How To Start A Food Blog Guide: Introduction
If you have an interest or passion for food whether it’s eating out or cooking your own meals, you may have thought about starting your own food blog. It can be very daunting starting something new, even more so when you have not done it before.
I have been creating websites and blogs for over 15 years and this one (http://amateurchef.wpengine.com) is my main hobby. I know how scary it can be starting something like a food blog, therefore I wanted to create a series of articles to teach you how to start a food blog.
These articles will hopefully teach you everything you need to know from creating your blog, adding content, generating traffic and how you can build a following on your social accounts such as twitter.
What Do You Need?
There are two key things you need when doing a food blog;
- A Desire For FoodThis does go without saying to be honest, if you don’t have a passion for food then you will struggle to have a successful food blog. It’s the passion that shows in your writing and your pictures, if you’re not interested in it then there really is no point in doing it.
- Realistic ExpectationsThere are thousands of food blogs online and there is no guarantee that it is going to make you an income. This is not to put you off but to try and get your expectations to be a little more realistic, it takes a lot of time and effort to create a successful food blog.
Having said that if it is a hobby after all it doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you find it enjoyable. It naturally helps to earn some additional income but I do think if the main reason you are doing it is for financial gain then you could be waiting a long time.
Will Starting A Food Blog Cost Me Anything?
To be honest you can create a food blog without spending a penny, however the least I would recommend you getting is a domain name and a hosting account (which are fairly inexpensive).
I would also recommend investing in a premium wordpress food theme as well as a recipe plugin but these again do not cost too much. Other than that as long as you have the ingredients and a way of taking pictures of your food then you are good to go!
Ill run through the hosting and domain name in the next article, this one is more of an introduction to food blogs to give you a better understanding of what it entails.
So What Does A Food Blog Entail?
The amount of work it entails does depend on how much time you have available, the more time you have the more you can work on it. I have a full time job so do find it hard to dedicate the time I want, although it is a bit of an obsession so I do as much as I can.
Generally you will want to create a post on your blog at least once a week, if you have the time available then post more. As long as you are posting quality content and not just posting for the sake of posting.
The focus of the blog does determine what you will be posting, if you’re wanting to do a recipe blog then the majority of your posts would be describing these recipes, showing the ingredients/method and then some yummy pictures of the food.
Whereas a restaurant review site would have less if any recipes but would focus on reviewing restaurants and it’s food that you have visited.
As well as posting on your blog, I would recommend joining the community of foodies and the best way of doing this is via social network sites. I personally love social media as I find it an excellent place to talk to other foodies as well as attract people to my blog.
The most popular social networking sites would be, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Spend some time whenever you can to grow these social accounts by following like-minded people, sharing useful content and joining in conversations that you are interested in.
I don’t claim to be an expert in all areas as I am learning as I go along, I just hope that I can pass on anything that I do learn and that it will be beneficial to you.
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