In this article, I will be showing you how to start a food blog step by step. Whether you are starting a food blog as a hobby or to earn an income on the side, a food blog is always a good idea. Although it is a very competitive subject or niche, one can still easily make a success of it. You don’t have to rely on one traffic source to generate traffic. Food is very popular on all social media platforms and you can generate huge amounts of traffic from there. I will be sharing ways of getting traffic to your food blog and creating it from scratch.
Before we get into generating traffic, let us start with creating your food blog!
Step 1 in creating your food blog
Choose a reliable host. You want your blog to be fast, responsive, and user friendly, so having a reliable host should be your main concern. I personally use and highly recommend Hostgator.
Remember to choose a suitable and relevant name for your domain. Please read this article on “how to create a website“, this article will help you set up your entire website and get your ready for step 2.
Step 2. Create social media accounts
I trust you were able to get your website up and running and you are now ready for step 2. Before we get into creating content for your food blog, I suggest you create your social media accounts, because we are going to set up automated sharing on your food blog. So that whenever you create a new post or recipe, it automatically shares it onto your social media platforms. Below are the accounts I use and have success on, but you are welcome to open more accounts with other platforms.
- Facebook – Facebook is my main source of traffic. Create a Facebook page and set up by adding an about sections, name, etc.
- Twitter – Another great source of traffic. Head over and create an account with Twitter for your food blog.
- Pinterest – One of my favorite platforms that drive massive traffic, and the great thing is that it continues to drive traffic over a long period of time. I highly suggest getting Tailwind schedular to schedule your Pins. You will want to create a business account for your blog on Pinterest.
- Yummly – I only recently started using this awesome platform on my food blog. And started seeing traffic on the second day of signing up. It is a bit more difficult than just creating an account. But read this article, “Yummly for publishers“, and you will be up and running in no time.
There are plenty of other social platforms that are great! I only shared these 4 because I have had the most success with them. Please feel free to leave any recommendations you might have in the comment section below.
Step 3 in creating your food blog
We’re almost done with the basics and you can almost start creating content! You just need 3 more tools to make things a bit easier for you.
- WP Recipe Maker – This awesome plugin is a must-have! It has a lot of templates available and not only does it make your recipes look good, but it is also SEO (search engine optimization) friendly and makes creating rich snippets and rich pins very easy. As you can see below, this is what your recipes will look like on Google search results.
- Grow by Mediavine – You don’t have to use this specific plugin, it is just my personal favorite. It makes it really easy for my visitors to share my content.
- Jetpack – This awesome plugin can be used to make backups of your site, to show you your visitor stats and most importantly, to share your content automatically on Facebook and Twitter. It is really easy to setup.
And that’s it! You’re now ready to move on to the next step!
Step 3. Create content
You can finally create your first post! It can be about absolutely anything food-related. I recommend following the below guidelines to see the best results;
- Create original content – Don’t go and just copy other recipes or content. Not only could you get banned from monetization platforms, but your domain could be penalized too, stopping you from ranking in search results. So create original content, write your own recipes, and if possible, use your own photos. If you do not have a photo at hand for one of your delicious recipes, I highly recommend Canva for copyright-free images. They are the leader in the industry and have combines their pro and premium options into one affordable monthly payment option.
- Create good quality content – Give your recipes/articles descriptive names and descriptions. Make your content click-worthy, give your readers a reason to click on your content.
- Focus on social media. If you decided to go with the Grow by Mediavine plugin, this will be very helpful to your social media marketing. See below
As you can see, it allows you to add different images and descriptions for your article/recipe. So you can create a Facebook or Pinterest specific image you want people to see on social platforms whenever someone shares a piece of your content from your site, which is awesome!
- Create SEO friendly content – You are already using WP Recipe Maker which is awesome for rich results. I want you to use a tool like Ubersuggest to do keyword research, this will help you rank right there at the top of Google’s search results. I discuss this tool in more detail in this article.
Step 4 in starting your food blog
Share your content with the world!
- First of all, as explained in the Yummly article, “yum” your own recipes after publishing them.
- Twitter and Facebook sharing should be automatic if you installed and set up Jetpack.
- Create Pins for your content. And Pin them to relevant boards. If you use Tailwind, share them with your tribes!
How do I monetize my food blog?
There are different ways of monetizing your blog. I personally use AdSense and will be upgrading to Mediavine soon. I wrote an article on getting AdSense approved and I encourage you to read it. But there are a lot of ways to earn money with your food blog. I will be updating this article every so often.
If you want to learn how to generate more traffic and get more visitors to your food blog, I have an article “how to get traffic to your website” which goes into more detail about SEO and Social Marketing.
I strongly suggest you check out the following workshop, it has helped me tremendously and is real value for money.
Do you have any questions? Please feel free to leave a comment below. Until next time,