When I first wanted to start a food blog, I knew it would take hard work and dedication. While working in Digital Marketing, I managed blogs and the social platforms of several clients. I realized the amount of work and tedious attention to detail necessary to make a blog successful.
The last thing I wanted to do was start my own blog and not be able to give it my all. That’s why it took me so long to finally start A Sassy Spoon! It breaks my heart when I see a beautiful food blog – abandoned! But I get it, it’s hard to maintain and stay consistent with such a crazy, ever-changing digital landscape.
Once I was finally ready to take the plunge and go head first into the blogging biz, I handled it like I handle everything in life – I goggled the hell out of it!
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, this list of blogger resources is invaluable in helping you grow and maintain your blog! I hope this list is as helpful for you as it has been for me. I’m still learning but I’m always open to questions, leave a comment below!
Thanks for being here!
Starting A Food Blog
- SiteGround: After BlueHost and GoDaddy were epic fails for me, I switched to SiteGround and it has been nothing short of AMAZING! From customer service to site performance, I’ve had 0 complaints about SiteGround hosting. They have a live chat feature (which I may or may not have overused at times) and respond fairly quickly to support questions. Not to mention, the price is beyond inexpensive. Check them out. I highly recommend them.
- Kale Pro – Food Blog Theme: This theme you see before you is completely customizable, super easy to setup or migrate and lightweight. Great typography, emphasis on your photos, and it has some great areas to showcase some of your most important content! Above all, it’s affordable which is great when you’re first starting out. :)
- Food Blogger Pro: The BEST community to get you started and maintain your food blog. Great way to make friends too! There’s message boards, how-to videos, and tons of valuable tips for growing your blog. Food Blogger Pro has over 300 videos on anything from how to set up Google Analytics, SEO tips, building traffic, food photography and of course, generating an income. Get on the waiting list and give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!
- Food Entrepreneur Course: Ok, so you’ve set up a domain, a website, and your first post is up. Now what? This course will help you move forward. The Food Entrepreneur Course changed the game for me. This course is chock FULL of information from successful food bloggers (which is what attracted me to it to begin with!). Imagine, some of your favorite bloggers talking about how they got started, how they’ve grown their food blog business online, how they’ve grown their blogs and even how they created products to sell online (and off!). This was INVALUABLE to me when I was first starting out. I highly recommend this course, if you need some guidance or even to make newbie blogger connections on the private Facebook Group!
- MailChimp: One of the first things I did when I started my blog was sign up for MailChimp. I know the importance of reaching my readers outside of social media. Email may not be the most popular but a lot of my initial traffic came from MailChimp newsletters. MailChimp allows you to store up to 2,000 subscriber emails and send up to 12,000 customizable email newsletters per month! FOR FREE!
Food Photography & Food Styling
- Food Photography eBook: Another win in my book! When I first started out, my photos were “not very good looking” (comment below if you get the Marc Anthony reference. Ha!). I had bought a DSLR and had NO idea how to use it. What’s ISO? What’s aperture? “Meh, who cares, I’ll just shoot with the ‘auto’ setting every time. It’ll be fine.” ME REALIZING IT WAS NOT FINE. Thankfully, Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats’ Food Photography Book saved my life. She broke it down yo! More than 150+ pages full of instructions for handling your DSLR camera to food styling to proper lighting techniques. Granted I’m still learning food styling but this book taught me how to use my DSLR to take photos RAW without all the fancy language. I highly recommend this eBook if you’re looking for any and all tips and tricks you need to make sure your photos are next level.
I Love Podcasts! Don’t you?
- 038: 7 Strategies to Build Traffic | Food Blogger Pro Blog
- 027: Committing to a Niche and Building a Brand with Ali Maffucci from Inspiralized | Food Blogger Pro Blog
- 029: The Phases of Pinch of Yum with Bjork & Lindsay Ostrom | Food Blogger Pro Blog
- Sally McKenney from Sally’s Baking Addiction on Creating Success – FBP003 | Food Blogger Pro Blog
- 024: How to Find Balance in Blogging with Ali Ebright from Gimme Some Oven | Food Blogger Pro Blog
- Maintaining Your Blogging Passion with Jessica Merchant – Chopped Conference
- CP #82: The Fast Growing Food Blog with Sabrina Snyder – Chopped Conference
- Ep #93: The Village of Blogging with Trevor and Jennifer Debth – Chopped Conference
Advice from Food Bloggers
- How To Make Money As A Food Blogger by Gabi Moskowitz
- How to Start a Food Blog | Pinch of Yum
- Why You Should Never Start a Food Blog | I Am Baker
- Food Blogging | David Lebovitz
- How to Start A Food Blog | Cookie and Kate
- Food Blogging as a Career | Sally Baking Addiction
- Pinch of Yum Income Reports (SUPER MOTIVATING!)
Making Money from Blogging
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