How to Start a Food Blog (Step by Step)
Are you an aspiring food blogger who’s dreaming about making a living by sharing your recipes with the internet? To make that dream a reality, you need to take the plunge and set up your own website. But how do you get started?
It might seem super complicated to start your own website but these days anyone can start a blog that looks professional and will attract a ton of traffic.
Let’s break it down. Here’s how to start a food blog, step by step.
1. Pick a Name and Buy a Matching Domain
If you’ve already been thinking about starting a food blog, you might have a couple ideas for names. If you haven’t decided on a name yet, start brainstorming. A good blog name is easy to remember, descriptive and short. For instance, She Simmers is a great example of a catchy name that includes a pun on cooking.
After making a list of blog name ideas and deciding on the best option for your food blog, you need to purchase a domain that matches.
You can purchase a domain from HostGator starting at only $12.95 per year. Before you purchase your domain, you need to make sure the name you chose is available. HostGator allows you to search a domain to make sure no one else has already taken it. If the name you want is available, you can go ahead and make it yours!
2. Choose a Hosting Platform and Install WordPress
After you’ve decided on a catchy name for your blog and purchased a domain that matches, you’ll need to choose a reliable hosting platform where your website will live. It might seem like a crazy, difficult task to create a beautiful website but it’s actually super simple and you don’t have to know a thing about code.
Step one is to purchase a hosting plan. HostGator is a great option for beginner bloggers because it’s affordable, it’s easy-to-use, and it’s fast.
After purchasing your hosting, the next step is to download WordPress which is very simple. After you sign up with HostGator and login for the first time, head on over to your Control Panel. There you’ll see a button called “One-Click Installs.”
Click on it and then choose WordPress. Perform the simple steps that follow and then a progress bar will let you know when the download is complete. Once it’s finished, you’ve got a website for your food blog.
3. Pick a Gorgeous Theme
We eat with our eyes first and that applies to your delicious food blog as well, so you’ll need to pick a gorgeous theme for your site that will have your visitors wanting to stick around for a long time.
There are tons of free and paid WordPress themes that you can install with just the click of a button that are easy to navigate and mobile-friendly. Choose a theme specifically designed for food blogs so you’ll get all the features you’re looking for.
This theme from Foodica is a perfect example of a clean, minimalist design for food bloggers who want their recipes to be the center of attention. It offers six different color themes and a featured slider and carousel to showcase your best recipes.
4. Download Plugins
Next you need to download some WordPress plugins to ensure your website is fully stacked and optimized. There are a number of free plugins you can download for your WordPress site that provide value, including:
- Yoast SEO to make sure your site is optimized for SEO
- WPForms to create a contact me page
- MonsterInsights to connect your WordPress site with Google Analytics
- AddtoAny Share Buttons to enable your followers to share your content on social media
There are also some WordPress plugins designed specifically for food bloggers that can really step up your blog game. Tasty Recipes formats your recipes for search engine optimization, creates print-friendly recipes, adds star ratings, and more.
5. Start Blogging and Get Some Subscribers
Now that your website is all set up, you need to start blogging. Begin creating content that your visitors will love and will keep them returning to your site again and again.
You’ll also want to start growing your email list, it’s one of the most important aspects of any blog. Having an email list gives you the ability to reach out to your audience any time you want, whether you’re emailing them about a new recipe you posted or announcing a sale for your new cookbook.
You can easily gain more subscribers by adding popups to your site with OptinMonster’s lead generation software. OptinMonster provides numerous options for grabbing the attention of your visitors and enticing them into clicking that subscribe button, including an Exit-Intent popup that can track when a user is about to leave your site and send a popup at exactly the right time.
Start Your Food Blog
Starting a food blog isn’t as simple as just writing some recipes and posting them on the web but it doesn’t have to be difficult either. With these tips you’ll be able to start the food blog of your dreams that will have people salivating.
Congratulations on your new food blog. Now get out there and start blogging!
Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site. With over 10 years of experience, he’s the leading WordPress expert in the industry. You can learn more about Syed and his portfolio of companies by following him on his social media networks.