blog and then promoting and making money with it.
Alright with that said, let’s get into the main deal.
What exactly do you need to start a successful food blog?
Decide to be successful.
The number one thing you’ll need to start s successful food blog is a strong desire to succeed.
No matter how hardworking you are on something without a very strong desire to be successful, you can hardly get anything meaningful done.
So you’ll come out with some really strong desire to succeed before you get to work.
What Food do I blog about?
After that you decide what food niche do I want to blog about?
As you might have noticed, there are many different kind of foods so you can’t literally get to blog about all the food there is.
You can decide to write a food blog about the Chinese cuisine, African cuisine, American cuisine, Veggies etc.
For instance some of the all time popular food blogging needs includes:
There are also other specialty food like that that can only be prepared by a few specialised people.
If you know about how to prepare such rare meals that’s widely acceptable, you can settle with it.
Take your time and write down at least 10 of these popular food niches.
After that, decide on the one you are very good at where you can also produce a good number of food recipes, blog posts, videos and other content.
Be sure you settle for something you feel really comfortable with and start from there.
Remember that whether you’re all so familiar with the topic of your food blog or not, there are actually people who are in search of how to prepare the particular kind of meal.
What’s the plan like?
Oh yes it’s cliche the moment you fail to plan, you’re already planning to fail. There are no two ways about it.
In fact here’s one reason why so many new bloggers feel tired of blogging after a few months – failure to plan.
So when you plan, you contemplate everything. You also set goals. And then try to put in some possible steps that will help you get to OR get across some issues.
When this is done it make the whole journey a bit simplified. Because at each point through your food blogging journey, your plan guides you on what action or step to take.
So from when you get some writers block to when you feel you don’t know where to promote your content and even how you should make money with your blog, your blogging plan should take care of all that before hand.
What I mean is that if you get to a writers block for instance, your blogging plans which also embodies your content strategy should be able to give you a clue on what to write about.
Setting up your food blog.
Here’s where the main work gets started.
All the other time you’ve been dreaming and planning. Now is when to get to work.
The first thing you need here is your domain name.
Your domain name is like your business name.
Make it nice and easily relatable to what you’re doing.
You can purchase a domain name online from a reliable web hosting company.
After purchasing a domain name, go ahead and get a web hosting account before heading over to set up your blog.
Set up the blog.
Now as you embark on setting up your food blog, one thing you’ll need to consider is the platform.
You’ll want to ask yourself, what platform will I be blogging on?
Now, the thing is, there are so many blogging platforms out there that are easy and simple to use for beginners. Which you’ll have to choose one.
Although personally I’d suggest you go with WordPress. Yes. Because WordPress is not only Free and very popular, it’s one platform you can get started as a beginner without much stress.
And yes according to statistics, 30 percent of the entire internet is run by a wordpress platform.
And it doesn’t just end there, every single day, over 500 web platform is built on wordpress.
So with all these stats you’ll definitely consider starting your food blog with wordpress.
Alright so after settling to build your food blog with wordpress, you can now go ahead and install the platform on your Web Hosting account.
After installing wordpress, set up the blog with the the design you want, get the basic plugins installed and you’ll be ready to go live with your first blog post.
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Alright Back to the topic!
If you’ve decided to set up your blog by yourself, be sure to get the security up tight. Also back up your blog in case of eventualities.
It’s something we do for our clients. I also emphasize this for my readers because It’s very important.
Write your first blog post.
Now that your food blog on wordpress has been set up, it’s time to write your first blog post.
So what do you want to write about?
OK let’s call this writing tips for new food bloggers.
I usually see food blogging as something that’s not too difficult compared to other blogging niches.
Because depending on your niche as a food blogger, even the food you eat for the week could serve as a good blogging topic to start with.
So for your first blog post you can start with telling us why you started the blog. Narrate your story and share it with your audience.
When you’ve successfully done this, you might have successfully gotten your mind through the first hurdle of blogging.
