Are you passionate about food?
Or like exploring new food places and sharing with others?
If yes, then considering food blogging might be the right choice for you.
However, food blogging isn’t as easy as it may sound. You don’t just need to have food or share it with others but also follow some standard rules.
All you need is a little guidance to nudge you in the right direction. Want to know- “How to start food blogging step by step?” Here is a simple guide that will help you grow your food blogging business.
TIPS TO KICK-START YOUR FOOD BLOGGING
Too many tips can be overwhelming for a budding blogger. Hence, we have curated a few easy but significant tips for you to consider as a noob.
1. CHOOSE YOUR NICHE
Just like starting any other kind of blogging. You need to choose a niche that you are passionate about.
There are millions of food blogs all over the internet. If you don’t choose a particular stream then it will be very tough for you to make an impact (high competition).
Choose a niche that triggers your inner foodie. If you don’t choose a niche that you aren’t passionate about then, chances are you will soon lose interest, and writing blogs will be challenging for you.
There are so many types of food blogs that you can choose from::
- Recipe Blogs ( Quick easy recipes for fitness freaks or working professionals etc)
- Food and Drink Tasting Blogs
- Food Review Blogs
- Diet Specific Blog ( Low carb diet or Keto Diet Blog)
- Blogs promoting Traditional Cooking Styles ( Cooking in earthen pots and many more)
- Miniature Food Blogs ( Bloggers sharing recipes cooked in miniature utensils)\
- Food Platting Blogs ( Guiding plating style of different food items)
- Food and Travel Blogs
- Location Specific Food Blogs ( Exploring different food places in a particular city/country) and many more
Choose a domain that drives you. Sit with yourself. Introspect. Explore different options and find what works best for you. Figure out your niche and go for it!
2. CHOOSE A BLOGGING PLATFORM
Before you start food blogging you will have to sort out some technicalities. One of which is choosing a blogging platform for your blogs.
A blogging platform is where you will create, manage, update, modify and analyze your content. It is the Content Management System that will help you kick-start your blogging career.
There are various blogging platforms available online. Our recommendation to you either as a noob or a pro is Wordpress.org. 43% of the web is built on WordPress. also, WordPress holds anywhere from 40% to 65%of the CMS market share.
With so many choices available are you confused about what platform to choose?
Here’s a list of top 5 blogging platforms that you would like to consider:
Regardless of whatever blogging platform you choose, you will need to choose hosting from:
- Free web hosting
- Open-source self-hosted blog
Hosting helps you to share your blogs live with the world. If you don’t choose a great hosting then your blogs will take ages to load, and your visitors will bounce off. So, make sure you choose your hosting wisely.
3. CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME
Just like any other kind of blogging, food blogging also demands you choose a good domain name. A Domain name is the face of your brand.
People are going to judge you by your domain name first, and then by your blogs. Therefore, you need to be very careful while choosing a domain name for your brand.
Make sure your domain name:
- Available online and not taken by other brands
- Reflects on your blogging niche
- Easy to pronounce
- Short and sweet
- Contains your name if you are famous already
You need to register your domain name before you launch your website.
There are a lot of websites that will help you understand the availability of domain names.
4. SELECT YOUR BLOG THEME
A great blogging website also has a great look and feel to it. For different blogs the flavor and design are different.
For your blog to stand apart, you would want it to look more appealing, unique, and memorable.
How do you do that?
This is done by choosing a theme that goes well with your blogging category. You can check out your competitors’ blogs to draw some inspiration.
Be careful to pay attention to the features of the theme you are choosing, preview it and check its ratings.
If you are using WordPress then there is a pool of over 3000 themes to choose from. You can preview the themes by selecting Dashboard > Appearance > Themes.
Click to know the 10 Best Food Blogging Themes in WordPress.
5. CREATE CONTENT
Once you have sorted out all the technicalities of your blog it’s time to work on your creativity.
Plan your content scheduler.
Enhance your content quality to get more traffic. Here are 6 tips to keep in mind while creating content:
TIP 1: Figure out different ways to enhance your post quality. For example, one can be putting high-quality pictures in your blog which drool your audience! Food Blogging depends a lot on visual representation so investing in professional equipment to create visually tempting content is a great choice!
TIP 2: Optimize your content according to SEO tactics. Use various on-page and off-page SEO practices to make your content SEO savvy. This helps Google rank your posts.
TIP 3: Follow SEO techniques to optimize content. But, don’t follow it blindly SEO copies can be boring to read. Make sure you have your personal touch in your content. It should represent you and not a machine language full of keywords.
TIP 4: Use short paragraphs and make your content as easy as you can for your readers to consume. hard and boring content is never appreciated by the readers.
TIP 5: Make sure you are creating relevant content. Give your readers what they want to read. Conduct research on Quora or other platforms to know your target audience better. And, do not spam them with irrelevant content.
TIP 6: Plagiarism is illegal. Google penalizes copied content. You cannot just copy-paste somebody’s content and publish it under your label. It is no less than theft. Hence make sure you write original content and give references to sources you take content from.
Follow these tips and see the changes in the quality of your content. Bet, you will be surprised to see the results!
6. PROMOTE YOUR CONTENT
For you to become successful it is important people know about your work. Here is where promotion comes into play. If you won’t promote your blogs nobody will get to know about your work.
Sad, isn’t it?
Don’t worry we won’t let that happen to you!
Here are some tips for you to promote your blogs:
1. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
According to reports, 95.9% of bloggers promote their blog posts via social media.
Instagram is visually oriented and hence one of the best platforms for food bloggers to promote their blogs. Be careful to post consistently on social media to promote your content.
