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How to Start a Food Blog

Creating a blog these days is a great idea if you are looking to make some side income and you’re passionate about writing. You can start a food blog no matter if you’re an expert chef or a home cook, and you can monetize it so that it generates some money every month.

In this post, we will look at how to start a food travel blog or a food review blog depending on what you’re most interested in. 

How to start a food blog

  1. Choose a domain name, buy it, and get web hosting

What will your food blog be called? You should decide on a catchy name and a simple domain like .com (still among the most popular ones out there), but you can also try some unique combinations such as a name and a domain name extension. Here are several examples:

  • Feed.me
  • Feed.us
  • Food.ie

Once you’ve purchased your domain name, you should choose your web hosting. We recommend Siteground as it’s very easy to use and they have friendly customer service, too. They can even migrate your site for you if you’ve made the mistake of purchasing your domain or hosting through another service such as GoDaddy or even WordPress.com. 

  1. Pick the right WordPress theme

There are a variety of free and paid WordPress themes, but the paid ones are better in terms of security, so you should consider investing in a paid alternative. Here are several examples of themes that you might like:

  • Culinier
  • Gillion
  • Foodica
  • RecipePress

A plethora of bloggers spend too much time trying to pick the absolutely perfect theme they can get their hands on, but you should first focus on creating content. You can change the theme later on if you’re somehow dissatisfied. 

It’s better to get your blog up and running as soon as possible so that you can create a content and publishing calendar so that you rank easier and faster. 

  1. Best plugins for food blogs

Plugins can help you tend to a range of tasks, so some are designed for improving your SEO, others are made to help you keep in touch with the people who have subscribed to your blog, and there are others that can improve your site speed. 

Here are some plugins that you might find useful when creating a food blog:

  • Jetpack
  • Akismet 
  • All-in-One SEO or Yoast SEO
  • W3 Total Cache
  • Sucuri Security

  1. How to get traffic to your food blog

There’s this rumor according to which search engines place a new site or blog in a so-called ‘sandbox’ for a period that can go up to six months. So you might not get a lot of organic traffic in the first half a year of owning and working on your food blog. However, this doesn’t happen in all cases, so you could see your site getting traffic after just one to two months of activity.

Besides organic search, you should resort to some creative solutions to bring people to your food blog. Join Facebook or Reddit groups and talk about your favorite recipes, tips, and everything else, and make sure you share your posts with the right social media audience.

For visual content such as recipes, one of the best social media networks seems to be Pinterest. Create several different boards for different topics and interact with other Pinterest users for the best experience. 

Finally, using your imagination definitely pays off. If you’re lucky enough to represent a brand, whether one that makes appliances, spices, or anything else, you can organize a giveaway for your readers (and ask them to follow you on Pinterest, Facebook, or subscribe to your blog). 

  1. How to make money from a food blog

The biggest obstacle in monetizing a blog, no matter if it’s in the food or beauty niche, is that you first have to acquire a decent amount of traffic and only then be eligible for certain affiliate programs or pitch to some brands. 

In most cases, you’ll need at least 1,000 unique visitors a month before you start sending out emails. Other than brand sponsorships, you can use several different methods to monetize your food website:

  • Affiliate marketing through ShareASale, Clickbank, or Amazon Associates
  • Adsense (although you aren’t going to make a lot of money with it)
  • Selling physical products through dropshipping
  • Writing sponsored reviews 

We’ve put together a post about the best affiliate programs for new bloggers in the past, so you should check that one out should you have the time. 

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Craig Campbell

I am a Glasgow based SEO expert who has been doing SEO for 18 years.

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