As a matter of fact, one of my favorite blogging tips for new food bloggers is to go on a journey…
Especially after your very first post on the blog.
The said journey could be your own meal for the week. I mean if you’ve on a particular regimen for instance, you can take your readers through your meals during the week.
So your blogging could start with a focus on issues like from why you’re taking the particular meal to how you cook it, the condiments and benefits of the meal to the body etc.
These could serve as some head ups.
The journey can also focus on a particular eating recipe for people aiming to attend certain health goals.
If you’re focusing on some more advanced food niche, then you can take up a particular food in the niche and blog about it for the week (or even month) in details…
Writing about everything from why the food is eaten, to the condiments, how it’s prepared, why it’s prepared that way, how it’s cooked, served and even how it should be served.
By the time you divide this posts into these sub headings, you would have gotten enough stuff to write about for days or even weeks.
Some further blogging tips for food bloggers.
Aim for at least a goal of 600-700 words per blog post. It will help in your Search engine optimization purposes.
You can also focus on long form content. And when you do don’t forget to include your target Keywords.
If possible, create video posts alongside your text content. A good number of your audience will want some videos of the stuff you’re talking about.
Don’t worry. With some plugins you can easily link your videos from YouTube to your blog.
Also try to create Infographics for your posts where possible. It can be of immense help to your readers.
How to promote your food blog. And get traffic.
To get continuous stream of readers, you won’t only write blog posts, you’ll need to promote your stuff really well.
This is where content marketing comes in.
You can start right there with your social media.
Get your blog a Facebook page, Pinterest board, Instagram and maybe twitter account.
Start posting stuff to your followers on these platforms. Be sure you have a link back to your blog.
From time to time, share links to your blog posts on these social media accounts.
It both brands you and gives you a handful of readers back to your blog.
Comment on and share your opinion and posts on other platforms like social media groups, web forums etc.
Host events (either virtual or offline) and volunteer to speak and teach others for free at food events in your niche.
Be sure you attend such events with your blog branded materials and encourage participants to visit your blogs for more.
Write guest blog posts on other top blogs within and outside your niche.
Write books about your niche and publish them on Amazon and other places.
Oh yes you don’t need to have a PhD before writing any book. And yes of course you can start with developing a book out of your blog posts. It’s that easy.
In any case, writing and publishing a good book in your niche is a good way to gain loads of endorsement for your expertise and free publicity too.
Set up an email list. With an email list, you can always get back to your visitors and get them to visit your blog again.
How to make money with A food blog.
There are many ways to make money with your food blog. I’ll discuss some of them below…
Sell ads space and accept sponsored posts. Create some space on your blog where people can pay to advertise on the blog.
It can be a page, a post pinned on home page or a banner made visible on the blog.
Write catchy content that will get people to want to advertise on your food blog.
With this also, you can accept relevant sponsored posts where you publish on your blog and get paid.
Use 3rd party ads. Although I don’t personally subscribe to this a lot….
If you’re comfortable with third party ads you can make money with your food blog by applying for third party advertising like Adsense etc.
Join affiliate programs. You can also join niche related affiliate programs and start making money with your food blog.
This is another popular way anyone can make money with a food blog.
Write cook books. Make paid cooking videos. These too can help you make money online as a food blogger.
Create members only subscriptions. When you grow your blog to a good number of readers, depending on the depth of your stuff, you can create a membership area where people will have to subscribe before reading.
It’s a very good way to make money with your food blog although it’s not very popular.
By the way you can also write for some food blogs and get paid for it if you’re interested.
Here’s where I want to conclude today’s tutorial on how to start a food blog and make money online.
Remember you can begin your food blogging journey with a realistic plan, a blog, a stream of consistent and high quality blog posts, promotion of your food blog starting from the social media. And then monetization.
So now that you’ve learned about how to start a food blog and make money online, what are you waiting for?
Like I said, you can start right away with your food blog and grow it to prominence all by yourself.
It’s all about getting your mind and yourself ready to be successful
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