There’s already a community of people using social media. 98% of people are on social media these days. So, what are you waiting for? Ready. Get. Set. Go.
2. ENABLE SHARING BUTTONS
Sometimes when you want something, you need to ask for it. You need to add social media sharing icons with your post.
A lot of bloggers are using the “click to tweet” functionality in their blogs to increase engagement.
Try experimenting with different positions and types of sharing panels ( top, sidebar, bottom, or even scrollable). You can also experiment with different sizes and see what works best for you.
3. BUILD AN EMAIL LIST
To keep in touch with your blog audience you need to maintain an email list for your business.
With a large number of contacts, an email list can be a little overwhelming. You should segment it down. Divide contacts according to their buying behaviors, past order history, or geographies. Simplify your email list and use it to your advantage.
You can send out personalized messages to your subscribers to make them feel valued. Or even, huge discount codes to make them feel important like they are! Sending out free guides to your subscribers after they sign up is also a great way to engage with them.
An email list is a great way of politely reminding your customers about your brand or asking them for CTAs.
Successful bloggers focus a lot on building an email list. Make sure you do it too!
7. EARN MONEY THROUGH FOOD BLOGGING
No matter what kind of blogger you are. Ultimately, your goal is to earn money and become successful.
However, earning through blogging is not a piece of cake. It takes years of hard work to earn money, sometimes even years. But, with certain tips in mind, we ensure you will not have a tough time.
Want to earn money through food blogging? Let’s get you started.
Here is a complete guide for you to earn money through food blogging:
1. SOCIAL MEDIA COLLABORATIONS (PAID)
Social media collaboration is a great revenue channel for food bloggers.
You can collaborate with various F&B brands like Coca-cola, Mother Dairy, and many more to earn a decent amount of money. Big brands have bigger pay cheques!
If you have a recipe blog, then you can use your collaborator’s ingredients and advertise it on your page.
Moreover, these days Restaurants, cafes, and even food stalls are collaborating with food bloggers to get noticed. The reason is- food bloggers already have a loyal community of people (foodies) who they are looking for.
While collaborating with brands is a fruitful way for you to earn money. You need to disclose your collaborators while collaborating. In fact, in some countries, it’s illegal to not disclose your collaborators.
Let me hove you an example to put an ideal collaboration post.
For instance, if you are using Instagram for collaboration there’s a paid partnership label that you can use to disclose it’s a collaboration. You can even tag or add your collaborator to the post.
Since your audience trust you completely. Make sure you sure collaborating with genuine, trustworthy brands. Your reputation is at stake so choose your collaborators wisely! Else after a point of time, your audience will stop following your suggestions.
2. PRODUCT OFFERINGS
Successful bloggers have more than one source of income. Only relying on your blog posts to earn money is never advisable.
For food bloggers who have an interest in devising new recopies, selling their cookbooks online is a great source of additional income. You can sell these cookbooks online on your websites or e-commerce portals like Amazon. Selling e-books or physical copies of your cookbooks is the safest way to start with.
If cooking doesn’t interest you. Don’t worry we got another plan for you!
- You can even launch your guides mentoring food bloggers on:
- How to take a perfect food photograph
- Different mouth-watering ways to platter your food
- How to monetize your food blog
- Food styling and many more, options are endless!
If you are a successful blogger then you can even launch a book walking readers through your journey of success.
Figure out what works for you. Do not just depend on your blogs to fetch you money. Explore more options.
3. GOOGLE ADSENSE
You can earn money through your own website and that too without much effort.
Isn’t this amazing?
Thanks to Google AdSense!
You can earn money by just making space available for ads. The ads are generated by businesses that use the Google AdWords program. And, you earn money when somebody clicks on them. However, you need to complete a target of $100 per month to earn money. If not, then your earnings roll over to next month.
What’s even more interesting is you can run different ads on several websites with just one Adsense account which is free to create.
4. LAUNCHING YOUTUBE CHANNEL
When it comes to food, watching videos are far more enticing than black and white text. And, what better than YouTube when it comes to videos? YouTube is the largest video-sharing website in the world!
So, many successful bloggers earn money through YouTube.You can use a huge community already present on YouTube and not only earn money but drive traffic to your blogging website too.
You need to be however consistent while putting up videos for YouTube to promote them. Once you complete a benchmark of 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time, you are eligible for monetization.
Click to know about some Food Bloggers who earn by cooking a storm on their YouTube channel.
No longer food blogging is considered a hobby. Instead, it is a lucrative source of main income. According to SEMrush reports suggest that Food and personal finance bloggers make the most income. The food bloggers make a median monthly income of $9,169, while personal finance bloggers make $9,100.
Here is a classic guide to starting food blogging in brief:
1. To kick start food blogging professionally, you need to choose a niche and a blogging platform.
2. After your blogging platform is ready, you are all set to pick a domain name that resonates with your style.
3. After you have your domain name, you can plump up for a website theme. A great website theme is essential for a seamless user experience.
4. Once you have sorted out all the technicalities, It’s time for you to be creative. Craft your blogging content and launch your blogs.
5. Congratulations, now you are ready to encourage other people to land on your blogs. This is where promotion comes in! Start promoting your content to attract traffic.
Additionally, to earn money from your content, you need to focus on monetizing your blogs.
1. Google AdSense is a lucrative way of earning money. You just need to provide a space for advertisers and you get paid each time somebody views the ad. Since a lot of people are active on social media these days. Collaborating with brands is a great way to mint money. Remember, big brands have big pay cheques!
2. Social media collaborations or product offerings like cookbooks or guides online are also some amazing ways to start earning a side income.
So, if you are a foodie what are you waiting for? Ready. Get. Set. Go.
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