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 but it wasn’t until I got into it myself that I realized it was A LOT OF WORK. More about that here.
Once I was finally ready to take the plunge and go head first into this whole food blog biz, I handled it like I handle everything in life – I goggled the hell out of it! So here are some helpful resources that helped me get me started. Hope this help you too!
Once you start creating content, you can visit the following pages for more resources:
- Food Photography Tools
- Food Blogger Resources
- Making Connections + Growing Your Instagram
Choose a Blogging Platform
Yes, you can use Tumblr, Squarespace, Blogspot, pretty much any of them but the one I recommend the most is WordPress. A few people have asked me the difference of WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Let me try my best to explain the two.
- WordPress.com: This version is free but not flexible. Sure, it’s very easy to use and setup however you will be limited as to the type of customization you’d want in order to personalize your site and make it your own. Also, if you’re looking to monetize your blog, you won’t be able to do it on a WordPress dot com domain. Your domain will look like this: blog.wordpress.com. You won’t have full control over your actual blog on this platform.
- WordPress.org: This version is self-hosted, not free but gives you full control of your entire blog. From monetizing to uploading your own themes, you will be able to use this platform with more flexibility than using WordPress dot com. All you would need to do is purchase a domain and a hosting service. This is what I have and what you’re looking at as we speak. :)
Choose a Hosting Service
Once you choose a domain name, you’ll need a hosting service which is basically a place for your blog to live on the Internet. You pay a monthly or yearly fee depending on how much space you’d need and that’s pretty much it.
A lot of bloggers choose BlueHost and GoDaddy when they first start but they were epic fails for me. I switched to SiteGround a few months after I started my blog 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.
Choose a Blog Theme
Now it’s time to decorate your new home! Installing a blog theme is easy and fun once you’ve found one you like. You can either choose a free theme or choose a premium one made specifically for food blogs. There are several on the market that a quick Google search can find for you. The one I currently use on this site is Kale Pro. 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. :)
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